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Thread: What book are you reading?
22-03-2012, 05:54 PM #741
So end of book four, unless you got ASOS in one volume.
22-03-2012, 08:49 PM #742
Yea I think Storm of Swords was my favourite one probably the 4th and 5th ones go a bit downhill. I still enjoyed them though.
22-03-2012, 09:17 PM #743
22-03-2012, 11:06 PM #744
23-03-2012, 12:04 AM #745
23-03-2012, 11:05 AM #746
Yeah, I'm two-voluming it for Storm of Swords which initially confused the bejesus out of me as I didn't know it had been split.A brave heart and a courteous tongue. They shall carry thee far through the jungle, manling.
23-03-2012, 11:23 AM #747
I finished Best Served Cold Last a couple days ago, decided to move onto The Heroes yesterday.
I loved Shivers' inverted character arc in BSC. Normally a protagonist (although he's not the 'main' character, he's a close second) character grows, normally an author works hard to make an unlikeable character likable (hell he did it with Jezal and Glotka to a degree in First Law trilogy). Here the character's ideals erode until he's left as a sort of scarred and bitter husk of a man. Only criticism is that he felt a little bit Ninefingers mk II (goes away to a foreign land, is optimistic about becoming a better person, ends up worse/relapsing into violence).
Apparently BSC received criticism on its release for having no characters who were likeable. I find that bizarre, although all of the characters are morally dubious, they're all likeable in their own way. Even Morveer a preening little rat of a man, is sympathetic, because he's an emotionally retarded narcissist who is incapable of empathy or seeing himself through anyone else's eyes.
Got a kindle for my birthday (21st Feb) and realised I've read 6 full-length books since then already, including 4 Joe Abercrombie, Ender's Game (I know, boo hiss etc.) and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. There are probably a few arguements about how Kindles are evil, because they're tied to a single retailer and they lack the 'soul' of a traditional book, but I fucking love mine, just makes the process of buying and reading books so simple and quick.
23-03-2012, 02:24 PM #748
The End of Eternity -- Isaac Asimov
Patterns of Empire: the British and American Empires, 1688 to the Present -- Julian Go
The Science of Good and Evil -- Michael Shermer
On a vaguely related note, curse Amazon for ending free shipping to Aus/NZ!
23-03-2012, 02:28 PM #749
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23-03-2012, 02:51 PM #750
23-03-2012, 03:10 PM #751
Currently reading The Scar by China Mieville and there is something about Mieville's books that really capture my imagination with there really detailed worlds and very interesting conspiracy plots. This one is no different though kind of struggling a bit since I don't know much about ships, and it really pores into the detail of the land and the world a bit to much at times. But still loving it and it might just inspire me to do another image for it for my work.
23-03-2012, 03:26 PM #752
I *like* the characters, and Monza is just sheer awesomeness.
Also, I squealed a little bit in happiness when Gollancz accidentally revealed the main character of Abercrombie's next novel coming out in September. Ooooh yes.
23-03-2012, 03:46 PM #753
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23-03-2012, 05:03 PM #756
THIS LINK. Otherwise, feel free to squeal with me. But do finish The Heroes first.
23-03-2012, 05:05 PM #757
24-03-2012, 02:04 AM #758
I'm finishing up Alan Moore's magnum opus From Hell. Been enjoying it immensely so far; it's a complex and rich book about Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel murders. A very refreshing outlook on the subject that mixes fact, fiction and conspiracy theory to explore not only the crime and characters surrounding the events, but many other facets of Victorian era London (and beyond).
It's hard really to say anything about a book of this scope and do it justice, primarily because it covers so much ground and so many topics and in such anal detail. But it's never boring, in fact it's totally engrossing. It's literally choke full of those moments of utter brilliance that make Mr. Moore such a towering presence in the world of comic books.
24-03-2012, 07:39 AM #759
kind of agree with you but i would say that when she first arrives at Armada i was kind of like she complains to much and wanted it to follow the scientist that sounded more interesting but now its picked up and i dont have a problem.
24-03-2012, 10:06 AM #760
Also just about to start The Scar, it's sitting beside my bed right now.