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theamazeeaz
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Should we add it to our list?

I'm reading The Girls of Atomic City. I haven't devoted any large stretch of time to it, which is no good, but I do like it.

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Nothing right now but I'm about to read Ancillary Sword.
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Next up for me is this book

http://www.amazon.com/Because-We-Are-Ted-Oswald/dp/1491525452

It was half off the other day and I had $2 from no rush shipping (so free). I only heard about it because of the special offer thingy on my kindle. Advertising works, darn it. It better be good.

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Leviathan Wakes
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Geraine
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I'm reading 6 books right now.... Problem is they are all books to help me study for the PHR certification. (It's kind of the CPA exam for HR people, and has a 60-70% fail rate)

[Frown]

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Nothing, sadly. I've spent most of my creative free time writing rather than reading lately.

But I'm going to B&N this weekend to spend a gift card to get Red Rising

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Americanah.
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^^ That's on my book club's to-read list. Our library does this thing where anyone can check out a bag of 10 books for book clubs, and so we read what the library has.
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Hard Magic by Larry Correia.
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The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. Fantastic stuff.
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Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobbs
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Finishing up Visitors and Red Rising, then probably going to hit the second book in the Red Rising Trilogy.

Then I'm going to hit Brandon Sanderson's Way of Kings hard. I got halfway through it before I got busy with a new baby, so I'm going to finally finish it.

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quote:
Originally posted by Geraine:

Then I'm going to hit Brandon Sanderson's Way of Kings hard. I got halfway through it before I got busy with a new baby, so I'm going to finally finish it.

Ah you're in for a good time. [Big Grin]

For whatever reason I haven't started Ancillary Sword yet and have instead started reading the Long Price Quartet.

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The Killing Machine by Jack Vance.
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"War of Honor" ... been making my way through the Honor Harrington series.
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If anyone is interested in listening to instead of reading their next book, Audible.com is offering a $10 credit for free:

http://www.audible.com/promo/offer/1773/ref=a_at_audibel_at_pc_redeem_1773?p=AUDIBEL&AID=10273919&PID=1225267&SID=076746a97ccd4b2983340d745b11417e

It's legit, I used it.

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quote:
Originally posted by Geraine:
Finishing up Visitors and Red Rising, then probably going to hit the second book in the Red Rising Trilogy.

Then I'm going to hit Brandon Sanderson's Way of Kings hard. I got halfway through it before I got busy with a new baby, so I'm going to finally finish it.

Red Rising is sitting on my night stand, haven't started it yet.

What's your three sentence non-spoiler review?

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quote:
Originally posted by Lyrhawn:
Nothing, sadly. I've spent most of my creative free time writing rather than reading lately.

But I'm going to B&N this weekend to spend a gift card to get Red Rising

Lucky. I read "Red Rising" a year ago and now I'm halfway through "Golden Son" and I'm so confused. I'd forgotten who so many of the characters were and most of them either have nicknames or family names or titles that are used interchangeably.

I probably should have re-read the first book but I work in a bookstore. I don't have time to re-read things when I can read other things for things for the first time. haha.

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quote:
Originally posted by stilesbn:
Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobbs

Just read that one...LOVED IT
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On a Rex Stout kick - Nero Wolfe novels. Right now I'm nearing the end of The Golden Spiders.

If someone were brand new to Robin Hobb, where should she start?

*thumbs up* for Way of Kings. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Traceria:

If someone were brand new to Robin Hobb, where should she start?

For a first time reader I would suggest starting with the first trilogy. You'll be able to get used to the first person narrative while seeing Fitz grow up. IMO this makes it easier to understand his position in the world, than it would be if you would start with the second trilogy concerning Fitz and the Fool.

If you are more interested in a female protagonist, then I suggest the The Liveship Traders trilogy. Though admittedly, Althea is far from being the only main character.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lyrhawn:
quote:
Originally posted by Geraine:
Finishing up Visitors and Red Rising, then probably going to hit the second book in the Red Rising Trilogy.

