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Wibblewozzer

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Book 12 of 25 for the year complete - Vicious (Villains, #1)

Really enjoyed it and already 1/3 through the second (and seemingly final) book in this little series. I read the Shades of Magic series from VE Schwab a year or two ago, and really dug it, so I was pretty excited when I saw she had these lined up. I had thought a third book was coming and had been waiting but noticed that she intends this to be done with two books. I guess that means even if a third book comes along things must all come to a fairly tidy closing point after the second book.

As for this first book, Vicious, it's kind a dark and gritty superhero sort of thing except not in the large scale that's normally expected. Purposely being vague but it largely is that there's people with powers, with it only being rumored in general knowledge, and one person with powers is going around killing others. I really don't want to say a whole lot more beyond that basic premise as there's a good bit of built up until it becomes apparent where things are going but all of it is engaging and very entertaining. Chapters are all quite short and perspectives and timelines are jumped around freely so it's constantly moving.

Give it a shot if you like superhero stuff but want something that's real lowkey and doesn't really shy away from the world being full of people that are less than shiny.
 
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Gevin

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Finished Fool's Errand tonight. In general I liked it but the first half felt like it dragged for too long, even though I understand the setup was necessary. Looking forwards to how the trilogy continues since a few conflicts have been hinted at. Also wondering if the previous trilogy will have a few more connections to this one.

Spoilers for the 2 persons here that have read it besides me Poor baby Nighteyes :notlikethisblob: :cryingwhyblob:

 

Milena

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I finished the Hero of Ages last night and I loved this as well.

Endings can be tricky, but I've yet to be disappointed by Sanderson. This one is certainly bittersweet, but it brings everything together and pretty much every character had time to shine.
But I really can't empathize with Spook.

I've also finished listening to the first book in The Saxon Tales by Bernard Cornwell (I've read the first 8 books around 2 years ago). Jonathan Keeble is a great narrator, I'm appreciating the story even more. Unfortunately he didn't narrate the entire series :confounded-face:


Anyway, I've also started the Dragons of Dorcastle after finishing Mistborn:

I loved Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series, I hope this series turns out great as well :cat-pizza-blob:
 
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Finished The Remains of the Day. Was a nice read.

Probably gonna start Hard-Boiled Wonderland later today. My third Murakami. Read Kafka and Tazaki. Both were okay-ish but also sort of eh for me so I hope this will let me finally understand the Murakami fans I know.
 
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Wibblewozzer

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Vengeful (Villains, #2)

This is the follow up to Vicious that I posted about above. A rather good second half that continues naturally where the last book left off. I could see how she did leave it open for a third book if she does decide to make it a trilogy but I know for now she's stated that she will be leaving it a duology. Not much can be said about the plot without spoiling everything about the first book, though. I did realize while reading it that these two books would be pretty great to see as movies and could see that happening. They don't have a ton of characters and the powers used typically could be done without having to spend a ton on flashy special effects. The pacing of everything would also lend itself well.

That was book 13 of my 25. So now I just need to decide what to read next.
 
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Finally finished Heir of Novron (The Riyria Revelations #5-6) which contains book #5 Wintertide and book #6 Percepliquis, thereby ending THE RIYRIA REVELATIONS.

The books wrapped up pretty nicely giving answers to all the big overarching mysteries in the series (like why the Church is a big bitch) and had a pretty wholesome ending (makes sense given the tone of the whole series being light-hearted adult fantasy). The whole heir of novron thing was a huge surprise which threw me off when it was revealed at the end.
Overall Riyria Revelations had some great characters, nice mysteries and is a light-hearted adult fantasy (which i really need after reading a ton of dark stuff like First Law and Broken Empire). Highly recommended for anyone looking for a good non-dark adult fantasy.
 

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Started The First Law trilogy a couple of days ago and now I'm about 20% done with the first book. As with most books, it took some chapters time to get into it. But so far I've been enjoying it. I don't have a favorite POV yet but I think Glokta might become my favorite. I'd continue reading now that I'm home from work but I gotta catch up with GoT lol
Finished the first book and I quite enjoyed it. Even though not a lot happened and it felt more like a build-up for the following books. That's not to say that it was boring, though.

