Community Book club - What are you reading and what have you read recently

Li Kao

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'Malpertuis' by Jean Ray
'The Perseid & Other Stories' by Robert Charles Wilson
'The Dying Earth 1' by Jack Vance

And since yesterday 'Time & The Gods' by Lord Dunsany. Fuck you, Reading OCD, this is my middle finger, just for you.

Not sure about the next book.
Dune
Leviathan's Wake
Men at Arms
American Gods
Sword & Deviltry
 
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Cacher

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In August I started reading Garden of the Moon and posted a post here. Dropped it a few days later due to whatever reason I forgot.

Well, time for redemption! I finally finished the first chapter choo choo! Great fun, great read. There is beautifully written text here. Placed stickers and made notes on my book to mark down my thoughts. I have a good feeling about this time!
 
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ZKenir

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new black library bundle with both warhammer fantasy and 40k and age of sigmar


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Well, time for redemption! I finally finished the first chapter choo choo! Great fun, great read. There is beautifully written text here. Placed stickers and made notes on my book to mark down my thoughts. I have a good feeling about this time!
edit: misread chapter as book lmao, anyway have fun

Blind is my favourite hound
 
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dummmyy

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I finished The Alchemist by Coehlo this past week and have been blasting through Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I'm a little disappointed in this one, but i'll roll through it and see how it ends up...The Alchemist was beautiful, insightful, incredibly well written (and translated). I've been going through some tough times lately; loss, aimlessness, and just overall being morose, but this book really made me look introspective. I've been meaning to read this book about 15 years and now in my early thirties I could not have read it in a better time.
 
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Stevey

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Still plugging away at the Horus Heresy, on book 40/54 now - Corax

 

ZKenir

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I laughed in Saturnine when Dorn simply told Fulgrim
"You’re holding a gate for no one. You’re just an idiot standing on a wall."
 
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Done with the Wheel of Time series, one after another, the world and characters are interesting enough and Jordan's writing is comfy enough that it never felt tiresome.

Overall I enjoyed them.
Wow, that's a fukin' huge undertaking. Curious, how long did it take you? I have the first 3 books of the series, but i haven't cracked them yet!
 

Li Kao

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Trying to finish Men at Arms after pausing it for weeks. I can't hate it, Pratchett's characters are as good as ever, but talk about minuscule plot and glacial pacing.
 

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Done with the Wayfarer series by Becky Chambers, Way to positive and hopeful for me but that what good books they are, full of interesting concepts and characters.
I read that this was originally called the Galactic Commons universe and that makes more sense really it is really not a series.
They read A LOT like The Culture novels but never felt like a copy.

Overall I had a blast with them.
 
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Li Kao

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Eh, maybe it's the sign I need to change things a bit, read something else, but...

Herbert West Reanimator by HP Lovecraft
Was shit ?
Not horrible, but there is definitely the sense, after so much Lovecraft it's understandable, of already read. The original publication in a fanzine doesn't help, with some quick retelling of past events at the start of each chapters. And for a story with six chapters that takes its time to settle things, the end feels super rushed.
More annoyingly, it feels like the anti-Lovecraft. I have the faint memory of reading about him championing dread and not shock, and there is evidently his famous brand of cosmic anguish. None of that here, pretty much the opposite, it's clearly in the shock and grotesque territory.

Outside of Cthulhu and the Dreamland, Lovecraft is clearly hit or miss, which is maybe normal as those stories were written early while he was honing his skills. But no, this story needed more meat on its bone to be something more than run of the mill. The core is good, but Lovecraft fumbles its development and execution.
 

Li Kao

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Yeah, that's it. I need to change my reading diet.

The Lurking Fear by HP Lovecraft
Please sthap. The prose is flowery as shit, the racism (more like classism, I would argue) is in full force, nothing makes much sense. Oh and another gratuitous, gory scene. This really feels like some beta Lovecraft. Which, I guess it is as it's an early text, but eh, not convinced it's interesting to read except to see how the man's writing style evolved in time.

I'm more than a little terrified about what to read now. The few books that really interest me are door-stoppers and I have the attention span of a goldfish these days.
eg. Dune, The Expanse, The Great and Secret Show etc.
 
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spiel

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Read The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne. It's by Jonathan Stroud who also wrote the Bartimaeus books and Lockwood & Co series. To be honest, this new book doesn't hit the same highs of his previous series. It feels like an extended prologue to introduce the cast and setting. But I do like the main characters and would love to see more of their hijinks in a sequel
 
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Li Kao

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I started something that is not Lovecraft ! I started a big chonky book, even. My sane reasoning, for once, was that avoiding starting big books for fear of dropping them was super not constructive. Let's read, and drop if need be !

The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker (13% in two days, could be worse)
Is really good enough for now, no drop risk. Not always incredible, but solid. My big issue would be that, as it's a chonky book, it still feels like the author is setting things up. I suppose the big players are here, but I wouldn't bet on Barker to not add quite a lot of lesser ones, still. The scope is big.
Without spoiling too much or at all, I would say it start off as your typical 'there is a world behind the world' occult stuff, reminiscent of Lovecraft's Dreamland, really good, then enters a period quite similar to a generic Barker short, not bad but weird. Then Book 2 starts and enters sorta creepy teen stuff.
I have no idea where Barker is going.
 

Stevey

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Still reading the Horus Heresy.
On Shattered Legions, which is an anthology centred around the Iron Hands (Book 43)
 

Hektor

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A friend gave me a copy of the Deathkorps of Krieg novel for christmas, first time im actually reading anything warhammer, when most of my lore knowledge came exclusively through Videogames and 1D4Chan thus far.

I'll make it a new year resolution to read at least 10 books.
I wouldnt get too hung up on numbers there, some can be read in a day and then you have others that can need an entire year.
I simply put for myself a goal to read at least 5 pages of a book each day (mostly non-fiction tho).

Then i have moments where a book sucks me in so much, i read it entirely over a few days, and some interesting-but--insanely-dry books that i slowly finish over a month or two.
 
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A friend gave me a copy of the Deathkorps of Krieg novel for christmas, first time im actually reading anything warhammer, when most of my lore knowledge came exclusively through Videogames and 1D4Chan thus far.
I highly suggest the Ciaphas Cain novels serie if you're interested in the medium and want to see stuff from a different point of view.
Ciaphas Cain has a "unique" personality and makes his adventures entertaining imho, more than the usual more traditional "serious" takes the protagonists in other series have (both space marines, humans or what-have-you).

In case you like something more about space marines I would suggest the Space Wolves novels (Ragnar stuff), they're very nice because they start with a human Ragnar, his initiation into the Space Wolves and his adventures before he led his Company
 

NarohDethan

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I wouldnt get too hung up on numbers there, some can be read in a day and then you have others that can need an entire year.
I simply put for myself a goal to read at least 5 pages of a book each day (mostly non-fiction tho).
I discovered that my brains works better when I set a number on my mind. I don't plan to speedrun my reading, but working towards that goal helps.
 

Stevey

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So good.



Got loads of non WH40K books lined up but they can wait :V