Where are you in Fantasyland: August 2011
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I'm so enjoying exploring Thornburg and its environs under a Goblin moon. Many thanks to everyone who recommended and discussed the book on here - that's why I love LT!
#6 - :)
If you are not aware, Theresa Edgerton is still writing, but under another name.
>8: Oh good, I've a feeling I will want more when I finish Goblin Moon! I have Child of Saturn lined up already . . .
I'm in some godawful middle-of-nowhere town (much like the one I live in) learning about color magic and The Black Prism
While I wait for more Teresa Edgerton/Madeline Howard to arrive, I'm visiting Cantiacorum in Cold magic by Kate Elliott. So far I'm loving this alt-Victorian-type world, where the Roman Empire lasted 1000 years.
I've just come back from visiting the Prince of Annwn and am not sure yet where I want to head off next. We'll see!
I'm in the land of the dead - reading Magic at the Gate by Devon Monk
I'm sailing on a barch from the City of Elua to Marsilikos - reading Kushiel's Mercy.
Just finished traveling with David in search of The Book of Lost Things.
Wandering around through Egyptian mythology with Carter and Sadie in The Red Pyramid.
At the Golden Pony with Kvothe in The Wise Man's Fear......I might catch up with BigJoel55 there :)
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Let me know what you think. I'm having a love/hate thing for Rothfuss. I constantly thing his style is too contemporary to be convincing in an epic fantasy, but I also can't put his books down.
As an aside, I also think he must be paid per word, or he has an incompetent editor. The same could be said of much of the epic fantasy genre at the moment (e.g. Robert Jordan and/or Brandon Sanderson).
Just back from South Wales and Shropshire, reading Jo Walton's Among Others.
Moving on with Carter, Sadie, and the Egyptian pantheon in The Throne of Fire.
In Paris with Nicholas Flamel, Machiavelli, Joan of Arc, The Compte of Saint-Germaine & Co - fighting beings of legend and myth... The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, book 2)
by Michael Scott
argh. I tried to start The Magician but then got sidetracked. I need to get back to that book.
ETA - fixed touchstone
Just finished Mistborn.
#29 I've just read this one book, but Sanderson seems well edited. In fact he has commented a lot on the contribution of his editors. I'm just happy he has one at all, they seem to be less involved with many of the books I read these days.
I just finished Among the Hidden. Good, but I'm not sure I want to plow into another six books in the series right now. I don't know whether this should be considered fantasy. I guess it's more dystopian.
For now, I'm getting back to (non-fantasy) Stowe's 1862 novel of coastal Maine, The Pearl of Orr's Island.
In Sydney with some well-meaning Australian vampires in The Reformed Vampire Support Group who are trying to find who murdered one of the group members.
I'm back & forth between Berkeley and the Napa Valley (and occasionally the Other Realm) in Lisa Goldstein's new novel, The Uncertain Places.
My wife is a big Lisa Goldstein fan, she thought The Uncertain Places was excellent.
Lisa will be at Worldcon in Reno this coming week.
I am reading Dance With Dragons finally after waiting a long time for a library copy. I am really sorry to say that I am disappointed with it. I'm half way through and I am glad to be back with my favourite characters but it seems to me that everything is moving at a snail's pace with a lot of time spent dwelling on the horridness of their lives but not much being done about it.
I guess I have grown too impatient. Maybe it will pick up in the last half of the book.
ETA Well, Okay Then! I have just read the LT reviews and I see that I am not the only one. That makes me feel better ;)
#48, nhlsecord - The epilogue justifies the means regarding A Dance With Dragons.
Finished The Wise Man's Fear. Liked it a lot, despite some earlier concerns (see #29). Really liked the portion in Adem. Like a lot of second books, it seems to be setting up later events (at least I hope so!).
#41 - I've only read Sanderson's The Way of Kings so I'm not sure about his other work. At 1250 pages I thought the work ambitious and entertaining, but at times repetitive - as if he didn't remember explaining things and re-explained them later.
#53 Lol, maybe he was worried people would forget after hundreds of pages and should reexplain everything
I've just finished reading the following books and somwhat to my own shock I've really enjoyed them all as I often go long stretches without finding a good fantasy series to read. They are all urban fantasy
Kate Griffin - a madness of angels, midnight mayor & neon court
Trent Jamieson - death most definite and managing death. I'm glad the third book The Business of Death will be out in a couple of weeks to put me out of my misery to the ending of the trilogy
It's always great to get a good run of books like this but it rarely happens.
