It's April 2021: What fantasy book are you reading?

rudyjuly2

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#2
I'm in a bit of a funk too. Making a career out of Hyperion which has been on the slow side for me.

Has anyone read the Foundryside trilogy by Robert Bennett? I read his Divine Cities trilogy and that was the rare trilogy where I thought each book got better. The premise about a thief kind of turns me off. Tired of those small potatoes stories. I'd love a new, legit epic fantasy.
 

ReguIa

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#4
@rudyjuly2 I've read the two books that are out. I enjoyed the first one but the sequel not so much. The worldbuilding sort of stopped and only continued with what was introduced in the first one. My main issue was that there were rarely any outside viewpoints, as in all the main characters were together for almost the entire book. That caused the book to feel like 80% pure dialogue. And not the good kind either, think non stop MCU banter.

I haven't read Divine Cities yet but from what I've gathered that series is way higher quality. Foundryside is technically epic fantasy but it doesn't feel large in scale.

Now I do recommend the first book, especially if you like Sanderson. It was fun, fast paced and the magic was great. I just expected too much from the sequel I guess. Will probably read the last one when it gets released.
 

Cyphon

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#5
My funk is purely related to still trying to get through The Dragonbone Chair. I think I can safely say this is the most boring fantasy book I have ever read to this point, and it is painful even trying to skim through these early parts. I haven't even reached page 100 and I have now started just skipping entire paragraphs once I have some idea of whether or not what is going on seems important.

I am really hoping the so called payoff is worth it. How anyone ever made it to the point where this gets good deserves some kind of award for patience and perseverance.
 

Jakyro

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#6
I finished Wrath last week (The Faithfull and The Fallen #4). I really liked the final book and the series as a whole. I've read all the four books consecutively so it was good to be finished with it. I thought it was time to read something else before starting with 'Of Blood And Bone', the follow-up series to The Faithfull and The Fallen. Events in OBAB take place about 100 years after earlier events. But ... I couldn't really find anything else to read that really grabbed me, so in the end I started with 'A Time Of Dread' (OBAB #1)

I have to say, contrary to what I thought, it's enjoyable to be continuing in the same world. I had a feeling that I really needed something else, but as I'm reading now I'm having no trouble at all. There have been changes in the Banished Lands but it's still recognizable. POV characters are off course different but skimming through the character list learns there are some recurring characters and some decendants as well. So far I'm liking it.
 
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rudyjuly2

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#7
My funk is purely related to still trying to get through The Dragonbone Chair. I think I can safely say this is the most boring fantasy book I have ever read to this point, and it is painful even trying to skim through these early parts. I haven't even reached page 100 and I have now started just skipping entire paragraphs once I have some idea of whether or not what is going on seems important.

I am really hoping the so called payoff is worth it. How anyone ever made it to the point where this gets good deserves some kind of award for patience and perseverance.
There is no payoff. Just quit lol. Not worth it.
 

TomTB

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#8
My funk is purely related to still trying to get through The Dragonbone Chair. I think I can safely say this is the most boring fantasy book I have ever read to this point, and it is painful even trying to skim through these early parts. I haven't even reached page 100 and I have now started just skipping entire paragraphs once I have some idea of whether or not what is going on seems important.

I am really hoping the so called payoff is worth it. How anyone ever made it to the point where this gets good deserves some kind of award for patience and perseverance.
:D I really liked the trilogy, but I recon if it doesn't float your boat by the point you're at it's probably best to move onto something else ;)
 

Cyphon

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#9
There is no payoff. Just quit lol. Not worth it.
:D I really liked the trilogy, but I recon if it doesn't float your boat by the point you're at it's probably best to move onto something else ;)
After posting I pushed through a little more and am now at chapter 12 page 144. There have been a couple of bright spots that give me hope so for now I will continue. Feels like way less of a chore the last couple of chapters. Seems like the plot is finally moving onto stuff that is actually interesting.
 

Darwin

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#10
Started Arcane Ascension book 3. The audiobook isn't out, so I'm reading the text version (albeit on my pc), which feels strange. For most of the last year, I've mainly been reading stuff from Royal Road on my phone or listening to audiobooks during my commute.
 

