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Discussion in 'Novels & Stories' started by Mythopoet, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. Masronyx

    Masronyx Minstrel

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    I've tried Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun (Shadow of the Torturer) and like you, could not get into it. Sometimes the author takes too long with side trips or what I think is too mundane in the narrative. I really liked the concept though, may try again at some point.

    Right now I've just finished "Bloodkin" by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. It's YA fantasy with vampires and shape shifters, a little quick and entertaining read for me. I've been reading every book this author publishes since I was 13. It was actually her work that put me on the path towards writing as a career/life passion.

    I tried to get into "Cloud Atlas" by David Mitchell, but, having trouble with the narrative. Again, like the concept, just the delivery.
    I may look into some of Gene Wolfe's other works, sounds interesting.
     
  2. Masronyx

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    Oooh! That's on my To Read list in Goodreads!! That might be my next read (or soon to read)
     
  3. Mythopoet

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    If this is in response to the first post, I actually did manage to read through the whole Book of the New Sun as well as Urth of the New Sun some time ago. Despite them not really being books I could say I enjoyed, I'm glad I read them. They are very unique and definitely broadened my horizons on a number of levels. Though now my husband is trying to get me to read the Book of the Short Sun (another tetralogy). I already have so much to read as it is.
     
  4. MineOwnKing

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    I have been reading a chapter every night to my 8 year old son of Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan.

    This is a very clever book, both for kids of his age and for adults.

    It is fun to read and my son laughs at all the punch lines.

    We love it.
     
  5. Mythopoet

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    I just spent the past week furiously reading the manga D. Gray Man from the beginning to the most recently released chapter. 220 chapters in all. It was brilliant and amazing and I am dying now because I have to wait til January for the next chapter. Oh, the pain of becoming a manga reader.
     
  6. Steerpike

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    Finished Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle in a single sitting. It's a great book. Strange, and creepy, but great.
     
  7. teacup

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    I've not read the book but I loved the movie of that :D

    I finished Empire Ascendant, book 2 of Kameron Hurley's Worldbreaker Saga. I had come to terms with the fact that I would have to wait a year for book 3, which was hard to do. I really want to read book 3 right now but I can't, I have to wait. But I've accepted that fact.
    Then I found out that book 3 is to be released in 2017. 2 years. I have to wait 2 years for the final book.
    2 YEARS!!!


    I'm now reading Half A King by Joe Abercrombie, which I'm enjoying greatly. I love Abercrombie's writing and his characters. I miss the First Law world, though. I need to read all his short stories in that world.


     
  8. Incanus

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    Been reading I, Robot, for the second time--mostly to be looking at good, solid prose, lucid and easy to read. If there is someone better at that than Asimov, I've not encountered them. Seems an appropriate read while I'm drafting my novel.
     
  9. Russ

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    If you like Asimov and good solid prose like his, allow me to recommend my friend Robert Sawyer to you. He carries on the great traditions of Spec Fic with beautiful writing that is a pleasure to read.
     
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  10. Incanus

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    Thank for the recommendation. I don't read anywhere near as much sci-fi as fantasy, but Asimov is one of my favs. He really had something special going.

    I just started reading a book called Darkness Visible by William Golding (cool title, or what?). This will be the fourth Golding book I've read. The first chapter was absolutely amazing. Outstanding writing. I wonder why it is that only his Lord of the Flies gets any attention. Both The Inheritors and Pincher Martin were excellent novels. I would love to see a writer of this caliber doing fantasy. It's a real shame they so rarely do. But it is for things like this that I read non-fantasy with regularity.
     
  11. I'm reading the Outlander series while I wait (oh so patiently) for Patrick Rothfuss to put out his next book.
     
  12. Velka

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    I just picked up Tails of Wonder collection, featuring authors like Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Joyce Carol Oates, and Susanna Clarke for $2.80 on the Kindle. What makes it even more awesome is it's all about cats!
     
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  13. Mythopoet

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    I decided to reread the entire Anne of Green Gables series (8 books) over the course of the cold season. Something cheerful to lift my spirits while the world is dead. :) I'm also taking this opportunity to write down all the good Anne quotes I find, which are myriad.
     
  14. Miskatonic

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    Life in a Medieval City by Joseph and Frances Gies.
     
  15. Devouring Wolf

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    The King of Assassins by Jenna Rhodes.

    It's been years since I read the first two books in the series and I'm picking up flaws I didn't notice before, but I definitely still love the series. The first book, The Four Forges, really influenced my writing when I was younger.
     
  16. Miskatonic

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    Started A Game of Thrones. Since I watched the first season there aren't many surprises; but I'll read the rest of the series before I go back and watch the other seasons.
     
  17. Velka

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    I've been on a bit of a short story binge lately. I just reread Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning. So many wonderful stories, but I think my favourite was The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains. <-- clicky link to read it published online.

    So much beautiful and haunting language.

    Close second in the compilation would be his Dr. Who fanfic Nothing O'Clock.
     
  18. Mythopoet

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    Well, it took a while, because of the completely non sequitur beginning (pretty typical for novels back then), but I finally managed to get into Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. And wow, it has been very surprising. It's kind of sad how pop culture has utterly and completely changed the cultural consciousness of this story. When you hear "Frankenstein" you think of a moaning behemoth who hates fire. But the "creature" is actually extremely human. He uses fire, he learns to speak eloquently and reads classics. Frankenstein didn't create the monster in a dimply lit dungeon with a stroke of lightning but in an an attic in a house he was boarding in as a college student. I'm still around the halfway mark so I'm really looking forward to where else this story will surprise me.
     
  19. Ireth

    Ireth Myth Weaver

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    As someone who read and studied Frankenstein for college classes, I agree that it's an awesome book. I wish I hadn't misplaced my copy. :(
     
  20. Mythopoet

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    Well, you can get the ebook for free, like I did. All hail the public domain and project gutenberg. :)
     
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