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Subject: August--what fantasy are you reading this month?
Date Posted: 8/2/2009 11:18 PM ET
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I've just started listening to one of the Pern books by Anne McCaffrey, this one is the third in the Harper Hall trilogy, Dragondrums. I'm enjoying these in audio a lot!

I've also just picked up the second "Kushiel" book (Kushiel's Chosen) by Jacqueline Carey. I really loved the first one, I don't know why it's taken me 2 years to get back to the second. I've got all the others except the one that's either just been released or is soon to be...so I'd better get a move on I guess! LOL

How about you guys? What have you started the month off with?


Date Posted: 8/2/2009 11:54 PM ET
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I have heard about the Penn books but haven't read them yet. I really should sometime soon. They sound really good!


In July I read Graceling by Kristin Cashore and LOVED it! This month I'm planning on reading it's prequel Fire. I'm a bit hesitant about reading it because the story does not seem nearly as interesting. I hope it does not disappoint. I'm also going to try and pick up some new fantasy reads, not sure which yet though :)



Date Posted: 8/3/2009 12:58 PM ET
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The Pern novels are where I date my interest in fantasy from -- I've reread them I think four times. Must-reads, in my opinion, though I find McCaffrey's writing a little sub-par.


This month I've got the following fantasy novels on my TBR stack:

Auralia's Colors, by Jeffrey Overstreet

The Fox Woman, by Kij Johnson

The Ropemaker, by Peter Dickinson

The Silver Metal Lover, by Tanith Lee

Song for the Basilisk, by Patricia McKillip

Swordspoint, by Ellen Kushner

Wild Seed, by Octavia E. Butler

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 6:20 PM ET
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More Dragonlance, CJ Cherryh's 'Fortress in the Eye of Time', Cherryh's 'Rusalka', and possibly Mary Stewart's 'The Last Enchantment.'

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 6:31 PM ET
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"Song for the Basilisk, by Patricia McKillip"

Ohhh, I liked that one when I read it. Of course, I've liked just about all her stuff so far :-)

I am about to start Postal by Pratchett this evening. My wife recommended it to me. Hmmm....

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 8:41 AM ET
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Finished the first book in Adele Lorienne's "Wars of Avenan" series yesterday, "The Rover's Cripple".  It was a fantastic book.

Just started "The Crystal Shard" by R. A. Salvatore".  Hoping it's as good as his Drizzt books!

The I'll probably try to make my way through Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged".  It's been recommended to me, so I'll try it.  Looks like stiff reading, though, and not fantasy-ish :o)

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Date Posted: 8/5/2009 5:10 PM ET
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Victoria I don't remember Atlas Shrugged being a fantasy.  I read it long ago and just remember that I was impressed with Ayn Rand.  My memory could be faulty but I thought it was about missing businessmen.  I really did read it about 40 or 45 years ago.  I can still vaguely remember it so I must have thought it was outstanding.  I liked Fountainhead too.

Date Posted: 8/7/2009 6:42 PM ET
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I'm reading China Mieville, though he likes to be considered "new weird"...whatever that means. 

I like the way he writes and since I've just discovered him, I'm kind of working my way through his books. I'm currently on The City and The City. I want to read King Rat next.  And so far Perdido Street Station is my favorite. 

It's kind of a mix between fantasy and science fiction.

Date Posted: 8/7/2009 7:51 PM ET
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Atlas Shrugged is more of a Libertarian Manifesto :-)

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Date Posted: 8/13/2009 10:08 AM ET
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I just started The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. 

Date Posted: 8/13/2009 2:15 PM ET
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I'm reading Terry Pratchett's "Going Postal".   Never read Pratchett before this one.  Funny stuff, and very different.

Date Posted: 8/13/2009 3:00 PM ET
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I finished Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series (for now, until the new book comes out next March) and loved it. Now I'm reading more YA fantasy: Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith (my copy is the omnibus of both Crown Duel and Court Duel).

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 2:29 PM ET
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I just started reading Kushiel's Scion (Kushiel's Legacy, Bk 4) :: Jacqueline Carey last night.

This series is about Imrial. Oh, and it's turning out to be just as wonderful as the original trilogy.

Date Posted: 8/21/2009 5:26 PM ET
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I am on book 3 of the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I stayed up extremely late last night/early this morning finishing the second book because I just couldn't put it down. It's been a while since I picked up a fantasy--I've been reading a lot of historical fiction in recent months.

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Date Posted: 8/22/2009 4:54 PM ET
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I'm just starting The Princess and the Thorn by Paul R. Fisher.  It's the third book of a YA trilogy (the first books being The Ashstaff and The Hawks of Fellheath).  I read these books in 7th or 8th grade and wanted to re-read them... but like most things I loved as a kid I'm finding rather sub-par as an adult.  Somewhat disappointing, but still OK enough to finish reading the series.  I don't think these will be keepers, though.

I also recently finished The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan (book 5 of The Wheel of Time).  My original quest was to re-read the entire series before book 12 comes out, but there's no way I'm going to make it!  Fortunately (in terms of my quest, unfortuantely for us fans who have been patiently waiting) book 12 has now been split into a trilogy to come over the next 3 years, so now I have a good while to finish off books 6-11.  I'll be starting Lord of Chaos when I'm done with the Fisher book.

Date Posted: 8/24/2009 6:21 PM ET
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I am listening to The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan in audio, the last "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" YA fantasy. Enjoying it so far! Everything I've been reading in print lately has been mystery. I need to remedy that. :)


Date Posted: 8/24/2009 7:50 PM ET
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I started The Elvenbane by Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey today, and so far I'm really enjoying it.  I'm finding the world-building very interesting so far, and I can't wait to see how it develops.

Date Posted: 8/25/2009 11:14 PM ET
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Right Now I am in the   Cirlce Trilogy by Ted Dekker and Soldier's Son Trilogy by Robin Hobb.   I started Shaman's Crossing as I am waiting on other books...  I might stop reading it though..   I am not very impressed with Hobb.



Date Posted: 8/26/2009 12:45 AM ET
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I'm reading Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series . I'm currently on Book 2 The Good , the Bad , and the Undead. I'm liking it so far but  I have read both the Sword of Truth and Kushiel series several times each and they are both better than what I am reading right now. But Sword of Truth is one of my personal faves, and I have adored the main character for years now!

Date Posted: 8/28/2009 10:58 AM ET
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Just started Elantris by Brandon Sanderson.  I'm about 100 pages in and I like it so far.  Some books are predictable but I really have no idea where this one is going!

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 10:18 AM ET
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I just finished "Blood of Elves" by Andrezj Sapkowski. I'm now going back to finish RA Salvatore's "The Hunter's Blades Trilogy".

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 1:57 PM ET
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I just ordered 3 Krondor books by Raymond Feist. Someone loaned me Glenn Beck's Common Sense so I read it. Most of it definitely qualifies as fantasy, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 12:03 AM ET
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Ohhh, nice way to slide a political comment into the fantasy forum. I'll keep that tactic in mind...