What are you reading in 2022?

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Heh... To be honest, I actually found myself humming Kim Wilde's "Kids in America".

The day they passed out those comic books at school, this girl Stacy admitted to me that she'd never learned to ride a bike - which in our town at the time was only slightly less heinous than admitting you were a card-carrying Communist, lol. So the two of us ditched out at recess to head over to a buddy's house (he lived a block from the school) and I borrowed his bike to teach her. That song was playing on a radio in one of the nearby houses at the time.
Was it too early to begin humming "Stacy's Mom" after you finished "Kids in America"?
 

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KahlessNestor

Adventurer
Heh... To be honest, I actually found myself humming Kim Wilde's "Kids in America".

The day they passed out those comic books at school, this girl Stacy admitted to me that she'd never learned to ride a bike - which in our town at the time was only slightly less heinous than admitting you were a card-carrying Communist, lol. So the two of us ditched out at recess to head over to a buddy's house (he lived a block from the school) and I borrowed his bike to teach her. That song was playing on a radio in one of the nearby houses at the time.
And thus began a great love story. She became your childhood sweetheart, got married, and now have 2.5 kids and a dog and a white picket fence. :)
 

Zaukrie

New Publisher
I almost stayed up all night, but there was just too much Lies left to finish..... Plus I'm old.... But, ya, my opinion of Lies of Locke Lamora is unchanged on another reading, it is great.
 

Zaukrie

New Publisher
Just finished rereading Lies of Locke Lamora....so good. Now I need to hunt down the rest, as I gave my copies away when we moved, thinking we'd never buy a house again and space would be limited to new books....
 

KahlessNestor

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

Still reading The Battle for Spain by Antony Beevor.

Still reading Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Still reading An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire.

Still listening to Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones.

Still reading The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon.

Still reading Black Widow: Red Vengeance by Margaret Stohl.

Still reading Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb.

Still reading Matchlock and the Embassy: A Thirty Years’ War Story by Zachary Twamley.

Still reading Rise of the King by R. A. Salvatore.

Still reading The Sorcerer of the North by John Flanagan.

Still reading Ghost Story by Jim Butcher.

Still reading Critical Role: Vox Machina – Kith and Kin by Marieke Nijkamp.

Still reading Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire.

Still reading The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan.

Still reading Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading Defending Elysium by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading To Rescue the Republic: Ulysses S. Grant, the Fragile Union, and the Crisis of 1876 by Brett Baier.

Started reading The Essential Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson.

Started reading Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly.

Still reading Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons by Wizards of the Coast.

Still reading My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson by Alfred Habegger.

Started reading The Last Duel by Eric Jager.

Started reading Killing Floor by Lee Childs.
 

HawaiiSteveO

Blistering Barnacles!
Boy's Life - Robert MCammon :cry: I try and read this once a year.

We ran like young wild furies,
where angels feared to tread.
The woods were dark and deep.
Before us demons fled.
We checked Coke bottle bottoms
to see how far was far.
Our worlds of magic wonder
were never reached by car.
We loved our dogs like brothers,
our bikes like rocket ships.
We were going to the stars,
to Mars we'd make round trips.
We swung on vines like Tarzan,
and flashed Zorro's keen blade.
We were James Bond in his Aston,
we were Hercules unchained.
We looked upon the future
and we saw a distant land,
where our folks were always ageless,
and time was shifting sand.
We filled up life with living,
with grins, scabbed knees, and noise.
In glass I see an older man,
but this book's for the boys.
 
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Scottius

Explorer
This year I've made it a point to actually start working my way through my collection of old school fantasy/sci Fi paperbacks I've been building up for the last couple of years.

So far I've made it through the anthologies Flashing Swords #1, The Years Best Fantasy Stories #2, and a novel Beyond Rejection by Justin Leiber (Fritz Leiber's son). Now I'm a bit past halfway through another anthology from DAW Books named Amazons.

Gaming book wise I've been reading Mutants In The Now which I discovered via the recent article here on ENWorld. Others include The Sabbat book for Vampire 5e, the Runequest Starter box, and Prowlers & Paragons.
 





