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[Sept] What Are You Reading?


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Wombat

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Finished a re-read of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and of The Monk. Next up is Sharpe's Eagle, which will probably be followed by either Frankenstein or Northanger Abbey.

I am gearing up for a Regency-based Ars Magica game ;)
 

Mercule

Adventurer
I'd never read the Harry Potter books. Just finished #2 and am waiting for #3 to become available at the library. They've been on my list for a while. I'm going to buy them, but, at this point, I'm waiting until the collector's set comes out the Christmas after #7.
 

WayneLigon

Adventurer
I just finished up Iron Dawn, by Matthew Woodring Stover, and I'll either go on to read Jerico Moon, a sequel, or go on to something else. Iron Dawn is a very low tech, low-low magic fantasy book set on our Earth. Iron is a new thing. It would a perfect Iron Heroes setting or adventure.
 

Wyn A'rienh

First Post
Since school just started, I'm alternating between my biology textbook and my world literature book. I'm really enjoying the world lit.
 

Drivethrurpg.com had the first Vampire: the Requiem novel available for free download yesterday, so I picked it up and have been reading a bit. Nothing spectacular yet. Sort of 'down-to-earth' vampirism.

A friend loaned me "Boulevard," a novel by my former creative writing professor Jim Grimsley. It's about a gay man seeking love in New Orleans. I'll get to it later this month, but New Orleans-related things have me a little weirded out now.

I want to read that Strange & Norrell book, but it's checked out at my local library.
 

Starman

First Post
I just finished reading Haruki Murakami's Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, which was excellent. Now I am going to reread the last two books of The Wheel of Time in anticipation of Knife of Dreams. After that I will be rereading A Song of Ice and Fire in anticipation of A Feast for Crows.
 

Just about to finish Pratchett's Jingo. After that I'll probably read a mix of The Light Fantastic and start going through the New Jedi Order books again.
 

Krug

Newshound
The Sundering, Book 3 of the Warcraft trilogy by Richard A Knaak. Book 2 was so-so, but sets the stage for the epic, pull-out-all-the-stops finale.
 

ragboy

Explorer
Reading the Iron Tower by McKiernan. I'm not too impressed at the moment. He doesn't do a very good job of immersing you in the world. And due to either bad writing, or deliberate creation of an annoying people, he repeats himself about every third sentence...

"Wolves are in the forest."
"Wolves you say!? In the forest?"
"Yes, wolves, they are in the forest...wolves."
"That's bad, right?"
"Yes. Wolves in the forest are very bad."

etc.

Not sure if I'll finish it.
 

Desdichado

Adventurer
Tarnsman of Gor by John Norman.

I know, I know... I read it in high school, when I had no idea of "Goreans" or anything like that, and at that time, I thought that the book was just a Barsoom rip-off. I never read further in the series than the first one.

Now, of course, I'm curious if I was just missing it, or if Norman didn't really get into the whole bizarro female submissive thing until later books in the series. And I'm mostly just enjoying it as a Barsoom rip-off. I was able to find the first four of the books dirt cheap at a used book store, so I may read that far into the series before quitting. Maybe. If the philosophising stays as low-key as it is in this first one.
 

GreyShadow

Explorer
Joshua Dyal said:
Tarnsman of Gor by John Norman.

I know, I know... I read it in high school, when I had no idea of "Goreans" or anything like that, and at that time, I thought that the book was just a Barsoom rip-off. I never read further in the series than the first one.

I read the Tarnsman of Gor in high school also. Never knew a thing about Goreans either. I on the other hand kept reading and think I got up to about book 15? The female submissiveness does get worse the further one reads in the series. I picked up one of the last in the series a few years ago, and it's very much not missable. I believe I only got a chapter into it before I had had enough.

Currently, I've just finished The Precipice by Ben Bova. Finished it in one day while I was sick on my honeymoon. Trust me, I know there are better things to do in bed than read while on your honeymoon. :lol: At least it was a good read. :)

Andrew
 

Rawhide

First Post
Dies the Fire, by S.M. Stirling. On the on hand, it's not as good as the previous series in the same universe, but it is a heck of a setting for a d20 Modern game.

I had the same expereince with Gor. The first 3 are fine, the next 3 are okay, the next one is a little worse, and I'l scanned some since and determined they're sludge.
 


ragboy

Explorer
John Q. Mayhem said:
Have you read LotR?

Yeah. I know. I knew it in high school when the Iron Tower first came out...or I was first aware of it, anyway. What can I say... $0.25 paperbacks are a weakness. I think I'll break down and go get the RR Martin series.
 


Desdichado

Adventurer
ragboy said:
Yeah. I know. I knew it in high school when the Iron Tower first came out...or I was first aware of it, anyway. What can I say... $0.25 paperbacks are a weakness. I think I'll break down and go get the RR Martin series.
This may just be a myth, but I'd heard the McKiernan wanted to write continuations of the LotR stories, and naturally neither Tolkien nor his estate was interested in supporting that. That's why the Iron Tower so closely mimics the LotR; he was specifically trying to get as close as he could without getting sued to recreating the setting so he could then turn around and write the stories he really wanted to.

Like I said, though--that story may be completely apocryphal.
 

ShadowDenizen

Explorer
Currently (re)reading "A Rumor of Gem" by Ellen Steiber.
Really fascinating contemporary fantasy. The prose is lyrical, and really dragged me in right from the first paragraph.

On the back burner?
"In the Ruins"- the new book in the "Crown of Stars" series.
"Wolf-Brother"- First book in the "CHronicles of Ancient Darkness"
"Eldest"- The (long-awaited) sequel to Eragon.
 

Ibram

First Post
I just finished reading the new Magic:tG novel "Ravnica"... and again I wonder why I keep buying those things...

I'm currently rereading HPL's dream cycle stories, and will probably go back throgh REH's works for most of this month... either that or just dig down to the bottom of my library and pull something out that I havent read in years (Sterling and Drakes "the General" series is always a good read)
 

Desdichado

Adventurer
Ibram said:
I'm currently rereading HPL's dream cycle stories,
Great stuff, that. "The DreamQuest of Unknown Kadath" is my favorite Lovecraft story, and one of my favorite stories period.

I may have to put that on my list--next up when I finish Tarnsman of Gor is Under a Green Star by Lin Carter.
 

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