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Mar 1, 2012, 10:55am Top

To get the topic for March started - A Stark and Wormy Knight by Tad Williams.

Edited: Mar 2, 2012, 4:21pm Top

Just finished off Jingo. Now on to The Last Continent.

Mar 2, 2012, 2:35pm Top

Still reading Tiger Burning Bright and The Crystal Singer.

Gosh, I have become such a slow reader! :(
I am embarrassed!

Mar 3, 2012, 8:23pm Top

Just finished Paul Kearney's Kings of Morning. It was a strong finish to the Macht trilogy.

Mar 3, 2012, 8:54pm Top

saturness, you are not alone. I am, for the 3rd month, on 11/22/63 by Stephen King. It's almost 900 pages. I've decided to devote tomorrow to practically finishing it because my slow pace has not stopped the TBR pile from growing.

and it is a cool book!

Mar 4, 2012, 10:28pm Top

I've just arrived in the city of Treclere with Sibby in The Broken Citadel by Joyce Ballou Gregorian. Time to find out what that evil empress is up to!

Mar 5, 2012, 8:27am Top

>6 sandstone78:: That is on my Mount tbr; I bought it and the sequels because of reviews here on LT, but haven't got around to picking it up yet, even though I am excited about it.

At present, I am in Vintas with Kvothe in The wise man's fear. I'm a lot more excited about the book now he's left the Arcanum - though I do love the scenes and characters there.

Mar 5, 2012, 12:08pm Top

I've started with the Collegia Magica in Carol Berg's The Spirit Lens. I like her others so I hope this one is just as good. So far, it has quite the cast of characters: the intellect, the fool, the rogue, and of course the villain who's trying to assassinate the king.

And after reading a discussion by Jacqueline Carey, I decided to take a trip back to Terre d'Ange in Kushiel's Dart. And I remember why I loved this book the first time now that I'm reading it again.

Edited: Mar 5, 2012, 1:24pm Top

>8 VivalaErin:, I thought the first six were great, but even so I haven't been tempted by the Naamah trilogy.

Only just over a third of the way through Deadhouse Gates, but things are looking up for finishing this before I have to tell you the same thing in April.

Mar 5, 2012, 11:08pm Top

Just got back from a return trip to Gillengaria with Senneth and Tayse, et al, in Sharon Shinn's Twelve Houses series. Those books are so good that I was devouring them even on a re-read. I did notice some flaws this time around, but they're well worth reading anyway.

Mar 6, 2012, 12:30am Top

>7 Sakerfalcon: Mount TBR, perfect descriptor (grin). I'm enjoying it. It's not perfect, and its age does show in dated stock racial stereotypes like "wise desert people" and "gypsy fortune teller", but it is nice for variety's sak to read a book for a young adult-ish audience (maybe even middle grade, the protagonist, Sibby, is about 11-12 years old, but there are big time skips in between volumes) where romance/sex isn't the end-all-be-all of her character arc.

There's also a lot of depth to the world, with excerpts from songs, histories, and other scholarly texts at the end of each chapter that reflect back on its contents- something like Jane Yolen's Sister Light, Sister Dark and sequels weaving in the myth, the history, and the legend with its narrative, but less... self-conscious. Many of them are "written" by characters we see in the story. It makes it feel like Sibby is a visitor in this world, and people there have a life before her and will have a life after her, rather than the world revolving around her.

I haven't usually cared for the character-crossing-over-to-fantasy-world trope in the past, but between this and Mark Anthony's Beyond the Pale which I read last year, I may be changing my mind.

>10 kdcdavis: I just finished Mystic and Rider last month, my first read with the next three in wait. I kept dragging my feet and didn't enjoy it as much as I did her Archangel series or Wrapt in Crystal, though it's been a while since I read either.

I liked the characters, but they felt a little flat to me, even the romance. I had a hard time believing that characters of their age and background would act the way they did, especially Senneth. (Spoilers follow, though I've tried to keep them vague.) For a covert mission in hostile territory, she seemed to go out of her way to attract attention, and in ways that would definitely stir up more fear and anti-Mystic sentiment, especially through the first half of the trip (I'm not including the scene with the child later on which I found completely keeping in character/background). I'm thinking of the raelynx here especially- taking it back to the inn in the same town it's been on the rampage, really, Senneth? That's not a great way to get people to stop fearing your kind.

Still, I have the next three books, and I like the characters and setting well enough that I'm sure I'll get around to them eventually.

