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KahlessNestor

Adventurer
Still reading Eric Larsen's new book The Splendid and the Vile. Actually really makes you consider how good we have it, even if we are all "sheltered in place." I mean, they continued with life while bombs were falling on their heads.

Finished Terry Pratchett's Making Money. The next book is on order, but there's no next day delivery of books right now given the pandemic.

Still Reading Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance.

Still reading Pathfinder 2E Lost Omen's World Guide.
 



Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
Recently re-read - unlike many series and books I loved as youth that I have re-read now in this century to disappointment (Hello Edgar Rice Burroughs, I'm looking at you...) - Lloyd Alexander's books HOLD UP.
That series was the first to introduce my youngest daughter to Fantasy years ago.

Now she's in two D&D campaigns.

Mission: Accomplished.
 

KahlessNestor

Adventurer
Still reading Eric Larsen's new book The Splendid and the Vile.

Starting Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals.

Finished reading Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance.

Started and finished Brandon Sanderson's Edgedancer.

Started reading Brandon Sanderson's Oathbringer.

Finished reading Pathfinder 2E Lost Omen's World Guide.

Started reading 5e's Explorer's Guide to Wildmount.
 


I finished Magic to the Bone and while it was a good read - interesting characters, fascinating worldbuilding as far as how magic fits into the real world, cool plot - I was disappointed in that this ended up basically being a novel-length prologue to the real story, which will no doubt unfold in subsequent novels. I'll probably pick them up if I stumble across them but I'm not left with a desperate need to know what happens next.

Now I'm reading Terry Pratchett's Thief of Time. You pretty much can't go wrong with a Discworld novel.

Johnathan
 

Finished reading Karl Edward Wagner's Midnight Sun. Honestly, I loved the writing, the horror-infused fantasy, the weariness of eternity you feel through Kane. But eventually Kane wore out his welcome. By the time "A Gothic Touch" came along with the guest appearance of Elric and Moonglum, I was feeling less than charitable as their presence was mostly used to exalt Kane some more.

Now I'm reading the Maker of Universes, by Philip Jose Famer.
 

Nellisir

Adventurer
Finished Witchmark, by CL Polk. I enjoyed it quite a bit more than I expected, and have tagged the second book for purchase soon. Solid 4/5

I'm in a pretty comfortable place right now bookwise. I've picked up, and been reading, The Explorer's Guide to Wildemont and Eberron: Rising From the Last War. Both have ups and downs. I've also read the DtRPG's Moonshae Isles Regional Guide (a warmed-over rehash of FR2 with minor updates; 2/5) and The Border Kingdoms (TBH a hundred pages of Ed Greenwood is...a bit much. He leans on his stock personalities a LOT. And cutesy "local flavor", like "in the Viscounty of Whizzbang ale is served in measures called dragonflagons, and the more potent Guzzer's Red in gondshots, by Haila Woodenstockings, the cheerful and buxom proprietess (who is secretly a 13th-level wizard and Harper ally who slept with Elminster once; the stableboy is her polymorphed copper dragon companion, who ALSO slept with Elminster)" and "the local military force, known as Green Glaives, and their leaders, the High Emerald Glaives (who are secretly all Zhentarim horses and slept with Elminster once)") Snide commentary aside, there's a lot more to work with in The Border Kingdoms than the Moonshae Guide, and there's been work to update the Kingdoms since Greenwood's 3e-era article series on the WotC site, so thumbs up for that.

(For the record, my gold-standard for campaign setting books is the 3e Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. And the lack of a serious, comprehensive, in-depth guide to the Moonshaes is criminal. I bought Darkwalker on Moonshae when it first came out, and thought the Moonshae's would be a major factor in the Forgotten Realms. I'm still getting over pissed about that one.)

I'm waiting on two Calidar books, and several fiction books have shown up. The new Murderbot novel isn't released until May though, so that sucks. Murderbot is AWESOME.

Edit: On reflection I'm not "getting over" it. I still want my heavy-Celtic FR, dangnabit.
 
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GreyLord

Hero
I've gotten slogged down reading the WoT. Currently stuck near the end of Book 10 and I just can't even make my self look at the book anymore. Started reading other things (read the first 3 books in the enchanted forest for example instead of continuing the WoT). I don't know, but I am really sick of the book series at this point. It's crazy, but I just have this dread of resuming Book 10. I think it's just that it is taking soooooooo long for anything really to happen. It's like I'm reading and making no progress or some weird thing like that.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
I've gotten slogged down reading the WoT. Currently stuck near the end of Book 10 and I just can't even make my self look at the book anymore. Started reading other things (read the first 3 books in the enchanted forest for example instead of continuing the WoT). I don't know, but I am really sick of the book series at this point. It's crazy, but I just have this dread of resuming Book 10. I think it's just that it is taking soooooooo long for anything really to happen. It's like I'm reading and making no progress or some weird thing like that.

