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What book(s) are you reading in 2020?

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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