Kevin's Watch Forum Index
 HomeHome   MemberlistMemberlist   RegisterRegister   SearchSearch   ProfileProfile   FAQFAQ   StatisticsStatistics  SudokuSudoku   Phoogle MapPhoogle Map 
 AlbumAlbum StoresStores   StoresItems Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

What fantasy/science fiction book are you reading RIGHT NOW?
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3 ... 399, 400, 401
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Kevin's Watch Forum Index -> General Fantasy/Sci-Fi Discussion
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Avatar
Immanentizing The Eschaton


Joined: 02 Aug 2004
Posts: 60616

Thanks: 74
Thanked 195 Times in 191 Posts

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
39479 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Pantheon Veteran1 Furls Fire


PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2022 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, that's both CoT (book 10) and Knife of Dreams (book 11) done with. (I've done nothing much but read the last few days.)

Now busy on The Gathering Storm, the first of Sanderson's contributions to the series. (I actually had them mis-shelved, so accidentally read 75 pages of the next book (Book 13) before realising I'd missed one. Very Happy )

--A
_________________
It's easy to judge. It's more difficult to understand.

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Phoogle Map
Fist and Faith
God-Emperor


Joined: 01 Dec 2002
Posts: 20471

Thanks: 100
Thanked 104 Times in 100 Posts


19520 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Foul Duck1 Lord Mhoram's Victory1 2011 Watchies


PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2022 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Avatar wrote:
(I actually had them mis-shelved, so accidentally read 75 pages of the next book (Book 13) before realising I'd missed one. Very Happy )
Reminds me of an issue of The Flash. He was running (you know, really fast) and ran right past a guy strangling another guy. He thought something like, "I was twenty miles past it before what I'd seen registered."
_________________
All lies and jest
Still a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest
-Paul Simon
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail MSN Messenger Phoogle Map
I'm Murrin
Aren't you?


Joined: 08 Apr 2003
Posts: 15782

Thanks: 9
Thanked 43 Times in 41 Posts

Location: North East, UK
27032 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Rubber Duck


PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2022 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished The Eye of the World. Don't think I'm going to catch up to Av. Laughing
_________________
Inspiration Struck.

Mod of the General Fantasy/Sci-Fi Forum
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Avatar
Immanentizing The Eschaton


Joined: 02 Aug 2004
Posts: 60616

Thanks: 74
Thanked 195 Times in 191 Posts

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
39479 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Pantheon Veteran1 Furls Fire


PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2022 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fist and Faith wrote:
He thought something like, "I was twenty miles past it before what I'd seen registered."


LOL


I'm Murrin wrote:
I finished The Eye of the World. Don't think I'm going to catch up to Av. Laughing


Laughing You've actually impacted my current read Murrin, since we had a discussion about it a while back I've started keeping an eye out for "differences" in Sanderson's writing compared to Jordan's, and found that now that I'm actually looking for it, I can spot the stylistic divergences.

Anyway, almost finished Towers of Midnight (13) now, and shall be starting the last book, A Memory of Light, today.

--A
_________________
It's easy to judge. It's more difficult to understand.

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Phoogle Map
I'm Murrin
Aren't you?


Joined: 08 Apr 2003
Posts: 15782

Thanks: 9
Thanked 43 Times in 41 Posts

Location: North East, UK
27032 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Rubber Duck


PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2022 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure what discussion you mean, since I've never read anything by Sanderson!
_________________
Inspiration Struck.

Mod of the General Fantasy/Sci-Fi Forum
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Avatar
Immanentizing The Eschaton


Joined: 02 Aug 2004
Posts: 60616

Thanks: 74
Thanked 195 Times in 191 Posts

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
39479 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Pantheon Veteran1 Furls Fire


PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2022 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, if you've read the last 3 books of WoT you have. Very Happy

Could have sworn it was you, and I said something about not being able to tell the difference between who was responsible for what bits in the last few books.

However, this time round I noticed some incongruities...words that Jordan would not have used mainly.

Anyway, finished Memory of Light yesterday...there's always a weird sort of disconnect when you finish a series that big.

And since there's been all this Harry Potter 20th Anniversary stuff, have decided to re-read those quick, so started The Philosophers Stone.

--A
_________________
It's easy to judge. It's more difficult to understand.

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Phoogle Map
I'm Murrin
Aren't you?


