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Subject: What Are You Reading-May
Date Posted: 5/2/2009 3:48 PM ET
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I'm going to be reading some stuff by Sean Russell. My cousin asked me about him and I couldn't tell him anything. So I thought I'd better become acquainted with this guy.

and I'm hoping to read some more of Barb and JC Hendee's Dhampir/Noble Dead series. Surprisingly clean for a Vamp series...

Date Posted: 5/2/2009 9:27 PM ET
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Reading the Kitty books by Carrie Vaughn.   Got the two new ones and when back a book to reread the Silver Bullet.  Was very tempted to go see if the new Charlaine Harris book was in early.  So I'm disracting myself with an all Kitty weekend.  My budget would like me to wait until it has the NYTimes bestsellar discount at the local independant bookstore.  Balancing money and politics.  But can I wait a week?  Kitty, save me.

Date Posted: 5/5/2009 6:57 AM ET
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I've got 3 fantasy books going at the moment, which is unusual--usually I'm more eclectic than that. LOL I'm reading a sort of fantasy/mystery called The Demon and the City by Liz Williams, set in the Singapore of the future called Singapore Three where there is a connection to otherworlds--like Hell. The main policeman in this book (second in a series) is a Demon, as his boss (Detective Inspector Chen) is on vacation. I've had books in that series on my WL forever and never move, so I finally gave up on this one and ordered it from the library.

The other two are YA fantasy. I'm reading the third book in Garth Nix's Abhorsen trilogy, Abhorsen. And my current audio book is the fourth book in Jeanne DuPrau's "Ember" series called The Diamond of Darkhold. I'm enjoying all of them so far!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 5/5/2009 2:23 PM ET
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Finally moved on to book three Beyond the Shadows by Brent Weeks... it's pretty ok so far, but his style of writing and character development could use some work.  Maybe it will all tie in at the end, but I'm having trouble engaging with the characters.

Date Posted: 5/5/2009 6:47 PM ET
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I just finished Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs.  I liked it, but not as well as the rest of the series, I think.  I'm still working on Earth Abides by George Stewart.  This is not an easy read for me.

Date Posted: 5/5/2009 10:43 PM ET
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I'll be interested to see what you have to say about Earth Abides when you're done, Brenda--I've got that one on my TBR stacks somewhere.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 5/6/2009 3:27 AM ET
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now that i've finally got the rest of the series to date, i re-read Cast In Shadow (Chronicles of Elantra, Bk 1) by Michelle Sagara, which i probably read about 3 years ago.  (Luna likes to put the first book in a series out in MMP, then the rest in trade and years later maybe MMPs for the rest of the series.  irritating.)  i'd forgotten nearly everything about the book, and i never would have remembered who most of the side characters were, so it was practically reading a new book and it's a good thing i decided to do that.

i'm looking forward to reading the other three books this month.

Date Posted: 5/7/2009 12:17 AM ET
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I have read and reread Steven Brust's series about Vlad Taltos.  Now I am trying out his trilogy about the Viscount of Adrihlank, starting with The Paths of the Dead.

Date Posted: 5/7/2009 5:13 PM ET
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I have been trying to read Flight of the Nighthawks by Raymond E. Feist but having a lot of trouble getting into it. Either my tastes are changing or his later work is not as good, maybe both. Anyway I might try again later, does anyone have an opinion on it?

Just got a package from Amazon today with Fall of Thanes by Brian Ruckley so I am going to read that one now. I really enjoyed book one and mostly enjoyed book two and I have high hopes for book three.

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Date Posted: 5/9/2009 10:42 PM ET
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I'm not sure if I'll be able to finish Earth Abides before I have to take it back to the library.  I'm still not motivated to pick it up, and I've got a bunch left to read.  It may be one I'll have to check out another time.  Most all the reviews I've seen, people loved it, but I just am not into it.

Today I finished Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells.  I thought it was average.  I found the main character a little annoying, but I'll still probably read the next book in the series, because the story was interesting even if it wasn't the best writing I've seen. 

Date Posted: 5/10/2009 8:40 AM ET
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Some early CJ Cherryl fantasy (and science fiction), just finished the Pirate King by RA Salvatore, and then onto the third installment of the Witches of Eillean series (is that spelled right?) by Kate Forsyth.

