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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby plytho » Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:20 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:Started A Wizard of Earthsea - I've never read any Ursula Le Guin books before.

You're in for a treat (barring a major difference in taste). That's an awesome series and she's an awesome writer.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby serutan » Sat May 06, 2017 2:42 am UTC

plytho wrote:
Zohar wrote:Started A Wizard of Earthsea - I've never read any Ursula Le Guin books before.

You're in for a treat (barring a major difference in taste). That's an awesome series and she's an awesome writer.


I'm not enthusiastic about all of her books, but the Earthsea books are indeed awesome.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Zohar » Sat May 06, 2017 11:44 am UTC

I'm enjoying it so far, I'm about two thirds through. It's different than I expected (my husband described this as the quintessential wizard school book). I'm very curious about where she expands the world to in other books.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Quercus » Sat May 06, 2017 7:13 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:I'm very curious about where she expands the world to in other books.


You, my friend, are in for a treat! I found the way world-expanding was done to be one of my favourite things about the books

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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Zohar » Sat May 06, 2017 8:11 pm UTC

I'll be honest - my main complaint so far is how generic-fantasy it is in terms of gender representation (all witches are homely, women can do good magic, the one powerful woman magic worker so far is evil and manipulative...). So yeah, I'll see how it goes.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Quercus » Sat May 06, 2017 9:40 pm UTC

Yeah. That's true... I read it before i was clued into gender and feminism at all, so i didn't notice at the time. It would probably bother me a lot more these days.

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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby emceng » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:27 pm UTC

Finished The Providence of Fire last night. Was not impressed. The first book in the trilogy I liked, enough to immediately get the 2nd from the library. Had a few issues - 1) didn't really have a build up. Stuff happens, then more stuff, then more stuff. The plot advances, and unexpected things happen, but it didn't seem like there was a build up to the climax. It just sort of happened.

Also, the main female character pissed me off. Not sure if she was either poorly written, or written ok, but just an annoying fucking character. I'm leaning towards the former. It annoyed me enough I'm not sure I want to read the third. Might skim it, or say fuck it and read the wikipedia summary.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Zohar » Fri May 18, 2018 6:42 pm UTC

I've been reading The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and it's a really fun book. If you're looking for a space-opera novel with a somewhat mundane (i.e. not "save the universe!!") story with really awesome queer representation and lots of in-depth alien races world-building, I highly recommend it.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby freezeblade » Fri May 18, 2018 6:43 pm UTC

Just started reading "Ready Player One." I really wanted to read it before seeing the movie, and I hear it's kinda a combination of Snowcrash, with a whole bunch of 80's pop culture and game nostalgia thrown in for good measure. I'm kinda stoked.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Zohar » Fri May 18, 2018 6:48 pm UTC

I hope you enjoy it, I guess. I found it very easy to read, and that's probably the best thing I can say about it.
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby freezeblade » Fri May 18, 2018 7:01 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:I hope you enjoy it, I guess. I found it very easy to read, and that's probably the best thing I can say about it.


But it is fun at least? I feel there is a place for "cookie books" where they are light and fun to read, but don't make you think too much (I put most Tom Robbins novels in this catagory)
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Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Postby Zohar » Fri May 18, 2018 7:10 pm UTC

It's kind of fun if you're into the 80s references. The story isn't particularly believable and I found the characters very bland and mostly problematic stereotypes. It's kind of like a bad fanfic about the 80s.
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