It's February 2017. What fantasy book(s) are you reading?

atheling

A Poet of the Khaiem
#82
Finished GotM(oo) re-read. I liked it more than I remember, even the ending--tho he did wrap it up awfully fast. I guess his little verbal ticks are bothering me less this time around, but maybe that'll change in the next couple of books. Reading this again, I think he didn't expect to write a 10 book series from it, even though it clearly is meant to continue. It has more of a "continuing adventures" feel to it, rather than a defined multi-book narrative arc. I guess as his first book he wasn't yet sure if there would be more, but once it sold he determined to write it out.

Anyway, not quite sure what next. I'll continue Malazan, of course, but I might make a detour through discworld on the way (I have three on my shelf right now waiting to be read). Lots of other books in the TBR pile, of course, but discworld books tend to go pretty quickly (more quickly than, say, Iain Banks, who is also in that pile). Maybe one discworld book, then back to Malazan, continuing like that for a spell.
 

kenubrion

Journeyed there and back again
#83
Just about to finish up The Wise Mans Fear after tearing through The Name of the Wind. On deck I have The Way of Kings and Mistborn and am not sure which one to start! There's so many more I'd love to start as well!!
I think you should read Mistborn first, JRW81. Unless you're looking for epic fantasy, Mistborn is a can't-put-it-down read, at least for me. But I prefer overall the long high fantasy books in series. Don't wait long to read the Immortal Treachery series either, it's great.
 

Hikerike

Owns a Ring of Power
#85
Finished listening to Dawn of Wonder by Jonathan Renshaw, i have no idea how it has such a high raiting on goodreads. It wasn't bad but its not really good either. Its definitely not worth 50 usd or whatever it is on audible. I only spent a membership coin on it so i kinda got it for 15.
The first part of the story was good , i liked his time in the village , as soon as he came to the city the story & pacing died and i had to push trough like 70% of the book. Final stretch was ok and im kinda hopeful for the next book. His writing annoyed me though. It felt like every sentence was exaggerated with explenation about how dire/awesome/bad/good anything was, sometimes the author tries to be clever and funny but after a while you see the joke comming from a mile away. Most of the characters are okay or interesting, i didnt think any were particularly bad or anything. Overall the major flaws of this book is the pacing and his annoying writing, im interested in the story and thats the only reason i'll pick up the next book.
 
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Ryan W. Mueller

Journeyed there and back again
#86
Finished listening to Dawn of Wonder by Jonathan Renshaw, i have no idea how it has such a high raiting on goodreads. It wasn't bad but its not really good either. Its definitely not worth 50 usd or whatever it is on audible. I only spent a membership coin on it so i kinda got it for 15.
The first part of the story was good , i liked his time in the village , as soon as he came to the city the story & pacing died and i had to push trough like 70% of the book. Final stretch was ok and im kinda hopeful for the next book. His wiring annoyed me though. It felt like every sentence was exaggerated with explenation about how dire/awesome/bad/good anything was, sometimes the author tries to be clever and funny but after a while you see the joke comming from a mile away. Most of the characters are okay or interesting, i didnt think any were particularly bad or anything. Overall the major flaws of this book is the pacing and his annoying writing, im interested in the story and thats the only reason i'll pick up the next book.
I've been reading that one for a while now. I really enjoyed the first part of the book, but I'm right there with you on the part in the city with all the school and training. It isn't bad. I still enjoy it. But I'm able to put it down and read other things without feeling a dying need to get back to it immediately. It will probably be a four-star read for me in the end, but I was expecting it to be more based on how strong the start was.

I'm glad to hear it picks up again in the final stretch.
 

Darth Tater

Journeyed there and back again
#87
Just about to finish up The Wise Mans Fear after tearing through The Name of the Wind. On deck I have The Way of Kings and Mistborn and am not sure which one to start! There's so many more I'd love to start as well!!
@JRW81
FWIW: Mistborn is complete while Stormlight not for a decade. All things being equal for me the completed ones take precedent. Sometimes I know well in advance what I'm going to read and sometimes not until the last minute. IMO, Stormlight like KKC is figuratively "heavier" than Mistborn (literally too if you have the paper copy) :p So the latter offers more of a change of pace.

