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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #720 on: May 21, 2009, 05:25:15 PM »
I can echo that.  I liked Dune.  Messiah was decent but not my favorite.  I really liked Children though.

Haven't gotten to any of the others.  I've been meaning to for a long time.  I don't know what to think about the final (two) volumes that BH/KJA wrote.  I've tried to read a few KJA books and put em all down.  He's one of those that "tells" a lot in expositional dumps and such.  Not bad, but not my favorite.  But the only book by BH that I tried to read was absolutely horrendous.  Timeweb, or something like that.  Only got about 20 pages into it.  Horribad.  And Terribad for sure.
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #721 on: May 21, 2009, 05:47:01 PM »
I'm reading Resenting the Hero by Moira J. Moore.  From the cover and title, I expected it to just be a fluffy fantasy (kind of along the lines of John Moore), but it actually has quite a bit of depth.
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #722 on: May 21, 2009, 06:03:39 PM »
KJA's own stuff isn't really all that bad. It's not amazing, but it isnt bad by any means (the Saga of the Seven Suns has some great ideas, and can be enjoyed once you get past large amounts of setup). I blame the first 6 dune prequels horridness on BH. not only is the writing bad, but there is so much character stupidity, and so many logic and plot flaws.

but yes, Messiah has some fantastic concepts, and Children does too. after that it's a whole lot of weird.
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #723 on: May 21, 2009, 07:34:00 PM »
Any reading of Herbert should include The Eyes of Heisenberg.  Probably should include The God Makers too.  The later shows that even a great writer can steal from a lesser one (i.e. Stasheff's Warlock Series.) and make improvements.
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #724 on: May 26, 2009, 06:20:20 PM »
So, after having the book sit on our shelves for over a year (it's not even our book, oddly enough) my wife finally said that she wanted to read The Host.  We're reading it together.  Not too far in yet.  Her writing is nowhere near as terrible as the stuff I remember from Twilight though.  This book might just be doable.

Reading an ARC for a middle-grade book that a friend of mine is trying to get published too.

I just have way to many things to read right now.  :)  lol.  Ah, the life.
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #725 on: May 26, 2009, 07:43:40 PM »
It's not an ARC unless a publisher releases it pre-publication. If there's no publisher attached, it's called a manuscript.
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #726 on: May 26, 2009, 10:07:59 PM »
Im back to reading some Brian Lumley and F Paul Wilson. I need something good after suffering through the last Dresden Files novel.
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #727 on: May 26, 2009, 10:31:30 PM »
Was it that bad? I haven't read any and have been thinking about starting.
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #728 on: May 26, 2009, 10:40:19 PM »
since i know you, i know it will bug you. all the progress he made with the characters over the course of the 1st 10 novels, he essentially hits the reset button on it and sends them all back to square 1. the one character he does a ton of development on in book 11 gets killed off rendering it useless. in addition, he doesn't address any of the crazy stuff that happened to characters in the prior novel. lastly, i figured out who the bad-guy was as soon as the introduced the character. it was garbage, and has culled my desire to read anything further in that universe. this says a lot since i seriously pimped out this series before reading book 11.

such a shame. dont waste your time reading it. i'd rather read WoT, and you KNOW how I feel about that...
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #729 on: May 26, 2009, 11:34:27 PM »
It's not an ARC unless a publisher releases it pre-publication. If there's no publisher attached, it's called a manuscript.

Ah, okay then, manuscript it is.   ;D  He'd just done all this fancy work to put it into a little booklet and it's stapled up with a cover page and everything.  It's beautiful and I thought I'd try to give it a little more official title.  Didn't know ARC was reserved for these kinds of things.
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #730 on: May 27, 2009, 03:10:14 AM »
Is he self publishing?
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #731 on: May 27, 2009, 11:28:39 PM »
Very much doubt it.  He has the manuscript (:D) out to several places right now.
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #732 on: May 29, 2009, 12:17:22 AM »
I just picked up the Mallorean at the library.  FIgure since Certain persons are in Seandar securing Semirhage and probably the Crystal Throne besides, I'd better refresh on Seandar. Oh sorry that was Sendar wasn't it. ;P
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #733 on: May 29, 2009, 04:05:35 PM »
I finished deadhouse gates and am reading memories of ice
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Re: What are you reading, part 3
« Reply #734 on: May 29, 2009, 05:06:21 PM »
I'm reading The lord of the rings By: j.r.r. Tolkian
and the instrimintalities of the nightBy: Glenn Cook. Its okay but i wouldn't suggest it if you haven't read any of his books try the black company or the dread empire first.