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Subject: July's "What fantasy are you reading" thread....
Date Posted: 7/10/2009 12:23 PM ET
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I can't believe this thread hasn't been started yet. (Or am I just blind? That's a possibilty...poor old lady eyes...) LOL I haven't been reading much fantasy this month which explains why I haven't been here digging around, (mystery is my "primary" genre) but I'm currently listening to Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey in audio and really enjoying it. I can't believe I hadn't discovered the whole Pern world before now. It's a little cheesy at times, but easy, light listening.

Up next for fantasy, I PROMISE I am going to get to Brandon Sanderson's Warbreaker. I have to, I'm sooooooo far behind on reading the books Amazon Vine has sent me to review, it's not funny. It WILL be done before the end of July! :)

Cheryl

 

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Date Posted: 7/10/2009 5:46 PM ET
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"Tha Bone Doll's Twin"  by Lynn Flewelling  excellent trilogy

Subject: Too much to read!
Date Posted: 7/10/2009 7:32 PM ET
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Well, I've got three Patricia McKillip novels on my TBR list. . . I just got Auralia's Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet in the mail, and I just purchased the anthology Coyote Road from Borders where it was in the $4 bin. :)

 

And Fantasy is actually the genre I have the shorterst TBR list in. . . my SF pile, my Mystery pile, and my Non-Fiction piles are all larger. :)

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 8:59 PM ET
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Does The Bible count? Also, I have been occasionally watching Fox News.

Date Posted: 7/11/2009 7:08 PM ET
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Just went to a fantastic library book sale in Springvale ME. Picked up a bunch of the older DAW paperbacks of fantasy and science fantasy. Plus some CJ Cherryh, and some RA Salvatore... Not a bad haul for $5.

But to reading. Salvatore's Sellswords series and probably Rusalka by Cherryh.

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 2:14 PM ET
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Just got into Lindskold's Wolf series. First one was fantastic. Looking forward to the rest of the series...

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 2:31 PM ET
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Finishing up Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. Currently reading Chainfire, waiting for someone to post Confessor.

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 10:33 PM ET
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It is it just me, or is not Goodkind an awful lot like Jordan lite?

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 9:04 AM ET
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John yes, some folks would put the Bible and Fox news in the "fantasy" genre so (IMO) you're good to go... :-D

I was able to read about the first five of Goodkind's Sword of Truth, but then just stopped....they seemed bloated and (it was several years ago so can't recall specifics) got very uninteresting.

I am about a quarter of the way into Warbreaker and so far it is FANTASTIC!

Cheryl

 

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 10:40 AM ET
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I did manage to read all of the Sword of Truth series, but the last half books were a struggle to get through.  I just hate leaving a series unfinished, lol.

Trying to work up the nerve to give Brandon Sanderson's mistborn trilogy another try.

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 5:16 PM ET
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Just finished Winds of Fate by Lackey. (Recently "discovered" Lackey and am busy making up for lost time!) IMO it wasn't one of her better books, felt like the whole book was just laying groundwork for the rest of the trilogy.

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 7:29 PM ET
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I am reading the Neverending Story. I grew up watching the movie, and it's one of my favorites! So I thought I'd give the book a try. The movie ends about half way through the book, and so far the rest of the book kind of drags. I'm still glad I'm reading it... but I have to say that so far I think the screen play writers did an excellent job cutting to the chase for the movie!

Date Posted: 7/14/2009 9:41 PM ET
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I just started The Briar King and so far am loving it!  I burned myself out on fantasy and took a break for a few years and am just now catching up on what I have missed.

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 12:06 PM ET
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I am reading the Raven Duology by Patricia Briggs and am, so far, not a huge fan of it.

I read Warbreaker last month and adored it; I want to read the Mistbourne trilogy too but am still in line for getting those books!



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Amy
Date Posted: 7/15/2009 3:46 PM ET
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I'm in the middle of reading Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, Bk 1) :: Terry Goodkind. Years ago, I read Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth, Book 2) :: Terry Goodkind and loved it. Just recently, I found out that it was part of the Sword of Truth series, so I started on the first book and ordered many of the others. I am pushing through it slowly. I actually started reading it in May, but since then I have put it down and read about 4-5 other books instead. I feel like I am playing a RPG when I read this book. Yes, the tale is enjoyable, but it's so formulaic. I don't remember having this much trouble when I read Stone of Tears. I'm debating on whether or not I should keep any of the books to read or if I should just go ahead and post them. 

