June 2015 - What fantasy books were we reading?

Aliphera

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#23
Reading Dust of Dreams, ahh it's so much fun! The story is intriguing and the characters are hilarious, for example:
"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?"
 

TomTB

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#24
Reading Dust of Dreams, ahh it's so much fun! The story is intriguing and the characters are hilarious, for example:
"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?"
I absolutely adored the dialogue involving Tehol - your example has reminded me why :)
 

wakarimasen

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#25
Finished up Red Country. Pretty much cementing Abercrombie as my favourite fantasy author at the moment. It was almost a happy ending too, by his standards.
Halfway through the Vagrant. It is a little tough going but I quite like it. The undefined elements of the world and something about the festering sort of pace remind me of Hothouse by Brian Aldiss.
Also halfway through Skull Throne. It's more of the same, so I'm enjoying it. I don't find the flashbacks as dull as others seem to.
 

kenubrion

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#26
I had forgotten that I put Tower Lord aside after reading a few pages, for what reason I don't recall, so I'm reading that as well as Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space in sci-fi. Really enjoying Tower Lord, and I swear I don't recall the blood song being so prominent in Vaelin's mind in the first book, even toward the end. As a matter of fact, I don't recall it ever coming up. But I was reading at a breakneck pace to see what was going to happen.
 

ofer

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#27
Finished As flies to Wanton Boys by Allan Batchelder which, pretty much like the first book, was fast and fun to read. Liked the ending :) but hated the fact that it was somewhat of a cliffhanger. :(

And now, after 2 years near the top of my TBR file, finally started The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams. Been meaning to start this series for a long time, but something else always got in the way.
 

Jakyro

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#28
I finished "The Magician King" yesterday. I liked it better than the first book, which was ok. In the second book you get to know more about the world and characters. I thought it was espcially interesting to learn more about the magic. The characters were already nicely developed in the first book, but now you get introduced into the back story of Julia who gets a much more important role. But what made the book especially stand out from the first, was that the story was much more interesting. I rated it 7.5/10 (or 4/5 on Goodreads)

I already started this morning with the final book "The Magicians Land"
 

Bethan

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#29
Finished up Red Country. Pretty much cementing Abercrombie as my favourite fantasy author at the moment. It was almost a happy ending too, by his standards
He's definitely one of my favourites, but I somehow managed to miss Red Country! Need to add it to my list!

Managed to get The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters out of the way (not a fantasy, slow to start but it drew me in and I did get a little hooked) so now I'm on to Erikson's House of Chains. Not very far into yet, have met Karsa and struggling to see the attraction just yet. He's a confident chap isn't he? Husbands 30th birthday bbq to plan for just now, so hopefully I'll be able to get properly into it after the weekend is out of the way!
 

Khartun

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#30
He's definitely one of my favourites, but I somehow managed to miss Red Country! Need to add it to my list!

Managed to get The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters out of the way (not a fantasy, slow to start but it drew me in and I did get a little hooked) so now I'm on to Erikson's House of Chains. Not very far into yet, have met Karsa and struggling to see the attraction just yet. He's a confident chap isn't he? Husbands 30th birthday bbq to plan for just now, so hopefully I'll be able to get properly into it after the weekend is out of the way!
Ya, his character starts off bad. He ended up being one of my favorites though.
 

Bethan

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#32

TomTB

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#33
Probably going to give up on A Song for Arbonne. 7 hours of listening in and it's not doing a lot for me. Shame. Was hoping for more after enjoying Tigana so much.
 

Reakon

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#34
Just Started
The Liar's Key
Hope its as good as the first in book of the series..!!
I'm jealous, I have to wait for the 18th to get the audiobook I've pre-ordered. I hope it's as good as the first too!
 

TomTB

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#35
Finished Half a King. Absolutely brilliant, from the first page to the last. Abercrombie has such a knack for writing such fantastic characters, and the plot was fast paced - a proper page turner. It was very short, but maybe that's with the YA market in mind, I don't know?

Not sure what paper book I'll be reading next. Probably either the next in this series, book 2 of Twilight Reign or book 3 of Memory Sorrow Thorn.
 

TomTB

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#39
Yup.
I would love if someone found 700-800 page modern YA novel. I don't think it exists.
I suppose the trilogy will be circa 1000 pages in total, once complete. 3000 pages might be a bit tough going for a 11-13 year old. Maybe.