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Old Jun 22 2010, 07:03 AM   #81
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Old Jun 26 2010, 02:22 AM   #82
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Finished off Acacia and The Other Lands by David Anthony Durham and loved them. A very fine fantasy read and can't wait for the third book in the trilogy to come out.
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Old Jun 26 2010, 08:22 AM   #83
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Jube brought the recent novella by Stephanie Meyer for me, does that count?
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Old Jun 26 2010, 01:43 PM   #84
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Just about to start (as in, it's the next on my list after a few plays and a short story or three for Inspired-Quill) 'King's Dragon' by Kate Elliott. I read the third one in her trilogy...oh, about 7 years ago now and I saw number 1 in the local 2nd hand bookshop and decided to do things properly. xD

(And aren't I good for not saying anything about the Steph Meyer thi---oops. >.>; )
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(And aren't I good for not saying anything about the Steph Meyer thi---oops. >.>; )
That makes two of us keeping our mouths shut.

Now reading an urban fantasy by T. A. Pratt called Poison Sleep.
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Just about to start (as in, it's the next on my list after a few plays and a short story or three for Inspired-Quill) 'King's Dragon' by Kate Elliott. I read the third one in her trilogy...oh, about 7 years ago now and I saw number 1 in the local 2nd hand bookshop and decided to do things properly. xD

(And aren't I good for not saying anything about the Steph Meyer thi---oops. >.>; )
Kate Elliott's "King's Dragon" series has 7 books in it not 3 I have all of them and they're quite good yarns too

Umm...I only brought it because he (hubby dearest) likes the series. Me personally, honestly couldn't care less about the whole darn thing - watched 5 minutes of the first movie and that was enough to really turn me off......the books BUT some people do like it, just not me!
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Jube, dont let the movie cloud your judgement about the books. The 1st movie was garbage (the 2nd a tiny bit better), but the books are great.
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Sorry Samsara but vampires are not my scenic route to a good book Werewolves maybe but not vampires. The likes of Anne Rice and Stephanie Meyer really don't do it for me.
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Sorry Samsara but vampires are not my scenic route to a good book Werewolves maybe but not vampires. The likes of Anne Rice and Stephanie Meyer really don't do it for me.
Eh, each to their own. Personally I have always been a fan of vampire literature. It was the 1st real book collection I had. Most of it is gone now, except for the really special stuff. I always liked Anne Rice, and would still count her as one of my fave's. Still, its not for everyone.
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Based on what was said here about Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy, I've just started reading those and so far am utterly entranced. Wishing I had more free time for reading so I could get deeper into the story.
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I even like her Tawny Man series better; so if you start liking Hobb, you;re in for a treat!
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Now reading Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin. An urban fantsy dealing with vampires. There is some love interest, but not too much so that the story is spoiled. My kind of vampire story. More action, less mush.
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Went to the library today. Currently reading "Gwenhwyfar" by Mercedes Lackey. Next will be Eann's "The Godmother's Web", then two by Diane Duane.
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I've been reading Feed by Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire) and much to my suprise, I love it. It's a zombie story which is not usually my cup of tea, but it's much more than that. Here's what Publisher's Weekly says about it:

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Urban fantasist Seanan McGuire (Rosemary and Rue) picks up a new pen name for this gripping, thrilling, and brutal depiction of a postapocalyptic 2039. Twin bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason and their colleague Buffy are thrilled when Sen. Peter Ryman, the first presidential candidate to come of age since social media saved the world from a virus that reanimates the dead, invites them to cover his campaign. Then an event is attacked by zombies, and Ryman's daughter is killed. As the bloggers wield the newfound power of new media, they tangle with the CDC, a scheming vice presidential candidate, and mysterious conspirators who want more than the Oval Office. Shunning misogynistic horror tropes in favor of genuine drama and pure creepiness, McGuire has crafted a masterpiece of suspense with engaging, appealing characters who conduct a soul-shredding examination of what's true and what's reported. (May)
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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.

But .. but he was at D*C in 2006 (just after Worldcon - he was there too) - a really nice chap. Crazy, crazy decision.


Personally I'm reading Katharine Kerr's Deverry series. Started with a bargain of the first 3 books from Oxfam and am carrying on - up to A Time of Omens now. Good easy reading for a lunchtime.
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Old Jul 8 2010, 09:52 AM   #96
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guess you'd have to count J.M Barries' The Little White Bird as fantasy. It is one of the oddest books I have ever read, and that is going some. It introduces Peter Pan, though he is almost a subsidiary character. Amazing, weird book. Good but very odd.
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Now reading Ilario, Book 1: The Lion's Eye by Mary Gentle and loving it.

