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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept on Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:27 am

Helium Hands wrote:
Rainswept wrote:I found one that sounds good to me, "The Lies of Locke Lamora"


I thoroughly enjoyed that and its sequel, "Red Seas Under Red Skies." Excellent characters.

Agreed, quite liked it, into book 2 now. If he does not trot out the girl soon ill be annoyed tho.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart on Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:30 am

Neverwhere is superb. I was actually reading it whilst on the London Underground this morning and got to the bit where "Earl's Court' comes into the story and then they mentioned "Ravenscourt" just as I actually passed through "Ravenscourt Park" station!
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby daftbeaker on Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:47 pm

I read American Gods a couple of days ago. It's a really good book and struck me as a 'serious' version of Small Gods by Terry Pratchett, there are some very similar themes and ideas. I understand how they were such a good team doing Good Omens now.

I'm going to have to buy more Neil Gaiman stuff when I've finished reading Hiaasen. Your fault Roy, I started them and now I keep buying more of them :idiot:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart on Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:09 am

Any minute now I am going to run into Mr Croup and Mr Vandemar...in fact I think I used to work with them!
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby tris on Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:40 pm

Just finished "the curious case of the dog in the night-time"
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept on Sun Mar 17, 2013 12:04 am

relistening to "God No" by Penn Jillette
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept on Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:22 pm

The Warded Man -Peter V Brett
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Roy Hunter on Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:28 pm

Hells Angels, Hunter S. Thompson. Trying to get into character for a bit of writing...
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept on Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:38 pm

Rainswept wrote:The Warded Man -Peter V Brett


moved on to book 2
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Helium Hands on Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:13 am

Rainswept wrote:
Rainswept wrote:The Warded Man -Peter V Brett


moved on to book 2


Heh.
I just started book 3. Good stuff.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial on Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:12 am

Almost done with book 2 of the Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks. Very enjoyable.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept on Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:36 am

ET, the Extra Terrestrial wrote:Almost done with book 2 of the Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks. Very enjoyable.



I liked those fine, but I remember them falling into the current trend of fantasy books with Rocky syndrome. The first book/movie has all of the invention and ingenuity, and the rest just follow normal fantasy story-arcs without adding anything unexpected, unique, or exciting. In other words there's not enough there to justify an entire series. There's a reason Rocky won oscars and acclaim, while it's sequels were just predictable action nonsense. The Night Angel sequels aren't bad, but they also aren't special.

There are a few series out there where the books keep getting better, and those are the ones I really look forward to. Kingkiller Chronicles, Dresden Files, Song of Ice and Fire... I have very high hopes of adding The Stormlight Archive to that list when book 2 hits.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial on Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:44 pm

Check out the Night's Dawn series by Peter F. Hamilton. SciFi rather than fantasy, but VERY good. Also the Pandora's Star/Judas Unchained duology by the same author. I may have recommended them before in here. Really good stuff.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Roy Hunter on Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:49 am

Well, enjoy the next Iain (M) Banks book. It will be the last one.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept on Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:44 am

Helium Hands wrote:
Rainswept wrote:
Rainswept wrote:The Warded Man -Peter V Brett


moved on to book 2


Heh.
I just started book 3. Good stuff


Finished book 3. I like it, despite the soap opera of who's "sticking" who and the cliff-hanger endings.
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