Silvion Night

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#11
I finished A Season of Storms, a standalone Witcher novel. I gave it 3 GR stars. It's OKish, but not really memorable. Definitely less boring than the last books in the main saga.

Yesterday I started re-reading the First Law books. It's amazing: I'm already 60 pages into The Blade Itself, I couldn't put the book down when I started reading. This is how reading fantasy should feel! Instead of slogging through endless pages of exposition or boring descriptions about clothing, we have fast-paced dialogue and clever story telling. More please!
 

rudyjuly2

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#12
Reading Hyperion feels like driving to the corner store but taking the longest route imaginable for no good reason. Will you get to the point! It’s all about the characters sharing their past while waiting on the main story. But I don’t need every freaking detail of their life. I’m halfway done and it’s hard for me to keep going. The book has so much unnecessary info in there that the interesting parts are rare and I lose interest quickly.
 

Darwin

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#13
Arcane Ascension book 3 was disappointingly short. It felt like the author wrote half a book and then said "Eh, that's good enough."
 

afa

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#14
Finished The Crimson Campaign a couple of days ago, the second book in The Powder Mage trilogy by Brian McClellan.

Very good book. I had mentioned before that the first book was the only full-length novel I read in 2020, so this one has been waiting in the wings a while. In retrospect, I'm glad I delayed it; the kind of funk I was in last year, I might not have appreciated the book as much.

We continue, of course, shortly after the events of the first book and all our main characters dealing with the aftermath. Field Marshal Tamas, presumed dead, is stuck behind enemy lines with his men, all well-trained but vastly outnumbered, and relying on Tamas's military ingenuity to save the day. Taniel Two-Shot tries his best to forget the events of the previous book by drugging himself stupid, but soon ends up with the army, where he belongs, and is growing increasingly frustrated at what appears to be the army's surprising inability to gain any ground. Is there something more going on...? Finally we have Inspector Adamat, trying to rescue his wife and son from the bastard Lord Vetas, but Vetas is a difficult man to go against.

I mentioned this in my review of the first book, but I'll say it again. I find it quite a nice change to have a series in which two out of the three primary protagonists are middle-aged, as opposed to the more typical 20-something (though we have that, too, in Taniel). It's nice to read from the POV of people who, while far from pushovers, are clearly not in their physical primes. More importantly, though, McClellan has done a great job fleshing out the characters. They feel very relatable, and I felt invested in their plots.

The only downside, character-wise, is that there is actually a fourth POV, Nila, but her plot is not really fleshed out at all, and seems almost a throw-in. However, her mini-plot ends on a pretty intriguing note in the book, so I'm guessing she'll have a bigger role to play in the next book.

A very good book overall. Interesting characters, fast-paced action, immersive plot. I'm giving it a 4.5 out of 5.

I will now be reading the last entry in the trilogy, The Autumn Republic.
 

kenubrion

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#15
Great review afa. I thought the Crimson Campaign was wonderful. I didn't expect the gunpowder fantasy thing to be good, but it was.

I'm starting Lightbringer 3 again, stopped about halfway a couple years ago for some reason. I've been reading a couple books that I didn't know of previously in the Lonesome Dove series. Westerns are my guilty pleasure. But the Pulitzer prize for fiction winning Lonesome Dove is the western novel for all audiences IMO.
 
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rudyjuly2

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#16
This will be my Hyperion review. I know most people here probably liked this book based on the GR reviews and ratings. I did not. 2.5/5 and I rounded down to 2/5 on GR. Simply too slow without any reward when done.

This review will have some spoilers.

I didn’t like this book despite the fact it is highly reviewed on GR. It took me a long time to read it and I almost quit at one point. I think the Universe this science fiction book takes place in is interesting. The world of Hyperion and the mystery of the Shrike intrigued me and still do. But the author took a book that had maybe 150 pages worth of material and stretched it into almost 500 and the book ended up being slow and went nowhere. The entire first book just sets up the four book series with no conclusion or any sort of reward for reading it after slogging through.

