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September 14th, 2018, 20:40
I've not heard of Worm before, I'll have to check that one out at some time. Now Steelheart, that one I've heard of and forgotten in the past, I'm just going to buy that next time I see it. Too many people have told me it is worth the time reading for me to ignore it much longer.
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September 18th, 2018, 19:55
I just bought myself today

The Fall Of Gondolin

one of the earliest tales of J.R.R.Tolkien.

I think it is even mentioned in LOTR, but there are very few left in Middlearth at that time who might recound that tale … and even fewer to remember it …

This goes back to the earliest sketches and stories of Tolkien,

and still, its title alone !

sounds in my mind as if something as epic as mournful has happened.

This is one of the rare cases where a title alone is able to stirr or even evoke emotions within me (and hopefully with other readers as well).

"The Fall Of Gondolin" stirrs something in me simolar (perhaps) to :

- The Fall Of Stalingrad
- Pearl Harbour
- The Fall Of The World Trade Towers
- The Great Plundering Of Rome
- The Fall of The Aztecs

This won't be a full tale, but a collection of what was written for and around it.
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September 18th, 2018, 20:31
Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer View Post
I just bought myself today

The Fall Of Gondolin

one of the earliest tales of J.R.R.Tolkien.
I still have the Children of Hurin that I want to read, but Tolkien is December reading for me, so he'll have to wait.

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I've not heard of Worm before, I'll have to check that one out at some time.
Found it via reddit's r/fantasy 2018 top novels thread. Lots of familiar titles, but Worm was a notable outlier, given that I'd never heard of it before either. It's probably the format (web serial as opposed to published novels). Note that they don't distinguish between Fantasy and Sci-Fi.
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September 18th, 2018, 22:39
I am curious how both differ from the stories in the silmarillion and the history of middle earth.
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September 19th, 2018, 04:32
I seem to only read books much when I am on vacation.

I finished Feist's Magician: Master. It was an excellent read. More serious than its predecessor, Apprentice, but not too heavy.

Am starting Silverthorn now.

At this rate, if I choose to read every book in the cycle, I will be 84 years old when finished.
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September 19th, 2018, 14:26
The Feist books are pretty good, some are higher quality than others but the series overall is pretty well told.
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September 19th, 2018, 16:58
Wanted to read some good sci-fi, so I've read Fred Pohl's Gateway for the nth time.
Gosh, I can almost recite this fantastic book anytime.

Up next is Jeff Noon's VURT (again, I've read this one before -- but couldn't find any good recent release book)
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September 19th, 2018, 19:24
I really enjoyed Gateway and the one after, Beyond the Horizon maybe? I've not read those books in years, might have to order or grab them next time I see them up for sale!
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September 20th, 2018, 21:21
Finished King of Thorn; moving on to Emperor of Thorn.
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September 21st, 2018, 19:45
Originally Posted by Thrasher View Post
I am curious how both differ from the stories in the silmarillion and the history of middle earth.
As far as I understood him in his foreword, he took a different approach this time : "Follow a tale through the ages". What is meant is, that there is the tale, and Christopher Tolkien looked after what had become of this tale throughout the decades of his father's work. Different versions, mentions in other texts etc. .
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September 21st, 2018, 22:01
Like The History of Middle Earth?
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September 24th, 2018, 10:09
Originally Posted by Carnifex View Post
I really enjoyed Gateway and the one after, Beyond the Horizon maybe? I've not read those books in years, might have to order or grab them next time I see them up for sale!
Methinks, the first one is the best. The sequels are turning more like cookie cutter classic hard sci-fi tales.
Not that if they are bad books - totally worth the read, but missing the original's witty double-edged narrative (brutal new-wave satire on consumerism, and a traditional pulp space soap opera), hence totally forgettable on the long run.
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September 24th, 2018, 14:57
1/2 way through Emperor of Thorns. Thinking about what to read next….
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September 24th, 2018, 16:44
Those Thorn books are pretty good, the first being a true masterpiece, in my opinion. He's my kind of villain!
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September 24th, 2018, 20:39
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Like The History of Middle Earth?
Not quite. In the "History", he took a text, or a number of texts, and examined them.
Like the texts of their going through Moria, he presents to the reader all variants, all versions and all shifts in detail.

This time it's like … someone goes on a road, and you follow him (or her) to see what might (have) become out of him or her.

That's at least how I understood it.

Of course, variants are shown again, but this time it's rather a "I'll follow you" than an "I'll take some bits / parts and examine them".
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September 25th, 2018, 01:47
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September 29th, 2018, 10:55
I found the first and second good but the third is dragging. There are books I prefer either due to story or imagery including name of the wind; briar king (that scene where he kills his sister is still very sad); shadow march (tad williams); Red Storm Rising series (book 5 comes out soon); Games of Throne.
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Some of the above are not the best with regards to writing but whatever. Really like Tad Williams stuff though one series was a bit over done.

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Those Thorn books are pretty good, the first being a true masterpiece, in my opinion. He's my kind of villain!
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September 29th, 2018, 14:36
I would agree on the third book, it is a little lacking when you compare it to the previous two volumes. I thought much of that might be due to the author trying to win favour for the protagonist, which I think was a huge mistake. The guy is a grade A asshole, don't try to soften him up in the third book, man!!! But I cut him a huge amount of slack, simply because of how utterly fantastic the first two novels are. I know they are books that I'll reread for the rest of my life.
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October 6th, 2018, 12:36
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October 6th, 2018, 23:51
Is the Mistborn series any good ?
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