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Read the Dark Tower. Thanks.

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TormundsWoman wrote:

I didn't know they republished the new edition of the Accursed Kings! Only the first two books in which Martin I think is involved. Probably why the ones that you find are really expensive.

I'm reading Joe Abercrombie now The First Trilogy. Makes for a good fantasy read. Exciting.


I got the First Law trilogy today, quite a good deal for the three-in-one eBook.  It'll be ages before I start reading them though, likely September, and they'll probably keep me going through autumn.  If I like them then there are the standalones to consider.

I have War and Peace on my eReader and I am always eager to find other books so I don't have to resort to the desperation of reading that ( life's too short aww ).



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That's great, KM! I have to say, they are so easy to read. Might not be a complex read but good entertainment.

I'm halfway through my second book and I am already looking at the standalones. Read some reviews and most agree that they are actually better than the initial trilogy. Go figure.

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Just finished The Circle, by Dave Eggers. Now here's a book *everyone* should read. Really.



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'The Road' - by Cormac McCarthy, it's a bleak old read but I'm in a post-apocalyptic mindset at the moment so enjoying the prose. Haven't seen the movie but I'd like to see what they made of it.  

Will get onto the First Law Trilogy before long...



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'The Road' - by Cormac McCarthy, it's a bleak old read but I'm in a post-apocalyptic mindset at the moment so enjoying the prose. Haven't seen the movie but I'd like to see what they made of it.  

Will get onto the First Law Trilogy before long...


 I liked the movie, and I think I remember Rygar posting about loving the book, right Ry?

Would love to read it one day, that and No Country for Old Men.



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'The Road' - by Cormac McCarthy, it's a bleak old read but I'm in a post-apocalyptic mindset at the moment so enjoying the prose. Haven't seen the movie but I'd like to see what they made of it.  

Will get onto the First Law Trilogy before long...


 I liked the movie, and I think I remember Rygar posting about loving the book, right Ry?

Would love to read it one day, that and No Country for Old Men.


 I would think the casting is very important, it seems to be well regarded anyway. I hope it will come on a free to view TV channel here (again - probably has but I missed it)

I really liked the movie  'No Country for Old Men' so should read that book too.



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Anyone read Ken Follett? I just bought "Pillars of the Earth" on a whim because it was on super sale. Got home and realized I have no reference for this writer. Anyway, I'm done with Henning Mankell's "Firewall" because I didn't get enough Wallander on Neflix teehee and was looking forward for a switch in genres.

KM I very much liked The Road and will do my best one of these days to watch the movie too. Heard it was good.

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I did read it and I have a shit memory. The only thing I remember is that I was really put off by his writing style, though there must have been a decent story somewhere in that book. Good luck!

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Oh Japie teehee you are hopeless. It's a freaking big book. What do you mean you only remember one thing?!
Talk about writing I was watching this panel at SDCC, "Rulers of the Realm". Pretty cool actually.

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The Road is sincerely depressing. i haven't read it again since the birth of my nieces. Read Blood Meridian or No Country instead.



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Wonderfully depressing, Ry! You are correct and KM I should have said that I like how it was written. The plot is heart wrenching. Hope you are prepared. (But I think Blood Meridian is just as depressingly written)

Maybe All the Pretty Horses?

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Finished 'The Road' about a week ago, started to feel a bit repetitive near the end but still a good if bleak read.

Have now started 'The First Law' trilogy, not far into it enough yet for an opinion but has started promisingly.



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Oh, KM that's awesome! highfive Let me know what you think of it when you feel you formed an opinion. I think some characters resemble Martins in some ways. There's definitely a realism to them too.

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Speaking of grrm, I have his Sandkings waiting on my nightstand for about a week, but can't bring myself to start it just yet. Anyone read it?



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Oh, KM that's awesome! highfive Let me know what you think of it when you feel you formed an opinion. I think some characters resemble Martins in some ways. There's definitely a realism to them too.


 What I have noticed so far is that the characters have a "modern way of thinking" in a feudal fantasy world - which is quite similar to GRRM. They are unlike the usual fantasy tropes and I expect that can be put down to the way GRRM brought something new (mainly a world weary cynicism in the characters) to the genre.



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I agree KM! It was that particular bit that I noticed too. Abercrombie did mention Martin's work as a source of inspiration (or something similar).

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I'm into this really good historical fiction. I mean I've read a bunch this year. Way past my goal (yes, shut up y'all!!! I have lists ) Anyway, this Cornwell guy did an interesting job with his Arthur chronicles. Three books pretty tight writing, lots of battles, well written action but mostly interesting characters. I do hate his take on the whole Lancelot thingy but well, you cannot have EVERYTHING.