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 4:13 PM ET
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I got through five Goodkind books. In a way, they are rather misogynistic. [sp?]  That is tied in with what I don't like about them. At  a certain point, when the hero seems to be about to succeed, Goodkind introduces some new magic the evil forces have that he hasn't told us about before. Sort of like a deux ex machina in reverse. And the hero then has to go save the girl (again) who has been captured.

But I intend to gather up the last ones and start over and read them all. Jordan is dead. Octavia Butler is dead. Goodkind will have to do.

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 4:15 PM ET
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I was never able to finish the last Terry Goodkind book; I really loved the first 3 though....

I am hoping that Brandon Sanderson will fill some of the fantasy gap that Jordan and Butler left :-)

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 6:39 PM ET
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Just finished reading First among sequals- I do see ffordes books as fantasy :).

And starting on the next Kushiel's series book, the third one Kushiels Avatar.. Will take me awhile to read.

Also starting Wolf Tower by Tanith Lee..Its YA but I do like her books.

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 11:29 PM ET
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Karissa, Tell me more about this Brandon Sandeson, please. Also, are you familiar with the book titled The Hero With A Thousand Faces?

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 11:55 PM ET
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Brandon Sanderson is an awesome fantasy writer.  He is actually the writer that is going to be finishing up Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.  Here's a link to "Warbreaker"

I am not familiar with that book; I will check it out!  Thanks :-)

Date Posted: 7/16/2009 3:04 AM ET
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i finally read Shadows Return (Nightrunner, Bk 4) by Lynn Flewelling, after having it for probably six months or so.  it's been *years* since i read the first three books, and though i had forgotten a lot of the political stuff that happened, i hadn't forgotten Alec and Seregil at all.  :)  it's nice when the characters are so memorable.  i enjoyed it, and i'm looking forward to book 5 coming out in a few months.

Date Posted: 7/16/2009 8:15 AM ET
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Ellen,

I loved the Nightrunner series and have Shadows Return on my wishlist.  Hopefully I will get it soon; I am #1 right now!  I didn't know they were planning on additional books in that series so I am excited to hear that there is going to be a #5 :-)

Date Posted: 7/16/2009 11:32 PM ET
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I think anyone reading fantasy, even for purely escapist means, would be fascinated by Joseph Campbell's work. He was an anthropologist, but all of his ideas are grounded in Karl Jung. Basic idea: when humans write (or tell) stories with heroes, the story is always the same, and this is because we have to tell a story about a hero does the way we do because it is in our bones. I don't buy a penny of the notion of a collective unconscious myself. On the other hand, the evidence he presents in The Hero With A Thousand Faces is very very strong.

Date Posted: 7/19/2009 9:22 PM ET
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My fantasy for July so far would be:

1)The pirate anthology Fast Ships, Black Sails.  Some of the stories are exquisite, though some are SF not fantasy.

2)The Daughters of Bast:  The Hidden Land--The Egyptian Goddess Bast in Gaul when Caesar invaded helping in the fight against the Romans.  It sounds bizarre, but the premise really works.  I'm glad I gave this book a chance.  This is the first book in a trilogy.

3)The Archer King by Rayna Thera Lorele--This is a Pagan Robin Hood novel that I was so looking forward to reading.  The Robin Hood characterization is great.  He's a trickster type with lots of snappy comebacks. But I was lukewarm about the portrayal of Paganism

4)Skinwalker by Faith Hunter--Urban fantasy about a Cherokee woman who turns into a mountain lion.  The portrayal of the mountain lion's thoughts are awesomely real.  I also liked the Cherokee content.

Shomeret

 

Date Posted: 7/20/2009 11:17 PM ET
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Okay, if you haven't yet read Warbreaker, you have to! It's really awesome...really.

Now I've moved on to a paranormal book, Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn, #3 in the Kitty Norville (werewolf) series. I'm quite enjoying that series because (so far!!) it's not all romancey bullcrap. Please, gods, don't let it devolve into that....LOL

Cheryl

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