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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Rob P » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:06 pm

I'm not feeling 40k at the mo, so back to Lincoln Rhymes. Finished book 6 at weekend and i'm not into book 7. I really felt the formula of the books in book 6 and whilst book 7 felt a bit crappy at the start, i'm now nearly 150 pages in and enjoying it a lot.

Hopefully, i'll feel up to Old Earth after this.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Xisor » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:33 pm

I nipped through "Damocles" last week. Phil's was a bit weak, but the other three were some lovely delights in very different directions. Quite excited to nip on into more Tau stuff!

As such: "Blades of Damocles" by Phil - the smaller/more-obscure story is really helping. Still a bit schlocky, in places, but it is easy and fast enough reading. And I'm shocked to say: I quite like Sicarius & his pal! :lol:

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In non-fiction news, I picked up "Divided" last weekend: all about why barriers (literal and figurative) are sprouting up all across the world. Interesting, and illustrative, if not completely persuasive in each case.

The section on the US seemed to culminate on "Identity politics is the cause of lots of problems and should be opposed", which seemed blatantly out of place with the rest of the book - very old man yells at cloud. That is: I strongly suspect identity politics is a symptom, one that demonstrates the sheer bewildering scale of barriers that already exist, and are being expanded.

Felt like he stopped thinking for a moment and retreated to end on a 'radical insight' (commonplace cliche), when everything else was, so far, interestingly explored. Then again, I suspect modern & historical discourse on this is still only scratching the surface; I wish we could skip ahead to "well understood".

Intriguing read so far!
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Major Rawne » Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:21 pm

Finished Crusaders of Dorn which was fairly decent. The most intersting story in the collection was The Uncanny Crusade, which had a neat little sciencey twist to the tale.

Then over the course of the weekend I blitzed my way through the first couple of stories in the Black Library Celebration 2018 as they were new to me. Again they were fairly decent.

I also managed to find time to squeeze in the Black Library Events Anthology 2017/18 which was very good. I particularly enjoyed Clint's Shiprats (very amusing tale) and Guymer's A Lesson in Iron (creepy warp anomaly shenanigans).

This weeks read is Asurmen: Hand of Asuryan.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Aristedes Colettas » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:40 pm

Finished Reading Overfiend not good very mediocre. White Scars didn’t feel like White Scars. Amy Space Marine unit could have been used. Raven guard and Salamanders not represented well. 3/10.

Now heading back to the Horus Heresy Reading Book 37 - The Silent War – Various authors.

Hey Major Rawne let me know if Asurmen is any good.

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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Rob P » Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:27 pm

Reading Old Earth. Only 25% in, but nearly everything I dislike. You know it's naff when the primarch stuff is not even worth it. One decent scene so far. Hate the prose. Hate the bolter porn. Hate the naff dialogue. Hate the boring descriptions of boring things. Anyone else read this?
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Xisor » Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:33 am

Not yet, Rob - I'm re-reading (listening to) Vulkan Lives & Deathfire at the mo. Sons of the Forge was pretty decent.

Listening is making some of the bits of prose sound daft as hell. The curse/Curze opening pun felt like one of mine at 6am long before any hint of a cup of tea.

On the otherhand, there are other bits that remain endearing. It's sort of infuriating, but compared to Ath's re-re-read of Fulgrim, I think I can say I'm enjoying the listen!
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Major Rawne » Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:54 pm

Aristedes Colettas wrote:Hey Major Rawne let me know if Asurmen is any good.

Only 60 or so pages in but it's excellent, hopefully it continues in that vein.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Aristedes Colettas » Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:03 pm

“Major Rawne wrote:
“Only 60 or so pages in but it's excellent, hopefully it continues in that vein.”

Fingers crossed….

Finished HH – The Silent War. I really loved this one 10/10 for me.
Love all the covert stuff. I would love to see a Knights Errant novel or series.

Now unto something special I believe. Reading Vaults Of Terra – The Carrion Throne by Chris Wraight

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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Rob P » Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:11 pm

Okay, I just have the epilogue to read for Old Earth.

The last couple of chapters were really good in terms of character, plot and intrigue. The writing was not half bad either. I wanted to keep reading.

I've gathered my thoughts now on what I didn't like about this book and I'll try and keep it spoiler free.

Firstly, the book is used to tie up some loose ends. It ties up 2 major strands of the Horus Heresy, but neither of them justified there own novel and they didn't really come across well in this book at all. It was a bit like in the last season of Game of Thrones where they have to move events along rapidly (usually killing a bunch of characters off) to get the story on track. Also, like The Phantom Menace, albeit the conclusion rather than the start of a trilogy, this book simply does not work on it's own. None of the plots half any element of independence; compare with Path of Heaven which is a continuation and a self-contained story.

Secondly, the A-plot is actually the B-plot. The B-plot (which really should be the A-plot) ends too early and is dealt with in a way that is completely dissatisfying (not necessarily the event, but the way it is written). The B-plot also have awful characters. It has two distinct characters which are developed so unevenly it hurts and it has an extended cast of characters that are entirely interchangeable and forgettable.
The A-plot lacks meat - very little happens until then end of the book. The C-plot just feels tacked on and is just a cleaning up exercise.

