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Dennis
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Posted - 20 Jun 2011 :  02:53:09  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

I'm now reading First Flight by Edward Bolme from the anthology Realms of the Dragons. It's unlikely I would read the rest in the compilation, save Soulbound by Paul S. Kemp.

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Dennis
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Posted - 21 Jun 2011 :  08:04:48  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Now happily devouring When Even Sky Cities Fall by J. Robert King, from the anthology Realms of the Arcane.

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Tyrant
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USA
586 Posts

Posted - 23 Jun 2011 :  04:26:42  Show Profile  Visit Tyrant's Homepage Send Tyrant a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I finished The Spectral Blaze a few minutes ago. I thought it was a good book and a nice end to this part of the series. The end where numerous things essentially go back to the status quo felt a little off. Well, a little off for a fantasy book. In the real world, that's probably the outcome all too often. A few spoilered comments:I was honestly hoping Jhesrhi would incinerate Shala Karanok on the spot when she said that she was reinstating the laws against mages. It just seemed like a total slap in the face after they helped put her back on the throne. It was very satsifying to see Halonya die a very cheap death at the hands of people she thought were her allies. The end does leave many potential questions as to who is really manipulating who and towards what end. It left me wondering how, or if, the events in The God Catcher factor into the overall game between the dragons that may or may not be going on.

Edit to add: Can't wait for the next one.

Peace is a lie, there is only passion. Through passion, I gain strength. Through strength, I gain power. Through power, I gain victory. Through victory, my chains are broken. The Force shall free me.
-The Sith Code

Teenage Sith zombies, Tulkh thought-how in the moons of Bogden had it all started? Every so often, the universe must just get bored and decide to really cut loose. -Star Wars: Red Harvest

Edited by - Tyrant on 23 Jun 2011 04:28:34
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Thieran
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Germany
292 Posts

Posted - 23 Jun 2011 :  15:57:25  Show Profile Send Thieran a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Reading the "Threat from the Sea" Omnibus at the moment; finished "Rising Tide", now reading "Under Fallen Stars".
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Dennis
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Posted - 23 Jun 2011 :  16:47:14  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Thieran

Reading the "Threat from the Sea" Omnibus at the moment; finished "Rising Tide", now reading "Under Fallen Stars".



Even though I already have the three individual books in this series, I still bought the omnibus primarily because of the cover. Like it a lot. And of course, also because the individual books hardly look they could survive decades in my shelves without crumbling.

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Just finished Insurrection. Entertaining and disappointing at the same time. I'll see if I could write a review on it. When I'm done with a couple of non-FR novels, I'll reread The Magehound and probably read the next WotSQ book, Condemnation.

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Dennis
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Posted - 27 Jun 2011 :  03:03:56  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

I'm now rereading The Magehound by Elaine Cunningham, and trying to ignore the jordaini and the presence of an annoying elf for the sheer pleasure of seeing how the story unfolds. (Did I ever mention I first read the trilogy in this order: Books 3, 1, and 2?)

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Thieran
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Germany
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Posted - 28 Jun 2011 :  17:37:32  Show Profile Send Thieran a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Now simultaneously reading "Elminster Must Die" since the paperback arrived in my mailbox...

quote:
Originally posted by Thieran

Reading the "Threat from the Sea" Omnibus at the moment; finished "Rising Tide", now reading "Under Fallen Stars".

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skychrome
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Posted - 30 Jun 2011 :  04:09:38  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Started Ring of Winter, which so far starts extremely good according to my tastes!

"You make an intriguing offer, one that is very tempting. It would seem that I have little alternative than to answer thusly: DISINTEGRATE!" Vaarsuvius, Order of the Stick 625
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Thieran
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Germany
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Posted - 30 Jun 2011 :  11:02:35  Show Profile Send Thieran a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Finished "Elminster Must Die" - my first 15th century Realms book - and enjoyed it a lot. Now continuing with "Under Fallen Stars".
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Thelonius
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Spain
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Posted - 02 Jul 2011 :  13:13:55  Show Profile  Click to see Thelonius's MSN Messenger address Send Thelonius a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just finished the Wars of the Spider Queen saga, found it mostly enterteining though somehow bit over-extended. Discovered some new facets of Quenthel all through the story, but got to say my most enjoyed chars were Pharaun and Halisstra, that together with Gomph Baenre interventions were the greatests thrills to the story in my view.