Joined: 08 Apr 2003
Posts: 15782

Thanks: 9
Thanked 43 Times in 41 Posts

Location: North East, UK
27032 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Rubber Duck


PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never actually read the last three books. I tried the audiobook of book 12 a few years back but couldn't stand the narrator's voice so I refunded it.

I've started The Dragon Reborn.
_________________
Inspiration Struck.

Mod of the General Fantasy/Sci-Fi Forum
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Avatar
Immanentizing The Eschaton


Joined: 02 Aug 2004
Posts: 60616

Thanks: 74
Thanked 195 Times in 191 Posts

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
39479 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Pantheon Veteran1 Furls Fire


PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2022 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok well, I guess I thought of you during the last 3 for nothing then. Very Happy

Maybe it was Rigel or Damelon on the Discord. Oh well... Laughing

--A
_________________
It's easy to judge. It's more difficult to understand.

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Phoogle Map
Avatar
Immanentizing The Eschaton


Joined: 02 Aug 2004
Posts: 60616

Thanks: 74
Thanked 195 Times in 191 Posts

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
39479 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Pantheon Veteran1 Furls Fire


PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2022 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chamber of Secrets.

--A
_________________
It's easy to judge. It's more difficult to understand.

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Phoogle Map
Avatar
Immanentizing The Eschaton


Joined: 02 Aug 2004
Posts: 60616

Thanks: 74
Thanked 195 Times in 191 Posts

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
39479 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Pantheon Veteran1 Furls Fire


PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2022 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished Prisoner of Azkaban, nearly done with Goblet of Fire. Will be on Order of the Phoenix by tonight.

--A
_________________
It's easy to judge. It's more difficult to understand.

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Phoogle Map
I'm Murrin
Aren't you?


Joined: 08 Apr 2003
Posts: 15782

Thanks: 9
Thanked 43 Times in 41 Posts

Location: North East, UK
27032 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Rubber Duck


PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2022 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished The Shadow Rising. The interesting part of rereading these is seeing how the writing changes as the series goes on. For example, the sniffing and braid tugging the series is famous for only really takes off in book 3. Book three and four also have a shift in style toward a broader, more ensemble-based story, rather than the more focused first two novels.

The Dragon Reborn was a rehash of The Great Hunt with a less eventful plot (honestly not much important happens in the book until the end), but it's also the book that sets out who the characters are for the rest of the series - Mat and Perrin in particular go through changes that solidify their characters. Where the first book focused on Rand, with other PoVs being used only when characters are separated from him, and TGH expanded Perrin and Egwene to equal status, TDR establishes most of the main cast as permanent PoV characters.
The Shadow Rising takes the change in writing style from TDR and broadens the story to suit it - longer chapters, more PoVs, and a much more solid bunch of storylines than the previous book. It's the first book that has multiple, distinct stories happening that don't all tie in together at the end, almost three novels in one. It's also one of the best in the series, particularly the Two Rivers storyline (though the Perrin/Faile stuff can still be grating, especially the early chapters when they're bickering).


I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to The Fires of Heaven. From what I can remember it's a less focused book than TSR, and has the whole lengthy travelling circus plot. But I can't remember a huge amount about it, so I'll see.
_________________
Inspiration Struck.

Mod of the General Fantasy/Sci-Fi Forum
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
peter
No Fear


Joined: 25 Aug 2009
Posts: 10287

Thanks: 41
Thanked 65 Times in 64 Posts

Location: HMP UK
61587 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:


PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2022 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Started reading a book called Wormwood by G P Taylor last night.

Now this is a book I read many years ago, probably close to its original publication date in 2004, but was not if I recall correctly, absolutely taken with. I'm thinking that perhaps I simply wasn't ready for it at the time, because yesterday it seemed to be striking a chord that it failed to connect with all those years ago on my first reading.

Set in the late eighteenth century, the book is a sort of hash-up of the London of the day and a story of dark fantasy, that would I guess, falls into the literary category of magical realism. Beginning with a tumultuous and unexpected 'earthquake' (is there any other kind?) that sees the city (and presumably the rest of the earth) shunted out of its regular cycle of day following night, it presents a cast of often less than reputable characters, jockeying for knowledge and powers of the darker kind, against the backdrop of a soon to occur world changing cataclysm predicted in an ancient tome obtained by one of the protagonists.

I'm not so far into the story yet as to be sure that my transformation of appreciation of its qualities will be maintained - but I am hopeful. I really like the way it is developing - a number of interesting and suitably nefarious characters presented in quick succession with just enough depth to engage ones attention - and should the next day or two's reading deliver upon this start, I think I'll confidently be able to say that I have become a convert.

