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I just finished The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I really enjoyed it! I'm jazzed to read book 2, but I think I'll wait a while and give him time to publish book 3
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I'm about 80% done with Witcher: Baptism by Fire. It's been slow going. Most of my reading is done on airplanes and in hotels, but I haven't been traveling much lately. And I've had to read textbooks for a class the last two months. That ends tonight, so tomorrow more time for reading and games, yay!
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Working on Fool Moon By Jim Buther. It's the second in the Dresden Files. Much better than the first book so far.
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I haven't updated in a while, so here's what I've been reading for the last few weeks.

I'm mostly alternating between recent Sci-Fi and stories that I've had for a while, but never got around to reading before now. Which is made up of older fantasy from some of my favorite authors:

The Book of Atrix Wolfe by Patricia A. McKillip
The Seven Towers by Patricia C. Wrede

I'm currently reading Shadow Magic by Patricia C. Wrede, but I'll probably finish it today.

I've also read Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey, Twisted Metal by Tony Ballantyne, and I read Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson to finish out that trilogy.

Next week (May 5-7) is the Library book sale, so I need to update my book lists!
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Halfway through 100 Years of Solitude for my Tiny Book club. I am loving it even though I'm not entirely sure what direction it's all going in. It's kind of fable-y in that it is event after event, but it's described in such an engagingly simple yet dense and interesting way that I stay well engaged.

And this on top of a translation, which always gives me pause because the translator ALSO has a huge part in how the book reads and I never am sure how much is Marquez and how much is the skill of the translator.

It's probably pretty equal but
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Read the book, it's great.
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Lorf Foul's Bane by Stephan Donaldson. it is part of a trilogy but I am surprised I finished this one it just seemed to drag for me.
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This last Sunday I purchased The Man of Gold (Empire of the Petal Throne Book 1) by Professor M.A.R. Barker from Jeff Dee (besides the best artist for 1st ed D&D, also the artist for MoO, MoM, and several Ultima video games). I'm hoping to learn more about the Tékumel setting which is significantly older and richer than any D&D setting. Tekumel was also published by Gary Gygax and several others, but each time they made marketing, sales, or other mistakes (think Firefly).

Edit: Jeff Dee also did the map that's in the front of that book - that's the connection besides just buying it from him.
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My recently finished books:

A Vision of Fire by Gillian Anderson - Meh. I found it to be boring.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss - Well, he warns the reader in the foreword that its an unusual book and he wasn't kidding. Still mildly enjoyable.

The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar - It was written well enough that I was curious about how it would end. But I never felt like I understood what was going on. I probably won't continue with the series.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - I never had much interest in this subject, but I dig Erik Larson's books so I gave it a try. It was interesting, and it covers way more than just the actual sinking. It was an interesting insight to America's attitude towards WWI.

Breaking Cat News by Georgia Dunn - Man, this is just the most wonderful comic strip, and I'm so glad she got a book deal. If you are a cat person, you should read her strip!
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Lorf Foul's Bane by Stephan Donaldson. it is part of a trilogy but I am surprised I finished this one it just seemed to drag for me.


Oh dear, sorry to hear that. This is on my To-Read list.
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The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar - It was written well enough that I was curious about how it would end. But I never felt like I understood what was going on. I probably won't continue with the series.

That's what I thought when I read it (also, that it was too smug...) it had too many in-references to other books, and fake books, and took it's booklore too seriously, despite being basically about the Reptilian theory of the British Monarchy (among other things.)

However, I went ahead and read book 2 in the series, which is VASTLY different from the first book! For one, has a cohesive plot (well, more so than the first book) and lots of rip-roaring action. Though, there is some torture, and lots of killing (as it is basically about hunting down a serial killer), so it definitely falls on the darker side of the book spectrum.

I haven't read the third book in the trilogy yet, but I probably will, if only to say I finished it.
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The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar - It was written well enough that I was curious about how it would end. But I never felt like I understood what was going on. I probably won't continue with the series.

That's what I thought when I read it (also, that it was too smug...) it had too many in-references to other books, and fake books, and took it's booklore too seriously, despite being basically about the Reptilian theory of the British Monarchy (among other things.)

However, I went ahead and read book 2 in the series, which is VASTLY different from the first book! For one, has a cohesive plot (well, more so than the first book) and lots of rip-roaring action. Though, there is some torture, and lots of killing (as it is basically about hunting down a serial killer), so it definitely falls on the darker side of the book spectrum.

I haven't read the third book in the trilogy yet, but I probably will, if only to say I finished it.


