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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 07 May 2020 :  21:21:14  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Currently reading the third book of the Riyria Revelations, by Michael J Sullivan.

Next up, I'll be revisiting the only wizard in the Chicago phone book... At long last, Jim Butcher is putting out not one but two new Dresden Files novels. I usually prefer to re-read an entire series when a new book comes out, but now that we're something like 15 books in, that's more of a tasking than it is with the average series of 3 to 6 books. So I arbitrarily decided to start with Small Favor ("Likest thou jelly within thy doughnut?" "Nay, but prithee, with sprinkles 'pon it instead," I said solemnly, "and frosting of white.") and work my way up to the new stuff from there. I'll also be hitting all the short stories, in the appropriate spots.

On a related note, the last time I read through the books, I took a lot of notes -- there's a lot going on in the books, and some of it only comes to light several novels later. One particular line jumped out at me, from one of the earlier books -- Nicodemus referring to Harry as "Little Maggie's youngest." It's that -est that caught my eye -- either Nico was being sloppy with his grammar, or he was referring to three or more children. Since we know of Harry and his half-brother, I'm now wondering if there's a third child -- perhaps one with fae blood, possibly born on May 1st.

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AliMaClan
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Posted - 10 Jul 2020 :  12:16:34  Show Profile Send AliMaClan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I’m enjoying the City of Ravens at the minute.
I recently read Diana Wynn Jones’ Chrestomanci books and lngary trilogy. I found these through a Neil Gamin article I read where he named her as one of his favourite writers. I read them myself and then to my children, we really enjoyed them and as a search did not come up with much about her on the forum I thought I would throw it out there that her books are worth a look. They are Sometimes billed as “kids books” but I found them rich, engaging, and not at all written down for “little people” - indeed I am of the opinion that there is no such thing as children’s books anyway, only people books...
Start with “Howl’s Moving Castle” or “Charmed Life”.

Exiled from the realms for 35 years on a quest for the lost chord. I return empty handed to resume my studies...
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Zeromaru X
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Colombia
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Posted - 09 Sep 2020 :  06:44:29  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Reading Venom in her Veins. I'm just starting it, but while the novel is set in the Realms, there are references to Arkhosia and Bael Turath --elements from 4e core. Either the author wasn't very thorough in his Realmslore, or WotC didn't care, or both.

Guess this means I can include them in my Realms with a bit of "canon support".

Long ago, in the distant past, they fell into decay. The philosopher’s path... The river of glory... Even the saints resting in the darkness rise up without response and block the way...
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 09 Sep 2020 :  19:39:05  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm currently reading Chaos Rising, the new Thrawn book... Since I first read the original Thrawn books, he's been my favorite Star Wars villain. Vader is awesomely scary, and all that, but the way Thrawn stays so calm and is always thinking a dozen steps ahead of everyone else is awesome -- he's like a military Moriarity.

For once, I've got a to-read pile going on. After this will likely be Sword and Pen, the next book in the Great Library series, and then books 2 and 3 of the Swords and Fire series.

I'm also slowly -- very slowly! -- slogging my way through The Federalist Papers. The ones written by Alexander Hamilton have some amazingly-constructed sentences, but no matter which of the three authors it is, it's all very dry. I'm reading one essay at a time, and I'm only doing a couple a week -- I have a really hard time staying focused on non-fiction stuff.

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Artemas Entreri
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Posted - 14 Nov 2020 :  03:50:16  Show Profile Send Artemas Entreri a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Currently reading The Herald. About 100 pages in and Ed Greenwood's writing has been bearable.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 14 Nov 2020 :  05:34:17  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm currently re-reading the Codex Alera books. I'm about halfway through the third one.

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cpthero2
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Posted - 15 Nov 2020 :  01:35:10  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Master Rupert, et alia,

I am currently rereading the Cleric Quintet! :)

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CorellonsDevout
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Posted - 15 Nov 2020 :  02:46:23  Show Profile Send CorellonsDevout a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Currently reading 3 books, 2 fiction and one non-fiction: The Clockwork Angel, The Last Sun, and [i[A History of the Japanese Language[/i].

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Delnyn
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Posted - 15 Nov 2020 :  13:13:52  Show Profile Send Delnyn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Reading Pathfinder 1e Core Rulebook and Bestiary for fiction. Non-fiction is Practical Time Series Forecasting for one of my certification classes.
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Darkken
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Posted - 17 Nov 2020 :  22:38:31  Show Profile Send Darkken a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just finished Spellfire, an interesting book, was introduced to a wise wizard named Elminster.

Slovotsky's Law Number Nineteen: When telling a story, effect trumps truth.
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Artemas Entreri
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Posted - 18 Nov 2020 :  23:47:15  Show Profile Send Artemas Entreri a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Artemas Entreri

Currently reading The Herald. About 100 pages in and Ed Greenwood's writing as been bearable.


Storm Silverhand's hair does most of the fighting for her in this book. Beyond lame and is making me skim any time she's on the page. The Elminster parts of this book have been surprisingly enjoyable.

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cpthero2
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Posted - 21 Nov 2020 :  09:27:46  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Fellow scribes,

I am also rereading FR10: Old Empires.

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Higher Atlar
Spirit Soaring
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eayottes
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Posted - 21 Jan 2021 :  20:28:17  Show Profile Send eayottes a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've just started Unholy by Richard Lee Byers.
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 21 Jan 2021 :  21:06:48  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've been reading The Great Book of Amber, an omnibus edition of all 10 books. I'm enjoying it, but I'm just shy of 1100 pages into this 1250ish page book -- I'm ready to read something else!