Bottom line: read whatever the hell you want first. :D
 
#88
@JRW81
FWIW: Mistborn is complete while Stormlight not for a decade. All things being equal for me the completed ones take precedent. Sometimes I know well in advance what I'm going to read and sometimes not until the last minute. IMO, Stormlight like KKC is figuratively "heavier" than Mistborn (literally too if you have the paper copy) :p So the latter offers more of a change of pace.

Bottom line: read whatever the hell you want first. :D
I don't know if I was just being picky but I had the audiobook to The Way of Kings and returned it because if how many times they said "brightness". I know it was a tittle but ugh... over and over. I'll try it in book form sometime, maybe I'll have a better mentality then.


Last Read: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Maark Abbott

Journeyed there and back again
#89

kenubrion

Journeyed there and back again
#90
Finished listening to Dawn of Wonder by Jonathan Renshaw, i have no idea how it has such a high raiting on goodreads. It wasn't bad but its not really good either. Its definitely not worth 50 usd or whatever it is on audible. I only spent a membership coin on it so i kinda got it for 15.
The first part of the story was good , i liked his time in the village , as soon as he came to the city the story & pacing died and i had to push trough like 70% of the book. Final stretch was ok and im kinda hopeful for the next book. His wiring annoyed me though. It felt like every sentence was exaggerated with explenation about how dire/awesome/bad/good anything was, sometimes the author tries to be clever and funny but after a while you see the joke comming from a mile away. Most of the characters are okay or interesting, i didnt think any were particularly bad or anything. Overall the major flaws of this book is the pacing and his annoying writing, im interested in the story and thats the only reason i'll pick up the next book.
Finally someone who thinks the same about this. I tried it and went until he's climbed the tree and he's listening to the bad guys who have his friend. It reads like a debut, and with a story I don't care about. Most debuts these days that get this kind of publicity are actually good. Now he can write and I will look forward to trying his books as he gets better.

In other news, I dropped The Lives of Tao for good and am overwhelmed with the greatness of Anthony Ryan's The Waking Flame.
 
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Darth Tater

Journeyed there and back again
#91
Completed GGK's Lions of Al Rassan. Another masterpiece. He has a way of messing not only with your emotions but with your head too. Sometimes he will describe a scene and you have no idea who is who. Always need a break from his books which extract your emotions.

Next a couple of science fiction books. Old Man's War (#1 of 6 in John Scalzi's series) and then Split Second by Douglas E. Richarfd.
 

rudyjuly2

Journeyed there and back again
#92
Completed GGK's Lions of Al Rassan. Another masterpiece. He has a way of messing not only with your emotions but with your head too. Sometimes he will describe a scene and you have no idea who is who. Always need a break from his books which extract your emotions.

Next a couple of science fiction books. Old Man's War (#1 of 6 in John Scalzi's series) and then Split Second by Douglas E. Richarfd.
While it's fresh in your head, don't you think that book could have been even better as a trilogy or a bit longer? In some ways it's nice to get the rare standalone fantasy book but his world was cool and the sand people (I think? Been awhile) had more good stories as he barely touched on them. But definitely a very good book.
 

ReguIa

Journeyed there and back again
#94
Has anyone here both read The Magicians by Lev Grossman and seen the Syfy TV show? The show has looked interesting before but when I watched the first episode I was hooked straight away. 5 episodes in and it's still great.

So how do they compare? Obviously I'm interested in reading the books now, but if the show follows the books too well it will spoil everything for me if I continue watching.
 

ExTended

Journeyed there and back again
#95
Has anyone here both read The Magicians by Lev Grossman and seen the Syfy TV show? The show has looked interesting before but when I watched the first episode I was hooked straight away. 5 episodes in and it's still great.

So how do they compare? Obviously I'm interested in reading the books now, but if the show follows the books too well it will spoil everything for me if I continue watching.
I am not that far into the show myself, because for me it was somewhat disappointing. It loosely follows events from the first two books in the trilogy - I am like 7-8 episodes in, so it might be different afterwards.

