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May 2nd, 2020, 06:49
Still reading Darkness. Pretty good so far!
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May 2nd, 2020, 11:59
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I loved Magician/Silverthorn/Darkness when they first came out, but didn't really enjoy the couple after that (Prince of the Blood, The King's Buccaneer). (..)
What are considered the high points in his oeuvre that I've missed?
You didn't mention the Empire trilogy, so if you haven't read that, it's the one you missed. Others, not really.

The Empire trilogy (with Janny Wurts) was the next high point for me, right after the original Riftwar Saga.

Prince of the Blood and the King's Buccaneer I have filed as "Krondor's Sons", which I don't remember too well, same with the Serpentwar Saga that came after those. That one was… okay? Tried picking up the series again a few years ago with Legends of Krondor but found them just too boring. Maybe I've also been spoiled a bit by now from other fantasy works.
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May 2nd, 2020, 16:16
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May 2nd, 2020, 17:11
I have already finished 15 books this year (and I'm not even quarantined! I just set a goal of 24 after saying "I need to read more" as a new year goal each of the last few years) … including books on running, music, re-reading some old Star Wars books and the Cleric Quintet.

In queue is 'The Plague' by Camus because why not, right? Actual paper book I bought in the 80s, whereas everything else is on Kindle.

Currently reading "Mary, Everything (The Flapper Covenant Book 1) by Cassandra Yorke" (aka @Aubrielle). So far I am enjoying it - the characters are immediately intriguing, and the situation is intentionally confusing which has served to get me more intrigued. My biggest barrier is we're re-doing our bedroom and staying in the guest room, and the dogs are being a nightmare about the change in location!
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May 10th, 2020, 16:54
Finished Aliens: Phalanx

This is the worst of the lot. It got so bad near the end that I was harboring actual aggressive feelings towards the story and author - which I never do.

Maybe it's because it was so long and I felt like I'd wasted to much time.

Not sure, but it was beyond terrible.

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May 12th, 2020, 16:50
It took me quite some time but I finally got through the first two books of the Riftwar saga, Apprentice and Magician. I'm about thirty pages into book three now, A Darkness at Sethanon, and it's great stuff. I've not read these books in a long time and they still stand tall.
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May 12th, 2020, 18:04
Originally Posted by Carnifex View Post
It took me quite some time but I finally got through the first two books of the Riftwar saga, Apprentice and Magician. I'm about thirty pages into book three now, A Darkness at Sethanon, and it's great stuff. I've not read these books in a long time and they still stand tall.
I read literally thousands of books due to Kindle Unlimited, Royal Road, and many other ways of getting books cheaply or free. To me, a book is special if I can remember the character names a year or so after reading. Hmm Riftwar…

Pug, Tomas, William, Gamina, Jimmy the Hand, Nicholas, Amos Trask…these are pulled from memory and I haven't read those books in a decade. Incredible series.

P.S. I'm typically horrible with names. I can't even remember the name of the main character of the book I'm reading now. Something very common like James or Tom or something…

Book I'm reading: The Game of Gods: The Beginning. Typical Post-Apoc gamelit/litrpg.
Dude's name is Charles and he has a telepathic dog named Alli. It's okay.
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May 12th, 2020, 22:42
I've also started Aubrielle's new book (haven't got very far). So far I like it.

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May 12th, 2020, 22:47
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That bad, huh?

Ein Pibbur: Die Deutsche Sprache gefällt mir gut.

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The Empire trilogy (with Janny Wurts) was the next high point for me, right after the original Riftwar Saga.
You're right, I haven't read those. I think I was going to at one point, but then read about the whole "Tekumel rip-off" thing. Might see if a friend still has them.

Currently I'm reading some Discworld novels. I gave up on them years ago, after around book 26 (Thief of Time). Finished Night Watch a few days ago and just started Monstrous Regiment. Really enjoying them, like spending some quality time with an old friend.
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May 15th, 2020, 02:56
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Recently wrapped up the Licanius trilogy by James Islington (The Shadow Of What Was Lost, An Echo Of Things To Come and The Light Of All That Falls). It's that great rarity, an epic fantasy trilogy that actually finished in three books. I thought there was a law against that; guess I was wrong.