Already bought the second book. Also, Glotka :heroblob:

And I finished another book which is (probably) just interesting for the fellow Germans here:
Herr Sonneborn geht nach Brüssel - Abenteuer im Europaparlament



Just a quick run-down: a German satirist founded a own party some years ago and managed to win a seat in the last EP elections (they won 2-3 seats today). And in the book he talks about the experiences he made during his time in the EP. He writes really well and it's genuinely funny to read. I even had to actually laugh out loud while reading. But at the same time it's also a bit disheartening to see how politics work sometimes.

I can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who is at least a bit interested in politics (and can understand German).

Spoilers for the 2 persons here that have read it besides me Poor baby Nighteyes :notlikethisblob::cryingwhyblob:
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Dandy

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Trying to finish up One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence. It's supposed to be very Stranger Things-ish, taking place in the 80s and featuring a D&D group of nerds, with paranormal shit happening... But for whatever reason I find it really hard to get into. It's quite short too, so really, I should just power through it.
 

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Just started to read Hyperion. Heard some great things about it.
I loved Hyperion and the entire Hyperion Cantos, hope you'll love it as well!


As for myself, I finished listening to the second book of the Saxon Tales, The Pale Horseman:

The first time I've read the series up to book 8, I thought that the story continued to improve with each new book. The second time around, I think I preferred the first book to the second, but this was still great. Anyway, I know that great things are coming for Uthred and I'm actually looking forward to listening to them again :coffee-blob:
 
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Wibblewozzer

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The Alloy of Law (Mistborn, #4)

With that completed I'm at 14 of 25 for my goal this year.

Book 4 of Mistborn, though it takes 300 years after the prior trilogy so it's a fairly separate story. Though the events from the first trilogy still impacted the world and come up. I don't really remember a ton from that first trilogy as I read it like six years ago but I do see some of the references.

That said I was a bit slow getting into the book because it really has a fairly strong wild west feel to it this time around. But once I got going I was enjoying the characters well enough and plowed through the last 2/3 in two or three days. And on the fifth book, despite the afterword saying it wasn't a trilogy, it appears maybe he changed his mind because I see a character's perspective back from this book. And it definitely set up the ending to have more story.

Not much else really to say. If you like Sanderson and you liked Mistborn there's no real good reason to skip these later books (like I have done up to this point). I will say the first book felt fairly lighthearted and more like a side adventure but with where the story is going I'm expecting the scope to expand much like the first trilogy did as you dig deeper in.
 
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Dandy

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I finished Golden Fool last night



Feel like my thoughts are starting to get repetitive so just gonna say that if you like fantasy, read her books.
I've only read the first Elderling trilogy, which I enjoyed, but I keep putting off Liveship Traders. I know I'll like it, but it's a commitment to get through a chunky trilogy like that.
 
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So, fantasy is not really my genre when it comes to books (other than Tolkien) but after talking to a more informed friend about GoT and how the TV show went to shit after the original literary source ended and they had to start writing their own (pretty pointless) script, I got curious and bought the first volume of A Song of Ice and Fire. I'm about 100 pages in (so at the very early stages of the saga) but it looks pretty good so far. I think I know what I'll be reading all summer.
 
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Just started Fallen Angels which is a sort of sequel to Descent Of Angels, good stuff.

 
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Wibblewozzer

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Shadows of Self (Mistborn, #5)

And now I've completed book 15 of 25 for the reading challenge. It says I'm five books ahead of goal. I'm thinking of getting back into crosswords and slowing down my reading pace by doing the daily crossword first before I read in a day. But probably will finish the end of this trilogy in the sixth book before I slow down my reading pace much since now I want to see how things end.

I know this will easily be a matter of personal taste, but while I enjoyed the Mistborn trilogy, at this point across both trilogies I like this latter trilogy more. There is definite potential I won't like where they go with things in this third book and I'll dig into it more tomorrow to get a feel for how it takes off from this book I just finished.

Always tough to really talk about later books in a series because I don't want to give any sort of spoiler.
 

