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Subject: What are you reading--March
Date Posted: 3/2/2009 3:02 PM ET
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Just thought I'd start a new thread.

I'm reading The Restorer's Son by Sharon Hinck.  It's the second in a Christian fantasy series, and I'm really enjoying it.  I haven't found a whole lot of Christian fantasy authors that I enjoy (I think I've only found 2), but this is good stuff.

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 3:52 PM ET
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I'm reading the Book Dragon by Donn Kushner.  I'm enjoying it. 

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Date Posted: 3/2/2009 7:06 PM ET
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I'm still working on Arrow's Flight by Mercedes Lackey.

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 11:23 PM ET
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I just picked up The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks. I'm only about 28 pages in but so far it's pretty good. When I get home from work, I think I'll be reading it for quite a while.

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Date Posted: 3/3/2009 9:26 AM ET
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I'm still working on The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan, which is the prequel to her Black Magician trilogy, set a few hundred years before the first book takes place.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 1:32 PM ET
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Almost done with The Way of Shadows, pretty good but the author tends to jump around a little.... not much "flowww"

I have a giant pile of books to read thanks to paperback swap!

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 3:06 PM ET
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I'm thinking that the pacing will smooth out in the other two books, Katie. I'm about 250 pages into it so far, and it's all just been his training up to this point. I'm really enjoying it, though.

Date Posted: 3/11/2009 10:00 PM ET
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Reading Gayle Grreeno's Ghatti series. I dunno, ther's something with the series that is just not clicking. Has planty of good elements, but its just a bit flat. Anybody else read this series?

I am also re-reading Mary Stewart's Arthur retelling (Crystal Cave, Hollow Hills, & the Last enchantment).

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 3:29 PM ET
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I just finished Stolen by Kelley Armstrong.  It's the second book in the Women of the Otherworld series (I think that's what it's called).  I liked it better than the first one, and I liked the first pretty well. 

Date Posted: 3/13/2009 1:12 PM ET
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I just finished Shadow Path by P.L. Blair and I really liked it!  It is the first book in a series (first printing 2007).  I already have the 2nd in the series on my WL.

  The Ogre is dead, what's left of the murder weapon - a rune-inscribed sword - still in his liquefying remains.

 
     That's just the beginning for Kat Morales, a Human detective with the Corpus Christi, Texas, police department and her Elf partner, Tevis.  The two soon find themselves awash in Pixies, Magic of the Blackest kind, and a trail theat leads into Tevis' past, to a former lover, now a necromancer, who wants to extinguish her old flame - permanently.
 
This first book in P.L. Blair's "Portals" fantasy adventure series begins at a time in Earth's not-too-distant future when magical portals are opened between the world we now know and the "otherside," a parallel world filled with magic and all manner of magical creatures and beings. The "Portals" series will launch you on a wonderous journey of imagining what it would be like if magic and creatures of myth and legend were to suddenly step into our world for real.
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Date Posted: 3/13/2009 1:57 PM ET
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Gayle Greeno's Ghatti books are in my TBR pile, though I'm not sure when I'll get to them.  I've been jumping around in my reading a lot, and I'm mostly back to SF for the moment.  I think I am going to try the Goblin books by Jim Hines shortly.

Date Posted: 3/13/2009 2:16 PM ET
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Getting ready to start The Mystic Warrior by Laura & Tracy Hickman.  Have never heard of this, so hope its good!

Date Posted: 3/13/2009 9:43 PM ET
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I have also a pile from PBS of assorted Dragonlance novels, but am thinking of the Black Company books by Glen Cook. Any thoughts on those?

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 9:31 AM ET
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Among everything else that keeps distracting me - I'm reading The Charnel Prince by Greg Keyes - and I'm loving it!

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 4:19 PM ET
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Greg Keyes is a personal favorite. Glad you're enjoying The Charnel Prince.

I finished The Way of Shadows a little while ago, and read a cyber thriller. Now, I'm reading The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan. I've heard a lot of praise for his stuff, so I have high hopes. So far, it hasn't lived up to my expectations, but I'm less than 10 chapters in, so that could all change.