"If you are to truly understand, then you will need the contrast, not adherence to a single ideal." - Kreia
"I THINK I JUST HAD ANOTHER NEAR-RINCEWIND EXPERIENCE"- Discworld's Death frustrated after Rincewind scapes his grasp... again.
"I am death, come for thee" - Nimbul, from Baldur's Gate I just before being badly spanked
Sapientia sola libertas est
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LastStand
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Posted - 02 Jul 2011 :  21:19:19  Show Profile Send LastStand a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Also recently finished the WotSQ series and agree with above poster on characters.
Currently busy wit the last book in the 'Starlight and Shadows' trilogy - Windwalker. My first foray into the writing of Ms.Cunningham and have enjoyed the series thoroughly so far.

"Don't. The battlegrounds that you and I have returned from alive are too different."

~ Claymore ch106
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Alisttair
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Canada
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Posted - 03 Jul 2011 :  01:13:31  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Since I last posted here I have read all of the current releases of the brotherhood of the griffon and all the current abyssal plague novels other than Mark of Nerath. Also I actually read an Eberron novel, Lady Ruin and it was pretty good.
Next will be Dawnbringer andntgt collection of short stories

Karsite Arcanar (Most Holy Servant of Karsus)

Anauria - Survivor State of Netheril as penned by me:
http://www.dmsguild.com/m/product/172023
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sparky the bardbarian
Acolyte

USA
1 Posts

Posted - 03 Jul 2011 :  21:37:44  Show Profile Send sparky the bardbarian a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've got well over forty FR novels under my belt, but I'm afraid I've not read one in a couple of years. I just haven't been happy with the direction of the changes mandated by E4.I've read pretty much all of RA Salvatorre's works up to "The Pirate King," where I more or less gave up. I've red most of Ed Greenwood Elaine Cunningham.

I plan to live forever, or die trying.
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Clad In Shadows
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Canada
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Posted - 04 Jul 2011 :  18:30:13  Show Profile  Click to see Clad In Shadows's MSN Messenger address Send Clad In Shadows a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am currently reading Book 3 of The Empyrean Odyssey: The Crystal Mountain.

I've got a "realms.xls" spreadsheet where I track the Realms books I own and have read. Currently (according to the fine list at o-love.net) there are 251 novels. I own 115, and have read 56. I do not count omnibuses as separate books. If I own, say, the Threat From The Sea omnibus, then according to my list, I own the three novels contained within.

I usually read them in spurts. Often reading 7-8 or so before jumping into non-realms stuff for a while. My goal is to own and read every one of them. We'll see how long that takes.
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Tyrant
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USA
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Posted - 08 Jul 2011 :  05:47:19  Show Profile  Visit Tyrant's Homepage Send Tyrant a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I picked up Untold Adventures a week ago and finally took a look through it. There are 4 FR stories within. They are written by Lisa Smedman (Tallfolk Tales), Paul Park (Watchers at the Living Gate), Ed Greenwood (Lord of the Darkways), and Rosemary Jones (Dreaming of Waterdeep). I have so far only read Ed's story. It is set during Manshoon's rise to power in Zhentil Keep. I haven't read Rosemary's story yet, but the little bit at the begining indicates it features Gustin from City of the Dead.

I'm also about 80 pages into Darkvision.

Peace is a lie, there is only passion. Through passion, I gain strength. Through strength, I gain power. Through power, I gain victory. Through victory, my chains are broken. The Force shall free me.
-The Sith Code

Teenage Sith zombies, Tulkh thought-how in the moons of Bogden had it all started? Every so often, the universe must just get bored and decide to really cut loose. -Star Wars: Red Harvest
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LastStand
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Posted - 08 Jul 2011 :  17:14:02  Show Profile Send LastStand a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Finished Windwalker (Starlight and shadows trilogy) and started City of Ravens - which I'm finding very entertaining so far.

"Don't. The battlegrounds that you and I have returned from alive are too different."

~ Claymore ch106
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Dennis
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9933 Posts

Posted - 09 Jul 2011 :  04:00:15  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

I guess I'll have to take a break from reading "new" Realms novels, perhaps for a month or so. I've recently purchased a lot of (non-FR) novels that I can't wait to devour.

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LastStand
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Posted - 10 Jul 2011 :  19:22:40  Show Profile Send LastStand a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Finished City of Ravens. It was a good read and I had a few good chuckles throughout the book. Very much enjoyed Jack and the witty tone of the book. Found the Game of Masks pretty interesting as well.

