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[March] What are you reading?

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The Laughing One
Since the 1st of november I finished reading the following:

Recluse saga (L.E. Modesitt)
* The Order War
* The Death of Chaos
* Fall of Angels
* The Chaos Balance
* The White Order
* Colors of Chaos
* Magi'i of Cyador
* Scion of Cyador
* Wellspring of Chaos
* Ordermaster
* Natural Ordermage
* Mage-Guard of Hamor

Spellsong Cycle (L.E. Modesitt)
* The Soprano Sorceress
* The Spellsong War
* Darksong Rising
* The Shadow Sorceress

The Wardstone Chronicles (Joseph Delaney)
* The Spook's Apprentice
* The Spook's Curse
* The Spook's Secret
* The Spook's Battle

The Secret History series (Simon R. Green)
* The Man with the Golden Torc
* Daemons are Forever
* The Spy who Haunted Me

In a few moments I'm going to start in 'The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny' (Simon R. Green, The Nightside series). After that I'm looking at starting either with 'Gotrek & Felix', 'Riftwar' or 'The Shamer Chronicles'.


Getting lost in fantasy maps
Started Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson.

I love it when an extended multi-volume epic fantasy actually nears and ending and didn't go in circles getting there or have to work through authorial writer's block/burn out.


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

Is it good?

I'm currently reading The Emperor by Ryszard Kapuscinski. Impulse buy but interesting so far. To quote wikipedia:

The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat, published in 1978, is Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński's analysis of the decline and fall of Haile Selassie's regime in Ethiopia. In 1974, while the Ethiopian Army was still busy consolidating power, Kapuściński "traveled to Ethiopia to seek out and interview Selassie's servants and closest associates on how the Emperor had ruled and why he fell." [1] In large part, the book is a study of the workings of a royal court.


Bernard Cornwell's Vagabond, 2nd in his series The Grail Quest. Not bad, and quite fast-paced. Good if you want insight into battle strategy in 14th century Europe.


After more than six months I've finally reached the end of Colleen McCullough's Rome series, so I'm now reading Homer's Iliad, Fagel's translation.


First Post
Over on my blog, Appendix N , I talk about what I'm reading and watching. I just finished Dissolution, a historical, the second book I've read by the same author. Very strong writing and some solid characters and a lot of ideas for gaming.


Monster Junkie
I've finished a bunch of A. Merritt's work lately (The Moon Pool, Dwellers in the Mirage, The Face in the Abyss, Through the Dragon Glass, The People of the Pit, Three Lines of Old French, The Drone, The Pool of the Stone God, The Women of the Wood, and Creep, Shadow!) That man is one of the most underrated talents of all time. :confused:

I also finished the final two Barsoom novels, Llana of Gathol and John Carter of Mars.

I'm currently plowing through Otis Adelbert Kline's Venus stories. I finished Planet of Peril and Prince of Peril, and am starting Port of Peril.


I'm getting back to The Gods of Mars (and, umm, Ulysses) after taking a detour to Richard Morgan's fabulous fantasy novel, The Steel Remains.


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Being on a "steampunk" kick of late, I read Verne's Master of the World and Robur the Conqueror, then switched to the anthology Extraordinary Engines and the novel Leviathan. Verne, as always, is excellent; Leviathan, even given it was meant more on a kids' level, was rather disappointing (too much "Wow! What an amazing coincidence!"), though with a few good ideas; the anthology was, of course, uneven, but tended more towards poor than good, sad to say. Next up will be Oliver Twist to get the feel of the rookeries right ... and if anyone suggests Anubis Gates again to me, I shall thump them! ;)


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On CD I just finished listening to The Big Sleep. (If you're gonna read the classics, then in my opinion, you just oughtta read the classics).

It's been years and years since I reread it. The man was ingenius.

I'm also listening on CD to A Princess of Mars. It's been years since I re-read that as well, and Burroughs was a brilliantly good writer. I realize that more and more now that I am much older, and am reading his books not so much for story as for style and capability. The man had a superb use of the language. I was also shocked to find out not long ago they were making a film of the book. Not something I'd think Hollywood would have much interest in.

Since I'm going through the Great Books of the Western World in order I've just started re-reading Herodotus.

Other than that been too busy to read other than for work and research.


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I just stumbled across the trailer for A Princess of Mars. Form what I saw it looked very cheap and disappointing, especially the way they did the Green Men.

And Traci Lords as Dejah Thoris? I got nothing against her but she's the very opposite in appearance and behavior of what I think of as...

Know what? I just saw the whole trailer. Not worth the bother.


In an effort to not finish ERB's The Gods of the Mars after reading half of it on a plane, I started John Banville's new novel, The Infinities, after hearing a semi-glowing review on NPR.