I do have book 2 in hand, but was going to give it away. Maybe I'll give it a shot. Thanks Carrie!
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Almost two months since my last post here! I haven't been doing too much reading, I've been gaming instead.

- The Hydrogen Sonanta, Iain M Banks - A culture novel focussing on the Gzilt who are of a similar tech level and were almost members of the Culture at its formation. They entire civilization is about to sublime to a higher level of existence but some things start going wrong. Another excellent Culture novel. I'm a big fan and I especially enjoy the conversations of the Minds.

- Fables Deluxe Editon Book 1. This is a collected hardback of the first two Fables volumes I picked up after playing the game. The first volume focuses on Snow White's sister Rose Red. While I liked it I thoght it was a bit tame compare to the game however it was mainly introducing the characters. The second, Animal Farm, ramps things up considerably.

- Octopus Pie, Vol 1, Meredith Gran. I read the webcomic of this so decided to order the book as I like it so much. It follows a girl who works in a organic food store in NY and her stoner room-mate. That's about it.

- The Boys, Vol 1-3, Garth Ennis. I picked a Garth Ennis collection up in the current Humble Comics Bundle. Started reading The Boys and flew through them. It's about a CIA-backed group of individuals who keep an eye on the world's superheroes and keep them in line, if necessary. Brutal. devil


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The Culture series is on my To-Read list. Does this series feature the same characters from book to book?
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Usually not. Some of the ships might be the same (honestly, I mostly read them for the ship names... and for space archaeology!), and maybe one character will get a cameo... but all of them can be read as stand-alone novels, they just all share the same backdrop and the greater Culture history which happens as the background.
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The Culture novels span a period of about 1300 years I believe but there are some Minds that are in different books, or at least referenced. The Minds are the AIs that control the Culture. I'm not sure if any humans are in multiple books.
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I did just finish Storm Front by Jim Butcher. It was ok, but I'm not really sure about it yet. I'm planning on reading the next one (sometime) to decide whether or not to go on with the series.
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I've heard the Dresden Files get better after the first book. Though I've yet to read them myself.
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Dresden files get better after the first couple books for sure. I rated book one and two a 3/5. The rest of the series 5/5 except Ghost Story (4/5). I almost gave up but saw the ratings on Goodreads shoot up book 3 and beyond. It is worth sticking with it.
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I'm currently reading this rather delightful book:

Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Deciphering of Linear B and the Discovery of a Lost Civilisation by Margalit Fox.

It's non-fiction, and a great story! Though I do wish there was more about the language in the book.

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I have read about 6-8 books in the past month and a half...all from the Agent Pendergast series (by Lincoln and Childs). Really hard to put down, excellent stuff. Basically Pendergast is a modern day Sherlock Holmes, after a fashion.

But I've been really hooked on these since I finished up Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series, which was fantastic. I was sad to see it end.

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I have read about 6-8 books in the past month and a half...all from the Agent Pendergast series (by Lincoln and Childs). Really hard to put down, excellent stuff. Basically Pendergast is a modern day Sherlock Holmes, after a fashion.

But I've been really hooked on these since I finished up Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series, which was fantastic. I was sad to see it end.



My sister got me hooked on the Pendergast series. Glad you're enjoying it. Did you hear that they are trying to turn it into a TV show?
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I'm currently reading this rather delightful book:

Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Deciphering of Linear B and the Discovery of a Lost Civilisation by Margalit Fox.

It's non-fiction, and a great story! Though I do wish there was more about the language in the book.



Sounds heavy. Is it? I am interested in how languages formed but I figured any books on the topic would be too dense for me.
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Sounds heavy. Is it? I am interested in how languages formed but I figured any books on the topic would be too dense for me.

It's a quick read, not very heavy at all, it delves more into the lives and personalities of the three people most responsible for translating the language, without really delving into the language itself all that much.

Mostly it is about Alice Kober, the woman who laid the foundation for solving the language (she sadly died before she could do it herself) and how her technique allows for anyone to pick up where she left off - which revolutionized how people tackle language problems of this magnitude.
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adularia25 wrote:
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Sounds heavy. Is it? I am interested in how languages formed but I figured any books on the topic would be too dense for me.

It's a quick read, not very heavy at all, it delves more into the lives and personalities of the three people most responsible for translating the language, without really delving into the language itself all that much.

Mostly it is about Alice Kober, the woman who laid the foundation for solving the language (she sadly died before she could do it herself) and how her technique allows for anyone to pick up where she left off - which revolutionized how people tackle language problems of this magnitude.
There's a summary of it in Simon Singh's The Code Book. Fascinating stuff.
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