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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: December 02, 2019, 02:26:16 AM »
Just 15% into Senlin Ascends and I'm already finding it hard to continue. It reads like a travelogue written by a naive Traveller explaining his naivety. The quick flashback don't help the flow either.

Does it the pace pick up and plot moves?

Sanderson's Starsight is out and I may switch before getting back to this again.

It does start a bit slow, but it gets better and better as it goes on.

Which reminds me...I still haven't read the other books.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What did you read in November 2019
« on: December 01, 2019, 08:38:56 AM »
I didn't actually finish any books in November. Between my depression and my work schedule, I just haven't felt like reading.

I've been working on a couple of books, though.

Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe

Soulsmith by Will Wight

I've enjoyed both. I just haven't felt much like reading in general.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: January 2020 book club pick
« on: November 29, 2019, 11:52:23 PM »
How about Empire of chains? By  Ryan W Mueller For Feb.

Ok. If he is a forum member :)

Yep. Definitely a forum member. I just haven't been around much lately. Life's been tough this last year.

Hey! Let's turn things aroung together with the Read Along of Empire of Chains :)

Either that or you'll all hate it so much you'll ban me from the forum. Not that I'm ever insecure about my writing or anything...

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: January 2020 book club pick
« on: November 27, 2019, 05:23:44 PM »
How about Empire of chains? By  Ryan W Mueller For Feb.

Ok. If he is a forum member :)

Yep. Definitely a forum member. I just haven't been around much lately. Life's been tough this last year.

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For me, it was Steven Erikson. I heard so many amazing things about Malazan. After forcing myself through five books, I have to conclude it's simply not for me.

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By sheer number of books, I think Terry Brooks is still in the lead, but Brandon Sanderson is close behind. I've also read a lot of books by indie author D.K. Holmberg, though his books tend to be on the short side. Then there's Robert Jordan. Not as many books, but the word count of each book makes up for that fact.

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It's not a big deal to me, especially if it's a relatively generic title. It might suggest a lack of imagination in coming up with a title, but as a writer, I can say that titles are one of the hardest things to come up with.

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Yeah, I haven't been around for a while. I've been going through a rough period in life. I haven't been writing much either (or reading much for that matter).

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Small Press & Self-Published / Empire of Chains FREE 4/8 to 4/12
« on: April 08, 2019, 04:26:10 PM »
Just thought I'd pop in here to let everyone know that I'm running a free promotion on Empire of Chains through Friday. If you're looking for some classic quest fantasy, but with a few modern twists, I hope you'll give it a chance.

The good news is that the rest of the series is complete, so you won't have to wait to read the rest if you enjoy it.

https://www.amazon.com/Empire-Chains-World-Book-ebook/dp/B0727YT6SP/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: April 06, 2019, 11:55:13 PM »
Recently, I finished the following books.

Storm Glass by Jeff Wheeler. This was an enjoyable book, though it was definitely geared toward a younger audience than I expected going in. Good enough that I am looking to read the rest of the series at some point.

Dragon Storm and Dragon Rider by D.K. Holmberg. Now I have only one book left in the series. It's been a lot of fun. It won't win any literary awards, but Holmberg always provides the kind of comfort reads I enjoy. My only real issue is that I think he could sometimes use one more proofread before publishing.

City of Light by Will Wight. I really enjoyed this entire trilogy. I think fans of Sanderson will find a lot to like in Wight's incredibly creative magic system and action-packed plots.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 17, 2019, 08:50:01 PM »
You've inspired me to give Red Sister a second try, too. Like you, I just came with the Prince of Thorns expectations, and those were some very thorny boots to fill.
@Saraband, you definitely need to do that, and then continue to the other books: Grey Sister moves out "into the world" and it's being amazing :D

I'm excited to hear that about Grey Sister. My biggest issue with Red Sister was that I would have liked to see less school and more world.

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Writers' Corner / Re: How much did you write today?
« on: March 15, 2019, 05:13:16 AM »
I need to finish the book I'm writing and then take a little time to write a short story for an anthology. I'm so excited that I was asked to be a part of an anthology with quite a few talented authors in it. Even better, I have an idea that really fits well with the theme of the anthology.

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Writers' Corner / Re: How much did you write today?
« on: March 15, 2019, 12:30:39 AM »
Still going strong. Now I'm 64,000 words into my newest book. It's probably going to be a bit shorter too, so I'm pretty close to the end (anticipating a word count around 80k for the book).

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I prefer "kitchen sink" urban fantasy. Sure, there are werewolves and vampires, but you also have all kinds of other creatures. The Dresden Files come to mind.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 14, 2019, 11:04:10 PM »
Right now, I'm continuing my indie fantasy binge.

I'm currently reading:

Storm Glass by Jeff Wheeler. It feels very much like more of a children's story (with two 12-year-old main characters), but I'm enjoying it.

Trial of Stone by Andy Peloquin. Gives me some Brent Weeks vibes, and that's definitely a good thing.

The Silver Sorceress by Alec Hutson. This is the sequel to the excellent first book, The Crimson Queen.

City of Light by Will Wight. It's the final book in the Traveler's Gate trilogy, which is a lot of fun.

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