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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.)
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AliMaClan Posted - 10 Jul 2020 : 12:16:34
I’m enjoying the City of Ravens at the minute.
I recently read Diana Wynn Jones’ Chrestomanci books and lngary trilogy. I found these through a Neil Gamin article I read where he named her as one of his favourite writers. I read them myself and then to my children, we really enjoyed them and as a search did not come up with much about her on the forum I thought I would throw it out there that her books are worth a look. They are Sometimes billed as “kids books” but I found them rich, engaging, and not at all written down for “little people” - indeed I am of the opinion that there is no such thing as children’s books anyway, only people books...
Start with “Howl’s Moving Castle” or “Charmed Life”.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 07 May 2020 : 21:21:14
Currently reading the third book of the Riyria Revelations, by Michael J Sullivan.

Next up, I'll be revisiting the only wizard in the Chicago phone book... At long last, Jim Butcher is putting out not one but two new Dresden Files novels. I usually prefer to re-read an entire series when a new book comes out, but now that we're something like 15 books in, that's more of a tasking than it is with the average series of 3 to 6 books. So I arbitrarily decided to start with Small Favor ("Likest thou jelly within thy doughnut?" "Nay, but prithee, with sprinkles 'pon it instead," I said solemnly, "and frosting of white.") and work my way up to the new stuff from there. I'll also be hitting all the short stories, in the appropriate spots.

On a related note, the last time I read through the books, I took a lot of notes -- there's a lot going on in the books, and some of it only comes to light several novels later. One particular line jumped out at me, from one of the earlier books -- Nicodemus referring to Harry as "Little Maggie's youngest." It's that -est that caught my eye -- either Nico was being sloppy with his grammar, or he was referring to three or more children. Since we know of Harry and his half-brother, I'm now wondering if there's a third child -- perhaps one with fae blood, possibly born on May 1st.
Captain Grafalcon Posted - 07 May 2020 : 18:58:06
Haven't read a book in the Elminster saga for many years ... I started again with Elminster must die ... I confess it was not an easy return, but there are interesting points in it. I like the characterization of Ed's villains.
DenverJack Posted - 22 Mar 2020 : 18:40:54
Death Masks was also the last Realms book I’ve read. I know Ed’s stuff isn’t to everyone’s liking, but I have to read it for the lore.
Delnyn Posted - 18 Mar 2020 : 04:36:35
The most recent FR Book I read was Death Masks earlier this year. On different topics, my current book being read is Do Dice Play God? by Ian Stewart. Definitely not Forgotten Realms, unless you wish to mathematize Tymora and Beshaba.
VikingLegion Posted - 17 Mar 2020 : 15:28:47
I finished the first book of the Cloakmaster Cycle, Beyond the Moons. This was a 6-part series utilizing the Spelljammer setting but also popping in on other TSR planets. Each book in the sextet is written by a different author, which is sure to introduce all kinds of inconsistencies in tone and character development :)

This first offering was... not the best. I've enjoyed many of Dave Cook's products in the past - both novels and game supplements. But this one was a bit rough around the edges. It starts in the Dragonlance world of Krynn, with a somewhat unremarkable farmer having his home crash-landed on by a spelljamming vessel. The dying captain passes off her magical cloak to him and tells him to protect it as she expires. One other crew member, a giff (hippopotamus man) survives the crash and helps the main character survive the vicious neogi, who are hunting for the cloak at all costs.

It heavily involves tinker gnomes from Mt. Nevermind (oh boy...) and culminates with the main character getting off world and wondering what he will do next.
CorellonsDevout Posted - 08 Oct 2019 : 04:50:58
Ah, okay, thank you! I was not familiar with them ^^
Wooly Rupert Posted - 08 Oct 2019 : 04:31:31
quote:
Originally posted by CorellonsDevout

quote:
Originally posted by BlindRobertBrown

quote:
Originally posted by CorellonsDevout

Yes, Last Mythal was the one with the Fey'ri, and the elven mage Araevin. I encourage you to get back to it when/if you get a chance.

