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Where are you in Fantasyland? January 2019


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Jan 1, 11:29am Top

Happy New Year, everyone !!

Still reading Stone of Farewell, The Invasion of the Tearling, and Throne of Glass.

Jan 1, 3:04pm Top

I'm still in the Six Duchies to finish up Fitz and the Fool's story with Assassin's Fate.

Edited: Jan 2, 4:25am Top

Happy New Year!

Wishing you and your family the best for 2019.

I've just left an unnamed planet with Murderbot, where All Systems Red.

Jan 2, 10:49am Top

Happy New Year, all! Jumping into the year with Knight's Shadow.

Jan 2, 1:25pm Top

I'm in Ile-Rien plotting The death of the necromancer.

Jan 2, 1:55pm Top

Right now I am in LA, reading about The Late Show. Not really much fantasy over that, but a cracking good read all the same.

Jan 3, 11:39pm Top

Reading the first Harry Dresden novel, Storm Front. I'm about half-way through it and not hating it, but I don't really see what all the fuss is about with this series.

Edited: Jan 6, 1:58am Top

I’m in Carthya chasing The Runaway King.

Jan 4, 7:03am Top

>7 Carnophile: The first couple of books are fairly average for that series but most people tend to agree that it really starts to get going around book 3 or 4.

Jan 4, 7:12pm Top

>9 AHS-Wolfy: If I end up sorta liking #1, do you think I could just skip straight to 3 or 4?

Jan 4, 7:14pm Top

>10 Carnophile:

I would not skip books -- you will get the idea but they build on top of each other (they are much stronger as a series than as individual books IMO).

Jan 5, 2:49pm Top

OK, I'll see how I like it when I'm done w/ the first one.

Edited: Jan 5, 11:14pm Top

Finished The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen and added the last book in the series, The Fate of the Tearling, into my rotation.

Edited: Jan 6, 8:14pm Top

Thank you for the Martha Wells recommendations. Then Karnathi mentioned Dalemark, then my path crossed Charmed Life. The heart knows what it wants, I am in Chrestomanci castle (again) with Cat and his wicked sister. I had forgotten that the social and moral transgressing in Wynn Jones is so shocking.

I am in a position to read the Binti books, but after #1 I am not drawn in especially. I never had it explained to me why everyone was cool with the whole spaceship full of cadets getting slaughtered was a reasonable payback for stealing a stinger. Which was never explained. Should I keep reading?

I liked the construction of Traitor Baru Cormorant. The setting up was great. For me it descended into a conventional medieval military political intrigue sort of thing. The reveals were probably surprises but by then I just wanted it to be over. Something about the SPOILER! -shadowy sect who rules the world- plot numbs my interest.

I re-read God's War so I could finally read Infidel and Rapture as I wait for Hurley's 2019 books. I would probably characterise these as hard military SF. They were great. I am trying out God's War on a wargamer to see what he makes of it.

Jan 6, 10:01pm Top

>14 cremorn: Isn’t Cat’s sister (Gwendolyn?) so really, really mean?

Jan 6, 10:36pm Top

Jan 7, 12:45pm Top

>14 cremorn: You're tempting me to visit Chrestomanci castle again, too...

Jan 7, 3:17pm Top

Finished Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Meh.

Jan 7, 5:49pm Top

Finished Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams. Muchly enjoyed.

Jan 7, 9:39pm Top

I've arrived on the Discworld in search of Small Gods (reading for my book club). I thought I hadn't read it before but it's ringing some bells.

Jan 8, 7:49am Top

>19 seitherin:, glad to hear it can still be read and enjoyed. I read it newly published and haven't returned, but I've fond memories of that trilogy. At the time it stood out to me for being extremely harsh with its heroes, not as much as Game of Thrones but going that direction. A strong contrast at the time with David Eddings, Terry Brooks, etc.

Jan 8, 8:37am Top

>21 Cecrow: This was my second time through the book. I expect I'll do a To Green Angel Tower reread at some point. Right now I'm anxiously waiting for Empire of Grass to come out. I already have it on pre-order.

Jan 8, 9:43am Top

>22 seitherin:, good to know. Is your re-read of the original trilogy shedding any light on the new one, so far?

Jan 8, 1:56pm Top

>23 Cecrow: Not really but that might be a function of how many books I read and don't retain anything of than what's actually going on in the books. When Empire of Grass comes out, I'll have to do a quick skim before reading it because I don't actually remember anything much about The Witchwood Crown.

