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I wanted to finish my civil war book first, and then there is the posthumous  Tiffany Aching book by Pratchett...

 

That's my next book to pick up. I've been delaying cause I hate it being the last one. Pratchett was so prolific I could pretty much count on always have a new book of his on my Christmas list.

Actually I'll need to pick up two copies, as my young niece has also become a fan of the Tiffany Aching stories thanks to her uncle.

His last couple of books have been such shadows I have been slightly dreading this one, but with affection and interest too, the way one dreads and longs for a visit with a much reduced ill beloved old relative.

I thought Steam eventually picked up enough  steam to be good. But yah the first half was lacking.

That's good to hear, actually. Steam is the first Pratchett novel since the first Discworld book that I could not get into, and I petered out well before the halfway mark. I think I'll give it another try.

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I'm currently reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, and listening to Armada by Ernest Cline (read by Wil Wheaton).

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I am currently reading the 3rd book in the Android Identity Trilogy (set in the same universe as the Android: Netrunner game). Not the greatest literature, but pretty fun.

 

My favorite author is Brandon Sanderson. All of his Cosmere stuff is great, but the Stormlight Archive is particularly great. His ability to create internally consistent magic systems and worlds is amazing. Also, his work output is incredibly high. I have no worries about him not finishing the 10 volume Stormlight Archive in a reasonable amount of time (I'm looking at you GRRM and Patrick Rothfuss)

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I've been re-reading some Eternal Champion stuff. All Elric, so far, but I'll read some Hawkmoon later. Not VonBek, never again VonBek. That was a painful read. More painful than the first half of the Silmarillion.

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I've wondered off and on if this forum had a reading thread (and music thread, and games thread) since they were always popular off-topic fodder elsewhere. I did consider the possibility that I simply missed said threads since I spend so little time in OT.

 

My brother liked The Name of the Wind so much that he bought a hardback copy for me. I got about 100 pages in and couldn't make it any further. First-person narrative was never my favorite style, but I used to be able to handle it if the writing was good. I can't think of a first-person book that I've finished this decade though.

I loved the Name of the Wind! I can understand your POV though. He kind of drags it out. I absolutely refused to read the Slow Regard of Silent Things. 

Not.Interested.

 

However, I recently read a series of books by Sever Bronny, and I really enjoyed it. 

I also love the Black Company, and when I'm looking for something for a quick read, I like the Dresden Files or the Iron Druid Chronicles. 

 

I agree, the 1st 2 books are awesome. 3rd one coming????

I read Slow Regard in an evening. I was... different. He states in the forward or afterward that you will either love it, or hate it. He also says that he wrote the thing for himself, as a character exercise if I remember correctly, and after some friends read it, they urged him to publish...

 

8)

George

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I've wondered off and on if this forum had a reading thread (and music thread, and games thread) since they were always popular off-topic fodder elsewhere. I did consider the possibility that I simply missed said threads since I spend so little time in OT.

 

My brother liked The Name of the Wind so much that he bought a hardback copy for me. I got about 100 pages in and couldn't make it any further. First-person narrative was never my favorite style, but I used to be able to handle it if the writing was good. I can't think of a first-person book that I've finished this decade though.

I loved the Name of the Wind! I can understand your POV though. He kind of drags it out. I absolutely refused to read the Slow Regard of Silent Things. 

Not.Interested.

 

However, I recently read a series of books by Sever Bronny, and I really enjoyed it. 

I also love the Black Company, and when I'm looking for something for a quick read, I like the Dresden Files or the Iron Druid Chronicles. 

 

I agree, the 1st 2 books are awesome. 3rd one coming????

I read Slow Regard in an evening. I was... different. He states in the forward or afterward that you will either love it, or hate it. He also says that he wrote the thing for himself, as a character exercise if I remember correctly, and after some friends read it, they urged him to publish...

 

8)

George

 

 

I kinda liked Slow Regard, I would slip into the characters world, then I would have to take care of noisy children in a painful jarring transition ..

returned it to the library unfinished. 

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Picked up another Captain Marvel book today, but more importantly, got a new book by C S Friedman! (I still think the villain/hero from the Coldfire trilogy is the greatest seductive-evil type I've ever seen in any fiction. It's a long series and a little clunky, but holy crap the characters are amazing.) I also got the latest SF book from Jean Johnson. I loved her Ours Not To Reason Why series, I'm curious if I'll enjoy this prequel series as much.

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Not out yet, but The Bloggess's new book is coming out Tuesday! Here's the link to the trailer on youtube. It's about how The Bloggess deals with mental illness, but given that she often deals with it using spectacularly warped and remarkably dark humour, it's certain to be a pretty awesome book. (That'll also no doubt make everyone cry, sometimes from laughter and sometimes for other reasons.) Obviously, come Tuesday, I'm going to be reading the heck out of that book. ::): 

 

Just a word of warning: Her sense of humour is incredibly warped, and there's frequent use of not-family-friendly words. (Depending on your family, of course.) That said, it's not like she's swearing every second word or anything, she just has better things to worry about than the occasional naughty word. And her sense of humour is no more warped than many of the forum* members. I'm pretty sure she could post on here under the thinnest of disguises and nobody would bat an eyelash. But still worth mentioning.

 

 

* I originally typed "family" instead of "forum". I honestly don't know if that's a Freudian slip or if I'm just really tired and forgetting what I'm writing as I'm writing it. Honestly, the latter's winning out. This is probably a good sign that I should stop posting things tonight.

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Just found a new author I enjoyed.....

 

Willow Polson.

