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What are you Reading? Ocher October 2019 edition

It's the Halloween season! Even if the temperatures here are in the upper 80s here...

Just finished up Kothar and the Demon Queen. Like the rest, it wasn't great, but it was a heck of a lot of fun. Next up is a re-read of Lord Dunsany's Queen of Elfland's Daughter. I haven't read that in ages, and after playing DCC RPG's Queen of Elfland's Son, I felt it was due for a re-read.
 

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Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
About 70 pages into Fallen by Benedict Jacka, 10th book in the Alex Verus urban fantasy series. So far it's felt a bit tame. Action scene presented as an informational flashback robbed of any immediacy sort of thing.

I'm on book 10, so that says something. The first books were a bit derivitive, the later ones got much better. They're shortish, and I actually debated rereading the series since I read the last right when it came out and was a bit fuzzy on details, but I ended up not. Since much of the book so far seems to be dealing with details from earlier books that may have been the wrong choice.

EDIT: It just hit me - this book doesn't feel like it has it's own plot.
 
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Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
About 70 pages into Fallen by Benedict Jacka, 10th book in the Alex Verus urban fantasy series. So far it's felt a bit tame. Action scene presented as an informational flashback robbed of any immediacy sort of thing.

I'm on book 10, so that says something. The first books were a bit derivitive, the later ones got much better. They're shortish, and I actually debated rereading the series since I read the last right when it came out and was a bit fuzzy on details, but I ended up not. Since much of the book so far seems to be dealing with details from earlier books that may have been the wrong choice.

EDIT: It just hit me - this book doesn't feel like it has it's own plot.
So I just finished Fallen by Benedict Jacka. It didn't have it's own plot for about 1/4 of the book. Then oh boy did it take off.

Including one of the densest action scenes I've read this year.

Oh, things have ratcheted up. After the slow start, very enjoyable. Mostly because of the "OH NO HE DIDN'T" scenes where I kept yelling out loud at the book. In a good way.

Plot achieved, things are happening. In some of the earlier books in the series, Alex Verus took a level of Badass. In this one, her took a level of Protagonist and is really making things happen.
 

Ryujin

Adventurer
Sitting in a hotel room in Seattle, rereading PWNED by Matt Vancil, to see if there are any details about Point Defiance Park in it that I missed before visiting it.
 

Rob Kuntz

Adventurer
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I'm now on book nine of the Lincoln Rhyme series, "The Burned Wire," by Jeffery Deaver. Sadly, it's the last book in the series I'll be able to read until December, since I promised my son I'd leave books 10-14 for him to get me as Christmas presents. So once I finish this one - about the hunt for a killer in NYC who uses the electrical power grid to kill his victims - I'll have to find something different to read for a bit.

Incidentally, my son just finished book three of the Locke Lamora series ("The Republic of Thieves," by Scott Lynch) and is just as bummed as I was that book four doesn't come out until fall of next year.

Johnathan
 

Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
Incidentally, my son just finished book three of the Locke Lamora series ("The Republic of Thieves," by Scott Lynch) and is just as bummed as I was that book four doesn't come out until fall of next year.

There's a date for book 4? Like, it's at the publisher date? Because that's been teased to us forever. I'd be very happy to hear there was a date.
 

vpuigdoller

Adventurer
Finally started The Dying Earth by Jack Vance. Enjoying it so far. Also been reading A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution by Jeremy Popkin. Love history books lol.
 




Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
This weekend, a friend handed me a hardcover copy of Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, by Neal Stephenson.

Classic Stephenson - 880 pages, weighs in at like 2.5 pounds. This thing would break your foot* if you dropped it from countertop-height. It'll take me a while to get through, but... it is Stephenson, so it is apt to be good.



*The original phrase I know is, "would kill a small animal," but that seems unnecessarily brutal imagery.
 
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Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
Just started The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke based on a recommendation earlier this year from there "What are you reading?" threads. Who do I have to thank?
 



Finished reading The King of Elfland's Daughter. Such a gorgeous, lyrical read! Of the Appendix N tales, it's definitely up in the top tier.

Also finished reading Algernon Blackwood's The Wendigo. I've got really mixed feelings on this one. It's got a plethora of casual racism against any number of ethnicities (including French-Canadians?!). But the story itself is really horrifying and eerie.
 
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Janx

Hero
Merciful gods, I have finished Dracula.

Returned to reading the last book of the Custard Protocol, which I paused so I could read a ton of horror books for a discussion panel.
 

I started up Andy McDermott's The Valhalla Prophecy. I've read several others in this series; each is pretty much standalone but features the same museum archaeologist team, Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase (they're kind of like Indiana Jones set in modern times). The others I've read were enjoyable - once the action starts up they're pretty fast-paced adventures.

Johnathan
 
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