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What are you reading? Declaratory December 2018 edition

New month, new thread, and the last one for 2018.

Still reading GRRM's Fire & Blood. Really enjoying it, even if it no Winds of Winter. And at this point, maybe that's a good thing. Freed from the multiple POVs and plot threads, this book flows and moves with much more vitality than the last two SoIaF books.
 

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Kramodlog

Naked and living in a barrel
I'm reading Circe by Madeline Miller. Si fat I do not see where all the hype comes from. It is good, but not that good.
 

I've just finished "Father Christmas's Fake Beard", the last-ever Terry Pratchett.

Now reading "Temple of the Peacock Spirit" for Pathfinder, and about to start "Song of Stone" by Iain Banks.

I never did get around to "Anna Karenina" last month. I doubt I will this month, either.
 

I'm reading another book I picked up at a library book sale and thought I'd give a try. It's the first novel by Catherine Asaro, Primary Inversion. It's a space opera about two warring space empires thousands of years from now, but surprisingly both empires are human offshoots from Earth. (So far there's been no sentient aliens in the story and despite there being different creatures on the various planets throughout the two empires they're likely also descended from Earth stock.) The main character is a member of an elite fighting force of empaths called the Jagernauts, and she's the sister to the Emperor. It's got some interesting twists on telepathy and the technology of the ships is very different (the author has a physics background) and I'm enjoying it. I also picked up another book in the series at the same time which I'll likely read next, but unfortunately it turns out its the third book in the series - somehow I missed out on the second. (That's a definite hazard with library book sale purchases.)

Johnathan
 

Janx

Hero
I finished the 2nd and 3rd Destiny Aurora books while travelling last week. They were ok. Editing wasn't great.

Started Brandon Sanderson's The Reckoners: Steelheart, because we've played the board game a few times.
 

GMMichael

Guide of Modos
The Lord of the Rings. Never gets old.
[MENTION=5762]Ral[/MENTION]if: Curious about Fire and Blood, since I need to get it. Does it have a ghostwriter? What's the page count? And has GRRM said anything about WoW, officially?
 

Indeed, it does not. Considering a re-read of the Unfinished Tales volume, as it’s been a long time since I’ve touched that one.

As for Fire and Blood, it’s about 730 pages, on Kindle. I don’t believe it has a secondary author, unlike the prior history book, but of course, they could be uncredited. As far as I’ve seen from GRRM, it’s nothing but more of the same on Winds of Winter, albeit with a more self-flagellating tone.

I’m only a third of the way through it, but so far I’m enjoying it quite a bit. I’m not sure it needed to be a 700+ page book (in a supposedly two book series), but at least it’s keeping my interest.

The Lord of the Rings. Never gets old.

[MENTION=5762]Ral[/MENTION]if: Curious about Fire and Blood, since I need to get it. Does it have a ghostwriter? What's the page count? And has GRRM said anything about WoW, officially?
 


trappedslider

Adventurer
I'm going to start reading the Gone series by Michael Grant again, it's one of two books (the other being Carrie that I've said I would never read again due to how malicious the characters are.
 

Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
I'm between books. Normally that would mean I'd finished books, but in this particular case it means I've got several books going and am not sure if I want to pick any of them back up or read something else.

So before I traveled at the beginning of November I was 3/4 of the way through Sarah J. Maas' Crown of Midnight, 2nd book after Throne of Glass. But it wasn't moving very fast and I had no allowed checked luggage so I left the big trade paperback at home, and just never picked it back up. I've actually purchased #3 and #4 and they are sitting downstairs, so I should. But the character progress this book isn't motivating me.

I needed a electronic book at one point while waiting and started Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, I'm a big fan of NS, but the characters aren't catching me. This is still the most likely book for me to go back to, it's "solid".

I started reading the Area X Southern Reach trilogy, thinking it was SF. It's not. Which was a pleasant change of pace, but the first book of it was written so well it left me feeling unsettled, and there were NO ANSWERS, which was jarring considering I had assumed it was SF - very against genre. Because that's not the genre. Anyway, I started reading the second one and whiel reading it I get this vague sense of unease that the author is intentionally and successfully instilling, but I've been a little under the weather and that's not what I want right now, to be unsteady in my mind as well.

