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Where are you in Fantasyland? May 2012

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1Sakerfalcon
May 1, 2012, 7:34am Top

I'm currently enjoying Tea with the black dragon in San Francisco.

2ed.pendragon
May 1, 2012, 5:39pm Top

Orsinia, as in Orsinian Tales by Ursula Le Guin. Though this is more an imaginary country than a fantastical country (not much magic or heroics going on here so far), I'm still loving this secondary world that she has created.

By the way, the name of the mythical state Orciny that China Mieville hints at in The City & the City may have been inspired by Le Guin's Orsinia, though the two appear to be very different. The only thing they have in common is that they both appear to be located somewhere in Eastern Europe.

3fif
May 1, 2012, 6:37pm Top

Had a quick sortie into Canada with The Girls (Lori Larson) then off back to Westeros , well work does get in the way of reading!!!

4mhatchett
May 1, 2012, 7:46pm Top

The Wall! BRRRR!!!

5kmaziarz
May 1, 2012, 7:49pm Top

About to launch into a re-read of Whiskey and Water.

6Unreachableshelf
May 1, 2012, 8:26pm Top

I'm now in Nekropolis.

7Schizophrenia86
Edited: May 2, 2012, 2:50pm Top

I'm in the fortress of Dragonstone, at the beginning of A Clash of Kings.

8hmajor
May 2, 2012, 4:36pm Top

I'm in Braavos, getting toward the end of A Feast for Crows

9CurrerBell
May 2, 2012, 4:39pm Top

With Carter and Sadie in The Serpent's Shadow.

10Narilka
May 2, 2012, 8:14pm Top

I'm in the Malazan Empire with Deadhouse Gates.

11majkia
May 2, 2012, 8:56pm Top

#10 Me too. But in Midnight Tides.

12seitherin
May 2, 2012, 11:26pm Top

Reading My Favorite Fantasy Story edited by Martin H. Greenberg so I'm in all sorts of places. Also still working on The Secrets of Ordinary Farm by Tad Williams and Eyes Like Leaves by Charles de Lint.

13KayEluned
May 3, 2012, 3:27am Top

I am currently travelling the world with The Night Circus. I have to say I have heard nothing but good things about this book and was really looking foreward to reading it, but so far it's not grabbed me. A lovely concept but not much in the way of plot or characterisation. Maybe it will pick up soon, I hope so.

14Cecrow
May 3, 2012, 8:05am Top

#10 & 11: Me too, but in Memories of Ice.

15BigJoel55
May 3, 2012, 1:00pm Top

I'm at Winterfell, freezing off what Theon no longer has.

16Octane
May 3, 2012, 4:06pm Top

I'm somewhere in the Atlantic, Towing Jehovah.

17fif
May 3, 2012, 4:29pm Top

ooh that a surprise about theon... best read on ....

18mjenks6
May 4, 2012, 4:19pm Top

I'm hanging out with Durzo and Kylar in the Warrens of Cenaria, figuring out how to navigate the political minefield that is Midcyru (The Way of Shadows).

19CurrerBell
May 4, 2012, 8:04pm Top

I just finished up with Carter and Sadie in The Serpent's Shadow and I'm really disappointed in the trilogy. Overall, I'll give it 3***, which isn't really bad, but it's nowhere comparable to Camp Halfblood. In fairness to Riordan, this may partly be my own lesser familiarity with Egyptian mythology (compared to Graeco-Roman), but I think that's probably going to be true of most readers, which complicates the large assemblage of characters that he throws in. Another problem, I think, is the greater reliance on divinities in this series (though the lesser deities Bes and Bast are particularly attractive), as opposed to the much wider range of child/halfblood characters in his other series. Also, The Kane Chronicles tends to be wa-a-a-ay to cutesy for my own taste, though Camp Halfblood has also started toward a little too much cutesiness in its most recent Roman book.

Still, kids should like this series, and it's a good one for introducing Egyptian mythology in a classroom. Due to most people's lesser familiarity with Egyptian mythology, though, The Kane Chronicles may particularly benefit from The Kane Chronicles Survival Guide.

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This is really just a minor SPOILER, but the conclusion of The Serpent's Shadow hints that the world of The Kane Chronicles may very soon be intersecting that of Camp Halfblood.

20Rozax
May 4, 2012, 10:03pm Top

I'm in Bitterblue City.

