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Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
I finished Robert Adams' Stairwell to Forever, and I was glad to be done with it. Hoo-boy, there's a lot to unpack. It's so very 80s, but in a bad way. Imagine if the The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe began with finding a treasure in Narnia, then spent 75% of the book detailing the main characters getting rich selling it in our world and having to defend his wealth from "furiners" and "the guvamint." Just about everyone but the main characters are written speaking in some sort of crude and steI reotypical dialect, and it starts to feel insulting to the people depicted. In general, the book feels very sordid.

In conclusion, it was a trainwreck that I couldn't look away from. Also, I can't believe I read the thing when I was 12.

Next up is Seanan McGuire's Down Among the Sticks and Bones, which is already a much better portal fantasy.
Never heard of Robert Adams, but sounds like a book I can take a pass on.

I did really enjoy Every Heart a Doorway. Just haven't gotten back to that series yet. Trying to catch up on October Daye series first from her. She is PROLIFIC.
 

I just started a new thriller, Giri, by Marc Olden. It involves a mass murderer in modern-day New York City and a Detective Sergeant assigned with finding the killer. He'll apparently team up with a Japanese swordswoman, if the cover has anything to say about it.

Johnathan
 

Zaukrie

New Publisher
Started and almost finished Monkeewrench last night. I would have finished, but my wife left the light on in the bedroom, so I felt bad about staying up another half hour......I got like 50 books (counting some omnibus books as 10.....) on sale a few weeks ago. Not sure what's next....maybe Mistborn or Aurora.
 

The sequel was pretty darn wonderful. Like, some of the stuff about what it's like growing up as a twin is spot-on.

I did really enjoy Every Heart a Doorway. Just haven't gotten back to that series yet. Trying to catch up on October Daye series first from her. She is PROLIFIC.

Next up I'm re-reading The Two Towers. It's been a while.
 

Alzrius

The EN World kitten
So my reading plans got disrupted when my local library informed me that my hold request for the latest Dresden Files book, Peace Talks, had arrived. I picked it up and devoured it over the course of two days.

I won't spoil it for anyone here, but it left me wanting more in a way that was vaguely dissatisfying. As the plot progressed, I kept glancing at the pages left in the book and realized that it wasn't going to delve into the full scope of what was happening nearly as much as I wanted to, which was a tad frustrating. (At the risk of sounding like an entitled fan, that frustration was magnified by this book coming out six years after the last one, where previous books had come out at roughly one per year for quite some time...fortunately the next one is already out, so it's all good! ;) )
 
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TwoSix

Unserious gamer
Supporter
So my reading plans got disrupted when my local library informed me that my hold request for the latest Dresden Files book, Peace Talks, had arrived. I picked it up and devoured it over the course of two days.

I won't spoil it for anyone here, but it left me wanting more in a way that was vaguely dissatisfying. As the plot progressed, I kept glancing at the pages left in the book and realized that it wasn't going to delve into the full scope of what was happening nearly as much as I wanted to, which was a tad frustrating. (At the risk of sounding like an entitled fan, that frustration was magnified by this book coming out six years after the last one, where previous books had come out at roughly one per year for quite some time...fortunately the next one is already out, so it's all good! ;) )
The reason for the weirdness at the end of Peace Talks is that Peace Talks/Battle Ground was essentially one giant book, and then was split in 2 with a little extra padding to fill out the space.

Any issues you have with Peace Talks leaving you dissatisfied will almost assuredly be ameliorated by Battle Ground.
 




KahlessNestor

Adventurer
Still reading Exploring Eberron by Keith Baker.

Finished reading Night of the Assassins: The Untold Story of Hitler's Plot to Kill FDR, Churchill, and Stalin by Howard Blum.

Still reading Dawnshard by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading Searching for Bobby Fischer.

Still reading Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher.

Still reading The Last Threshold by R. A. Salvatore.

Started reading The World of Critical Role: The History Behind the Epic Fantasy by Liz Marsham & the cast of Critical Role.

Started reading The Long, Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams.
 

I am! We've been gaming together since we were nine. My wife says we regress to about that age when we get together...

Sounds like you are a twin...

Two Towers - the older I get the more I like Two towers. I remember reading it as a youth and not appreciating it.

I absolutely devoured A Canticle for Liebowitz.

A Canticle for Liebowitz

Not seeming to be a page turner.....
 

Finished the Two Towers. Not much more to be said after re-reading it countless times. The back cover of my copy just came off, so I'll need to tape that back together.

Next up is Fritz Leiber's The Night of the Long Knives.
 

Ulfgeir

Adventurer
Finished reading Babylon Berlin by Volker Kutcher. Will have to watch the tv-series late on.
Also read Nordiska Väsen (English title is "Vaesen") as well as the game The Dune Rose.

Also done lots of proofreading this year on various rpg-products. Call of Cthulhu Sverige, Kopparhavets Hjältar, Chock åter från Graven, Leviathan, Rotsystem.

Now, started reading the expansion-book to Good Society - A Jane Austen rpg, called an Expanded Aquintance.

Also reading a book of short stories called Sisterhood of the Blade. It is about the adventures of 3 womens who kind of acts as the queesn's musketeers. One a japanese samurai woman who ws amrried to a french guy and is now a widow, one the daughter of a general, and thus trained in swordfighting , and one a young woman who grew up along pirates. Quite fun so far.

Also still reading a book about archery training and coaching. Not quite relevant to me as I don't do recurve (olympic style)
 
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KahlessNestor

Adventurer
Still reading Exploring Eberron by Keith Baker.

Finished reading Dawnshard by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading Searching for Bobby Fischer.

Still reading Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher.

Still reading The Last Threshold by R. A. Salvatore.

Still reading The World of Critical Role: The History Behind the Epic Fantasy by Liz Marsham & the cast of Critical Role.

Finished reading The Long, Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams.

Read Uncanny Collateral by Brian McClellan.

Started reading Blood Tally by Brian McClellan.

Started reading Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson.
 

Zaukrie

New Publisher
Copied from my Facebook page.....

Medium book review

A Canticle For Liebowitz

Regarded as one of the most important science fiction books.....I kind of devoured it once I started.

It is three novellas that take place in one church after we nuked the world. These stories take place hundreds of years apart, give our take.

I'm unsure how I feel about it. For one, there is a lot of tedious church stuff, which is kind of the point, but it's tedious. For another, despite a lot sort of happening, not much actually happens. Lastly, it is depressing.

You see a lot of present movies and books here.... it clearly is influential. It is well written. It makes good points, as does all great science fiction. But, I doubt I can recommend it. As I said, depressing and lots of tedium.

Interestingly, though, it will influence my next DnD campaign.....
 

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