I enjoyed them and would recommend them to others. I'll definitely read the next thing the author produces.
Finished the first one a few weeks ago. Probably one of the better books I've read recently. I always space out my series so it will be a bit before I get into book 2 but I'm definitely looking forward to it. I'll second your recommendation.

Let's see, other stuff… Currently chugging thru a re-read of the Black Company, which I started again so I could drop the latest addition into place chronologically. Don't re-read books all that often, but Black Company deserves to be an exception.

Done with first two of RS Ford's War of the Archons series. Good stuff, waiting for book 3 to be released. Next book after book 5 (now book 6) of the Black Company will be Book 2 of Jay Kristoff's Nevernight Chronicles. Book 1 was excellent.
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May 15th, 2020, 09:40
Had a couple of months of no reading (gasp). Wanted to finish up Esslemont's Malazan books with Assail but instead decided to finish up Ward, John C. 'Wildbow' McCrae's sequel to Worm, the latter of which is still my favorite Superhero work of all time. While Worm was a page-turning, eye-bleeding, can't-put-it-down exercise in continuous escalation of threats, Ward deals more with the aftermath and coping. As such it's a bit more relaxed and not quite as much of a thrillride, but still enjoyable.
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May 18th, 2020, 17:07
I'm reading a book called "The most fun I never want to have again" about a community bank in Georgia that went bust during the 2008 crises. I'm no banking expert, but it's fun reading a first hand account of these events as opposed to a journalists interpretation of what happened.
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June 8th, 2020, 19:34
I'm no banking expert either, but I am fascinated by economics, banking, investing, and finance. Maybe I should take a look at that book.

Two books I'm working through right now:

American Gods, 10th anniversary edition, by Neil Gaiman. The original was published in 2001 but it feels a lot older. There's talk of Blockbuster and VCRs. I grew up in Wisconsin, and the descriptions of tiny backwater Wisconsin towns brings back memories.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill. I'm reading it with my kids. We all love it. There's a girl, and a witch, and a tiny dragon that doesn't know it's tiny, and a swamp monster. It's very cute and very fun. My youngest daughter didn't like it at first because she was scared for the baby who gets left out in the forest for the witch. But after she realized that the witch is a very nice old lady who has no idea why the villagers leave babies in the forest, she started liking the book.

And recently finished: Fortunately the Milk, by Neil Gaiman. We actually read this book a few times a year. It's hilarious. There's an older version and we don't like the illustrations as much. The new version has goofy illustrations that are almost as much fun as the text.
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June 9th, 2020, 01:39
Read lots of trash but some that stood out for me recently are:
* Agency - William Gibson (13/5/20) A+ wow!!!!
* Goldilocks - Laura Lam (14/5/20) A+ tremendous sf thriller. Wow!
* Limited Wish - Mark Lawrence (15/5/20) A-
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June 9th, 2020, 03:35
Still reading a bunch of free power fantasy novels on Amazon.

Who knew so many harem books are available to read.
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June 12th, 2020, 19:10
Robin Hobb's Rain Wild Chronicles. I love her prose. It's just so pleasant and relaxing to read.
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June 12th, 2020, 21:10
Meanwhile I'm through with Mark Twain's "THe awful german language", I can highly recommend it, especially for those who actually know some bits of both languages !

His drama "Meisterschaft" is equally funny. More fun if you know both languages ! Highly recommended !
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June 13th, 2020, 00:24
One reason I love Kindle is that they frequently offer boxed sets of 3 or 4 books for less than a dollar. Some were actually 7 or 8 books. Incredible value as I usually read at least 3 books a week, often more unless I'm wrapped up in a new game!!
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June 13th, 2020, 00:48
I'm currently trying to re-read The Talisman by King & Straub. Real life bullshit keeps getting in the way.

I last read it 30 years ago (!), but misplaced it some time ago. I've owned the hard back of its sequel, Black House, since its release, but have been waiting for the opportunity to re-read The Talisman before starting that. Got a second hand copy recently, so now's the time.
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