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TheIriaeban
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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I've been reading The Great Book of Amber, an omnibus edition of all 10 books. I'm enjoying it, but I'm just shy of 1100 pages into this 1250ish page book -- I'm ready to read something else!



If you need a palate cleanser after Zelazny, I would suggest Lanier's Hiero's Journey. Does a decent depiction of psionics and is a pretty straight forward adventure.

"Iriaebor is a fine city. So what if you can have violence between merchant groups break out at any moment. Not every city can offer dinner AND a show."

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Hemvar
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Posted - 23 Jan 2021 :  16:49:29  Show Profile  Visit Hemvar's Homepage Send Hemvar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am reading Night Masks, trying to finish up the Cleric Quintet so I can get to the Twilight War.
I just finished Stone of Farewell yesterday, and I think after my current read I'll settle in for the long haul of To Green Angel Tower.
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Artemas Entreri
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Posted - 23 Jan 2021 :  21:30:20  Show Profile Send Artemas Entreri a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Finished Circle of Skulls to complete the Waterdeep series.

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CorellonsDevout
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Posted - 23 Jan 2021 :  21:49:23  Show Profile Send CorellonsDevout a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hemvar

I am reading Night Masks, trying to finish up the Cleric Quintet so I can get to the Twilight War.




Make sure you read the Erevis Cale trilogy before Twilight Wars, as TW is a follow-up trilogy

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Artemas Entreri
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Posted - 24 Jan 2021 :  02:43:13  Show Profile Send Artemas Entreri a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Starting my last ebook-only Realms novel: Spider and Stone.

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CorellonsDevout
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Posted - 24 Jan 2021 :  03:09:08  Show Profile Send CorellonsDevout a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That was a good read!

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 25 Jan 2021 :  03:46:56  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I've been reading The Great Book of Amber, an omnibus edition of all 10 books. I'm enjoying it, but I'm just shy of 1100 pages into this 1250ish page book -- I'm ready to read something else!



Finally finished this one!

I'm now a good chunk of the way into Light of the Jedi.

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Posted - 25 Jan 2021 :  15:28:37  Show Profile Send gylippus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I am currently reading some FR novels, but before that I just finished reading David Brin. I read Sundiver, Startide Rising, and about 100 pages of the Uplift War before I gave up on it. David Brin is one of those big names in Sci-Fi and I remember seeing these books as a kid and thinking, hmmmm I should read those. He is amazing at world building but the pace of the books was very slow and he could have cut a lot out. Plus, I started to notice he really liked to talk about the sex lives of dolphins and chimpanzees to the point where it started to creep me out. I definitely started to get a weird Piers Anthony feeling about the books. Still, if there was more action and less set up I could have gutted out the last book, but ... oh wait, yea there was a lot of talk about alien/human sex ....
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 25 Jan 2021 :  21:37:27  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by gylippus

Well, I am currently reading some FR novels, but before that I just finished reading David Brin. I read Sundiver, Startide Rising, and about 100 pages of the Uplift War before I gave up on it. David Brin is one of those big names in Sci-Fi and I remember seeing these books as a kid and thinking, hmmmm I should read those. He is amazing at world building but the pace of the books was very slow and he could have cut a lot out. Plus, I started to notice he really liked to talk about the sex lives of dolphins and chimpanzees to the point where it started to creep me out. I definitely started to get a weird Piers Anthony feeling about the books. Still, if there was more action and less set up I could have gutted out the last book, but ... oh wait, yea there was a lot of talk about alien/human sex ....



I felt the same way reading Time Enough for Love by Heinlein. It seemed like the author was deliberately trying to present as many odd sexual setups as possible... There was a couple that agreed to have sex without either person knowing the other's gender or first name or appearance, there was the main character raising a orphaned girl and later having kids with her, there was a brother/sister pairing in which it was for some reason very significant that they could have kids with each other without concerns about recessive genes, there was the main character sleeping with female clones of himself, and then him going back in time and sleeping with his own mother.

Some of the other parts of the story were good, there was just too much focus on all the different sexual pairings -- to the point they were more memorable than the story, and not in a good way.

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gylippus
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Posted - 26 Jan 2021 :  01:44:43  Show Profile Send gylippus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

I felt the same way reading Time Enough for Love by Heinlein. It seemed like the author was deliberately trying to present as many odd sexual setups as possible... There was a couple that agreed to have sex without either person knowing the other's gender or first name or appearance, there was the main character raising a orphaned girl and later having kids with her, there was a brother/sister pairing in which it was for some reason very significant that they could have kids with each other without concerns about recessive genes, there was the main character sleeping with female clones of himself, and then him going back in time and sleeping with his own mother.

Some of the other parts of the story were good, there was just too much focus on all the different sexual pairings -- to the point they were more memorable than the story, and not in a good way.



Heinlein is one of those writers who has not held up well for me. Yes, I know he is that big name in Sci-Fi and everyone talks about Stranger in a Strange Land. I remember when my friend read it in high school and gave it to me to read. At that point I thought Heinlein had these really deep things to say about humanity. That book also has a lot of weird sexual stuff going on. I am not a prude nor do I morally condemn anyone for their preferences, but it felt like he was doing it more to shock people rather than for anything else. At this point I wouldn't go back and read any of his work. On the other side of that coin, I reread the foundation trilogy by Asimov and I thought it held up really well.
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Artemas Entreri
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Posted - 02 Feb 2021 :  21:21:54  Show Profile Send Artemas Entreri a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Finished Spider and Stone. Would love to see a follow-up for Zollgarza.

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