It’s July 2018: What fantasy book are you reading?

rudyjuly2

Journeyed there and back again
#21
On a side note I have been playing a lot of Detroit: Become Human and just best it. I was never into story based games before but this was great. The demo sucked me in. The story is really good and the choices will haunt you. Of my three characters I am very happy with how two of them ended up. I am pretty bitter about the other lol.

As for actual reading it’s been slow going for the Liveship Traders. Read almost half. Enjoying it but a slow start and no real plot or anything epic yet. Just character narratives.
 

Bill Door

Told lies with Locke
#22
On a side note I have been playing a lot of Detroit: Become Human and just best it. I was never into story based games before but this was great. The demo sucked me in. The story is really good and the choices will haunt you. Of my three characters I am very happy with how two of them ended up. I am pretty bitter about the other lol.

As for actual reading it’s been slow going for the Liveship Traders. Read almost half. Enjoying it but a slow start and no real plot or anything epic yet. Just character narratives.
That's pretty much standard Robin Hobb. All her series start off on a slow burn as she builds her characters up. It makes the the later parts more engaging.
 

Silvion Night

Sir Readalot
Staff member
#23
I now actually started on Dust of Dreams @Khartun. I actually do like the storyline of the Snake. Also: Tehol and Bugg!
 

Khartun

Journeyed there and back again
#25
On a side note I have been playing a lot of Detroit: Become Human and just best it. I was never into story based games before but this was great. The demo sucked me in. The story is really good and the choices will haunt you. Of my three characters I am very happy with how two of them ended up. I am pretty bitter about the other lol.

As for actual reading it’s been slow going for the Liveship Traders. Read almost half. Enjoying it but a slow start and no real plot or anything epic yet. Just character narratives.
I hadn't heard of that one. Looks pretty cool, I'll have to pick it up.
 

Khartun

Journeyed there and back again
#26
I now actually started on Dust of Dreams @Khartun. I actually do like the storyline of the Snake. Also: Tehol and Bugg!
Yep, Tehol and Bugg are always awesome.

This exchange in DoD is funny.

“Brys, how big do you want to make your escort?"

"Two brigades and two battalions, sire."

"Is that reasonable?" Tehol asked, looking around.

"I have no idea," Janath replied. "Bugg?"

"I'm no general, my Queen."

"We need an expert opinion, then," said Tehol. "Brys?”
 

Maark Abbott

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#27
I swore I was the only one who felt this way of Wyld, which I also DNF. Not a bad book by any means, but once you see the schtick 10% in, you end up wondering if they're going to play any other notes or just stick to the one.
A lot of people were hyping the humour as well but halfway in I still hadn't come across one of those scenes.
 
#28
Finished Lies of Locke Lamora and wow did that book never let me down. I can't really think of one solid criticism I'd have against the book. It was magnificent. 10/10 easy for me.

I'm also already about 70 pages or so into Red Seas Under Red Skies, and I must admit that the opening so far has not been the most exciting. That's not necessarily a bad thing, given that Lynch is establishing a brand new setting. I'm a little lost in all of the details of the different areas of Tal Verrar. Other than that though, I'm excited about what's going on with the Sinspire. I'm actually in the middle of the Reminiscence "flashback" right now and enjoying that bit quite a lot. I have heard that the second book isn't quite as good as the first but I think I have realistic expectations at least.
 

Matticus Primal

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#29
A lot of people were hyping the humour as well but halfway in I still hadn't come across one of those scenes.
It might be that humor is hard to pull off in book form. In fact, I can't say I've ever enjoyed a humorous book, including Hitchhiker's Guide.
 

Matticus Primal

Journeyed there and back again
#31
Hitchikers Guide was one of the worst books I ever read The humor was forced. I’ve heard it is much better on the radio.
I think that just goes to show how much of humor is wrapped up in the delivery.

Also, in Hitchhiker's defense, I also hated Candide, Catch-22 and Confederacy of Dunces, so it's at least in good literary company.
 

Maark Abbott

Journeyed there and back again
#32
Started a third read of Malazan. Should cleanse the palate nicely.
 

Silvion Night

Sir Readalot
Staff member
#33
It might be that humor is hard to pull off in book form. In fact, I can't say I've ever enjoyed a humorous book, including Hitchhiker's Guide.
Hitchikers Guide was one of the worst books I ever read The humor was forced. I’ve heard it is much better on the radio.
Blasphemy!

It's actually one of the best books I've ever read. Goes to show there's no accounting for taste...

Started a third read of Malazan. Should cleanse the palate nicely.
Yay! You're in for a treat. I'm almost done with my third re-read now and I'm still discovering new nuances to the story.
 

Maark Abbott

Journeyed there and back again
#34
Malazan is already a treat. It also highlights an issue that I have with a lot of current fantasy / publishing in that publishers only want breakneck brevity, it seems.

On an unrelated note I started writing a LitRPG/Isekai light novel. Lulz.
 

Darth Tater

Journeyed there and back again
#35
I think that just goes to show how much of humor is wrapped up in the delivery.

Also, in Hitchhiker's defense, I also hated Candide, Catch-22 and Confederacy of Dunces, so it's at least in good literary company.
I read Candide decades ago in college and cant remember anything about it so I likely didn’t enjoy it. Never read Dunces. Never read Catch 22 but I read Galapagos by Vonnegut 3 years ago and didn’t hate it like Hitchikers but the bar was very low. Story was as ridiculous and most of the humor was lost on me.
 

Darth Tater

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#36
It might be that humor is hard to pull off in book form. In fact, I can't say I've ever enjoyed a humorous book, including Hitchhiker's Guide.
I agree although admittedly there were at least three Dragonlance characters that often had me laughing *blushes and shamefully hides in a dark corner * and I read five Christopher Moore books. One was dumb, one was OK, one was very clever and made me smile, and his two Shakespeare books, narrated by the fool, had me laughing so hard that I was crying and literally couldn’t catch my breath. Yet some people thought those were his weakest books. I know why some characters crack me up but I find it impossible to explain.
 

Laurentius

Super Moderator
Staff member
#37
I hadn't heard of that one. Looks pretty cool, I'll have to pick it up.
You will not be disappointed. Quantic Dream also created Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls.

It's more or less like the Telltale Walking Dead games, but with AAA graphics, set in a near future. Great story and fantastic game. Game of the year to me. If you haven't watched it yet, look at the trailer for the game. It's also pretty awesome :D
 

Peat

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#39
It might be that humor is hard to pull off in book form. In fact, I can't say I've ever enjoyed a humorous book, including Hitchhiker's Guide.
Clearly a YMMV, as I've laughed/smiled more at books than I have at films/TV.

One problem I do have with a lot of "Comedic X" is the comedy needs to be cut and the X needs to really work in its own right. Too many comedies forget this.