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WarKChat ModeratorUser avatarPosts: 1164Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:59 am Gender: Tree

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There, I finished listening to an audiobook of Warbreaker the other day. Probably my least favourite book of his. Maybe because the fact that it was an audio book and the way the narrator portrayed some of the characters.
If you've never read any of Sanderson's book you'll do better starting with Mistborn trilogy or Elantris and leave the Stromlight Archive for last because it's the best.

Next up, The Shattered Sea.
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CollecemallPosts: 320Joined: Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:53 am

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WarK wrote:There, I finished listening to an audiobook of Warbreaker the other day. Probably my least favourite book of his. Maybe because the fact that it was an audio book and the way the narrator portrayed some of the characters.
If you've never read any of Sanderson's book you'll do better starting with Mistborn trilogy or Elantris and leave the Stromlight Archive for last because it's the best.

Next up, The Shattered Sea.


The narrator can really make or break a book for me. Even if it's not my primary consumption method. I generally pick up both the audio and ebook for everything I read. I probably split them 20/80 audio/reading but if the narrator isn't good I have a hard time reading. I realize that probably sounds crazy but it is what it is. I enjoyed Warbreaker but second the recommendation to read other stuff by Sanderson first.

Abercrombie just released another First Law book called Sharp Edges. It contains short stories about many of the secondary characters. I really enjoyed it. Really quick read. I imagine I'll continue to read everything he publishes.

From the things you've mentioned you enjoyed I think you'd like Prince Of Thorns By Lawrence. As well as Lies Of Locke Lamora by Lynch. Those are both part of a trilogy. Lawrence has a second trilogy in the same world that is scheduled to finish up in July. Red Queen's War

I'm halfway through Red Knight by Cameron. It took me a couple of days to get into it but I'll likely finish it in a couple more days now that it's hooked me.


I asked a couple of months ago if anyone had read anything by Neil Gaiman. I ended up reading American Gods and I liked the theme but it seemed to drag a little. I'll read more by him in the future I think just because it's a bit different from the other stuff I tend to read.
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Fri May 27, 2016 6:38 am
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Yesterday, the wife and I found the Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions and bought Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales and The Arabian NIghts as coffee table books. I cannot wait to open those up and read some of the stories to my niblings.
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WarKChat ModeratorUser avatarPosts: 1164Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:59 am Gender: Tree

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I finished The Shattered Sea trilogy the other day. I liked it but not as much as The First Law trilogy. It was shorter and simpler.
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WarKChat ModeratorUser avatarPosts: 1164Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:59 am Gender: Tree

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I've just finished The Farseer Trilogy. I liked it, though the last book was a bit slow.

Can't wait for next Stormlight and Kingkiller
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CollecemallPosts: 320Joined: Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:53 am

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WarK wrote:I've just finished The Farseer Trilogy. I liked it, though the last book was a bit slow.

Can't wait for next Stormlight and Kingkiller


You've been busy reading. I ended up ditching Farseer. The first book started out great and it got slower and slower to the point I put the third book down with about a 1/3 left to read.

I'm starting to think Kingkiller is never going to get published. It was my understanding he had the book written years ago but for some reason wasn't satisfied with it so hasn't "finished" it.

One thing about Sanderson is you can count on him churning out books. So far that's been great. He's got to be due for something in the next few months. I lose track of what he has in the works. He's doing a good bit of YA stuff I think.

I finally read the second set of works in the Malazan world written by Esslemont. Far and away the Malazan world is the best stuff I've read. Esslemont isn't as good as Erikson but still worth reading.

I'm in the middle of The Prince of Nothing series by Scott Bakker. So far it's interesting enough to keep me reading it but it's not mind blowing. Malazan has spoiled me I think. I'm having a harder time getting into things I would have read without complaint. Maybe I'm just burning out on reading as I've averaged more than a book a week for two years now. I'm not sure what I'll read next but I think I'm going to try and leave the fantasy world for a few books. Maybe that will give some of them time to finish up series I've been waiting on.
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WarKChat ModeratorUser avatarPosts: 1164Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:59 am Gender: Tree

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Collecemall wrote:I'm in the middle of The Prince of Nothing series by Scott Bakker. So far it's interesting enough to keep me reading it but it's not mind blowing. Malazan has spoiled me I think. I'm having a harder time getting into things I would have read without complaint. Maybe I'm just burning out on reading as I've averaged more than a book a week for two years now. I'm not sure what I'll read next but I think I'm going to try and leave the fantasy world for a few books. Maybe that will give some of them time to finish up series I've been waiting on.


I think I know how you feel. For me it's probably Mistborn, Kingkiller and Stormlight. After reading those series other books are lacking something.

For now I don't have anything planned. Perhaps a break isn't a bad idea. Titles I might try next include The Black Company Seems like it may have some of the elements of The First Law. Other than that I don't know. As I said earlier I'm waiting for authors to publish consecutive book in their series. Maybe I should try something different, like a different kind of fantasy? :)
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CollecemallPosts: 320Joined: Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:53 am

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Collecemall wrote:I'm in the middle of The Prince of Nothing series by Scott Bakker. So far it's interesting enough to keep me reading it but it's not mind blowing. Malazan has spoiled me I think. I'm having a harder time getting into things I would have read without complaint. Maybe I'm just burning out on reading as I've averaged more than a book a week for two years now. I'm not sure what I'll read next but I think I'm going to try and leave the fantasy world for a few books. Maybe that will give some of them time to finish up series I've been waiting on.