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Date Posted: 3/15/2009 2:03 PM ET
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In my quest to re-read The Wheel of Time, I finished off The Dragon Reborn a couple weeks ago and have started The Shadow Rising.

But I've also taken a little break and started reading a YA book from my youth - The Ash Staff by Paul R. Fisher.  (Actually, I think I got it from Matt.)  I didn't remember much about it, just that I loved it back when I originally read it back in the 7th or 8th grade.  I'm about half way through it, and so far it's not as good as I remember thinking it was.  I'm finding it to be a rather derivative and cliched fantasy adventure tale.  But then, isn't that the way it usually goes with things you loved as a kid?  It's almost always a bad idea to go back and revisit them!

Also a note for any Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans - if you haven't been reading Joss Whedon's Season 8 comic book series, you are seriously missing out!  I've been reading the trade paperback collections.  I just finished volume 3, and all I can say is WOW!  The first volume wasn't very well written, and some of the artwork seemed a bit sloppy - sometimes it was hard to figure out who's who.  But volume 2 got better, and volume 3 is like watching an episode!  I can actually hear the character voices in my head as I read it!  True, this story would have been awesome as another season on TV, but you gotta take what you can get!  (Now I have to check out the Angel Season 6 series...)

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 11:45 PM ET
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I recently read the Buffy comic books as well, and I liked them a lot.

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 9:13 AM ET
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I just started the first book in Joe Abercrombie's "First Law" series, The Blade Itself. I'm only a couple of chapters in, so far so good!

Whoops, forgot to add, I'm also listening to the fourth Percy Jackson and the Olympians book, The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan in audio download from the library. I really have enjoyed this series a lot--I seem to be listening to quite a few YA fantasy series in audio and really liking them. Very creative stuff.

Paul, I also want to re-read the Wheel of TIme series before the last book comes out. We'll see if I succeed or not. Thanks for reminding me that I need to start that pretty soon if I'm going to incorporate it into my regular reading.

Cheryl



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Date Posted: 3/21/2009 4:22 AM ET
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i read the Valdemar anthology Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar edited by Merceces Lackey.  as with the other Valdemar anthologies, i did like this one, mainly.  however, the story by Lackey herself was actually a little annoying.  as i read somewhere else, and must completely agree with, she wrote a Scooby-Doo episode.  right down to the "and i would have got away with it."

i've been reading that anthology mainly while i'm using the elliptical trainer, so it took a couple of weeks to get through.  (and side benefit, keeping going until i finish the story keeps me on the machine longer.)  now i've started a new anthology - Enchantment Place edited by Denise Little.  i've only read the first two stories so far, but they were fun.  since Matt said it was good, i moved it up the TBR pile.

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Date Posted: 3/21/2009 9:58 AM ET
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I just started The Skewed Throne by Joshua Palmatier.  I haven't gotten very far, but it seems interesting.

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 4:22 AM ET
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i liked The Skewed Throne, and the other two.  i just wish i knew if that was it, or if there's more coming.

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 8:24 PM ET
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I'm currently reading "Assassin's Quest" by: Robin Hobb, the last in the Farseer Trilogy. It has been an excellent trilogy. A friend at work suggested Robin Hobb to me and I have enjoyed her writing tremendously. 

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 10:46 PM ET
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Robin Hobb is one of my favorites!

Date Posted: 3/30/2009 8:09 AM ET
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I'm reading Martin the Warrior by Brian Jacques. I have only read Redwall so far but decided to change directions and read the series in chronological order.

Date Posted: 3/30/2009 8:32 PM ET
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I just finished The City, Not Long After by Pat Murphy.

Absolutely fantastic.

(Not a fairy-elf fantasy, not dark urban fantasy. Started out as a post-apocalyptic, but things have ... changed. A city that protects itself. Flying golden angels. Ghosts. Monks and monkeys. Blue butterflies! I love San Francisco, so maybe that helped.)

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