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

  1. kherezae

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    I think I might be due for a reread myself!

    However, currently I'm reading City of Ashes by Cassandra Claire... After watching Shadowhunters I decided to give the series another try, and it's going better than the first time. (The first time I read book one, purchased book two, and just couldn't be arsed to actually read book two. Which has never happened to me before or since.)

    I'm also reading my writing buddy's second book, but more slowly so I can leave my thoughts.
     
  2. Last Argument of Kings is phenomenal. Better than every entry to GoT in my opinion.
     
  3. Ireth

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    Found Tom Holt's "Flying Dutch" in a used bookstore a week or two ago. Interesting take on the Flying Dutchman legend.
     
  4. teacup

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    I just finished Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter book 1) - It was pretty good. There was a lot of unnecessary bits so the book should have been shorter than it was, but I enjoyed it. The first half wasn't great, but around half way through it picked up and became much better. I enjoyed it, but I thought the TV show's version of the Red Dragon plot was done much better. I was disappointed to see how little Hannibal was in the book, but I do recognise that he wasn't meant to be a main character in this one.
    I think if I hadn't watched the show before reading the book then I would have disliked the first half much more but liked the second half more.
    I was impressed with how well researched it all seemed, and I loved his writing of a blind character. I thought that was done very well.

    Now I'm reading book 4 of the Expanse and I'm enjoying it much more than I did book 3, which I found disappointing compared to the first 2 (It wasn't bad, but I didn't like it nearly as much as the others.)
     
  5. Now that I've finished Last Argument of Kings the question is whether I should start His Majesty's Dragons or The Lies of Lock Lamora.
     
  6. MineOwnKing

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    I'm reading 'The Treemakers.'

    Starts strong. I'm on chapter 20.

    Excellent world building; an endearing MC.

    Right now I'm torn. So many details I want explained.

    I'm noticing inconsistencies in characters' reactions to death.

    Not digging the tense but glued to my seat.

    This book gets in your head and doesn't let go.
     
  7. ThiefGold

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    I'm currently reading Blood of The Fold in the Sword of Truth series, but I like to break it up by reading some Conan stories. I just received a paperback copy of about a dozen Conan stories that I got fairly cheap, so that is going pretty well at the moment.
     
  8. SeverinR

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    "Burning brightly" Mercedes Lackey.
    A merchant's son is unable to fit in after a move of his family,
    also he is disinterested in following in his families textile business.

    He is sent to a school to learn a new vocation, but the ruling class of kids are in charge of keeping the younger kids in line, they abuse the power and the kids, at it's worst the merchant's son's unknown ability bursts forth setting a path that will either destroy them all or save them all with a new ultimate friendship known only to a very few.

    It is a story of the Heralds of Valdemar trilogy.

    Mercedes Lackey was the inspiration for me to write, to not only research but ta actually live every part of the story I can. I also encourage anyone that writes to live it, if you can. Swing a sword, learn a martial art (not just karate, but any martial art-shooting, archery, swords, empty hand, kempo, wrestling, kick boxing etc) learn to ride and care for a horse, do old style camping, if you know how to ride, go further, do a trail ride, learn how it feels to be saddle weary, tilt a quintain-know the feeling when the lance solidly hits the target. How about riding calmly down a trail and the ^%$$^ horse is spooked by something unseen and unheard by you, staying on or falling off, you will know how it feels. There is no comparison to writing what you researched in books to what you actually lived through.)
     
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  9. Just finished His Majesty's Dragons. Good book.
     
  10. adalenia

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    Bone by Jeff Smith.

    It's a graphic novel about a group of old-timey cartoon characters stranded in a land of medieval fantasy.
     
  11. Steerpike

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    The City & The City, by China Mieville. Good stuff.
     
  12. Russ

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    The City and the City is a great book on so many levels. Mieville has never disappointed me.

    I am currently reading "The Gap" a science book about what separates (or does not) separate humans from other animals. It is full of great info and the writing style is lively and casual. Really enjoying it and if one was an SF writer this book could give you a huge heap of ideas.
     
  13. koen-hagens

    koen-hagens Acolyte

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    I just started reading the "The Witcher" series by Andrzej Sapkowski. Ya know, the books were those 3 famous games are based on, yup, that one.


    Verstuurd vanaf mijn T01 met Tapatalk
     
  14. Brithel

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    Finally finished The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien. It took two tries to get into it but otherwise was a rather good read (bar the chapter of Beleriand and its Realms which displays Tolkien's love of geography at its worst. So many pages spent on what could've been shown on an anotated map, which there was for the next chapter!). Whilst it abandons most novelistic conventions it does so for good cause IMO for it makes it feel like a real chronicle of old (which obviously wouldn't and weren't be written like modern novels). It also helps the stories themsleves were very interesting. It also surprises me how much was referenced in the LotR, I recalled references to Silmarils and Beren and Luthien, and thats with my scattered memory.
     
  15. Chessie

    Chessie Guest

    For those of you struggling with romance plots, this book is freaking amazing:

    Romancing The Beat: Story Structure For Romance Novels (How To Write Kissing Books)

    It was recommended by a romance novelist and it's only $3.99 on Kindle. This book has been very helpful in a way that other structure books haven't been able to provide me specifically for the romance genre. Figured I'd share with anyone interested.
     
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  16. Chessie

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    I love Mercedes Lackey. Lately I've been into C.L. Wilson as well. Fantastic authors imo.
     
  17. Just finished The Lies of Locke Lamora. Now starting Alexander Hamilton by Chernow.
     
  18. Addison

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    I just used up my birthday gift cards on books. On the list of "Will Devour Like Chocolate", to name a few: The Last Dragon Slayer Books 2&3 "The Song of the Quarkbeast" and "The Eye of Zoltar", then there's "Etiquette and Espionage", "Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet", "Strip Mauled", "Witch Way to the Mall?", and "Jaws". I'm not sure where I'll start, or maybe I'll start one in the morning, a second at lunch, a third before dinner and a fourth before bed.
     
  19. I've read Etiquette and Espionage. I didn't like it as much as I expected, but I have a friend who loves it.
     
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  20. Im rereading the Harry Potter series, despite all the unread books on my shelf. I really should be starting on Brave New World...or re-reading LOTR (and FINISHING it this time!)
     
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