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Wooly Rupert Posted - 01 Jan 2016 : 22:59:08
I decided that we weren't going to continue using the 2014 reading discussion... So here's a new one for the new year!

(And since this thread has but a few pages, might as well use it for 2017, as well.)

(Only up to 11 pages, so might as well continue for another year.)

November 2020: This hasn't been the most prolific thread, so I'm tweaking the title again and letting it ride a while longer.
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Marc Posted - 23 Jul 2021 : 14:13:19
haven't read a lot of steampunk, the best I could recommend are The Bas Lag novels by Mieville, Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds, The Ace of Skulls by Chris Wooding, Godless by Orrin Grey (Iron Kingdoms)
Captain Grafalcon Posted - 03 Jul 2021 : 14:08:51
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Captain Grafalcon

Love Steampunk... itīs a shame there arenīt many novels of the genre. Read recently Boneshaker (Cherie Priest), a story involving a Steampunk version of a decadent Seattle. Thank you for the suggestions!



Been meaning to read that one, myself.

I would make some additional recommendations, if you're into the steampunk:

The Great Library series has some steampunk elements. It's an alt-history where the Library of Alexandria never fell, and where they mastered the use of alchemy to control the printed word and thus became the pre-eminent power of Europe.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074CF18JR

The Gideon Smith books are closer to regular steampunk, though there are some variant elements, like vampires and Atlantis having been a thing. There's also a nice oblique reference to Indiana Jones which quite amused me.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F7P18RM

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series is straight steampunk and a lot of fun.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B079B3TCHV

I'm also going to plug the Clockwork Dagger duology and the Blood of Earth trilogy, by my friend Beth Cato (link to her Amazon author page). Neither series is straight steampunk -- the Clockwork Dagger books focus on a young woman who is sort of a magical doctor, living in a steampunk world that isn't Earth, and the Blood of Earth books are alt-history with steampunk and elemental magic. The latter trilogy starts in San Francisco, shortly before the 1906 earthquake.



Thnak you! Looking foward to read those!
Right now Iīve started The Adversary (Erin M. Evans). I think her books show the best version of what a Harpers organization would be like. Technical rigor, skepticism, the conflicts of an organization's bureaucracy with fieldwork. So far the first 100 pages have been pretty enjoyable.
Marc Posted - 30 Jun 2021 : 20:50:53
Right now reading Mortis, it's a Siege of Terra (Horus Heresy) 40k novel, not as good as the previous one Saturnine
Wooly Rupert Posted - 30 Jun 2021 : 19:57:55
quote:
Originally posted by Captain Grafalcon

Love Steampunk... itīs a shame there arenīt many novels of the genre. Read recently Boneshaker (Cherie Priest), a story involving a Steampunk version of a decadent Seattle. Thank you for the suggestions!



Been meaning to read that one, myself.

I would make some additional recommendations, if you're into the steampunk:

The Great Library series has some steampunk elements. It's an alt-history where the Library of Alexandria never fell, and where they mastered the use of alchemy to control the printed word and thus became the pre-eminent power of Europe.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074CF18JR

The Gideon Smith books are closer to regular steampunk, though there are some variant elements, like vampires and Atlantis having been a thing. There's also a nice oblique reference to Indiana Jones which quite amused me.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F7P18RM

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series is straight steampunk and a lot of fun.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B079B3TCHV

I'm also going to plug the Clockwork Dagger duology and the Blood of Earth trilogy, by my friend Beth Cato (link to her Amazon author page). Neither series is straight steampunk -- the Clockwork Dagger books focus on a young woman who is sort of a magical doctor, living in a steampunk world that isn't Earth, and the Blood of Earth books are alt-history with steampunk and elemental magic. The latter trilogy starts in San Francisco, shortly before the 1906 earthquake.
Captain Grafalcon Posted - 30 Jun 2021 : 19:00:25
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

So my most recent reads...

Master of Djinn -- kind of steampunk, with djinn and related magical critters, set in early 1900s Cairo

Six-Gun Tarot -- my first time reading anything of the Weird West genre. I've picked up the next book in the series.

Blameless -- the third book of the Parasol Protectorate. Steampunk, but with werewolves and vampires, as well -- as members of polite society, at least in England. It's a really fun series. Steampunk action, high-society manners, and some great bits of humor sprinkled here and there. This is the one I'm reading right now.





