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Old 07-06-2017, 05:32 PM   #1621
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I just started "Novice" by Taran Matharu
About halfway throught the second book of the Trilogy.

Good storytelling, but it just kind of annoys me when an author builds a world that is like 90% Tolkein (elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Humans) then adds in modern societal stuff like Pinkertons, and then adds in their own flavor/magic system. And I would have left firearms out of the deal altogether.

It's a solid 5.
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Old 07-06-2017, 05:33 PM   #1622
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Good God the last third of Dune is a slog.
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Old 07-06-2017, 07:18 PM   #1623
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That being said, like a lot of SF/Fantasy it rushes the ending, which is a personal pet peeve.
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Good God the last third of Dune is a slog.
I've never felt that way. Both Dune and Dune Messiah are books that I have to "ration out" because I get through them too fast.
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Old 07-06-2017, 08:42 PM   #1624
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Last time I read the Dune books was ~15 years ago.

I should re-read them.
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Old 07-06-2017, 09:57 PM   #1625
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Have you read Red Rising?

It's similar-ish (or so I feel from 110 pages of Divergent), but has a bit more of a kick to it, I think!
I just read that series before the g2g. Two friends recommended it separately within the same week so I went ahead and grabbed the first book.

Only took a week to finish the trilogy, couldn't put them down. I usually don't have the attention span to binge read like that but it grabbed me similar to some other series you've probably heard of (Enders Game, Harry Potter, Hunger Games). It's not exactly high literature, and there isn't a lot of backstory/exposition, but that results in fantastic pacing. Not a dull moment the entire way, even if some of it's predictable.
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Old 07-07-2017, 02:18 AM   #1626
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Should have updated but this is the first time I've been on my computer since Monday! Finished it on Tuesday and I enjoyed it. Guessed some of the twist in advance but not all of it.
Glad you liked it. I couldn't get into it, and the "twist" was silly and unnecessary to me. I thought this would be a book that would deeply move me emotionally, but somehow it didn't really make me care all that much.
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Old 07-07-2017, 02:25 AM   #1627
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I just read that series before the g2g. Two friends recommended it separately within the same week so I went ahead and grabbed the first book.

Only took a week to finish the trilogy, couldn't put them down. I usually don't have the attention span to binge read like that but it grabbed me similar to some other series you've probably heard of (Enders Game, Harry Potter, Hunger Games). It's not exactly high literature, and there isn't a lot of backstory/exposition, but that results in fantastic pacing. Not a dull moment the entire way, even if some of it's predictable.
Bro are you talking bout RR or Divergent?

Just finished Divergent. Man it is easy to smash through. Something I enjoy but don't love or really feel there's a lot to it, but perfect for what I'm up to today (waiting while scanning film) so it's all good.
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Old 07-07-2017, 07:43 AM   #1628
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Old 07-07-2017, 09:52 AM   #1629
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Read Michael Lewis' "Flash Boys" over the weekend. I enjoy his writing but I'm always amused when he posits that the solution to the issues facing our financial system will come from within it.
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Old 07-07-2017, 01:18 PM   #1630
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Glad you liked it. I couldn't get into it, and the "twist" was silly and unnecessary to me. I thought this would be a book that would deeply move me emotionally, but somehow it didn't really make me care all that much.
I didn't go into it expecting that. Perhaps that's why I enjoyed it more?

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Oh my goodness that book broke me. But I remain unconvinced by the final chapter.
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Old 07-07-2017, 02:32 PM   #1631
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Oh my goodness that book broke me. But I remain unconvinced by the final chapter.
I figure the book is gonna make me sad but after the first five chapters I've found it pretty amazing so far.
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Old 07-07-2017, 03:17 PM   #1632
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The "What are you reading" thread.

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Bro are you talking bout RR or Divergent?



Just finished Divergent. Man it is easy to smash through. Something I enjoy but don't love or really feel there's a lot to it, but perfect for what I'm up to today (waiting while scanning film) so it's all good.


I was referring to red rising.


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Old 07-07-2017, 03:20 PM   #1633
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I figure the book is gonna make me sad but after the first five chapters I've found it pretty amazing so far.
I loved every word, right up until the final chapter. Which I can't decide if I liked or hated.
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Old 07-07-2017, 03:21 PM   #1634
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I was a little disappointed by Mr. Mercedes. Could have been something excitingly different from King, a gritty crime story, but in the end it was the typical bunch of misfit antiheros saving the day. Not a bad read per se, but a wasted opportunity. How do the sequels compare?
I was somewhat disappointed by Mr. Mercedes, too. Enough to make me ignore the other parts of the trilogy when they came out. I think it's meant to be only a trilogy.

Finders Keepers is almost a standalone story, it has a long buildup before the familiar characters enter the picture. It's a story set in the Mr Merc world, initially told from a different point of view. I'd say it's the best of the three, if you only read one of them.

