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Now Reading... posted 14 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Wil, Head Moderator

I thought it would be nice to have a place for members to lett other members know what they are reading and what they think of it. Let's try and keep this spoiler-free.


I am about 250 pages into Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson and I am loving it. A must-read (although I'm sure that most on here have read this already). I like the fact that (so far) he hasn't sat down and explained anything, that you have to learn about the world. view post


Now Reading... posted 14 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Malarion, Candidate

GOTM is a great book. It gets better as it progresses (and I keep going back to it to reread certain scenes).

Presently reading Erikson's latest Malazan book, "Midnight Tides", which is now building up nicely (nearly finished). Its not his best (book 3 is, imho), but its still better than most fantasy out there. Great info galore in this book. Its heavy in exposition and I'm loving it (who said expocition was a bad thing). view post


Now Reading... posted 16 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Clarkesworld Books, Peralogue

I'm currently reading Neil Gaiman's Adventures in the Dream Trade and just finished Tim Lebbon's Changing of Faces. CoF is a followup to the Naming of Parts novella and is every bit as good. If you like horror, Lebbon is a writer you need to check out.

-Neil view post


Now Reading... posted 16 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Voland, Candidate

Currently reading Carter beats the Devil by Glen David Gold, as well as Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb.
Struggling a bit with Liveship but I want to finish that trilogy before I move on to the Golden Fool. view post


Now Reading... posted 16 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I just started The Fencing Master, which is not fantasy at all, but oh well.

Voland, how are you struggling with the Liveship Traders? Are you having problems getting into the plot, or following the story, or what? I'm just curious, because I think they might be my favorite works RH has done. I would like to hear your opinion. view post


Now Reading... posted 18 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I had the same problem with Liveship Traders. I read it off and on for a month and finally gave up. I just couldn't get interested in the so-so plot. I am sure I will eventually return to it at some point.

Also, I have been struggling to get into Otherland: The Mountain of Black Glass. Just don't have the time I need at the moment to read so it is hard to get into books, I guess. Been about eight months since I read the previous novel in the Otherland series.

Just finished Midnight Tides about two weeks ago (no trouble getting into this one!), and as Mal said, it was very good although MoI is probably still the best in the series. Erikson's series is definately at the top of the genre right now. Of course Bakker's series is looking like it might take a run for the title if the first book is any indication <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->. view post


Now Reading... posted 19 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Voland, Candidate

I can't really say. I'm having some trouble with the ...gah, what's his name...the boy on the Vivacia, something with W iirc...storyline. Maybe I'm just afraid for him, since RH wasn't very nice to poor Fitz <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->. I'll get around to it eventually, I like the book. view post


Now Reading... posted 25 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Edge, Peralogue

I'm torn between Dan Simmons Illium and Alastair Reynolds Absolution Gap at the moment. view post


Now Reading... posted 05 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Anonymous, Subdidact

I have Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds, The Gunslinger by Stephen King and Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay on the way from Amazon.ca.

Like you, Edge, I was trying to decide between a Reynolds book and Illium. Heard a lot of good things about it but decided to go with Reynolds as Revelation Space was amazing.

Also currently rereading the Return of the King. Love seeing how Jackson threw in so many lines from the book, and even gave them to different characters if the original character didn't make it to the big screen. Definitely shows that Jackson and his crew were faithful to the books even if they couldn't adapt it scene for scene. view post


Now Reading... posted 05 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Err that was me. Looks like I am yet another victim of the dreaded log-in curse <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->. view post


Now Reading... posted 09 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Euron, Commoner

Has anyone else read Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan? It's an SF book that I just read and really enjoyed.

It's extremely fast paced (a bit of a crime thriller really) and dark and hard-edged. Bleak, bleak, bleak stuff. But fun though!

There are quite a few SF ideas thrown about, but they certainly don't get in the way of the story. I liked it a lot. view post


Now Reading... posted 10 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Clarkesworld Books, Peralogue

Altered Carbon is really good. You should pick up the sequel, Broken Angels!

-Neil view post


Now Reading... posted 11 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Edge, Peralogue

Also a big fan of Richard Morgan. Read Altered Carbon and have both Broken Angels and Market Forces in the To Be Read Pile.

Just finisned Neal Stephenson's The Confusion the sequel to Quicksilver . Another thumping good read from Stephenson, weighing in at a massive 815 pages in paperback. view post


Now Reading... posted 13 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Loof, Peralogue

Right now I'm reading Claw of the Councilator, by Gene Wolfe. It's a good book although im not quite as blown away as some peopel seem to be.
After i finish with new sun series i think the next book in order would be American Gods, by Gaiman. Or maybe i will go for Altered Carbon which is also gathering dust in the bookself now that you remind me <!-- s;-) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";-)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;-) -->

Last book i read like several others here, was Midnight Tides. Liked it alot and it is probably rakend second among Eriksons books after Memories of Ice acording to me. Altho i do think he overdid the comedy a bit in parts of this one... but then it was good comedy <!-- s;-) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";-)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;-) --> view post


Now Reading... posted 13 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I liked American Gods, took me a while to get into it but the last 200 pages or so went by very quickly for me. The book reminded me a lot of Steven King's style for some reason. Been meaning to read Neverwhere for over a year now <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: -->

Rereading Gardens of the Moon by Erikson at the moment. First time in a couple of years so it is refreshing to start from the beginning again.