21VivalaErin
May 5, 2012, 10:23am Top

In Sabrian court with Anne de Varnase in The Spirit Lens

22GirlMisanthrope
May 5, 2012, 10:57am Top

In a strange version of Wonderland in Alice on the Shelf with a homicidal Cheshire cat.

23seitherin
May 5, 2012, 5:04pm Top

Finished Eyes Like Leaves and started The Blue Girl, both by Charles de Lint.

24CurrerBell
May 5, 2012, 6:34pm Top

22>> In a strange version of Wonderland in Alice on the Shelf with a homicidal Cheshire cat.

Me too. I just downloaded it to my Kindle.

25johnnyapollo
May 5, 2012, 6:47pm Top

Now reading The Sword of the Lady by S. M. Stirling. Although the series started out as SF it becomes more-and-more heroic Fantasy with each book...

26seitherin
May 6, 2012, 10:22am Top

Finished The Blue Girl and started The Painted Boy, both by Charles de Lint.

27Aldrea_Alien
May 6, 2012, 9:19pm Top

In the first quarter of Carpe Jugulum.

28GirlMisanthrope
May 6, 2012, 11:01pm Top

Finished Alice on the Shelf, now visiting Sookie in Deadlocked. Next year is the final book!

29CurrerBell
May 7, 2012, 5:48am Top

I just finished Alice on the Shelf too, a fairly quick read on my Kindle. It was also fairly good most of the way through it, but I thought the ending (saying no more to avoid SPOILER) was rather conventional, a let-down.

30KayEluned
May 7, 2012, 7:57am Top

#27 - One of my favorite TPs, I have a soft spot for the witches :)

31GirlMisanthrope
May 7, 2012, 10:19am Top

CurrerBell, could not agree more. The ending felt.....self-indulgent instead of for the reader.

32fif
May 7, 2012, 1:52pm Top

oh just left Westeros, bereft ....what to read now???

33Schizophrenia86
May 7, 2012, 2:44pm Top

@32: I'm still at book no. 2, but I believe this has to feel like falling into a deep hole - I fear this moment and yearn for it at the same time ;)

34Tigercrane
May 7, 2012, 3:43pm Top

In an alternate England in His Majesty's Dragon.

35Unreachableshelf
May 8, 2012, 10:29am Top

I'm back in Nekropolis in Dead Streets.

36pwaites
May 8, 2012, 9:37pm Top

I'm in Seattle with Bloodshot.

37CurrerBell
May 8, 2012, 11:35pm Top

36>> I fell in love with Cherie Priest with her "Eden Moore" trilogy. I got Four and Twenty Blackbirds as a Kindle freebie very early on in my K1 days, and that just proves how valuable freebies can be to authors and publishers because I got hooked right away. There's a lot of her other books that I haven't read, though, because I'm not terribly fond of steampunk, but in addition to "Eden Moore" I have read both of her Cheshire Red books and love them both. The idea of a vampire who's a master thief but who has obsessive compulsive disorder is brilliant. I'm just hoping we'll get a third installment soon.

38CurrerBell
May 9, 2012, 2:49pm Top

I'm starting to spend some time in Ferryport with Sabrina and Daphne, just starting Book 2, The Unusual Suspects. I'm a latecomer to the series.

39Niko
May 9, 2012, 4:22pm Top

Finished Last Argument of Kings and heartily do NOT approve of the ending. There are ways to do "bleak" without spitting all over the time the reader spent caring about... PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING in the previous books.

Started up on Dragon in Chains by Daniel Fox/Chaz Brenchley. Still getting the lay of the land on this one. Not sure whereabouts I am. :)

40pwaites
May 9, 2012, 5:37pm Top

38> I eventually quit reading that series because it seemed like the author was never going to end it. Apparently, she's announced that the next book will be the last one, so maybe you won't have that issue.

41CurrerBell
May 9, 2012, 7:02pm Top

40> Actually, it looks like Book 9, The Council of Mirrors, which has just been published, is in fact the last one. (There's also one of those supplemental books, A Very Grimm Guide.) But that's why I stayed away from the series altogether, because it looked like it was going to be one of these things that would just dither on and on never-endingly, and I thought it was some kind of Nancy Drew-ish mystery series anyway (and I don't particularly care that much for mysteries). It was when I noticed Book 9 while browsing a B&N that I saw the series really was coming to a conclusion and that there was more fantasy than mystery to it. So I'm practically at the beginning right now, and I'll read them all straight on through.

