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    Re: What book are you reading at the moment ?

    by Stained Class » Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:23 pm

    Hm ok I'll hammer that one down before I start on Wheel Of Time. Gotta be ahead of the TV crowd for once :mrgreen:
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    by X-Thor » Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:54 pm

    Stained Class wrote:Hm ok I'll hammer that one down before I start on Wheel Of Time. Gotta be ahead of the TV crowd for once :mrgreen:


    :lol: :lol:

    Wise choice. WoT is very long, so it'll keep you busy for a while.
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    by LadyBlackfhyre » Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:14 am

    I am about 12 Chapters in on book two of Wheel of time!

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    by X-Thor » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:32 pm

    LadyBlackfhyre wrote:I am about 12 Chapters in on book two of Wheel of time!


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    by DJ Old Man Stares » Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:09 pm

    Wheel of Time is great, but like Hector said, they really have way too many unimportant characters in big rles who do next to nothing. If that doesn't make sense, then it will if you make it to book 8 which was excellent a putting me to sleep. It's very clear that Robert Jorddan didn't know what he was doing with the series and had all these characters he needed to kill but couldn't. Still need to finish the very last book. The ones that Brandon Sanderson wrote were quite decent at cleaning the wonderful mess that Jordan left behind.
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    by X-Thor » Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:29 pm

    DJ Old Man Stares wrote:Wheel of Time is great, but like Hector said, they really have way too many unimportant characters in big rles who do next to nothing. If that doesn't make sense, then it will if you make it to book 8 which was excellent a putting me to sleep. It's very clear that Robert Jorddan didn't know what he was doing with the series and had all these characters he needed to kill but couldn't. Still need to finish the very last book. The ones that Brandon Sanderson wrote were quite decent at cleaning the wonderful mess that Jordan left behind.


    I never said they were unimportant... I think of books 8-10 as books that exist just to thicken the plot enough so that books 11-14 can be awesome. Kind of like Book 4 (and in some ways also book 5) in Game of Thrones... They're not that bad... Just too many plots to solve, I guess.
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    Re: What book are you reading at the moment ?

    by DJ Old Man Stares » Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:33 am

    X-Thor wrote:
    DJ Old Man Stares wrote:Wheel of Time is great, but like Hector said, they really have way too many unimportant characters in big rles who do next to nothing. If that doesn't make sense, then it will if you make it to book 8 which was excellent a putting me to sleep. It's very clear that Robert Jorddan didn't know what he was doing with the series and had all these characters he needed to kill but couldn't. Still need to finish the very last book. The ones that Brandon Sanderson wrote were quite decent at cleaning the wonderful mess that Jordan left behind.


    I never said they were unimportant... I think of books 8-10 as books that exist just to thicken the plot enough so that books 11-14 can be awesome. Kind of like Book 4 (and in some ways also book 5) in Game of Thrones... They're not that bad... Just too many plots to solve, I guess.


    I don't think that books 8 and 10 thickened the plot, I believe they convoluted it. The series would be better off without those books. Books 8 and 9 should have been condensed into one book and still have no more than 800 pages. Too many people second guessing themselves for pages at a time. Book 10 should have never happened in my opinion because in fact...nothing happened! :P
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    by X-Thor » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:51 am

    Yaaaaay! :bangers:
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    Re: What book are you reading at the moment ?

    by sageoftruth » Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:47 pm

    I just started Mists of Avalon. I'm only 10 pages in, so I haven't got anything to say about it just yet.
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    by X-Thor » Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:12 pm

    sageoftruth wrote:I just started Mists of Avalon. I'm only 10 pages in, so I haven't got anything to say about it just yet.


    I've heard great things about it.
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    Re: What book are you reading at the moment ?

    by DJ Old Man Stares » Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:45 am

    gnoff_the_creep wrote:
    DJ Old Man Stares wrote:Wheel of Time is great, but like Hector said, they really have way too many unimportant characters in big rles who do next to nothing. If that doesn't make sense, then it will if you make it to book 8 which was excellent a putting me to sleep. It's very clear that Robert Jorddan didn't know what he was doing with the series and had all these characters he needed to kill but couldn't. Still need to finish the very last book. The ones that Brandon Sanderson wrote were quite decent at cleaning the wonderful mess that Jordan left behind.