Love Steampunk... itīs a shame there arenīt many novels of the genre. Read recently Boneshaker (Cherie Priest), a story involving a Steampunk version of a decadent Seattle. Thank you for the suggestions!
Wooly Rupert Posted - 29 Jun 2021 : 20:07:35
So my most recent reads...

Master of Djinn -- kind of steampunk, with djinn and related magical critters, set in early 1900s Cairo

Six-Gun Tarot -- my first time reading anything of the Weird West genre. I've picked up the next book in the series.

Blameless -- the third book of the Parasol Protectorate. Steampunk, but with werewolves and vampires, as well -- as members of polite society, at least in England. It's a really fun series. Steampunk action, high-society manners, and some great bits of humor sprinkled here and there. This is the one I'm reading right now.
Captain Grafalcon Posted - 29 Jun 2021 : 14:35:24
Just finished The Moonshae trilogy (Douglas Niles). It is very satisfying to read the first Realms novels. Even if sometimes you get the impression that weīre not really there, itīs understandable, and the main story has a strong appeal.
LukasJP Posted - 15 May 2021 : 20:51:53
Just finished the immortal Cormyr by Ed and Jeff. It was a good read the first thousand times, and still is!

Starting up with the Druidhome trilogy again - been a while since I've read the books, but I remember them as pleasant reads :)
Wooly Rupert Posted - 15 May 2021 : 16:56:16
I just finished Project Hail Mary. Amazing book. I thought the author's first book, The Martian, was great, but this one was better.
Captain Grafalcon Posted - 15 May 2021 : 13:38:10
Just finished The Night Parade (Harper series, book 4). Despite having an interesting protagonist and little discussed topics, such as grief and loss of loved ones, the story was not so good, with confusing plot twists. I hope the next Harper books are as good as the first ones.
Artemas Entreri Posted - 09 May 2021 : 13:39:37
Starting The Captive Flame. Only have 14 Realms novels to go, including this one, before I've read them all!
Eldacar Posted - 06 May 2021 : 16:53:21
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Artemas Entreri

quote:
Originally posted by Artemas Entreri

Finished Brimstone Angels:Lesser Evils and continuing the story with The Adversary.


I'm enjoying this series thus far, but Erin Evans really needs to cut out the generic Realms swear words like hrast and stlarn ... at least I think they are swear words.



Those are swear words, and they're from Ed's pen.

I don't care for them, myself, mainly because they don't flow. Profanity should flow out smoothly.


To my ear they would work better as shorter words with less in the way of tongue movement to say them. The sort of blunt, brief profanity that will be blurted out when you stub your toe or step on a child's lego blocks at night (which through some strange oddity of universal law always seem to have the pointiest sides facing up).

So "hast" or "rast" ("rast it" feels like it could over time even merge into just "rastit" like how "damn it" becomes "dammit") instead of "hrast", "starn" instead of "stlarn", or "tuin" instead of "tluin".
Wooly Rupert Posted - 06 May 2021 : 15:29:16
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert


Those are swear words, and they're from Ed's pen.

I don't care for them, myself, mainly because they don't flow. Profanity should flow out smoothly.



This is going to sound a little goofy, but if you actually actively try to say the words out loud (not in your head) some of them actually work. Stlarn for instance is just a minor modification on where your tongue starts in your mouth (just as an experiment, look at something when your alone, think how much you hate it and say "stlarn it" and compare that to saying "darn it"). Sark is an easy replacement (say "sark it all" out loud). Then look at something else and think that you want to tell it to go away and say "sabruin yourself" and then compare it to "f*ck yourself". Hrast and Haularake I still have problems with mind you, but I was surprised that I could make the others work. To note, when I get mad, I already try to use "fracking" from Battlestar Galactica whenever I can make my mind replace it..... and yes, I got into some bad habits of swearing like a sailor as I grew up, such that I don't even realize I'm doing it.



I have tried. I've no idea how hrast is said, and the tl combo in stlarn and tluin just doesn't flow.
sleyvas Posted - 06 May 2021 : 13:03:40
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Artemas Entreri

quote:
Originally posted by Artemas Entreri

Finished Brimstone Angels:Lesser Evils and continuing the story with The Adversary.


