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What are You Reading Right now?

Discussion in 'Books & Comics' started by Suspiria, Aug 26, 2015.

  1. Use the Falchion

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    Just finished Blood of Empire by Brian McClellan. This is my first non-Sanderson book that I've finished since Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray LAST YEAR. It was long overdue.

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    I like Brian's work. In many ways, it was my introduction into the Flintlock Fantasy genre.* I remember seeing The Promise of Blood in a bookstore and thinking "that's cool." I didn't buy it for another year, until after I had discovered Sanderson and saw the recommendation on the front. From there, I read the entire Powder Mage trilogy, and have followed Brian's career with great interest. Long story short, I bought this book at launch (a day early actually!) in 2019, and only started reading it yesterday. I had forgotten many things, characters, and even plotlines, but I remembered them as the book went along. Two solid reading sessions later, and the book was done.

    This book was a very solid conclusion to the Gods of Blood and Powder trilogy. It wasn't a perfect conclusion, or even a fist-pumping one, but it was a satisfying one. I wish Brian would write more books** in this world, but he's written almost exclusively in it for most of his career, so I understand the burnout. His next book, In the Shadow of Lightning from his Godglass trilogy, should come out next year. Outside of Mistborn 7, that may be my most looked forward to book of 2022. (Coming in at about 235k words, it's McClellan's longest book of his career...and a little over half the size of Oathbringer and Rhythm of War. But size doesn't make a book great!)

    Weirdly enough, I felt like Brian could make a decent replacement for George RR Martin if he wanted to. Brian knows his warfare very well, and is great at writing brutal action scenes. His politicking, while not as good as Martin's or the show's, is leagues better than Sanderson's in my opinion. And his use of magic is both well-defined and esoteric. I think Brian needs to work on making me feel his characters' emotions though. Those moments don't happen as often as I'd like, and ASoIaF is FULL of moments that thrive off of the characters' emotions.


    *Fantasy books defined by their use of flintlock guns and rifles. No revolvers or anything above about early 1800s tech here. Other writers in this genre include Brent Weeks (Lightbringer series), Django Wexler (The Shadow Campaigns series), Anthony Ryan (Draconis Memoria Trilogy), Peter V Brett (I can't remember any of his works), and Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn: Wax & Wayne skirts the line, but is still considered to be a part of this genre)
    *Brian has a plethora of novellas set in the world following characters like Tamas and Ben Styke and more. But I'm not a big novella-reader. Until they make a collection of the novellas, they'll sadly stay unread to me.
     
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    Well I finished Death Troopers, it wasn't great but it was kind of fun if only for the novelty of it. I decided to go ahead and knock out the prequel while I was on the subject but so far it's awful.
     
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    The entire thing does sound like a bloody weird premise.

    Thanks mate, I always love to proxy-experience the books you read :)
     
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    Been a long long time since I read the Star Wars Hand of Thrawn Duology books.

    Currently I'm re-reading Vision of the Future
     
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    Finished Thrawn: Treason a few days ago, almost finished with Lost Stars now... Will read Tarkin next.
     
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    books im reading in July

    Fall of Hyperion
    Wheel of Time: Dragon Reborn.

    just started reading Fall of Hyperion but went back to re-reading some stuff in Hyperion to refresh my memory. Reading the priest's tale backstory in Hyperion for now. Then get back into Fall of Hyperion
     
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    I won't inflict this one on you bro. I'm not even sure where to start or what I could say because there might be children reading. :D If the first one was a kind of lazy mashup of two things that was slightly entertaining this one is just a guy throwing lots of different movies and books he's watched into a blender. He's even ripping off Taken in this one, even having a character giving a speech to a bounty hunter who abducted his sister that he possesses a "very special set of skills" to hunt him down with. Then just in case that was too subtle for you the girl who was abducted tell the flower that she can talk to through the Force (yes that's a thing apparently) that "We've been abducted.... Taken". It was like he wanted his character to do the trailer lines for a different franchise. The only bright side is that I hate most of the characters so much that I can not wait for the zombie apocalypse to wipe out this so-called Sith Academy. Which feels more like a Hogwarts for Emo juvenile delinquents. Sorry, I guess I did inflict this one on you :D Having said all that it's still not the worst book I've ever read or even the worst Star Wars book. At least not yet, I'm reading it pretty slowly as I can't get too excited or stay into it.
     
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    Reading Perry Rhodan series from the very start...

    Issue #1
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    Even though I am quite busy reading Wheel of Time Dragon Reborn this entire month, im also reading these

    the newest recent issue of Horror Hound
    Children of Dune or try to start reading Winds of Dune
    Mistborn Sequel Trilogy starting with Alloy of Law
     
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    [​IMG]

    I actually got a chapter or two into this a while back but ended up stopping. Not because there was anything wrong with it but a bunch of stuff happened and I was away from it for several days then didn't really remember what I'd read or feel like picking it back up so I just set it aside to start over at a later date. It's pretty good though, I've read quite a few books about the Stones over the years and another book by this author about the '85 Chicago Bears (he got to see them win the Super Bowl at 17 and tour with the Stones writing for Rolling Stone magazine straight out of college, lucky punk) and as is usually the case any books with quotes by Keith Richards, the model for Jack Sparrow, is sure to be entertaining. His own book is one of my favorite non-fiction books.

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    Finished reading the last 100 pages or so of Wheel of Time Dragon Reborn earlier today.

    Now Im going to be reading Wheel of Time Shadow Rising
     
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    Enjoy the saga! Journey Before Destination! Wait, wrong series...
     
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