    For me books 1-5 were simply amazing, 6 starting slowing it down, 7 put me off continue to read and me saying "I bet Jordan will die before he finishes this series"
    well...

    Now that the final book seemed to finally come via Brandon Sanderson I read 1-13 during the spring of last year, and just now picked up the last one.
    I think Sanderson has managed to minimize the flutter of various characters moving about, pulling it together better.

    That being said, I still have about 600 pages to go in the last book, hopefully I'll be happy in a few days once finished with it.

    Still, it is a huge series with some excellent characters and stories in it, I'd say for someone interested in fantasy it is well worth reading.


    Happy to hear that many people are finishing this up. I hope to be among them as soon as they release "Memory of Light" on paperback. Why pay $35 when I can wait and get the same thing for $10? Hope you're enjoying the finish, man. I know that to many people that 600 pages left sounds like alot, but for this series its small potatoes. :cheers:
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    by DJ Old Man Stares » Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:32 pm

    gnoff_the_creep wrote:^^ Well, why pay $10 when the library has it for free?

    :D

    Indeed, when you've read some 15,000 pages or so already, 600 is not much :beerwink:


    Alright, you got me, but I don't believe in getting anything for free. I know it sounds stupid, but for that book in particular, I believe in shelling out some cash. Sanderson really put his heart and soul into finishing the series. I could tell that just by reading the "Gathering Storm," and "Tower of Midnight."
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    by X-Thor » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:05 am

    So I just finished reading The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson. It's about 1250 pages (in English). Here's what I thought:

    -Most characters are very interesting and, though not as "humanized" as GRRM's (meaning, they aren't thinking about sex all the time or killing each other at the slightest opportunity), they do feel real and deep. Moreover, they all have nice development arcs.

    -The plot takes some time to advance. Of course, there are very cool scenes from the very beginning (the prologue and the first chapter are both very different kinds of awesome, for example), but it did took me some time to figure out what was each character's "plot". There are a lot of minor characters with single chapters. I do not know if it was exposition of the setting or of plots that are yet to reveal themselves. Or maybe I missed something huge.

    -The setting is great. Fully developed and with a lot of small details that make it feel more "real" (I guess). It seems that Sanderson fully considered the implications of the peculiar weather, magic system and mythology/history of this world.


    This is the first book in the Stormlight Archive series, so I'm eager to read what's coming next. :ugeek: :ugeek:

    Now I'm starting to read this book:

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    by DJ Old Man Stares » Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:45 pm

    gnoff_the_creep wrote:
    DJ Old Man Stares wrote:
    gnoff_the_creep wrote:^^ Well, why pay $10 when the library has it for free?

    :D

    Indeed, when you've read some 15,000 pages or so already, 600 is not much :beerwink:


    Alright, you got me, but I don't believe in getting anything for free. I know it sounds stupid, but for that book in particular, I believe in shelling out some cash. Sanderson really put his heart and soul into finishing the series. I could tell that just by reading the "Gathering Storm," and "Tower of Midnight."



    Finished it Monday, all done :cheers:



    Well, what's the verdict? Time well spent?
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    by DJ Old Man Stares » Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:28 am

    gnoff_the_creep wrote:
    DJ Old Man Stares wrote:
    gnoff_the_creep wrote:Finished it Monday, all done :cheers:


    Well, what's the verdict? Time well spent?


    I don't want to include any spoilers or such, but the last book does handle things rather different than many of the previous ones.

    Still, glad to have finished the series and got an ending to it, not regretting I did.