You made it two books further than I did.
 

carrot

Explorer
I've gotten slogged down reading the WoT. Currently stuck near the end of Book 10 and I just can't even make my self look at the book anymore. Started reading other things (read the first 3 books in the enchanted forest for example instead of continuing the WoT). I don't know, but I am really sick of the book series at this point. It's crazy, but I just have this dread of resuming Book 10. I think it's just that it is taking soooooooo long for anything really to happen. It's like I'm reading and making no progress or some weird thing like that.

You are almost there... bear with it... The last chapter has something interesting happen. The next book is better and the final three books are a lot better!
 

Zaukrie

New Publisher
I've gotten slogged down reading the WoT. Currently stuck near the end of Book 10 and I just can't even make my self look at the book anymore. Started reading other things (read the first 3 books in the enchanted forest for example instead of continuing the WoT). I don't know, but I am really sick of the book series at this point. It's crazy, but I just have this dread of resuming Book 10. I think it's just that it is taking soooooooo long for anything really to happen. It's like I'm reading and making no progress or some weird thing like that.

That's 6 books further than I could get......
 

ccs

40th lv DM
Thunderhead, by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child.

After finishing the sci-fi book I'd been reading the other week i needed something new. Unfortunately with everything locked down I can't really go browse the local Barnes & Noble....
So I randomly pulled this off the pile of stuff my brother & I are cleaning out of my mothers house (mom passed away back in Jan).

It's an adventure/thriller based on searching for the Anassazi indians city of gold.
I'm only about 50 pages in, so no real idea if its good/bad/otherwise yet.
I think this was probably one of Dads books as its not really my mothers style of read.

I figure at about 500 pages it'll last me though May reading a bit each evening. Unless it turns out to be really good - then I'll zip through it in about two weeks max.
 
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Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
I've gotten slogged down reading the WoT. Currently stuck near the end of Book 10 and I just can't even make my self look at the book anymore. Started reading other things (read the first 3 books in the enchanted forest for example instead of continuing the WoT). I don't know, but I am really sick of the book series at this point. It's crazy, but I just have this dread of resuming Book 10. I think it's just that it is taking soooooooo long for anything really to happen. It's like I'm reading and making no progress or some weird thing like that.

Life is too short and there are sooooo many books to waste time reading a book you don't like.

Here's what I do. If I am bored or tired of a book at the beginning, I'll give it until page 100. If by page 100, I'm like "Nah", then I put it down and don't ever look back. Occasionally, I've had to invoke this. Lies of Locke Lamora was like that. Page 80 - "These characters are awful, why do I care?" to page 98 "These characters are interesting, let's just see what's going to happen, eh?" to the end "That was actually pretty darn good!".

But anyway, I give a book to page 100, then done. With Wheel of Time, you've read already what, 10,000 pages or so? I think you can quit.

After all, the book will still be around in 5-10-20 years if you want to go back and read.
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Thundered, by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child.

After finishing the sci-fi book I'd been reading the other week i needed something new. Unfortunately with everything locked down I can't really go browse the local Barnes & Noble....
So I randomly pulled this off the pile of stuff my brother & I are cleaning out of my mothers house (mom passed away back in Jan).

It's an adventure/thriller based on searching for the Anassazi indians city of gold.
I'm only about 50 pages in, so no real idea if its good/bad/otherwise yet.
I think this was probably one of Dads books as its not really my mothers style of read.

I figure at about 500 pages it'll last me though May reading a bit each evening. Unless it turns out to be really good - then I'll zip through it in about two weeks max.

I've heard good things.
Condolences about your mom.
 


Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
I've gotten slogged down reading the WoT. Currently stuck near the end of Book 10 and I just can't even make my self look at the book anymore. Started reading other things (read the first 3 books in the enchanted forest for example instead of continuing the WoT). I don't know, but I am really sick of the book series at this point. It's crazy, but I just have this dread of resuming Book 10. I think it's just that it is taking soooooooo long for anything really to happen. It's like I'm reading and making no progress or some weird thing like that.

I didn't want to discourage you when you were starting, but I too felt it slog down to where nothing was happening.

I can tell you that Book 11 - the last Robert Jordan book - does get better. Things happen. And then you are onto the Brandon Sanderson books, and he's aiming to get to the end.

So there's light, and it's not even too far away.

In the words of Dory: Just keep reading, just keep reading.
(Dory doesn't remember which way it was, so won't contradict me.)
 

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