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Re: And what are you reading now continued (again)?

Postby Morwenna » Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:25 pm

Just finished Pratchett's The Shepherd's Crown (hubby's re-reading it now), and I'm working on The Story of Alice by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, a bio of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell and the writing of the books.
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Postby Eleftheria » Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:02 pm

I just started reading The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King, I've read about 15-20 books of his and I always come back for more. I am also reading The Hobbit as well though, it's always good to have a classic by your side when you're too frightened to finish one story and need to default to another that you know you love :wink:
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Postby notlistening » Mon May 09, 2016 4:14 pm

Just finished The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher. Fabulous steampunk novel. Read if you get the chance!!
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Postby WesternSeas » Wed May 11, 2016 1:34 pm

Just started rereading the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. He always seems to start slow, but tends to build up to a great crescendo!
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Re: And what are you reading now continued (again)?

Postby hamlet » Thu May 12, 2016 5:16 am

While I enjoyed the hell out of Aeronauts Windlass, I would call it more . . . "magipunk" than Steampunk. Very good, but not quite steam if you get my meaning. Really looking forward to the next book though.


Still stuck in Way of Kings. Three quarters through. With about 20-30 minutes a day of reading time, I might finish by the time they put me in a nursing home . . .
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Postby Denethor » Tue May 17, 2016 11:19 pm

Still working my way through Sarah Monette's Doctrine of Labyrinths series.
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Postby hamlet » Tue May 31, 2016 11:54 am

Jim Butcher's Grave Peril from Dresden Files again. Ran out of book to read over the holiday and discovered the library was closed, so pick it up instead.

Next, Flowers for Algernon when I can get to the library. Always loved that book, though it's a little depressing.
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Postby Denethor » Wed Jun 01, 2016 1:14 am

hamlet wrote:Next, Flowers for Algernon when I can get to the library. Always loved that book, though it's a little depressing.


I read it for the first time in March. Might be the best book I've read this year.
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Postby hamlet » Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:06 am

Oddly enough, the local Library did not have Flowers for Algernon, but a nearby library did, only in its "young adult" section which I usually skip entirely. I've never heard of this book being a YA selection, except maybe in that it's frequent highschool required reading. Strange.

In any case, I picked up Gaiman's Stardust instead, but I can honestly say I didn't like it. I like the movie better. Gaiman is great, but to me he's a little hit or miss. Sometimes it's awesome (like American Gods!) and sometimes not so much (like Stardust).

Now, picked up Summer Knight by Butcher to give a quick brainless read and then on to Words of Radiance to continue the series.

Cutting back dramatically on the television you watch has a net positive impact on your ability to actually read things. Though the 8:30 bedtime (due to 4am wakeup time) kind of kills that a bit.
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Postby Denethor » Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:26 am

I actually think Gaiman's best novel is Coraline. I didn't like American Gods at all, finding it far too bloated. Gaiman strikes me as a better short story writer than novelist and a better comic writer than short story writer (let's face it, Sandman will always be his masterpiece).
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Postby hamlet » Thu Jun 23, 2016 8:35 am

I really like American Gods. It just struck a cord with me. Sandman is very awesome. Telling a lot of the same kind of story, but with a different POV and scope.

There's no rhyme or reason as to which Gaiman I like and which I don't. It's kind of luck of the draw really.
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Postby PatriotBlade » Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:56 pm

Rereading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
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Postby Calma » Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:20 pm

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Postby Denethor » Fri Jul 08, 2016 7:18 pm

Midnight Falcon, by David Gemmell.
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Postby Anriel Mendereth » Sat Jul 09, 2016 1:12 pm

About to start The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Never read anything by him but someone recommended him.
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Postby Denethor » Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:41 pm

Anriel Mendereth wrote:About to start The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Never read anything by him but someone recommended him.