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Last night, I finished Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik.

Then, this morning, I started the next book in her Temeraire series, Black Powder War.
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"Enchanted Glass", a new one by Diana Wynne Jones. Delightful as usual!
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Now reading Colours in the Steel, the first book in K. J. Parker's Fencer trilogy. Strange system of law and interesting system of magic.
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Finally got my hands on a a copy of Robin Hobb's Dragon Haven and was not disappointed. Dragon Keeper was a bit of a let down. I still really liked it but it was a lot of setup and character building while DH was all story. There were a few things I didn't like about it mainly that it ended but overall it is one of the best books I've read in a while. I've been reading mostly crap lately though so I might be over rating it a bit .
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I've been reading a really good book - Winds of Change and Shaping, by Elizabeth Kerner. Lots of character stuff, some romance, some intrigue, a bit of adventure - just my kind of story!
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Now who's boasting?







Come to think on it: you've not only read it, you've lived it.
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P'ter, me old china - me. I'm boasting. Well, nearly boasting. I'm taking a few minutes out, but it's within pages of being done. Finally!

And yes, I have lived it. It's a wonder writers aren't all sectioned (US members: committed, as in to an asylum). We must all be crazy as bedbugs, living in two worlds at once. Oddly, it seems to suit us...
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Actually, for me that's enough.
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I read Michael Scott's The Alchemyst recently. I really love the other stuff of his I'd read in Ireland but I found this a bit tough to get through--I suspect he had lots of fingers in the pot telling him how to write this sort of book. The afterword acknowledgments sort of confirmed that. I understand the others in the series move more quickly though so I will carry on.
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Mike could do a kilt I imagine and Tania certainly could do both kilt and pipes or anything else she set her mind to. That girl can play anything she picks up within 5 minutes and so can Mike if you can separate him from the computer long enough!
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I just finished Robin Hobb's Dragon Haven too. I agree, mush better than Dragon Keeper. I am now starting Naomi Novik's Tongues of Serpents (Temeraire book 6). Hope its as good as its predecessors.

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I'm rereading Mercedes Lackey's "Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms" books. I've finished The Fairy Godmother, which I own and have therefore read many times, and One Good Knight, which I haven't. I'm waiting for One Good Knight andThe Snow Queen - and apparently there's a new one, which I'm on the list for: The Sleeping Beauty.
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Just finished Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn. It's about the apple that brought about the Trojan War and it's place in modern times. A pretty good story.

Now reading J. D. Robb's Fantasy in Death.
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Finished "The Dragon Keeper" by Robin Hobb and "Barque Cats #1" by AMC and Eann - both good.
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It's out? Ooh! I hadn't heard yet. Ah well, I'll have to go and look for it.
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I'm about to finish book 4 of the Temraire series. They aren't bad even though #4 is another dragon plague book .
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Even better, the first book is now out in paperback, the second as hardback. I bought the first last saturday plus the new Terry Pratchett (Unseen Academmicals) and the new Barbare Erskine with book tokens from father's day Not read yet, of course. Still busy with Darksspell, the second Deverry book by Katharine Kerr.
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Oh, I loved Unseen Academicals. For my birthday I had Jeff buy me a copy of "Where's My Cow?" It's very interesting, not really a children's book. Sort of like a short version of the illustrated books.

I've been working my way through all the Clifford Simak books we have. Not all of them are fantasy. He's my husband's favorite science fiction author.
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I've got most of the books (I haven't got round to buying my own copies of 2 and 3 yet) in HB. It's a good time for books. It makes birthday lists easier too
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Just reading Song in the Silence. So far I'm utterly entranced.

Hans, you're in for a treat with Unseen Academicals. I read it while the FIFA world cup was on, much, much better entertainment than the footie. :p
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Thanks Granath!

I loved Unseen Academicals too. Very different, but good.
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I've been listening to The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale during my commute. I read it once before but didn't remember any of it, so it's new to me.

It's always interesting when reading a novelization of a traditional fairy tale, because you know *generally* what *sort* of things are *probably* going to happen, but not how or when. I'll hide this part in case someone is unfamiliar with the original tale: Knowing that the princess's maid is going to betray her, usurp her position and reduce her to a servant, it was maddening having to listen as it gets closer and closer and the princess is still clueless... It might be because I am a fast reader and would ordinarily be able to race through to get to the good part, but I have a vague recollection that I had the same reaction the first time I read it.

It's a very good book, but the tension is almost unbearable before things come to the breaking point.
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