Elaine's works are among my favorites in the Realms. Like many, I was introduced to the Realms via Drizzt. I loved them at first, but then I branched out, and realized the Drizzt books were not great for lore (except maybe helping to develop Menzoberrazan). I have become pretty disenchanted with them.

The Cormyr novels are good, and I think you are thinking of Threat from the Sea by Mel Odom.

Are you thinking of the avariel, the winged elves? Year of the Rogue Dragons trilogy talked about them, and one of the characters I believe was half-avariel.



No, I'm refering to the race that looks like a mix between a person and a Eagle/Parrot. Their arms double as wings.

Don't get me wrong, I still like the Drizzt books (well at least the ones I've read so far), and I still like him as a character but there are moments where I just want someone to smite some sense into him.

I just recently found out that Wulfgar and Cattie-Brie break up, more or less, and that Drizzt ends up getting with her in later books....Honestly, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about that.

Having read a number of books from other authors for the Forgotten Realms setting, Salvatore is now probably my least favorite of them. Mostly because I hate how minialistic he can be about describing characters or fleshing some of the minor ones out. It drives me right up a wall. Even after all these years I'm still not quite sure if the small village of elves that live near Mooshie's groveare Wood elves or Moon Elves.

I bought copies of books 7-10 for Drizzt's saga last month. I need to convert more of my collection to a much more accessible format before I can read them, and honestly there are other books I'm looking forward to reading more so than those ones.

So far, when it comes to Drizzt's books, my favorite characters are Vizra?, Zaknafein, Jarlaxel, Montolio Debrouchee, Fret Rockcrusher,Harkel Harpell, Dudermont, and Dove Falconhand.

I adore Elaine's writing from what little I've read so far. I'm about to jump into reading Brimstone Angels or at least the first book of that series, I'll probably finish reading Daughters of the Drow once I'm done reading the first Brimstone Angels book.

Good to know that was indeed the trilogy I was thinking of. Yeah, I want to read more of that trilogy. Honestly though, reading it makes me wish Wizards would add some races like Fae'ri as a playable race for fifth edition.

Yes, that's the trilogy I was thinking of. I don't know why I keep thinking it's called "Terror" instead of "Threat." Whoops, my bad there.




Hmm..the only thing that comes to mind for me is the kenku (they're crow-like). I don't know of any other bird-like people.




Aarakocra are like that, too, in some editions.
CorellonsDevout Posted - 08 Oct 2019 : 03:42:47
My most recent reads have been Blood & Ice{/I] by Ariana Nash. I finished that in one day. Her Silk & Steel trilogy is amazing (Blood & Ice was the 3rd in the trilogy). She has a spin-off book coming out the end of this year.

Currently, I am reading more than one book (as is my wont): Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell, The King's Dragon by WM Fawkes, and I started reading [I]Nevernight
by Jay Kristoff.
CorellonsDevout Posted - 08 Oct 2019 : 03:39:26
quote:
Originally posted by BlindRobertBrown

quote:
Originally posted by CorellonsDevout

Yes, Last Mythal was the one with the Fey'ri, and the elven mage Araevin. I encourage you to get back to it when/if you get a chance.

Elaine's works are among my favorites in the Realms. Like many, I was introduced to the Realms via Drizzt. I loved them at first, but then I branched out, and realized the Drizzt books were not great for lore (except maybe helping to develop Menzoberrazan). I have become pretty disenchanted with them.

The Cormyr novels are good, and I think you are thinking of Threat from the Sea by Mel Odom.

Are you thinking of the avariel, the winged elves? Year of the Rogue Dragons trilogy talked about them, and one of the characters I believe was half-avariel.



No, I'm refering to the race that looks like a mix between a person and a Eagle/Parrot. Their arms double as wings.