Also, I finished the Gunslinger last weekend and must say I enjoyed it. Some of the stuff at the end about the time nexus, etc was very interesting. Can't wait to get the rest. view post


Now Reading... posted 18 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Clarkesworld Books, Peralogue

I'll have to say that I'm more pleased with Neal Stephenson's QUICKSILVER now that I've read THE CONFUSION. I was on the fence, but this strengthened the series for me. Getting a signed copy was also very nice.

-Neil view post


Now Reading... posted 20 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Edge, Peralogue

I think having got the character introductions and scene setting out of the way in Quicksilver Stephenson was able to devote a lot more time to the plot in The Confusion . It certainly moves a lot faster, and is better for it. view post


Now Reading... posted 02 May 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Wanderer, Commoner

I am currently reading the Runelords series by David Farland, I am about 200 pages into the second book. I heard that it might get made into a movie so I decided to give it a read. I have purchased the first four books to the Malazan Empire series, but lent them to a friend, nevertheless, I will be reading that series soon. I have heard nothing but good things about it. view post


Now Reading... posted 03 May 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I can add one more good thing. I am 200 pages into the third book and LOVING it. I most strongly encourage you to read them as soon as possible. view post


Now Reading... posted 03 May 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Wanderer, Commoner

Thanks for the advice, I will read them as soon as possible and let you know what I think. Though I have no doubt I will enjoy them very much. view post


Now Reading... posted 09 May 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Clarkesworld Books, Peralogue

I'm currently reading The San Veneficio Canon by Michael Cisco and enjoying it a lot. Very unusual. If you like Thomas Ligotti, you might like this.

-Neil view post


Now Reading... posted 15 May 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Currently reading Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds. He writes believable sci-fi, in my opinion. Most of the technology in his books have that feeling of being authentic and that is what I like about it. Also, CC has a nice element of the hard-boiled detective in it and that is damn interesting when it is set in a far away solar system <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->. view post


Now Reading... posted 01 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by The Consult, Candidate

I am currently about 50 pgs from the ends of Midnight Tides, and about halfway through TDTCB.

Both great books! <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Now Reading... posted 02 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Clarkesworld Books, Peralogue

Just finishing up Breathmoss and Other Exhalations by Ian R. MacLeod.

-Neil view post


Now Reading... posted 05 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by casterlyrock, Commoner

I am shocked that no one has mention GRRM's aSoIaF. He is the king of the genre IMO. Read all three of his books and patiently waiting for aFfC.

The Baroque Cycle is great but if you haven't read Cryptnomicon, you are missing out, it's Stephenson's magnum opus. view post


Now Reading... posted 06 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

GRRM makes my top three, it's just that I'm not currently reading it. view post


Now Reading... posted 06 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Clarkesworld Books, Peralogue

Currently reading The Wooden Sea by Jonathan Carroll. I think this the only book of his that I haven't read yet.

-Neil view post


Now Reading... posted 09 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Jafnahar, Commoner

The first three books of Farland's Runelords are excellent. The fourth was a major dissapointment. It felt rushed, as if he forced 2-3 volumes of work into one book, and still many (some very major) plot threads were left entirely unfinished. It was previously one of the few series that I would unequivicably recommend, but that changed after book 4. As far as I knew, Runelords was supposed to be a 5-part series, but ended at 4, which may have something to do with the issues in the final book.

*ahem*

Currently Reading - In the Ocean of Night, Gregory Benford view post


Now Reading... posted 16 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Miles Teg, Commoner

Not currently reading anything at the moment. However, I'm looking forward to reading A Feast for Crows, The Warrior Prophet, Edenborn, The Charnel Prince, Iron Council, Dennis Lehane's next book, Robin Hobb's next book, Neil Gaiman's next book, Steven Brust's next Vlad Taltos novel, the next 100 Bullets comic issue, Warren Ellis's Stealth Tribes Original Graphic Novel with Illustrator Colleen Doran.

--Bryan N. view post


Now Reading... posted 16 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Anonymous, Subdidact

Picked up Shadowkings by Michael Cobley and Assasins Apprentice by Robin Hobb yesterday.

About 100 pgs into shadowkings and its fairly standard fantasy so far, but ive heard there are some cool twists in this book, so should be good to see what happens.

Also, what are all your opinions on the Farseer Trilogy? I heard good things about it at the Malazan board, so i picked up the first book as well.

One last thing....Amazon is now saying A Feast For Crow will be out August 2005! Anyone here as furious about this as me? I really hope this is a mistake on amazon's behalf.... view post


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