Then I'm going to hit Brandon Sanderson's Way of Kings hard. I got halfway through it before I got busy with a new baby, so I'm going to finally finish it.

Red Rising is sitting on my night stand, haven't started it yet.

What's your three sentence non-spoiler review?

How about 5 words?

Ender's Hunger Games on Mars

Not really. Great book. The main character has some Ender Wiggin qualities though, and there are definite Hunger Games vibes.

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Thanks for the suggestion, Mr. Y!
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quote:
Originally posted by Mr. Y:
quote:
Originally posted by Traceria:

If someone were brand new to Robin Hobb, where should she start?

For a first time reader I would suggest starting with the first trilogy.
+1

Also I'm reading Harry Potter & MOR...on the last published chapter too damn it! [Mad] Now I have to wait...just like Stone Doors...sigh

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I'm playing Persona 4.

Which is kind of like reading a book.

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I am just about to finish Passion and Purity by Elizabeth Elliot. A good book for single or women dating.
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Currently I am about 20% through Voyage To The City Of The Dead by Alan Dean Foster.
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Haven't gotten to Robin Hobb just yet. I'm trying to be good and read some of the books that have been sitting on my shelf far too long, such as Pathfinder...

Just finished the last Odd Thomas book, though. I will miss Odd Thomas.

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Just read The Martian over the weekend, and I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys Popular Science (the magazine) or liked MacGyver (the TV show).
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Ancillary Justice. Started it a long while ago and didn't get into it. Then I heard it had won all the awards and so I figured I'd better give it another go. Still having a hard time with it at the sentence level but I'm liking where the story is going.

EDIT: I loved The Martian. Great story, great voice, and no weird tricks. Just a solid survival tale with an excellent cast of characters.

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The Wretched of the Earth. Frantz Fanon. I'm on a postcolonial kick right now.
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quote:
Originally posted by Traceria:
Just finished the last Odd Thomas book, though. I will miss Odd Thomas.

Does it end well? By which I mean, is the last book good?

Also: just started reading Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs.

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A Song of Stone by Iain Banks. Five chapters in and I'm enjoying the writing. It's my first Iain Banks book and I've heard very good things about his writing. The story is moving along but the narrator seems a little detached from the events going on and I think he may not be the most reliable of narrators.
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I finally got around to reading the Gunslinger by Stephen King, the first in the Dark Tower series.

It wasn't what I expected. By which I mean, I know how dark and disturbing King usually is with his stories, but I had for some reason always assumed the Dark Tower was more of a light hearted, high fantasy adventure quest type story.

Boy was I wrong.

I liked it, though.

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I finally got around to reading the Gunslinger by Stephen King, the first in the Dark Tower series.

It wasn't what I expected.

Such a great book. That ending blew my mind when I first read it. It's impressive how much scale he worked into such a short novel.
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I read the first chapter about a year ago and for whatever reason it just didn't grab me so I set it aside. One of these days I'll have to give it another shot.
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I loved the first book but have heard that much like Dune (and to a lesser extent EG & Speaker) that all the magic is in the first book.
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Where I wasn't able to stick with Gunslinger long enough to finish until after I'd read Wizard and Glass. I personally needed the backstory that's revealed there to like Roland enough to get through his palaver with the Man in Black.
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Goody: From what I understood from the forward, the version of the Gunslinger I read is one that he pretty heavily rewrote several years ago. (Mostly to bring it in line with the later books and remove a lot of stylistic excesses he blamed on immaturity) I don't know if that really changes the book enough to make a difference since I haven't read the original version.

I do like how the story's universe becomes progressively more complex as the (relatively short) book moves forward. It starts with an incredibly simple premise - a gunslinger following a man across the desert - and expands into a full blown sci-fi/fantasy setting on a scale that I think only Zelazny has ever attempted - all while maintaining the same narrative stream. It's definitely impressive, I'm just not sure if I want to keep reading as it looks to be very dark and depressing. I might just read one Discworld book for every Dark Tower book to balance things out. [Smile] (I've been reading through Discworld for the past 2 and a half years)

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