Don't get me wrong, I still like the Drizzt books (well at least the ones I've read so far), and I still like him as a character but there are moments where I just want someone to smite some sense into him.

I just recently found out that Wulfgar and Cattie-Brie break up, more or less, and that Drizzt ends up getting with her in later books....Honestly, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about that.

Having read a number of books from other authors for the Forgotten Realms setting, Salvatore is now probably my least favorite of them. Mostly because I hate how minialistic he can be about describing characters or fleshing some of the minor ones out. It drives me right up a wall. Even after all these years I'm still not quite sure if the small village of elves that live near Mooshie's groveare Wood elves or Moon Elves.

I bought copies of books 7-10 for Drizzt's saga last month. I need to convert more of my collection to a much more accessible format before I can read them, and honestly there are other books I'm looking forward to reading more so than those ones.

So far, when it comes to Drizzt's books, my favorite characters are Vizra?, Zaknafein, Jarlaxel, Montolio Debrouchee, Fret Rockcrusher,Harkel Harpell, Dudermont, and Dove Falconhand.

I adore Elaine's writing from what little I've read so far. I'm about to jump into reading Brimstone Angels or at least the first book of that series, I'll probably finish reading Daughters of the Drow once I'm done reading the first Brimstone Angels book.

Good to know that was indeed the trilogy I was thinking of. Yeah, I want to read more of that trilogy. Honestly though, reading it makes me wish Wizards would add some races like Fae'ri as a playable race for fifth edition.

Yes, that's the trilogy I was thinking of. I don't know why I keep thinking it's called "Terror" instead of "Threat." Whoops, my bad there.




Hmm..the only thing that comes to mind for me is the kenku (they're crow-like). I don't know of any other bird-like people.

Eh, I didn't really like Wulfgar and Catti-bire together, and Drizzt and Cat have always had chemistry, so I was glad when they finally acknowledge their feelings and get together lol.

That is one of the things that irks me the most about RAS' books; he seems to disregard most lore. It's like playing in the FR sandbox and then throwing the sand. As much has he had written about elves, he hardly goes into their lore and culture at all (and when he does, it tends to be inaccurate). I don't hate the books, but I have become disenchanted with them.

I loved Brimstone Angels. Very good books.
BlindRobertBrown Posted - 07 Oct 2019 : 21:45:06
quote:
Originally posted by CorellonsDevout

Yes, Last Mythal was the one with the Fey'ri, and the elven mage Araevin. I encourage you to get back to it when/if you get a chance.

Elaine's works are among my favorites in the Realms. Like many, I was introduced to the Realms via Drizzt. I loved them at first, but then I branched out, and realized the Drizzt books were not great for lore (except maybe helping to develop Menzoberrazan). I have become pretty disenchanted with them.

The Cormyr novels are good, and I think you are thinking of Threat from the Sea by Mel Odom.

Are you thinking of the avariel, the winged elves? Year of the Rogue Dragons trilogy talked about them, and one of the characters I believe was half-avariel.



No, I'm refering to the race that looks like a mix between a person and a Eagle/Parrot. Their arms double as wings.

Don't get me wrong, I still like the Drizzt books (well at least the ones I've read so far), and I still like him as a character but there are moments where I just want someone to smite some sense into him.

I just recently found out that Wulfgar and Cattie-Brie break up, more or less, and that Drizzt ends up getting with her in later books....Honestly, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about that.

Having read a number of books from other authors for the Forgotten Realms setting, Salvatore is now probably my least favorite of them. Mostly because I hate how minialistic he can be about describing characters or fleshing some of the minor ones out. It drives me right up a wall. Even after all these years I'm still not quite sure if the small village of elves that live near Mooshie's groveare Wood elves or Moon Elves.

I bought copies of books 7-10 for Drizzt's saga last month. I need to convert more of my collection to a much more accessible format before I can read them, and honestly there are other books I'm looking forward to reading more so than those ones.