Mar 6, 2012, 9:47am Top

>9 Cecrow:, I read the Naamah trilogy. It wasn't as good as the original, of course, but I enjoyed it. It has a lot more magic (and even more world travel) than the first bunch. I didn't fly through it like the others though; it was easier to put down for a break than Kushiel.

Mar 6, 2012, 12:32pm Top

I'm in Calaius with "the rise of the TaiGethen" by James Barclay : )

Mar 7, 2012, 12:11am Top

>9 Cecrow: I've only read through the first 5 in that series but Deadhouse Gates was by far my favorite. Coltaine is my favorite character of the series and the Chain of Dogs is just riveting.

Mar 7, 2012, 10:04am Top

I'm in Ireland - halfway through Raven Calls by C.E. Murphy.

Mar 7, 2012, 5:27pm Top

I'm in Ank-Morpork with Guards! Guards!

Mar 7, 2012, 6:48pm Top

I'm still in the Six Duchies though this time with Royal Assassin. I'm loving the trilogy so far.

Mar 8, 2012, 4:41pm Top

I'm bouncing between three parallel worlds (so far) in The Subtle Knife, the second book in Philip Pullman's trilogy.

Mar 8, 2012, 11:44pm Top

Pullman is one of my all time favorites - read the trilogy many times...

Mar 9, 2012, 10:36am Top

I've added another world to my jumping...Ephemera, reading Belladonna. Anne Bishop just released a new book in this series, so I have to catch up first. So between sojourns to The Spirit Lens and Kushiel's Dart, I'll be there.

Those people who can only read one book at a time baffle me LOL. I must have at least 3 at a time!

Edited: Mar 12, 2012, 8:44am Top

I'm in Mexico. I'm reading Three Messages and a Warning which I received via Earliy Reviewers.

Mar 12, 2012, 2:45pm Top

Mar 12, 2012, 4:08pm Top

I'm in The Damned World (formerly known as Earth) in The Heights of the Depths by Peter David. No touchstone but it's the long awaited sequel to The Darkness of the Light.

Mar 13, 2012, 4:48am Top

I just started A Game of Thrones. Wow - it certainly didn't take long to become a book I can't put down.

Mar 13, 2012, 8:12am Top

#24 - I soooo remember that feeling. :)

Mar 13, 2012, 8:44am Top

While driving this past weekend, I started A Storm of Swords. The non-linear story drove me a little crazy at first, but I'm always ready to get back to another character when the next chapter begins!

Edited: Mar 13, 2012, 4:21pm Top

I have read all the way through A Storm of Swords, but I'm going to refrain from starting A Feast for Crows until I hear that A Dance With Dragons has been released in paperback.

As to what I am reading: The Skies of Pern (more than halfway through) and Warbreaker (just got started).

Mar 13, 2012, 6:06pm Top

Dance With Dragons is due out in paperback next summer.

Mar 14, 2012, 7:14am Top

As in Summer 2013?? Looks like it's going to be a long break...

Mar 14, 2012, 7:44am Top

>29 kceccato:: If you can't wait that long, you could try getting the paperback from the UK. It's being released on March 15th 2012. Unfortunately, you won't save any money as the book has been split into 2 volumes, and there'll be shipping costs too. (Hate when a publisher splits the pb into 2 books.)

I'm currently travelling to Erlenstar Mountain with the Heir of sea and fire, the middle of Patricia McKillip's Riddle Master trilogy. I liked the first book, Riddle master of Hed, but I'm loving this one so far.

Mar 15, 2012, 10:49am Top

I'm currently in the draconic version of the Napoleonic Wars. I finished book 7 of the Temeraire series last week and have since had an indulgent few days rereading all the others and am back on Crucible of Gold (book 7) now (I missed a lot through having forgotten details).

Brief reaction: at first I was put off by the abrupt ending but I'm not sure why -- she always ends her books on a cliffhanger. If anyone has read it I would love to discuss it in another thread. Apart from my ending woes, its a very enjoyable read if not quite as good as book 1 which has consistently remained my favourite. It is not as depressing as the last two either, thank goodness, and has a wonderful description of Incan draconic-human relations.

Mar 15, 2012, 12:13pm Top

Finished A Stark and Wormy Knight by Tad Williams and about to start Caliban's Hour by same.

Mar 15, 2012, 12:34pm Top

>29 kceccato: I had heard this July, hopefully that's not wrong.

