1. Welcome to the Fantasy Writing Forums. Register Now to join us.

What are you Reading Now?

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

  1. ALB2012

    ALB2012 Maester

    609
    70
    28
    I just listened to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy on audio. Loved it.
     
  2. Prince of Spires

    Prince of Spires Inkling

    406
    296
    63
    The grand strategy of the Byzantine empire by Edward Luttwak. It's nice to learn more about historical things on the edge of the public consciousness. I knew the Byzantine empire existed. But nothing more than that. It was always sort of the lesser child of the roman empire which just existed and slowly withered away. It's nice to be corrected and learn there was (a lot) more to it. Also, it's useful from a writing perspective to learn a bit about strategy, war and so on.
     
  3. kennyc

    kennyc Inkling

    526
    181
    43
    Read Jeff VanderMeer's Dead Astronauts -- was very disappointed...2 stars....too weird, no real story flow, disjoint with long boring sections (blue fox in particular) looks more like his 'notes and thoughts' supporting his writing of Borne which I'm reading now and Loving!!
     
  4. Speranza

    Speranza Dreamer

    12
    5
    3
    I'm reading Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicles Book 1) by Jay Kristoff. I did start it last year, but had a hissy fit with his use of footnotes. I picked it up again, have ignored the footnotes and am really enjoying the story and the characters, particularly Mia the main character. Have you ever seen footnotes in fiction before? I'm used to them in Academic and some non fiction but never in fiction, it takes me away from the story, which is not a good thing, not in my book (pardon the pun) anyway.
     
  5. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

    6,512
    4,434
    313
    Reading Nevil Shute again. This time it's An Old Captivity. It's not fantasy but I suppose modern book shelvers might say it has an element of magical realism. Shute is easily the most unusual author I've ever read. His books are memorable, each one quite different from the other, and each one hard to describe what makes it so extraordinary. Also, curiously, each one I've read so far would make a good movie.
     
  6. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

    11,260
    3,607
    413
    This one has turned out to be good. There is limited information on Cleopatra, so educated speculation is of course woven in, and the author takes a definite pro-Cleopatra viewpoint, but on the whole it is entertaining and informative.
     
  7. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Myth Weaver

    4,289
    1,427
    163
    I had forgotten Nevil Shute. My father was a fan so they were always around the house. And I don't think you are alone in thinking they make good films. Much of his work has been adapted for TV or Film and sometimes both and more than once. I will look out for him again.
     
  8. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

    6,512
    4,434
    313
    On the Beach is the one everyone knows, but I would hesitate to recommend it as a Shute first novel. It is the bleakest thing I've ever read.

    Very different is A Town Called Alice, which is almost like two separate books, except that it follows the main character in both parts.

    But my introduction to Shute was Pied Piper. I recommend it, if you're looking to return to the author. As with every book of his I've read, it's such an odd choice of story and perspective, yet such a gratifying one.
     
  9. Black Cat

    Black Cat Acolyte

    5
    0
    1
    I've been re-reading Dresden Files in anticipation of Peace Talks' final release. I'm on Proven Guilty and it's been interesting. Butcher does the technical aspects of writing well - he can spin a yarn, his dialogue usually pops and his descriptions are colorful - but it feels like he's trying to write two different genres simultaneously. Not an impossible task by any means, but sometimes it gives me whiplash.

    For example, he tries to write Molly at the end in a humorous way despite her at least nominally feeling guilty about the brainwashing she's done, an act of black magic that she was going to be executed for until a combination of Harry and literal divine intervention saved her. This is on top of the usual beating Harry takes over the course of the book. Then she complains about... having to do wizard homework... maybe Butcher just wanted to end it on a lighter note? It wouldn't be the first time a competent author dropped the ball that way, it just bugs me.

    Or maybe I'm just forgetting something that contextualizes it later. Either way, it's still been an enjoyable ride so far (y)
     
  10. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

    11,260
    3,607
    413
    Started The Library at Mount Char. So far, a strange and interesting book.
     
  11. AMObst

    AMObst Dreamer

    14
    3
    3
    I've just finished book 7 of the Professor Croft series by Brad Magnarella, which is a great urban fantasy series set in New York, and I highly recommend for its tense plotting and interesting twists as well as good character development. Number 8 is about to be released.
    Now I'm starting on Agatha Christie's 'Murder is Easy', which might be the only one of hers I haven't read. The plots can be formulaic but she has an amusing way of describing characters in a less than flattering light.
     
  12. Gurkhal

    Gurkhal Auror

    1,042
    255
    83
    Edging closer to finish Prit Buttar's "Coallision of Empires". After that I'm looking for something of in the form of a novel.
     
  13. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

    6,512
    4,434
    313
    Just finished Ties of Blood and Bone, A.E. Lowan. Now reading The Dubliners by some Irish dude.
     
  14. Azeroth

    Azeroth Dreamer

    22
    17
    3
    I recently started the last WoT book, a Memory of Light. It's taken me a loooong bloody time to get here.
     
  15. WickGreenwood

    WickGreenwood Dreamer

    18
    5
    3
    Re-reading The Last Unicorn for roughly the thousandth time.
     
  16. kennyc

    kennyc Inkling

    526
    181
    43
    Just read Steinbeck's East of Eden for the first time (after avoiding it forever) ... it was Wonderful! He is such an Amazing Writer. The ending was perfect and included a small fitting surprise at the finale.
     
    skip.knox likes this.
  17. Gurkhal

    Gurkhal Auror

    1,042
    255
    83
    Going back to a classic. Ordered "Pawn of Prophecy" by David Eddings. I didn't really like it when it first read it but we'll see if I have matured and can get past my own issues with books. It will be interesting to revisit this classic.

    Although I am aware that it probably hasn't aged very well in many aspects. Still a classic that everyone should have read.
     
  18. Red Star

    Red Star Scribe

    25
    9
    3
    Reading Dune for the first time. I know. I'm ashamed.
     
    Gurkhal likes this.
  19. kennyc

    kennyc Inkling

    526
    181
    43
    N.K. Jemisin's The Broken Earth trilogy.
     
  20. Gurkhal

    Gurkhal Auror

    1,042
    255
    83
    I haven't read it either yet, so I know the feeling. :(
     
    Red Star likes this.
Loading...

Share This Page