Jan 8, 6:56pm Top

>22 seitherin: >23 Cecrow: I only read the first books recently because of a Cecrow? recommendation. When these fantasy epics have to communicate something really evil, they have to find an anchor to bring it to the story. The evil in the first trilogy is aliens, but their agent is the human weakness of the old king. Very real and terrible, we all know and fear it. Like Theoden in LotR - the 'evil magic' controlling him was the manipulation of his own disappointments. Simon Mooncalf was a good character to follow - not brave, just tested. With enough reserves of courage to always try just one more time, carried by destiny and fear and moment. I know that Witchwood Crown turned people off. The king and queen are distant and stupid. The main character is just stupid:-) I found the story really good. I was massively sucked in and tricked by the ending (I read it again the other day in the shop and gasped loud enough to turn heads). The characters have a long way to develop! The king and queen are crappy parents! The main character is a crappy person! I can't wait to know what happens next!!!

Edited: Jan 8, 7:15pm Top

Welcome to Fantasyland Travel: Cheap Flights, Hotels, Tours, Cruises and Holidays for 2019!

Where are you planning on touring? As a rabid Kameron Hurley reader, I await the much-delayed #3 of the Worldbreaker Saga in November. But in March I plan on being immersed in her The Light Brigade.

btw Rothfuss: October 2020, Erikson (and Martin:-): no projections.

Jan 9, 4:15am Top

I'm on board a stoneship singing the Space unicorn blues in a crazy mashup of SF and F.

Jan 9, 9:33am Top

>26 cremorn: ... I guess that's your own estimate? Nothing official from Rothfuss. I'd put it further out than that. I can see Martin potentially making that date, with his plan to hole himself up in the woods. Erikson's third book was put on hold indefinitely, so he turned to other projects and might even start writing up his Karsa Orlong trilogy instead of ending that one.

Jan 9, 8:25pm Top

Finished The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Overall, I enjoyed the trilogy.

Jan 11, 12:14am Top

>28 Cecrow: No, I just went digging. This one says August. Maybe just a placeholder? https://www.amazon.in/Doors-Stone-Kingkiller-Chronicle-Book/dp/0575081449

Jan 11, 7:48am Top

>30 cremorn:, definitely a placeholder. Amazon has a reputation for inventing dates with no basis on anything.

Jan 12, 12:40pm Top

I'm in whatever kind of mashup of Fantasy and SF you'd call "in the future the earth gets conquered by mythological creatures and also there are spaceships" in Order of the Chaos.

Jan 14, 9:33am Top

Popping into the Grisha-verse for Siege and Storm.

Jan 14, 5:55pm Top

Added Circe by Madeline Miller to y reading rotation.

Jan 14, 9:06pm Top

>34 seitherin: I am curious what you think of it -- I've heard really disparate opinions about it so far.

>14 cremorn: Yesssss, all the DWJ for everyone! I really don't know too many other authors who can portray such completely flawed characters who still feel totally rounded and human and real, like people you recognize instead of mythic villains or hard-hearted criminals.

I'm still reading Freedom & Necessity but I took a mini-break into Faerieland to quickly read The Wicked King when it came out. I found it fun but not nearly as polished or compelling as its predecessor.

Jan 15, 2:35pm Top

>35 Kanarthi: I've only read about a quarter of the book and so far it is nothing special. It's well written and I'm enjoying it, but I really don't see what all the hoopla is about. I do like it better than I liked Gaiman's Norse Mythology which is nothing more than a rather dull recitation of Norse mythology.

Jan 15, 3:57pm Top

I'm heading to Kelewan, one of the worlds of the Riftworld, for Daughter of Empire.

Jan 15, 4:09pm Top

I was rather disappointed in Order of the Chaos. It played with language in a fun way sometimes, as I would expect from Peter David, but some of it was a it heavy on the deus ex machina and it felt a bit like he was just finishing the trilogy out of a sense of duty. What's more, I found that I didn't care about any of the characters as much as I should by the third and final book in a series. Sure, it's been a long time since book two, but that's not a problem that I've had with other fantasy series after a long break.

Jan 16, 11:59am Top

I'm on the Lich Road very near the beginning of Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. Still getting my bearings as to where this is supposed to be happening as the protagonist is apparently reading a Plutarque book but the setting seems to be otherwise secondary world fantasy (?).

Yesterday, 1:47am Top

I am not Sailing to Sarantium, but I am visiting that world again - reading Children of Earth and Sky.

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