I'm enjoying this series thus far, but Erin Evans really needs to cut out the generic Realms swear words like hrast and stlarn ... at least I think they are swear words.



Those are swear words, and they're from Ed's pen.

I don't care for them, myself, mainly because they don't flow. Profanity should flow out smoothly.



This is going to sound a little goofy, but if you actually actively try to say the words out loud (not in your head) some of them actually work. Stlarn for instance is just a minor modification on where your tongue starts in your mouth (just as an experiment, look at something when your alone, think how much you hate it and say "stlarn it" and compare that to saying "darn it"). Sark is an easy replacement (say "sark it all" out loud). Then look at something else and think that you want to tell it to go away and say "sabruin yourself" and then compare it to "f*ck yourself". Hrast and Haularake I still have problems with mind you, but I was surprised that I could make the others work. To note, when I get mad, I already try to use "fracking" from Battlestar Galactica whenever I can make my mind replace it..... and yes, I got into some bad habits of swearing like a sailor as I grew up, such that I don't even realize I'm doing it.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 06 May 2021 : 03:15:37
quote:
Originally posted by Artemas Entreri

quote:
Originally posted by Artemas Entreri

Finished Brimstone Angels:Lesser Evils and continuing the story with The Adversary.


I'm enjoying this series thus far, but Erin Evans really needs to cut out the generic Realms swear words like hrast and stlarn ... at least I think they are swear words.



Those are swear words, and they're from Ed's pen.

I don't care for them, myself, mainly because they don't flow. Profanity should flow out smoothly.
Artemas Entreri Posted - 05 May 2021 : 23:02:39
Starting the last book in the Stone of Tymora trilogy, The Sentinels.
Artemas Entreri Posted - 22 Apr 2021 : 17:01:46
Finished The Adversary and starting The Stowaway. I may have totally missed it, but in The Adversary was it ever explained how Rhand was so easily able to collect all of those potential Chosen in his fortress?
Artemas Entreri Posted - 28 Mar 2021 : 21:04:11
quote:
Originally posted by Artemas Entreri

Finished Brimstone Angels:Lesser Evils and continuing the story with The Adversary.


I'm enjoying this series thus far, but Erin Evans really needs to cut out the generic Realms swear words like hrast and stlarn ... at least I think they are swear words.
The Red Walker Posted - 27 Mar 2021 : 22:12:05
Just wrapped up Dragonlance Chronicles and the lost chronicles...... I think I’ll see if dark walker on moon shae has a kindle version, and go back to the beginning of the realms novels
Wooly Rupert Posted - 26 Mar 2021 : 14:38:20
Currently reading a slightly older Shadowrun sourcebook, some manga I've not touched in years, and the ebook of Old Man's War.

I've read some BattleTech ebooks, lately, too.

I'm trying to read more gaming material, graphic novels, and manga, this year, rather than let them gather dust whilst I read novels... But I recently discovered that my habit of reading whilst I eat doesn't work well with manga, so I'm currently reading one thing whilst I eat, one thing whilst reading with my son, and another thing whilst in my "reading room."
Kylia Quilor Posted - 26 Mar 2021 : 14:14:18
Alongside the usual glut of fanfiction I read, I'm re-reading the Last Mythal trilogy and about to start reading the Dragonlance Chronicles again because I hear Weis and Hickman are working on a new trilogy. Been ages so I need to refresh my memory.
Artemas Entreri Posted - 26 Mar 2021 : 12:52:39
Finished Brimstone Angels:Lesser Evils and continuing the story with The Adversary.
Artemas Entreri Posted - 17 Feb 2021 : 15:13:09
quote:
Originally posted by Artemas Entreri

Finished Brimstone Angels. Solid opening to what feels like will be a great series.



... and continuing the story with Brimstone Angels:Lesser Evils.
Artemas Entreri Posted - 16 Feb 2021 : 20:02:39
Finished Brimstone Angels. Solid opening to what feels like will be a great series.
The Red Walker Posted - 13 Feb 2021 : 17:40:39
Just finished Rhythm of War by Brandan Sanderson. That dude knows how to write an epic scope but still keep you engaged.

Going to start back through Dragonlance chronicles , since the new one is out July of this year

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