Richards

Legend
So I finished Thunder of Time today and I must have read the previous novel as I distinctly recall a passage referenced in this one, about a woman in an apartment building feeding an iguanodon and treating it like a pet. But that was decades ago and I don't recall much about it other than that - and I don't own the book, so I must have read it as a library book. Oh well. In any case, this one was okay but I greatly preferred the dinosaur bits, not so much when it started playing around with other bits of patchwork history.

In any case, next up on my library book sale purchase stack is Frederik Pohl's All The Lives He Led, apparently about terrorists, Pompeii, refugee camps after a volcano erupted in Yellowstone in 2062, a murder, and a massive disaster that can wipe out all life on Earth. Sounds like fun!

Johnathan
 


AcererakTriple6

Autistic DM (he/him)
Should I start The Way of Kings? It's so massive, and so many books in the series....
Have you read any other books in the Cosmere yet? If not, I wouldn't start with the Way of Kings. I'd probably start with Warbreaker (which is free on his site) or Mistborn: the Final Empire, and seeing if you like his style. I started with the Way of Kings and enjoyed it, but think that I would have enjoyed it more if I had already read some of his other stuff already.

If you do start with The Way of Kings, keep in mind that it is written in such a manner that for most of the book you will be confused. Things come together wonderfully towards the end of the book and the rest of the series, and you'll be glad if you do push through the first half or 3/4ths of the book without having much of an idea what's going on, but there will be parts of the book where major parts of the core worldbuilding elements of the story are unclear.

There's only 4 books out right now (there will be 10, with about a 5 year writing break between book 5 and book 6), but the books are long enough and written well enough that they're worth reading even without the whole series being finished.
 


KahlessNestor

Adventurer
Yes! Very much! Brandon Sanderson is a wonderful author. As mentioned, much of Way of Kings is a lot of worldbuilding, because the world is very different than your stock fantasy world that is just Earth with dragons. Even gravity on Roshar is different (lighter) than on Earth. Brandon is very good at the slow build with multiple small plot reveals that make your mouth drop open, and then the big "Sanderlanche" at the end of the book.

But as mentioned, the Stormlight Archives are thick, so if you want something smaller, you can try the other books. Warbreaker is a self contained adventure (there is a sequel in the works...sometime?) that has some ties to the Stormlight series. Mistborn: The Final Empire is my favorite. It's a stand alone novel that sets up a trilogy, and there is a small tie to an interlude in Way of Kings. Finally, Elantris is also self-contained, and his first book published, that also has a small tie to Way of Kings.
 

KahlessNestor

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

Still reading The Battle for Spain by Antony Beevor.

Still reading Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Still reading An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire.

Still listening to Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones.

Still reading The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon.

Still reading Black Widow: Red Vengeance by Margaret Stohl.

Still reading Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb.

Still reading Matchlock and the Embassy: A Thirty Years’ War Story by Zachary Twamley.

Still reading Rise of the King by R. A. Salvatore.

Still reading The Sorcerer of the North by John Flanagan.

Still reading Ghost Story by Jim Butcher.

Still reading Critical Role: Vox Machina – Kith and Kin by Marieke Nijkamp.

Still reading Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire.

Still reading The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan.

Still reading Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading Defending Elysium by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading To Rescue the Republic: Ulysses S. Grant, the Fragile Union, and the Crisis of 1876 by Brett Baier.

Started reading The Essential Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson.

Still reading Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly.

Still reading Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons by Wizards of the Coast.

Still reading My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson by Alfred Habegger.

Still reading The Last Duel by Eric Jager.

Finished reading Killing Floor by Lee Childs.
 


I'd second Elantris. It was my introduction to Sanderson's writing. I gave The Way of Kings a try and at the time it just didn't do it for me. I should give it another try sometime; it's the only Sanderson book so far that I didn't finish.

Finally, Elantris is also self-contained, and his first book published, that also has a small tie to Way of Kings.

I finished reading Peterson's The Game Wizards. Well worth reading. Through some exceptional research, it paints a far more nuanced picture of TSR's history and the people involved.

Now I'm re-reading The Hobbit, for the umpteenth time.
 

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