    Awesome, good enough for me. When it comes out on paperback I'll pic k it up.
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    by DrinkMoxie » Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:44 am

    I thought it was a good ending... sad to be done something I've been reading for over 20 years, but happy to have closure that actually works nicely
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    Haven't read this yet since all the copies where I work are checked out, but I saw this author speak last week and really enjoyed it (I go to at least a few author talks and/or lectures of one sort or another a month.) So interesting....since I am fascinated with the historical era it covers. I took my daughter who took a history of religion class last year in school and was interested in hearing his pov.
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    About 100 pages in already. Book 3 was fucking incredible right through to the last page! I'm hoping this one isn't as boring as a lot of the readers say it is. So far it's not bad.
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    by DJ Old Man Stares » Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:21 am

    As you guys know by my other thread, I've been going through Star Wars books lately, just finished the Bounty Hunter Wars recently. Now, taking a minute break and am picking up volume 4 of Robert E. Howard's and L. Sprague DeCamp's excellent Conan series where all the stories have been arranged in chronological order. It's a cool idea, because now I feel like I'm growing up with Conan killing what he kills and banging whom he bangs. :D
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    by sageoftruth » Sat Nov 09, 2013 1:45 pm

    DJ Old Man Stares wrote:As you guys know by my other thread, I've been going through Star Wars books lately, just finished the Bounty Hunter Wars recently. Now, taking a minute break and am picking up volume 4 of Robert E. Howard's and L. Sprague DeCamp's excellent Conan series where all the stories have been arranged in chronological order. It's a cool idea, because now I feel like I'm growing up with Conan killing what he kills and banging whom he bangs. :D


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    by Disaster Area » Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:12 pm

    Haven't posted in this thread (or many others for that matter) for the last 2 years, but I was moved to write about my latest read. I just finished up the Ender Quartet by Orson Scott Card. Of course I was prompted to read the first book (Ender's Game) because the movie was just released. I wanted to see the flick but refuse to watch a book-based film without first reading the book (when possible). What a fantastic set of books! I will likely read everything he has written now, his style has tremendous depth and complexity but is still highly approachable. I will say that Ender's Game is the weakest of the four, but still a fantastic read. The remaining books delve into some pretty deep philosophical ideas. It is light on wiz-bang techno stuff and HEAVY on interpersonal (inter-species) relationships. I can't recommend this series highly enough, it is available in a box set on Amazon for Kindle for a reasonable price ($26). Actually, the box set is a quintet that includes the 5th book which he wrote much later to fill in a timeline gap between book 1 and the subsequent three. I haven't read the 5th book yet but expect it will be as good as he others. (I bought the books individually instead of the box set).

    I say $26 is a reasonable price for this set, mind you I have read dozens of $.99 Kindle books in the last couple years that were good to excellent in their own rights so $5+ per book for this series is pretty steep. However that is about par for a well established successful author like Card, so I just grimace and hit the buy button. But invariably at the end of each book I haven't felt bad about the money spent on them.

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    by Disaster Area » Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:17 pm

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    About 100 pages in already. Book 3 was fucking incredible right through to the last page! I'm hoping this one isn't as boring as a lot of the readers say it is. So far it's not bad.



    I think my first post way back in the beginning of this thread was asking for suggestions for fantasy reading, of course Song of Ice and Fire got lots of mentions. I read all of the books straight through over the course of a month or so. It was magnificent, so glad I didn't discover them years ago when he started writing, I can imagine its even more torturous waiting for his next book than waiting for band announcements from UMC.

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    by Stained Class » Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:18 pm

    Disaster Area wrote:
    Stained Class wrote:Image
    About 100 pages in already. Book 3 was fucking incredible right through to the last page! I'm hoping this one isn't as boring as a lot of the readers say it is. So far it's not bad.



    I think my first post way back in the beginning of this thread was asking for suggestions for fantasy reading, of course Song of Ice and Fire got lots of mentions. I read all of the books straight through over the course of a month or so. It was magnificent, so glad I didn't discover them years ago when he started writing, I can imagine its even more torturous waiting for his next book than waiting for band announcements from UMC.

