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Subject: What are you reading - April
Date Posted: 4/3/2009 8:20 PM ET
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I am going to try and read the last four books in the Cleric Quintet series by Salvatore and hopefully find time to put down the Dragonlance Legends trilogy.

Date Posted: 4/5/2009 3:16 AM ET
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My girlfriend's highly recommending the Spelljammer Cloakmaster Cycle series, so I think I might give that a shot.
Date Posted: 4/5/2009 6:32 PM ET
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I just finished His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik, which I really liked.  Now I'm reading Hammered by Elizabeth Bear.  It's not the type of book I usually read, so we'll see if I get through it.  I tend to give up on books very easily.

Date Posted: 4/8/2009 1:10 AM ET
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Just finishing Child of a Dead God by Barb & J.C. Hendree. Next might be The Phoenix Unchained by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory, Breath & Bite (if that's the correct title) by Carol Berg, or one of the other dozen or so sitting on my TBR pile....Decided on Breath & Bone (correct title!) by Carol Berg.....if anyone cares.



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Date Posted: 4/12/2009 12:17 PM ET
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I finished Arrow's Flight by Mercedes Lackey and I'm looking forward to Arrow's Fall.

Date Posted: 4/13/2009 4:11 AM ET
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i recently read Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg, which was very good.  her books are so richly detailed that i think it took me something like 4-5 hours to get through the first 100 pages because i couldn't focus on it with various distractions going on (tv, etc).  then after DH went to bed and it was just me and the book, i slammed through the next 200 pages in maybe 2-3 hours.  i noticed it was about 1:45am so i should start looking for a place to stop reading and the next thing i knew it was 2:20.  i finished it in the morning.  i would definitely recommend it, and it's even available in the system.  i got my copy almost a year ago, but have been waiting to read it until i got Breath and Bone, the conclusion.  i'll be reading that sometime soon, but i'll try to pick a day with less distractions.

Date Posted: 4/13/2009 9:22 AM ET
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I'm reading mostly mystery at the moment, but my one fantasy selection is the next for me in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, Reaper Man. I love the character DEATH so this should be a good'n. :)

Ellen, that's good to hear about Flesh and Spirit, I have that on my TBR. I also have the first three of Berg's "Sons of Avonar" series on my TBR, I have no idea why I'm delaying so long getting to them!

Cheryl



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Date Posted: 4/13/2009 10:17 AM ET
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"THe Name of the Wind"....Kind of a Harry Potter for grown-ups; much more sophisticated?...but dealing with a fantasy world, perhaps modeled after medieval England, with a school for "arcanists" a big part. Sort of George RR Martin, too...

I almost gavce up on this book because it starts very slowly, with the main character telling his life story. The set-up was tough to get through, but I'm really glad I stuck with it.

Date Posted: 4/13/2009 12:58 PM ET
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Has anyone here read the latest Terry Pratchett? im such a huge fan! started reading his stuff  years and years ago when my book store had to special order the books  because they weren't generally anywhere to be found. im heartbroken about his health issues and i have put off reading this one because i figure its going to be his last and i just cant bring myself to face it. 

if you have read it, what is your opinion  about it?



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Date Posted: 4/14/2009 12:20 PM ET
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I've heard a lot of good things about The Name of the Wind.  I'm definitely going to try to read that one soon.

Date Posted: 4/14/2009 3:14 PM ET
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Name of the Wind is on my WL so hopefully I'll get to read it eventually.

Date Posted: 4/14/2009 7:11 PM ET
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Just finished Jennifer Fallon's The Immortal Prince and it was excellent.  It is the start of a 4 book series.  Apparently all 4 have been published in Australia, but are being released more slowly in the U.S.

Date Posted: 4/14/2009 8:28 PM ET
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I have just started the Nightwatch series by Russian novelist Sergei Yukyanenko. Loved the movie adaptation but its a gritty urban fantasy set in Moscow.

Date Posted: 4/14/2009 8:28 PM ET
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Oops sorry, its Sergie Lukyanenko.....

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 4:57 PM ET
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Right now I'm reading Watchmen by Alan Moore.  Before that I tried to read I, Robot, but I just couldn't get into it.  I think it was the short story aspect, which I've never really liked.