Date Posted: 5/11/2009 10:11 AM ET
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Getting read to start Kate Elliott Crown of Stars series (waiting on 2 books to arrive).  I read the first 5 years ago, but never finished the series.  Its been so long that I definitely need a re-read of those and look forward to the ones I didn't read.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 5/17/2009 3:47 AM ET
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I just started War of the Flowers by Tad Williams and so far it looks like my kind of book.

Date Posted: 5/17/2009 5:05 PM ET
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I have been trying to read Flight of the Nighthawks by Raymond E. Feist but having a lot of trouble getting into it. Either my tastes are changing or his later work is not as good, maybe both. Anyway I might try again later, does anyone have an opinion on it?

I stopped reading Feist after the Exiles Return book. Actually, after his Magician book, I don't have much of anything good to say about his others :-)

Getting read to start Kate Elliott Crown of Stars series (waiting on 2 books to arrive)

Yay! I liked this series. However, be aware, the ending isn't as good as the series as a whole :-( Not bad, just mediocre. imo.

I just started War of the Flowers by Tad Williams and so far it looks like my kind of book.

Have you read his other stuff? I have to admit, this was my least favorite of everything I've read of his so far.

 

I just finished up Crown of the Isles: The Gods Return by David Drake. Good Stuff! Wasn't sure what I was going to think of it, based on the earlier 2 Crown of the Isles books, but this ended the trilogy well, and ended the whole Lord of the Isles series VERY well.

Date Posted: 5/17/2009 6:01 PM ET
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I just started Unclean by Richard Lee Byers and am LOVING it so far. This looks to be one of those series I get to put on my keeper shelf.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 5/17/2009 6:33 PM ET
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Derrick - The War of the Flowers is the first I've tried by Tad Wiliams.  I haven't finished it, but I've really been captivated by the story and writing style.  I do have a number of his other books on my TBR pile and I was planning to read the Otherland series next...it'll be interesting to compare.

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Date Posted: 5/17/2009 7:44 PM ET
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I am reading the anthology Firebirds .  I think I have 5 stories left in Firebirds and I haven't been overly impressed with many of the ones I have read.  My favorites so far are "The Baby In The Night Deposit Box" and "The Lady of the Ice Garden."   I haven't read the Nina Kiriki Hoffman story yet so we'll see how that one is. 



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Date Posted: 5/20/2009 10:54 PM ET
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Matt-- War of the Flowers is a really underrated book. A lot of people had pretty harsh criticisms of it when it came out, but I thought it was great. Otherland is a great series, too, but it's a real undertaking. It was the first Tad Williams stuff I had ever read, and I was hooked pretty hard by the first novel. It took me an entire summer to get through, though.

Currently, I'm reading Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt. It blends elements of epic fantasy with ideas more commonly associated with steampunk. It's an all right read, but you don't get very much of internal dialogue from the characters. It's all pretty much action. If I were five years younger, this would probably have been classed as one of my favorite books of all time, but now...I'd say it's just okay.

One thing that's really annoying about it is that the two protagonists have really similar first names. One is Oliver Brooks, and the other is Molly Templar. I know that they're supposed to sound steampunkish, but they sound too much alike to really be set apart in my mind. It's like they're one conglomerate character named Mollyver. THEN, if you take their initials and scramble them a bit, you get T-O-M-B. I'm wondering if the author's trying to be a bit too cute.



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Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 5/21/2009 1:38 PM ET
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Thanks for the input Jordan...Otherland sounds like my kind of series.  I've been wanting to get into it, but decided to try one of the stand-alone novels first to at least see if I liked the writing style.  Most of the time I can tell with one book if I'll like the rest.



Last Edited on: 5/21/09 1:39 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/22/2009 1:33 PM ET
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starting in on Modesitt's second Corean Chronicles trilogy. The first book, Alector's Choice, is REALLY reminding me of Recluse. Oh well.

 

if you like War of the Flowers, you'll like his other stuff. I didn't mean WotF was bad, just my least fave of all his stuff I've read. I'd recommend the "Memory, Thorn and Sorrow" trilogy too. Fantasy. Where  the "Otherland" tetralogy is scifi. All good though :-)



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Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 5/23/2009 4:11 PM ET
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I finished The War of the Flowers today.  I think it might be the best book I've read so far this year.  I am getting ready to start the Otherland series, and based on the descriptions, I am really looking forward to it.

Date Posted: 5/26/2009 2:57 PM ET
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Just finished Feist's "Rides a Dread Legion".  I have to say that it WAS better than his last few books in this series, but it was very short.  Quite a disappointment since its been a while since the last one. 

Just started Kate Forsyth's Rhiannon trilogy.