Where are you in Fantastyland: February 2012
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I was just in mid-19th Century America with Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. It was pretty well researched and easy to read, but I didn't buy the premise at all.
I just left magical New York and environs in The Magicians. It's brilliant; read it.
Trompng round AnkhMorepork with Commander Vimes and the rest of the watch in Feet of Clay.
Tromping round AnkhMorepork with Commander Vimes and the rest of the watch in Feet of Clay.
#3 I'm with you majkia--I got about halfway through and it seemed like nothing was happening. Couldn't go on.
I'm revisiting the Nightside with John Taylor and looking for angles and/or angels. Agents of Light and Darkness.
I've been told I have to Bewere the Night, which is shaping up to be an interesting anthology so far. ^-^
*Finally* made it to Letheras with the Bonehunters in Reaper's Gale. This was the first Malazan book that was a significant slog. It picked up in the last 250 pages or so, but it definitely didn't fill out its length as well as the others for me.
Currently well into The Traitor's Daughter and enjoying it.
GirlMisanthrope, Tim Burton is a pretty good director so maybe so!
Last night I was in Elan with Percepliquis by Michael J. Sullivan. Decent finish to the Riyria Revelations, but I'll admit I was a little disappointed. The novel was 200 pages longer than the other five books. The overarching plot also felt a bit tacked on, like the author didn't spend enough time building it up in the previous books. My opinion might improve with a series re-read in the future.
15> The only thing I really liked about Cold Magic was the world building. I didn't care much for the characters or the plot.
Finished Fire Study. Not sorry to leave Sitia; it's not a very safe place to be a child, particularly a young girl. You're likely to get your heart cut out of your chest.
But now I have traveled to feudal Japan, where I have encountered The Fox Woman. This promises to be an interesting clime, and even a beautiful one. I'm not very far in, but so far the lyrical prose style reminds me a bit of Patricia McKillip -- which is a good thing.
I'm heading to Hawaii with Micro.
Not fantasy strictly speaking, but close enough :)
With Susan discovering her Grandfather has taken up the job of the Hogfather. I've been wanting to read this one for ages.
HO. HO. HO.
I have wanted to discover for a very long time Midkemia and Kelewan and just finished the first 3 in Raymond E Feist series. I am dissapointed that I never came round to read them earlier because they are brilliant.
>21: If you want to discover more of those worlds, see if you can find the Empire trilogy that Feist wrote with Janny Wurts. They focus on life and politics in Kelewan. The first book is Daughter of the Empire.
I'm still out in space with the Chanur crew, getting drawn ever deeper into intrigue and double-crossing. I'll be back for some fantasy when I get to the end of the saga.
I'm bouncing between 18th century Haiti, 19th century Paris, and 4th century Alexandria, in Nalo Hopkinson's The Salt Roads.
Started The Last Unicorn on Friday night and I can already tell it's going to be a lovely, lyrical tale. Might not have time to read it in the next month, but I'll definitely be trying!
22&26 Thank you for the suggestion. I found almost all copies in this series in a charity shop (Lucky me!) and the other ones I still needed I ordered with my favourite bookstore. I just started Jimmy the Hand after that I will read the other 2 and then I will start with the Empire Trilogy.
I am really looking forward to carry on reading this series.
I'm at that tricky halfway point of The Magicians described by >3 and >7 that makes any fantasy fan wonder where this story's going - if anywhere - but sticking with it to the end.
Somewhere within the seven worlds in The Wizard by Gene Wolfe.
Journeying through Lovecraft's 'Dreamlands' with Randolph Carter...
>30/42: finished The Magicians and posted my review. If you can stick with this novel past the first half, you'll be rewarded.
>39: The Last Unicorn is more interesting if you read it as allegory, the unicorn standing in for any ideal, the pursuit of it the chase for that ideal. Think of this quote from its first chapter: "I've never really understood ... what you dream of doing with me once you've caught me."
As a matter of fact ... huh ... just realized that's a theme in the Magicians, too.
I'm in the Sanctuary in Wings of Omen. It is a strange place and these are strange stories.
Although I liked the Dresden files from the beginning, I have heard several people say that it took around four books for them to get into it, so you are not alone.
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin. Listening via Audible.com. It's tough to get through lengthy tomes in a series in 10-30 min bursts before falling asleep at night, but I'll get there!
I've just been considering An Agreement with Hell somewhere in Southern California.
Just starting Lamentation. Don't know whether to be sad yet or not ...
I was in the fantasy world, Prodigion, traveling from Dymetrice to Pithlyn while writing the novel, Storytale. But now, I'm in my backyard, getting sucked into a fantasy realm called, Agmer. It's pretty crazy!
I just finished The Golden Compass and liked it a lot. Armored bears! Looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.
53> My favorite scene in all fantasy literature comes in The Amber Spyglass, the scene with Lyra and Pan on the dock. I can't say anything more or it's SPOILER.
Very busy last two days of the month!
I spent a couple days in Panem doing a re-read of The Hunger Games in preparation for the movie in March.
Ran across the Nine Mountains in Touch of Power (Maria V. Snyder's newest YA book). Very fun, and I read the whole thing yesterday!
I've moved into Snyder's dystopia now: Inside Out. It's kind of blah right now, so I may end up picking up something else on March 1.
>62 I've heard it's good, so I'm giving it a chance. Dystopia isn't really my style and neither is Sci Fi, which is why I've put off reading it
Reading Dominion by C. S. Friedman. It's a novella length prequel to her Coldfire trilogy.
65: ?! Holy crap, I didn't know about that and I am a HUGE Coldfire fan! Didn't like her new series at all, so I kinda stopped following news about her, apparently foolishly.
I'm in 19th-century Germany with tomcat Murr, courtesy of E.T.A. Hoffman.
>62 tottman --Thanks for the tip, and I finished Inside Out. I thought it was kinda meh. Not my favorite of Snyder's. Once I figured out the twist, it just turned me off. I like their little world within the cube, but the Sci Fi ending is too much for me. I have the sequel, but I don't see myself reading it anytime soon.
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