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Artemas Entreri
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Posted - 21 Jul 2016 :  20:59:46  Show Profile Send Artemas Entreri a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Portuguese D. Ace

Two days ago i started "the Lies of Locke Lamora"

Sweet Tymora, what a joy.

Cant put it down.

(Just finished the three main books of The First Law)





What did you think of the First Law? I loved it. The Lies of Locke Lamora was fantastic as well.

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I'm now reading an alt-history called Joe Steele. The premise is that Stalin was born in the US (his dad had left Russia and came to the US), and winds up becoming President. It's kind of weird -- I don't feel particularly enthusiastic to keep reading it, but I want to see how the story plays out.



I finished this one yesterday... And I don't think I'll read it again.

The book (perhaps inevitably, given the subject) brings Animal Farm to mind, for me. Not as much for the political angle, but instead, what that angle represents: the hopeful revolution, followed by a descent into tyranny and a reality darker than the one that was revolted against.

By the time I got to the end of Joe Steele, I was mostly interested in what was going to happen after Joe Steele died. I wanted to see the next President was going to do to undo what Steele had done.... And that wasn't what happened. So the book ends on a rather bleak note, which for me makes for some very dissatisfying reading. It may work for some, but not for me.

The book didn't bug me the way The Man in the High Castle did, but it is similar in that it's not one that I can recommend to anyone.

I'm currently reading Aftermath: Life Debt, the newest Star Wars book. Not sure what will be next on the list, but with GenCon approaching, I've got to keep it in my reading plans.

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Portuguese D. Ace
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Posted - 28 Jul 2016 :  20:15:14  Show Profile Send Portuguese D. Ace a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Artemas Entreri

quote:
Originally posted by Portuguese D. Ace

Two days ago i started "the Lies of Locke Lamora"

Sweet Tymora, what a joy.

Cant put it down.

(Just finished the three main books of The First Law)





What did you think of the First Law? I loved it. The Lies of Locke Lamora was fantastic as well.



I loved it as well. the main story was a little bit straightforward for my taste, but damn, Abercrombie CAN write some characters!

Glokta hypnotized me.

I still have to read the other four spinoffs.


On the other hand, I just finished The Lies of Locke Lamora (I devoured it)and... i loved it way more than the first law.
i loved everything of it. the characters, the storyline, the descriptions. it felt really complete, while, in comparison, the first law lacked something...



anyway, it feels a little bit weird to me, that almost every name in Locke Lamora has an Italian feeling (i'm Italian).

The name Camorr is ODDLY (or purposefully...?) similar to Camorra, the name of an italian type of Mafia...

Now i'm already onto Red seas under a red skies

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I really need to get into those 'Locke Lamora' books. Every reader I know comfortably swears they're a "rippin' good yarn."

...

As for what I'm reading at the moment... mopstly re-reads while I await a shipment of new books. So, old DRAGONLANCE re-read in the form of Fistandantilus Reborn, Mark Waid's phenomenal Irredeemable and Incorruptible comic books, the Tome and Blood earlier 3e D&D supplement.

The only really new "read," is most of the current issues I'm interested in picking up from DC's Rebirth [yes, again!] line.

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Just finished "Spellstorm" and now it's "Death Masks"...Then it's time for "The Sundering" Series. I got to get caught up after almost 3 years...

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words unwritten and set them down ere they fade . . . Learn
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will lead you to the greatest art of all: understanding."
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 29 Jul 2016 :  12:52:50  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

I really need to get into those 'Locke Lamora' books. Every reader I know comfortably swears they're a "rippin' good yarn."


I need to check those out, myself. That and Name of the Wind. I've got the latter book, but I've not gotten around to reading it.

quote:
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As for what I'm reading at the moment... mopstly re-reads while I await a shipment of new books. So, old DRAGONLANCE re-read in the form of Fistandantilus Reborn, snip



Oh, man, why would you do that to yourself? I go out of my way to tell people they don't need to read that as part of the Lost Gods trilogy, because all it does is intro the one character...

Reading that one is a chore, for me.

