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What book are you reading?

Postby deadlydis » Sat May 21, 2011 12:51 pm

So the idea for the thread came to mind because a friend gave me a fantasy book called Drylor The First Artifact. He didn't really care for it and knowing I was such a giant fantasy nerd (I play WoW and everything) he figured I'd like the book and... well... he was right! I love it!

So, what is everyone else here reading?

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Postby AvatarOfLight » Sat May 21, 2011 2:19 pm

I could've sworn we had a thread on this, but I can't seem to find it either. I'm currently re-reading Game of Thrones from A Song of Ice and Fire. The TV-Series got me back on it ^_^
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Postby Philos » Sat May 21, 2011 4:02 pm

Have 2 going at once.

First is a classic: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which is a series of short stories.

Other is The Day of the Tempest by Jean Rabe. Always loved the Dragonlance setting and the world of Krynn

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I recall (and posted on) such a thread quite a while back. I think a good number of threads went away when the forums were consolidated, especially the ones regarding media (movies, music, etc.)
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Postby Gartar » Sat May 21, 2011 5:45 pm

I started to read the Discworld series at the start of this year, I had plan to be done before the year is over, but it seems unlikely now. I'm currently reading Guards Gaurds(book 8). I like the series allot so far, definitely different from the usually fantasy I read.
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Postby DesR85 » Sun May 22, 2011 3:57 am

Currently reading Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. Pretty interesting autobiography and it gave me a better insight into the man himself and his struggle against apartheid. :)

Haven't been reading that much fantasy books/novels as I didn't find a lot of them interesting. So, I switched to reading autobiographies instead. :p
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Postby TAKR86 » Sun May 22, 2011 8:58 am

I've just read "The Crippled God" by Steven Erikson, it is the last book in the series called "Malazan book of the Fallen". A good book, though kind of dissapointing in some aspects and outright boring in some places, but I guess endings are never easy to make. I can wholeheartedly recommend the entire series though, some of the best fantasy I've read in years.

Also I'm on the last pages of Robert Jordan's "Lord of Chaos" in "The Wheel of Time" series. So far it is entertaining enough just as the previous books in the series. But I always have this ambivalent feeling about the series. It is overly meandering and his whole take on gender roles and the interaction between the genders is immature and painfully annoying up to the point where I don't like characters that Jordan obviously wanted me to like!

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Postby sesobebo » Sun May 22, 2011 10:35 am

I'm breezing through the Howling Miller at the moment and I'm mustering up the courage for yet another attempt at the Trial; that thing makes me physically sick.

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Postby Thaddeus Mynor » Sun May 22, 2011 11:22 pm

Blackhearts by Nathan Long. Its a Fantasy Novel based in the Warhammer world. I'm usually very picky about which authors I read, but I've fallen in love with Nathan Long. I honestly couldn't put the book down. You can grab the omnibus for around $12. But, Heck, i'm almost tempted to just buy you all a copy.

The book is about about a group of prisoners forced to carry out suicidal missions for the good of the Empire. Even if you're not familiar with the Warhammer setting, it's a book you can still easily get into. I promise.

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Postby childofbhaal » Mon May 23, 2011 12:51 am

I just finished the Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies(from Robin Hobb).The Farseer trilogy was always amongst my favorites but I just recently found out that the story of the bastard FitzChivalry Farseer didnt end with the Assassins Quest 2(just nobody translated it to my language...yet).

I can just recommend them because these books are incredible good(low fantasy) but I must warn you that the writer is evil(very).No other book provoked such strong emotions from me as these(I couldnt get over Assassins Quests ending for years...) but I must say that its worth it.I read all kinds of books(lots of books) but Fitz is unique.

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Postby childofbhaal » Mon May 23, 2011 1:12 am

TAKR86 wrote:Also I'm on the last pages of Robert Jordan's "Lord of Chaos" in "The Wheel of Time" series. So far it is entertaining enough just as the previous books in the series. But I always have this ambivalent feeling about the series. It is overly meandering and his whole take on gender roles and the interaction between the genders is immature and painfully annoying up to the point where I don't like characters that Jordan obviously wanted me to like!


