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  1. Kalavan

    It's June 2018: What fantasy book are you reading?

    Yep, I've seen the ratings on GoodReads, and I can understand their point of view, the plot is indeed quite thin, and all of these misfortunes may seems a bit repetitive, although I've found them extremely evocative, they created an unyielding and oppressive mood that really resonated with me...
  2. Kalavan

    It's June 2018: What fantasy book are you reading?

    I'm also reading this trilogy, after the merely decent The Barbed Coil - cool portal fantasy premise and an interesting first half and magic system, but a bit repetitive and quite excessive with the details about scribing in the long run. Anyway, the first installment was rather generic urban...
  3. Kalavan

    What Movie or TV show are you watching?

    Strongly disagree, the sixth installment is IMHO the weakest, and even the fourth one was nothing to write home about, but I'd rate book 2, 3 and especially 5 higher than Leviathan Wakes - and I've actually liked it quite a bit. But in The Expanse every installment is quite different - both in...
  4. Kalavan

    It's May 2018: What fantasy book are you reading?

    Finished Tyrant’s Throne, a glorious final installment to one of the most enjoyable and captivating series I’ve ever read. After all of the challenges and the sufferings our hero went through in the previous installments I was wondering what the final hurdle could be, and de Castell – after a...
  5. Kalavan

    Forthcoming Fantasy and Science Fiction books in 2018

    George R.R. Martin - Fire & Blood - November 20 Definitely not what we've been waiting for. Wooding's The Ember Blade is also delayed till September 20
  6. Kalavan

    It’s April 2018: What Fantasy book are you reading?

    Took a couple of days off in order to take a breath after a particularly stressful couple of months at work, and I’ve managed to complete de Castell’s Knight’s Shadow and Saint’s Blood, both a complete roller-coaster of emotions: for most of the time entertaining and extremely funny thanks to...
  7. Kalavan

    Have You Read This Book?

    Thanks, I did not realize that there is a omnibus edition cheaper than the single first installment I was considering to pick up, bought it.
  8. Kalavan

    Have You Read This Book?

    As soon as I'll finish The Greatcoats - that, once again, you all should definetely pick up, it is that good - I'm planning to give J.V. Jones a try. Sword of Shadows seems to be by a distance her best work, but unfortunately no one knows when the final installment will be available. Any...
  9. Kalavan

    It’s April 2018: What Fantasy book are you reading?

    No, I know what you meant, it's somewhat similar to my opinion on Gemmell: I've really enjoyed most of his books, but it took me nearly 10 years to read them all, after a while I tend to grow weary of them. With Gemmell I then need another fix - and actually I've started a complete re-read a...
  10. Kalavan

    It’s April 2018: What Fantasy book are you reading?

    I could also understand getting tired with his longer series – although I’ve read at least a dozen of the Sharpe novels before getting burned-out with'em – but the Warlords Chronicles is a brilliant trilogy, my favorite modern take on the Arthurian legend, and Derfel Cadarn is one of my all-time...
  11. Kalavan

    It’s April 2018: What Fantasy book are you reading?

    Long time no posting, but the last couple of months were particularly hectic, time for a quick recap of the last books I’ve read: Finished Tucker’ Chronicles of the Black Gate, really an amazing epic fantasy series, although the last installment was perhaps the weakest, with a bit too much up...
  12. Kalavan

    your favorite foreign movie.

    I Soliti Ignoti, we Italians aren't the only ones who suck at translating titles The 400 blows
  13. Kalavan

    your favorite foreign movie.

    Harsh, but you're not the first that doesn't appreciate Fellini's movies at all, especially his latest, most surreal ones, he's much of a "love or hate" director. Just like another favourite o'mine: Serbia: Underground As for Monicelli's ones (Big Deal on Madonna Street and even more The Great...
  14. Kalavan

    your favorite foreign movie.

    Sorry, but there’s absolutely no chance that I will be able to keep mine to ten, just right off the bat I have to mention: Japan: Ozu’s Tokyo Story and everything from Kurosawa; if I have to choose, Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Dersu Uzala Germany: The Lives of Others, Downfall and Goodbye...
  15. Kalavan

    It's February 2018: What fantasy books are you reading?

    I wholeheartedly agree with Khartun, although the first half of The Siege of Abythos was kind of a slog. In my opinion due to the brilliant but perhaps excessive finale of the second installment, several characters became too powerful too soon, and therefore there was a sort of reboot, splitting...
  16. Kalavan

    It's 2018!! January 2018. What fantasy books are you reading?

    Meh, I’ve DNF’d Mage’s Blood last year, although I was kind of liking it – even if it was indeed a bit dull and too much “coming of agey” – before hitting a major reading slump. Then again, I’ve never considered picking it up again, and before your post I’ve completely forgotten about it. Still...
  17. Kalavan

    Best 10 portal fantasy novels with kid protagonist?

    I haven't read it, but I think that Gaiman's Coraline fits your criteria to a t. I also should recommend Paul Kearney's A Different Kingdom, a quite dark portal fantasy fairy tale
  18. Kalavan

    It's 2018!! January 2018. What fantasy books are you reading?

    After the prequel novella, I’ve read the first proper 2 entries in Phil Tucker’s Chronicles of the Black Gate, The Path of Flames and The Black Shriving. They have a few issues, mainly a too quick progression of some of the characters’ powers to demigod status – but that’s mostly a personal...
  19. Kalavan

    It's 2018!! January 2018. What fantasy books are you reading?

    Currently reading Tucker's The Path of Flames and it is kind of amazing, actually a quite generic epic fantasy tale, but done so incredibly right, extremely engaging. Too bad for the quite shoddy editing - barely better than the atrocious one of The Red Knight
  20. Kalavan

    It's 2018!! January 2018. What fantasy books are you reading?

    Started the year with the final book of Django Wexler’s The Shadow Campaigns, and unfortunately The Final Battalion was slightly disappointing, more than decent, but definitely the weakest installment of this series, a barely sufficient ending to one of the sagas I’ve enjoyed the most in the...