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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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Captain Grafalcon Posted - 10 Jan 2022 : 14:39:53
I just finished The Simbul's Gift (Lynn Abbey). I have a lot of apprehension about the involvement of relevant and powerful characters in FR novels. My overall impression is of a Simbul that doesn't justify being so feared (as well as loved by her own). What bothered me most was the character's ingenuity when faced with challenges. The villains, however, were well developed.Thay is one of the most fascinating empires to explore in the Realms. I appreciate Szass Tam, but itīs good to read more novels involving other zulkirs.
Gelcur Posted - 15 Dec 2021 : 19:02:50
quote:
Originally posted by Artemas Entreri

Finished Spellstorm. Ed Greenwood's attempt at a Realms mystery novel had about as much depth as an episode of Scooby Doo.


I've got to add it to my list, I love Scooby Doo.

I just finished Death Masks and I loved it. I actually liked it so much I started it over. One of my favorite Realms novels so far.

Plus I love the fact that Lords of Waterdeep board game makes an appearance in the novel.

'There were five men and women seated around the table in this room, with a board between them depicting the city of Waterdeep One of the men was grinning and announcing gleefully, "Time for a mandatory quest, I think!"'
Wooly Rupert Posted - 15 Dec 2021 : 17:02:06
I finished the Yamada Monogatari books in about a week, as expect. I just a few minutes ago finished another book called The Chimera Code. It's got a lot of cyberpunk elements, without being the corporate dystopia you usually see in cyberpunk. And it's also got magic. I wasn't really grabbed by the book, initially, but it finished strong enough that I'll look for the next book, when it comes out.

Next I'm going to revisit the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences books I mentioned at the top of the previous page.
Artemas Entreri Posted - 15 Dec 2021 : 16:27:07
Finished Spellstorm. Ed Greenwood's attempt at a Realms mystery novel had about as much depth as an episode of Scooby Doo.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 07 Dec 2021 : 04:14:12
Re-reading some favorites, myself: The Yamada Monogatari series by Richard Parks. It's historical fantasy set in ancient Japan. The main character is a nobleman in name only, and is something of a detective-type with a focus on the supernatural.

I'd forgotten how much I really enjoy these books.

I've no idea what's next on my reading agenda, but it will likely be less than a week before I'm done with these and reading to grab something new.
steeve95 Posted - 07 Dec 2021 : 03:59:43
I'm reading books mostly related to psychology, spirituality, self esteem emotional intelligence and life coaching. I think these topics are not too much covered in our life and despite they are very important for our lives. Life coaching can assist you to deal with your life problems, with the help of life coaching and counselling we can create empathy in people to help others by feeling their pain and sorrows.
Artemas Entreri Posted - 29 Nov 2021 : 21:46:18
Starting Spellstorm which looks like it will be a typical Greenwood Realms novel. On a positive note, I'll only have 1 more Greenwood novel left after that.
Artemas Entreri Posted - 29 Nov 2021 : 21:43:57
quote:
Originally posted by Zeromaru X

Well, Ashes and its "sequel", The Devil You Know, are about the fate of the dragonborn after the Second Sundering...


Not looking forward to The Devil You Know either.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 28 Nov 2021 : 17:08:41
Right now, I'm reading Before The Dawn. It's a RWBY tie-in, and I think it's actually a YA novel, but I'm reading it partially as a fan of RWBY and partially because I want to make sure there's no reason my son (he's 10) can't read it.

CallMeGene got both my son and I hooked on RWBY by showing us the food fight from season 2.
Zeromaru X Posted - 28 Nov 2021 : 15:51:43
Well, Ashes and its "sequel", The Devil You Know, are about the fate of the dragonborn after the Second Sundering...
Artemas Entreri Posted - 28 Nov 2021 : 13:02:46
Finished Ashes of the Tyrant. Way too much time spent on the dragonborn, which I could generally care less about, but decent otherwise.
Artemas Entreri Posted - 28 Nov 2021 : 13:00:13
quote:
Originally posted by Captain Grafalcon

quote:
Originally posted by Artemas Entreri

Finished Fire in the Blood. Wow 600+ pages is a bit long for a Realms book.



Have you like it? I want to read it soon.


It was ok but would have been better at the standard Realms novel length.
Captain Grafalcon Posted - 16 Oct 2021 : 14:12:43
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd



quote:
Originally posted by Captain Grafalcon

Finished The Last Mythal trilogy. I believe it is one of the best novels in the FR universe.
When it comes to elves in FR, a lot of emphasis is placed on drow, and so far I haven't had significant contact with elven culture. Evermeet (or any high elven city) appears in timid references throughout the novels.

The story features many well-developed characters, and Baker did a good job of narrating the dilemmas an elf faces: ambition/personal commitment conflict and relationship with different races.






If you haven't read Elaine Cunningham's books, you should definitely do so. Elfshadow / Elfsong / Silver Shadows / Dream Spheres / Thornhold. Also Evermeet. Then there's the Starlight and Shadows trilogy.