Mar 15, 2012, 6:03pm Top

>33 varielle:: Oh, good. I thought Summer 2012 sounded more realistic and Summer 2013 was stretching it.

Mar 15, 2012, 9:32pm Top

I'm halfway through the new Jane Yellowrock novel, Raven Cursed, by Faith Hunter. Although it's very derivative of other series in that supernatural-creatures genre, Hunter does it very well & I'm really enjoying the series.

I must say though that I've been affected by some of the comments on this list, for instance in the what-annoys-you-most thread people remarking on characters who go for days on end sleep-deprived -- this novel really does a lot of that & now I'm noticing it more.

I've also noticed (not due to list postings) the heightened importance of food -- specifically rich and/or junk food, and LOTS of it. It's almost pornographic in spots. This is true in supernatural fiction series by several women authors: the same series which often have a romance element. It's explained as due to the high metabolisms of the various supernaturals -- but I suddenly had a vision of all those female readers eating their little containers of plain yogurt while sighing over the descriptions of huge meals of fries, barbecue, good wines, burgers, cajun food, etc. etc. :-)

Anyway, for those of us who like that genre (supernatural fiction, not food fantasies), the Yellowrock series is *very* good.

Mar 16, 2012, 9:45am Top

Finished Conan the Marauder by john Maddox Roberts

Mar 16, 2012, 1:06pm Top

>34 kceccato: Yes, it's available for pre-order for summer 2012.

I'm not sure what city I'm in yet, but it seems roughly contemporary in The Shape of Desire.

Mar 16, 2012, 11:44pm Top

Finished Summer Knight and Death Masks in the Dresden Files. Good books. I was disappointed when I returned them to the library and found book 6 was checked out!

Mar 19, 2012, 7:37am Top

Revisiting the mysteries of the the Cygnet and the Firebird in Ro Holding, via the compilation, Cygnet.

Mar 19, 2012, 8:17am Top

I'm bouncing between Adua and the North with the boys in Last Argument of Kings.

Mar 25, 2012, 3:22pm Top

I am now in Wen Spencer's Elfhome reading the ARC. It is really really good! I'm thoroughly enjoying it. I love the combination of advanced physics, magic theory and kind of Native American like elves.

Mar 25, 2012, 3:34pm Top

I'm in Australia with Temeraire and Laurence . The Tongues of Serpents. Since I won the next book am trying to catch up!

Mar 25, 2012, 6:08pm Top

After a short Walk to the End of the World in the post-apocalyptic Holdfast, I'm back with Sibby in The Broken Citadel, on the road to the frozen north city of Tremyrag. On the side, I'm studying The Language of the Night- Le Guin has always been a difficult author for me, one I often find myself disagreeing with, but almost always worth reading.

Mar 28, 2012, 10:09am Top

I'm in Chicago - reading Drink Deep by Chloe Neill.

Mar 28, 2012, 10:36am Top

I've finished my journey with the Riddle Master, and am currently visiting the Fortress in the eye of time.

Mar 28, 2012, 11:47am Top

I'm (so far) in various places of the African diaspora, reading the anthology Mojo: Conjure Stories. Some great stuff here!

Mar 28, 2012, 10:23pm Top

>46 edgewood:
Edgewood, if you like African diaspora themes, you might like Octavia Butler's Patternmaster series -- the first (and one of the best) is Wild Seed.
The series is very science fictional, but crosses genres; certainly I'd describe Wild Seed as basically fantasy.

Mar 28, 2012, 11:55pm Top

Finally finished the long 11/22/63 and am now in Timeless Egypt with Lord and Lady Maccon where werewolf and vampire hijinks will ensue.

Mar 29, 2012, 1:03pm Top

47> Thanks for the recommendation. I have her Lilith's Brood trilogy in my TBR pile, and found Kindred pretty intense.

Mar 29, 2012, 9:55pm Top

>49 edgewood: I didn't like the Lilith's Brood set as well as her others; the aliens who mingle their genetics with other species didn't quite work for me (& reminded me a bit too much of those flying saucer abduction books); but all her stuff is good. She excels at exploring the use & abuse of power by groups & individuals, and how stronger/weaker groups & individuals interact -- but not in too dry or abstract a way: the characters come to life & matter to the reader.

Mar 30, 2012, 1:49am Top

50> I also liked her two Parable books, though they were very dark. And Fledgling, her final novel, was great. But I need to catch up with her earlier work.

Mar 30, 2012, 9:32am Top

Working on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

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