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What are you reading?

Post by Sammy » Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:31 am

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We have a book recommendation thread but no quick-fire 'What are you reading?' thread (and my daily commute gives me a handy hour a day set aside for reading) so here you go!

I'm currently reading:

Shadows of Self - Brandon Sanderson
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by TheWrongGuy » Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:22 am

What!? People still read!? Sorry, just get tired of all the hate on reading, lately.

I'm currently reading...*looks on living room table*

"Hallowe'en Party" by Agatha Christie


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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Forge » Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:25 am

On the last few pages of Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson, then back to Clash of Iron by Angus Watson.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Cross » Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:19 am

Been reading Like Water for Chocolate and I've returned to reading a large amount of comics with all the Star Wars stuff being thrown in my face. Just finished the Lando run, and I'm catching up on Vader.
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Post by Gideon » Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:29 pm

The Tamuli series by David Eddings
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Sammy » Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:11 am

The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch

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Post by Forge » Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:40 pm

Finished Watson's Clash of Iron and now onto the last one, Reign of Iron.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Śaraṯkṣati » Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:40 pm

I recently finished reading Marge Piercy's 'Woman on the Edge of Time'. Everybody should read it.

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Forge » Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:14 pm

Finished Reign of Iron, which ended fairly poorly. Read A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish and moved on to the second in the Shadowdance series, A Dance of Blades.

For the record, the Shadowdance books have a 4.5/5 rating at Barnes & Noble. It's undeserved. The second book is marginally more tolerable than the first, but the series itself falls flat. The only reason I'm slogging through them is due to my compulsive need to finish a series once I've started.
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Post by Forge » Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:05 pm

Finished Dance of Blades, and the following book, Dance of Mirrors, and have now moved on to Dance of Shadows.

What's frustrating is that the protagonist of this series never really learns anything. We're four books in and he's still surprised that stabbing people to death can have negative consequences. Also, while there's some mild acknowledgement of the fact that women can actually do all the things men can (something Dalglish milks for all it's worth in his afterwords) it's completely undermined by the fact that they suddenly need to be rescued by the male hero all the damn time, irrespective of their own capabilities. For those who don't mind spoilers;
Zusa, hardened assassin with a lifetime of experience and magical powers, somehow winds up needing to be physically carried to safety by the less experienced protagonist three times within the last book alone.
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Post by Forge » Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:07 pm

Dance of Shadows cattled, and now I'm on to Dance of Ghosts. After this there's one more novel and a novella, then I should be done.

I can't be the only one reading stuff lately though, guys. Is anyone on to a new book? Enjoying your current one?
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Post by Śaraṯkṣati » Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:03 am

Not reading anything new, just rereading Dreamships-- thought I had misplaced my copy, couldn't seem to find it anywhere, thought I'd have to get a new one until I finally found it (it was in the last place you'd expect: my bookshelf) and decided to celebrate by reading it yet again. One of my favourite books that I've come upon in the last few years, as is its sequel, Dreaming Metal. Science fiction rooted in real world issues rather than the usual trappings of cool tech and weird aliens, science fiction with something of real substance to say, with an engaging plotline and living, breathing characters in a dynamic and interesting setting.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Forge » Sat Nov 14, 2015 3:28 am

Finished Dance of Ghosts and now onto Dance of Chaos, which I think is the last book in the series with the exception of the novella.
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Post by Gideon » Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:28 am

Still going strong with both "The Tamuli - Domes of Fire" by David Eddings and "Incubus Dreams" by Laurell K. Hamilton.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Sammy » Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:32 pm

Just finished Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch and moved onto The Republic of Thieves.

Thoroughly enjoying the series so far.
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Post by Forge » Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:40 pm

Sammy wrote:Just finished Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch and moved onto The Republic of Thieves.

Thoroughly enjoying the series so far.
These books are my favourite thing ever. Highly recommend you all read them. Anyways;

Finished Dance of Chaos on Saturday, and just finished the tie-in novella Cloak and Spider this morning, which marks an end to the Shadowdance series. Couple of semi-spoiler gripes below for those who are interested;
Dance of Chaos doesn't end in anything remotely resembling a satisfactory manner. It deals with the confrontation with the book's primary antagonist, Muzien Darkhand, fairly competently - if you can stand the drawn out, descriptive combat sessions. However the massive army of orcs and reanimated corpses, led by the necromancer prophet of a dark god, suffers a series of light casualties at the city gates and apparently just gives up and sods off in an off-screen moment. Genuinely; the preceding books throw in a scattering of prophecy-esque references to the coming of said prophet, and even the dark god Karak makes a cameo appearance in a young boy's dreams to talk about how terrible and fearsome his immortal follower is - following which his army appears out of the blue in the last quarter of the book, and then vanishes somewhere between Muzien's death and the epilogue with absolutely no mention of how or why.

Cloak and Spider doesn't fare much better. It starts strong, giving us a glimpse of a young Thren Felhorn, then falls apart after the first hurdle. The time skips are massive, with the gaps between chapters (which in themselves are fairly short) spanning years at a time. Whilst I'll be generous and assume that Dalglish's intent was to ensure that the entire plot fit within the novella, the book feels as though he's taken a handful of unconnected draft scenes and thrown them together in the hopes of selling a book.
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Post by Forge » Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:39 pm

Back to a bit of decent material with Brandon Sanderson's The Emperor's Soul.
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Post by Forge » Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:56 pm

Finished The Emperor's Soul, and now reading Legion by the same author. To be fair, TES was pretty short - thoroughly enjoyable though.

Edit: Finished Legion too, this afternoon, and now moved on to Elantris. Same author.
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Post by Forge » Sun Nov 29, 2015 12:25 pm

Finished Elantris on.. Wednesday? And moved on to The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Gideon » Sun Nov 29, 2015 12:35 pm

Thinking about reading "To Kill A Watchman" by Harper Lee. Daddy bought it for me for my birthday and I haven't gotten to it yet.
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