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His Majesty

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Finished this one. Again, I loved it even though Fitz feels like he makes all the dumb decisions possible and I hate Regal so much :minos_angry:

Also Nighteyes :cat-heart-blob:

Gonna take a break to play Arcanum but I'm excited to continue reading this series :heroblob:
My favourite fantasy series, you've still got a lot of amazing books to look forward to!

I'm currently reading Robots and Empire, pretty good but I'm not such a big sci-fi fan.
 
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Gevin

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OSatan That was largely my feeling on the series when I read the first book decades ago. But that's also my main issue with the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy books and everyone adores them. Maybe absurdist humor just isn't for me (in writing, at least).

Finished The Shadow of the Torturer (The Book of the New Sun #1) which is book one of five of The Book of the New Sun series but 1 of 12 for the total Solar Cycle series? I think that's made up of three series that are all in the same universe but I'm not sure how much they're directly tied together?

Mixed feelings but I'll keep going (somewhat because I bought the five book set for the value). I started the first book not really caring for its storytelling. It dropped being overly descriptive finally and started moving events along and having an actual direction so I got into it and that largely kept up. I don't like dream sequences, or scenes that feel like they're written purposely obtuse, and this book has those sprinkled in with a lead character that doesn't seem to question anything so nothing feels like it makes any real sense. The ending (of which that's being courteous to call it that) would have been an insult if the books were new and this was the only one out with no knowledge there would be a second book. Not only was there zero closure or any sort of rising climax with a resolution but it also just ends abruptly. I thought there would be one more chapter but as the story is plodding along it ends within a page right as an event happens. Like something is suddenly happening and two paragraphs later it's narrator going "I"ll stop this now but I assure you my adventure was just beginning". Okay, fuck you.

Oh, and the author has a completely ridiculous Afterwords at the end of the book where he seemingly throws himself into the fiction of the world? I don't even know.

Anyhow, second book already started and it at least feels like it more quickly moves into actual storytelling but in typical fashion it starts kind of randomly but I'm game to see how he gets around to explaining how things got to where they are now.
I don't want to talk too much cause I love the series and think part of the magic is figuring out stuff on your own. But keep in mind Severian is the narrator, and as such there're some things you need to think about carefully (specially re. what he doesn't narrate). Btw small detail, did you figure out what is Severian doing at the moment of writing his story?

My favourite fantasy series, you've still got a lot of amazing books to look forward to!

I'm currently reading Robots and Empire, pretty good but I'm not such a big sci-fi fan.
Yep, I'm loving it so far, started Book 3 last night and really like the direction it's going.
 
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gabbo

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I never read The Martian, so from a literary standpoint I can't compare the two. I'm around 40 pages from the end of this and the man can write tension and humour, and I certainly didn't see the plot twist coming. At least not the way it comes about.

It's not too hard on the sci-fi, in fact, the moon seems to be merely the backdrop to the shenanigans and goings on, which is good. The pacing is really quick and focusing more on the science of things would bog everything down
 
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EdwardTivrusky

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Currently on the fourth and final of my Patrick Robinson submarine based thrillers called USS Seawolf.
They're much better than i anticipated, certainly not amazing works of literature but i've enjoyed them for a look back at 90s Cold War themes and i got them cheap second-hand so i don't feel cheated.

Next up is some "light" reading in the form of finally getting around to reading "Blood and Bone" and "Assail" both by Ian C Esselmont set in the world that he and main writer Steven Erikson created many years ago. I really think that the Malazan books are amongst my favourite fantasy works. So many memorable characters and situations come to mind even though it's been a few years since i read the main threads. I'm looking forward to these side-works though i should have got around to them sooner.
 
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I finished book 1 and 2 of Riyria Revelations. And now on to the 3rd book of the series. I am digging each new book more than its predecessor.
 

OSatan

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Done with "Consider Phlebas" by Iain M. Banks.

This is Rube Goldberg Machine the novel.

I loved the concept, presenting The Culture from the point of view of their enemies and people of other planets is legit inspired but the story to get there is so fabricated.

For being a super futuristic time the author sure loves to use normal live tropes, I wanted more of the epiloge and the dramatic personae addendums super weird out there stuff.

Like he get us to belive that
the Iridan-Culture war is this epic scale between the most advanced civilizations but lol they are barely middle tier and the others just let them go a it, like he puts the Iridian like this species that will swallow the universe and lol they are well under the Homomdans.
or the way contraceptives work tells me more about The Culture than a lot of the words he wrote.

I loved The Culture just not the story that took me there, and worst the next book is about a game and the Damage game was the worst part of the book.
 
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Gevin

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Done with "Consider Phlebas" by Iain M. Banks.

This is Rube Goldberg Machine the novel.

I loved the concept, presenting The Culture from the point of view of their enemies and people of other planets is legit inspired but the story to get there is so fabricated.

For being a super futuristic time the author sure loves to use normal live tropes, I wanted more of the epiloge and the dramatic personae addendums super weird out there stuff.

Like he get us to belive that
the Iridan-Culture war is this epic scale between the most advanced civilizations but lol they are barely middle tier and the others just let them go a it, like he puts the Iridian like this species that will swallow the universe and lol they are well under the Homomdans.
or the way contraceptives work tells me more about The Culture than a lot of the words he wrote.

I loved The Culture just not the story that took me there, and worst the next book is about a game and the Damage game was the worst part of the book.
I love the Culture series :cat-heart-blob:
 

Milena

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Almost finished with The Lost Fleet Beyond the Frontier. I really loved both The Lost Fleet and this sequel series. It really shows that the writer has spent a long time in the military (navy) and it's an interesting point of view compared to most sci-fi I've read.

