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Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: August 13, 2011, 06:52:50 AM »
I'm reading Across the Great Barrier by Patricia C. Wrede, and I like it so far, though it's hard because I haven't felt much like reading lately. This was the only thing I've picked up that held my attention for more than two minutes.

It's on my to-read list. I enjoyed the first one quite a bit. Let me know how you like it.

Books / review: Amortals
« on: July 17, 2011, 08:35:11 PM »

review by Silk (sorry it took me so long to post)

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: June 30, 2011, 06:01:00 AM »
Just finished Hounded by Kevin Hearne. Whoooaboy. If you like Urban Fantasy this is for you. Fun, hilarious, clever. I really enjoyed it.

Now I'm on Midsummer Night by Fredda Warrington. I'm about 100 pages in and so far it's ok, but I haven't seen much magic yet...

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: June 28, 2011, 07:36:13 PM »
If you liked Shades even a little, you will LOVE Carol Berg.

So I tried Carol Berg once and didn't really care for her. Is her newer stuff better?  Because I LOVE Shades of Milk and Honey.

Carol's newer stuff is pretty good. Her new Collega Magica series is like mystery/fantasy/gothic. The pace is slower so it takes time to get into, but the payoff is worth it.

Dan Wells / Re: Buy Dan Bacon?
« on: June 22, 2011, 05:34:04 AM »

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: June 21, 2011, 08:00:04 AM »
When I read Will Power it comes across to me as the kind of 'fantasy book for the masses'. It pokes fun at the high fantasy genre, and doesn't make the magic so in the reader's face that literary snobs won't necessarily put it down because it has magic in it.

If that makes any sense. It seems to me that's what he's trying to do. As a result the books will have a broader base than if he'd taken the magic and worldbuilding and etc seriously. Kind of like Wicked (McGuire), where the magic/worldbuilding is a second-thought kind of thing to the character interactions, and as a result it reaches a wider audience than 'regular' fantasy. Or am I mistaken?

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: June 20, 2011, 03:41:19 PM »
Nessa, did you read Act of Will before Will Power? I haven't been more disappointed in a book in recent memory.

I did not. What about it disappointed you? The thing about humor pieces is that it's hard to be strict about plot/style/worldbuilding.

A lot of those "donated in the name" books came from the Quark library. Ethan donated them without our permission. (We would have given it but he didn't ask.)
I knew that TLE had a 'library'. He probably donated when the library was just opening, I'm guessing. They have a decent science fiction section a the Provo library, better than other libraries, at any rate.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: June 19, 2011, 03:23:59 PM »
Just finished the comedic Will Power by AJ Hartley, and it was pretty good--it was written by a college professor of Shakespeare, and it definitely has those undertones. Now I'm reading an oldie but a goodie The Story of the Stone by Barry Hughart. And what do I find in the front cover of the library copy? A 'donated in the name of Marion K. Smith' tag. I teared up. Doc Smith was the adviser/advocate/bulldog for The Leading Edge while I was there, up until he passed away. Ahhh memories.

Books / Review: Julian Comstock
« on: June 09, 2011, 09:48:39 PM »

Suggestions Box / Re: Forum Filter
« on: May 22, 2011, 12:50:19 AM »
Mods = filter.

We delete/edit stuff, esp when it's reported. So.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: May 04, 2011, 06:01:40 AM »
Max, my daughter LOVES the animorph books. She's only recently discovered them.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: April 11, 2011, 11:29:04 PM »
I think I like everything that both Peter and Nessa like.  What does it meeeeeean?

That you're a cylon.

Do I get to be the blonde one? /leaves to buy sexy red dress

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: March 03, 2011, 04:50:59 PM »
Right now I'm reading Among Others by Jo Walton. It's a very different read, and I like it a lot so far.
I just finished this one yesterday. I liked it, and found it kind of nostalgic because of all the SF she reads as a kid. But the magic and saving the world aftermath part is good, too. It just kind of ends, though. But I think that's why she uses the diary format, because it's just a slice/stage of Mor's life. Do you think that makes it excusable Sigyn or just lazy?

Also just finished A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Urban Fantasy vampire romance (that pretty much says it all). She showed up at the New York Comicon on a fantasy author panel with Sanderson, Butcher, Abercrombie, Novik, and Brett so I was curious about her. Turns out she was probably thrown onto that panel for publicity's sake and not necessarily because those authors' readers will want to read a vampire romance book.

Everything Else / Re: Cool Stuff Found on the Internet, again
« on: February 11, 2011, 05:03:44 PM »

Everything Else / Re: Anyone headed to LTUE this year?
« on: February 11, 2011, 05:01:28 PM »
Thursday and Friday until about 3ish (kid get home from school about 3:15).

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