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Re: Currently Reading

Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:17 pm
by Hatredsheart
Cheers Alan, looks interesting, I'll pick up a copy.

Re: Currently Reading

Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:02 am
by Alan
Hatredsheart wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:17 pm
Cheers Alan, looks interesting, I'll pick up a copy.
It does end pretty abruptly and its pretty thick with nerd culture. Depends on your tolerance to that because it was not too far from my limit of it. I did just buy the second one though!

Re: Currently Reading

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:41 am
by Snowy
Mantis wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:37 pm
I'm about half way through The Blade Itself by Abercrombie. I'm enjoying it but I have to say that I expected more given how highly praised he is. Glokta is an entertaining perspective and quite well done but the others seem somewhat cliche and one dimensional to me, and the writing is quite basic with little in the way of nice prose to distract from the lack of character. The dialogue between a lot of characters seems quite one-note too, it seems everyone is quite well spoken, sarcastic and says 'fuck' a lot.

It is good overall don't get me wrong, but I'm not sure I understand the hype.
You are on the opening book of a trilogy, let it surprise you :)

Re: Currently Reading

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:51 am
by Alan
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33395557
Annnnd
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35506021

Finished the trilogy.

I really enjoyed them. Most of what I said about part 1 applies. Fun, easy, fast read. I suspect the timeline doesn’t hold up to scrutiny but as long as you don’t analyse it too much it’s fine! It’s mildly funny, mildly heart warming and would make a great TV series if they had enough budget.

It wraps up mostly well and definitely has a big conclusion to the trilogy. There are a few loose ends but I believe, in Douglas Adams fashion, there’s more than 3 books in the trilogy. I feel like it’s wrapped up enough for me right now though, I’ll give it a wee break before going back in.

Re: Currently Reading

Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:37 pm
by Snowy
I took a trip to London tonight for a talk and a book-signing by Joe Abercrombie, who was an extremely quick and funny interviewee. As a bonus, his interviewer was Joe Hill, son of Stephen King and a good author in his own right, and the two riffed on one another brilliantly.

Met a nice couple from Washington State who sat next to me - they were on holiday and spotted the signing so bought tickets. Made the lengthy queue to get some books signed pass a lot more quickly. Two books signed and a pic with Mr Abercrombie and back home before 11pm.

Perfect :)

Re: Currently Reading

Posted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:34 am
by Stormbringer
Grand!

Re: Currently Reading

Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:34 pm
by Stormbringer
So, I've pretty much milked dry the short stories of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. There's still quite a bit more I could read (particularly from REH), but I think I've got through the best of their stuff now.

The next project is to read through the short stories of the third member of the "Weird Tales" triumvirate of the 1920s and 30s, Clark Ashton Smith. I made the joyous discovery, yesterday, that all his writings are hosted here:

http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/

See you on the other side, some time...

Re: Currently Reading

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:51 pm
by Alan
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11564

Little girl gets lost in the woods and has to survive.

I think that might actually be my favourite King novel that I’ve read. It’s between that and Pet Sem. It’s short, to the point and didn’t get lost in waffle. High concept wham bam thank you mam. The baseball stuff initially put me off but it’s more light flavour than anything else. I do feel that he ages her wrong because I feel like 10-11 is a more believable age just like in my mind the kids in “It” are 13-14 but maybe I underestimate kids.

The ending is perfect too! I really liked the final paragraph.

Re: Currently Reading

Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:55 am
by Stormbringer
I'm back on The Iron Lance after taking a break for almost A YEAR. It's strange how fast time flies these days. I also need to get better at reading consistently.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/739 ... earch=true

Re: Currently Reading

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:54 am
by Stormbringer
I actually finished the above novel!

I'm now onto the next one in the trilogy...

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/405 ... Black_Rood

The characters from the first novel are now old men and their grandchildren are the players here.