So far, when it comes to Drizzt's books, my favorite characters are Vizra?, Zaknafein, Jarlaxel, Montolio Debrouchee, Fret Rockcrusher,Harkel Harpell, Dudermont, and Dove Falconhand.

I adore Elaine's writing from what little I've read so far. I'm about to jump into reading Brimstone Angels or at least the first book of that series, I'll probably finish reading Daughters of the Drow once I'm done reading the first Brimstone Angels book.

Good to know that was indeed the trilogy I was thinking of. Yeah, I want to read more of that trilogy. Honestly though, reading it makes me wish Wizards would add some races like Fae'ri as a playable race for fifth edition.

Yes, that's the trilogy I was thinking of. I don't know why I keep thinking it's called "Terror" instead of "Threat." Whoops, my bad there.



Wooly Rupert Posted - 07 Oct 2019 : 20:08:46
My most recent reads are Without Remorse, Words of Radiance, and Pride and Prejudice. I should finish that last book today, and then I will read the Epic Failure Trilogy. I've read the first two books, but the third one just came out, so I'm going to read them all in one go. The first book got my attention because of the subtitle on the cover: "Please restart your warship."
CorellonsDevout Posted - 07 Oct 2019 : 18:21:05
Yes, Last Mythal was the one with the Fey'ri, and the elven mage Araevin. I encourage you to get back to it when/if you get a chance.

Elaine's works are among my favorites in the Realms. Like many, I was introduced to the Realms via Drizzt. I loved them at first, but then I branched out, and realized the Drizzt books were not great for lore (except maybe helping to develop Menzoberrazan). I have become pretty disenchanted with them.

The Cormyr novels are good, and I think you are thinking of Threat from the Sea by Mel Odom.

Are you thinking of the avariel, the winged elves? Year of the Rogue Dragons trilogy talked about them, and one of the characters I believe was half-avariel.
BlindRobertBrown Posted - 07 Oct 2019 : 17:45:09
quote:
Originally posted by CorellonsDevout

Brimstone Angels is fantastic! Glad you're able to read again! I also recommend anything by Elaine Cunningham. Her works in the Realms are fantastic. I also suggest the Last Mythal trilogy and the Erevis Cale series.



Is the last Mithil series the one involving the Fae'ri? If so, I got about 25 percent through it before I had to put it down. Not because I didn't like it but because I had a major glitch with the program I use to convert my files to make them more accessible. From what I remember reading of that book so far, it is indeed pretty good, though I haven't made up my mind on what I think about the main character. I forget his nname but he's the elf who wants to become a High Mage. So far my favorite character from that book is probably the Fae'ri guy with the patcheye.

Yes, Elain's books are pretty good. I've only read half of Daughter of the Drow up to this point and I'm fully aware that I need to go back and finish it at some point but I really like Laerial. I like her far more so than I like Drizzt Do'Urden.

Actually it's kind of weird. I adored Drizzt when I first read both The Dark Elf and Icewind Dale trilogies for the first time back in 2003 when I was a teenager but having finally re-read those earlier books of his again for the first time in years...Well I still like him but not as much as I remember doing so in the past. Weird.

Honestly, I plan on buying copies of all the Forgotten Realms novels ever so slowly. If I'm able to do so, I plan on buying copies of the Cormyr and Terror of the Sea? I don't remember if that' the correct title of the series or not.

Honestly though, I would like to find at least one book that features certain races such as Triton or Arranachar? Bird-People I mean.

Yeah, I adore Tiefling as a race, so I'm totally looking forward to reading Brimstone Angels and seeing what I end up thinking about it.
CorellonsDevout Posted - 07 Oct 2019 : 16:05:21
Brimstone Angels is fantastic! Glad you're able to read again! I also recommend anything by Elaine Cunningham. Her works in the Realms are fantastic. I also suggest the Last Mythal trilogy and the Erevis Cale series.
BlindRobertBrown Posted - 07 Oct 2019 : 06:59:33
I only recently started reading Forgotten Realms novels again after being forced away from all the awesome series for years now due to gradual lack of vision. Thank Brighid for accessible EBook apps!

