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Subject: December -- What fantasy are you reading this month?
Date Posted: 12/1/2009 5:05 AM ET
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Last month's fantasy completions:

Stranger at the Wedding, by Barbara Hambly. Rated three stars.
Spindle's End, by Robin McKinley. Re-read.
Fire: Tales of the Elemental Spirits, by Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson. Rated four stars.
Archangel, by Sharon Shinn. Re-read. (and it's really SF, but only later in the series)
Farthing, by Jo Walton. Rated five stars. SF Challenge Book (Alternate history; I can never decide if that's SF or fantasy)

 

Up next (well, unless new stuff comes from PBS or I get a hankering to reread something or I find something fabulous when I visit Portland and Powell's):

The Ladies of Mandrigyn, by Barbara Hambly

Ombria in Shadow, by Patricia A. McKillip

The Privilege of the Sword, by Ellen Kushner

The Rainy Season, by James P. Blaylock

Song for the Basilisk, by Patricia A. McKillip

Amy
Date Posted: 12/1/2009 11:19 AM ET
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I plan on reading the following fantasy this month:

I see you failed NaNoWriMo, as well. How many words did you manage? I only got to 10,000.



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Paul H. (PaulH) - ,
Date Posted: 12/3/2009 9:18 PM ET
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I just finished A Princess of Landover by Terry Brooks.  (OK, not great.  I'd give ti 3 stars - worth reading once but I'll probably not read it again unless I ever decide to re-read the whole Magic Kingdom series.) 

For December I'm resuming my quest to re-read the Wheel of Time before diving into the final trilogy.  I'm just starting book 7 A Crown of Swords.

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 7:24 AM ET
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Ooooh, McKillip. I love her stuff! 


As for me, I'm diving into the Eternal Champion series again, ala Hawkmoon. Hope it is as good as Corum and Elric...

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 1:18 PM ET
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I've read the following:

Flesh Circus by Lillith Saintcrow

Child Thief by Brom

Kindred in Death by J.D. Robb

God of Clocks by Alan Campbell

On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers

Fade Out by Rachael Caine

Bound to Shadows by Keri Arthur

Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris

Paul H. (PaulH) - ,
Date Posted: 12/5/2009 1:11 PM ET
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Derrick:  I enjoyed Hawkmoon, but thought the Corum books were better.  And of course, Elric is the champion of champions.

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 7:05 AM ET
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Have to be honest, I enjoyed Corum more than Elric.  Might have something to do with the fact that Corum had some measure of happiness until the end, unlike Elric, who seemed to go from one bad situation to another :-D

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 11:08 PM ET
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I am reading the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain; just finished the 1st (green rider) and am waiting to find the next 2 in series; also started the Runelords, and am waiting on book 2 & 3 to arrive from PBS;  

about a month or 2 ago in at Borders they said George R R Martin's new Dance with Dragons was going to be out just after the 1st of the year; but sob, it is not so! Was waiting for confirmation as I wanted to read the series again prior to the new release; rats rats & triple rats!

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 10:44 AM ET
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Back in June/July I was reading Through Wolf's Eyes by Jane Lindskold, but I'm easily distracted and it fell by the wayside.  I want to finish most of the books I started by the end of the year, so I'm reading this one again.  I just restarted the chapter I was in the middle of when I put it down and it seems to be going well.

Date Posted: 12/11/2009 5:30 PM ET
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Through Wolf's Eyes was the best of the series, imo.

Just finished Hawkmoon yesterday. Blase is the word that comes to mind. I felt like I was on one of those little kiddie roller coasters. Not much actually happens...

Date Posted: 12/12/2009 9:04 PM ET
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Derrick, unfortunately I'm having a hard time getting back into it.  Maybe I'll skim the next 50 pages and see if it picks up - I'm now around page 200.  I probably won't bother with book 2.

Date Posted: 12/15/2009 8:21 PM ET
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I have started A Game of Thrones and all I can say is wow!  I've had this for a while and actually started it on 3 different occasions but just couldn't get into it.  Decided to give it another try and am glad I did.  The pages are just flying by

Amy
Date Posted: 12/16/2009 10:27 AM ET
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I started Anne Bishop's The Black Jewels Trilogy last night and I am enjoying it, but I'm confused about it.

Is is supposed to be set a in medieval-type time period? Or modern? There are people taking showers in bathrooms and it's freaking me out a little bit because Anne doesn't necessarily spell it out and I'm left to wonder about it.

Anyone else experience this while reading?

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Date Posted: 12/16/2009 10:36 AM ET
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Amy, I had the same question about the Valdemar series...they seem to have running bath water, but nothing else indicative of an advanced technology.  To be fair, I think the Romans had pretty advanced plumbing, just using gravity.  I don't know how it work with hot water, though...maybe it flows through pipes heated from a boiler?

(Edit - or maybe it's a complete anachronism, and the author just doesn't want to have smelly characters...)



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Amy
Date Posted: 12/17/2009 12:20 AM ET
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I don't know what it is, but it's really making feel ..uncomfortable? There is just no explanation for it and I'm completely baffled.

Date Posted: 12/19/2009 10:54 PM ET
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In one of the Valdamar books - no idea at all which one - Lackey talks about having boilers of water for baths heated by a single candle flame, or something like that.  She also talks about drawbridges and the like, so there's a bit more technology around there than is readily apparent.  More so in Haven than elsewhere.


I can't answer about the Black Jewel Trilogy, though, since I haven't read it.  But I don't recall anything majorly out of place in Pillars of the World.  In that one, I think they heated water over the fire to take baths.  So, I'd hope there's some reason for showers in the one you're reading -- unless someone pointed out to her the oddity of showers after she wrote it, and she left them out of her later books.

Isn't the cover of one of the other Black Jewel novels a female wearing a tank top and pants?  That sounds pretty modern to me.

Amy
Date Posted: 12/20/2009 7:13 PM ET
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I gave up on reading The Black Jewels Trilogy.

The writing is just too over-dramatized to me and there are things going on that I can't possibly understand.

Bishop drops you into this world and tries to make you understand her characters reactions to certain situations, but for me I cannot get into it.

I know that the book is heavily wishlisted, so if anyone here wants it, send me a PM.

Date Posted: 12/20/2009 11:11 PM ET
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Amy, I couldn't get into the Black Jewels Trilogy either. I gave the first one a good 100 pages and it felt like I was forcing myself to read it so I gave up. It ws a few years ago now, so can't really remember much in the way of details.

I've been reading mostly mystery this month, but just pulled out an ARC of Robin Hobb's Dragon Keeper that I need to read and get reviewed; it's the first of a new trilogy set in the Rain Wilds. So far, so good!!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/21/2009 8:33 PM ET
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I've read all of the Black Jewels books.  As far as I remember the society was medieval although they could do a fair amount of magic with the jewels.  I have read books where people have rigged up crude showers.  I don't remember a shower scene off hand.  I do remember a bath scene where Damon was injured and Janelle handled getting it ready for him using her powers.

Amy
Date Posted: 12/22/2009 11:19 AM ET
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Surreal went into the bathroom in one scene to take a shower. Daemon also talks about it, briefly. Anywho, no matter!

The book has been taken, in case anyone wanted to know.

Amy
Date Posted: 12/30/2009 5:28 PM ET
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I don't think I'm going to get to Wolfskin or Foxmask this month. Boo! Here's to next month. Happy New Year, everyone!