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Old 19-04-2015, 10:06   #201
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Posted this in the 'what are you reading' thread but seems more suited in here...

Anyone read the Wheel Of Time books?

I keep getting recommended them but I'd never heard of them. I now see there are about 14 or 15 of them so there must be a bit of an epic story there.
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Old 19-04-2015, 11:30   #202
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The wheel of time is thankfully a complete series.
Jordan died before completing it but Brandon Sanderson was contracted to write the final book.
I only read the first couple before I gave up but a friend loved it although it became a chore you simply had to complete by the end
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Old 19-04-2015, 11:32   #203
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I could maybe give the first one a go and see how i with it.

I'll stick it on my wish list.

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Posted this in the 'what are you reading' thread but seems more suited in here...

Anyone read the Wheel Of Time books?

I keep getting recommended them but I'd never heard of them. I now see there are about 14 or 15 of them so there must be a bit of an epic story there.
I started reading them about 20 years ago. I caught up with the author (at around 5 or 6) and decided to wait until he'd finished. Then he died!

Now Sanderson has finished the series I started it again and I'm halfway through book 5 and have been at that point for over a year now (I was very busy with work last year, so it wasn't entirely down to being fed up with the books!).

I will get back to them, and I have enjoyed reading them up to this point. They are a fairly easy read, lots of characters and a fair bit of waffling but still enjoyable.

I almost gave up after the end of the 3rd, since I felt the first 3 were a bit too similar and I didn't want to bother with more of the same, but they do change after that point!
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Old 21-04-2015, 16:43   #205
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Have them on my wishlist now so will keep an eye on them and see if the first one is on offer anytime so I can give it a go.
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Old 22-04-2015, 11:19   #206
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Reality Disfunction by Peter F Hamilton is 99p on Kindle at the moment. For my money it's his best work, although it's been a long time since I read it. Whole trilogy will currently set you back about a tenner.

Tempted to re-read it...
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Old 09-05-2015, 13:47   #207
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I just finished Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin.

Vampire stories generally don't interest me, but a vampire story written by George R.R. Martin was enough to tempt me. This is certainly a different take on the genre, and the 19th century deep-South steamboat setting makes it very memorable. First off, the writing here is vivid and gorgeous. The words flow beautifully and create strong imagery in your mind, and it never gets bogged down in description.

The book starts out strong, but at the halfway point I found it a slog to continue and ended up putting the book down for a while. I'm glad I persevered because it improves dramatically in the last third and has a strong ending, full of gory blood-soaked carnage. This isn't quite as adult a fare as Martin's 'A Song of Ice & Fire' books - although it is very violent - but I loved the use of language being appropriate to the setting. The main character says "goddamn" a lot, and that's about as far as it goes (Deadwood, for example, took the opposite approach to this and used modern swear words to have more impact on a modern audience - but Fevre Dream's approach works beautifully).

The writing style genuinely got to me in a couple of places and there was one scene in particular which made me extremely uncomfortable. I honestly didn't like reading it and almost decided to quit the book, but that was the point. Martin managed to create feelings of unease and sickness in me, which means he did his job really well.

Overall, a nice take on the vampire genre which doesn't fall into what the standards say it should. Ultimately, I felt it could have been a bit shorter and needed to either focus more completely on the two lead characters, or make the supporting cast more interesting.
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Just finished the Off to be the Wizard series (Magic 2.0). Overall I thought they were really good.

Just deciding whether to start Ready Player One or NPC next.
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Old 29-05-2015, 11:20   #209
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How was the third book, found the second one a little disappointing do not started the third yet?
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Old 16-06-2015, 08:35   #210
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Currently reading the fear Saga :

Fear the Sky
Fear the Survivors
Fear the Future

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_...=The+Fear+Saga

Its available on kindle unlimited.

Just finished book 1 .

Pretty damned good - alot of detail and very descriptive writer which I enjoy
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Old 18-06-2015, 09:06   #211
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Just finished the 5th book in the Expanse series, Nemesis Games - up to the usual standard and thoroughly enjoyed it, but (I'll spoiler this out of an abundance of caution, but I'm really only talking about the plot direction in the vaguest of terms)
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How was the third book, found the second one a little disappointing do not started the third yet?
Not as good as the first, maybe on par with the second. Its quite different.

Finished Ready Player One. Its probably in my top 10 favourite books.

Now started the Zombie Fallout series.
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Currently reading The Wolves of London by Mark Morris. It's surprised me a bit, this one, because it starts off as a crime thriller, about a man getting sucked back into a world of criminal activity, and then takes increasing turns for the fantastic. The prose and imagination reminds me a little of Clive Barker, and I really can't get through it quickly enough.
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Just finished Dark Eden, which is in Amazon's Summer Sale. Enjoyed it a lot and ended up sitting up half the night to get through it.
99p on Kindle today only. Highly recommended* and there's now a sequel out (not read it) if you enjoy it.

*by me and the Arthur C Clarke Award 2013.
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99p on Kindle today only. Highly recommended* and there's now a sequel out (not read it) if you enjoy it.

*by me and the Arthur C Clarke Award 2013.
Oooh sounds interesting i think and head off to Amazon only to discover I bought it last year and haven't started it yet
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I've just grabbed it. Thanks for the heads up roddy.
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Hope you enjoy it - let me know what you think.

Edit: Oh, and there's a bunch of SF&F at Ł1.99 today - Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Richard Morgan all in there...

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So Richards Fords first 2 books of the Steelhaven series are absolutely awesome. They're possibly the best books i've read since the Locke Lamora series, just utter genius. They have some derivitive stuff but they are utterly brutal, especially the second one which is at times hard to stomach. Fabulous stuff and can't wait for the next one.
Your review made them sound good, so I price-tracked them (ereaderiq) and book 1 now 99p on Kindle. I've just grabbed it. Hope you don't mind, but I used your review in the Kindle bargain thread:

http://forums.thedigitalfix.com/foru...&postcount=852
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I just finished the highly rated American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and my God I hated it. Well written, but an utter chore to get through, meandering, dull and thoroughly without meaning for me. Very little actually happens, and when it does the reasons are unclear with Gaiman's only real explanation being along the lines of "things happen because they do." That's not good enough for me.

I guess I genuinely don't understand what other people see in literary award-winning books like this, because this happens to me a lot and I'm a lone negative voice among the reviews. I need interesting characters and a strong plot.

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Hav you ever read Ender's Game? I enjoyed it.
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