What have you been reading lately?

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Agent
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Recently, meaning within the last two months:

  • Janet Evanovich, Ten big ones
  • Peter F Hamilton, Pandora's Star & Judas Unchained
  • Ken Macleod, The Star Fraction
  • Henning Mankell, The man who smiled
  • Elizabeth Peters, The serpent on the crown
  • Jose Carlos Somoza, The Athenian murders
I'd recommend them all, with the possible exception of the Macleod, which is very likely not to most people's taste.
Edit: remembered another one.

[ Monday, July 31, 2006 13:35: Message edited by: Micawber ]

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Aldous Huxley's Island is very differnt from his other books. It is utopian and very good. Well worth reading. I could not read Brave New World.

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-The Tales of the Otori Trilogy by Lian Hearn
-The first DragonLance book(not remembering title or author)
-Rereading The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones
-Several books on writing/fantays authors for my book-club-turned-writing-class

Other than that, I have been addicted to BOE and haven't really read anything. As punishment, my friends have refused me mental hugs for the next 48 hours. :(

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The last book I read was Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. It was really good.

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A nice little series by Naomi Novik including Black Powder War and Throne of Jade may be of interest to the naval stories crowd. It is a dragon rider series set during the Napoleonic wars, very interesting. Napoleon is fighting against Germany and England with dragons.

http://www.temeraire.org/index.cgi?pagetype=writing&series=Temeraire

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Raymond E. Feist is probably my favorite author. He's managed to keep the quality reasonably high over a very long series of books. I recommmend beginning with Magician: Apprentice.

I also greatly enjoy Terry Brooks. Currently, I'm reading some Forgotten Realms stuff. Some authors are better than others. I recommend R. A. Salvatore and Paul S. Kemp.

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quote:
Originally written by Archmage Alex:

R. A. Salvatore
I enjoyed The Crystal Shard greatly, but when I tried to read more, I found that I just couldn't get into the rest of the series.

[ Wednesday, August 02, 2006 06:54: Message edited by: Tyranicus ]

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China Miéville is extremely worth reading for industrial fantasy unlike anything I've ever seen elsewhere. He is, if nothing else, always good for a new anthropomorphic creature. (Cactus? Check!)

—Alorael, who also recently reread Catch-22. Yes, it's still brilliant. He should look into getting the sequel.
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quote:
—Alorael, who also recently reread Catch-22. Yes, it's still brilliant. He should look into getting the sequel.

I read the sequel when it came out and found it wasn't quite as good as the original. Some of the absurbities in the sequel seem to be just to show he could write anything.
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John dies at the end. I'm really tired so I aint gonna bother putting up a link but its a brilliant online read.
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I can't stand China Mieville-- it is bad political discourse of the dialectic kind written into well written fantasy, the political spider eggs make it unreadable for me. If you can swallow the politics, which make little sense in the modern context, it would be very readable. I won't.

Let me see. Back to stuff.

[ Thursday, August 03, 2006 17:25: Message edited by: I'll Steal Your Toast ]

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So, I've been living in this apartment for almost three months, and I just now got all my books unpacked and on their respective shelves. :rolleyes:

In the process, I categorized them. Anyway, here is a list of just about every novel I own, all of which are IMHO worth reading at least once.

[ Friday, August 11, 2006 00:00: Message edited by: Tyranicus ]

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Bram Stocker?

—Alorael, who feels a mixture of pride and confusion at the fact that he has read the vast majority of that list, including several entries that just aren't worth the trees that died for their printings.
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Bram Stocker is a distant relative of Bram Stoker who works the night shift at 7- 11.

Right now I am starting a very thick book called Warrener's Beastie A Novel of the Deep by William R. Trotter. William R. Trotter is a distant relative of Harry Trotter, the deranged nephew of Harry Potter.

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That's what happens when you type things up late at night. :rolleyes: Typo Fixed.

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Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
How to Breathe Underwater - forget
Stones from a River - Ursula something
Tin Drum - Gunter Grass
The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen

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Newest addition: Coraline, by Neil Gaiman. Children's horror. Short but very good.
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I've gotten lost in secrets. That is, 'The Valley of Secrets' by Charmian Hussey, which is just an excellent book. I can't wait to finish it.

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Haven't read much recently, but I read the first Pendragon book a few months ago. It was okay. I tried reading the second but got too bored to continue pretty early in the book. Re-read Harry Potter 6 a few months ago too.

I'm looking forward to reading Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People when it comes out in three days. Yes, I'm too old for those silly books. No, I don't really care. Those books keep me amused. :P

Also looking forward to The End, the final installment in "A Series of Unfortunate Events", coming out in two months.

[ Saturday, August 12, 2006 05:51: Message edited by: BainIhrno ]

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Yep, R.A. Salvatore is very good, his books are neat and shiny.

Go out and read Dragon Champion, by E.E. Knight. Its freakin Sweet, i enjoyed it much. Its very unique. So yeah.

Also, Star Wars, New Jedi Order. I read the series, and they are very well written. If your a star wars fan, i suggest it. But...its a very long series. More than just a trilogy. Ok, bye

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I own the whole NJO set. Good books indeed, especially Star by Star.

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YAY! Star by Star is my favorite one. because, nobody really enters a batlle then leaves without a scratch. And many deaths...which made it sweeter.

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I recently reread the Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy(Was it right? It's got a different name in finnish.) and all of the other books in the series. I also compared Harry Potter 6 english version and finnish version. Before that, I finally finished the Lord of the Rings english version, and proceeded to read Silmarillion. Now I'm bored.

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I just reread for the umpteenth time the Harry Potter series and proceeded to buy the Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch Through the Ages books on Amazon.

Peter David is a very good SF author. In my opinion he is best at his Star Trek books, especially the New Frontier books.

Simon Green is good too, he writes SF and fantasy too and even though his plots aren't too new, he is a fun read.

Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series is BETTER than Harry Potter. Just read it and you'll see.

And if you haven't read Narnia yet, you are missing an awful lot...

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quote:
Originally written by JadeWolf:

Peter David is a very good SF author. In my opinion he is best at his Star Trek books, especially the New Frontier books.
David is alright, but the best Star Trek authors are Diane Carey, J.M. Dillard, and Diane Duane.

[ Thursday, August 17, 2006 09:02: Message edited by: TM Valorim ]

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