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tt&t
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but you can never leave...

Still true, huh?

Looks like the old Rack's changed some, though.

Anyway, I read all of the books you recommended me last time I checked in - loved The Name of the Wind and the Robin Hobb trilogies. Any more suggestions?

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There is a sequel to Name of the Wind out now, called Wise Man's Fear, and it is excellent.
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There's a book called The Bible that I've heard people seem to like. [Smile]
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Hi tt&t!! Great to see you around again. [Smile]
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quote:
Originally posted by Speed:
There's a book called The Bible that I've heard people seem to like. [Smile]

Is that the one with angry and violent wizard guy who has an army of bird people? my friend told me about it and how the wizard watches all the people he made kill each other for no apparent reason while his entire magical army does nothing besides play music and tell the wizard how awesome he is. Who ever wrote that book was really crazy, Im waiting for the movie and I hope its in 3D!
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Hey there, tt&t! It's been a while. [Smile] Do you have an account on goodreads.com? Some of us use that site to keep track of what we read and it makes it easier to pick up or make suggestions. There's even a group for people from Mike's forum there through which you can find most of us.
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quote:
Originally posted by AchillesHeel:
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Originally posted by Speed:
There's a book called The Bible that I've heard people seem to like. [Smile]

Is that the one with angry and violent wizard guy who has an army of bird people? my friend told me about it and how the wizard watches all the people he made kill each other for no apparent reason while his entire magical army does nothing besides play music and tell the wizard how awesome he is. Who ever wrote that book was really crazy, Im waiting for the movie and I hope its in 3D!
Yeah, but there's quite a bit of exposition before you get to the good stuff.
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Hi there! Good to see you. [Smile]

Do you like space opera? Remember Slash? His first book is coming out June 15th. It's called Leviathan Wakes and is a collaboration with Daniel Abraham -- they're using the pen name James S.A. Corey. It's the first of a trilogy, and a great read. (I got to read an advance copy.) So something to look for this summer.

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That's awesome, ElJay. I'll look for it.
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quote:
Originally posted by Corwin:
Hey there, tt&t! It's been a while. [Smile] Do you have an account on goodreads.com? Some of us use that site to keep track of what we read and it makes it easier to pick up or make suggestions. There's even a group for people from Mike's forum there through which you can find most of us.

Plus you know someone who works there. [Wink]
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Leviathan Wakes is really good.

And I don't just say that because I was tangentially involved.

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quote:
Originally posted by Speed:
quote:
Originally posted by AchillesHeel:
quote:
Originally posted by Speed:
There's a book called The Bible that I've heard people seem to like. [Smile]

Is that the one with angry and violent wizard guy who has an army of bird people? my friend told me about it and how the wizard watches all the people he made kill each other for no apparent reason while his entire magical army does nothing besides play music and tell the wizard how awesome he is. Who ever wrote that book was really crazy, Im waiting for the movie and I hope its in 3D!
Yeah, but there's quite a bit of exposition before you get to the good stuff.
I dont think I am gonna read it myself, someone already ruined the ending of the sequal by telling me all about it and now I cant bring myself to read it no matter how many hotels recomend it.

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I do think the whole part about the wizards son dying on purpose and then coming back to life a bit later is a total rip-off of Angel season 5, atleast Spike was funny about it. Although it could work if the son coming back was the lead in to start the third and zombie focused end of the trilogy.

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Good to see you! [Smile]

quote:
Originally posted by Bokonon:
Leviathan Wakes is really good.

And I don't just say that because I was tangentially involved.

Yup, and yup.

I also recommend trying Glen Cook's The Black Company. He's the exact opposite of Robert Jordan in that he writes the leanest prose I've ever read.

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Cook writes the leanest prose you've ever read? I enjoyed the first three Black Company books, but I thought that the prose in the first one was almost embarassingly purple. If I hadn't had your assurange that the series was worthwhile I'd probaby have stopped a third of the way through the first book (I'm glad that I didn't, though--it's a fun series).
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Have you read Doomsday Book by Connie Willis? It's sci fi/historical fiction about a woman who goes back in time to study medieval England and ends up right when the plague is breaking out. I really enjoyed it. She has some other books set in the same universe, I think, but I haven't read them.
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How about the Runelords series by David Farland?

