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July 27th, 2018, 03:54
Originally Posted by Darth Tagnan View Post
Considering starting the Witcher novels, Last Wish first. Worth it?
Quite. Especially if you like the idea of getting some background and related stores to W3. Cantt remember which book that is though.
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July 27th, 2018, 04:14
Today I completed A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe, a space opera kind of novel, it reminded me somewhat of the Expanse books, and maybe a little bit of Firefly. It isn't really deep or thought-provoking in any way, but it tells a romp of a story and I found it a pretty easy read. There is a sci-fi blend of both technology and magic here, as people have developed a new organ that grants most people an ability to do limited magic. This, as you might expect, can have far reaching benefits/undesirable consequences when space faring vessels are involved. Again, not a profound read but I lost a couple of days in this one. I'll be looking for the sequel which is due out later this year, I believe.
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July 27th, 2018, 10:40
Power of Six finished and moving on to Rise of Nine. Fun but simplistic series.
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July 28th, 2018, 09:10
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Today I finished the King of Thorns, the second novel in the Broken Empire saga, and just more great stuff. Perhaps it isn't quite as strong as the first book, but still quite satisfying. This author has an almost unique way of telling stories, my guess would be that some people might not care for it. He wastes little time on exposition, the filler is scant to none, and I love it all the more for the effort he puts into each page.
I just finished the first two Kingkiller books. Books donít usually make me laugh unless theyíre Terry Prachett but this part cracked me up:

Spoiler – Spoiler


Anyways, Broken Empire was next on my list, so just started.
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July 30th, 2018, 03:29
Over the past three days I devoured my latest victim, "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels", by Jon Meacham. I've read a number of his books, and this one lives up to expectations and, in some parts, exceeds. If this book doesn't set your mind to thinking as you are reading it and for quite some time afterwards, well, I would find that unbelievable.

I cannot recommend this one highly enough, if anything related to politics in the United States is of any interest. I'll go a step further and say that every book that I've read from Meacham has been nothing short of sheer enjoyment and a fount of information. There is only one of his books left that I've not read, and that one will hopefully soon be in my greedy hands.
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July 30th, 2018, 08:44
I think I'd rather beat my head against a wall than read a novel about American politics.

I finally started reading The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant again.
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July 30th, 2018, 10:50
Bought Last Wish from audible, and it's pretty good so far. Should be interesting to get more background information about the setting.
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July 30th, 2018, 17:11
Yeah the Covenant series is my current go-to when I have no library books to read. I'm halfway through the third book if I remember right, and really looking forward to getting back to that series. The first six books I've read numerous times, but the final four only once.
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July 30th, 2018, 19:11
Yea. Those books were fantastic. Alas we've been waiting forever for book 3. To be honest there are funnier portions in the book but i'm too lazy to invoke spoiler tags to start listing them… Still there was this one time….

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I just finished the first two Kingkiller books. Books donít usually make me laugh unless theyíre Terry Prachett but this part cracked me up:

Spoiler – Spoiler


Anyways, Broken Empire was next on my list, so just started.
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July 30th, 2018, 19:12
But that is listening and not reading

More importantly I often wonder if the narrator plays a greater role in the book than the actual words-thankfully i avoid audio books though I have several friends who swear by them.

Originally Posted by Darth Tagnan View Post
Bought Last Wish from audible, and it's pretty good so far. Should be interesting to get more background information about the setting.
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July 30th, 2018, 19:33
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But that is listening and not reading

More importantly I often wonder if the narrator plays a greater role in the book than the actual words-thankfully i avoid audio books though I have several friends who swear by them.
To me itís the same thing.
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July 30th, 2018, 19:40
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To me it’s the same thing.
Thats interesting. For some reason I don't like audio books. With audio books, you sort of have to keep up with the speed of the "narrator" and I don't like that. Yes you can pause the audio but that feels like huge hassle for me!

When I am reading, I will sometimes stop and imagine the things in my mind and sort of "navigate" this imagined world and I can't really do that with audio books.
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July 30th, 2018, 20:16
Same for me. I tried an audio book sometime in the nineties, I think it was a Stephen King offering. I just didn't like it, probably in the same vein that I don't care for reading a book on a computer, I just miss the tactile presence of the book too much. Had I been raised as a child to read in that manner, using a computer I mean, it would probably be more comfortable.
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July 30th, 2018, 21:07
I use audio books at night, before I fall asleep. It's very soothing when it's a good narrator (it usually is) - though I often fall asleep too soon, and that means it can take a while to get through a book. But if it's something special, I'll finish it pretty quickly.

When I read, I never have an actual book. At least, I can't remember the last time I had one of those. I read most of my books on my iPad - which is very pleasant and easy.

I also use it for the occasional comic book.
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July 31st, 2018, 03:29
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Yeah the Covenant series is my current go-to when I have no library books to read. I'm halfway through the third book if I remember right, and really looking forward to getting back to that series. The first six books I've read numerous times, but the final four only once.
I think it's one of the top two fantasy-fiction series of all time. I put it right up there with LoTR + The Silmarillion.
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July 31st, 2018, 07:46
Interesting. Audiobooks are far too slow for me, I read much faster than people narate and speeded up it sounds like a chipmunk convention!!
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August 3rd, 2018, 22:35
Rise of nine finished and fall of five begun. This is the Loren series; pretty decent but light reading. Definitely not as deep as Tad Williams books.
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August 4th, 2018, 06:30
I finished Emperor of Thorns today, what a nice conclusion to Broken Empire. Quite a solid series, and in this current world of putting every bloody novel on telly or movies, I dare someone to translate this series into either medium. Just do not tone down Jorg, because I'm not sure I've ever encountered a more ruthless, conniving, despicable deviant in all my years of reading. He makes Elric look like some discard from an eighties hair band!

I hope we get more books set in this world. I think it's a far too rich place to just leave abandoned.
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August 4th, 2018, 09:28
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I finished Emperor of Thorns today, what a nice conclusion to Broken Empire…
I hope we get more books set in this world. I think it's a far too rich place to just leave abandoned.
Well, you have the The Red Queen's War trilogy to read next, which is set in the same world. Read it very soon, because you''re more likely to see the links if your memory is fresh. Also, you'll learn about a few characters who appear during the events toward the end of Emperor of Thorns.

The main character is kind of an anti-Jorg on the heroic scale; less driven and more "caught-up" in events than driving them. These events occur during a similar time period as the The Broken Empire trilogy; i.e. there is significant overlap. Overall, it's another excellent trilogy by Lawrence.

I'm starting his third trilogy (starting with Red Sister) soon. Apparently it's not set in the same world (?), which is a pity.
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August 4th, 2018, 17:30
Ahhh, well, that is excellent news!! I shall request the first book in that second series immediately!!!
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