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29-04-2013, 04:08 PM #1461
Finished Brandon Sanderson's first book of his "Stormlight Archive" series last night. Not huge on how the first third to half of the book was a giant infodump of fantasy names (Kindle's X-Ray is amazing for this crap), but it definitely ramped up to being some of his best work for the second half. Very much looking forward to the next nine books.
Also, I love the fact that Sanderson is already planning for a "crisis on infinite earths" style crossover between all his universes. Probably won't come to fruition for at least 10-20 years seeing as how, while the man is a freak, he has 9 more Stormlight books and probably 6 more Mistborn, not to mention his other work to go before it will be anything more than "Vin meets Kaladin". But still looking forward to seeing how everything ties together since the Stormlight Archives already seems to be written with this in mind as a certain character from the multiverse is playing a pretty big role (and it is implied that events may apply to multiple worlds).
29-04-2013, 04:16 PM #1462
After a visit to the book store this weekend I found a brilliant little hardbacked copy of The Hobbit, really nice faux leather cover, gold gilding letters and gold leaf edges on the page. Illustrations too.
So reading through that again.
If most books presented themselves as such joys to look at I'd just buy them to put them on a shelf and admire."Halo is designed to make the player think "I look like that, I am macho sitting in my undies with my xbox""
29-04-2013, 06:01 PM #1463
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29-04-2013, 06:07 PM #1464
And yeah, I very much enjoyed The Alloy of Law. Was nice to not have an overpowered superhero as the protagonist and I am a sucker for fantasy "westerns". Didn't have the same holy-crap-quotient as the Mistborn trilogy (mostly because it was originally a self contained side story), but I think I enjoyed it a lot more
30-04-2013, 07:51 AM #1465
Just finished Aleksandr Alferov's "Teaching native language in school" (1910). First, it is a very interesting piece on history of russian education given by a dedicated and experienced teacher. Second, the book is a pure joy to read (especially compared to a contemporary books on subject) thanks to its beautifully simple and elegant use of language and clever form and logic.
30-04-2013, 09:20 AM #1466
30-04-2013, 11:00 AM #1467
My uncle died very unexpectedly almost exactly a year ago, so my aunt gave me some of his books last week (she doesn't read English). I only knew a few of them, but as it turned out they were all rather good.
Mark Kurlansky: Cod.
It's about the fish and the history of the fishing of it. It may not sound all that exciting, but it's actually very interesting (and cleared up some weird memory I had about Iceland and the UK almost being at war. I had sort of decided it was a fake memory, but it wasn't).
Mark Kurlansky: The Basque History of the World.
Very interesting too. About the only thing I knew about the Basques was the stuff in the news in the seventies and eighties about ETA (which is partly why the author wrote the book; that was all the news covered).
(My aunt had also had Salt by the same author and I've heard it should be very good, but my half-cousin grabbed it).
Aravind Adiga: The White Tiger.
Kind of ashamed to say that I think this may be the first book I've read by an Indian author, but it's very good. It's styled as a letter to the Chinese Premier and tells the story about the main character's life and how he ended up becoming an entrepreneur (he's writing because he believes the Chinese don't have any and that they need them).
He comes from a very poor family and the story is much about how things can be for poor people in India (I can't vouch for the veracity, but it certainly rings true). It's rather enlightening, in a kind of terrifying way, but it's also very amusing at the same time. Very well written.
Alasdair Gray: Lanark.
Odd, but good, and certainly fit right into my current mood. It's kind of difficult to say much about it, but worth reading.
Graham Greene: The Comedians.
I expected this to be iffy, probably because I got too affected by the terrible seventies cover with its 'coming soon as a major motion picture' blurb, but it's excellent and taught me a bit about Haiti (I vaguely knew some bits, but the story is set right after Papa Doc took over and I expect it's quite accurate in its portrayal of things)
Graham Greene: The Quiet American.
I already had this and have read it numerous times, but I read it again anyway and it's still excellent.
30-04-2013, 11:13 AM #1468
30-04-2013, 02:16 PM #1469
Wit/Hoid. He appears in basically every Sanderson book in some form or another, but I believe this is the first time he has actually been a POV character and this closely tied to the plot. I didn't realize he was that guy, but I was suspicious based on him actually referencing the Cosmere a few times.
Those three guys talking to the fisherman: One of them was apparently Demoux (Elend's General, the guy Kelsier helped beat the larger guy to manipulate his army. I actually realized it was him :p), one is from Elantris, and the last has been confirmed as from an as-yet unpublished series.
01-05-2013, 06:30 PM #1470
Speaking of Pratchett, I'm on my second book now - Going Postal. So far pretty good, reminds me of Guards Guards in overall setup and structure (i.e. some institution in AnkMorph with a cast of wacky characters whom I'm guessing will transform it from the mess it is back to its proper glory). Keeps coming up with new ideas / plot segments that keep me interested, and the humor + social commentary is dead on!
01-05-2013, 07:32 PM #1471
02-05-2013, 11:21 AM #1472
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To the above poster, this might interest you.
Currently reading Eragon. It was not until recently I found out that the movie was based on a book, and even better, the book is the part of a series. I've always preferred series to single books as even though one book ends, there is always the next book to be read. That, and the anticipation about the path the story line follows next.
03-05-2013, 12:11 AM #1473
The Wise Man's Fear
Like it so far but way too often author shakes things up a bit exactly when I'm about to say "Whoa, this is getting way too repetitive" out loud, so maybe it's a good pacing, but I think not. Anyway, most of the first half of this book was mild and tranquil, but then in the middle it suddenly went into the eye stabbing territory. Then when it was about to return to normal it got into a sex with faeries territory. And then there was an implied rape flashback? Are things escalating? Is this a good sign? I dunno. That scene with a night fight( where eye and kidney stabbing happened) was good, though. Exactly the powertrip I wanted. Finally some believable magic system and no archaisms like pointy hats and fireballs.
Main character( and others, presumably) in this novel may have the best ability in all fantasy novels combined. It's the ability to think clearely(!!!) aka Heart of Stone. Guess what? He uses it like twice. Why? Why won't he use it more often? Its superusefull when you are a teenage idiot. Mother of god...
Magic system in this novel is very nice and balanced. Magic gets used like twice in 1000+ pages. What is this, Enders Game?
I really like how author sidestepped that usual "Here goes romance" thing. Instead of the Wizard and Glass-style "...and then they fucked nonstop for 1000+ pages until plot happened" we have some bizzare quazi-romantic relationship. It is actually better than it sounds.
03-05-2013, 08:46 AM #1474
04-05-2013, 03:03 PM #1475
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04-05-2013, 04:40 PM #1476
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Eragon is so Mary Sue-ish that it can hurt you and amount of cliches (poor kid, dead familly, burned village, kid finds dragon, kid is beaten by everyone, but then he is magicaly transformed into ubermensch so he can beat everyone etc.) it have is outrageous.
But then what can you except from book written by 15 year old kid?
06-05-2013, 03:37 AM #1477
Personally I hated the romance for how utterly retarded kvothe is about it and yes, it also repeats the same scenario over and over ("oh I think I might have a chance - girl disappears - girl comes back with another dude - girl drops dude - oh I think I might have a chance...")
I would agree the magic system is pretty interesting and well explained tho.
06-05-2013, 08:41 AM #1478
I liked the wise mans fear well enough, but I wish an editor could have gone over it with a chainsaw, dropping 200+ pages of useless exposition/repetition at least. I wanted more Bast though.
06-05-2013, 03:35 PM #1479
06-05-2013, 06:08 PM #1480