I like nothing better than to be able to discover a new friend to sit upon my bookshelf (for what is a good book if not a friend to be returned to at leisure when the mood takes one), and if the book turns out to be one that previously you have been unable to gel with, then so much the better.

I'll return with an update in due course.
_________________
Time to rename our species Homo sapiens ovis: ovis - that's Latin for sheep if you didn't know.

....and the glory of the world becomes less than it was....
'Have we not served you well'
'Of course - you know you have.'
'Then let it end.'

We are the Bloodguard
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Avatar
Immanentizing The Eschaton


Joined: 02 Aug 2004
Posts: 60616

Thanks: 74
Thanked 195 Times in 191 Posts

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
39479 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Pantheon Veteran1 Furls Fire


PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2022 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was the same with Guy Gavriel Kay's Tigana. It took me 10 years to get through the first 100 pages, but when I finally did, I ended up being disappointed that it was just a single, stand-alone book. Smile

This sounds like something I'd enjoy, will keep an eye out for it.

I'm Murrin wrote:
I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to The Fires of Heaven. From what I can remember it's a less focused book than TSR, and has the whole lengthy travelling circus plot. But I can't remember a huge amount about it, so I'll see.


I enjoyed TFoH quite a bit this time round, whereas before TDR was actually one of my favourites. (I've never really liked TGH).

--A
_________________
It's easy to judge. It's more difficult to understand.

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Phoogle Map
Spiral Jacobs
Giantfriend

Male
Joined: 02 Jan 2006
Posts: 399

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts


52 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Billingate


PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2022 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been on a Charles Stross spree these last months, reading The Laundry Files books, now in book 5, The Rhesus Chart. They are fun combos of IT nerdiness/office humour/spy novel/Lovecraftian horror.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Phoogle Map
Avatar
Immanentizing The Eschaton


Joined: 02 Aug 2004
Posts: 60616

Thanks: 74
Thanked 195 Times in 191 Posts

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
39479 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Pantheon Veteran1 Furls Fire


PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2022 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, nice to see you around SJ.

I'm on The Deathly Hallows. (Thanks Menolly et al. Wink )

--A
_________________
It's easy to judge. It's more difficult to understand.

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Phoogle Map
Fist and Faith
God-Emperor


Joined: 01 Dec 2002
Posts: 20471

Thanks: 100
Thanked 104 Times in 100 Posts


19520 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Foul Duck1 Lord Mhoram's Victory1 2011 Watchies


PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2022 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spiral Jacobs wrote:
I've been on a Charles Stross spree these last months,
Accelerando is AWESOME!
_________________
All lies and jest
Still a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest
-Paul Simon
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail MSN Messenger Phoogle Map
Spiral Jacobs
Giantfriend

Male
Joined: 02 Jan 2006
Posts: 399

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts


52 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Billingate


PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2022 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Avatar wrote:
Hey, nice to see you around SJ.


Thanks...it was only 8.5 years ago since I last posted here Laughing

Fist and Faith wrote:
Spiral Jacobs wrote:
I've been on a Charles Stross spree these last months,
Accelerando is AWESOME!


I'm in two minds about this book, honestly. I liked the overall concept but found it a difficult read.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Phoogle Map
Fist and Faith
God-Emperor


Joined: 01 Dec 2002
Posts: 20471

Thanks: 100
Thanked 104 Times in 100 Posts


19520 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Foul Duck1 Lord Mhoram's Victory1 2011 Watchies


PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2022 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Omg I loved every moment of it!

And how the hell can it have been 8.5 years!
_________________
All lies and jest
Still a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest
-Paul Simon
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail MSN Messenger Phoogle Map
Avatar
Immanentizing The Eschaton


Joined: 02 Aug 2004
Posts: 60616

Thanks: 74
Thanked 195 Times in 191 Posts

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
39479 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Pantheon Veteran1 Furls Fire


PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2022 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time is inexorable. Very Happy

Well, finished Harry Potter, I think I shall go back to my planned Iain M Banks Culture books read...

...so...Consider Phlebas I guess. Very Happy

--A
_________________
It's easy to judge. It's more difficult to understand.

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Phoogle Map
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Kevin's Watch Forum Index -> General Fantasy/Sci-Fi Discussion All times are GMT
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3 ... 399, 400, 401
Page 401 of 401

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by Earthpower © Kevin's Watch