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Subject: What are you reading in Fantasy?
Date Posted: 1/17/2016 10:30 AM ET
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Even though no one has set up a reading challenge here I thought it would be a good idea to share what we are reading in this genre and what we think.  Hope others agree.  I am in Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman.  It's a series of short stories by the author.  So far I've read four and found them interesting.  Earlier this month I read The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice, #2) by John Flanagan.  It's a good series appropriate for teen-agers.  And, whether or not this belongs here I want to talk about The Last Policeman series by Ben H. Winters.  It's outstanding.  I read the first one in December and followed that one with Countdown City and World of Trouble this month.  The series is about earth and how society breaks down when an asteroid is heading for impact, except for the hero who continues helping whoever he can.



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Date Posted: 1/25/2016 4:43 PM ET
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I just finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and am about to start Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Date Posted: 2/3/2016 9:56 AM ET
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Ah, I really enjoyed The Night Circus.  Glad to hear that you did, too.

Date Posted: 2/9/2016 7:56 PM ET
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I really loved the first two books of the Last Policeman series and am still waiting to get my hands on the 3rd.  You are right, REK, it is outstanding.  I just finished an older fantasy (Pre Tolkien) published in 1926.  Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees doesn't have great heroic characters, quests for amazing objects, horrific monsters or epic battles.  It is the story of a mayor in the capital city of very small country which has banished fairy from its daily life (or so they think.)  It's beautifully written, poetic in places.

Date Posted: 2/18/2016 5:41 PM ET
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Oh Lisa,  I've read Lud in-the-Mist and I liked it very much.  As for the Last Policeman series I found the last two in the series through our library while the first one came through my WL.  It has been awhile since all the books in a series won five stars from me.  

Date Posted: 2/19/2016 10:57 PM ET
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I am finishing up the Macht trilogy by Paul Kearny. Just started the third book Kings of the Morning. Never read him before but he is a wonderful author and I can't recommend him enough.

Date Posted: 2/23/2016 4:24 PM ET
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The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe is very good.  The Tufa live in the mountains of Tennessee, they are rumored to have been there even before the first Europeans arrived.  One, a wounded soldier returning from the war in the Middle East, has lost touch with the music that defines her people.  It unfolds slowly but is well written.  

Date Posted: 2/24/2016 5:29 PM ET
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Ordered the only copy of the Macht trilogy by Paul Kearny I could find on pbs.  The rest are on my WL as is The Hum and the Shiver.  Thanks so much both of you.

 



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Date Posted: 3/18/2016 6:33 PM ET
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Am reading:

The Storyteller, Fool's Apprentice, The Mage in Black, and Lothaire.

I finished The Red-Headed Stepchild.

Judye

 

Date Posted: 3/20/2016 8:59 AM ET
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What did you think of The Red-Headed Stepchild?  I've just begun The Onion Girl. And, I finished Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler which I totally enjoyed.



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Date Posted: 3/31/2016 5:50 PM ET
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I really love De Lint's Newford novels.  I was surprised that he hadn't done a Jilly centered novel before Onion Girl.  I've just finished Uprooted by Naomi Novik.  Very good, definately worth reading.

Date Posted: 4/3/2016 6:48 AM ET
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I am reading Mark Lawrence's Broken Empire series. Just finished Prince of Thorns and flying through King of Thorns. I've seen mixed reviews of the books, but I have loved them. It's nice to read fantasy that is under 500 pages and you can move on from it. The main character isn't a nice person but he grew on me.

Date Posted: 6/28/2017 11:53 AM ET
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I'm mostly reading Terry Pratchett series. I'm up to book #20 now in Diskworld.

Date Posted: 7/6/2017 11:11 AM ET
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Wow!  I've just begun collecting the Terry Pratchett series.  Any time somone gets to #20 in a series it must be very good.  Thanks Stephanie for sharing.  My first read The Color of Magic is scheduled for this month.



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Date Posted: 7/13/2017 7:03 PM ET
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No! No!  I can't commit to 20 books anymore! I have no room on my shelves.

So, instead, I started Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin, #1 in the Broken Earth trilogy.  I very much enjoyed the Inheritance series. One quarter of the way into this one, it looks to be just as thought provoking as Inheritance.

ETA:  Finished 7/17.  Now, I have to get book 2!  If you like the writer, you will definitely like the book.



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Date Posted: 7/23/2017 7:34 AM ET
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Yes!  I like N.K. Jamisin too but haven't dipped into the Broken Earth trilogy.  Thanks for sharing.  Put that series on my TBR.