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It's a slog for me as well, but I'm presently referencing some pertinent lore on Skullcap at the moment, and I recall this novel featuring that location pretty significantly at the beginning.

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Artemas Entreri
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Posted - 29 Jul 2016 :  14:42:37  Show Profile Send Artemas Entreri a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Starting KJ Parker's Devices and Desires.

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Artemas Entreri
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Posted - 29 Jul 2016 :  14:43:30  Show Profile Send Artemas Entreri a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

I really need to get into those 'Locke Lamora' books. Every reader I know comfortably swears they're a "rippin' good yarn."





Do it. Do it now.

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Artemas Entreri
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Posted - 29 Jul 2016 :  14:44:27  Show Profile Send Artemas Entreri a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Portuguese D. Ace

quote:
Originally posted by Artemas Entreri

quote:
Originally posted by Portuguese D. Ace

Two days ago i started "the Lies of Locke Lamora"

Sweet Tymora, what a joy.

Cant put it down.

(Just finished the three main books of The First Law)





What did you think of the First Law? I loved it. The Lies of Locke Lamora was fantastic as well.



I loved it as well. the main story was a little bit straightforward for my taste, but damn, Abercrombie CAN write some characters!




Yes Abercrombie writes the best characters in fantasy IMO.

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Wooly Rupert
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I finished reading Aftermath: Life Debt. It wasn't bad, but it similarly wasn't great.

I'm currently reading Ghost Rebellion, the next book in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, and I'm quite enjoying it -- it's been a fun series, overall.

I hope to finish this one before boarding the plane on Wednesday, and heading to GenCon.

I'll be taking two books with me in dead-tree format, for the trip. These looked promising enough that I'll share the URLs. I discovered both of those thru some book list email that I wound up on -- Goodreads, mayhaps.

The Interminables and Dark Matter: A Novel

And I'm quite looking forward to my friend Beth's new book, which comes out this month:

Breath of Earth

I've really enjoyed Beth's other stuff (and our lovely Lady Hooded One said that Ed like Beth's first book and was going to pick up her second), so I've high expectations for this one.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 12 Aug 2016 :  14:48:12  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So I read Dark Matter: A Novel on the plane to Indy, and very much enjoyed it.

I started The Interminables soon after, and finished it last night. Not bad, not great -- some really nifty ideas, but the execution wasn't as nifty.

I just this morning started one of the many books I picked up at GenCon, Betrayal of Ideals -- it's a new BattleTech novel that finally tells the tale of Clan Wolverine, also known as the Not-Named Clan. It is, thus far, told from the PoV of Khan Sarah McEvedy.

And since it's about Clan Wolverine, it's set in the past (at least, the past for the BattleTech Universe). If it was set in the post-Jihad present, I'd likely not have touched it.

I am hoping that this book finally and definitively links the Minnesota Tribe to Clan Wolverine. It's pretty obvious the Tribe was the remnants of the Clan, but I don't think they've ever explicitly confirmed that.

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Artemas Entreri
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Reading KJ Parker's Devices and Desires. It's pretty good so far. I'd compare it with the following analogy: Devices & Desires is to Engineering what Pillars of the Earth is to Architecture/Construction ... so if you like what Pillars did for architecture and want something similar for engineering, then this might be the book for you.

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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

So I read Dark Matter: A Novel on the plane to Indy, and very much enjoyed it.

I started The Interminables soon after, and finished it last night. Not bad, not great -- some really nifty ideas, but the execution wasn't as nifty.

I just this morning started one of the many books I picked up at GenCon, Betrayal of Ideals -- it's a new BattleTech novel that finally tells the tale of Clan Wolverine, also known as the Not-Named Clan. It is, thus far, told from the PoV of Khan Sarah McEvedy.

And since it's about Clan Wolverine, it's set in the past (at least, the past for the BattleTech Universe). If it was set in the post-Jihad present, I'd likely not have touched it.

I am hoping that this book finally and definitively links the Minnesota Tribe to Clan Wolverine. It's pretty obvious the Tribe was the remnants of the Clan, but I don't think they've ever explicitly confirmed that.