> 52: I read somewhere that VanderMeer was done with Ambergris. I've read the first book, City of Saints and Madmen, and have the other two to look forward to. It's a creepy but fascinating world he's created.
Heading off to London with Nicholas Flamel & Co - fighting beings of legend and myth... The Sorceress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, book 3) by Michael Scott.
>59: I'd heard that too, but am hoping he'll change his mind. I still have some of the short fiction to keep me going for a while.
Roaming Dogsland with some wolves burning down a building that a demon touched in Never Knew Another. McDermott has built his own world including religions and wars, and with wolves being superior to man. "Walkers" can go between both societies.
I'm in the city of Jaggonath with Damien Vryce, having just started Black Sun Rising. Wanted to read the series for quite a while, since I love dark fantasy, but waited until I owned the whole set (plenty to read meanwhile!). So far it seems very promising. More Science Fantasy than traditional fantasy, since it's on another planet -- something like the scenario of the Darkover series, as far as I can tell, but clearly much darker.
I'm still slogging through Westeros in A Clash of Kings, but I finished the other couple books I was reading, so I need to build back up - I can't read just one book at a time anymore. I'm going to divide my time between the war of the Seven Kingdoms and the wonderful world of Terre d'Ange and Alba in Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Carey. I've missed her world.
I just left Annalise of Verdant Hills and her two talking sheep in Melissa Studdard's book, Six Weeks To Yehidah. I travelled through magical lands, sang with Annalise, jumped into a shimmering underwater city and celebrated the triumph of Annalise's trials and travails. I did not want to come back to reality!!! I had so much fun reading this book!
Just finished a trip through "Elsewhere" with Olive Dunwoody (The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere, Vol. 1). Nothing terribly original about it, but I give it three stars for Olive's combination of klutz and spunk.
I just finished reading Wildwood Dancing and now I've sneaked aboard a ship in a fit of rage, not realizing the ship would set sail with me in it (Cybele's Secret by Juliet Marillier).
Side note: Using the proper past tense of 'sneak' (sneaked) sounds ridiculous to someone use to saying and hearing the American slang term of 'snuck'. What are other people's thoughts on sneaked vs snuck?
I'm with the Bridgeburners and we're headed to war with the Pannion Domin. Anomander Rake's just arrived in dragon form and damn near pulled out Dragnipur. Close call! Memories of Ice
73: I think they BOTH sound ridiculous, and thus avoid using the past tense of "sneak" at all costs.
Snuck is slang?
(On thinking about it, I think I find the two interchangeable.)
Just left Herewiss, Freelorn and friends in Darthen, in The door into fire. I predict that I will enter The door into shadow very soon.
>73: As a Brit, I can just about take snuck, though would myself only use sneaked, but I really hate when people use "drug" instead of "dragged". That is just wrong! Fortunately it doesn't seem to happen very often - yet.
I'm currently in a London filled with crazy cultists and dark magic, searching for a vanished giant squid in China Miéville's Kraken.
I'm with peasant-knight and medieval investigator of sorts Jehan de Montpéril in L'Armure de vengeance as he tries to puzzle out the events surrounding an apparently cursed and murderous suit of full plate armor.
Should also have been continuing member giveaway Laying the odds where events were picking up after 70 pages of trudging through fairly generic countryside, but I seem not to have mailed the file to myself or brought it to my current location.
Back in San Fransisco with Nicholas Flamel (only one more book to go after this, woohoo!) The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, book 4) by Michael Scott.
I'm in Caputan hoping not to be eaten by the attackers. Where the heck is Moon's Spawn? What's up with the Warrens? Paran, wake up! Help! Memories of Ice invade my thoughts!
I've been riding with the Jaran. I guess this book is classified as Sf, but riding horses across the steppes with a group of handsome men seems to make it a fantasy, at least to me ;-)
Just started A Game of Thrones, so I'll probably be immersed in that for a while.
Just bought Landover in Magic Kingdom for Sale. Seems a bit slow at the moment, hope something exciting starts happening in the next chapter or so.
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