The Books Thread

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Postby Carlito Brigante » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:03 pm

Found myself reading a lot of history and non fiction. The Guns of August on WW1. Before that The American Civil War, the official Billy The Kid story, and Donnie Brasco.

I finally got my hands on Darkly Dreaming Dexter and some John Grisham, The Associate and some other one I don't remember.
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby buttsie » Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:33 am

Thought I might as well see how true the Game of Thrones TV series was to the Book

strike one and its only read the prologue...i guess their saving the white walkers for the next series.

14mb pdf + a whole host of other formats
http://www.mediafire.com/?3z6xe36daw9dry6

http://www.multiupload.com/R57E4B0GF9
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby buttsie » Fri Jul 08, 2011 3:41 am

I had the feeling that would be the case purely from reading the extensive synopsis of book 2

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Clash_of_Kings

Could last for years if the ratings hold up
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby robot » Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:12 am

I just started on the second book of the series (Clash of Kings) and I love it.

The series seems like it was incredibly faithful to the first book. Scenes that were different/added/whatever felt necessary - all that we needed to know was in the series. It felt like reading the book expanded on a lot of stuff though.
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby buttsie » Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:18 am

Strangely enough even the imdb board rate the 4th as a real slog

I somehow think Old George was writing a trilogy which by all accounts he did very well
but the 4th and the pre-quels are nothing more than requests from the publisher to keep a hit alive

Still 1 bad read out of 4 isnt all that tragic

I've read about a dozen books in these 'Large and growing series' which publishers seem to favour thesedays where i've barely taken in anything because it felt like a chore

I'd shelve it rather than push through it as that kind of reading reminds me of the wheel of time by robert jordan...having just read a review of feast of crows...hard not to say theres only one reason why you would read it...a certain female finally gets their just desserts
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby quick_wit » Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:04 am

am still on book one, new to the genre, I'll probably buy all of them because I don't like it when you buy one book from a series and skip over
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby robot » Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:57 am

I had bought the first four books in a boxset from Amazon.ca. At only ~$26 with free shipping it seemed like a great deal. It's even cheaper now on Amazon.com.
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby buttsie » Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:02 pm

Its probably a good fantasy series to start with given its based more on real people and their events to begin with than the usual Magic overload that seems to be the norm.
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby Shantih » Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:10 pm

Does anyone else have a goodreads? I use mine to track what I've read each year -
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4070235-chloe-giordano

Just over half way and it's been a so so year...some really awesome stuff and some complete gobshite too. It turns out I hate Kurt Vonnegut. There, I said it.

Reading Carl Sagan at the moment, I love him so much it hurts sometimes.
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby buttsie » Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:33 pm

I've never read Vonnegut and even the glowing reviews havent persuaded me to dip my toe in the water
I did it for a few other so called highly decorated award winning authors and was left under whelmed

When it comes most genres you find authors that you really resonate with

I never hesitate to read everything by

Robert Silverberg ,Issaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke,Alan Dean Foster

Thats before i even get to the fantasy genre with

Janny Wurts, Raymond Feist ,Katharine Kerr, Tolkien,Stephen Donaldson
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby buttsie » Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:35 pm

Solution - So wait for the next volume to arrive and read them together :wink:

Splitting dates way back to books like Lord of the Rings

When I see series like the one below - last book Volume 14 - now split into 3 :roll:
- already about 6 books too long - I really wonder what their trying to accomplish besides milking the story for money...By volume 6,7,8, what happened in Vol 1,2,3, is a distant memory all but forgotten

Robert Jordan - Wheel of time series
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wheel_of_Time

Sad thing to say but i figured if the author hadnt died I would have died before the series ended
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby buttsie » Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:42 am

Reading online just doesnt feel right same Game of thrones on hold


Raymond Feist - A Kingdom Besieged

A Kingdom Besieged is the first novel in the The Chaoswar Saga trilogy by Raymond E. Feist, the final saga in the The Riftwar Cycle.

Talk about crucifying yourself by following a single story
By the time its finished the last book will be volume 29

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Riftwa ... twar_Cycle
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby Carlito Brigante » Fri Jul 15, 2011 2:16 am

I don't like to read books online either. I'm really hurting with the closing of Borders stores.

I'm reading one of the most bizarre books I've ever seen. It's called The Shack. It turns out it's a Christian book. But what fucks me up is the story. A man has his seven year old raped and killed by a serial killer in a shack out in the mountains, then a couple of years later the man recieves a letter from God to meet him at the same shack. The whole thing is very surreal. The story turns a little corny every time Jesus appears, but apart from that, it's all very fucked up.
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby Dazza » Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:25 pm

buttsie wrote:Reading online just doesnt feel right same Game of thrones on hold


Raymond Feist - A Kingdom Besieged

A Kingdom Besieged is the first novel in the The Chaoswar Saga trilogy by Raymond E. Feist, the final saga in the The Riftwar Cycle.

Talk about crucifying yourself by following a single story
By the time its finished the last book will be volume 29

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Riftwa ... twar_Cycle


Holy shit, I read Feist when I was a teen and kinda assumed it was finished. Wasn't Magician the first one?
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Re: The Books Thread

Postby buttsie » Fri Jul 22, 2011 4:09 am

Magician it was...started in 1982...think I started reading it in 1990
Popular series simply dont end thesedays as you can well see below


Trying to find a book by Edgar Rice Burroughs as its being made into an epic fantasy film called John Carter in 2012

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barsoom
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Princess_of_Mars

Riftwar Cycle
The Books of the Riftwar Cycle

Magician (1982)

Republished in two parts in the United States:

Magician: Apprentice (1986)
Magician: Master (1986)

Silverthorn (1985)
A Darkness at Sethanon (1986)

The Empire Trilogy

Daughter of the Empire (1987) with Janny Wurts
Servant of the Empire (1990) with Janny Wurts
Mistress of the Empire (1992) with Janny Wurts

Krondor's Sons

Prince of the Blood (1989)
The King's Buccaneer (1992)

The Serpentwar Saga

Shadow of a Dark Queen (1994)
Rise of a Merchant Prince (1995)
Rage of a Demon King (1997)
Shards of a Broken Crown (1998)

The Riftwar Legacy

Krondor: The Betrayal (1998)
Krondor: The Assassins (1999)
Krondor: Tear of the Gods (2000)

Legends of the Riftwar

Honoured Enemy (2001) with William R. Forstchen
Murder in LaMut (2002) with Joel Rosenberg
Jimmy the Hand (2003) with S. M. Stirling

Conclave of Shadows

Talon of the Silver Hawk (2002)
King of Foxes (2003)
Exile's Return (2004)

Darkwar Saga

Flight of the Nighthawks (2005)
Into a Dark Realm (2006)
Wrath of a Mad God (2008)

The Demonwar saga

Rides a Dread Legion (2009)
At the Gates of Darkness (2010)

The Chaoswar Saga

A Kingdom Besieged (March 2011)
A Crown Imperiled (TBA) No announced release date, Not yet published
Magician's End (TBA) No announced release date, Not yet published
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