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Hmm Altered Carbon coming to Netflix (at least over here). Maybe I need to re-read the book ... Still got to finish Never Let Me Go first.

Found volume 1 Collection for a decent price so picked it up and re-started Fables. I wonder if it would have been more interesting as a TV series than Once Upon a Time is (for me). It's basically the something of the same concept.

1: Why am I doing this? I'm not into self-punishment, I really should stop reading this now. (DNF)
2: This is boring ... oh that passage was a bit fun, maybe it gets better? Umm no, still boring ... (Possible DNF)
3: What was this book about? Oh yeah, it was abou... no that was the other one ... or was it? Oh whatever, next!
4: This is fun, I'll buy more from this guy.
5: Mind ... blown ...
5: I find my thoughts returning to it long since I read it. Or it made an immediate impact. Or both. (E.g. Moorcock "The dancers at the end of time", Mieville "Perdido Street Station" or for non-SF Perec "Life - a user's manual", Vargas Llosa "La guerra del fin del mundo")

Malazan Book of the Fallen / Re: Misc. thread
« on: December 11, 2017, 05:33:09 PM »
Gardens was horrible to me first time I tried getting through. Then I read some threads on it being an introduction and the later volumes are much more readable. I then just plowed through, thinking I'd enjoy it at a re-read. If the remaining installments are anything like Deadhouse Gates readable-wise it only gets better. As far as likeable characters in Gardens go, I'd go with Kruppe ... Kind of my kind of crazy =)

Introductions / Re: How did you Choose your Nickname?
« on: December 05, 2017, 04:51:22 AM »
Well, Shieldfire is sort of my family name. Not in English of course, but in Swedish. So that limits the possible culprits to about 300 people, then you have to guess. You'll get it some day I guess.
Also known by Chimbis, which is a play on the family (not our family, but the larger one) Archimboldus. Mum said
- Never, ever, ever will he be called that,
so of course her sister called me Chimbis. I look like a Chimbis she said.

And that would be sad ... I love the style and that it's kindof slow. Not as slow as the novella, but still - not action filled. Now it's been so many years, you'd prolly need to re-read the stuff before continuing on to the third book.

The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu is the follow-up to The Three Body Problem, which I really liked. Hopefully this will also deliver.

Malazan Book of the Fallen / Re: Deadhouse Gates - Finished!
« on: December 03, 2017, 04:15:19 PM »
What did everybody think of Felisin? I tried real hard to feel sorry for her but she was just so harsh and mean spirited that I began to hate her.

It's interesting, because you really want to like her at the beginning because she's related to Paran, and seems so sympathetic, but the further it goes along the more I disliked her because while she makes understandable decisions, they're all the selfish or otherwise 'wrong' decisions. I mean, the drug abuse and essentially becoming the pit master's sex slave are at the level of 'unpalatable,' but the fact she blames everyone else for her problems, especially her hatred for Heboric and Baudin who are trying to help her the entire time, is what pushes it over the edge.

I don't know if it is acceptable to post in these threads, but I feel I must defend Felisin.
My personal background makes me want to hug Felisin all the way to the end. She is so totally broken, and just to stay alive in her twisted circumstances she does what she feels she needs to do, trusting the "wrong" people, lashing out at the "right" people. Indifferent to casually helpful people. Personally, I think Erikson did a wonderful job portraying this thoroughly broken woman. It would take a lot of patience in nurturing her back to a mended person, but then things happened.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Anyone with an idea when part 3 will be?
« on: November 29, 2017, 05:48:03 AM »

Possibly discussed somewhere else here, but still. Does anyone have an idea when the third part of Patrick Rothfuss' "The Name of the Wind", "A Wise Mans Fear" series will materialize? I've been having a look at our local SF/F bookshop from time to time but, nothing ... I actually like the Auri novella (even if it was priced a bit high) but read the warning before buying it, and procrastinated a bit too.
So, when's a "Real Thing" to happen?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: November 25, 2017, 04:07:27 AM »
Sounds very interesting. Maybe for the Christmas list ...

Malazan Book of the Fallen / Re: Misc. thread
« on: November 21, 2017, 09:06:03 PM »
Had a look at the favourite characters thread, and while short, no one mentioned (so far, nearing the end of Deadhouse Gates), my favourite. I just would like to give Felisin a big hug. Considering my adolescence, maybe I can see where she's coming from ...

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: November 20, 2017, 08:26:55 AM »
Ah thanks, I was actually looking for something like that the other day...

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: November 19, 2017, 04:55:17 PM »
Completing Deadhouse Gates in the infamous Malazon-series. Took a break while reading some other stuff in between, but DG is actually pretty readable. Looking forward to Memories of Ice. Might not be the next book though.

Just finished "Red Contry" now only have "The Heroes" to complete the novels. And then all the short stories. However, "Saga" part 5 is next and and then "Ancillary Justice" by Anne Leckie. I notice my stack of summer reading is SF rather than Fantasy.

"Red Country" by Abercrombie. I overdosed on his novels some time ago, so catching up on his world.
Just finished "A girl with all the gifts" wasn't quite aware it was a zombie story, but it's one with a twist - so worth reading. Also will be a movie this fall.

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