The format of this book is more like a Clue type mystery. There are seven people on a pilgrim journey to Hyperion to meet the deadly and mysterious Shrike. While on this journey they each tell a story about their connection to the planet in hopes of understanding the goal of their mission. The End. That’s it. We never see the conclusion of the pilgrimage in book one. Furthermore, many of the stories are incredibly long winded and almost pointless. That should have all been wrapped up in the first half of the book so we actually get a conclusion of at least a small story arc but we don’t get that. No payoff after reading this book. To be fair some of the pilgrims had interesting stories but half were not and almost all were unnecessarily long.

The odd thing is the author uses fictional words to describe technology in the book like the “All Thing”, “Fatline Transmissions”, etc and doesn’t spend much time at all in describing the actual technology the new world possesses. The book’s entire focus is on the tale of the seven pilgrims whose stories should have been cut at least in half.

While I would like to know what happens to them I am not going to force myself through three more books to find out.

2.5/5 (round down to 2 / 5 for GR).
 

rudyjuly2

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#17
I really enjoyed the Red Rising trilogy. I had started reading the sample for book 4 in the new trilogy quite a while ago and didn’t feel it and never read the new one. Anyone read the full new trilogy?

Actually reading Seinfeld new book. It’s basically a constant list of his top bits. It’s funny with many things you have heard before but plenty of stuff I hadn’t.
edit: the Seinfeld book is a great “bathroom” book in that it’s just a collection of bits with most stories a quick page. Read 1 or read 25+ straight. Easy and entertaining.
 
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Cyphon

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#18
I really enjoyed the Red Rising trilogy. I had started reading the sample for book 4 in the new trilogy quite a while ago and didn’t feel it and never read the new one. Anyone read the full new trilogy?
The third book in the 2nd trilogy hasn't been written/released but I have read the 2 available. In my opinion it is a little harder to get into the 2nd trilogy but on the whole I think he maintained the quality well and the big moments are still really fantastic. I might even argue (the more I have thought about it since I read them) that the "peaks" of the 2nd trilogy are the best reads of either trilogy.
 

Khartun

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#19
This will be my Hyperion review. I know most people here probably liked this book based on the GR reviews and ratings. I did not. 2.5/5 and I rounded down to 2/5 on GR. Simply too slow without any reward when done.

This review will have some spoilers.

I didn’t like this book despite the fact it is highly reviewed on GR. It took me a long time to read it and I almost quit at one point. I think the Universe this science fiction book takes place in is interesting. The world of Hyperion and the mystery of the Shrike intrigued me and still do. But the author took a book that had maybe 150 pages worth of material and stretched it into almost 500 and the book ended up being slow and went nowhere. The entire first book just sets up the four book series with no conclusion or any sort of reward for reading it after slogging through.

The format of this book is more like a Clue type mystery. There are seven people on a pilgrim journey to Hyperion to meet the deadly and mysterious Shrike. While on this journey they each tell a story about their connection to the planet in hopes of understanding the goal of their mission. The End. That’s it. We never see the conclusion of the pilgrimage in book one. Furthermore, many of the stories are incredibly long winded and almost pointless. That should have all been wrapped up in the first half of the book so we actually get a conclusion of at least a small story arc but we don’t get that. No payoff after reading this book. To be fair some of the pilgrims had interesting stories but half were not and almost all were unnecessarily long.

The odd thing is the author uses fictional words to describe technology in the book like the “All Thing”, “Fatline Transmissions”, etc and doesn’t spend much time at all in describing the actual technology the new world possesses. The book’s entire focus is on the tale of the seven pilgrims whose stories should have been cut at least in half.

While I would like to know what happens to them I am not going to force myself through three more books to find out.

2.5/5 (round down to 2 / 5 for GR).
I thought I was the only person that didn't like Hyperion. LOL
 

kenubrion

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#20
I thought I was the only person that didn't like Hyperion. LOL
Make that three of us. I went to his book signing too, only one I've ever gone to.