Date Posted: 4/16/2009 1:57 AM ET
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I just finished Shadow's Edge by Brent Weeks, and thought it was really good. I started Beyond the Shadows tonight. :D It was a matter of putting one down and picking one up.

Date Posted: 4/21/2009 11:25 PM ET
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Just checked Brent Weeks' first book out from the library.  But it will totally get put aside if JB's Turn Coat gets in. 

Just inhaled Nina Kiriki Hoffman's Fall of Light.  Sat down and read until I was finished.  This one is about the sister of the main character in a Fistful of Sky.   And there was a single throw away sentence linking it to A Red Heart of Memories and Past The Size of Dreaming.  NKH is great.  Why isn't she more widely known?   Will probably go back and slowly read it next month.  Her language is lyrical enough to let me be happy doing that.

Date Posted: 4/23/2009 3:48 AM ET
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I finished the Blood books by Tanya Huff and have started into the Shadow series which is connected (loosely) to the first series.  Very inventive and clever.  I read Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs, very good and look forward to more Mercy books.  I am also re-reading the Dresden Files, so I can read Turn Coat.  I love Harry but felt like I had forgotten a lot and wanted to read them all again.

Listening to the Alanna series by Tamora Pierce, very good YF and I had read the Protector of  the Small series a few years back.  NIce to have a female hero :)

Then I will start Harry Potter again this summer sometime, I need to read the last two books in the series a few more times, I have the first 4 practically memorized but feel like I didn't do the others justice.

Fantasy is such fun to read!!

Date Posted: 4/23/2009 8:45 AM ET
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I'm just starting #7 Dresden Files, Dead Beat by Jim Butcher. It's been a mostly mystery month for me.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/25/2009 12:21 AM ET
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I finished Beyond the Shadows a few days ago. I thought it was good -- I'll post a review of it in a while (I haven't finished writing down all my thoughts). Currently, I'm reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.  I made a (long-term) resolution to work through both the "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die" and the Guardian.co.uk list of 1000 novels everyone should read. It seems ambitious, but there is a lot of overlap, and I already had a head start on both lists. K&C is only on the latter, but I read Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union earlier in the year, and thought it would be good to start with an author I had previoulsy enjoyed. It's good so far, and it has a bit of a fantastical element in it, so it should be interesting to see how it develops.

Subject: Fantasy books read
Date Posted: 4/25/2009 11:14 PM ET
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Jordan is dead, and Octavia Butler too. I am having trouble figuring out what fantasy to read now that the best are gone. I am reading history, a most depressing subject. And acquiring all of Terry Goodkind's highly imitative (of Jordan) series. Second best will have to do until someone else comes along.

wildhog3

Date Posted: 4/26/2009 5:02 AM ET
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One of Nina K Hoffman's short stories just won the Nebula.  Apparently I'm not the only person who is crazy about her.

Date Posted: 4/27/2009 2:30 AM ET
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I'm a fan of Nina Kiriki Hoffman too after reading A Fist Full of Sky.

My new discoveries this year are:  1) John Levitt who writes about a magician/rock musician whose dog is more than he appears to be.  Hia books are Dog Days and New Tricks.  The sequel is even better than the first one.   2)Lucy's Blade by John Lambshead--It's about a magically gifted heroine during the Elizabethan period and a very unusual demon.

I  also recently read The Mystery of Grace, Charles De Lint's latest.  There is no fantasy writer who is more truthful about people.  The central character of this one reminded me of Patricia Briggs' character, Mercy Thompson, because of her profession but she's actually very different.

 

Shomeret

Date Posted: 4/27/2009 9:35 AM ET
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I just finished the audio version of Anne McCaffrey's The White Dragon, #3 in the Dragonriders of Pern series. I really enjoyed it! Now I'm listening to The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott, which is the second in a YA fantasy series. Enjoying that so far, too. The reader on The Magician isn't as good as the reader for McCaffrey's series, though...and reader can make a big difference with audiobooks.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/27/2009 11:47 PM ET
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I'm reading Earth Abides by George R. Stewart, and I think it's quite possibly the most depressing book I've ever read.  After I read a few chapters, I start to feel like I might want to kill myself.  It's that bleak.  But then I remember it's not real, and there are still people populating the world.

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