I recently re-read the first six books about Drizzt and I just bought copies of the next four in the series. I'll probably start reading them soon! I can't wait!

I recently finished reading The House of Serpents trilogy, which actually turned out to be one of my favorite series as far as Forgotten Realms novels are concerned. I love Psionics and Yuan-Ti, so it was everything I had hoped for and more.

I'm currently about to start reading both the Black Water on Moonshae trilogy, as well as the Brimstone Angels series. Hopefully they both turn out to be great reads!
Wooly Rupert Posted - 14 Aug 2019 : 01:56:50
Kind of on a Star Wars kick right now... After Thrawn: Treason, I read one called Alphabet Squadron.

It's got a not-uncommon premise: take a group of people who don't know each other, put them together, give them a common goal, and then sit back and watch.

There was an A-wing pilot, a B-wing pilot, a U-wing pilot, an X-wing pilot, and a Y-wing pilot. Hence, the name.

The author did avoid a couple of tropes: it wasn't the inspirational leader that pulled the group together, and they didn't mesh to become some sort of amazing team, either. They did eventually mesh, but it wasn't because of -- in fact, it was almost in spite of -- their leader, the X-wing pilot who was a former TIE fighter pilot.

Where the author failed is that only two of the five characters were interesting. The leader was standoffish and aloof the whole time and not really likable, the U-wing pilot was a mystery the entire book, and while the B-wing pilot did get some air time, it was the remaining two that really carried the story.

The author did clearly set up a potential sequel, but I'm hoping that sequel never happens. This author had their chance, it's someone else's turn.

Now I'm reading Last Shot. It's a little confusing, the way it jumps back and forth between pre-Rebellion, post-Solo Han, pre-Solo Lando, and post-Endor both of them, but I am enjoying it more than the previous one.

A minor character that was just introduced is one I hope becomes a main character: A Gungan that cuts off and berates Han as soon as Han says "Meesa." This Gungan talks normally and is entirely unlike Jar Jar.

And there was this part:

"Lando hadn't taken good care of the Falcon's main sitting area. Which was to say, he had taken too-good care of it. The guy was meticulous. When Han had won it fair and square(ish) in that fateful sabacc game a while back, he'd found the entire ship spotless, souped up, sparkling. Who could live in those conditions? Unacceptable. Han had immediately gotten to work scuffing it up, making it a place where a regular person could kick back and enjoy themself, not some maniac's immaculate cape museum."

There are a couple of other great lines about Lando and his cape collection, too. I think Lando must be the author's favorite character, because the author is clearly enjoying getting into Lando's head.

Despite the confusing narrative shifts, I'm enjoying this one.
12swords Posted - 30 Jul 2019 : 15:55:43
I got into Shadowrun when it first came out, in the 90's, but IIRC only played once or twice with my gaming group back then. I did like the concept though, high fantasy combined with cyberpunk? Pshhhh....
I think I owned one or two of the BattleTech books as well, but I completely forgot there was a wargame version as well as an RPG version.

I've tried to get into the Star Wars novels some, and I've heard the original Thrawn trilogy by Zahn were some of the best examples of that lineup. I think I've read the first third of the first Thrawn book before moving on. For some reason, I like the movies more than the books...
Wooly Rupert Posted - 30 Jul 2019 : 10:04:35
The Shadowrun book proved better than expected, though there have been better ones.