 

She has 2 books out.... and the first one was only 75cents.... tried it at a friends urging and then went and bought the 2nd one cause I liked the first one so much.

 

Nothing earth shattering, just an enjoyable read by a newish author....

 

Triune

The Mason brothers had always been close, but until the day ex-Navy

officer Mike discovered he was actually an angel, they had no idea just
how close.

This paranormal/urban fantasy novel brings readers along on the Mason
brothers' shared journey of discovery, because where one brother goes,
the other two follow, sometimes kicking and screaming. Not everything is
heavenly for these three men tossed into strange new circumstances
without an instruction manual, and being an angel isn't as easy as it
sounds. But along with the thorns there are roses, and for the
suddenly-immortal Mason brothers, the journey is only beginning.

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Not out yet, but The Bloggess's new book is coming out Tuesday! Here's the link to the trailer on youtube. It's about how The Bloggess deals with mental illness, but given that she often deals with it using spectacularly warped and remarkably dark humour, it's certain to be a pretty awesome book. (That'll also no doubt make everyone cry, sometimes from laughter and sometimes for other reasons.) Obviously, come Tuesday, I'm going to be reading the heck out of that book. ::):

 

Just a word of warning: Her sense of humour is incredibly warped, and there's frequent use of not-family-friendly words. (Depending on your family, of course.) That said, it's not like she's swearing every second word or anything, she just has better things to worry about than the occasional naughty word. And her sense of humour is no more warped than many of the forum* members. I'm pretty sure she could post on here under the thinnest of disguises and nobody would bat an eyelash. But still worth mentioning.

 

 

* I originally typed "family" instead of "forum". I honestly don't know if that's a Freudian slip or if I'm just really tired and forgetting what I'm writing as I'm writing it. Honestly, the latter's winning out. This is probably a good sign that I should stop posting things tonight.

My wife and I stood in line to meet her and have her sign our copy of her first book when it came out, and she came to Boston.  It was totally worth it, she's a funny, funny woman.  Amazingly cool.

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Been rereading the Flashman series, by George MacDonald Fraser. Hadn't read the first one since I was a teenager. One of them was excerpted in an issue of Playboy back then, and I was getting old enough to be interested in the articles. I wound up obtaining one of the books, and enjoyed the hell out of it; Mom turned me on to historical fiction, but Flashman was funny as all hell.

Reading it thirty years later in a totally different decade and social environment is an interesting experience. It's STILL funny as hell, but now I understand the historical references better. And, MAN, Flashman was an utter, utter elfhat in the first book...

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yeah im going to nee to reserve a copy of Furiously Happy  from the library. 

Its unclear if I need to buy it for my sister and mother.... they each have a copy of the first one. 

At some points I laughed hard enough to interfere with my breathing. 

 

I don't connect with her depression material, but she has great taste in stuffed animals, 

And growing up - my mother was  weekend farmer whose day job involved animal research,  and dad who is a biologist / collector 

 

But even with my family memories of sheep kitchen autopsy and the dead puppy lost into the freezer, not to mention the beetle collections,

- Hint don't open the yogurt containers in my parents fridge, its NEVER yogurt. 

She makes my household look normal, but from a similar world. 

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I've been reading the nonfiction "Barbarians" by Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame) and Alan Ereira.

 

Jones is a serious historian in his own right, and the book is an interesting history of the peoples of Europe and the Middle East, those the Greeks -- and Romans especially -- labeled "barbarians". It's funny, fierce, and brutal towards the Romans and those who came after them and swallowed their self-aggrandizing propaganda whole.

 

Seriously, the more I read it, the lower the Romans fall in my estimation compared to the Celts and the Gauls and the Germans and the Goths and the Dacians and the Persians and the Sassanians and the Vandals and the Huns whose science and technology and land and weaponry and wealth and laws they appropriated.

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Finished The Shepherd's Crown today (the last Discworld book from Terry Pratchett)... Definitely not as good as he used to be, but honestly, I think it held together better than Raising Steam or Unseen Academicals. 

 

And I've got a theory, which I'm putting behind a spoiler cut because it reveals something that happens right near the start of the book. (Not exactly a major spoiler then, but still.)

 

 

 

OK, you were warned!

 

Right. So, Granny Weatherwax dies at the start of the book. She's been such a huge, central character through so much of the series, and she quietly and without fanfare... dies. And has the obligatory conversation with Death. It's very sad - I loved Granny Weatherwax - but it raises a question for me...

 

Was the death of Granny Weatherwax really Terry Pratchett's way of saying goodbye? Her conversation with Death, if you gloss over the details, sounds very much like the conversation I expect Pratchett himself would have. Her passing was sad, not exactly expected but also not shocking... much like Pratchett's own. And the subsequent plot of the book revolves around Tiffany learning to be her own witch, rather than trying to be Granny Weatherwax, with the clear message that life goes on, and while it may not be the same that doesn't mean it can't be good. Even at the end of the book, there's a hint of Granny still living on in the world, through the memories of her and the ongoing repercussions of her actions during her life. And I couldn't escape the feeling that it was really Terry Pratchett talking about himself.

 

Maybe I'm reading more into it than was there. I don't know. I just felt like sharing that thought, see if anyone else had the same idea.

 

 

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Since I know some other folks here are fans of the series: Ancillary Mercy came out today! I probably won't be reading it for a couple weeks (need to get through The Martian and The Three-Body Problem first) but I'll probably be picking it up for my wife tonight anyway, unless she tells me not to. Which she might, because my birthday's in less than 3 weeks. :lol: 

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