log in or register to remove this ad

 

So what are you reading this year 2021?

I loved that series, but I don't know if I'll ever work up the gumption to re-read all 11,216 pages of it. Knowing this, I boxed up all of them to make room on my bookshelves.

Had to put down Gardens of the Moon, the first Malazan Book of the Fallen. Just wasn't capturing me.

I finished reading De Camp's Fallible Fiend. While parts of it were still a ton of wry fun, I had forgotten about the big threat in the final part of the book...the invading army of cannibal black people. Not something that has aged well at all.

Now I'm back to Farmer's World of Tiers series with Behind the Walls of Terra.
 

log in or register to remove this ad

I'm now starting up the first of two books by Carol O'Connell, Winter House. It features Kathy Mallory (and so does the other one I picked up at a library book sale, so I'm hoping I like them), a young sociopath brought up by a policeman foster dad, and who eventually became a cop herself. Sounds interesting, so I thought I'd give it a shot. This one involves a housewife who fights off a burglar and kills him with a pair of scissors, and who is eventually discovered to be a missing person from a 60-year-old case file, who had apparently killed her family with an ice pick as a child. That's a plotline you don't see every day.

Johnathan
 


I loved the series - the worldbuilding, the characters, the long-game character and plot development, the epic warfare. I will say that some of the books, you can really tell they needed a bit tighter editing - the contracted quick turn-around shows. Also, "Ursto Hoobutt."

Last thing I need is a long series, but I've been getting tempted by Malazan series (both authors). I like how so many people say "It feels great, although I didn't really like it, but I still kept reading them..." Such a strange reaction, yet one I have heard from multiple people. Color me intrigued.
 


I all but finished Winter House on my plane trips yesterday, reading the last remaining 40 pages or so this morning. It was good, and gives me confidence I'll like the other one in that same series I picked up. But first, I got back the Destroyer book I had lent to my co-worker, so that's jumping to the front of the line and I'll be reading it - Destroyer #125: The Wrong Stuff - first, before I read the other novel in the Kate Mallory series.

Johnathan
 

Nellisir

Adventurer
Last thing I need is a long series, but I've been getting tempted by Malazan series (both authors). I like how so many people say "It feels great, although I didn't really like it, but I still kept reading them..." Such a strange reaction, yet one I have heard from multiple people. Color me intrigued.
I read one of them a while ago. It was...long. What ultimately put me off was being told by numerous people that "yeah, it really picks up after book 3 or 4!! Just get through those and it's great!"

So...yeah. I'm gonna look for books that are great by chapter 4, not book 4.
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
I read one of them a while ago. It was...long. What ultimately put me off was being told by numerous people that "yeah, it really picks up after book 3 or 4!! Just get through those and it's great!"

So...yeah. I'm gonna look for books that are great by chapter 4, not book 4.
Yeah, life is too short. You get 100 pages to get me on board.
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Yeah, life is too short. You get 100 pages to get me on board.
Although, that said @Nellisir I did find that the Dresden books took 3-4 books to really hit their stride. But 1 and 2 were ok enough to keep me reading to when stuff started to get really good. And for me, it was all the vampire courts and the fae courts and all those politics and the White Wizards and how Harry fit into all that - that was when stuff started to get good, for me.
 

KahlessNestor

Adventurer
Still reading Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow.

Still reading Night of the Hunter by R. A. Salvatore.

Still reading Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How a Lone American Star Defeated the Soviet Chess Machine by David Edmonds and John Eidinow.

Still reading Turn Coat by Jim Butcher.

Still reading Emma by Jane Austen.

Still reading Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire.

Still reading The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray.

Still reading Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire.

Still reading The Battle for Spain by Antony Beevor.

Still reading Tasha's Cauldron of Everything by Wizards of the Coast.

Still reading The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan.

Started a reread of The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. I read this years ago and was floored, just blown away. So far the first couple chapters are still good, though not quite as I remember, since I now know the gut-wrenching agony waiting for me at the end of the book. :/
 

Nellisir

Adventurer
Although, that said @Nellisir I did find that the Dresden books took 3-4 books to really hit their stride. But 1 and 2 were ok enough to keep me reading to when stuff started to get really good. And for me, it was all the vampire courts and the fae courts and all those politics and the White Wizards and how Harry fit into all that - that was when stuff started to get good, for me.
I've been really wary of the Dresden books. Urban fantasy is generally a huge fail for me. (That said, I haven't actually read any of them and yes, someday I will try them!)

I just started The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross and, 50 pages in, have tossed it. Endless references to things that happened before, and just...ugh.

I'm jonesing for a really good high fantasy novel, but nothing is leaping out at me. <sigh> I did burn through the rest of second mistborne trilogy earlier, and read some of the Raksura series by Martha Wells. Mixed feelings about that.
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Still reading Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow.