I'm reading book 4 and its good so far. Nothing earth moving, but good solid fantasy, with enjoyable characters and a strong premise.

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I'm reading the Runelords series myself. (Just finished book 2). Farland reminds me of a poor man's Brandon Sanderson.

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Have you read Doomsday Book by Connie Willis? It's sci fi/historical fiction about a woman who goes back in time to study medieval England and ends up right when the plague is breaking out. I really enjoyed it. She has some other books set in the same universe, I think, but I haven't read them.
She has a quite a few books in that same universe. I highly recommend the two-volume story Blackout and All Clear, which take place during the Blitz.
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quote:
Originally posted by Jake:
Cook writes the leanest prose you've ever read? I enjoyed the first three Black Company books, but I thought that the prose in the first one was almost embarassingly purple. If I hadn't had your assurange that the series was worthwhile I'd probaby have stopped a third of the way through the first book (I'm glad that I didn't, though--it's a fun series).

What do you mean by purple?

I mean that he isn't long-winded. There's very little description, unlike, say, Tolkien.

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Seconded on Connie Willis. Totally worth it.
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quote:
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Seconded on Connie Willis. Totally worth it.

I would disagree at least on that book.

SPOILER


Unless you want unrelieved bleakness.

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I've read and enjoyed Blackout and All Clear, as well as a couple others from Willis. Haven't read Doomsday Book yet. Is it really a lot more bleak than Blackout and All Clear? I found those pretty upbeat overall.
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It's been years since I've read Doomsday, but from what I recall, it's approximately on the same level.
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quote:
Originally posted by twinky:
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quote:
Originally posted by Jake:
Cook writes the leanest prose you've ever read? I enjoyed the first three Black Company books, but I thought that the prose in the first one was almost embarassingly purple. If I hadn't had your assurange that the series was worthwhile I'd probaby have stopped a third of the way through the first book (I'm glad that I didn't, though--it's a fun series).

What do you mean by purple?
I'd probably be easier to find some examples and show them to you. I'll see if I can find my copy of the book tonight.
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quote:
Originally posted by advice for robots:
I've read and enjoyed Blackout and All Clear, as well as a couple others from Willis. Haven't read Doomsday Book yet. Is it really a lot more bleak than Blackout and All Clear? I found those pretty upbeat overall.

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Yes, and with an interesting and (I thought) emotion-producing twist at the end.

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I remember being really engrossed in Doomsday Book while riding the bus to campus in 1994. Somebody next to me coughed or sneezed or something, and I about jumped out of my skin.
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Thank you. [Smile]

And hello. [Smile]

Yes, Wise Man's Fear is on my to-get list.

I have heard of the Bible now that you mention it.

Corwin, I do have goodreads, but I really need to use it more (I think my only friend there is rivka and the last time I updated was... too long ago. Probably right after I created the account). Should get onto that I suppose! I shall have to look up the sakeriver group. [Smile]

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Joined Jan. 2010; last active Aug. 2010. So, not quite.

But you already ARE a member of the sakeriver group, so finding the rest of them is easy enough.

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Am I? Clearly I need to actually go look... right after I look at all this other stuff I've been missing out on [Razz]
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Heya TT&T!
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quote:
Originally posted by Speed:
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Originally posted by AchillesHeel:
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Originally posted by Speed:
There's a book called The Bible that I've heard people seem to like. [Smile]

Is that the one with angry and violent wizard guy who has an army of bird people? my friend told me about it and how the wizard watches all the people he made kill each other for no apparent reason while his entire magical army does nothing besides play music and tell the wizard how awesome he is. Who ever wrote that book was really crazy, Im waiting for the movie and I hope its in 3D!
Yeah, but there's quite a bit of exposition before you get to the good stuff.
I first read that as "quite a bit of explosions" and my first thought was "Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer made a movie version of the Bible?"
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Hey Feyd [Smile]

And everyone else, thank you for all the suggestions, I'll check them out on goodreads.

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quote:
I first read that as "quite a bit of explosions" and my first thought was "Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer made a movie version of the Bible?"
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