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#49 HoratiusMarcellus

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 09:40 pm

I'm currently reading 'The Sword of Midras' by Tracy Hickman & Richard Garriott.  It's a prequel story to the events of the game 'Shroud of the Avatar' which I also currently enjoy playing.  Apparently it's the first in a series of books relating to the story behind the game.

 

A link in case anyone interested - https://www.amazon.c...d of the avatar


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#50 Thib

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 03:42 pm

Yep, I read Legend a few years back, but only finished it by some strange force of dedication. The book never bought the characters to life enough for me, and there was never enough description to bring the world to life. After reading the likes of Hobb, I felt a bit starved of attention to detail by Legend.

I completely get where you're coming from. 

 

One of the things about Gemmell is the books he wrote are relatively short ~250 - 300 pages. As such he didn't spent too much time filling the world out. He opted for doing that over a number of books adding small tidbits of details of the land, history, nations, characters (and time periods) from different angles (depending on the book you're reading). So the more you read, the richer the whole world becomes.

 

However, if you're not hooked and only read one then yeah - it's fairly shallow and relies upon then base expectations of heroic low fantasy audiences.

 

I'll have to try Robin Hobb not read his stuff yet.


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#51 Aumento

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 05:47 pm

Just to change the tone I've just finished Andre Agassi book. It was a very good read.

Recently read Inferno - Dan Brown that was a good read.
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#52 nidriks

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Posted 16 October 2016 - 01:05 pm

Just to change the tone I've just finished Andre Agassi book. It was a very good read.

Recently read Inferno - Dan Brown that was a good read.

 

I'm tempted to try a change of tune and pick up an autobiography myself. I believe Harry Redknapp has a book and his stories on football shows are hilarious.


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#53 Slix

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 09:05 am

Just started Steven Erikson's Gardens of the Moon - Malazan Book of the Fallen series. Love my fantasy epics!


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#54 nidriks

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 12:12 pm

Going to resurrect this topic - again - and mention an author that was briefly mentioned way back when this thread was fresh. Hope no one minds. But discussion is great, yeah?

 

I have just read the first three books of the Gentleman Bastards series by Scott Lynch, and will say that if any one is looking for a new fantasy author then you won't go far wrong picking this series up. It's set in a very rough medieval style city and follows the exploits of a bunch of thieves.

 

The first book is absolutely fantastic, and whilst the second and third weren't quite as good they were still enjoyable. Lynch really likes his dramatic pauses, and he has an unusual writing style of including earlier stories within the main story. Once you get used to that it's a nice way to explore characters.

 

The fourth book is named as The Thorn Of Emberlain, but no idea when it'll be along.

 

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In other matters literary, Assassin's Fate finally turns up in about two weeks. Can't wait.


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#55 Salamol

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 12:17 am

I read quite a few of the Jane Yellowrock books by Faith Hunter. It's vampires, werewolves etc.

More recently I've been listening to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Finally started the Witcher books, and some Zhuangzi (ancient Chinese philosophy).

I feel like I'm missing some, will come back if I remember what they were!
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#56 Xaphan

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 10:13 pm

I love anything Brandon Sanderson releases, and I like the way he completed the Wheel of time series after Robert Jordan's death.

I have just recently finished a book called Blood Song by an author named Anthony Ryan and I have to say it was one the best reads I have had in recent years, looking forward to the second in the series which comes out in July.

 

Yeah he did a pretty good job wrapping up with Jordans wife, it made me read the Mistborne books which were a little different but ended up being great.

 

At the moment you can pick up Lindsay Burokers Dragon Blood set for 99p on Kindle, it's a short series and isn't at all what you may think. Trust me, anyone will be able to read and enjoy them.

I am now reading her Emporers Edge Series.


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#57 nidriks

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 10:36 am

 

At the moment you can pick up Lindsay Burokers Dragon Blood set for 99p on Kindle, it's a short series and isn't at all what you may think. Trust me, anyone will be able to read and enjoy them.

I am now reading her Emporers Edge Series.

 

I think I'll give that a try at 0p. Modern fantasy is only something I've explored in Sanderson's Wax and Wayne books (well anything without swords etc), but some of the reviews speak highly of her character building, and that's the sort of stuff I like.

 

Going to have to wait till after Assassin's Fate though, I expect.


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#58 Xaphan

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 07:46 pm

She goes for a line outside of steampunk in some I haven't read yet, but she has a great piss taking sense of humor at times. 

I'm guessing her Mil time twisted her a little and that's what draws me in.


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#59 Kaige

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Posted 27 August 2017 - 09:38 am

Atm I trawling through the events after Secret Wars in the Marvel Graphic Novel universe... Granted it gets interrupted periodically by all the other graphic novel series' I have going so it's a slow progress heh.

 

I would highly recommend:

Fables by Bill Willingham

The wicked and divine by Kieron Gillen

Tokyo Ghost

Black Science

Low by Rick Remender

 

There are so many others, but my brain is being slow.

Have fun! xx

 


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#60 Monkeypooh

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 06:41 pm

Going to resurrect this topic - again - and mention an author that was briefly mentioned way back when this thread was fresh. Hope no one minds. But discussion is great, yeah?

 

I have just read the first three books of the Gentleman Bastards series by Scott Lynch, and will say that if any one is looking for a new fantasy author then you won't go far wrong picking this series up. It's set in a very rough medieval style city and follows the exploits of a bunch of thieves.

 

The first book is absolutely fantastic, and whilst the second and third weren't quite as good they were still enjoyable. Lynch really likes his dramatic pauses, and he has an unusual writing style of including earlier stories within the main story. Once you get used to that it's a nice way to explore characters.

 

The fourth book is named as The Thorn Of Emberlain, but no idea when it'll be along.

 

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In other matters literary, Assassin's Fate finally turns up in about two weeks. Can't wait.

on the third book ...loving them ...lots of fun ty :0 

 

ps have epub/mobi file if any one wants for a e-reader


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#61 Salamol

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 10:36 am

Atm I trawling through the events after Secret Wars in the Marvel Graphic Novel universe... Granted it gets interrupted periodically by all the other graphic novel series' I have going so it's a slow progress heh.
 
I would highly recommend:
Fables by Bill Willingham
The wicked and divine by Kieron Gillen
Tokyo Ghost
Black Science
Low by Rick Remender
 
There are so many others, but my brain is being slow.
Have fun! xx


Really got into Fables, I got through the first 60 or so but haven't read any in a while; Got into it after playing Telltales: The Wolf Amongst Us

Still slowly working through The Witcher books while playing TW3 again. I'm on the Sword of Destiny right now.
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#62 Chuey

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Posted 04 November 2017 - 10:06 am

Made a start on the new Canon Star Wars novels. Doing them sort of in chronological order starting with Dark Disciple. Really wanna read Ahsoka but can't seem to find it, even Amazon only had the German version. Will have to order from Waterstones.


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#63 Zinnie

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 08:22 pm

I am massively into Fantasy stories, and I currently I am reading the Riyria Revelations by Michael J.Sullivan.

Incredible series with good humor and fast paced action.


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 03:44 am

The Road To Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek

Socialism  by Ludwig von Mises


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