42Elphaba71
May 10, 2012, 2:35am Top

I'm with Tyrion in King's Landing - Clash of the Kings

43pwaites
May 10, 2012, 8:39am Top

41> That was the next book I was referring to, I just wasn't aware that it had been published. If you think the series is worth it when it has an ending let me know and I'll give it another try.

44Morigue
May 10, 2012, 7:06pm Top

I've just arrived in Shaftal via Fire Logic.

46mjenks6
May 12, 2012, 11:02am Top

fif, if you liked the Games of Thrones series, try Brent Weeks' The Night Angel trilogy. Few Fantasies have drawn me in the way these do.

47GirlMisanthrope
May 15, 2012, 1:10am Top

Just finished Deadlocked, the 2nd to last Sookie Stackhouse book---disappointing. Now I am with Burton and Swinbourne in Curious Case of the Clockwork Man in steampunked England.

48sandyg210
May 15, 2012, 10:36am Top

Just started The Hob's Bargain by Patricia Briggs

49fif
Edited: May 15, 2012, 4:29pm Top

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50fif
May 15, 2012, 2:42pm Top

46, thanks for that. Was going to reread jrrt again, but will look Weeks out. In Nagasaki with Jacob de Zoet.does that count as fantasy??

51Irishfantasyauthor1
May 15, 2012, 4:00pm Top

Hi guys,

I'm new to Library Thing and I just want to say "Hello" to everyone here. I'm in between reading a slew of books at the moment but I am pondering on getting Book 4 of Christopher Paolini's Inheritence Quadrology. Has anybody here read it? I read book 1 and 2 and felt that half of 2 could have been cut out and I haven't read another of his books since.

I'm also a fantasy author and I'm working on book 2 of my own fantasy trilogy.

52CurrerBell
May 18, 2012, 1:39am Top

43>> I just finished Book 9, The Council of Mirrors, and I have mixed feelings about The Sisters Grimm but strongly urge you to consider giving the entire series a second try. My mixed feelings are, I give the overall series probably 4**** for personal reading but a complete thumbs-down for classroom use.

Here's my take on it.

First of all, I never read any of these books as they were coming out. I had this mistaken notion that the series was "Nancy Drew meets Lemony Snicket" and (in all respect to her fans) I just don't care for Nancy Drew, but then I don't that much care for mysteries in general. And as to Lemony Snicket, I found the whole thing very tiresome until the last couple of installments when things really started wrapping up to a very good conclusion.

Now, as to The Sisters Grimm for personal reading enjoyment, I give the series overall 4****. I give the first seven books all 5*****, the eighth book 3***, and the final book three-and-a-half***. The first seven books are out of this world, especially for the relationship between the two semi-orphaned sisters, the older Sabrina and the younger Daphne. There's an interesting reversal here, with the older Sabrina sincerely looking out for her kid sister but with an often domineering stance and chip-on-the-shoulder attitude that sometimes makes Daphne react by calling Sabrina a "jerkazoid." The younger Daphne, in contrast, is the sweet, good-natured sister with the cheerful outlook and with a maturity that, for their relative ages, is a lot greater than Sabrina's. The relationship between the two sisters continues to develop in interesting ways throughout the series, further complicated by the 4000-year-old fairy Puck who's got the body and maturity of an eleven-year-old, just like Sabrina.

There are a lot of interesting twists throughout the first seven books, leading up to a discovery of who the real "villain" is, regarding which I'll say no more to avoid SPOILER and just assure you that the author really plays fair with clues leading up to the ultimate disclosure.

Now, as to the eighth volume, I give it 3*** (and maybe a bit generously). It's really way too hurried-up, an out-of-breath jump through a whole variety of fairy tales. I can't say more to avoid SPOILER, but although there are certain interesting reversals the volume overall is just too frantic.

As to the ninth and concluding volume, I'll give it three-and-a-half***, maybe even close to 4****. The pace is still a little too frantic, like the author is trying to wrap everything up in a hurry, and the conclusion is a little too saccharine for my own personal taste, but that's really a matter of taste. The ending has in no way the bittersweet taste of The Amber Spyglass, but considering that "His Dark Materials" is my personally favorite of all fantasy works, it's really not fair for me to compare the two.

I really do think, pwaites, that for personal reading, that you ought to give this series another try.