    :heavydrink:

    Holy crap, I've been working on the series since like February. I'm not a very fast reader, you read them all in a month? Damn. I'm about half way through this one now. Hoping to finish the series before Season 4.
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    by Disaster Area » Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:21 pm

    My work schedule allows me a lot of wait around time, I fill it with reading. Ans I guess I am a fairly fast reader, especially when the story is good.
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    by Stained Class » Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:25 pm

    I've been pretty slow on this one cus the first 400 pages were pretty boring. It's starting to pick up now, I think I'll get through the rest of it before 70k at least.
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    by mfrap » Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:25 pm

    Malazan book 1 - Gardens of the Moon. Just started, about 2 chapters in. Pretty decent fantasy. :boobs: :viking: :boobs:
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    Re: What book are you reading at the moment ?

    by Stained Class » Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:26 pm

    mfrap wrote:Malazan book 1 - Gardens of the Moon. Just started, about 2 chapters in. Pretty decent fantasy. :boobs: :viking: :boobs:

    Is that that one that Jake's been obsessed with lately. "The Name Of The Wind"?
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    Re: What book are you reading at the moment ?

    by Disaster Area » Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:30 pm

    yeah, I want to go back and re-read them all but my "read this next" list is so damn long, I doubt I'll get back to them.
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    Re: What book are you reading at the moment ?

    by X-Thor » Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:23 pm

    Stained Class wrote:
    mfrap wrote:Malazan book 1 - Gardens of the Moon. Just started, about 2 chapters in. Pretty decent fantasy. :boobs: :viking: :boobs:

    Is that that one that Jake's been obsessed with lately. "The Name Of The Wind"?


    No, that's another one. Supposedly also very very cool.

    I'm reading a book called Tattoos from the Heart, by a Jesuit Priest who works with gang members in Los Angeles. Very interesting read.
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    Re: What book are you reading at the moment ?

    by carlynjason » Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:24 am

    re-reading cabal by clive barker
    and last human by doug naylor, both well worth a look :)
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    Re: What book are you reading at the moment ?

    by DJ Old Man Stares » Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:33 am

    carlynjason wrote:re-reading cabal by clive barker
    and last human by doug naylor, both well worth a look :)


    Good call on Cabal. I love Clive Barker, he's one of my favorite authors ever.
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    by Jaimie38 » Sat Dec 21, 2013 2:28 pm

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    Re: What book are you reading at the moment ?

    by Rhiannon » Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:37 am

    mfrap wrote:Malazan book 1 - Gardens of the Moon. Just started, about 2 chapters in. Pretty decent fantasy. :boobs: :viking: :boobs:


    I just bought this book, and plan on starting it tonight. I've heard this series is pretty damn epic. :)
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    Re: What book are you reading at the moment ?

    by sageoftruth » Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:48 pm

    After opening my Christmas/birthday presents I've got tons of books to choose from. What should I read: "Killing Jesus" by Bill O'Riley or "Heathen's Guide to World Religions"?
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    by Jaimie38 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:52 pm

    sageoftruth wrote:After opening my Christmas/birthday presents I've got tons of books to choose from. What should I read: "Killing Jesus" by Bill O'Riley or "Heathen's Guide to World Religions"?



    Read one chapter of one, and then one chapter from the other and have a debate


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    Re: What book are you reading at the moment ?

    by sageoftruth » Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:31 pm

    Jaimie38 wrote:
    sageoftruth wrote:After opening my Christmas/birthday presents I've got tons of books to choose from. What should I read: "Killing Jesus" by Bill O'Riley or "Heathen's Guide to World Religions"?



    Read one chapter of one, and then one chapter from the other and have a debate


    :lol:


    Sounds interesting. I'll have to get to the Christian/New Testament portion of it first. I just finished reading about how the Israelites claiming the promised land was actually a bloody conquest. I wonder what my Jewish father would think.
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    Re: What book are you reading at the moment ?

    by Disaster Area » Mon Jan 06, 2014 6:26 pm

    Just started Asimov's Foundation series (better late than never).

    Also picking my way through the Kalevala (English version of course) and A Short History of the World by Christopher Lascelles

    all on Kindle...

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    by X-Thor » Mon Jan 06, 2014 6:43 pm

    Disaster Area wrote:Just started Asimov's Foundation series (better late than never).



    First saga I ever read, I think. Still love it. Asimov is awesome.
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    by viathyn » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:08 am

    Just finished this:
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    Re: What book are you reading at the moment ?

    by mfrap » Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:15 am

    viathyn wrote:Just finished this:
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    Now, on to this:
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