My problem was that the Egwene/Nynaeve/Elaida trio bored me to death(they are kinda ok but I want to read about them less often...I dont want to skip those chapters so thats not a solution).I want to finish those books 1 day(I was at the 7. or 8. volume a year ago) because I really like the world.I just needed break because the female trio turned it into a soap opera

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Postby Tricky » Mon May 23, 2011 4:01 am

By my assimilation into Norwegian Culture I have been committed to reading Jo Nesbø, Knut Hamsun and what I will soon fear to be Henrik Ibsen as well. No specific books, I am a bit of a scatterbrain unhandily reading up to four works at a time.

Things were so much simpler when I was 19 and *just* interested in Irish poetry. :(

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Postby simulacrum » Mon May 23, 2011 4:50 am

I recently finished "L.A Confidential". James Ellroy is probably my favourite author but I had been postponing reading this since I already had a pretty good idea of its story and characters from the (also excellent) movie. Turns out the book is an altogether different beast, deeper, darker and larger in scope, although I kept visualizing most characters with the respective actors in mind. :rolleyes:

Now I got into the latest Umberto Eco, "The Prague Cemetery". I like it so far, it gives off a certain Baudolino vibe with some elements of Queen Loana thrown in (the only Eco I never finished) but with a darker twist.

When this is over, Pratchett's "Maskerade" is up next. I believe it will be my 11th Discworld novel and so far they were all pretty good (some even great).

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Postby vio » Tue May 24, 2011 7:32 am

currently reading the Sword of Truth books, it's funny how they're both very similar and yet very different to the TV show. I'm about half way through Temple of Winds at the moment. planning to hit the Songs of Ice and Fire books afterwards, if the new Wheel of Time isn't out yet by then
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Postby BlueSky » Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:11 am

AvatarOfLight wrote:I could've sworn we had a thread on this, but I can't seem to find it either. I'm currently re-reading Game of Thrones from A Song of Ice and Fire. The TV-Series got me back on it ^_^


thumbs up... :)

Reading this series for the first time, I'm halfway through the second book, got one friend reading the third right now and another just starting the first...
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Postby Stworca » Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:15 am

War of the Spider-Queen for the fifth time or so. Sixth book made a total re-make of the "main" character (the mage) and ruined the ending, but overall a great series.
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Postby Kipi » Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:40 pm

Tricky wrote:Oh and I am going to be 30 in three or so weeks. A preliminary happy birthday to you too Kipi, because I am going to forget. :p


Heh, thanks, same to you too! It's wonder how time flies.

Back to the topic, I'm currently reading Toll The Hounds from The Malazan Book of the Fallen -series, written by Steven Erikson. I begun rereading the series from the beginning after I bought the Dust of Dreams as I had partially forgotten what had happened in the series. Enormous task as the shortest book is something like 800 pages. Excellent series which I recommend everybody interested in detailed fantasy setting.
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Postby sparky_kat » Sat Jun 04, 2011 7:49 pm

i am reading 'Away to Wish' by April Patton. It is a fantasy style book that incorporates the actual real world into it. not my usual style of fantasy i read ( i want the all the aspects of the fantasy to be fantasy, lol) and its kinda slow for me to get into it (only in the 2nd chapter with my limited reading time) but i am giving it a go as it has gotten a little more interesting the farther in i get to it. (that and the author is my cousin and is wanting feedback for future novel endeavors)
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Postby trevorish » Sun Jul 03, 2011 8:21 pm

So are we speaking fiction or non-fiction? Great thread idea by the way.

Regarding non-fiction, I have been reading "The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist" by Matt Baglio which is basically just a description and analysis of Roman Catholic exorcisms. I find it to be a fascinating read, particularly as someone who is not Catholic and knows very little about their actual beliefs in such areas.

Regarding fiction, I just finished reading Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card and loved it. I'm currently rereading the Harry Potter series.

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Postby DesR85 » Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:12 am

trevorish wrote:So are we speaking fiction or non-fiction? Great thread idea by the way.

I probably assume any type of books, be it fiction or non-fiction. ;)
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Postby vio » Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:52 am

just started the third Song Of Ice And Fire book, really looking forward to season 2 of Game Of Thrones even more now I know what to expect of it too. and amazingly, while I still hate all the Lannisters except for Tyrion, there is a character even worse than all of them...

spoiler: [SPOILER]Theon. I had noticed that the TV show portrayed him as being much less likeable than the first book did, I guess they wanted to foreshadow how much of an evil bastard he is in the second book/series[/SPOILER]
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