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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Sat 17 Jun 2017 - 13:15

It was me! It does get a bit better, but it annoyed me a lot.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Wed 28 Jun 2017 - 21:22

Did you like Lost at Sea, Seconds and Scott Pilgrim then here comes


Just read Volume 1 which contains issues 1-5 of Snotgirl who is a fashion blogger in LA who has allergies. If you've have read any of O'Malley's work then you'll know his writing style and how he's a little different.

I think due to this being a comic-book that it could be his best work but depends on how long it goes on for, will it out life its welcome? It was a fun read for an hour or so.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Fri 30 Jun 2017 - 20:08

That is an intriguing premise indeed. Anything that subverts traditional beauty standards gets an intrigued nod from me.

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It was me! It does get a bit better, but it annoyed me a lot.

It did, it's true. Oddly, I found the bits where he was going into detail about the games/films/nerdalia some of the least appealing. When he was dealing with more traditional story beats, it got quite good. Still don't like Wade, but he's only 18 or so, there's time for him to grow up still.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Fri 30 Jun 2017 - 21:07

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Oddly, I found the bits where he was going into detail about the games/films/nerdalia some of the least appealing.

I was the same! Nothing odd about it, it was very obvious pandering. No subtlety or art to it, just a copied and pasted list of "things what nerds like".
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Mon 3 Jul 2017 - 20:06

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Seconds

Seconds is incredible. Really cute art, heart-warming story and believably written as well. There's something about O'Malley's writing that feels grounded despite dealing with mental concepts like video-game style boss fights for overcoming your girlfriend's exes or eating a mushroom to redo part of your life.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Mon 3 Jul 2017 - 21:20

Exactly, so when I saw someone tweet about Snotgirl, I knew I had to get it and isn't it nice not knowing something is a thing and just be able to get it.  Now with gaming everyone knows everything right away same with Movies and so on but as I'm not really keeping up with books it was pleasant surprise.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Mon 10 Jul 2017 - 16:25

Finished Heir of Novron this morning. Whew, what a finish. Whenever I get the final book in a series I always get a little nervous. What if it doesn't stick the landing? What if the ending is bad, or terrible? What if all that time and energy came to nothing?

Happily Heir of Novron stuck the landing perfectly. There were surprises, there were genuine moments I feared for the main cast of characters, and the ending ended things fittingly yet with a world built well enough that a sequel could come in any form and feel natural.

I skipped posting my thoughts on the fifth book in the series because despite it ending amazingly (and it was indeed absolutely amazing, those last 40 or so pages of Wintertide could give Sanderson a run for his money in jaw-dropping twists and exciting turns) I felt it ran into the sixth and final story Percepliquis so well that I wanted to post my thoughts of the ending in its entirety instead. Besides what exactly could I say about Wintertide? Those who aren't reading the series won't care and those that either are reading it or considering doing so won't want those spoilers.


Overall the Riyria Revelations was a blast. Each of the six stories upped the anti, upped the quality, and upped my love for the world and its characters. The things that made the first book so good, the swashbuckling adventures, the likeable characters, and the overall sense of enjoyment just kept increasing. I'm not going to go on much longer, instead I'm going to mirror the ending of my review for the first book Theft of Swords, the series is an easy recommend for anybody looking for some fun takes on a classic fantasy setting and the misadventures of a mercenary/thief duo who find themselves unlikely heroes. Also strong female characters, always something worth bringing up when they crop up, and this series has a few of them.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Tue 11 Jul 2017 - 9:55

I'm reading Blue Monday by Nicci French. It's a crime thriller that's about kidnapped children and is particularly unsettling. So, the perfect holiday read! Duh!

I do have American Gods by That There Neil Gaiman for afterwards, so... all good.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Tue 11 Jul 2017 - 10:38

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I do have American Gods by That There Neil Gaiman for afterwards, so... all good.