Milena

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Anyway, I've also started the Dragons of Dorcastle after finishing Mistborn:

I loved Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series, I hope this series turns out great as well :cat-pizza-blob:
So I finished the first book of The Pillars of Reality series. It's ok. Both protagonists are young and I guess that the author wanted to emphasize just how different their worlds are, but some dialogues between them are a bit on the cringy-side. They're both fine when not interacting with one another, though. So I guess they'll grow in the next few books and they'll be able to communicate like normal human beings.
The overall story is intriguing and has potential, though, so I've already started the second book in the series :coffee-blob:
 

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About a third through Hardboiled Wonderland and am enjoying it so far. Making slow progress since I only read two chapters a night before sleeping but I'm much more drawn in than I was at Kafka or Tazaki.
 

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Finished Before They Are Hanged (The First Law #2) a couple of days ago.


I gotta say that this trilogy is well on the way to becoming one of my favorite fantasy book series. There's a lot more stuff happening compared to the first book and I really have a hard time to put the book away because I just want to see what happens next (and I always want to read more Glotka chapters). Too bad there's just one book left in the trilogy.

So I decided to start with Nemesis Games (The Expanse #5).


Well, after reading four books, I already know what to expect and this one is no exception. Just read the first 100 pages so far and I actually enjoy it. But I keep thinking about the final The First Law book lol
I've only read the first Elderling trilogy, which I enjoyed, but I keep putting off Liveship Traders. I know I'll like it, but it's a commitment to get through a chunky trilogy like that.
I'd skip the Liveship Traders for now and just start with the Tawny Man trilogy and then the Fitz and the Fool trilogy. So you just have six more books to go through instead of 13 :D I still have to read the other 7 Elderling books (as well as the novella and the short stories) :surrenderblob:
 

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I disagree with that, there are a lot of references to Liveship Traders in Tawny Man (including the main conflict in Book 2) and I can't imagine reading them without that knowledge
 
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I disagree with that, there are a lot of references to Liveship Traders in Tawny Man (including the main conflict in Book 2) and I can't imagine reading them without that knowledge
So you're telling me I have to read Liveship Traders and then reread Tawny Man and Fitz and the Fool? :surrenderblob:
 
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Yes lol, for example remember the woman that shows up and knows the Fool and they talk a lot? All of that is explained on Liveship Traders
God damn it. I played myself :cryingwhyblob:

Alright, Dandy , forget everything I said in my previous post. Don't skip the other books lol
 
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Finished Before They Are Hanged (The First Law #2) a couple of days ago.


I gotta say that this trilogy is well on the way to becoming one of my favorite fantasy book series. There's a lot more stuff happening compared to the first book and I really have a hard time to put the book away because I just want to see what happens next (and I always want to read more Glotka chapters). Too bad there's just one book left in the trilogy.
Last Argument of Kings is even better

I wanted to scream at someone to let everything I just read out and the anger that it was over.
 

Wibblewozzer

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Book 16 of 25 complete - The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn, #6)

So, joke's on me. Turns out he decided to make this a quadrology. I suppose I could have looked it up going into it but I went into it thinking that the three books after the first trilogy were more like an anthology telling different stories in the years after the original trilogy. Then the afterward of the fourth book says something akin to "This isn't a new trilogy. I have plans for two more trilogies but this isn't any of that! So then the 5th book keeps the story going and I figure he must have just changed his mind and made this the second of three trilogies in this series. I go into the 6th book fairly jazzed at seeing how it all comes together. And then it still doesn't tie up everything (though it does seem to finish most of the ongoing conflicts) with a note with the name of the 7th and final book to finish up this story.

Argh.

Anyway, really enjoyed the three books more than the original trilogy for the most part. It did seem a bit too convenient when it introduced new characters and ideas, but ultimately I liked these characters more and felt there was more interesting development. Anyhow, now I have to wait until 2020 or 2021 for the final book because he got himself wrapped up in yet another new series in the meantime.

Haven't decided what to read next but I got some ideas. I'll know by tomorrow morning for my commute.
 
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