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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Mon 10 Apr 2017 - 15:59

I think it's going to work much better as a film then as a book. Rather than devoting pages to describing the layout of an 80s reference filled bedroom, a simple pan across some shelves filled with games or posters on the wall will accomplish that just fine. Couple that with the fact that Spielberg is at the helm and it should work out fine.

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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Mon 10 Apr 2017 - 17:23

@ Buska

I loved Ready player one so that's sad to hear that didn't enjoy it all that much, perhaps the constant recommendations for you to read it subconsciously put you off before you started it? Or maybe it just hasn't aged all that well in the last 6 years.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Mon 10 Apr 2017 - 22:04

Little from column a, little from column b. I also think anything that references a lot of other great works like that invites itself to be compared to them, unfortunately.
Like I said, once it got going I didn't hate it, and if the things that bothered me aren't as annoying to someone else I can see why it would be up there.

I'm also not really in the right mood to read about capitalist dystopian futures right now, seeing as we're living in one Laughing Crying or Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Tue 11 Apr 2017 - 1:10

Laughing Fair enough.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Tue 18 Apr 2017 - 14:47

Been a while and I've finished two books in that time.  Daggerspell, book one of the Deverry saga, a reread of my first foray into the genre and adult fiction way back when.  Long story short the story follows an almost-immortal magician (Dweomer Master to use the in-universe terminology) and three constantly reincarnating souls after he played a pivotal role in screwing up their destinies in an earlier life that saw him cursed to immortality after vowing to never rest until he set it right.  The series likes to take a rather unique route of telling the story, covering the past lives as they become relevant to the current ones, and its use of reincarnation is a key feature that sets it apart from your typical fantasy settings.  While a decent read the series starts to really get in to the mojo of things from book 2, this one was a lot of set-up with a smaller scale conflict.  

The second being the first book in the two-novel omnibus Theft of Swords, The Crown Conspiracy.  This one was a ton of fun, a couple of unlikely heroes in the form of a mercenary and a thief duo end up dragged in to a conspiracy involving the royalty of the region, much swashbuckling adventuring ensues.   The relationship and banter of the grumpy Royce and affable Hadrian keeps things entertaining throughout and they have excellent chemistry.  This book's an easy recommendation for anybody after a swashbuckling fun adventure that don't want to feel like they need to go on suicide watch afterwards, it may not exactly set the world on fire with an original setting (but lets be honest here, sometimes a traditional fantasy setting with a few unique tweaks is just what the doctor ordered) but boy is it a fun ride.  The second story so far gets even better too.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Tue 18 Apr 2017 - 14:50

The first of those sounds interesting, but the second sounds like exactly what the doctor ordered. Fun!
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Sat 22 Apr 2017 - 11:07

And indeed it was!  Brushed off the second story in Theft of Swords, Avempartha.  The tone was still light for most of the story although the storm on the horizon is now starting to come in to clearer focus.

The story this time took a nice contrast to the first one.  Where the first story dealt with the dealings and treachery of a grand conspiracy this one instead dealt with a small village under attack from a monster.  What sounds like a small affair soon becomes something far bigger however, and the story ends with what is best described as an avalanche of awesome.  

Overall the book was an absolute blast and I cannot wait for the next instalment, Nyphron Rising.  The name alone has me all kinds of hyped considering the conclusion of Avempartha.  It's safe to say my recommendation of the series has only strengthened after concluding the book.  

The wait for book depository to get me the rest of the series is going to be painful.  In the meantime I'll probably read the second part of The Deverry Cycle, Darkspell.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Sun 30 Apr 2017 - 13:09

I recently finished The Odyssey, which I read for this nonsense and I enjoyed it much more than the Iliad. It just felt less repetitive and tedious, and took me on an actual adventure. I was pretty into it by the end, and properly rooting for Odysseus, Penelope and Telemachus to get a happy ending. Crazy to think it got to me like that 2,800 years after it was written!
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Sun 30 Apr 2017 - 18:39

I wonder if Odysseus ever 'fessed up to his wife what he was busy doing (or who) for many of those years... anyway, agreed that it's a better story than the Iliad, which focusses in stupid detail on one area of a war. Surprised nobody's made a game based on it actually.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Sun 30 Apr 2017 - 19:16

Their was one back in 2011 called Warriors: Legends of Troy which is a Musou.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Sun 30 Apr 2017 - 21:29

If that ever comes to XBox One BC I will be all over it.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Thu 4 May 2017 - 15:13

All but finished Darkspell, the second part of the four book long Deverry Cycle and fifteen book long Deverry saga. Picking up about a year after the events of the first book once-a-lord Rhodry, now tasked to travel as a Silver Dagger (lone-wolf mercenaries that travel the land constantly looking for hire) with his soulmate Jill (also a silver dagger) finds the dweomer that caused the rebellion aimed at killing him hasn't finished, as he and Jill find themselves unwittingly entrapped in a conspiracy of a Dark Dweomer Master with nasty plans and even nastier means of working his vile schemes.