Thirdly, the writing is frustrating. As I said earlier, I actually really enjoyed the last few chapters, but prior to that I felt that there was little drama or suspense. The chapters didn't whet my appetite for the next chapter. There was too much bolter porn which was entirely pedestrian. The characters were boring and uneven. The author used 'occlude' too much in the first half.

Under the surface there was a hint at some really cool things that just didn't materialise properly e.g. betrayal; repeating the sins of the father; foreshadowing of 40k; the epic conclusion of an arc with non-primarch characters; and the hint at a new sub-plot.

This book left me so frustrated.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Chun the Unavoidable » Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:28 am

Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee. One bit of praise reads, 'As if Cordwainer Smith had written a Warhammer novel.'
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Duke_Leto » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:10 pm

Just finished Firecaste by Peter Ferhervari. A brilliant dark twisted nasty (in a good way) tale that was almost impossible to second guess what was coming or going to happen. Very complex to read and requires full attention but the pay off is worth it. Personally I prefer Genestealer Cults/Cult of the Spiral Dawn which I think is a simply awesome book. However, based on these two novels it is a crying shame we don't have more full novels from PF.

Starting Chris Wraight's The Emperor's Legion next.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Major Rawne » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:23 pm

Chun the Unavoidable wrote:Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee. One bit of praise reads, 'As if Cordwainer Smith had written a Warhammer novel.'

It will be interesting to see what you make of it as I thought it a rather confusing mess all told.

Got round to finishing Asurmen last night. Bloody fantastic. Can't wait to get round to Jain Zar sooner rather than later.

Next read is Embers of War by Gareth Powell. Enjoyed his Ack Ack Macaque trilogy so looking forward to what this start in a new trilogy brings.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Aristedes Colettas » Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:30 pm

Finished reading Vaults Of Terra – The Carrion Throne by Chris Wraight. Amazing stuff. 10/10. Terra is so bleak in some ways in the description in this novel.
Excellent stuff all around.

Now reading Space Marine Legends – Cassius by Ben Counter

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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Xisor » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:54 pm

I got through "Roboute Guilliman" the last few days and found I really enjoyed it. Not super-perfect sort of stuff, but an easy and interesting read that wasn't any sort of slog - just interesting!

Now back on to a bit of non-fiction with "Against the Gods" looking at atheism in antiquity.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Rob P » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:52 pm

Back on Lincoln Rhymes (which is weird because I don't really like crime fiction). Currently reading The Burning Wire, which is is ridiculously large print because that's all the library had.

Does anyone have any views on the Warcraft books? I'm thinking of trying Bill King's Illidan (I like most Bill King stuff in BL), but wanted to know about other novels in WoW universe.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Chun the Unavoidable » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:34 pm

Major Rawne wrote:
Chun the Unavoidable wrote:Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee. One bit of praise reads, 'As if Cordwainer Smith had written a Warhammer novel.'

It will be interesting to see what you make of it as I thought it a rather confusing mess all told.


I can certainly see how it might divide opinion :D . But, once I allowed the many conceits, I found myself rather enjoying it. I can't say it involved me as a novel, but it certainly fascinated me. I will be reading more of the sequence.

Now about another well-thought-of SF novel that has somehow passed me by: Larry Niven's The Integral Trees (and The Smoke Ring).
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Fenris » Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:52 pm

Reading the BL anniversary collection i got with my Dorn from Forgeworld (so,pretty much old shorts)

Took me a few seconds to realize that Into Exhile is written from finish to start :D
Thrusting his thunder hammer into the sky, he shouted—so that all could hear "Primarch.Progenitor, to your glory!"
"And to the glory of Him on Earth!" his brothers bellowed in response
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A knight is sworn to valor. His heart knows only virtue. His blade defends the helpless. His word speaks only truth. His wrath undoes the wicked
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Major Rawne » Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:55 am

Worked my way through the last of Embers of War over the weekend. Once I got my head around the multiple first person perspectives I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to book two whenever that comes out.

As I have a week off work i'm hoping to get through a book or two with all my free time. First up is Spear of Macragge. The only problem so far is that it follows on from Fall of Damnos a book that I read so long ago now I have mostly forgotten.

Also making steady progress through the short stories of The Magos. Got up to The Curiosity which was reasonably entertaining.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Aristedes Colettas » Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:33 pm

Finished Cassius. Great stuff from Ben Counter a solid 8/10.

Currently reading Scythes Of The Emperor – by L J Goulding

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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Xisor » Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:17 am

Polished off Moxyland by Lauren Beukes - it's great. It's been a while since I read some cyberpunk, but it hit the spot nicely.

Now I'm back onto some books I've had sat for a wee while (hahaha, 'some').

Light, cheery bedtime reading comes in the form of a little-known work called V for Vendetta. How come no-one's mentioned this?!

Carry-around-in-pocket book is Back from the Dead by Nick Kyme. It's a lovely wee start; easy reading and delicious to be back in the Necromunda stories. Zombie outbreak is nice too, I don't think I've read many where they feature heavily. Dark Imperium and... wow, Cadian Blood, I think must be the ones before that. Well, where they feature significantly, at least.

Anyway, both are good reads so far, making fair process through them. :D
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