Still reading Night of the Hunter by R. A. Salvatore.

Still reading Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How a Lone American Star Defeated the Soviet Chess Machine by David Edmonds and John Eidinow.

Still reading Turn Coat by Jim Butcher.

Still reading Emma by Jane Austen.

Still reading Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire.

Still reading The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray.

Still reading Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire.

Still reading The Battle for Spain by Antony Beevor.

Still reading Tasha's Cauldron of Everything by Wizards of the Coast.

Still reading The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan.

Started a reread of The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. I read this years ago and was floored, just blown away. So far the first couple chapters are still good, though not quite as I remember, since I now know the gut-wrenching agony waiting for me at the end of the book. :/
That's a lot of books to be in progress. I'm curious about your book-reading "process"...
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
I've been really wary of the Dresden books. Urban fantasy is generally a huge fail for me. (That said, I haven't actually read any of them and yes, someday I will try them!)

I just started The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross and, 50 pages in, have tossed it. Endless references to things that happened before, and just...ugh.

I'm jonesing for a really good high fantasy novel, but nothing is leaping out at me. <sigh> I did burn through the rest of second mistborne trilogy earlier, and read some of the Raksura series by Martha Wells. Mixed feelings about that.
Have you read Butcher's Codex Alera books? I enjoyed.
 

KahlessNestor

Adventurer
That's a lot of books to be in progress. I'm curious about your book-reading "process"...

Yeah. I've always been a multibook reader. I've tried paring down to one at a time, but it only lasts so long, because there's another book I NEED to read, or the next book in some series I'm reading comes out. Currently, I'm TRYING to keep it relatively genre-different, so one fantasy, a history, one current affairs, etc. It doesn't always work, obviously. Generally I'll read one book on one day, and switch to another book the next. On weekends I'll stick with one book. It's about at the limit, though, where I'm not quite remembering what happened the last time I picked it up, so I'll be paring down again once books start finishing.
 

Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
I've been really wary of the Dresden books. Urban fantasy is generally a huge fail for me. (That said, I haven't actually read any of them and yes, someday I will try them!)
The first two or so books are good and servicable and then it starts coming together and ramps up even more. But I can't recommend skipping those first books - the whole series has a truely wonderful amount of callbacks, recurring characters, and important plot points that come back around.

I just started The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross and, 50 pages in, have tossed it. Endless references to things that happened before, and just...ugh.
That series is also well connected to the earlier books, not a standalone read. While I enjoy the series, it's a particular Venn diagram of British humor, IT, Cthulhu horror, and government bureaucracy that if you are not in all of the circles can easily not be to taste.

I'm jonesing for a really good high fantasy novel, but nothing is leaping out at me. <sigh> I did burn through the rest of second mistborne trilogy earlier, and read some of the Raksura series by Martha Wells. Mixed feelings about that.
Wish I could help, my favorite new novels of the past few years didn't include any high fantasy. Have you tried Fifth Season?
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
That series is also well connected to the earlier books, not a standalone read. While I enjoy the series, it's a particular Venn diagram of British humor, IT, Cthulhu horror, and government bureaucracy that if you are not in all of the circles can easily not be to taste.
Yeah, I like those books. Charles Stross I like most of his books what I have read. Although the Bob books are mostly not carried at my library, so I try to track them down at used bookshops. Same with the Rivers of London books (Lt. Pete).
 

KahlessNestor

Adventurer
I'm jonesing for a really good high fantasy novel, but nothing is leaping out at me. <sigh> I did burn through the rest of second mistborne trilogy earlier, and read some of the Raksura series by Martha Wells. Mixed feelings about that.
Have you tried The Stormlight Archive? That's the hottest epic fantasy out there, and it is Brandon Sanderson. Newest book just came out in November.
 

I cannot praise Evan Winter's The Burning series enough. It's got Dragons, magic, swordplay, demons, and more. Each time I put the book down after a reading session, I felt like I had been holding my breath the whole time.

I'm jonesing for a really good high fantasy novel, but nothing is leaping out at me. <sigh> I did burn through the rest of second mistborne trilogy earlier, and read some of the Raksura series by Martha Wells. Mixed feelings about that.
 

I finished Farmer's Behind The Walls of Terra. For a 220 page book, this sure was a slog. Taking the World of Tiers to (then) modern-day Earth felt like that part in a sci-fi or fantasy series when they go to current Earth to cut corners on the budget. The fast-paced action, stripped of the imaginative worldbuilding, turned into a real grind. Hopefully the next in the series in better.

Now I'm reading T. Kingfisher's Nine Goblins.
 


An Advertisement

Advertisement4

Top