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Clegane
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Posted - 23 Sep 2016 :  19:25:34  Show Profile Send Clegane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Children of the Earth and Sky by Guy Kay. Great read!
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Wooly Rupert
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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.



This one was interesting, but not great. It never did answer the question of why no traces of the prior civilization disappeared, though the professor that discovered this civilization suggests that perhaps all the cities were near the sea and have been covered by rising sea levels. There's also a reference to a supervolcano that exploded around that time frame.

The book very much sets up for a sequel, which could also address the issue.

Honestly, I think it would have been better had that angle not even been there. Knowing that it was on Earth, I constantly found myself wondering about where the various nations were, and of course the question about how no traces were left behind was never far from my thoughts. There was only once that I was able to place a location (Turkey), and it wasn't under I was looking at the appendices in the back that I realized one character was a Neanderthal.

The angle of being set in the distant past was an interesting one, and it nicely explains some "ancient astronaut" legends, but overall, I think it detracted more than it added.

I also found it a bit illogical that immortal beings would be so bad at keeping records and such that they'd forget their own past. (One of the races was immortal)

I'm now reading Yamada Monogatari: The Emperor in Shadow. I had no idea this one was coming; I only found it by chance, when I was taking a second look at the bookstore. I very thoroughly enjoyed the other Yamada Monogatari books, so this one was at the top of my reading list as soon as I saw it on the shelf at the bookstore.

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Quale
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Posted - 30 Sep 2016 :  18:35:15  Show Profile Send Quale a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Reading Night Without Stars by Peter F. Hamilton, not as interesting so far as the first book
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KraziJoe
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Posted - 07 Oct 2016 :  20:13:48  Show Profile Send KraziJoe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Jack Reacher
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Wooly Rupert
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Jack Reacher



I read one of those books. The impression it had on me is why I've not read others.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 08 Oct 2016 :  04:01:06  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I finished Yamada Monogatari: The Emperor in Shadow and then read Black Dogs, which I found enjoyable. I'm now reading another Warmachine novel, Flashpoint.

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Fellfire
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Posted - 10 Oct 2016 :  13:59:03  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just finished Maestro. My expectations were low. Picked up the old Babylon 5 Psi Corps Trilogy. Dark Genesis was excellent.

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Fellfire
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Posted - 11 Oct 2016 :  02:37:17  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Anybody tried the new Harry Potter?

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Sunderstone
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Posted - 11 Oct 2016 :  02:43:32  Show Profile Send Sunderstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Anybody tried the new Harry Potter?



Yes, it's basically the printed script from the show. It's centered around his second son Albus Severus and is very good and after the first thirty pages you kind of get past the format.

The show is supposed to be very good and I could see it getting big screen treatment at some point.
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Fellfire
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Posted - 11 Oct 2016 :  06:43:04  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh. Thanks. Didn't know about a show. Is that HBO or something?

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Schreckstoff
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Posted - 11 Oct 2016 :  14:18:51  Show Profile Send Schreckstoff a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Oh. Thanks. Didn't know about a show. Is that HBO or something?


it's a play in the UK

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Fellfire
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Posted - 11 Oct 2016 :  18:34:02  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well that explains why I've never heard of it.

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CorellonsDevout
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Posted - 12 Oct 2016 :  18:33:49  Show Profile  Send CorellonsDevout an AOL message Send CorellonsDevout a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling. It's a new obsession of mine.

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Gyor
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Posted - 13 Oct 2016 :  22:07:25  Show Profile Send Gyor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Last book was devil you know.
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CTrunks
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Posted - 14 Oct 2016 :  05:43:04  Show Profile Send CTrunks a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So at the insistence of a friend of mine, I've been slowly reading through the Dresden Files novels whenever I can get my hands on 'em. Currently, I just finished Small Favor and am about to start Turn Coat, with Changes being the last one I have. Honestly, I didn't think I'd like any of them, but the first novel sold me on the series.
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Thelonius
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Starting Terry Pratchett's Pyramids, got Anansi Boys, waiting, so glad it turned out to be published here

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 14 Oct 2016 :  10:09:43  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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So at the insistence of a friend of mine, I've been slowly reading through the Dresden Files novels whenever I can get my hands on 'em. Currently, I just finished Small Favor and am about to start Turn Coat, with Changes being the last one I have. Honestly, I didn't think I'd like any of them, but the first novel sold me on the series.



It's an awesome series. Changes really lives up to its name.

I got turned onto the series by Elaine Cunningham, myself -- she used to have a book blog, and when she mentioned one of the books there, it got my attention.

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Quil
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Posted - 24 Oct 2016 :  06:43:16  Show Profile Send Quil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm reading Shadowdale, because I wanted to give the Avatar series a go. So far, I can't say that I like it. Are the other books better? Because the first one sure feels more like a DM writing a bland review of a gaming session than an actual story with interesting characters. The prose isn't exactly great either.
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Wooly Rupert
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I'm reading two books right now, mainly because one is large and I don't want to lug it back and forth to work every day.

The Wall of Storms is one; MJ12 Inception is the other. I've also finished whatever I had previously listed, and read another Warmachine novel, Mark of Caine. I'm wondering if all the recent changes in the Warmachine novels are going to be reflected in the game, at some point, because the last three novels changed a lot for Cygnar.

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Thelonius
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Finished Anansi Boys, really enjoyed it, the style is pretty different from American Gods, continuing Terry Pratchett's Pyramids, and preparing to get Gaiman's Neverwhere.

"If you are to truly understand, then you will need the contrast, not adherence to a single ideal." - Kreia
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Wooly Rupert
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So I've done a spot of reading since the last time I posted in this thread... I finished the listed books, and then read these. There was a road trip in there, so that gave me a lot of reading time.

Superheroine Complex
The Invisible Library
The Night Manager
No Hero
Invasive
The Ripper Affair

I'm reading the newest Star Wars book, Catalyst, right now.

Of the listed books, I quite enjoyed them all, except for The Night Manager. That was one of those that was just interesting enough that I wanted to see what happened, but otherwise utterly lacking. It became one of those "I want to be finished with this damn book so I can get on to something else!" types... And the ending left enough questions to be quite unsatisfying.

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Quale
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Finished Arcanum Unbounded by Sanderson, that was boring, now reading a Pathfinder novel King of Chaos, and after that Lord of Runes
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Artemas Entreri
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Finished Arcanum Unbounded by Sanderson, that was boring, now reading a Pathfinder novel King of Chaos, and after that Lord of Runes



Do you generally enjoy Sanderson, or what this is an isolated incident?

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Elren_Wolfsbane
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I'm currently reading: The Wyvern's Spur (The Finders Stone trilogy), I like these books so far. Can't wait to keep reading ALL of the Forgotten Realms books

Aa' lasser en`coialle n`natula brown.

(May the leaves of your life tree never turn brown)

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Quale
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quote:
Originally posted by Quale

Finished Arcanum Unbounded by Sanderson, that was boring, now reading a Pathfinder novel King of Chaos, and after that Lord of Runes



Do you generally enjoy Sanderson, or what this is an isolated incident?



Mostly enjoy Stormlight and Elantris, Mistborn not so much, I've read it only cause there will be another Mistborn trilogy with allomancy in space. From Arcanum Unbound I expected a lot more about his cosmology, so far what's revealed is nothing spectacular (compared to D&D's for example).
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