Like the title suggests the story takes a more sinister turn as the readers are given a nice showing of the Dark Dweomer and how it conducts business, plenty of ensorcelling people to slaves, inflictions of insanity and depression, that sort of thing. The conflict is smaller in scale although the stakes are more openly large at the same time, for failure would result in an eventual return to an age of endless conflict. Speaking of that age, we're given our first showing of the Deverry civil war as well, with Jill's soul being a bloodlusting warrior-priestess in a previous life. Needless to say the results are another tragedy in the chain of fate that binds the three souls (they don't always die horribly in every life, promise!), although the big take-away is the set-up for the Deverry civil war happening during the time period, as well as the foundation of a noble bloodline that has relevance in the current time-period.

Overall it's a good book and where I feel the series starts to really hit its stride, doing well to keep the story in the perspective of smaller more personal views of the characters and a more grounded realistic setting. It's the little things, like mention of a castle having barbican's and other realistic features or how a war affects the lives of the peasants, that really make the setting of the series feel authentic and grounded, which works hand in hand with the magic and its various dimension-shifting astral plain shenanigans.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Wed 17 May 2017 - 13:32

DoPo for the win!  

So, Nyphron Rising is finished, another awesome adventure.  The Empire has been established and is sweeping the world, only a treaty between the kingdom of Melengar and the Nationalists can force a retreat of the imperial army from the former's lands.  Needless to say it falls to miracle workers Royce and Hadrian to get that treaty formed, and needless to say things don't go anywhere close to as planned on paper as what starts as a simple meeting ends in something far larger.  The main cast continues to develop in delightful and satisfying ways, with princess Arista stepping in to a main character role and providing some great chapters.  

Can't really say any more than that because we're quickly coming to the point where summaries, even brief, are spoilers.  Suffice to say the books just keep getting better and better, and I've already started devouring the next one, The Emerald Storm.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Wed 17 May 2017 - 16:23

I'm currently reading The Last Wish by Andrezj Sapkowski, which GNamerans who have been paying attention may notice is the book which the Witcher games are based on. It is very good, and at a quick pace and characterful tone I'd recommend it to fantasy fans who want something to read between thick tomes. Like the games, it takes place in a very grim, real medieval world which is afflicted by a very whimsical, fairy-tale breed of magic and monsters. It is wondefully, brilliantly Polish. (I'm about halfway through).

By the way, if you're not all sick of Jamie yet: he had a very nice black, hardcover copy of Arcanium Unbounded, the short Cosmere collection by Brandon Sanderson. His reading that and my reading TLW is how we became friends, see.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Sun 21 May 2017 - 9:48

Aaaaw - that's a nice thing to happen!

Less nice is I realised I have a load of books on my bookshelf that I was given as a kid (I think my mum was trying to get me to read anything that wasn't a vidjagames magazine) that I never read, but didn't have the heart to pass on. So I went back and read The Jungle Book. You know what? It's terrible. I appreciate that Kipling wrote this in the 1890s, but he deliberately makes the jungle animals speak in an antiquated form of English. A whole paragraph is spent on describing the movement of an animal, but sometimes three years' time is covered by a comma. Disney butchered the story of Mowgli (only actually half the book; not many orangutans in India; Baloo was the grumpy one and Bagheera was more relaxed), but they at least made something watchable. #18905HotTake
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Sun 21 May 2017 - 19:01

I've ordered myself a trilogy of books based on the Alien universe, most of them are either set between Alien & Aliens or slightly after.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Wed 24 May 2017 - 12:15

The Emerald Storm is done and Rise of Empire is over.  This series gets stronger with every story, overall an easy rec for anybody after a good fantasy yarn with awesome protagonists.  Not going to do my usual rundown because we've entered massive spoiler territory, and things here on out are going to get very exciting I suspect.


I'll be taking a break before the final omnibus to allow someone irl the chance to catch up and instead will be returning to Sanderson's Cosmere.  That's right, I'm finally going to start Mistborn: Alloy of Law!  Stormlight Archive 3 is only five months away so I'd better get cracking!
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Thu 25 May 2017 - 17:14

I need to get on with some more Sanderson/ Cosmere, I reckon.
I finished The Last Wish. Very good, but almost dreamlike. Very fairy tale. I want to read more in that world, now, to see how much of the very grounded world from The Witcher games is actually in the books.
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