Yes, very good works! I like the mature tone and character development that Elaine Cunningham brings to her stories. I still need to read Evermeet.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 15 Oct 2021 : 20:32:42
Right now I'm reading The City We Became. Not bad, but it's got more than a little of the surreal in it, and I'm not the biggest fan of surreal.

I grabbed this one to read because it was on top of my pile of most recent acquisitions. The next one in that pile is The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind (that's how it's spelled on the cover, asterisk and everything), so it'll likely be my next read.
ericlboyd Posted - 15 Oct 2021 : 18:56:44


quote:
Originally posted by Captain Grafalcon

Finished The Last Mythal trilogy. I believe it is one of the best novels in the FR universe.
When it comes to elves in FR, a lot of emphasis is placed on drow, and so far I haven't had significant contact with elven culture. Evermeet (or any high elven city) appears in timid references throughout the novels.

The story features many well-developed characters, and Baker did a good job of narrating the dilemmas an elf faces: ambition/personal commitment conflict and relationship with different races.






If you haven't read Elaine Cunningham's books, you should definitely do so. Elfshadow / Elfsong / Silver Shadows / Dream Spheres / Thornhold. Also Evermeet. Then there's the Starlight and Shadows trilogy.
Captain Grafalcon Posted - 15 Oct 2021 : 17:59:13
Finished The Last Mythal trilogy. I believe it is one of the best novels in the FR universe.
When it comes to elves in FR, a lot of emphasis is placed on drow, and so far I haven't had significant contact with elven culture. Evermeet (or any high elven city) appears in timid references throughout the novels.

The story features many well-developed characters, and Baker did a good job of narrating the dilemmas an elf faces: ambition/personal commitment conflict and relationship with different races.

Captain Grafalcon Posted - 23 Sep 2021 : 21:12:37
Starting The Last Mythal trilogy (Richard Baker). I saw that some members of the group liked this series, I have good expectations.
CorellonsDevout Posted - 15 Sep 2021 : 01:47:26
I recently read Soulstar, last book in the Kingston Cycle, which is getting a tv adaptation, and am almost done with the second book in the Mage Winds trilogy. The Valdemar books are something I wish I had gotten around to reading a long time ago, but I didn't start them until...2018, I think, and i haven't been reading them consistently.

For nonfiction, I have been reading the Tale of Idolized Boys, which is about the chigo system in medieval Japan.

Mod edit: Fixed the italics coding.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 15 Sep 2021 : 01:21:06
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Since this post, I've read the rest of the Golgotha books (the Weird West ones), the rest of the Parasol Protectorate, and now I'm re-reading the Custard Protocol books, which are twenty years later than the Parasol Protectorate and focus on the now-adult children of the characters from the first series.



So, since that post, I've finished off the Custard Protocol books, read the new Star Wars novel, and now I'm working on David Weber's The Excalibur Alternative. I think I'm going to read the next Maradaine trilogy next; I've been meaning to get to it.

Also, I'm reading The Mwangi Expanse for Pathfinder, and an older Shadowrun sourcebook, Dragons of the Sixth World. I'm almost done with the latter and will be putting it up on eBay once I'm done -- I wound up with two copies, and judging by the asking prices I see on there, I can easily get my money back.
Captain Grafalcon Posted - 14 Sep 2021 : 20:31:06
quote:
Originally posted by Artemas Entreri

Finished Fire in the Blood. Wow 600+ pages is a bit long for a Realms book.



Have you like it? I want to read it soon.
Artemas Entreri Posted - 14 Sep 2021 : 15:56:16
Finished Fire in the Blood. Wow 600+ pages is a bit long for a Realms book.
Captain Grafalcon Posted - 27 Aug 2021 : 20:35:16
Finished Crypt of the Shadowking (The Harper series 6, Mark Anthony). After the previous book in the series, The Ring of Winter, one of the best books I've ever read from the Realms, I was afraid that the next book would be a lot worse. Fortunately, Crypt of the Shadowking is a very interesting story that surprises for the narrative, without having many descriptions of fights and action. Another pleasant surprise is that it takes place in Iriaebor, a place I knew little about.

Wooly Rupert Posted - 20 Aug 2021 : 15:50:59
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.



Since this post, I've read the rest of the Golgotha books (the Weird West ones), the rest of the Parasol Protectorate, and now I'm re-reading the Custard Protocol books, which are twenty years later than the Parasol Protectorate and focus on the now-adult children of the characters from the first series.
Captain Grafalcon Posted - 20 Aug 2021 : 14:58:56
Finished Shadowbane (The Shadowbane series book II, Eric Scott de Bie). I really like the author's storytelling. In this second book there was still a lot to be learned about the protagonist, without seeming forced. I like the descriptions of the fights (they are as good as Salvatore's). It's a shame I have just one more book of the series left.
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)

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