Granted, I've been out of the loop with much of the later Jihad material, and granted further that you've mostly avoided nearly all of it... but I recall reading something linking the remnants of the Wolverines, the Tribe, and the Word of Blake... to the point that the Jihad was really some secret part of the Wolverines and their revenge against the entire populated space of humanity - Successor States and Clans included - for their own Clan's ultimate destruction centuries earlier.

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Wooly Rupert
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Sounds like a theory, more than anything else... The BattleTech wiki doesn't even mention that possibility.

I was a bit disappointed in a couple of things with Betrayal of Ideals... One was that after the focus left one particular group of Wolverines, they weren't mentioned again -- so the fate of that group is unknown. And the major disappointment was the lack of any reference to the Minnesota Tribe, other than in the ComStar-focused epilog. There was heavy mention of the 331st Division, and we know that the Tribe included a logo similar to that, but that was the only real connection.

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So I just re-read everything I could find on the Minnesota Tribe, including an old article from the BattleTech site that dates back several years - the date on the file was 2003, but looking at the file info, it was created in 2001. This means it was likely done on my first computer, that accursed Windows ME box I had! That file has likely been moved across at least half a dozen hard drives since then...

Unrelated to that, I've decided to re-read the Codex Alera books, by Jim Butcher.

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Portuguese D. Ace
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I finished The Republic of Thieves. it was amazing.

i'm keen on reading the thorn of emberlain when it comes out. Scott Lynch is now on my top 5 of fantasy writers


now i'm on Slaughterhouse n.5 by Kurt Vonneguth, but i find it a difficult read. not my style, but damn, i began it, i'm finishing it.

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ElaineCunningham
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Just read Alex Bledsoe's CHAPEL OF EASE, the fourth Tufa novel. I highly recommend them.
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Artemas Entreri
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Reading The Mad God's Amulet by Michael Moorcock.

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Just finished reading American Gods, really an awesome piece of writing, got to say I really liked the protagonist, I was wary of him since some reviews said it was difficult to empathize with him, but I totally did. Got Neverwhere, Interworld and Terry Pratchet's Pyramids on the bookcase. Ahhhh decisions....

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Just finished reading American Gods, really an awesome piece of writing, got to say I really liked the protagonist, I was wary of him since some reviews said it was difficult to empathize with him, but I totally did. Got Neverwhere, Interworld and Terry Pratchet's Pyramids on the bookcase. Ahhhh decisions....



American Gods was good, but a little too weird for me... I love the sequel, though, Anansi Boys.

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Just finished reading the last book of the Codex Alera series, so now I can start on my friend Beth's newest book, Breath of Earth.

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quote:
Originally posted by Thelonius

Just finished reading American Gods, really an awesome piece of writing, got to say I really liked the protagonist, I was wary of him since some reviews said it was difficult to empathize with him, but I totally did. Got Neverwhere, Interworld and Terry Pratchet's Pyramids on the bookcase. Ahhhh decisions....



American Gods was good, but a little too weird for me... I love the sequel, though, Anansi Boys.



Know what you mean yet love the weirdness, don't know if Anansi Boys is edited here though...

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GRIT by Angela Ducksworth. Non-fiction, positive psychology. Very good book, highly recommended.
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Just finished reading the last book of the Codex Alera series, so now I can start on my friend Beth's newest book, Breath of Earth.



I very much enjoyed Beth's new book and can't wait for the sequel. It's making my list of best new reads of the year.

I'm now reading one called Tales of the Invisible Hand. It's a kinda sci-fi-ish one, set on Earth, way in the past. Part of the premise (established in journal entries, every few chapters) is that our modern civilization is not the first to reach our level of technology; at least one prior civilization of people had gotten to a similar tech level 70,000 years ago. Why this civilization hasn't left more evidence behind is not addressed (at least, not yet); most of the book is following a scout pilot and some sort of higher-up that is flying with him. It's not real clear if the higher-up is an officer, some sort of ranking civilian, or some combination thereof -- I've only read the first few chapters. It's interesting, thus far.

Thus far, a trip to see why trade has fallen off with one particular nation has involved the discovery that this nation has been utterly wiped out, and that still another nation is launching a surprise war.

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