My biggest complaint is the tone of the show. The books are deliberately over-the-top in few aspects, and pointedly depressing at many moments, but the extravagance has some point there. In the show... I think that they are adding bizarre events and quirks just for the sake of it and honestly - one of the story lines is coming straight out of the "How to write spy mysteries for children 101" book. But then again - many people are saying the show is good, so it might be just that I was expecting too much or that I am not its target audience anymore, since I've stopped being a teenager some time ago. Who knows... :)

But about your question - the show would probably spoil some of the events of the books for you, but not the overall tone and fun, which are far more mature and abundant in the books - in my opinion, that is.
 

Andrew.J

Journeyed there and back again
#96
I read Grave Peril (Dresden Files #3) and Summer Knight (#4) in the past two weeks and I've just finished listening to Death Masks (#5). The series is picking up steam now and I'm kind of happy my commute times have been longer than usual. I've gone up from 1 audiobook every 6 weeks to 3 books a month! So, hooray me. Until I get sick of the commuting, that is. :confused: I'm about to start listening to Blood Rites. I'm quite excited about it. The series has been progressively getting better and while it's nothing spectacular just yet, I'm hoping things will change, as I've only been hearing positive things about some later Dresden Files books. Both Summer Knight and Death Masks I gave 4 stars and enjoyed both almost equally. Summer Knight was quite amazing, actually. It's my favourite book in the series so far, in contrast with The Grave Peril, which was only decent and somewhat disappointing. Death Masks is still very fresh in my mind, so I'm not too sure about it just yet, but I didn't particularly like how disjointed the two story arcs felt (the 'case' of the book and the Red Court business). The character interactions and characters in general, however, more than made up for it. Looking forward to reading the remaining (10!) books in the series.

I also finished reading The Sword of Destiny (Witcher #2) some time ago. It's my favourite book I've read this year by far. I don't know how I missed this gem of a fantasy series, especially when there have been translations of all the books for years now (edit: in Lithuanian). Well, currently I'm half-way through the Blood of Elves. I'm enjoying it a lot so far, I doubt it'll hold up to the prequel, though.
 

Anti_Quated

Journeyed there and back again
#97
Breezed through the second book of Return of the Black Company and moved swiftly onto omnibus of Many Deaths of the Black Company.
These books are kicking my arse. To the extent that the intensity is somewhat overwhelming and I've had more than one 'Eh? Oh... it's after midnight and Ive got work at 0500'. Already blitzed through Water Sleeps which I enjoyed, and am more than halfway through Soldiers Live.

The difficult part is... how long now do I have to wait for Glen Cook to release the next volumes? :arghh::(
I suppose I'll head on into his Dread Empire stuff, or maybe take a break and focus on standalones or shorter series for a bit. Earthsea is looming on my radar, as is Bear and the Nightingale thanks to Alucard.
 

Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
Staff member
#98
The difficult part is... how long now do I have to wait for Glen Cook to release the next volumes? :arghh::(
Why do I feel like he hasn't written (or maybe I should say published) anything for awhile?

OK, looked it up and last Garrett PI book is from 2013 and last Instrumentalities of the Night book was from 2014. Don't think I'm caught up on Dread Empire, though, so at least I can read the last few of those in the meantime.
 

Kalavan

Journeyed there and back again
#99
Finished Stone of Farewell, another brilliant installment in the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series, although perhaps suffering a little bit too much of a "second book in a series' syndrome", now onto To Green Angel Tower, finally Miriamele has her turn to shine, I'm loving both her and Simon
 

Maark Abbott

Journeyed there and back again
In the last quarter of Mage's Blood. I have to say, and take this with a pinch of salt as my own work occasionally features what I can only describe as 'torture porn scenes' (will expand on this on request), the sex scenes are very vivid, very graphic and... Very filthy. Enough to make an old man blush, in fact. The story is OK so I'll carry on with it, but jeez, this sauce makes GRRM seem tame.