I'm trying to decide what to read next: I've restricted my choice between 2 Sanderson book, either the Mistborn series or his newest book, Skyward. Maybe I'll stat with Skyward... it's shorter :coffee-blob:
 
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Gevin

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I finished Assassin's Quest a few days ago, and with that the Farseer Trilogy.



I felt this one was overly long (it's like double the first book after all) and a lot of parts seemed repetitive or unnecessary. Regardless, the last 10% is amazing and makes up for it.

Overall the trilogy is really good and I recommend it to all fans of fantasy. I'm excited to continue reading the next books in the series.
 

OSatan

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Done with The Player of Games, The Culture second novel.

Yeah I love the concept of the culture :minos_anarchy: but the characters are just we¡rd and the plot is not as clever as it thinks it is but the author never hides that fact, he always shows his hand to the reader but a novel full of winks and nods...

Thank the emperor's fire that Morat and Yay fucked at the end, I would have dropped the series! OTP if I ever saw one.
or did they??? dun dun duuuuuuuuuuuuun lol ok that twist that everything in the book was out of the circuits of the drone was good.

Def better than the damage game but I hate he just "describes" the game.

Now onto the third novel, another "an external agent narrates the culture".... yay :minos_sleepy:
 
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Gevin

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Done with The Player of Games, The Culture second novel.

Yeah I love the concept of the culture :minos_anarchy: but the characters are just we¡rd and the plot is not as clever as it thinks it is but the author never hides that fact, he always shows his hand to the reader but a novel full of winks and nods...

Thank the emperor's fire that Morat and Yay fucked at the end, I would have dropped the series! OTP if I ever saw one.
or did they??? dun dun duuuuuuuuuuuuun lol ok that twist that everything in the book was out of the circuits of the drone was good.

Def better than the damage game but I hate he just "describes" the game.

Now onto the third novel, another "an external agent narrates the culture".... yay :minos_sleepy:
Third book is considered the best by many, not by me in particular. My fav is Excession.

I read Fingersmith by Sarah Waters



It was pretty good but felt the second half was a step down from the first, even though it has the major plot twists the novel is famous for.

I recommend it and also its Korean adaptation, which is superior imo. The Handmaiden (2016) - IMDb
 
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Gevin

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Finished Ship of Magic a couple of days ago, first book in the Liveship Traders trilogy (part of the Elderlings universe)



It was pretty good, if again a bit longer than it should imo (seems to be a pattern in Hobb books). I liked the switch from only 1 perspective in the Farseer trilogy to like 10 (or more) different characters in this one, it really helped to keep things fresh and interesting the whole way.

There are a few intriguing misteries that've been laid out and some passing mentions of stuff that seem to be related to the first trilogy so I'm looking forward to keep reading (I'm 30% into the 2nd book).
 
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EdwardTivrusky

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Amazing. It took all of 20 seconds for me to get into the book. I'd forgotten just how much the Malazan books click with me and two paragraphs in i was hooked again. Even though i haven't re-read the other books in years it all came back to me reading this. After bouncing off Gardens of The Moon a few times all those years ago, i'm glad i gave it another go as i was fed up of the sterile, generic fantasy books regarding "The Chosen One" the big names were pumping out and the Malazan books are anything but that.

I can't wait to read more of the Assail and Jaghut. Bring it on!
 
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Wibblewozzer

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Dec 6, 2018
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Finished the next book in the series, The Claw of the Conciliator (The Book of the New Sun #2)

I can't tell if I'm continuing to read it because I want to see where it goes or if it's because I bought the five book series so I feel like I need to get through them instead of waste my money.

Definitely not my style and two books into a five book series and there's still been zero real conflict set up. It's just following the life of a lead character that doesn't always act logically (both for what people would do and within his own character) in a world that frequently has no real logic to it, seemingly. And then in this last book they did their damnedest to get me to skip whole chapters by twice including books within the books (or more technically a play within the book).

I'm already somewhere around 1/5 or 1/4 of the way into the third book and it seems like yet more of the same but I'll keep chugging along.

The one nice thing is that they're short books so it takes me around two weeks of halfway reluctant reading before I get to the next book. I'm nearly halfway done with the series so I'll continue.
 
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Wibblewozzer

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Oh nice! I'm currently reading the first book of the series (y)

I don't yet have opinion of the style yet, only 100 pages through. Need to write some stuff after the book.
Despite my complaints I've written about both books I think it's more that it's not my preferred style vs it being a bad book. I'm sure for a lot of people it's interesting and engaging. Hopefully you're enjoying it!
 
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Gevin

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Mad Ship finished yesterday.



Again, I liked it a lot. Even though I still complain of Hobb's books being longer than they should, the pace is pretty quick and the rotating PoVs help a lot. There were also some really interesting revelations and more nods to the previous trilogy. I´m loving Hobb's universe so far.

Also I'm like 60% into the final book so I'll prolly finish it today.
 
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OSatan

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Use of Weapons - The Culture Book 3 - Iain M. Banks
I just don't like his characters at all, I just don't.

This is basically the second book but with the framing device of the first one, not much about the culture (or a lot depending how you interpret the narrative)you know the good stuff about this series.

I think it lacks a proper way to decode the ending, I feel the why is never given to the reader and I can't for the love of me parse the bookend poems.

Onwards with the series, I just love the culture that much.
 
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