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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 24, 2020, 10:41:20 PM »
Wasn't really impressed with Consider Phlebas. It was ok, but didn't capture attention. Didn't impress me enough to continue Culture.

I really enjoyed it but apparently a lot of people don't. The Player of Games is pretty wildly different. From what I gather they all are, besides sharing a setting.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 24, 2020, 10:24:46 PM »
@Idlewilder, I remember when you bought those books.  :D

There's many, many more like it!  ;D

Read the first two Iain M Banks Culture novels, Consider Phlebas and The Player of Games. Only had them on the shelf for about 8 years.  ::)

Absolutely brilliant - going to move straight onto the next one (and the next, and the next, and the...)

And the universe will expand for you. Give Use of weapons a shot. All the SF he wrote worked for me and most of the lit, but use of weapons and against a Dark Background are the ones regularly re-read

Yeah I started Use of Weapons last night, definitely one of those books you hear people rave about all the time. Looking forward to it (and all the others) immensely.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 23, 2020, 10:07:13 PM »
Read the first two Iain M Banks Culture novels, Consider Phlebas and The Player of Games. Only had them on the shelf for about 8 years.  ::)

Absolutely brilliant - going to move straight onto the next one (and the next, and the next, and the...)

Also rereading Wolf Hall. Was hoping to get stuck into The Mirror and The Light this summer, but I guess maybe I'll get to read it sooner than that after all...

@Cherie we're back!

And calling some of the oldies: @m3mnoch , @ultamentkiller , @Doctor_Chill , @Idlewilder ...

I got an email notification of this but still couldn't access the site until today! Hope everyone is doing okay and can make a serious dent in the TBRs over the next while.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 24, 2020, 02:00:56 PM »
(can I just say - yay @Idlewilder :D
Have you graduated, then? I can't believe it's been 3 years already... Many congrats!!!)

Ha, no I'm afraid not. I still have a year left but the way it's going I don't expect to finish on time anyway.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« on: January 24, 2020, 01:05:00 PM »
I’ve been lurking on the F-F Facebook and some interesting things pop up from time to time but I don’t get why it’s so popular? Lots of members there but doesn’t feel like a community to me  just random strangers talking about books you could spend 10 years there and not get to know anyone. It also suffers from trolls if there is even a slightly controversial topic posted.

I feel the forum is so much better to get to know other members. You wouldn’t get a topic about depression and support  over there.

I love that here we know about each other’s  crazy habits like  Iso81 always goes regular at 9pm

I like it when people ask if anyone on the the group has read a series called Wheel of Time and whether it is worth the effort.

Btw have you read the Wheel of Time and is it worth the effort?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 24, 2020, 12:56:23 PM »
Trying to read more this year because I think having almost no time for fiction in my life for the last 3 years has been driving me slowly insane. Missed it more than anything.

I reread all of His Dark Materials before the show came out (which I thought was really good!) and over Christmas I read the two novellas and finally got around to La Belle Sauvage. Wow that's a phenomenal read. I think I devoured it in two sessions. I'm saving The Secret Commonwealth for later but I'm curious as hell about it.

Going back into the Cosmere right now and reading The Well of Ascension, which I struggled with before but I'm determined to see it through. I generally like Sanderson quite a bit - I enjoyed the first two Stormlight books (not read Oathbringer) and think he did a great job with WoT. But I find all of his stuff pre-WoT very rough. I remember Warbreaker being pretty woeful. Mistborn is very hokey and I still find it surprising that people rate it so highly tbh. But I'm looking forward to getting round to the later trilogy as I've heard generally good things.

Malazan Book of the Fallen / Re: The Bonehunters: book 2
« on: January 24, 2020, 12:33:57 PM »
So, book 2, my notes without reading the previous (is anybody reading this, anyway??)

I am!  ;)

Malazan Book of the Fallen / Re: Misc. thread
« on: February 04, 2019, 06:17:19 PM »
Does anyone have Midnight Tides on ebook?
I'd love to post the Crippled God's speech on war/peace from chapter 9 in the politics thread, as I found it super appropriate to the current situation, either in the UK or US, but it's too long for me to copy it all by hand...

And talk about a change :o Chapter 9 made me fall in love with this book, it was being a bit difficult so far!

‘Peace. Warm yourself, warrior, while I tell you of peace. History is unerring, and even the least observant mortal can be made to understand, through innumerable repetition. Do you see peace as little more than the absence of war? Perhaps, on a surface level, it is just that. But let me describe the characteristics of peace, my young friend. A pervasive dulling of the senses, a decadence afflicting the culture, evinced by a growing obsession with low entertainment. The virtues of extremity – honour, loyalty, sacrifice – are lifted high as shoddy icons, currency for the cheapest of labours. The longer peace lasts, the more those words are used, and the weaker they become. Sentimentality pervades daily life. All becomes a mockery of itself, and the spirit grows … restless.


