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#25341 User is offline   HoosierDaddy 

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 12:28 AM

Reading The Library At Mt. Char.

Thoroughly entertaining 1/3 way to. Just brutal.
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Posted 06 November 2018 - 01:19 AM

View PostHoosierDaddy, on 06 November 2018 - 12:28 AM, said:

Reading The Library At Mt. Char.

Thoroughly entertaining 1/3 way to. Just brutal.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 02:40 AM

That totally wasn't the plan, but after coming home I ended up finishing the commute book, "Whispers Underground" as well. Bite-sized chapters make a relatively small book difficult to put down once it gets going.


Now I'm confused as to my next read. Gonna try to pick up the third Bel Dame Apocrypha book tomorrow after work for commute, but I need smth to read tomorrow.

Considering starting Arcanum Unbounded. Its mix'n'match nature might be a good fit for episodic reading.
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View PostJump Around, on 23 October 2011 - 11:04 AM, said:

And I want to state that Ment has out-weaseled me by far in this game.
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Posted 06 November 2018 - 02:59 AM

Arcanum is pretty damn good.
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Posted 07 November 2018 - 12:34 AM

Yes, "Emperor's Soul" was quite good. Not worth the 30 odd bucks as a standalone novella, mind, but quite good.

Makes me want to re-read Sarantine Mosaic.

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View PostJump Around, on 23 October 2011 - 11:04 AM, said:

And I want to state that Ment has out-weaseled me by far in this game.
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Posted 07 November 2018 - 12:50 AM

Restarted Dresden files from the beginning ...lets roll
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Posted 07 November 2018 - 12:55 AM

I ll have to get on that again to. I did 1-4 recentlyish.

Ment stay out of the Arcanum thread till you get done but def go after. It’s got some interesting stuff to discuss.
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Posted 07 November 2018 - 01:15 AM

View PostBriar King, on 07 November 2018 - 12:55 AM, said:

I ll have to get on that again to. I did 1-4 recentlyish.

Ment stay out of the Arcanum thread till you get done but def go after. It’s got some interesting stuff to discuss.


I have little recollection of details re: anything Sanderson, so I strongly doubt I'd be able to contribute much.

But yeah, I'll keep out of it.

I'm now only 2 books away from completing my arbitrary yearly Goodreads challenge of 60 books. Once I've cleared that arbitrary line I'll probably dig into a couple of doorstoppers I've been putting off.
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View PostJump Around, on 23 October 2011 - 11:04 AM, said:

And I want to state that Ment has out-weaseled me by far in this game.
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Posted 07 November 2018 - 03:30 AM

Finished Death of Dulgath.

What started off as an entertaining read became very very creepy at the end.

Finished Wooding's new The Ember Blade. Fairly standard fantasy. Its no Ketty Jay though.

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 03:52 AM

View PostAndorion, on 07 November 2018 - 03:30 AM, said:

Finished Death of Dulgath.

What started off as an entertaining read became very very creepy at the end.

Finished Wooding's new The Ember Blade. Fairly standard fantasy. Its no Ketty Jay though.


Creepy how so?
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Posted 07 November 2018 - 04:00 AM

View PostQuickTidal, on 07 November 2018 - 03:52 AM, said:

View PostAndorion, on 07 November 2018 - 03:30 AM, said:

Finished Death of Dulgath.

What started off as an entertaining read became very very creepy at the end.

Finished Wooding's new The Ember Blade. Fairly standard fantasy. Its no Ketty Jay though.


Creepy how so?


Have you read it?
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Posted 07 November 2018 - 07:50 AM

Been catching up on Akame ga Kill! and am partway through issue 9 or 10 now.

I still can't get back to reading paperbacks. At this stage I feel like it's not going to happen. My despair is too great.



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Posted 07 November 2018 - 01:52 PM

View PostAndorion, on 07 November 2018 - 04:00 AM, said:

View PostQuickTidal, on 07 November 2018 - 03:52 AM, said:

View PostAndorion, on 07 November 2018 - 03:30 AM, said:

Finished Death of Dulgath.

What started off as an entertaining read became very very creepy at the end.

Finished Wooding's new The Ember Blade. Fairly standard fantasy. Its no Ketty Jay though.


Creepy how so?


Have you read it?
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Yep, I read it. Oh, I thought you meany you didn't like it. But yes, super creepy in that regard. Still a solid book. LOVE the monastery scene that ties into the First Empire books!

