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Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: January 09, 2010, 11:00:08 PM »
They both suffer from political thriller syndrome.  Lots and lots of buildup, and a paragraph long resolution.  Kind of a letdown.  I could have done with 150 or so more pages in both books to flesh out scenes, characters, plot, etc.  I liked them both, but wanted more in the end.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: January 08, 2010, 09:55:18 PM »
Just finished Varanger and The High City by Cecelia Holland.
Finished Neuropath a while ago.
On the last dozen pages of Lightbreaker by Mark Teppo.
Reading Hidden Empire by Orson Scott Card.
Next up will be Flesh and Fire, a pleasure read through of all of the Black Company now that I finished the omnibus collection, and The Devil's Alphabet.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: January 05, 2010, 08:46:22 PM »
Recently went out to buy Memories of Ice, the third Malazan book, and they did not have it in. So, I browsed around a little bit and decided to pick up the first book in Cooks Black Company series. Or so I thought. I somehow managed to, accidentally, buy The Return of the Black Company. >:(

I started to read it and something just didn't seem right. So, I checked the inside cover page to see the order the books were written in and saw, as I had thought, "The Black Company" was listed as book 1. Upon acknowledging that I had indeed bought the right book I flipped it over, just in case, and finally realized that it was The Return of the Black Company. Son of a......

Yeah.. Croaker makes the series, by the time he exits stage left I was hooked and willing to deal with the new PoV.  Starting without Croaker is like eating mashed potatoes and gravy...without mashed potatoes.  Or gravy.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: January 05, 2010, 08:43:57 PM »
I tried to read The Storm Caller over the holiday break, but bailed on it after 10%.  Decent writing, horrible use of info dumps, but the thing that really killed it for me was all of the head-jumping.  This person, and then this one, and then that one...freak!  I just couldn't deal with it.  Though BSG has said the ending is superb, I just couldn't make myself slog through it to get to the end.  So, I'll probably give the guy another chance after he's written a few more books.  Hoping that he gets better.  Makes me wonder how much reading in the Fantasy genre the guy does though, because I haven't read very many recent books that let the POV-switch fly.  Anyhow.

About halfway through Deadhouse Gates and really liking it.  Got another friend of mine hooked on it over the break as well.

And got lots of Amazon love for Christmas.  So, I bought:
  1)  Darker Angels  (MLN Hanover aka Daniel Abraham, Urban Fantasy, if you read urban, READ THIS SERIES!  Awesome)
  2)  Neuropath (Scott Bakker's psychopathic thriller, excited to say the least)
  3)  Belly of the Bow (KJ Parker Fencer series, love the author, and for $4?)
  4)  Twelve (Jasper Kent, on Kindle as this one is yet to be released in the US)
Excited to read them all.  :)

Im posting the Neuropath review later this week.  Its an interesting book.  Sad to see you didn't enjoy Stormcaller, its a rad book, and each book in the series has been getting better and better.  KJ Parker? Really?  Blegh...  That was me throwing up on you.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: December 31, 2009, 03:28:14 PM »
Yeah, thanks. I really do enjoy Morgan's work and I expect to enjoy this one as well, but I will probably be doing some eye-rolling through the more explicit stuff...

exactly lol!

Borders and a couple of stores in the mall had water problems... so they're entire Sci-Fi section was 30% off. I found some good stuff that wasn't water damaged at all!!!
1. Dawnthief by James Barclay ( which I am currently reading/ outlining, thanks steve!)
2. The first 2 Dreaded Empire books by Glen Cook
3. Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Seriously?  Man.  I never have that kind of luck...except when I worked at the bookstore.  We had water probs all the time, but I already got a fat discount, so it didn't really matter...

Two things:  You were fat?  You got a discount for being fat!?

Dan Wells / Re: Buy Dan Bacon?
« on: December 02, 2009, 06:59:23 PM »
Kinda?  That is repulsive.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: December 02, 2009, 06:51:50 PM »
Hey Silk, I just finished that.  Its a bit over the top on the minutae, but seriously intense stuff regardless.  Very good read, and agreed...hard to take at times.

Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: November 09, 2009, 08:00:45 PM »
Oh, I'm not having trouble "figuring things out on my own" so to speak; I am having trouble seeing where the novel is going or getting behind any of the characters as yet.  Don't worry.  I'll finish it.  And if it is everything that it has been promised me to be, I will be converted.

Don't worry it doesn't go anywhere.  I haven't read Dust of Dreams yet, but up to that point we are ALL waiting for the big reveal of where it is going.  We have hints and deep plotlines that give us a few ideas about it, but nothing is concrete.  However, to cite Shepard Book from Firefly, the journey is the worthier part.  I don't really care where The Malazan  series is ending up because it is a hell of a lot of fun reading in the going.  Hopefully this doesn't discourage you from reading the rest of them.

Books / Re: Book Price War
« on: October 27, 2009, 04:57:37 AM »
What if their fingers are skinny?

Books / Re: Book Review Site
« on: October 22, 2009, 01:39:21 AM »
Sort- I find it extremely discomforting that you Facebook stalked me right after talk about me being a whore...

Don't feel bad. He stalks me, too.

I dont feel bad.  I just wonder if his intentions are honorable.

Books / Re: Book Review Site
« on: October 19, 2009, 10:13:22 PM »
My extracurricular activities aside, it seems the problem with slowdown rectified itself.  Is this the case for everyone else?

Sort- I find it extremely discomforting that you Facebook stalked me right after talk about me being a whore...

Books / Re: Book Review Site
« on: October 18, 2009, 04:20:36 PM »
A whore.

Books / Re: Book Review Site
« on: October 17, 2009, 10:15:04 PM »
His wife likes him if she pays you money to hang out with him, Slamel.

Lies.  She pays so she doesn't have to.

Is the site having some problems ATM? It's incredibly slow for me.

It's loading very slow for me as well.

EDIT: By the way, I love the 300-level fantasy titles you've selected(that is, once the page loaded). I need to get on it.

Yes it is loading slowly.  I'm looking into it though.

We have books by Faith Hunter, Gail Carriger, and Amanda Downum being reviewed in the very near future. You'll have to let Steve or I know what you think of those or if they still aren't what you're looking for. The first is marketed for women, the second is light-hearted comedic fantasy, the third is Amanda's entry into the Epic Fantasy market.

Ooh, those all sound interesting. Sorry for being needy.

Oh, I work with Steve.  I'm used to it.

Books / Re: Book Review Site
« on: October 16, 2009, 11:47:21 PM »
I thought that decision had been reached a long time ago.  Hey, so we need to get together.  I feel bad for accepting the money your wife pays me to hang out with you, if we never hang out.  I do have principlies you know.

Books / Re: Book Review Site
« on: October 16, 2009, 10:23:06 PM »
Nobody likes you Steve.  We took a vote.

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