So I grabbed Walter Jon William's Dread Empire's Fall: The Praxis. A long time fan of WJW, I expected this would banish that unsteadiness. I'm not far into it but it feels ... old. Dated? I dunno, it's not grabbing me at all. I came in with high expectations, and by not hitting that high bar from the get go it's disappointed me.

I've got Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee at the top of my (finally dwindling) TBR pile which I'm looking forward to, but right now with half my reading list being new-to-me authors who are disappointing I want to read something solid first and get out of this swamp of discontent so I don't go in hoping it will save me and then be turned off if it doesn't immediately. (Which I think is my real problem with the WJW book - I expected it to be a panacea to my reading woes, and when it wasn't I didn't give it time to develop into itself.)

No more buying books before the holidays. So I need to get my groove back. Getting over this mild cold(flu?) would probably help, I'm not as clear-headed as I want to be.

Part of me is toying with the idea of just tossing all of them into the hold bin and go reread something I've enjoyed multiple times before.

Advice?
 

Jhaelen

First Post
When I'm down with a cold/flu, I typically don't manage to concentrate long enough to actually read a book. I quickly get a headache or nod off. So, I either try to watch tv or read a comic/graphic novel instead. If I have trouble keeping my eyes open, audio books are the perfect solution.
 

I'm reading another Far Frontiers collection, this one Volume VI from the fall of 1986. It's science fiction short stories and the occasional science article. It started off strong with a story from David Drake's "Hammer's Slammers" series of futuristic hover tank combat.

Johnathan
 

I finished GRRM’S Fire & Blood. It was…okay. Good, but not great. It started off really strong, and I was loving the history and details. But around the Dance of Dragons, it started to wobble. The ending was abrupt and arbitrary. And honestly, the last time GRRM published a book solely written by him was 2011. A lot has changed in the world since then, and what was once gritty and grimdark felt more misogynist than anything else.

I wouldn’t say it was terrible, but like Martin’s last few books, it needed an editor with a stronger hand to chop it down and focus it, I think. The book does provide some insights into the main series, which is nice. But much of the worldbuilding falls into "the great clomping foot of nerdism" category.

Now I’m going to a quick re-read with C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
 

Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
Hey, anyone have experience if the Oz books have held up? I've never read them, having grown up with the movie, yet I find references to them every once in a while that sound intriguing.
 

I read the first one recently. It’s a lot darker than the movie. The Tin Woodsman is a murder-machine, for example. But, it was still enjoyable.

Finished The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe re-read. Good stuff. Now I’m onto Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl. Been meaning to read it for a while. Saw the trailer for the Kenneth Branagh adaptation and it made no sense to me, so I figured now was the time.

Hey, anyone have experience if the Oz books have held up? I've never read them, having grown up with the movie, yet I find references to them every once in a while that sound intriguing.
 

Ryujin

Adventurer
"The Stray and the Hole in the Stars" (former working title "Hopjockey") by Matt Vancil, who is best known as the writer of the web series "JourneyQuest", "The Gamers", etc.. Supposed to be the first in a series.
 

While still reading my short story collection, I'm now also reading Art & Arcana: A Visual History, dealing with the artwork used throughout the history of the D&D game in its various iterations. (Thanks, Secret Santa!)

Johnathan
 

Idly working through this one as well. It really is an amazing treasure trove of artwork and ephemera. The level or research is just amazing, too. Like, I didn't even know that there was once a D&D lizardman belt buckle!

While still reading my short story collection, I'm now also reading Art & Arcana: A Visual History, dealing with the artwork used throughout the history of the D&D game in its various iterations. (Thanks, Secret Santa!)

Johnathan
 

I'm now reading the latest Agent Pendergast novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, City of Endless Night. There's a series of murders involving decapitation (three in two weeks) in NYC, and FBI agent Pendergast and NYPD investigator D'Agosto are on the case. I'm 150 pages in and loving it.

Johnathan
 

dragoner

Dying in Chargen
I just finished All the Pretty Horses by McCarthy, there is a great part, where the Aunt is talking to the protagonist, very quotable -

“In the end we all come to be cured of our sentiments. Those whom life does not cure death will. The world is quite ruthless in selecting between the dream and reality, even where we will not. Between the wish and the thing the world lies waiting."
- Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses

Now I am on to The Crossing, the second book of the Border Trilogy by McCarthy.

Next, I received the first three books of the Polity series by Neal Asher for Christmas.
 

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