My mum's currently reading that, and I've bagsied her copy for when I'm done! As for myself, I'm making my way through Elantris, which hooked me pretty quickly.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Wed 12 Jul 2017 - 2:40

Yep, Elantris does that sort of thing. Very rich world and fascinating main cast in that one, easily in the top three of four Cosmere books imo.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Wed 12 Jul 2017 - 17:52

I just finished reading Elantris. Unsurprisingly, as the novel that launched the unstoppable force that is Brandon Sanderson, it was really bloody good. I don't think the magic and mythology was quite as clever and interesting as Mistborn's, nor the characters as compelling (I definitely didn't like Hrathen as much as Athrun seems to). I did enjoy the romance subplot here immensely, though. The whole dramatic irony worked amazingly well, and as a love story it was very novel.
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Yep, Elantris does that sort of thing.
You can say that again: I read most of the 500-odd pages today and yesterday, between bouts of ARMS.
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I love the way he's left things open for a sequel too, the conclusion was strong and yet he resisted the temptation to wrap up everything instead allowing room for a sequel should one ever be written (which, thankfully, it will).
Will it? Genuine question, I'm intrigued to know if a true sequel is coming (as well as, presumably, an eventual linking of the Dor to other Cosmere powers) but I'm loathe to look into it and accidentally find a spoiler to one of the books I've not read yet.
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Wed 12 Jul 2017 - 19:44

Wow, that's fast!  I know that feeling all too well though, I'd be lying if I said I hadn't pulled a binge like that once or twice either.  And yep, sequels to both Elantris and Warbreaker have been confirmed by Sanderson in his yearly progress blog last december to be projects to look out for once his current set of projects are finished, the rough schedule is 2020 for Elantris "2".  

If you want to know about the underlying things regarding the Dor and its connections without spoiling other Cosmere books much I'll sum it up the best I can, and keep any "spoilers" strictly to Elantris, Ars Arcanum information, and my suspicions.
Spoilers for Elantris and Mistborn Trilogy:
 
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PostSubject: Re: What are you reading Thread   Yesterday at 13:31

“She assumes,” Wax said, “that our detective style isn’t normally the punchy-punchy, stabby-stabby type.”

“To be fair,” Wayne said, “it’s usually a more shooty-shooty, whacky-whacky type.”


One more book left before we see the last of Wax and Wayne, it's going to be mighty sad to wave farewell to them when the final book releases.  

I've long held the belief that the "Mistborn 2" era, aka the Wax and Wayne series, has been Sanderson having a bunch of fun in the world he created in the Mistborn trilogy, and having finished The Bands of Mourning I stand by that belief, even with some of the more dramatic events that transpired at the end of Shadows of Self and the large-scale Cosmere events starting to make their blatant appearance (I'll post my thoughts on those tantalising things in the spoiler block, suffice to say this series has absolutely become an important bridge for future Cosmere and Mistborn novels).  First we got a western-mystery adventure, then we got an action thriller, and now we got an Indiana-Jones-esque adventure, needless to say I can't wait to see what we get in book 4.  

Just like the previous two books Bands of Mourning was a great rollicking adventure filled with mystery and tons of action, we see yet more uses for the various magics of Scadrial as they continue to be combined in strange yet brilliant ways (I love how we've gone from full-blown Allomancy users and Feruchemical users to Twinborns who have one power from each, the combinations that get shown off are inventive as all get-out), and the main cast continues to be an absolute blast with an excellent mix of quip-y humour and excellent characterisation.  

As for the aforementioned Cosmere things, having caught up I have to put some of my theories regarding Scadrial and its looming threats to e-paper.

MAJOR Spoilers for The Cosmere and moderate ones for Bands of Mourning/The Original Trilogy:
 

Also holy s*** that last reveal!  AARGH, so many questions!  Well, now I simply have even more of a reason to get Arcanum Unbounded!  Since, you know, it being a pile of awesome sounding shortstories and a Novella centered on Lift totally hadn't already sold me.  

Alsoalso the **** ******* remind me of Iyatil in Words of Radiance.  Connection?  Maybe, definitely going to be paying strict attention when I reread that part of the book in a couple of months.
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