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What Are You Reading, Part 2

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2 minutes ago, Ammanas said:

I think, from what I understand, they don't like it when he switches to what I call the "macro" mode of telling the story. He tells of events kind of like reading a historical account. One thing that I love about this method is that it really moves the plot along. I have always been more of a plot guy.

Some readers prefer getting into characters heads and hearing about every thought, emotion etc. and the author doesn't write the story like that. 

Ah. I am more of the second type of readers. Hard to say if I will enjoy it though.

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4 hours ago, maxal said:

Do you recommend it? I read the synopsis and it does sound interesting.

Yes try it. It has a wonderfully strange writing style where so much happens with as little words as possible is my best way of describing the way it’s written. Bk 2 has been a treat as well 115+ pgs in.

reading Grace and Slogbringer at the same time really highlighted how cool the style was.

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Got Grace of Kings for Christmas, so will be starting it soon! 

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I got Grace of Kings the Christmas before and it was sooo good.

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Finished An Echo of Things to Come last night and my head is still spinning from the ending. I cant stop thinking about it! I'll say I think I liked the first book in the Licanius series a little more but this one was REALY good as well. I feel like the Author improved his writing some on his second book but one thing he still needs to work on is character descriptions. I feel like  barely know what anyone looks like. Other than that small gripe I liked pretty much everything else. 

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I just finished Six of Crows, and I've barely started Crooked Kingdom. 

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On 12/28/2017 at 11:06 AM, StormingTexan said:

Finished up the Southern Reach trilogy. I don't even know if I liked it. It is one of those unresolved endings you are supposed to make your own assumptions. It was very interesting and thought provoking with excellent prose but for sure not spoon feed to you left ultimately unresolved. I will say it was very unique.

I read the Southern Reach (Area X) trilogy a couple years back and started this thread here on the Shard about it: http://www.17thshard.com/forum/topic/34790-southern-reach-area-x-trilogy-theories-spoilers/#comment-297001

My OP contains some theories about what happened in this weirdest-book-I-have-ever-read-and-am-glad-I-read-it-but-couldn't-tell-you-why. Would be interested to know your thoughts on my theories while the book is still kinda fresh in your mind. :)

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10 hours ago, old aggie said:

weirdest-book-I-have-ever-read-and-am-glad-I-read-it-but-couldn't-tell-you-why

I have to completely agree with this assessment. I've read a lot of other peoples thoughts and while many are similar it seems like almost everyone came away with a little bit different take on it. I'll check out your thread! 

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Rereading one of my favorite books, The Player of Games, by Banks. Even though I know how it ends I can't stop turning the page to experience the next scene. Definitely the best Culture novel because the pacing remains crisp throughout the entire book. Sometimes in other Culture books the author gets a little distracted. Also love the first section: 

"This is a story of a man who went far away to play a game. The man is a game-player called Gurgeh. The story starts with a battle that is not a battle, and ends with a game that is not a game. Me? I'll tell you about me later. This is how the story begins."

 

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Currently reading Metro 2033 for a friend and after only 25 pages I want to ask him why he hates me so much. 

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2 minutes ago, TheOrlionThatComesBefore said:

Currently reading Metro 2033 for a friend and after only 25 pages I want to ask him why he hates me so much. 

In return you should make him read Finnigans Wake by Joyce:lol:

(No offence to those who like either story)

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About halfway through John Scalzi's Lock In, which I picked up after enjoying my first taste of his work, The Dispatcher.

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6 hours ago, Sunbird said:

About halfway through John Scalzi's Lock In, which I picked up after enjoying my first taste of his work, The Dispatcher.

I liked Lock In. Reminds me I need to re-read it!

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I finished Words Of Radiance at the weekend. (Overall, I really liked it. But Shallan isn't really my favourite character...)

Now I'm halfway through Edgedancer. If all goes well I finish it until Friday and can dive into Oathbriner. 

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Um, I read a book a while back, but it was brought back to mind, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Tattoos on the Heart is the story of a... Catholic priest, I think? Anyway, he works with the gangsters in LA, and holy cow. This is a Mother Teresa kind of level love. Its absolutely heart wrenching, but also just wonderful. 

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Not sure if anyone knows yet but the Earthsea aurthor Ursula Leguin died today age 88. Never read her but she was a fantasy icon for millions.

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Finally finished reading the Star Wars book From a Certain Point of View. It was a fun, if long, read. It was neat seeing A New Hope from people who weren't Luke, Leia, Han, Chewy, R2 and C3PO. The format changed between different stories so one would be a traditional 3rd person, the next would be a hilarious 1st person, then one done in the style of an incident report. There was even one done up like a Shakespearean monologue! Characters who don't even appear in the movie, like Yoda and Lando, get stories showing what they were doing during the movie!

I also liked how they make references to the other stuff (prequels, Clone Wars, Rebels, a subtle reference to Force Awakens and Last Jedi) but the stuff from Rogue One felt like it changed the motives of the Rebel POV characters too much since most were fighting because of the events on Scarif instead of other personal reasons and the destruction of Alderaan.

Anyway I'm going to head back into Way of Kings tomorrow and finish reading that monster of a paperback.

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18 hours ago, Briar King said:

Not sure if anyone knows yet but the Earthsea aurthor Ursula Leguin died today age 88. Never read her but she was a fantasy icon for millions.

Fantasy and Sci Fi.  I highly recommend her to anyone interested in either genre.

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Has anyone read Iron Gold yet? How did it stack up to the original trilogy (which I loved)? 

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36 minutes ago, StormingTexan said:

Has anyone read Iron Gold yet? How did it stack up to the original trilogy (which I loved)? 

I'm about 1/3 of the way through.  It's different.  Since there are 4 POVs with equal screen time, the plot naturally moves more slowly than the original trilogy.  It's very good but I definitely feel like I'm still in the set up phase.  In fact I've seen reviews say that the whole book is like set up for book 2.  But there is a lot of potential here.

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1 hour ago, StormingTexan said:

Has anyone read Iron Gold yet? How did it stack up to the original trilogy (which I loved)? 

Almost done; I should finish it by tomorrow. I think it is a deeper, more thoughtful book than the original trilogy. I also think his prose has gotten better with each novel. He introduces three new points of view so it feels a little disjointed at first, but it really comes together. Overall I am very happy with it. It is much better than the original Red Rising book and at least on par with Golden Sun and Morning Star. 

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3 hours ago, Ammanas said:

Almost done; I should finish it by tomorrow. I think it is a deeper, more thoughtful book than the original trilogy. I also think his prose has gotten better with each novel. He introduces three new points of view so it feels a little disjointed at first, but it really comes together. Overall I am very happy with it. It is much better than the original Red Rising book and at least on par with Golden Sun and Morning Star. 

Good to know. I had it onto my reading list since I really loved the first trilogy, but first, I am finishing my French fantasy book, then I am jumping into Ready Player One.

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@maxal Ready Player One is a absolute blast! It's one of those books that if you wanted to be critical about it I could list several problems with it, but its just so much fun I really don't care about the flaws and just enjoy the ride!

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I actually read Ready player one last week becuase I got stuck with my WoT read. I finished The Dragon Reborn and had to order the next book. It was awesome. I'm still waiting for it, so I took the first book in The First Law trilogy for the weekend. I've tried to read it a while back but got bored by it, so I hope that's changed :lol:

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Keep trying with the First Law.  I was mostly bored by the first book as well, but with the second book it became way more entertaining.  I can't think of anyone who writes more entertaining group banter than Abercrombie does.

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