Now...I'm having a tough time on deciding what to read next. Considering the Blades of the Moonsea trilogy?

"Don't. The battlegrounds that you and I have returned from alive are too different."

~ Claymore ch106

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Tyrant
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USA
586 Posts

Posted - 12 Jul 2011 :  05:00:11  Show Profile  Visit Tyrant's Homepage Send Tyrant a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Tyrant

I picked up Untold Adventures a week ago and finally took a look through it. There are 4 FR stories within. They are written by Lisa Smedman (Tallfolk Tales), Paul Park (Watchers at the Living Gate), Ed Greenwood (Lord of the Darkways), and Rosemary Jones (Dreaming of Waterdeep). I have so far only read Ed's story. It is set during Manshoon's rise to power in Zhentil Keep. I haven't read Rosemary's story yet, but the little bit at the begining indicates it features Gustin from City of the Dead.

I'm also about 80 pages into Darkvision.


I read Rosemary's story yesterday. I liked it. It is about Gustin from City of the Dead in his earlier years as he gets his first taste of "adventure".

Peace is a lie, there is only passion. Through passion, I gain strength. Through strength, I gain power. Through power, I gain victory. Through victory, my chains are broken. The Force shall free me.
-The Sith Code

Teenage Sith zombies, Tulkh thought-how in the moons of Bogden had it all started? Every so often, the universe must just get bored and decide to really cut loose. -Star Wars: Red Harvest
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Lewton
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USA
32 Posts

Posted - 23 Jul 2011 :  18:53:13  Show Profile  Visit Lewton's Homepage Send Lewton a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Recently finished Dawnbringer and Gauntlgrym. I've read some bad posts about Dawnbringer, I myself thought it was a good read. As far as Gauntlygrym, found it to be more enjoyable than some of Mr. Salvatore's more recent books.
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Thieran
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Germany
292 Posts

Posted - 27 Jul 2011 :  15:18:04  Show Profile Send Thieran a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It may not count as a novel, but my copy of the first volume of the collection of DC's Forgotten Realms comics should have arrived today
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Gouf
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USA
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Posted - 27 Jul 2011 :  21:41:24  Show Profile  Visit Gouf's Homepage Send Gouf a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The last thing I finished was the Moonshae triligy....

"Why is the torch burning blue?"
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Tyrant
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USA
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Posted - 27 Jul 2011 :  22:50:27  Show Profile  Visit Tyrant's Homepage Send Tyrant a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I finally finished Darkvision. I had to take a break from Realms novels to read a few others as I hit some kind of hump in Darkvision. I don't think it was a problem with that novel in particular as once I got to page 120 or so my interest picked up again and worked through the rest of the book. I'm going to try to read Stardeep next. After that, depending on the timing, it will probably be Bury Elminster Deep.

Peace is a lie, there is only passion. Through passion, I gain strength. Through strength, I gain power. Through power, I gain victory. Through victory, my chains are broken. The Force shall free me.
-The Sith Code

Teenage Sith zombies, Tulkh thought-how in the moons of Bogden had it all started? Every so often, the universe must just get bored and decide to really cut loose. -Star Wars: Red Harvest
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Thelonius
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Spain
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Posted - 30 Jul 2011 :  16:44:56  Show Profile  Click to see Thelonius's MSN Messenger address Send Thelonius a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm starting to read Gauntlgrym, after a break of two Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. This is the last FR novels I have to read until I get some new ones. Still don't know where I will be heading too, maybe I should get the 4th and 5th of the Time of Troubles saga as I wanted to read them for quite a lot else I'm going for the Lady Penitent ones. Mmmh decisions, decisions, ...

"If you are to truly understand, then you will need the contrast, not adherence to a single ideal." - Kreia
"I THINK I JUST HAD ANOTHER NEAR-RINCEWIND EXPERIENCE"- Discworld's Death frustrated after Rincewind scapes his grasp... again.
"I am death, come for thee" - Nimbul, from Baldur's Gate I just before being badly spanked
Sapientia sola libertas est
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Thieran
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Germany
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Posted - 31 Jul 2011 :  13:43:27  Show Profile Send Thieran a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Finished the comics - not as good as I expected, but still very enjoyable -, now started the paperback of Gauntlgrym.
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