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  • #46
    Haven't been able to pick up "Happy Hour in Hell" yet (Book 2 of Williams's "Bobby Dollar" series) but I did breeze through volume 2 of Rothfuss's "Kingkiller Chronicles," "A Wise Man's Fear" a couple weeks back. It was more of the same: a fantasist's character wish-fulfillment. Something that a teen invented when playing D&D to explain the 'Ultimate PC!' On the other hand, apart from the story's central character, the writing is actually rather decent with a few good turns-of-phrase and a visually rich tapestry in the world. It is just a shame that the main character is such a disappointing personality.
    Last edited by EverKing; 04-14-2020, 06:54 AM.
    "In omnibus requiem quaesivi, et nusquam inveni nisi in angulo cum libro"
    --Thomas a Kempis


    • #47
      Again, Dangerous Visions 1&2 Edited by Harlan Ellison.

      Brought out of box storage just now and it's been six years or so that circumstances in my life at the time forced me to move my whole book collection into storage.
      Practically the pride of my collection, i bought them 1st hand in 1977.

      From memory a few of my favorite tales are : The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin , When it Changed by Joanna Russ,
      Ching Witch! by Ross Rocklynne and

      With The Bentfin Boomer Boys on Little Old New Alabama by Richard Lupoff.
      Last edited by Kymba334; 04-16-2020, 02:14 PM.
      Mwana wa simba ni simba

      The child of a lion is also a lion - Swahili Wisdom


      • #48
        I need some solace in these shit times. My Moorcock collection is in Norfolk so I’ve reverted to the book that started my love for all this gubbins; The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

        I do have a number of Maigret books on the way, and a James L Swanson book about the hunt for Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth.


        • #49
          Finished Circe by Madeline Miller
          Well written and interesting: mainly a character piece as the name might suggest.
          Don't know if I would recommend it: would depend on who asked.


          • #50
            Originally posted by Rothgo View Post
            Finished Circe by Madeline Miller
            Well written and interesting: mainly a character piece as the name might suggest.
            Don't know if I would recommend it: would depend on who asked.
            Yes, I've been reading Circe too. Not quite finished it yet - but it's been an enjoyable read. It's kind of what you'd get if you crossed Greek Myths & Legends with a celebrity gossip magazine.

            The story itself has been very well crafted. There are very few very long words which makes it an easier read than many of the (sometimes) dry translations of Greek Myths & Legends. I'm to saying this to denigrate the book - or the author -just that the book has been written to appeal to anyone, and it does breathe a new life into the old tales - with a new perspective to boot. Certainly you get to see Odysseus in a new light.

            It would probably make a good book to introduce teenagers to Greek Myths and Legends.


            • #51
              I've been reading a bunch of Brian Lumley from my last thrift store haul that I managed to get right before the microscopic menace shut everything down. Oh how I miss treasure hunting at thrift stores for books. The good news around here is a bunch of them will be reopening on the 18th. There will be restrictions (mask wearing, only so many people allowed in at a time, etc...), but it will feel good rummaging through the shelves once again.
              "He found a coin in his pocket, flipped it. She called: 'Incubus!'
              'Succubus,' he said. 'Lucky old me.'" - Michael Moorcock The Final Programme


              • #52
                Currently reading Robert Fagle's translation of the The Odyssey. It really zings along.

                Coming to think of it - if anyone gets sniffy about the fantasy genre - tell them the Iliad, the Odyssey and even Milton's Paradise Lost are all fantasy stories.
                Last edited by sandy; 05-15-2020, 07:51 AM.


                • #53
                  I have a book backlog. I thought I would be reading more with the quarantine/shelter in place thing going on here in the US, but I'm busier than ever taking care of chores, which seem to have multiplied 100 fold since the shutdown.

                  Books to read (in no particular order, kinda):

                  Ghosts of Karnak - George Mann (started)
                  Ghosts of Empire - George Mann
                  The Driver's Wife - S. K. Keogh (This is written by a good friend of mine, who started with the Jack Mallory pirate trilogy, fell in love with Charleston, SC, and from there this book was born.)
                  Crooked River - Preston and Child (A Special Agent Pendergast novel)
                  Old Bones - Preston and Child


                  • #54
                    Originally posted by fammann View Post
                    I just read Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. I absolutely loved it. Character driven fantasy and not about war. I wish there were more books like that.
                    I read all the Earthsea books , they were amazing , one of my Chaos Twins now has them

                    , [Ok Emerson ...oot the motor !!!!


                    • #55
                      I have been reading more about the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion and Scottish history of that period . My ancestors are MacLeods from Lairg in Sutherland , a few years ago I took the whole Chaos Crew back , for once the weather was lovely and they learned more about where we came from . The Jacobite books differ , it depends on the author's standpoint ( Jacobite/Government ) however Culloden The Last Clan Battle by the archaelogist Tony Pollard is really interesting and his research unearthed new information about the battle . The Stuart's Last Secret by Peter Pininski is another of interest , the author turns out to be the direct descendant of Prince Charles Edward Stuart , living in Poland , though he makes no new claims the British throne !! I have been reading books on the Vietnam War written by ARVN veterans and journalists which gave me a new inisght into that time , Surviving The Vietnam War is a harrowing book by Duong Phuc and Vu ThanThuy , dteailing what happened to them during and after the war . I read all of Anne McCaffrey's Dragon books and I know her son Todd has carried on with the series , I see her daughter GiGi has now published a Pern novel , Dragon Code , I'll maybe give it a try while I am still confined to La Hellcienda barracks !!

                      , [Ok Emerson ...oot the motor !!!!


                      • #56
                        I have been in a kind of a reader's block because I am/was in an OCD crisis so I stopped reading for a while. Not even reading my beloved comics.
                        As I feel better, I continue with a partial reader's block though. I have finished the third book of the trilogy The Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne by Brian Staveley ( which is incredible, it is modern non-derivative fantasy in an Indian/Asian/middle eastern world replete of great characters. I recommend this strongly ) but now I am trying to read two books:

                        Someone wicked this way comes, by Bradbury, but I am not enjoying it massively as his short stories. But I am insisting.
                        Blood, by Mike. This seems like a very fascinating book, but very experimental and hard to focus. Yesterday I started enjoying it better.

                        Thank God, I am reading comics again.

                        I was trying Scribd for a month where I found Greg Bear's Eon trilogy, but although the concept is fascinating, the book was too hard sci-fi for me. I am more into the new wave and space opera side of the genre and of course, I like a good science in my books, however, I rather enjoy reading about physics than reading a fiction book that tries to encompass physics to the plot. Of course, Mike has done it, but in a more literary and better way.

                        So, I read the summary of Greg Bear's book Eon on Wikipedia and I feel as if it had been better than going through it.
                        "From time to time I demonstrate the inconceivable, or mock the innocent, or give truth to liars, or shred the poses of virtue.(...) Now I am silent; this is my mood." From Sundrun's Garden, Jack Vance.
                        "As the Greeks have created the Olympus based upon their own image and resemblance, we have created Gotham City and Metropolis and all these galaxies so similar to the corporate world, manipulative, ruthless and well paid, that conceived them." Braulio Tavares.


                        • #57
                          Just finished Nick Sagen's Idlewild. Quite a fun simple read: felt a bit like an intro to the next rather than a stand-alone book, which was slightly surprising but not an issue: it did have enough of an end in its own rightch