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Alexander
post Apr 8 2008, 06:01 PM
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Right now I'm about to start a new book actually, but I'm a bit torn. I've got the Appeal from John Grisham, American gods by Neil Gaimann and the first Shannara books by Terry Brooks. All were acquired on my recent trip to Orlando, and I'm not sure which to begin with tbh as all are quite appealing smile.gif


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post Apr 8 2008, 06:02 PM
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QUOTE(Alexander @ Apr 8 2008, 06:01 PM) *

Right now I'm about to start a new book actually, but I'm a bit torn. I've got the Appeal from John Grisham, American gods by Neil Gaimann and the first Shannara books by Terry Brooks. All were acquired on my recent trip to Orlando, and I'm not sure which to begin with tbh as all are quite appealing smile.gif


American Gods is superb, one of the better urban fantasy books I've read for years. Mind you, Gaiman can be an acquired taste. Have you read him before?
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post Apr 8 2008, 06:04 PM
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QUOTE(BSD-IES @ Apr 8 2008, 07:02 PM) *

QUOTE(Alexander @ Apr 8 2008, 06:01 PM) *

Right now I'm about to start a new book actually, but I'm a bit torn. I've got the Appeal from John Grisham, American gods by Neil Gaimann and the first Shannara books by Terry Brooks. All were acquired on my recent trip to Orlando, and I'm not sure which to begin with tbh as all are quite appealing smile.gif


American Gods is superb, one of the better urban fantasy books I've read for years. Mind you, Gaiman can be an acquired taste. Have you read him before?


Never, but I've seen his books around and from what the back of the book told me, it sounded quite interesting. smile.gif


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post Apr 8 2008, 06:13 PM
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QUOTE(Alexander @ Apr 8 2008, 06:04 PM) *

Never, but I've seen his books around and from what the back of the book told me, it sounded quite interesting. smile.gif


Oh it is. It's a very impressive, creative and well written book. I loved it anyway biggrin.gif
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post Apr 8 2008, 06:30 PM
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Alexander- it kind of depends on the kind of reader you are. Grisham tends to be fast, good- and a little forgettable when it is over. American Gods is excellent, in a dark and surprising way. Gaiman really weaves a lot of Western mythos into it. Brooks--- I found somewhat disappointing. Granted that was some 20 years ago, and my impression might be different now. If it was me, I would save the best (Gaiman) for last.

As for my own reading- Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell.


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post Apr 8 2008, 06:42 PM
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A book from Alister Mclean.


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post Apr 8 2008, 07:04 PM
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QUOTE(BSD-IES @ Apr 8 2008, 07:13 PM) *

QUOTE(Alexander @ Apr 8 2008, 06:04 PM) *

Never, but I've seen his books around and from what the back of the book told me, it sounded quite interesting. smile.gif


Oh it is. It's a very impressive, creative and well written book. I loved it anyway biggrin.gif



QUOTE(treydog @ Apr 8 2008, 07:30 PM) *

Alexander- it kind of depends on the kind of reader you are. Grisham tends to be fast, good- and a little forgettable when it is over. American Gods is excellent, in a dark and surprising way. Gaiman really weaves a lot of Western mythos into it. Brooks--- I found somewhat disappointing. Granted that was some 20 years ago, and my impression might be different now. If it was me, I would save the best (Gaiman) for last.

As for my own reading- Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell.


Well I went with Grisham for now. And I think I'll be taking Gaiman next.

As to Grisham, I've got a real mixed feeling about him to be honest, I've read a number of his books, and some are great, but there are some which are not so great, to put it mildly. The best ones, or the ones I've enjoyed the most anyway, are definitely the Testament, The Runaway Jury and the Rainmaker. I also loved A Time to kill, The Firm, The king of Torts and the Pelican Brief. But the chamber on the other hand I found very disappointing. And another of his books, not sure about the english title but it's called "de Erfpachters" in dutch, I didn't even finish. And the other novels he's written, not related to law, I didn't even try those.

So while he's written some great books, I also think he's written some less then great books. Mixed feeling really :shrug:


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post Apr 8 2008, 09:02 PM
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I just finished reading Enchanter's End Game, book five in th Belgariad series by David Eddings. Not entirely sure what to read next..... I wish I had the money for some new books, I've read all the ones I own so many times and there's no decent libraries anywhere nearby sad.gif


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post Apr 8 2008, 10:26 PM
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QUOTE(Wolfie @ Apr 8 2008, 08:02 PM) *

I just finished reading Enchanter's End Game, book five in th Belgariad series by David Eddings. Not entirely sure what to read next..... I wish I had the money for some new books, I've read all the ones I own so many times and there's no decent libraries anywhere nearby sad.gif


If you like fantasy/sci-fi, try the Baen Free Library Baen. You can read on the PC directly from the web or download in PDF, RTF, or other formats.


