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Re: The Books Thread

Postby robot » Fri Jul 22, 2011 5:11 am

I finished A Storm of Swords, and it'ssogood. I can't wait for seasons 2 and 3 of Game of Thrones.

I hope A Feast for Crows is just as good. I started it and am not more than 100 pages in, but so far the new POV characters aren't all that interesting - I hope that changes, but throughout the other books I never really thought "What's happening in Dorne? I bet the Iron Islands are full of exciting things", so we'll see.
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby buttsie » Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:04 am

Its the way they published it that doesnt work

Book 4 & 5 have action that is happening simultaneously yet they decided to split the the books by characters so you end up with a group of characters that make it feel like its book 1 of a new series

If i ever read them I'll be reading 5 first and then 4



Legends ll edited by Robert Silverberg (2003)

11 new works by the masters of modern fantasy

A song of ice and fire: The Sworn Sword 80 pages George R R martin

Majipoor - The book of changes - Robert Silverberg

The Riftwar - The Messenger - Raymond Feist
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby robot » Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:22 pm

Looking at the list of POV characters in Feast for Crows, there are still a lot I like - or like to read of at least - so it's not like it'd be worth skipping or delaying.
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby Dazza » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:46 pm

I read Serpemtwar and Riftwar. Think I stopped after that.
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby buttsie » Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:12 pm

robot wrote:Looking at the list of POV characters in Feast for Crows, there are still a lot I like - or like to read of at least - so it's not like it'd be worth skipping or delaying.


The way its written you could probably just read the chapters of characters your really into,
read the ones you dont like afterwards and not miss out on a lot

Personally if I'm reading something thats boring me to death to the point that it feels like a chore I skim through it because things that dont interest are forgotten the moment you turn the page seem
kind of pointless,especially given the synopsis in detail can be read on wiki
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby buttsie » Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:26 pm

Dazza wrote:I read Serpentwar and Riftwar. Think I stopped after that.


I stopped after the first 8 books way back in 1993
Magician to kings buccaneer & the Empire Trilogy

Then started in about 2003/4 and have read them sporadically when I've come across them
To be honest I have no idea if i've read all the books but it doesnt seem to make any difference

To think I have 3 other series that i started following which also refuse to end

Janny Wurts Wars of Light and Shadow 1993-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wars_of_Light_and_Shadow

Katherine kerr - Deverry 1986-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deverry_Cycle

Stephen Donaldson - Thomas Covenant 1977-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chroni ... Unbeliever
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby Carlito Brigante » Sat Jul 23, 2011 4:34 pm

I'm incredibly hooked to comic books right now. Many of the storylines are raging hot, especially X Men and Captain America. Did you know that Betty Ross's father, the asshole military guy who tries to kill Bruce Banner in every movie has now transformed himself into the Red Hulk? So now he doesn't wants to transform back because he doesn't want anybody to find out he's also a Hulk. Meanwhile he's being jerked around by the army too. Talk about poetic justice. The guy won't even sleep in order to avoid transforming back. I think it's awesome.
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby quick_wit » Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:17 am

i looked into the Robert Jordan series, and damn that's 12 books, which i am willing to buy but i can't find the first one. A friend of mine recommended Hunger Games but YA is not my thing, should i read it?
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby buttsie » Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:16 am

quick_wit wrote:i looked into the Robert Jordan series, and damn that's 12 books, which i am willing to buy but i can't find the first one. A friend of mine recommended Hunger Games but YA is not my thing, should i read it?


You mean - couldnt fine the first volume ONLINE?

I wouldnt start reading WOT from scratch until the last 2 parts of the final book are published
2 to 3 years at the current rate

The YA tale sounds OK but like everything it all comes down to wether you like the authors writing style

Excerpt from Hunger games
http://childlit.info/index.php?title=Th ... es_Excerpt


Half way through Sworn Sword by George Martin which is connected to Game of Thrones world
The second novella was published 2003 in the Legends II anthology, also edited by Robert Silverberg

The Tales of Dunk and Egg is a series of novellas written by George R. R. Martin, set in the world of his Song of Ice and Fire cycle. Three novellas have appeared so far: The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight (published in the Warriors anthology (March 2010). The stories relate the adventures of Dunk (eponymously called Ser Duncan the Tall, a legendary member of the Kingsguard before the time of A Song of Ice and Fire) and Egg, beginning with their meeting eighty-nine years before the events of the main cycle and intended to cover a long period of time. Martin has indicated there will be several more stories, as many as nine, covering much of the life stories of the two protagonists.

The 2nd of 3 novellas with about 9 planned
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tales_of_Dunk_and_Egg
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby buttsie » Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:46 am

Mystery knight (2010) - G R R martin easily found on filestube

The Mystery Knight is a novella published in 2010 as part of the Warriors anthology, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. It is the third in the series of "Dunk and Egg" stories. Previous stories are The Hedge Knight and The Sworn Sword.

http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/The_Mystery_Knight

George R.R. Martin confirms ‘Dunk and Egg Vol I’

George R.R. Martin has confirmed in an interview with the Chapters Indigo blog that he has signed a deal with Bantam to release a collection of his Dunk and Egg stories. This first volume will collect the first four short stories into one book, but there will be more.


The collection will include The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword, The Mystery Knight and the forthcoming fourth story, The She-Wolves (a description of the story, maybe not even a working title at this stage). The fourth story will be published in Dangerous Women, a new anthology due in 2012, so I assume the Dunk and Egg collection will follow in 2013.

The stories follow the adventure of Ser Duncan the Tall, a hedge knight of rude birth, and his very unusual squire, Egg, as they have adventures across the Seven Kingdoms approximately ninety years before the events of A Game of Thrones. Along the way they become embroiled in the doings of kings, princes and rebels, and inadvertently have a major impact on the history of Westeros.

first 3 Novellas in pdf form 1mb

http://www.mediafire.com/?sradwqdktz96i5k
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby robot » Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:18 am

I might need to pick up some of those novellas from GRRM.

I'm all caught up with the A Song of Ice and Fire series now. It feels strange not being able to just go read a few more chapters.

I can't wait for the next book in the series, and I hope it doesn't take half a decade or more.
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby Carlito Brigante » Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:31 am

For some reason I decided to read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I also got Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz. I guess I finally decided to read them.

A new edition of Nicholas Pillegi's Casino just hit the shelves too. I finally got to reading that too.
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby buttsie » Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:38 am

robot wrote:I might need to pick up some of those novellas from GRRM.

I'm all caught up with the A Song of Ice and Fire series now. It feels strange not being able to just go read a few more chapters.

I can't wait for the next book in the series, and I hope it doesn't take half a decade or more.


Their worth the read but are very very short

I think your better moving on to another saga and forgetting Game of Thrones till GRR Martin says heres the next book.

I had the same need for more/withdrawal symptoms when i finished reading
The Chronicles of Thomas Convenant Unbeliever




I'm almost tempted to start reading Orcs by Stan Nicholls simply for the perspective from the perennial bad guys side

http://www.knibbworld.com/nicholls17/orcs.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Nicholls
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby Shantih » Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:16 pm

I've been selling those books like crazy at work, I tell customers they're really good so if you guys are waffling on about them just to mess with me I'm in trouble.

I've been reading Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie, it's my first time reading his work and I'm in love. I want to describe it as powerful despite that word being so over used and cheesy. I want to find him and give him a high five.
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby robot » Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:47 pm

The books truly are fantastic and they're an easy recommendation to anyone who's geeky at all and/or has seen the show.
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