‘Is this a singular pessimism? Allow me to continue with a description of what follows a period of peace. Old warriors sit in taverns, telling tales of vigorous youth, their pasts when all things were simpler, clearer cut. They are not blind to the decay all around them, are not immune to the loss of respect for themselves, for all that they gave for their king, their land, their fellow citizens.

‘The young must not be abandoned to forgetfulness. There are always enemies beyond the borders, and if none exist in truth, then one must be fashioned. Old crimes dug out of the indifferent earth. Slights and open insults, or the rumours thereof. A suddenly perceived threat where none existed before. The reasons matter not – what matters is that war is fashioned from peace, and once the journey is begun, an irresistible momentum is born.

‘The old warriors are satisfied. The young are on fire with zeal. The king fears yet is relieved of domestic pressures. The army draws its oil and whetstone. Forges blast with molten iron, the anvils ring like temple bells. Grain-sellers and armourers and clothiers and horse-sellers and countless other suppliers smile with the pleasure of impending wealth. A new energy has gripped the kingdom, and those few voices raised in objection are quickly silenced. Charges of treason and summary execution soon persuade the doubters.


‘Peace, my young warrior, is born of relief, endured in exhaustion, and dies with false remembrance. False? Ah, perhaps I am too cynical. Too old, witness to far too much. Do honour, loyalty and sacrifice truly exist? Are such virtues born only from extremity? What transforms them into empty words, words devalued by their overuse? What are the rules of the economy of the spirit, that civilization repeatedly twists and mocks?’

Erikson, Steven. Midnight Tides: 5 (The Malazan Book Of The Fallen) (pp. 328-329). Transworld. Kindle Edition.

Malazan Book of the Fallen / Re: Midnight Tides: book 1
« on: January 30, 2019, 12:23:11 PM »
I loved Midnight Tides, think it was one of my favourites in the series. Pretty sure I had prior knowledge that it was set on a new continent with an entirely new cast, so maybe I was better prepared for the shock of not knowing anyone or anything. Some of the series' best characters come from this book, imo.

Malazan Book of the Fallen / Re: Misc. thread
« on: January 10, 2019, 02:52:04 PM »
And one thing I've been meaning to share, and I'm not sure if it's just me.
Before starting reading Malazan, the impression I got from people talking about it was of a secret cult, almost. These books which are really special and epic and complex.

Exactly this. Here on the forum, I think Malazan fans are fairly tame. People like Malazan, some more than others, but that's it. If you look elsewhere on the internet there's definitely a cult-like vibe. The more rabid Malazan fandom is one of the reasons I've stepped away from Facebook book groups. It's almost funny how people recommend Malazan for any request. (I've even seen people asking for YA recommendations and getting shouts of 'Malazan!'

Definitely true. And on the other side I think there's as much of a backlash that comes from people who tried them and didn't like them. If you go on the r/Fantasy subreddit so many threads become a mix of rabid Malazan fans and rabid anti-Malazan readers. It's nuts.

My only qualm is that my memory isn't very good, so I feel that if I met you guys and wanted to talk about the books, there would be a ton of stuff I've already forgotten :-\

I've legitimately forgotten so much. Whenever I come back here and see your posts I have a quick look through the older posts, including my own and don't remember half of what we were talking about. I do really want to reread them aswell, but I don't even have time to read books that are new to me these days!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« on: January 10, 2019, 02:46:51 PM »
So I'm sure this sort of topic has been done before. Maybe it's been done to death. Everyone has heard of The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. But as the site seems to be getting lots of new members (me included!) I thought it might be a good idea to list some of the absolute best fantasy books out there.

I suggest giving 5 books each. Not necessarily your top 5 fantasy novels, but rather 5 that haven't been brought up on the thread before. To keep things fresh.

Let me think about it and welcome to the forum @Idlewilder

Thanks, it's good to have finally made an account here.

Malazan Book of the Fallen / Re: Misc. thread
« on: January 10, 2019, 01:45:04 PM »
Glad to see @ScarletBea still reading and enjoying posting on these threads. I loved doing this read-along and think it added immensely to my enjoyment of this incredible series. Can you believe it's 5 years since we did it @xiagan @Jeni @Eclipse ?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Not Aye again
« on: October 22, 2018, 03:44:31 PM »
I say Aye all the time, but then I (aye?  :o ) would. It's definitely weird to me that it seems to be used so much in fantasy. I notice it particularly in North American writers' books - maybe they think it's commonly used throughout the UK, so it makes the dialogue read more 'natural' to them? To me it is either Scottish dialect or a pirate caricature. So not so bad in, say, Red Seas Under Red Skies.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 26, 2018, 01:08:57 PM »
Not read any fiction in months and months  :(  but I picked up Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames the other day as I read a few chapters and it seemed cool.

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