Anyway, what I wanted to mention is his other series that I've started recently. It's a Saxon historical fiction. Great start with The Last Kingdom. Really intriguing, fluent story, nice character developments, good rhythm. I recommend it so far. It is the story of Utherd of Babbenburg (yes, it beats Bobono teehee) a saxon lord that was taken by the Danes as a prisoner of war and his adventures during the late 800's.



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We have a thread dedicated to him back at IWC! He also has an unfinished series on the American Civil War, the Starbuck Chronicles. He admits he probably won't finish anytime soon though, FINISH THE BOOKS CORNWELL!!!!

His Archer/Harlequin series is my favorite though, set during the Hundred Years war, following an archer on the English army, awesome sauce.

There's also the Sharpe series, which are his most famous stuff but i read some and found too repetitive for my taste.



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Reading SC Gywnnes bio on Stonewall Jackson.

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I read Cornwalls Arthur stuff. I remember it being good but it also didn't keep me engaged and I stopped after a book or two. May try again.

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Ry, the Arthur books are a bit heavy. Too concentrated in events covering too much ground sometimes in the span of 50 pages. The prose is dense in places, and there IS the magical element involved that sometimes can be weird because we are still talking about a real realm an actual place, but I'm a bit of an Arthurian legend nut, so I simply don't care.

The Saxon series is newer and faster paced. It is true historic fiction, no fantasy involved, unless we talk superstitions, and religion, the prose is a bit lighter and I think you may find it more engaging. Just a suggestion if you do try Cornwell again.

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Cosca: Moist Von Lipwig! it started well. Warden is an ass! THERE IS NO SPOON! #truth

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I'm reading...oh wait, no I'm not. I'm illiterate.

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Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins.

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I love Tom Robbins.
I've read every novel he's ever written (unless there's been a new one out in the last year, or so, and I don't know it, yet.



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Nymeria Warrior Queen wrote:

I love Tom Robbins.
I've read every novel he's ever written (unless there's been a new one out in the last year, or so, and I don't know it, yet.



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 He is glorious and this book is pretty fucking amazing.  



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I love Tom Robbins.
I've read every novel he's ever written (unless there's been a new one out in the last year, or so, and I don't know it, yet.



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 He is glorious and this book is pretty fucking amazing.  


 I'd have a tough time picking my favorite book of his.  I'd probably go with his first, Another Roadside Attraction.  While he hadn't hit his full stride as a writer, yet, it has one of my favorite premises for a book...EVAR!

 

Have you read any Christopher Moore?  He's another author who makes me literally lol.  I read Lamb, which I found absolutely brilliant, and have been meaning to start Fool, but after reading the Century Trilogy, I decided to delve into Lenin's Tomb, and I've yet to finish that (it taking me a while, 'cause it's just so fucking disturbing, I need to take breaks from it)).



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I have not, but will check it out.

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I'd start with Lamb (that's the one I was told to start with, and it certainly made me want to read more of what he's written).

The full title is Lamb The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.

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Macha wrote:

Finished Benioff's City of Thieves last night. Not great, a bit predictable, but not bad either. It'd work better as a coming-of-age war movie than a novel. The narrator is supposed to be Russian and I couldn't stop thinking "this is not how a Russian would write", but other than that it was very sweet and witty at times.


 Almost done with it. I was pleasantly surprised to be honest. I didn't think it would be so engaging. Apparently he's a decent writer.



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Reading "Ready Player One", very neat. I hope the upcoming film doesn't mess with it too much.

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Reading "Ready Player One", very neat. I hope the upcoming film doesn't mess with it too much.


 

Oh, man. Not sure if you read my IWC review and now you're trolling me.

If not...then don't read it cerseiwatch (in short: I didn't like it).

 

I'm reading Cornwell's The Winter King. I'm liking it so far.



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If not...then don't read it cerseiwatch (in short: I didn't like it).

 Lol I am like 3/4 through. I admit its not perfect, but I am still enjoying it. I will elaborate here when I am done.



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Oh, I meant my (scathing) review, not the book. Please do share your opinion when you finish it.

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The Ginger Man, because I like to get hammered.

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I've heard of The Ginger Man, Ry! Goes on my list. I've reread Wilt, because last time I was here in this thread, I read the exchange between Asha and Macha. Book is still funny. Wonder how the adaptation to screen came out. (If any one of the two ladies would be around, I'd ask! Of course they dropped off the face of fleabotttom. )



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The Ginger Man is a hell of a tale. Guy is a total doucebag. I can relate.

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