May 2017: What fantasy books are you reading?

Darth Tater

Journeyed there and back again
Thanks Darth, I already got Tom's recomendation. I'm a fan of the tv series The Red Dwarf, so I already know the characters and the setting. Should be a safe bet.

To give a contrasting opinion I absolutely dislike The Night Circus. We read it as part of the book club here on BFB when Danica was setting these up, so there's a few threads dedicated to Night Circus floating around where we all discuss it. Initially I gave it 3 stars but I've changed it to 2 on GR.
Sometimes when you let the initial feelings about the book settle and simmer for a bit you end up liking or disliking the book more. I ended up disliking it more.
I wouldn't mind if I never read anything more by Erin Morgenstern. I want to read everything by Stephen King in contrast.
Yeah. That's exactly what I meant about recommending books is a crap shoot. I'm glad you didn't read it based on something I said!
 

Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
Staff member
I don't have the feeling yet that it's really necessary or a real addition to read the Malazan Empire books in between MBotF.
Something happens in Return of the Crimson Guard specifically that is an important event for the overall storyline of the Erikson books. If I hadn't read that one, I would've been left guessing by a few things in the last couple by Erikson. I haven't been all that consistent with reading Esslemont so I don't know about the others (Night of Knives, probably not so necessary), but Return of the Crimson Guard is different.
 

Hand of Fear

Journeyed there and back again
I will be reading The Wind through the Keyhole, technically book 4.5 the last.
Reason for that is that this book gives a glimpse into Roland's life before the events of The Gunslinger. It's Roland telling his story basically. There's some of that in Wizard and Glass and it's great, but I would rather just go on with the main story first.
Thanks for the information I was going to read it after the 4th book, but I think it makes sense to read it last now. So far these books have been very consistent quality wise, and each book has also had a different feel to them.

I like the fact with the third book we are getting more of a glimpse into his world, which can be a bit odd/strange.
His world can seem pretty deprived of things, and seems a very harsh environment but it also seemed as if it was a technologically superior world to ours. This leaves me to wonder what went wrong ? How did it happen ?
 

Silvion Night

Sir Readalot
Staff member
Thanks for the information I was going to read it after the 4th book, but I think it makes sense to read it last now. So far these books have been very consistent quality wise, and each book has also had a different feel to them.

I like the fact with the third book we are getting more of a glimpse into his world, which can be a bit odd/strange.
His world can seem pretty deprived of things, and seems a very harsh environment but it also seemed as if it was a technologically superior world to ours. This leaves me to wonder what went wrong ? How did it happen ?
Yeah, this sense of mystery really appealed to me as well. In my opinion there's just enough revealed by King to make it enticing, but not enough to make the book lose it's mystery.