Next up, one I've been waiting for: Thrawn: Treason. The Thrawn books are among the few Expanded Universe books I read back when it was still a thing, so it was great to see Thrawn become canon again. And I love how Zahn has kept everything about the old, non-canon Thrawn compatible with the new, canon Thrawn.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 30 Jul 2019 : 05:14:34
quote:
Originally posted by 12swords

I've never played the game, but I did read one of the early BattleTech novels, by William H. Keith Jr. I remember it being pretty good for an RPG novel. The writer is former military and did a good job in describing the management of a fighting company.

I enjoyed the Shadowrun RPG but never really played it. The novels I never really cared for. One of the early ones had a scene where some elf assassin was getting raped by a couple troll bodyguards, that was a little too gritty for me.




I discovered BattleTech and Shadowrun both around 1990ish... I didn't play BTech for the first time until like 2000, and my one time playing the Shadowrun RPG was at GenCon in 2015 or '16!

I did play a lot of BattleTech, but only the minis game -- never the RPG side of it. As with Shadowrun, I simply never had the chance.
12swords Posted - 30 Jul 2019 : 02:13:34
I've never played the game, but I did read one of the early BattleTech novels, by William H. Keith Jr. I remember it being pretty good for an RPG novel. The writer is former military and did a good job in describing the management of a fighting company.

I enjoyed the Shadowrun RPG but never really played it. The novels I never really cared for. One of the early ones had a scene where some elf assassin was getting raped by a couple troll bodyguards, that was a little too gritty for me.

Currently I'm reading The Expanse series of novels, went through the first few really fast but getting bogged down with Babylon's Ashes. Now I'm sort of flipping back and forth through that and some RPG books (FR and Pathfinder), FR novels (Timeless by RAS), and online fiction.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 28 Jul 2019 : 03:43:50
Just finished a BattleTech eBook, Iron Dawn. Not great, not bad. It's set in 3150, but has the same feel as the original, pre-Jihad stuff, so that was a huge plus. What was a little odd, for me, was the premise of a bunch of planetary nobles sponsoring kids -- even orphans from other worlds -- and sending them to a military academy. And not just that, but regularly having them over for "family dinners" and such. Sure, it's been 100 years since the stuff I'm more familiar with, and certainly, not all worlds will be run the same, but that was still an odd note.

Also odd was a Combine unit deciding to go rogue and make their own little fiefdom, carving it out of the Federated Suns.

Now I'm reading a Shadowrun novel, Shadows Down Under. I really liked the Shadowrun stuff when it first came out, so it's good to see the setting getting some love again.

I've got a couple Star Wars novels on deck, next. I won't have them in hand until Monday, though -- my local post office consistently displays incompetence in delivering the mail, and my Amazon packages almost never get here as quickly as Amazon promises, because they get to the post office and then just sit.
CorellonsDevout Posted - 28 Jul 2019 : 00:50:28
quote:
Originally posted by Captain Grafalcon

Started Brimstone angels, by Erin M. Evans. A very good writing and storytelling!



Brimstone Angels was great.
CorellonsDevout Posted - 28 Jul 2019 : 00:49:32
I haven't posted what I am reading here in a while, either. I also make a point of reading everyday, and I tend to go through books. Last year I read a 105 books. I am at 43 so far this year (I have been a little busier, but I do make time to read).

I finally read the Nethril trilogy. I don't know why it took me so long. Tbh, it wasn't what I was expecting. I was expecting to read about Karsus and how he became insane, but it wasn't even really about him, except as a secondary character. In some ways that is good, as it prevented me from getting attached lol, but I felt the overall characters and plot wws... subpar. I don't know, I guess I just expected something different, after all I have heard about Nethril (not to mention the return of Shade Enclave).

Anyway, I also won't detail all the books I have read since my last update, either. Along with fantasy, which is a given for me, I have been reading some really interesting nonfiction books on Japan. Currently, I am reading Engaging in Japanese Philosophy by Thomas P. Kasulis.
Captain Grafalcon Posted - 28 Jul 2019 : 00:08:25
Started Brimstone angels, by Erin M. Evans. A very good writing and storytelling!

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