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What are you reading this year 2020?

Eltab

Hero
My Public Library opened this weekend - hooray !
(But the virus terms and conditions makes it sound like they do not really want any people to show up.)

This upcoming weekend I'm going to try to pick up a few books anyways. This does mean, if I succeed, I won't be on my electronic gadgets as much ... which is probably a good thing overall.
 

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Cadence

Legend
Supporter
Got a kindle for Christmas and have read 30 or so of the Prey, Flowers, and Kidd books by John Sandford that I hadn't read before (well, except for three the Library doesn't have e-copies of and I need to ask them why). The early Prey books are the ones I like least, and recent events make much of that series seem more problematic. Kidd was better than I was expecting.

Follow the author on Twitter, so finally read "True Porn Clerk Stories". Enjoyable read.

Re-reading the first 9 Garrett novels by Glen Cook. In book 6.

Re-reading (for me) LotR to my 10yo. Just started the Two-Towers. (We've already done Narnia, original reading order except the last and Earthsea - with heavy editing in some parts of books 4-6 - in previous years).
 

dragoner

Dying in Chargen
Still chugging through Andre Norton stuff, just finished Catseye, Lord of Thunder before that, and am now on to Dread Companion. She is a solid writer, her common themes are of "Lost Terra" and "Alien Ruins" are pretty catchy, she also likes telepathy, esp w/animals, which is ok, but not great.
 

Nellisir

Adventurer
Finished Bait of Dreams by Jo Clayton. Pretty decent. Nice worldbuilding, which I've realized is definitely a metric of mine.
Read Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr, by John Crowley. Good book. Kinda...meditative? Reflective? I'm of the opinion that any "best fantasy list" without Little, Big is crap list, and this isn't Little, Big, but it's pretty cool.

Also found and am reading The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith, Vol. 4: Maze of the Enchanter. I gotta say, I expected more. His writing is...not florid, not ornate exactly, but similar. Leaning hard on the thesaurus. It's decent writing. But very little tension or excitement or suspense, really. None of the stories are sticking with me. But again, really good worldbuilding.
 


the Jester

Legend
Currently reading the Scar, by China Mievelle, and Shadow Captain, by Alistair Reynolds. I'm enjoying both, though definitely liking the Reynolds book more. I'm also sorta-reading, sorta-just-looking-at the Art & Arcana D&D coffee table book.
 

Nellisir

Adventurer
Currently reading the Scar, by China Mievelle, and Shadow Captain, by Alistair Reynolds. I'm enjoying both, though definitely liking the Reynolds book more. I'm also sorta-reading, sorta-just-looking-at the Art & Arcana D&D coffee table book.
I'm not sure I've seen Shadow Captain, and I like Alistair Reynolds a lot. I'll look for it.

Oooo...sequel to Revenger. Cool.
 

the Jester

Legend
I'm not sure I've seen Shadow Captain, and I like Alistair Reynolds a lot. I'll look for it.

Oooo...sequel to Revenger. Cool.
Yeah, these two are stylistically different than most of his work- much lighter on the science, and much more character focused and less space opera-ish.
 

I finished Saberhagen's Changeling Earth. Which is sort-of the conclusion to the Empire of the East series? I dunno, it looks like he wrote a fourth volume 33 years later. Anyway, I dug it. It's a wild blend of post-apocalyptic sci-fi and fantasy, one that is pretty influential (see The Shannara Chronicles, Bakshi's Wizards, The Broken Empire, and so on). Not to mention, its influence on D&D with a demon-lord Orcus.

I figured out how to take Kindle books out from my library, so I'm continuing to give Stephen King a try, after decades of embargo. I'm reading his Night Shift collection.
 


KahlessNestor

Adventurer
Started reading Terry Pratchett's Snuff.

Still reading William Tecumseh Sherman: In Service of My Country by James Lee McDonough.

Still reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.

Finished reading Brandon Sanderson's Oathbringer.

Started reading Don't Burn This Book by Dave Rubin.
 

Nellisir

Adventurer
Finished the CAS thing. The extensive notes were helpful; my critiques were not in any sense new ones. CAS himself knew plots were not his strength, and he basically liked writing ornately elegant little word-pictures that masqueraded as stories.

Went to book sale; bought books. Pic below (yeesh it's big. sorry). Read Slow Bullets by Alistair Reynolds; reading Marrow by Robert Reed. (which isn't shown because I forgot to grab it.) I've been looking for Alif for years so that was nice. $48 total.

Edit: Finished Marrow. Pretty decent. It goes where you don't expect it, and the ending comes up like Mr. Reed got a note that he only had 30 more pages to finish so he kinda slammed it in there, but it moved along. 7/10. Moved on to Artemis by Andy Weir.
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I think Stephen King is finally clicking for me, after years of avoidance. I enjoyed Night Shift quite a bit. Reading it, I realized why there are so many bad Stephen King movies - much of the horror comes from the lack of resolution, the reader left to speculate, calling on the fear of the unknown. And that doesn't always translate well to the structure of a film, especially in the hands of a mediocre director.

Now I'm reading Spymaster, by Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes. Very curious to see what her contemporary work is like.
 

Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
My copy of Jim Butcher's Peace Talks showed up, and I'm rereading Skin Game to get up to speed. My wife decided on the long route and is restarting from book 1: Storm Front. I've reread the series multiple times myself.

Just finished the three Magnus Chase books from Rick Riorden and am reading the short story collect 9 for the 9 worlds (or something like that) with 9 shorts from the PoV of other characters from the Magnus Chase trilogy. It's ... not as good as the actual Magnus Chase books, which were well below the Percy Jackson books. Disappointed, but it's still readable.
 

Nellisir

Adventurer
I think Stephen King is finally clicking for me, after years of avoidance. I enjoyed Night Shift quite a bit. Reading it, I realized why there are so many bad Stephen King movies - much of the horror comes from the lack of resolution, the reader left to speculate, calling on the fear of the unknown. And that doesn't always translate well to the structure of a film, especially in the hands of a mediocre director.
The early (first 3?) short stories collections are amazing. I'm still waiting for an adaptation of "Mrs Todd's Shortcut", and while I haven't read "Ladyfingers" for 30 years, it regularly creeps me the heck out. I've read very few of his newer books, but all of his earlier stuff when I was younger.
 


Cadence

Legend
Supporter
Up to book 8 in rereading the Garrett Files by Glen Cook for the x-th time (classic hard boiled detective but in a fantasy city). First six were as great as I remember. Seven gets a bit over the top with some of the woman chasing in a few spots and there's some non-PC LGBTQ+ things in that one. Not horrific, but it stuck out).
 

trappedslider

Adventurer
My copy of Jim Butcher's Peace Talks showed up, and I'm rereading Skin Game to get up to speed. My wife decided on the long route and is restarting from book 1: Storm Front. I've reread the series multiple times myself.
My copy showed up today too,and i'm almost done with it. I'm gonna go back to I think Grave Peril (I think that's the book with the party) read up from there once i'm done with Peace talks.
 

Just finished the three Magnus Chase books from Rick Riorden and am reading the short story collect 9 for the 9 worlds (or something like that) with 9 shorts from the PoV of other characters from the Magnus Chase trilogy. It's ... not as good as the actual Magnus Chase books, which were well below the Percy Jackson books. Disappointed, but it's still readable.
I agree, the Magnus Chase books aren't as good as the Percy Jackson books, but they still are good.
 

ccs

40th lv DM
After all these years I've finally gotten around to reading Master & Commander (at least the 1st book of the series).
Right now I'm somewhere in Chapter 3 & it's looking to be a long slow read....
 

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