October 1st, 2011, 04:37 PM
I just finished "A Shadow On The Wall" by Jonathan Aycliffe. If you like M. R. James , this is the book for you! The lesson that this book teaches is never open crypts of dead people that have an evil reputation!. More of mr. Aycliffe's books are on the way. This book gets 4 big stars out of 5.
October 1st, 2011, 05:15 PM
I only read the first book but remember the world seeming kind of flat. Plot too for that matter. Aeglyass was the one redeeming feature.
Originally Posted by The Moye
Just finished "Last Argument of Kings," found that the series which started so lackluster ended up being really good by the last book. Now starting "The Warrior Prophet" by Bakker.
October 1st, 2011, 06:53 PM
I have just finished The Ten Thousand by Paul Kearney. Took a while to get going but some very good battle scenes. It has been quite a while since I read Kearney so it was good that his writing was still at the level that I remembered.
October 1st, 2011, 08:36 PM
Sounds like my kind of book. I had some quibbles with Aycliffe's Naomi's Room, but even so would recommend it. Again, a distinct M. R. Jamesian vibe. I have Lost still to get to.
Originally Posted by raggedyman
October 2nd, 2011, 12:46 PM
About half way through Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. Loving it so far. Enjoying the plot, love the prose, the characterization is awesome. As crazy as Jorg is I'm really starting to like him and root for him.
October 2nd, 2011, 03:12 PM
I'm working through New Moon in the Twilight series. It may not be great literature but it is entertaining with a sympathetic and psychologically developed main character.
October 2nd, 2011, 04:11 PM
Its not the greatest but i kinda have to finish a series if i start one and this one is very readable imo.
Originally Posted by chokipokilo
October 3rd, 2011, 01:30 AM
boss of several cats...
You see, I did initially like the humour. I sat on the loo - tmi I know - reading and giggling. And then it just wore a bit thin. Rather fast. And by the time I got to the naked goddess or whatever she was saying, 'They have to die', in reference to two hapless young men who just happened to see her in such a state, well, I was left bone cold: Mindless goddess whim-killings I presumed wouldn't be referred to ever again, and have no consequences, or anything beyond a mere nudge of pity from the main character. Shrug. So I walked away. Went back to ready my healthy food guide magazine on the loo instead. (It's really not supposed to be ironic, I swear).
Originally Posted by Rob B
October 3rd, 2011, 11:12 AM
I'm nearing the end of Martin's A Storm Of Swords and Jonathan Oliver (editor)'s House of Fear. I'm absolutely loving both books. Oliver gathered some excellent horror stories in House of Fear. They are a delight to read.
October 3rd, 2011, 11:50 AM
I'm glad to hear about House of Fear. I'm planning on dipping into it later in October.
Originally Posted by Gilgamesh
October 3rd, 2011, 05:31 PM
October month is here!
ok, so I have this old book of short stories Called "Witches and Warlocks" selected by Marvin Kaye.
First short story to read - Witches' Hollow by H P Lovecraft, but completed by August Derleth. I love shorts! I mean the attention span is there but for a short while, and takes you on that trip of sitting on the edge of your seat and loving every precious moment! really well done!
I will continue to read a few more from this book, but would like to cover a few more short story books I have hanging around.
I am in anticipation for Randy Ms' recommendations!
October is here! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
October 3rd, 2011, 07:53 PM
Just finished latest grrm and best served cold ! Loved grrm latest best served cold was disappointing!
Gonna read a warded man next was recommended to me by a friend!
October 4th, 2011, 10:20 AM
Another book I have of shorts... Horror Stories edited by Stephen Jones and Dave Carson.
I read "The Double Shadow" by Clark Ashton Smith. Written in the year 1933, it is dark and eerie. The story about a wizard who thought he could conjure up any kind of demon spirit or ghost and believe he could control them.
October 5th, 2011, 08:48 AM
I don't really have anything new to read at the moment. What with all the deposits we're making now for the wedding, and the approach of Christmas (I know, I know, it's still kind of far away, but we host Christmas for our family at my house and we always host a big party for friends. This ends up costing money), books unfortunately have to take the back seat. I have a stack of free e-books (classics) that came with my e-reader, but none of them have really grabbed me. Tried reading Shelley's Frankenstein in spirit of the season, but I only got about six chapters in and my mind was wandering. So, I'm re-reading one of my absoloute favourite books. It's a book I have pretty much memorized, because, to be frank, I've read it over twenty times. I've lost count as to exactly how many times I've read it, but it's a lot. I never get bored of it. It still makes me grin from ear to ear, curl my toes in anticipation and makes me holler in frustration as characters do silly things. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley, even after 19 years of re-reading, still calls to me.
October 5th, 2011, 10:46 AM
I finished Touch of Power by Maria Snyder (Healer #1 and the start of her third adult trilogy though set in a different universe than the Study and Glass ones). While i will have a full FBC review around the Dec 20 pub date, I will summarize quickly the salient points: it is a Maria Snyder first person youngish (but tested through trials etc, so the book is not YA) heroine with special powers narration and while Avry is certainly different than Yelena or Opal, the feel is absolutely the same.
The world building is different though and it is quite intriguing - 15 kinds of magic, magical healers/scientists possibly responsible for the devastation that engulfed it, various power brokers with various ambitions and lack of scruples, the mysterious death and peace lilies, etc - and much remains to be explored while the book ends at a good point.
If you loved her earlier series, you will love this, if not I do not think this will change your mind either. Fun, compelling and mostly familiar and predictable but with enough "newness' to avoid boring repetition, I read this the moment I got an e-arc and kept turning the pages since the novel just flows. I plan to get and read the sequels asap since - as in the other 2 adult series of the author - the voice resonates very well
Next another (romantic fantasy) series debut: Traitor's Daughter by Paula Brandon
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