Discussion Forums - Fantasy

Topic: October--what fantasy are you reading this month?

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: October--what fantasy are you reading this month?
Date Posted: 10/9/2009 11:24 AM ET
Member Since: 3/11/2008
Posts: 1,716
Back To Top

I can't believe no one has started this thread yet!

I haven't read any fantasy this month (yet).

Right now, I am reading The Diamond Age : Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer :: Neal Stephenson.

It is very good, so far.

Next up is The Naming : The First Book of Pellinor (Pellinor Trilogy) :: Alison Croggon.

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 12:27 PM ET
Member Since: 4/18/2009
Posts: 1,376
Back To Top

Finished last month:

Altered Carbon, by Richard K. Morgan. Rated four stars.
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon, by Julie Phillips. Rated four stars.
Have His Carcase, by Dorothy L. Sayers. Rated four stars.
Children of the Night, by Mercedes Lackey. Rated three stars.
Burning Water, by Mercedes Lackey. Rated three stars.
Jinx High, by Mercedes Lackey. Rated two stars.
Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones. Re-read.
Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie. Re-read.
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, by Agatha Christie. Re-read.
Three Act Tragedy, by Agatha Christie. Re-read.
Elemental Magic, by Sharon Shinn, Jean Johnson, Carol Berg, and Rebecca York. Rated four stars (if I throw out the novella by Rebecca York).
Ilario: The Stone Golem, by Mary Gentle. Rated three stars.
The Onion Girl, by Charles de Lint. Re-read (though I wasn't sure until 80 pages from the end).
Widdershins, by Charles de Lint. Rated four stars.

Lots of urban fantasy for me last month, between the de Lint and the Lackey. . . and a lot of rereads, though that's partly because I'm trying to read every Agatha Christie novel in publication order this year. Not a ton of success however, I'm sad to say -- not a single 5-star book in the whole month.

Up this month in fantasy:

Across the Nightingale Floor, by Lian Hearn
Auralia's Colors, by Jeffrey Overstreet
The Dragon King Trilogy, by Stephen R. Lawhead
The Fox Woman and Fudoki, by Kij Johnson
Ombria in Shadow, by Patricia McKillip
The Privilege of the Sword, by Ellen Kushner
The Ropemaker, by Peter Dickinson
Song for the Basilisk, by Patricia McKillip
Three Hearts and Three Lions, by Poul Anderson
Transformation, Revelation, and Restoration, by Carol Berg
Whiskey and Water, by Elizabeth Bear
Wild Seed, by Octavia E. Butler

Huh. That's WAY too similar to my TBR stack of last month in fantasy; the only one I intended to read that I actually read was Ilario: The Stone Golem by Mary Gentle. I distracted myself with the fairly disappointing urban fantasy. Gotta do better this month! :)

Date Posted: 10/13/2009 9:02 AM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
Posts: 4,601
Back To Top

I'm almost done listening to The Sorceress by Michael Scott (third in the YA Fantasy series, 'Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel') and liking that okay. The reader is sometimes annoying. Before that, I listened to Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, which I really enjoyed.

I just started reading S.M. Stirling's Dies the Fire, a sort of post-apocalyptic dystopian fantasy series, and it's really good so far.  Other than that, I've been reading mostly mysteries this month.


Date Posted: 10/13/2009 10:24 PM ET
Member Since: 8/13/2008
Posts: 13,147
Back To Top

The Sorceress (along with the others) is an excellent book. I love that series. I can't wait for the next one.

Date Posted: 10/14/2009 2:31 AM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2008
Posts: 14,826
Back To Top

i finished Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Carey the other day.

i had the book from the library for close to 3 weeks before i could bring myself to sit down with it, but once i really started reading it i flew through the pages.  as usual, gorgeous writing from this author.  we skipped ahead about 3 generations, so the characters and some of the events from the six Kushiel books were mentioned as history, but Terre D'Ange itself seems much the same for the time we spend there.  i thoroughly enjoyed this, and look forward to the (assumed) next book.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 10/15/2009 10:08 AM ET
Member Since: 8/13/2008
Posts: 3,849
Back To Top

Earlier this month I finished Sabriel by Garth Nix.  It's classed as YA, but I thought it was borderline.  Anyway, I liked it.

Date Posted: 10/15/2009 6:12 PM ET
Member Since: 4/9/2009
Posts: 360
Back To Top

Just read Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Abyss by Troy Denning.