Excellent prose, interesting magic system... plot a bit repetitive and characters a bit too Harry Potterish.
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Postby The Nameless Thing » Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:40 pm

The Gunslinger. I forgot how good it was.
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Postby PatriotBlade » Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:02 pm

I finally broke down. They won! I am reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies... And it's actually good... *hides from the expected backlash*
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Postby Denethor » Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:06 am

Currently reading Ian Tregillis' alternate history series, the Milkweed Triptych.
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Postby The Nameless Thing » Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:55 am

“Sue the tyrannosaurus”….I love Dresden! Just finished Dead Beat and intend to plow thru to the end. Hope he writes some new Dresden stuff.
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Postby Denethor » Wed Aug 10, 2016 4:09 pm

Stormrider, by David Gemmell.
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A fascinating world!

Postby prmiller » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:19 pm

After years of hearing about this series,
and not having affordable access to it,
I have, at last, begun Robert Jordan's epic The Wheel of Time.
I now have better borrowing privileges with the
school I work at, so I have started The Eye of the World.
Oh, what a fascinating world I have stepped into with this book!
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Re: And what are you reading now continued (again)?

Postby hamlet » Tue Aug 23, 2016 1:38 am

Finished up Words of Radiance finally. Took me so long I was ready to scream.

Read Pratchett's Eric/Faust and loved it. So silly.

Then, for fun, picked up Marlowe's Faust cause I found it for a dollar at the used book store. Liked it quite well.

Now reading HPL's At the Mountains of Madness and had forgotten just how evocative the guy could be from time to time. He really drags me in to the exploration of fantastical Antarctica.

After that, probably more Pratchett, Jim Butcher, and a whole stack of unread books to read including, finally, a good copy of Flowers for Algernon which makes me happy. Haven't read that last one in many years.
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Postby Denethor » Fri Aug 26, 2016 5:47 am

Nearly finished Banewreaker, by Jacqueline Carey.

Notable for being a Tolkienesque epic fantasy from the point of view of the bad guys, though once the initial point has been made, it loses lustre. The problem is that simply having the Dark Lord be the victim of propaganda doesn't really support a re-interpretation of Morgoth and Sauron - Tolkien's Dark Lords are evil because of the actions we see, not because they are a bit emo, wear black, and hide out in scary fortresses.

(I am appreciating the ultraviolet prose though. I'm weird like that).
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Postby Aravar » Sun Aug 28, 2016 9:05 am

Dracula Cha Cha Cha by Kim Newman.

This is the third in a series of four books which start with the premise that Van Helsing failed to defeat Dracula and, instead he married Queen Victoria.

The first book, Anno Draculo, is set during the Ripper murders. The second, Bloody Red Baron is set in an alternate WWI. The third is set in Italy in the 50s. The books are chock full of film and literary references: for example Lestrade appears in the first book. These are mixed in with historical characters, such as Abberline, as well.

I found out about them reading an article about influences on the Penny Dreadful tv series. It also was an influence on Alan Moore's graphic novel The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (which is much, much better than the film).
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Re: And what are you reading now continued (again)?

Postby hamlet » Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:51 am

Pratchet's Guards Guards. Amusing so far, though slower reading since I have all of about 10 minutes a day again to devote to it.
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Postby The Nameless Thing » Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:54 am

If any of you like the spy genre, I highly recommend the Pike Logan series by Brad Taylor. Excellent characters, good plots and lots of action. No sex for you younger readers.
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Re: And what are you reading now continued (again)?

Postby hamlet » Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:21 am

Flowers for Algernon. I'd forgotten how depressing this book is, even after only about 35 pages. :shock:

Also reading a little Manga series that Mrs. H loves called Library Wars, which is quite interesting. Essentially, Japan gets a new emperor who institutes severe state censorship and public libraries take up the charge of protecting books from the fires and literally fighting a war against censorship forces. Quite a good little story, actually.
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Postby PatriotBlade » Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:39 am

Rereading The Red Tent by Anita Diamont
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Postby Ninui » Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:31 pm

Mirror Sight .... 5th in the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain. Nearly a thousand pages. Dang!!!!

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