What are some good books?

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Re: What are some good books?

Postby solicitr » Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:31 am

In the pre-Star Trek years, Stewart was "that bald British guy who's in a lot of movies being manly"- Dune, Excalibur, Lady Jane...
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Re: What are some good books?

Postby portia » Fri Dec 27, 2013 6:52 pm

Exactly. And I felt he stood out as a really well done character. His part wasn't large, but impressive.
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Re: What are some good books?

Postby Gungnir » Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:57 am

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Re: What are some good books?

Postby ngaur » Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:23 am

I don't recall all of the later Dune books but I have some memory them going slightly softporn with Honored Mothers ruling the world with sex.

First three books were ok.

And Patrick Stewart. Yeah he was manly enought to act against a beardless John Rhys Davies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDwC7YH-1jM
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Re: What are some good books?

Postby Witchwench » Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:53 pm

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Re: What are some good books?

Postby Witchwench » Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:57 pm

Some of my favorite authors:

Realm of the Elderlings by Robing Hobbs
(Realm Trilogies below)
The Farseer Trilogy,
The Tawny Man Trilogy
The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy
(there is also the liveship trader trilogy that could be read between Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies)...these books are spectacular and the very reason I love fantasy...the last book in the last trilogy, I was bawling my eyes out. I haven't wept reading a novel that hard since the ending of The Return of the King.

Stormlight Archive -Brandon Sanderson
(Stormlight books below)
The Way of Kings
The Words of Radiance
Edge Dancer (novella)
Oathbringer

Sanderson's world building is second to none...and his long sweeping stories and character archs are genious. This will be a long series..on the order of Wheel of Time. I do prefer Brandon's writing over Jordan. Worth a mention is Sanderson's Mistborn Trilogy..excellent!

The Dawn of Wonder-J. Renshaw
A little indie author you never heard of before, knocks this book out of the park. It will be a series, and unfortunately his second novel in this series has been long in coming as he finishes his grad studies at college..One heck of a book! Think, Rothfuss, Tolkien, Rawlings...rolled up into a fun fun story.

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Re: What are some good books?

Postby Gungnir » Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:41 am

My current favourites are the Rivers of London books by Ben Aaronovitch.

I recently read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, it was ok, fun but felt like if had been deliberately contrived to appeal to 80s Kids. Which of course it was. And then I watched the film. Which was very different
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Re: What are some good books?

Postby Witchwench » Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:46 am

Gungnir wrote:My current favourites are the Rivers of London books by Ben Aaronovitch.

I recently read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, it was ok, fun but felt like if had been deliberately contrived to appeal to 80s Kids. Which of course it was. And then I watched the film. Which was very different



Gungir, so nice to see you again!

I like the synopsis I read on Rivers of London, I will add these to my reading list..thanks!


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Re: What are some good books?

Postby Gungnir » Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:21 am

And its good to see you :)

I can't praise Rivers of London highly enough. I hope the TV series in production is as good as the books
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Re: What are some good books?

Postby Melwa » Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:40 am

Wow, this was a long time ago, and I never got around to trying Dune until this year! Even though I have a friend named after one of the characters. I didn't make it all the way through, but was impressed with the worldbuilding, very detailed and unique.

I recently discovered the Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner, and promptly forced four of my closest reader friends to try it. The author is a master of perspective shifts that make you have to rethink the entire book 3/4 of the way through. It is set in not-quite Byzantine Greece, and a pleasant travel adventure slowly turns into a political battle to keep the encroaching empire away from the small independent country, involving kings, peasants, and gods on every side. It's very hard to describe anything in this series without spoiling some of the plot twists, so be warned that most of book one is...slow, and then book two suddenly turns the series quite a bit darker.
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