I think I know how you feel. For me it's probably Mistborn, Kingkiller and Stormlight. After reading those series other books are lacking something.

For now I don't have anything planned. Perhaps a break isn't a bad idea. Titles I might try next include The Black Company Seems like it may have some of the elements of The First Law. Other than that I don't know. As I said earlier I'm waiting for authors to publish consecutive book in their series. Maybe I should try something different, like a different kind of fantasy? :)


You my friend need to read Malazan. Just if you do it commit to reading the first 2.5 books. If you want to quit then I wouldn't talk you out of it. I saw this article for new readers of the series and I think it (mostly) gets things right.http://www.tor.com/2016/09/12/gardens-o ... e-readers/


I enjoyed Black Company. But it is closer to Malazan than First Law. It's a good series. If you don't go with Malazan I couldn't argue with it.
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CollecemallPosts: 320Joined: Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:53 am

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I've found a couple I'm really digging this week. Beyond Redemption by Michael Fletcher- It's a world where people with powerful delusions create their own reality based on those delusions. So belief becomes reality. But they are all insane. It circles around a party of drifting thieves one of which is actually sane. They stumble on a plan of one of the local religions to create their own god. So they plan to steal the god with everyone in the series having their own plans for the god. It's the first book of a series which I didn't realize when I started it but it stands by itself fairly well.

The other is When The Heavens Fall by Marc Turner. I'm not into it far enough to really know what all is going on but it is interesting enough in the first few chapters that I'm into it. So far there are kings, assassins, mages, elementals, etc. all the fantasy stuff you expect but it's not done in a cheesy way. Similar to Malazan in some ways.
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The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll

A rather interesting read. Sean is presenting some good arguments and explanations in easy to understand language. He draws from science and philosophy to explain different ontologies and how we can be reasonably sure our current theories are the best explanations available to us.

I'm about half way through and highly recommendedputting this one on your tsundoku.
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WarKChat ModeratorUser avatarPosts: 1164Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:59 am Gender: Tree

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I've just finished The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie. I enjoyed it a lot. I like how this series (The First Law) is dark and ambiguous. No heroes, even though some characters try to do a good... well... they try not to do bad things every now and then.
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I'm reading I, Robot by Issac Asimov. I've been meaning to read this for years, but I never felt compelled to go buy it until I entered a discussion in a YouTube comment section regarding the merits of Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics. I bought the book last year, but I never actually sat down to read it until now.
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CollecemallPosts: 320Joined: Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:53 am

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Before I get into what I'm reading I'd like to ask if anyone has read Aron's new book? Foundational Falsehood of Creationisim.

I'm going to ask if he can make it available on google play.


As for what I'm reading. As always I'm in a fantasy series. Marc Turner's The Chronicle of Exile Trilogy. Really enjoying this. Sort of a cross between Malazan and Abercrombie. So right up my alley.

Also enjoying Robert Jackson Bennett's The Divine Cities. I enjoy books with god's and how they interact with mortals. Both of these series include this type of plot to some degree. I just passed 60 books for the year so when I finish my current book I think a break is in order until 2017. I slacked on reading non fiction this year so I will focus on learning a bit in the coming year.
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I'm currently bed-reading I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like by Mardy Grothe.

Amusing but keeps me awake.

Also, Annihilation from Marvel.
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WarKChat ModeratorUser avatarPosts: 1164Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:59 am Gender: Tree

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Bloody hell, I got an ebook reader. A Kobo Glo HD . Now I have so many books I don't know what to start reading.
The Broken Empire, The Black Company or Dresden Files. …or Malazan
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CollecemallPosts: 320Joined: Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:53 am

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Good for you. Let me know if you need any of them. You know my recommendation. All of those are great choices though. I would rank them like this 1) Malazan 2a) Broken Empire 2b) Black Company 4) Dresden

I have only read the first three books of Dresden. I'm told they get better but the first three are mediocre. Easy reads though.


There are so many I know you would like if you had the time. Which is the only knock I have on Malazan for you. You could read Broken empire and all of those below in the time it will take you to finish Malazan. But I still don't change my ranking of them.

The Gentleman Bastards-Scott Lynch
Chronicles of Exile-Marc Turner
Traitor Son Cycle- Miles Cameron

All of those would be in your wheelhouse as far as fantasy goes I think. Each has something unique from the others. None of them are finished yet but there are at least three books done in each already.


EDIT: want to add one more point. Dresden the books pretty much stand alone. So if you aren't looking to be tied into something really long without some closure you might want to go there. They do tie in but each book (of the first three anyway) tells an individual story.
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Hunting Monsters: Cryptozoology and the Reality Behind the Myths by Darren Naish.
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