February 28th, 2013, 03:28 PM
Reading in March 2013
This is where you talk to us about your monthly Fantasy and Horror Reads: whether good or bad, we want to discuss with you what you thought.
February 28th, 2013, 08:43 PM
Just finished Jeff Somers' Trickster and I really enjoyed his take on urban fantasy! He's as edgy and in-your-face as in the Avery Cates books, so it bodes well for the rest of the series!
March 1st, 2013, 08:18 PM
Finished Necroscope earlier today. I liked it but not sure if I will continue with the series. Dragonasi was the most interesting character and his story is complete. Plan to start reading The Damned Busters by Matthew Hughes. Read the first couple of pages and chuckled. I hope the book continues in this vein.
March 1st, 2013, 08:40 PM
I read Acacia: The War with the Mein by David Anthony Durham and am very neutral on it. I guess that I would best describe it as serviceable. I know that at least some people are big fans of this book and am curious to hear why. I looked for a thread on the book here, but couldn't find one with the search option, so I'll check goodreads and Amazon to find some positive reviews.
March 1st, 2013, 09:08 PM
The Briar King, book one of The Kingdom of Bone and Thorn, by Greg Keyes.
I'd read it previously, but long enough ago that I'd forgotten much of the plot and worldbuilding details. I have the other three books now and wanted to refresh before tackling them.
I like Keyes' writing. His characters feel very familiar, which annoys me, but they're interesting enough that I'm willing to follow them. On second reading, it's much more clear the various tricks that he uses to create drama when there isn't any and how several of the 'plot threads' are there to take up space but don't go anywhere.
March 1st, 2013, 11:31 PM
Recently finished Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear. Though it was a book I picked up quite by accident I thoroughly enjoyed it's unique Fantasy in an Asian rather than European setting. Set in a sort of late Medeval period the tale boosts Mongolian Riders, Chinese Warrior Monks, Tibetan Wizards, Arabian Socerors, Half-Tiger Half-Humans, Giant Birds of prey, acid spitting killer worms and tons of magic, politics, battles and wonder on a vast canvas. Can't wait until the follow-up novel The Shattered Pillars.
March 1st, 2013, 11:47 PM
It never entered my mind
Finished The Descent by Jeff Long, it was OK as a horror, global disaster thriller with humanity fighting underground devils. A bit like Jules Verne Journey To Center of the Earth mixed with some Dirk Pitt adventures and lots and lots of blood, dismemberment, cannibalism, torture and whatnots.. The pseudo-science parts were really badly argumented, with pressure and temperature remaining more or less constant for thousand of miles below surface and luminous fungi giving hundreds of meters of visibility.
March 2nd, 2013, 04:50 AM
Finished A Cavern of Black Ice by J.V Jones. Good book. Decently paced, some good characters, and I did enjoy the world building. Ended on a cliffhanger but that's ok. About to shift gears to Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks.
March 3rd, 2013, 07:41 AM
Finished Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence, it really worked out for me, the pacing, the post-apocalyptic setting, being in the head of a psycho, and funny at times, so yeah King of Thorns is on its way.
Until it arrives, Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis
March 3rd, 2013, 01:05 PM
Hmm, Range of Ghosts sounds pretty interesting, I'll have to add that to the list.
I just got Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things. We'll see if I read it sometime soon, or if it will sit on my shelf for another year or two like most of my stuff does.
March 3rd, 2013, 06:17 PM
I started The Emperor of All Things by Paul Witcover last night. I was surprised by the amount of action in the prologue -- the reviews I've read gave me the impression this was a dense, slow moving book.
March 3rd, 2013, 07:16 PM
\m/ BEER \m/
Starting off March with Fade to Black by Francis Knight, the first of an urban fantasy series starring and titled Rojan Dizon.
March 3rd, 2013, 07:56 PM
Finished reading The Charnel Prince, it was a definite step down from the first novel. For one, the narrative slowed to a crawl. The last book ended with Anne attempting to reach Eslan and this book ended with Anne still not there. The meeting with the Faiths continues the tradition of wise men or women who know something important but only speak in mysterious and vague prophecies. I have nothing against stories with a Chosen One but not only is she one of the least endearing characters but the plot twists in odd directions so she never has to deal with the negative consequences of her action.
March 4th, 2013, 03:49 AM
Reading Sir Pratchett's Maskerade, and I'm about halfway through it. Oh, wait, a bit more than halfway. It's better than Lords And Ladies, but I'm still really not feeling it. I think I'll be taking a short break from Discworld after this one.
March 4th, 2013, 04:42 PM
and I like to party.
The first third of The Damned Busters is excellent and continues the same way you've said, but I thought it went downhill. It's one of those that started as a short story and was expanded, but it really should have stayed a short story imo.
Originally Posted by DurzoBlint
Finished the excellent The Eyes of God by John Marco and continuing to book 2, The Devil's Armor.