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post Apr 8 2008, 11:18 PM
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QUOTE(Wolfie @ Apr 8 2008, 10:02 PM) *

I just finished reading Enchanter's End Game, book five in th Belgariad series by David Eddings. Not entirely sure what to read next..... I wish I had the money for some new books, I've read all the ones I own so many times and there's no decent libraries anywhere nearby sad.gif


Well, there is a sequel to the Belgariad. It's called the Mallorean and it picks up right after the Belgariad's end.

And of course there are the Belgarath and Polgara novels. Though I'd really recommend reading those after the Belgariad and Mallorean.

Perhaps that's an idea smile.gif


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post Apr 8 2008, 11:35 PM
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QUOTE(treydog @ Apr 8 2008, 10:26 PM) *

If you like fantasy/sci-fi, try the Baen Free Library Baen. You can read on the PC directly from the web or download in PDF, RTF, or other formats.

That could work, though I've always preferred having an actual book to reading on my pc screen. I shall check it out.

QUOTE(Alexander @ Apr 8 2008, 11:18 PM) *

Well, there is a sequel to the Belgariad. It's called the Mallorean and it picks up right after the Belgariad's end.

And of course there are the Belgarath and Polgara novels. Though I'd really recommend reading those after the Belgariad and Mallorean.

Perhaps that's an idea smile.gif

Yeah, I've read all of those.... unfortunately don't have access to copies of any of them to read again XD. I'm gonna have to have a look for them in shops around here at some point....


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post Apr 9 2008, 04:14 AM
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post Apr 9 2008, 07:10 PM
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I read one of Brooks' Shannara boks (first of the second series I think), I do normally read in order but you get what you find in India... Anyway to put it mildly I won't be reading the next one though perhaps reading out of order spoiled it a bit.

I just finished Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy which was somewhat mixed though ended well enough to put it among my favourite books. I really loved her use of first person and am a bit dissapointed that its finished - anyone know any other long works in first person (other than her other works)?

Now I'm starting The Man in High Castle.


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post Apr 9 2008, 07:32 PM
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Not first-person, but I strongly recommend Feist's Riftwar and Serpentwar series. Will have to consider the first-person question... not a lot of sci-fi/fantasy is written that way...

Of course, Raymond Chandler is one of my all-time favorite writers- and likely to be available to you- if you like hard-boiled detective stories.


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post Apr 10 2008, 12:10 PM
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So I perused m,y bookshef for a long while, and eventually settled on my reading plan for the next while. All Middle-Earth stuff I own, in chronological order, starting with The Silmarillion, then The Children of Hurin, then The Hobbit, and finishing up with LOTR.
So I'm reading The Silmarillion currently, and have just passed the point where Feanor decides it's time to leave Valinor XD


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post Apr 10 2008, 08:37 PM
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Ah yes, the Riftwar was excellent (if rather happy), I must get round to reading the rest of Feist's stuff.

And all of middle earth - that should take at least a while...


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post Apr 14 2008, 01:12 AM
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Since Terry Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" series is complete. I've decided to re-read all twelve books in order to get an overall impression of the series. I started reading this series before it was completed so there were points when I had to wait a year or two before the next release which meant I read other stuff between books. Kinda makes me forget things that get mentioned in books that way.

Hopefully by the time I finish "Confessor", George RR Martin will have finally released his next book (what's taking him so long? I thought this book and the previous one were basically written at the same time and because there was so much material he was forced to split them up). And whoever is finishing Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series will have the final installment written as well. If I remember correctly, there were still a lot of loose ends that needed tying up so that could prove to be a daunting task to do in one book.


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post Oct 11 2008, 12:16 AM
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I'm resurrecting this thread to sing the praises of Tony Hillerman's mystery novels. They're primarily set on the Navajo reservation in Arizona and New Mexico, and the lead characters work odd cases for the Navajo tribal police. It's fascinating stuff, with a mix of different cultures, marvelous landscapes, complex (but quite logical) plots. I'm currently reading Skeleton Man.


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post Oct 11 2008, 03:33 PM
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About to start "Nation," the newest Terry Pratchett. Also re-reading "Habeas Corpses" by William Mark Simmons. Listening to "Eddie's honoured user" by William Kowalski during my drive to and from work. (There is something to be said for a 1 hour commute.)


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