End of Watch is where things get a more supernatural twist, and it wraps up the trilogy. It had a lot of social commentary in a way I don't remember reading...hearing in a King novel.

I liked them, but I really can't say how much of that was down to the narration.
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Old 07-08-2017, 09:08 AM   #1635
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I loved every word, right up until the final chapter. Which I can't decide if I liked or hated.
Just finished it, it was an amazing read. Had to read the last chapter twice and my opinion changed on the second read but then I'm a sucker for happy endings

Highly recommended.

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Old 07-08-2017, 03:03 PM   #1636
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I'm reading The Last Wish short story collection by Andrzej Sapkowski. I first learned about the world of Witcher playing Witcher 3, and was profoundly impressed by it.

Before learning more about it that way, I knew Poland only as a used-to-be really repressed country behind the Iron Curtain but not much else beyond that. (I mean *really*. We used to be happy things weren't anything like East Germany in Finland. You had to wait "20 years" for a car there. In Poland you had to wait "20 years" for a "private" phone line)

Now there's this easy way to access a lot of Polish folklore and mythology, written originally for Polish audiences. I haven't and don't really want to dissect it analytically, I simply like it a lot.

As I recently posted in another thread, I went to Kraków, Poland to start my vacation. The Witcher connection was a major reason for that. Many still consider Poland as a no-go place...less than a two-hour flight to any part of it from here.I learned a lot about its history, and what they really don't want to deal with about it yet. And what modern (Western) trends are still rejected there.

I bought the copy of The Last Wish in a Kraków bookstore...and I know I'll never learn enough Polish to even try reading the original version.
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Old 07-08-2017, 04:20 PM   #1637
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About halfway throught the second book of the Trilogy.

Good storytelling, but it just kind of annoys me when an author builds a world that is like 90% Tolkein (elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Humans) then adds in modern societal stuff like Pinkertons, and then adds in their own flavor/magic system. And I would have left firearms out of the deal altogether.

It's a solid 5.
Think I figured out why...it's classified as YA fantasy.
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Old 07-10-2017, 04:54 AM   #1638
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Camino Island wasn't bad, but I don't think it was one of Grisham's best.

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Finished Catch-22. Started Bill Bryson's At Home.
This morning I learned that the Norwegians changed the name of one of their lakes to Wenham Lake in order to encroach on the American monopoly on the 19th century ice trade.
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The Black Prism by Brent Weeks.

Been wanting to start this trilogy for a while. I've heard good things.
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Well, as I was just getting going on this book:



My digital library request I made long ago for this book becomes available:



So pausing on the Rothfuss and bouncing into some Dick here

Loved Blade Runner. Always meant to read this one, but never got around to it till now.
7 chapters in, and hooking me right.
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Just started:

I think I saw the Swedish movie trailer for that at some point, but never saw it. Please do tell what you think about it.
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My digital library request I made long ago for this book becomes available:



So pausing on the Rothfuss and bouncing into some Dick here

Loved Blade Runner. Always meant to read this one, but never got around to it till now.
7 chapters in, and hooking me right.
I adored this. Read it before seeing Bladerunner and was consequently disappointed by the film. It's barely even the same story. I can blast through DADOES? in a couple of hours.
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I adored this. Read it before seeing Bladerunner and was consequently disappointed by the film. It's barely even the same story. I can blast through DADOES? in a couple of hours.
Thanks for sharing that - loving it

Does anyone know of any good free sites to recommend for enhancing the literary experience for books and novels? Thematic analysis and the like?


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Finished



and that's really a must-read. Probably the best novel I've read in years and it broke me a little more than The Art of Racing in the Rain did but was one hell of a page-turner.

Reading some kinda unremarkable Koontz fiction now hoping it gets a little better
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and that's really a must-read. Probably the best novel I've read in years and it broke me a little more than The Art of Racing in the Rain did but was one hell of a page-turner.

Reading some kinda unremarkable Koontz fiction now hoping it gets a little better
"unremarkable Koontz fiction" is an oxymoron.
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Finished the Koontz thriller (The Corner of his Eye) which started a bit slow and had what I thought was a disappointing ending.

Started The Caine Mutiny this morning and so far am thoroughly enjoying it.
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Started The Witchwood Crown after finishing The Heart Of What Was Lost (novella between The Memory Sorrow, and Thorn and the Last King Of Sten Ard series) . Previously read Raven Stratagem (follow up to Ninefox Gambit).
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Thoroughly enjoyed & finished "Do Androids...?" (I gave it a 4/5 on my goodreads account)



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Started The Witchwood Crown after finishing The Heart Of What Was Lost (novella between The Memory Sorrow, and Thorn and the Last King Of Sten Ard series) . Previously read Raven Stratagem (follow up to Ninefox Gambit).
I want to go back and re-read the Memory, Sorrow, & Thorn series before I read any of the new ones.
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