Where are you in Fantasyland? December, 2019

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Where are you in Fantasyland? December, 2019

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1Kanarthi
Dec 1, 2019, 3:03pm

I just departed from Spinning Silver's Lithvas and I'm curious where everyone else is currently.

2Narilka
Dec 1, 2019, 3:47pm

I'm taking my first trip to the Ryria universe for an Age of Myth.

3seitherin
Edited: Dec 1, 2019, 5:44pm

4rshart3
Dec 2, 2019, 1:08am

Recently finished The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a beautifully written and powerful book whose main topic is slavery in the US, but the protagonist has a magical power -- he and some others can teleport under certain circumstances -- so there's a strong fantasy element too. Very strong insights into the societal and interpersonal suffering inherent to a slave-based society.

5Unreachableshelf
Dec 2, 2019, 6:53pm

I'm just starting Queen of the Conquered.

6drmamm
Dec 2, 2019, 9:16pm

Finished House of Chains, the fourth installment of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. The whole series has been maddening, because there are times when my eyes glaze over from the multiple storylines and characters and incomprehensible magic and relationships between gods...and then Erikson pulls me back in with some excellent characters and strong climaxes/set pieces which tie a lot (but not all) of the threads together. House of Chains is probably ranked 3 out of the 4 that I have read. The Karsa storyline is my favorite, along with the Malazan army. I kind of got lost with the Imass/Tiste xxx threads and all of these alternate worlds/warrens. The Sha'ik storyline is somewhere in the middle.

7Cecrow
Dec 3, 2019, 7:32am

>6 drmamm:, good job; now you're ready for my two favourites, Midnight Tides and Bonehunters.

8Sakerfalcon
Dec 3, 2019, 8:44am

>1 Kanarthi: I had similar reactions to you about the romances (I've just read your review). Irina's especially bothered me, and its resolution didn't even seem plausible to me. I too was disappointed that Wanda was sidelined towards the end as she was my favourite character. Novik's prose is lovely and her settings are wonderful, but there are just those annoying flaws.

I'm currently reading An enchantment of ravens.

9Jarandel
Dec 3, 2019, 8:56am

I had a blast in alternate faerie-influenced Paris as the protagonists of Les Enchantements d'Ambremer by Pierre Pevel stumbled upon a long-buried secret, and trouble.

10Kanarthi
Edited: Dec 3, 2019, 5:14pm

>8 Sakerfalcon: Haha, I actually think that Irina's story could be separated and fleshed out to a decent full-length novel. I mean, the story would need a lot more ... communication, repentance, and character growth. But I think that the bones are decent. Like, a good version could be delicious. Imagine: Irina politically maneuvering while struggling against the fire demon, what's-his-name taking responsibility for his character failings, and the two of them gradually growing closer. Irina learning to value herself and her strengths. Tortured, guilty romantic heroes bettering themselves can be really fun. I did find the scene where he was furiously drawing portraits of her to try to understand the appeal pretty funny. And long-term, it could work. He primarily wants beauty and power but could outgrow this shallowness and give her attention and understanding, while she becomes the real power-holder in the kingdom. Miryem's romance, though ... there is just no hope for. The realistic tone of her family vs. the fairy-tale tone of the Staryk clash too much. I loved Novik's writing and Miryem's cleverness during the scenes where she is working her way through the storerooms. But after how compellingly her struggle was described ... c'mon, there can't be a romance. A happy ending for her is returning to her family permanently and leaving any supernatural nonsense behind her. And yes! Glad to see other people appreciated Wanda's story. Viewing the village through both Wanda and Miryem's eyes was one of the great pleasures of the beginning of the book.

Meanwhile I am happy to sink back into Fledgling.
Edited to correct touchstone.

11edgewood
Dec 4, 2019, 12:12am

I've kind of been binging Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series, currently on book 8, That Ain't Witchcraft. I love the Price family and their Aeslin mice.

12seitherin
Dec 6, 2019, 8:08pm

Added Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin to my rotation.

13Jarandel
Dec 7, 2019, 2:57pm

I was in alternate Paris again, polishing off the delightful House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard.

14minus1digit
Dec 7, 2019, 8:52pm

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I just got my first book published, and it is still free on Amazon until December 9, 2019. Book one is called, Forces of Nature: The Chosen One. Book two is due to be out before Christmas....|:-)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0827J55PW?pf_rd_p=ab873d20-a0ca-439b-ac45-cd78f07a84d8&pf_rd_r=FGJ7KKGYCQ2J3EY7GY87

15curioussquared
Dec 9, 2019, 12:22pm

I'm back in the Enchanted Forest, one of my favorite spots, in Searching for Dragons.

16Narilka
Dec 9, 2019, 8:36pm

Moving on to Age of Swords next.

17Jarandel
Dec 17, 2019, 2:44pm

Witnessing an assassination attempt near the beginning of The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu.

18Kanarthi
Dec 19, 2019, 7:01pm

>17 Jarandel:, ooh my library hold for that is due to come up soon. How are you finding it?

I'm currently in the middle of the black jewels trilogy, with Heir to the Shadows. I found the first book both ridiculous (the desperate attempts to be edgy came off shallow at times)... and very readable (the character interactions were melodramatically enjoyable and I particularly liked how details of the world were given out very gradually). So I'm enjoying my second jaunt.

19Jarandel
Dec 19, 2019, 11:05pm

>18 Kanarthi: For now it's headed to 4 stars country for me, solid classic fantasy in a somewhat Asian-flavored setting that I'm enjoying, but no character that I absolutely must read more about so far.

20Narilka
Edited: Dec 23, 2019, 9:19am

I'm off to The Amathel (with flashbacks of Camorr) in The Republic of Thieves.

21Unreachableshelf
Dec 25, 2019, 10:24am

22Jarandel
Dec 25, 2019, 12:37pm

The second part of The Grace of Kings thankfully was much better in the characters department.

Now in Merit, USA about 1/3 of the way into Vicious by V. E. Schwab.

23seitherin
Dec 25, 2019, 1:54pm

Added a reread of Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski and The Bard's Blade by Brian D. Anderson to my reading rotation.

24Darth-Heather
Dec 26, 2019, 4:23pm

I'm on the final book of The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper, which has been very enjoyable and as much as I want to see how it ends I will be sorry when it's done.

25Sakerfalcon
Dec 27, 2019, 5:02am

>24 Darth-Heather: That is one of my all-time favourite series. I love how firmly it is based in British mythology and folklore - I used to reread the books often when I was homesick while living in Philadelphia.

26rshart3
Dec 29, 2019, 1:36am

Just finished spending some time between our world and The Library, in The Library at Mount Char, a pretty well done take on the theme of super-powerful magicians struggling with each other, and in the course of that, changing our world. Some clever ideas and variations. I'd be happy to read something else of his, but apparently he's been stuck for the several years since this came out.

27seitherin
Dec 31, 2019, 2:52pm

My new year's wish for you:

May the worst thing that happens in the new year be the best thing that happened in the old.

Happy New Year !!

28seitherin
Jan 1, 2020, 4:15pm

New thread for the new year: https://www.librarything.com/topic/314917