I've yet to read a Star War's book by Denning that I could say I really ENJOYED. It wasn't bad or anything, but his writing style just leaves me feeling all bleh and bored.

Subject: October Reading
Date Posted: 10/15/2009 6:14 PM ET
Member Since: 1/31/2009
Posts: 3
Back To Top

      I am almost finished with Across the Nightingale Floor  Tales of the Otori Book One by Lian Hearn. I am enjoying it more than I thought I would. Also,  I just received Book Two Grass for His Pillow.  In addition, I have never read any Japanese stories or any Asian stories for that matter and I am interested in finding more gems like this book. I love the deep meaning and how the characters have honor and complicated deceit...the deceit is almost beautiful as well! The descriptions are peaceful and intricate and the story is captivating.  I highly recommend this book. 

      Also, I am reading The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.  I have only just begun this book and so much has taken place! The book has 983 pages! I can hardly wait to read what is next.  This is my "bathtub" book...when water is in the bathtub obviously..cuz w/o it the tub would be...dry. 

Last Month I read Showdown by Ted Dekker...great story!

Last Edited on: 10/15/09 6:21 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/17/2009 2:23 PM ET
Member Since: 10/12/2009
Posts: 4
Back To Top

I just finished "Beauty and Sadness" by Yasunari Kawabata. It's a very complex, beautiful book. I highly recommend it, especially if you're into Japanese literature and contemporary fiction. Aside from reading a plethora of printmaking handbooks and guides, my reading time has been cut short. I did finish Margaret Atwood's "The year of the Flood" earlier this month and I found it a fitting sequel to "Oryx and Crake". It's post-apocalyptic in setting but the way she weaves the lives and stories of each character together is just fascinating. Atwood is by far my favorite author.


I believe next I may re-visit the Enchanted Forest series. Something a little more lighter and fun after reading some heavy lit...

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 12:04 AM ET
Member Since: 3/11/2008
Posts: 1,716
Back To Top

I started reading The Naming by Alison Croggon a couple of days ago and it has turned out to be very good!

Of course, it's a typical fantasy novel but I'm falling in love with the heroine. Definitely going to read the rest of the series.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 10/23/2009 4:10 PM ET
Member Since: 8/13/2008
Posts: 3,849
Back To Top

I just started The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.  I've had it on my wish list for a long time, but I heard so much about it I finally borrowed it from the library.

Date Posted: 10/23/2009 4:38 PM ET
Member Since: 1/30/2009
Posts: 5,696
Back To Top

I just finished the Vandermeer edited Steampunk anthology.  It's a little hit or miss, but the hits are fantastic.  I'm now reading the YA book The Alchemyst, I'm on like page six and it already seems a little clunky, but we shall see.

Date Posted: 10/23/2009 11:19 PM ET
Member Since: 9/10/2009
Posts: 438
Back To Top

I'm almost done with Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher.

I'm alternating reading one book from The Codex Alera series, then one book from The Legends of Drizzt (Exile is next), followed by one book from The Dresden Files (Grave Peril is next) and then I'll try to fit in another book, perhaps On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers (if my wish ever gets fulfilled), before going on to Cursor's Fury and starting the cycle again.

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 12:47 AM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2009
Posts: 5
Back To Top

I just finished Faith of the Fallen by Terry Goodkind (book 6 in the Sword of Truth series) and will start The Pillars of Creation (book 7) as soon as the audio book comes in to the library :)  I find large books are easiest to listen to - I get through them a lot faster!

Date Posted: 10/28/2009 9:23 PM ET
Member Since: 4/16/2008
Posts: 10
Back To Top

Currenty reading Star Wars: Death troopers

then Endworld: Doomsday

and then the new Robert Jordan book that has already shipped and is on the way.


Date Posted: 10/28/2009 11:18 PM ET
Member Since: 1/30/2009
Posts: 5,696
Back To Top

I just finished Heroes & Villains by Angela Carter.  An excellent dystopian novel, I thought.  Her writing is just unbelievably gorgeous.

ETA - I really didn't like The Alchemyst.  I reviewed it if you're interested.

Last Edited on: 10/28/09 11:19 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Debbie - ,
Date Posted: 10/30/2009 4:03 PM ET
Member Since: 10/7/2007
Posts: 731
Back To Top

So are you enjoying The Name of the Wind Matt?

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 10/30/2009 8:01 PM ET
Member Since: 8/13/2008
Posts: 3,849
Back To Top

Sorry to say The Name of the Wind doesn't look like my thing, so I am giving up on it, at least for now.