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Subject: What are you reading?
Date Posted: 9/7/2007 6:16 PM ET
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So... what is everyone reading now?  What do you like about it?  What do you dislike about it?

Perhaps we'll find some interesting new stuff to read...

I'm currently reading The Virtu by Sarah Monette, it's the second book in a dark fantasy trilogy (bookended by Melusine and The Mirador.

What I best like about the whole series is that it's interesting even without a smarmy love interest.  While those are fun, I sometimes get tired of reading boy-meets-girl, some conflict, boy-and-girl go off to happy fairy land (with single sex variations as well). No, the central pair in this book are two brothers.  It keeps the action focused in a different direction, and that's very refreshing!

What I dislike... it suffers from middle-child syndrome.  The action is pretty slow (though there were parts of the first book that dragged, too). I actually haven't gotten very far into it because it's so slow; I may have to shelve it until my next airplane ride (when there's nothing to distract me). 

I think (based on the first book) that it will be worth slogging through the slow bits, because the end of the first book was such an emotional ride. 

So... what about you?

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Date Posted: 9/7/2007 10:33 PM ET
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I read that series not too long ago and found the same thing with the Virtu its very slow to move but I did enjoy finishing the trilogy. I ended up doing my patented read more than one book at a time game with that one being reserved for when I was more awake and less easily distracted.

As for reading now I'm slogging my way through Wicked -- Its SO much more tedious than I had hoped, using a short story collection called Mountain Magic for more distraction prone times and trying to decide what other "light reading" book to pick up now, probably Through the Ice by Robert Kornwise and completed by Piers Anthony after Kornwise's death

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Date Posted: 9/8/2007 10:06 AM ET
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Trisha - You're not the only one who found Wicked to be slow at times. While I did enjoy the book in the end, it took me a lot longer to get through because of the way he writes.

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Date Posted: 9/9/2007 9:17 AM ET
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I agree that Wicked was very slow at  times. It took me about 3x longer than usual to finish the book.  I'm planning on starting Book 3 of Rhiannon's Ride by Kate Forsythe - Heart of Stars.  Her Witches of Eileanan series is my all time favorite and I'm trying to stretch it out, since I don't know when her next book comes out.    Her writing style is easy and colorful, and so wonderful!

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Date Posted: 9/9/2007 10:04 AM ET
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Just finished reading "Eragon".  Want to start "Eldest" but need to either buy it or get it here, if someone ever posts it. 

Getting ready to start reading "Child of Prophecy" By TR Chowdhury and TM Crim

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Date Posted: 9/10/2007 4:44 PM ET
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Listening to The Hobbit on audiobook during my commute.

Gave up on Kate Elliot's Crown of Stars -- got too slow.

About to pick up Lois McMaster Bujold's Chalion series.

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Date Posted: 9/10/2007 10:13 PM ET
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I'm reading the first in the Detective Inspector Chen fantasy/mystery series by Liz Williams--called "Snake Agent" and is very, very good and interesting, set in a slightly futuristic Singapore. The main character is a cop who investigates paranormal stuff, has been to Hell several times and is married to a Demon! LOL

The coolest character is a teakettle that transforms into a badger!


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Date Posted: 9/11/2007 11:04 AM ET
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I started reading Magician Apprentice by Raymond E Feist and continued reading his books since then.  They are so great and I have a hard time putting them down.  Currently in the timeline I am reading Prince of the blood which takes place like 20 years after the end of the riftwar.  The trilogy Daughter or the empire, Servant of the empire, and Mistress of the empire was AWESOME. 

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Date Posted: 9/11/2007 7:04 PM ET
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In the car: The Hallowed Hunt by Bujold, just finished HP & The Deathly Hallows

Bedside table: Bitten & Smitten

For the Gym: The Taste of Night by Vicki Pettersson




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Date Posted: 10/7/2007 11:33 AM ET
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The Book of Atrus by Rand and Robyn Miller with David Wingrove

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Date Posted: 10/8/2007 1:51 PM ET
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Just finished Moon Called by Patricia Briggs.   Loved it!

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Date Posted: 10/10/2007 10:50 AM ET
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Right now I am reading Inkheart and Inkspell by Cornelia Funke. After those I will start reading the Septimus Heap series (Magyk, Flyte, and Physik). Whenever I buy my son a new book I always read it first to make sure they are appropriate. I hardly ever read adult books anymore lol

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Date Posted: 10/11/2007 7:43 PM ET
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I just finished Scent of Shadows by Vickie Pettersson. I have a bunch of swap books to read and also for the New Author Challenge so I picked up The Time Traveler's Wife. I'm about half way thru. I am going to go back to an old favorite and read Joust by Mercedes Lackey very soon. If I ever get thru the above mentioned book + The Kite Runner, The Memory Keeper's Daughter and My Sister's Keeper. LOL There's so much to read and so little time!

