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

  1. Agam Ridelle

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    I'm reading Crown of Embers, the second book in a series about a girl chosen by God to do great things. It has adventures, funny moments, romance, and interesting characters. What I like most about this story is the way the author explores religion. The girl is chosen by God but God isn't speaking to her. She has to figure out her destiny when all around there are factions that declare that they know what God's will is, and most of the times the factions aren't in agreement about what God's will is.
     
  2. SoulThief

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    I have started re-reading Terry Brooks' Sword of Shannara. I think the last time I read it was in the 1980s (I dug out my old 1978 copy for the re-read).I cannot say that I am enjoying it now as much as back then, but then we all change. Before that I read Deadhouse Landing by Ian Esslemont and thoroughly enjoyed it. :)
     
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  3. Agam Ridelle

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    Is it similar to the TV series (if you watched it) or did they take creative liberties? I loved the world building there, but the series itself wasn't really for me, especially the love triangle in which two girls sacrifice themselves while the hero goes on adventuring.
     
  4. I'm doing a read-through of every Neil Gaiman series I have. I just finished Anansi Boys.
     
  5. SoulThief

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    Of the two seasons of the Shannara series, I only watched Season 1. My personal opinion is that they took substantial liberties. They skipped the events of the first book, probably because the first half of the first book reads similarly to Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring. Then they mangled the plot of Elfstones of Shannara to make the first season. This said, the love triangle did exist. In respect to world-building, Shannara is set about 2000 after "the Great Wars" (i.e. our era), so the ruins of our world are subtler in the books.

    All this said, I watched the first season with my daughter who had no knowledge of the books and she loved it.
     
  6. Agam Ridelle

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    Sounds like I missed quite a lot from the book by watching the series. I'll pull it to my TBR, I would love to read more about the world building and catch up with the beginning. I'm not opposed to the love triangle, just the sacrificing.
     
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  7. SoulThief

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    The love triangle/sacrificing is slightly different but I won't ruin it for you :)
     
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  8. Agam Ridelle

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    Now I'm curious! Will have to bump it up my TBR for the weekend slot.
     
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  9. Steerpike

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    The series starts more with the Elfstones of Shannara, rather than Sword. Brooks was involved, I think. They made the TV show more teen oriented and did take liberties with the book. I think they tried to keep the same basic story line. At least in season 1. Not sure about season 2 of the show.

    But it has been quite some time since I read Elfstones, so I'm going off memory.
     
  10. Agam Ridelle

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    There's season 2? I don't have it in my Netflix account.
     
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    Thoroughly enjoyed 'The Courage To Be Disliked' by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga. It helped opened my eyes with what's been going around me and also contributed to ideas for my attempt at NaNoWriMo this year.
     
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  12. Steerpike

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    There’s a second season. It was canceled after that.
     
  13. Mytherea

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    Just finished a reread of The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (one of my favorites) and am now starting Uprooted by Naomi Novik (which I'm very much enjoying).
     
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    Left hand of Darkness is great, the only thing is i didn't realize the MC was male until the end and I'm still not sure if LeGuin did ot on purpose or not ?:/
    Just finished Shepherd's Crown. It's hard to believe that's the end of Discworld. Terry Pratchett has come a long way from Color of Magic. I would have liked to have seen Rincewind, The Luggage and The Librarian once more, and I would've liked to see more than a glance of Ponder Stibbons. However, it was almost perfect. Tiffany is the height of Discworld's maturity, the perfect representation of where the journey has taken us as readers from the aimless yet vigorous meandering of Rincewind to a character who is strong and deep, and lovable and a role model.

    Granny Weatherwax's funeral was in way Terry Pratchett's.
    When Tiffany says, "I can't be Granny Weatherwax for them. I can only be me, Tiffany Aching.", it is almost as If I can hear Terry Pratchett telling the next generation "go forth and conquer. Take my place, but don't be me, be yourselves. Discworld is over, but new worlds are about to begin."
     
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  15. skip.knox

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    Currently reading a Ross Macdonald novel, The Chill, which is just standard detective novel fare. Also reading In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle because his prose is worth reading regardless of the story.
     
  16. Gurkhal

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    Currently reading, after going back and forth somewhat, "The Empires of the Silk Road" by Christopher Beckwith. Its mostly so that I can cross that one from my box as having read it.
     
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  17. Mythopoet

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    Is it not a good read? Because it sounds like yet another book that I really need to get.
     
  18. Gurkhal

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    Its totally ok. Its just that its not a favorite subject of mine so I'm not all over it to get its knowledge. The funny thing is that I did buy it on a whim years ago and now I'm finally going to read it and not let it be another of the "This looks interesting, I'll buy that..." and then I'll forget about it and never read it.
     
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    Now I've ordered "Taras Bulba" and "The Cossacks and Other Stories" (including "The Cossacks", the three "Sevastopol Stories" and "Hadji Murat", all by Leo Tolstoy). I've been waiting a long time to read these, and other stories and books regarding the Cossacks, and now I hope to finally start getting my hands on them. :)
     
  20. Mythopoet

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    I recently finished Carnacki: The Watcher at the Gate by William Meikle, a collection of short stories about a character created by William Hope Hodgson who is now in the public domain. I very much enjoyed Hodgson's original Carnacki, Ghost Finder stories so decided to see how well this new author writes them. The stories themselves were... entertaining enough, but nothing special. Meikle's version of Carnacki has a vastly reduced vocabulary which he apparently tries to make up for by making him repeat British slang terms over and over. (His Carnacki is never scared or frightened, but is almost always in a "funk" and nearly everything is "bally".) More importantly, this Carnacki never runs across a situation where supposed supernatural phenomenon are actually caused by human agents as the original Carnacki does. In fact, every single story in The Watcher at the Gate deals with "creatures from the Outer Darkness" and nothing less and Carnacki nearly always defeats them by standing in a pentacle and chanting something or other. It becomes monotonous. Meikle is simply no Hodgson.
     
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