So why do I give it a thumbs-down for classroom use? It's just wa-a-a-ay too Euro-centric. The standard of beauty, for example, is Snow White's porcelain skin. This is the kind of series that's going to go over like a lead balloon with children of color and in a racially mixed class could also really prove seriously disruptive. There are definitely ways that Michael Buckley could have made this a genuinely multicultural work, as Rick Riordan has very successfully done with Percy Jackson and even more so with The Kane Chronicles. In fact, the only instance I can remember of a dark-skinned character in the entire Sisters Grimm series is (I think) a very minor Mother Goose character who sometimes changes into a goose with black feathers. Children of color are going to find this patently offense for classroom use.

A very good series for personal reading at 4**** (and possibly higher if the last two books, especially book 8, weren't so hurried).

A complete disaster for classroom use.

53pwaites
May 18, 2012, 8:43am Top

52> I'll add the new books to my hold list then. :)

54Unreachableshelf
May 18, 2012, 10:47am Top

Just left a small town in Canada in Hidden.

55Octane
May 18, 2012, 2:29pm Top

Started listening to Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, which has been on my list for far too long!

56rshart3
May 19, 2012, 10:53pm Top

Have just been in frontier Western North American, with Nadya in the book by Pat Murphy. Enjoyed her book Falling Woman years back, but somehow missed this one until it showed up in one of my used-bookstore ramblings.
A different take on the werewolf legend, more concerned with being different, wildness, and how the larger society often persecutes both. The title character seemed a bit flat at times, but the overall vision, the story, and the ideas are alive and compelling.

57beniowa
May 19, 2012, 11:41pm Top

Just finished Scourge of the Betrayer by Jeff Salyards, a new debut novel by Night Shade.

58johnnyapollo
May 20, 2012, 8:41am Top

Reading The Passage by Justin Cronin...

59ncgraham
May 20, 2012, 10:12am Top

I'm reading The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold, as well as listening to Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus on audiobook.

60Morigue
May 20, 2012, 10:43am Top

Continuing on in Shaftal with Earth Logic, the second book in the Elemental Logic series by Laurie J. Marks.

61CurrerBell
May 24, 2012, 9:05am Top

With Sophie and Josh in Danu Talis in The Enchantress.

62johnnyapollo
May 25, 2012, 5:48am Top

Now reading Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman...

63beniowa
May 28, 2012, 4:15pm Top

64Niko
May 29, 2012, 9:30am Top

Finished Dragon in Chains (enjoyed it), and am currently indulging in a visit to Prydain.

It's been too long since I spent time with Taran, Eilonwy, Flewdurr and the rest. :)

65BigJoel55
May 29, 2012, 10:50am Top

It's getting complicated in Cenaria in Brent Weeks' The Way of Shadows.

66Valleyguy
May 30, 2012, 2:15am Top

Back in Luthadel with Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. Didn't know what I was in for, a treat so far!

Finishing up Blood Rites, book 7 of the Dresden Files on audio.

67Schizophrenia86
May 30, 2012, 2:33am Top

Swapping the Kingslayer for the Kingkiller and A Song of Ice and Fire for The Wise Man's Fear.

68Sakerfalcon
Edited: May 31, 2012, 5:08am Top

Visiting FantasticA via the pages of The neverending story.

Edited to fix embarrassing typo!

69Cecrow
May 30, 2012, 8:59am Top

>64 Niko:: Love Prydain! Looking forward to reading with my 8-yr-old soon.

>66 Valleyguy:: The Mistborn trilogy definitely takes some unexpected directions.

>68 Sakerfalcon: Fantastica? (or Fantasia, in the movie) "Fantastic" is what the book is!

70Jarandel
May 30, 2012, 9:15am Top

I've been in the tiered city Thaiburley in City of dreams and nightmare.

Also visited another, aquatic city, Symir of The Drowning City.

71Sakerfalcon
May 31, 2012, 5:08am Top

>69 Cecrow:: Oops! Thanks for spotting my typo! Fixed it now.

72ncgraham
Jun 2, 2012, 2:48pm Top

Just started Merlin's Booke by Jane Yolen. I got distracted while attempting to clean my room....

73johnnyapollo
Jun 3, 2012, 8:39am Top

Currently reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman...

74Valleyguy
Jun 4, 2012, 2:03am Top

Finished Blood Rites, now on to the actual book 7 of the Dresden Files...

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