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Subject: What are you reading? February Edition
Date Posted: 2/11/2009 12:41 PM ET
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What's everyone reading?  I always like to hear about good fantasy books, but it seems like without a lot of prompting, we don't talk about much in this forum. ;)

I'm reading Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.  It's good, but I feel like there is a little bit too much detail.  I'm about 200 pages in right now, and unless the ending is amazing (I know I've got a few hundred pages to go), I don't think I'll read the next books in the series right away. 

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 3:53 PM ET
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I'm not reading a fantasy per se. But it has some elements. When I picked it up to read I thought it was a straight historical fiction but there is talk of another realm. I still haven't gotten far enough into  it to know what it's all about. LOL

Anyway, I'm reading A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. I'll know more after tonight. I'm hoping to read some during commercials while watching the best fantasy of all. American Idol! <G>

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 4:50 PM ET
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Just finished Breaking Dawn... I can't believe I read the whole series... Probably won't bother reading the next.

Anyway... I'm finishing up Forest Mage by Robin Hobb, it's ok, not as good as the Farseer Trilogy...

Next on the list are Pilgrim by Sara Douglass, Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher, and The Way of Shadows Brent Weeks

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 6:35 PM ET
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Kathi, I read that series by Libba Bray.  I really liked it, and I definitely think there are a lot of elements of fantasy to it. 

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 9:22 PM ET
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I just finished reading The Eye of the World and absolutely loved it. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 3:56 AM ET
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I loved The Eye of the World! I'm a huge RJ fan. I would really love to read that whole series again.

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Date Posted: 2/12/2009 11:31 AM ET
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I've actually been re-reading The Wheel of Time... I'm nearly done with The Dragon Reborn (book 3).  It's amazing reading the series a second time and seeing how early he actually set up future events.  (And this time I can actually make sense of most of Min's visions!)

My original idea for re-reading the series was to prepare for the final book, which is due out this Sep... but as I'm only on book 3, I don't think I'm going to make it on time!

I'll offer one warning to Tina... about half way through the series, things really start to slow down.  It's like Jordan got done with book 6 and suddenly realized he didn't have enough material to make it last for 12 (which is what he was probably contracted to deliver).  In one of the books (I believe it was the 9th or 10th) you get to the end and it's like nothing happened... everybody's still in the same place they were at the beginning.  Don't be discouraged, it's still a great series and a fun read, just be prepared that the pacing of the first half doesn't hold up in the second!

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 4:56 PM ET
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I really need to start the series again. I can't remember the last one I read and I know that there has been at least 2 since then.

I used to reread The Sword of Truth series every time a new one came out. I'd reread the previous books. I bogged down in that one too and have the last few to catch up on.

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 5:13 PM ET
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I don't know if I would reread more than the first 3 books of WOT, it gets so boring at the end!  I remember reading the last one and after every page turn I would expect something to happen but nothing did...

Sword of Truth lagged near the end but alteast it picked back up and everything made sense.

I really can't stand the last few books from WOT. 

If I do read the last book to WOT it will only to see how they could possibly resurrect the action and end the story. 

Reading both Forest Mage and The Way of Shadows atm.

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 5:58 PM ET
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I love the WOT series, one of the few that's in hardcover on my Keeper shelf. I do agree that the middle books (I think books 5-8 were the worst)are very slow-going but things did pick up somewhat with the last couple again and I'm really looking forward to seeing how it all ends.

I'm currently reading Lirael by Garth Nix (second in the Abhorsen trilogy) and listening to the first Charlie Bone book in audio download, Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo. Really enjoying both. I seem to have found a great fountain of wonderful fantasy classified as "young adult" lately.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 7:52 PM ET
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War of the Spider Queen series and Evermeet, both published by Wizards of the Coast.

Somewhere down the list, I have been told that nI should indulge in Eragon. I have been thinking about Robin Hobb's new series as well.

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 7:53 PM ET
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Oh yeah, forgto the David Gemmel Troy series. Very well written....

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 11:10 PM ET
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I didn't care for Eragon, but I love Robin Hobb.  I haven't read her newest series yet, though.  It's waiting patiently for me on my shelf.  Good thing books don't leave us when we don't pay enough attention to them.  :)

Date Posted: 2/13/2009 12:21 AM ET
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I've been reading Ravenloft books. I'm re-reading Dance of the Dead now, and just ordered another Ravenloft book I'm waiting on. Just in a mood for gothic fantasy/horror lately.
Date Posted: 2/13/2009 9:59 AM ET
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I'm about 100 pages into L.E. Modesitt's Magic of Recluce.  It's kinda slow going so far...

Date Posted: 2/13/2009 11:09 AM ET
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I think I've tried reading Magic of Recluse once or twice, but couldn't get into it, so I set it aside for another time.

Date Posted: 2/14/2009 5:42 PM ET
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I just finished The Silver Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey.   I am reading the Valdemar series.   It is funny but I started with her Elemental series, and then her Joust series. 

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 3:15 AM ET
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i finished Goblin Hero (Jig the Goblin, Bk 2) by Jim C. Hines.  while the first one had been laughing a *lot*, i didn't find this one nearly as funny.  the first half was a little irritating focusing on some other characters, but the second half was better.

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Date Posted: 2/15/2009 12:23 PM ET
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I haven't been reading a lot of fantasy lately (unless you count paranormal) but last night I picked up Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey just before bed.  I read a little, then decided I could sleep, and went through about another hundred pages.  I really like it, and I'm glad there are a nice big pile of Valdemar books waiting for me :-p

Ellen - I've got the first two of those Goblin books now.  Are you going to read the third, then?  Also, do you know anything about Jim Hines new book?  I think it's called The Stepsister Scheme, and starts a new series.

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 1:05 PM ET
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I just finished the Stepsister Scheme. I liked it. Nice and lighthearted!

Date Posted: 2/15/2009 5:59 PM ET
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The Portland, ME library is having its annual book sale. Found the Ghatt series by Gayle Greeno, as well as some Algernon Blackwood (HP Lovecraft contemporary), and some Forgotten Realms novels - pb's for $.25! Not bad...

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Date Posted: 2/16/2009 1:52 AM ET
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I finished Arrows of the Queen.  I'm almost surprised by how much I liked it and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the numerous Valdemar books.

Date Posted: 2/16/2009 3:10 AM ET
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Matt, you're new to Valdemar?  enjoy!!  a friend introduced me to those after i graduated college and finally had free time to read again, and all of the Valdemar books are keepers for me.

and yes, i still intend to read the third book in the Jig the Goblin series, probably in about a week.  i still liked the second one in the end, but not as much as the first book.

i noticed The Stepsister Scheme was out the other day.  the next time i'm at a bookstore and have time i'll have to try out the first chapter and see if i like.

Date Posted: 2/16/2009 12:24 PM ET
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I finally finished Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson this morning.  I'm not sure why it took me so long.  It was very good, but it wasn't the type of book that I couldn't put down.  The thing I like about Brandon Sanderson's books is that they're completely original--at least from the fantasy I've read.  I'll definitely be reading the rest of the trilogy, and if I didn't have other things I need to read right now, I'd probably try to start the second book right away.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 2/16/2009 12:59 PM ET
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Ellen, most fantasy writers would be new for me, to be honest. 

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