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Old Mar 30 2010, 11:26 PM   #41
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Elizabeth Moon's new Oath of Fealty !
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How was it? Did it live up to your expectations? I just ordered it from BN.


Finished a reread of Blue Diablo by Ann Aquirre, a better example of urban fantasy. Now reading the sequel, Hell Fire.
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I thought it was very good. It has a bit of a different feel - partly because it divides its focus between several characters, although that doesn't make it feel like it's jumping around. The story sucks you in just as quickly, and is just as fraught with peril... it really does jump in right after Oath of Gold ended.
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I thought it was very good. It has a bit of a different feel - partly because it divides its focus between several characters, although that doesn't make it feel like it's jumping around. The story sucks you in just as quickly, and is just as fraught with peril... it really does jump in right after Oath of Gold ended.
I guess another reread of Paks is in order while I wait for the new book.
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If you actually need an excuse...

But yes, it was good to be able to remember what all was going on at the end of Oath of Gold.
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The "Percy Jackson" series by Rick Riordan after the discussion about the movie, earlier this year. Still waiting on books 2 & 4 but that's okay, I can go back to reading them when I've finished the 3 books, I've already got. Although I've found they can be read as stand-alone books, I'll have to read them again to get some of the back-ground stories as I realise they are a series. Does anyone know if there's going to be a book 6?
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Old Apr 5 2010, 08:33 PM   #48
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"Hasan" by Piers Anthony. One of his earliest books; a good adventure, entirely in the style of the Arabian Nights!
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Just finished a reread of The Warded Man (The Painted Man in the UK) and the first read of The Desert Spear. Both by Peter V. Brett. Very good reads with an interesting system of magic.
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Just finished Dragon Rule, Book 5 of E.E. Knight's Age of Fire series. I love this series. Can't wait until the 6th book is released.
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I guess this counts as fantasy, since as a prequel to Gothic fiction it's pretty unbelievable - but has anyone read Wide Sargasso Sea? It's meant to be the history of the first Mrs Rochester, before Jane Eyre showed up. I've heard very mixed reviews. Any opinions before I shell out for it?
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Old May 25 2010, 11:00 PM   #52
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I'm almost finished reading The Seven Towers by Patricia Wrede. It's been so long since I read it that I remember almost nothing, which is fun!
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I am currently (re)reading Winds of Fate by Mercedes Lackey. I've been working my way back through the Valdemar books since there are some new ones out that I haven't bought yet, and I want to remind myself of her world before diving in to the new works.
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I guess this counts as fantasy, since as a prequel to Gothic fiction it's pretty unbelievable - but has anyone read Wide Sargasso Sea? It's meant to be the history of the first Mrs Rochester, before Jane Eyre showed up. I've heard very mixed reviews. Any opinions before I shell out for it?
It's mentioned quite a bit in Uni lectures. I hear it's quite good, although I've never gotten around to reading it myself. :/

I've just finished 'Tea With The Black Dragon'...finally. ^^ I have to say I rather enjoyed it. Parts of it reminded me a little of the postmodern literature I've been studying recently.
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I've just finished 'Tea With The Black Dragon'...finally. ^^ I have to say I rather enjoyed it. Parts of it reminded me a little of the postmodern literature I've been studying recently.
That was one of my favorite books. R. A. MacAvoy had a new book out recently, after a very long hiatus, called In Between. It was pretty good.

Now rereading Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charon Newton and then it will be on to the next book in the series, City of Ruin.
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Old Jun 16 2010, 10:16 AM   #56
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I've moved on to Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series. I really enjoyed the first book, but the second was very awkward, in my mind. So far, I've enjoyed the third well enough to be interested in reading the fourth when I finish this one.
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I've just read "Shaman's Crossing" by Robin Hodd and am undecided as to whether I like it or not
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I've just read "Shaman's Crossing" by Robin Hodd and am undecided as to whether I like it or not
It has that effect on a lot of people. (A I think you mean Robin Hobb) I liked her Assassin books a lot better and the Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven too.
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Yeah, I had that reaction too. Sure, it's a good enough series, but I just didn't care enough for the characters, and the shit she put him through was just too damn bleak at times.

Her new dragon books though are much more fun, and hardly depressing in the slightest!
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Thanks, murphy, I did indeed hit the wrong double consonant

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Just finished The Red Wolf Conspiracy and The Ruling Sea by Robert Redick. They weren't great but I enjoyed them. Hate having to wait a year to read the next one though. Waiting for my library to get a copy of Dragon Haven I needs it now.
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Just finished The Red Wolf Conspiracy and The Ruling Sea by Robert Redick. They weren't great but I enjoyed them. Hate having to wait a year to read the next one though. Waiting for my library to get a copy of Dragon Haven I needs it now.
The next book will be released in the UK December 29 of this year. The Book Depository in the UK will ship it to you with no charge on the mailing.
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I just finished reading Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books and the Red Pyramid one. The guy is awesome.
I also want to make a general "OMG I can't believe it!" comment. I just got Peter Beagle's newsletter, The Raven, and apparently Dragoncon rejected Peter as a possible guest because their "resources" wouldn't stretch to it--he pays for his own flight and his own accomodation so I can't imagine what resources they are referring to.
I'm sorry. The guy is as much an icon in his own way as Anne is in her way and it makes me mad that the con is dissing him like that.
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Canker, I very much enjoyed that book. I read it last year as an ARC Del Rey sent me.

Eann, that is preposterous. *shakes head* They can't afford one extra chair/one extra table? The idjits.
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No, you have to apply for the honor of being one of their guests now, even if you pay for your own table or chair I guess.
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Well, having now skim-read the other two books in the series, I've decided I don't like them and won't bother to read them "properly" But I'll look out for the dragon books, thanks for the recommendation

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Her new dragon books though are much more fun, and hardly depressing in the slightest!
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Well, having now skim-read the other two books in the series, I've decided I don't like them and won't bother to read them "properly" But I'll look out for the dragon books, thanks for the recommendation
Have you read her Assassin, Mad Ship, Tawny Man trilogies yet? They occur in time before the Dragon books and are in the same universe.
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I read and re-read my collection of Terry Pratchett. I just finished re-reading The Wintersmith. The kids gave me a gift certificate to Amazon for my birthday so I'm having Jeff go online and order me a copy of Where's My Cow.

This is not a book, but at the same time I'm having him order me a CD by a group called Red Hot Chili Pipers. We saw them on public TV today and what can I say?! Men in kilts playing bagpipes and awesome music!
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Ooooh, that sounds good. I wonder if they're on iTunes? I love pipe music.
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I've read all of her books except for the Dragon books. I brought #1 yesterday when junior wanted to go to EB Games so he could play Habbo so we both got what we wanted She's also known as Megan Lindholm and has written several books which I'd recommend reading - they're quite good
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eann - unbelievable! Peter Beagle is one of the all-time Greats, as far as I'm concerned. Amazing writer, he never repeats himself and never disappoints. Stunningly brilliant writing. What a load of (insert disparaging swear word here) those D-con folks are!

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Not yet, but when I take the Soldier Son trilogy back to the library this week, I'll see if they have any of the others, thanks

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I just read the first three Percy Jackson books for the first time. They're pretty good. Also reread Patricia C. Wrede's Snow White and Rose Red which I highly recommend.
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eann, I don't know about iTunes, but they're on YouTube:

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The trilogies are separate but connected so try to read them in order.

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Oh yes, they are

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Could be worse and have "Hot Chilli Woman" (Noiseworks) come up
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Toooo f--king cool! Love it! Great energy. I have to get that. Thanks, folks.
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Pratically anything, I should think!
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