The next one is less dark (THE DISAPPEARANCE OF WINTER'S DAUGHTER) I think you'll find.

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On my reading front, the audio for HIGH KING'S TOMB took a while to get going, but about 2 hours in it's started REALLY rollicking along, and I'm getting way more about new Green Riders, and way more about the Wall and its Guardians. Just waiting for more in depth Eletian stuff that seems to be in the offing. It's also nice at the 3rd book to listen to the audio for this series and get pronunciations of places and names. Anyways, great audiobook choice so far.

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 02:25 PM

View PostAndorion, on 07 November 2018 - 03:30 AM, said:

Finished Wooding's new The Ember Blade. Fairly standard fantasy. Its no Ketty Jay though.


Nearly finished with the Ember Blade myself and it feels like by the numbers fantasy, no playfulness or wonder that was present in Ketty Jay. In large part I think the problem is having the same old chosen one being the main character when more or less every other character around is more interesting. There is some hope for the book in the mystical and historical parts being alluded to but we don't really get to them in this book.
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Posted 07 November 2018 - 03:49 PM

View PostChance, on 07 November 2018 - 02:25 PM, said:

View PostAndorion, on 07 November 2018 - 03:30 AM, said:

Finished Wooding's new The Ember Blade. Fairly standard fantasy. Its no Ketty Jay though.


Nearly finished with the Ember Blade myself and it feels like by the numbers fantasy, no playfulness or wonder that was present in Ketty Jay. In large part I think the problem is having the same old chosen one being the main character when more or less every other character around is more interesting. There is some hope for the book in the mystical and historical parts being alluded to but we don't really get to them in this book.


Exactly.

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 02:29 PM

Older kid kept me up coughing (VIA the monitor) all night (daycare is a petrie dish man, my kid is sick so often!), so I used the time awake to listen to and finish the audio for HIGH KING'S TOMB.

I think that's my last Green Rider book, and last Kristen Britain book to be honest.

Firstly it's now so clear how much is ripped from earlier work (most notably Tad Williams MS&T), especially with regards to the elves/eletians. It's also clear that not one character has grown in three books, the protagonist is whiny, fickle, arrogant, and just a plain old stick in the mud. The love triangle is insipid and depends upon two women treating each other like garbage for no discernibly reason other than "The king is hot"...and the overarching plot of the series moves at a GLACIAL pace. In three books we've been pretty much stuck outside the magic forest trying to fix the magic wall. It's interminably bad. The funny thing is the first half of the book was boring so I didn't notice how bad all these things are, but by the end I was sure how much I disliked it. I was willing to hope this would be the book that really ramped this series up...but it fails hard.

also, Grandmother-character-as-villain/minion is....not interesting.

Oh, and since I listened in earbook, the narrator Ellen Archer (who seems to get a lot of praise in reviews) is...bad. Like her accents are terrible (She's an American doing various English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, cockney ect. accents and failing at nearly every one). All the guys are done with her growling out a false "low voice" which feels so fake. The rest of her reading is almost monotone.

Perhaps I'm just used to people like Neil Gaiman reading his own books, or Paul McGann reading Sharpe books, or Tim Gerard Reynolds doing the Riryia books. But man, Ellen Archer is crap on comparison. Not sure how she gets praise.
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Posted 08 November 2018 - 07:46 PM

View PostAndorion, on 07 November 2018 - 03:49 PM, said:

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 08:05 PM

View PostAbyss, on 05 November 2018 - 03:22 PM, said:

LABYRINTH INDEX.... about 1/3rd thru... this is very, very, good.


Just finished.

Wow.
And i thought the last book was a game changer...

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 11:04 PM

Man Stonewielder has just been fantastic imo.

Just hit bk2 pg 272. Taken 58 days to get there.
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Posted 09 November 2018 - 03:16 PM

View PostBriar King, on 07 November 2018 - 12:55 AM, said:

I ll have to get on that again to. I did 1-4 recentlyish.

Ment stay out of the Arcanum thread till you get done but def go after. It’s got some interesting stuff to discuss.


"Mistborn: The Secret History" actually straight up info_dumps the big picture for the first time basically. Interesting.
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View PostJump Around, on 23 October 2011 - 11:04 AM, said:

And I want to state that Ment has out-weaseled me by far in this game.
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