Reading in September 2012

Discussion in 'Fantasy / Horror' started by Hobbit, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. Danogzilla

    Danogzilla Couch Commander

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    October is going to be amazing. Abercrombie's book comes out, and a new Iain M Banks Culture novel. Can't wait.
     
  2. NickeeCoco

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    I'm a little over the half way point. I stayed up far too late last night reading it. I read until my eyes blurred so much that I couldn't even read it on the largest font available on my eReader. I passed out on the couch instead of going to bed. I found my eReader on the floor in the morning. That's how much this book has grabbed me. Honestly, I think it's fabulous. It's about a nurse during the Vietnam war, and with Scarborough's experience of being a nurse during the same war, it's really rooted in fact. The fantasy elements centre around an amulet given to the main character, Kitty, by an elderly and dying Vietnamese patient of hers. It's barely fantasy otherwise, but it is a fantastic read thus far.

    At times I'm reminded of Catch 22, with some of the dialogue, but while it can be harsh and brutal, Kitty's point of view softens it a bit. The story really explores and showcases how war and horrible experience can cause racism. Through the amulet, Kitty can begin to understand the psychological ramifications of the G.I.'s experiences and how this racism begins.

    Really enjoying this book. Highly recommend it.
     
  3. ommet

    ommet Pie are round not squared

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    Just finished the Mistborn trilogy. Hero of Ages is definately a fun book that gives you plenty to think about between reading sessions. There were a couple of points where my between reading detective work paid off and I'd managed to guess the "surprise" though most of the time I was way off...but it was fun to try.

    In the end, Everything was wrapped up fairly neatly and I can't say I have any complaints that would be worthy of mentioning. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys the coming of age type stories.

    I will certainly be picking up Alloy of Law in the future but it's time to get back to Malazan. So tomorrow I'll start Reaper's Gale.
     
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    Doing a bit of traveling so I've got a lot of reading time in the next couple weeks. I finished Storm Front on the plane Sunday and also made it about 100 pages into Old Man's War. I've already got the next Dresden Files book on e-loan on my Kindle so I may start that next....I'm really enjoying this dip back into the sci-fi pool after reading fantasy (epic and urban) exclusively for the past few months.
     
  5. Teresa Edgerton

    Teresa Edgerton Goblin Princess

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    I've started Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers, and I'm enjoying it so far.
     
  6. JamieB

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    Just finished Age of Ra by James Lovegrove. I liked it, but I'm not at all sure how he is going to incorporate the later books that are in the same series. Guess I'll find out when I get to the next book.

    For now, I'm moving over to KOP Killer by Warren Hammond. Actually started it last month, but then got sidetracked.
     
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    Hellions Felis silvestris

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    I recently finished two urban fantasies:


    The Devil You Know by Mike Carey. The author's writing and humor are refreshing and he's brimming with ideas which turned into a fairly unique - if a bit convoluted - ghost tale based in London. It takes some time for optimum immersion to set in but the pay-off is rewarding. There were unfortunately far too many references which went completely over my un-british head.


    The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo. A vampire tale which isn't as silly as the title would imply. Felix Gomez, a war veteran and newly turned vampire who refuses to drink human blood, is hired to investigate the recent outbreaks of nymphomania in the top-secret government facility of Rocky Flats. Action and humor abound, there's plenty going in this short book and maybe the author went a bit overboard. The plot threads were rather frayed by the end and tied up awkwardly but the journey getting there was fun.
     
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    I'm about two thirds of the way through The Passage by Justin Cronin and I am really enjoying it. A very good vampire book, well written and has me gripped. Thoroughly recommended.
     
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    Then what was his The War of the Flower?
     
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    Astra_ Sony Reader PRS-650

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    1/4 into The Affirmation by Christopher Priest.
    Odd one so far...
     
  11. Rob B

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    Portal/Crossover fantasy
     
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    Astra_ Sony Reader PRS-650

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    Ta :)
    As in cars. It was neither one nor another. Better stick to one :)
     
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    Just finished Thirteen Years Later by Jasper Kent, Book 2 in the Danilov Quintet. I'm really enjoying this historical (with vampires) series set in Russia in the 1800's. At one point I found myself feeling sorry for the vampires as a human (one of the best characters I've come across while reading fantasy) ended up being the bigger monster. I have the third book, The Third Section, and can't wait to get to it soon.

    Continuing with the gritty; up next is Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey.
     
  14. kcf

    kcf Nobody in Particular

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    I finally got a review up for Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear - it's quite good. I still need to write up reviews for Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch and Dancing With Bears by Michael Swanwick. I'm currently reading Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff - I'm enjoying it so far, but it's I'm starting to have a few issues with it.
     
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    Just started The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks...great so far!
     
  16. PeterWilliam

    PeterWilliam Omnibus Prime

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    In the early hours of Tuesday morning, I finished Tom Lloyd's The Dusk Watchman. This is the fifth, and final, installment to his Twilight Reign series. The author/series have come a long way. Review upcoming.

    Returning to the mid-point of Butcher's Cursor's Fury, now that my Lloyd finale is out of the way.
     
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    Finished Robin Hobb's Mad Ship. This middle book brought lots of change to the Liveship Traders world. Most of the story lines were left open, but she found a pretty satisfying place to stop it. I'm still very impressed with her writing ability. She's a powerhouse. I'll start the third book after a brief intermission with some shorter novels to catch my breath.
     
  18. Seak

    Seak and I like to party.

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    Recently finished King's Cell. Thought it was decent, but he kinda killed the whole zombie thing
    when he made them start working together as a type of hive mind. I read zombie books for the constant fear of the hordes of undead.

    About to finish The Other Lands, book 2 in the Acacia trilogy. Really good stuff, on par with the first one. I'm loving the characters and the vast imagination. This book deals a lot more with, guess what?, the Other Lands, which are filled with crazy peoples and species.
     
  19. NickeeCoco

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    I'm at about the halfway point of Robin Hobb's Royal Assassin. As I've said before, my first taste of her was the first book of the Soldier's Son trilogy, and I thought it was just awful. Now, I'm seriously reminded of C. J. Cherryh's Fortress series. Really good. Don't expect tonnes of action, but expect courtly intrique. Well done characterization in this one.
     
  20. beniowa

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    I finished The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Usually I like Valente, but for some reason this one didn't work for me.

    Next I'm planning to read City by Clifford Simak.