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Date Posted: 11/2/2007 1:59 PM ET
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Right now I'm plugging away through The Eyre Affair and The Watchmen.  I'm hoping to start on the vampire romance series that's becoming so popular...I can't remember the name of the first book, but I know the most recent one out is called Eclipse.

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Date Posted: 11/2/2007 9:01 PM ET
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I loved Joust from Mercedes Lackey.  It is funny but I can't bring myself to read Aerie.  I am saving it, I don't want the series to end.  I am on WOT#6-Lord of Chaos. 

Stephenie Meyer wrote Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse.  I loved Twilight-one of the best books I had read.  New Moon was ok.  I absolutely loathed Eclipse.  It cured me of my Stephenie Meyers addiction.  I'm not trying to turn you off the series, just forewarning you.  Some of her fans loved Eclipse-but I was part of the really disappointed camp.

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Date Posted: 11/7/2007 7:07 PM ET
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I'm reading Seeds of Betrayal by David B. Coe (book 2 of the Winds of the Forelands set). I like it because it is a similar writing style as my all time favorite fantasy writer sara douglass and I love sagas that have lots of mystery, intrigue and adventures.

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Date Posted: 11/8/2007 10:16 AM ET
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Im currently reading the serpent war saga by Raymond Feist.  Its part of an overal series of books which Raymond Feist wrote and is an excellent read.

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Date Posted: 11/8/2007 1:45 PM ET
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A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. I love this series so far!

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Date Posted: 11/13/2007 10:25 AM ET
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I just got Confessor (by Terry Goodkind) today and I can't wait to dig in this weekend!

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Date Posted: 11/13/2007 10:28 AM ET
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I agree that wicked was wickedly long at times. I read while stuck in the car with my in-laws on an 18 hour car ride last thanksgiving. Thats the only way I would have gotten through it. I went and bought a fluffy romance novel for the ride home to give my brain a break. lol

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Date Posted: 11/18/2007 4:18 PM ET
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I'm reading The Dragon's Touchstone by Irene Radford. It's an older book, late 90's, that I requested through PBS. I liked it enough to go back to the person who sent it to me and check for more by this author, which I've already requested!

A bit from the back of the book:

The Magic Wars - Three hundred years before the time of The Glass Dragon, Coronnan is kingdom at war with itself. Magic is wild and magicians uncontrolled, each working separately for his own goal. At the height of this age of chaos, the dragons know they must intervene.

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Date Posted: 11/19/2007 4:41 PM ET
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Currently reading Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay. It's my first Kay, and a very pleasant surprise. I love how he interweaves his Byzantium-like world and magic (or the 'half-world,' as he calls it) without making either seem tagged on. And since I have some background in Byzantine history, I like how he uses elements of that milieu without distorting them... Byzantium is definitely neglected in the realm of historical fantasy and alternative history -- the Western Romans have all the fun :))))

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Date Posted: 12/5/2007 1:57 PM ET
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Currently reading "A Game of Thrones, By George R.R. Martin...Listening to WOT book 3 The Dragon Reborn and Also reading 2 book in the Drake sister Series.



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Date Posted: 12/6/2007 4:51 PM ET
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If you like Guy Gavriel Kay you should read: "Tigana", what I think is the best Fantasy Book of all time, and even though I own it, I would never even think of swapping it! Sorry! I love that book SO MUCH.

Yeap, I just finished, "A Game of Thrones" by George R.R. Martin. I can't believe that I waited so long to start on this series! I am taking a diversionary read right now, in reading "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini, and then I'll delve into "A Clash of Kings".

Someone menioned "Eragon" and "Eldest". The book, by the way is miles away from the movie. Do not ruin the book, by seeing the movie. I bought both books and could have swapped them, but I already gave them to my 12 year nephew who loves dragons and such. I used to do that with my books a lot before I discovered this site.

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has been a banner year for me, having finished college last may,,, =)

have read all available  "game of thrones" books by r.r. martin. am now in the holding pattern waiting for the next book ...  you can see he's starting to deviate like jordan did.  Stretch it out...

both of the "Eragon" books were a good read.  "The Sword of  Shannara" trilogy that i somehow never had the chance to read, was pretty good.

Although not fantasy, just finished last week, james clavell's "Shogun" which sucked me in for alot of sleepless nights!  received in the mail yesterday, "Tai-Pan" which is second book...

All this oriental content makes me want to read the riftwar saga again... ;)




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