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

Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:20 pm UTC
by plytho
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.

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

Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 2:42 am UTC
by serutan
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.

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

Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 11:44 am UTC
by Zohar
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.

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

Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 7:13 pm UTC
by Quercus
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

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

Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 8:11 pm UTC
by Zohar
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.

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

Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 9:40 pm UTC
by Quercus
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.

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

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:27 pm UTC
by emceng
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.

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

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 6:42 pm UTC
by Zohar
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.

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

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
by freezeblade
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.

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

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 6:48 pm UTC
by Zohar
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.

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

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 7:01 pm UTC
by freezeblade
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)

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

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 7:10 pm UTC
by Zohar
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.

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

Posted: Mon May 21, 2018 11:59 pm UTC
by pogrmman
Zohar wrote: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.


That’s definitely a fair characterization. When I first read it, I found it more enjoyable, but I was also much younger then. Going back, it’s not nearly as good as I’d thought it was. The movie is also OK — not great, not terrible.

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

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:33 pm UTC
by Sandry
I've been reading Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London stuff lately. I wasn't initially sure I'd go for it, particularly with the intro where Peter is lusting after Lesley and I was totally put off by it, but Peter's grown on me, and it's different than much of the other stuff I might typically read.

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

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:35 pm UTC
by PAstrychef
Yeah, he lusts after her, but only in a discrete kind of way. He’s not a stalker, he’s not pushy, he just admires her. I was quite pissed when one bunch if readers decided Aaronovich was a horrible human being because a young male character was sexually attracted to a female character. Heck, Peter admires Lesley’s abilities with spells and such as much as her body. And she is always better at stuff than he is, magic, police work, etc.
All in all it’s one of my favorite fantasy series from the last few years.
It has also been done as a set of graphic novels, which are pretty good.

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

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:32 pm UTC
by Sandry
Yeah, that's fair, and largely why I got over it and really like Peter as a character now. I also think he's just fantastic to have as a viewpoint character because his inherent curiosity and tendency toward analysis makes him a satisfying way to explore a world.

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

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:08 pm UTC
by Tyndmyr
Zohar wrote: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.


It kind of is. Fast read, and amusing in certain regards, but if you're looking for great literature, you definitely ought to look elsewhere. I read it when I had time to kill, and only airport-bookstore level of popularity books available, so no regrets. Film was, likewise, a fun spectacle, but no urge to rewatch whatsoever.

A bit thin on stuff to read at present. Sort of wish Pratchett or Banks were still alive. Or that another Dresden Files had come out.

Currently cruising through How to Avoid Death on a Daily Basis. Web serial with an odd mix of humor and cringe. The viewpoint char is kind of an awful person, which can impede enjoyment of lots of it, but I've made it a fair way despite that.

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

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:31 pm UTC
by Zohar
A friend suggest Constellation Games as a similar genre-savvy sort of book. It was pretty fun - humans make first contact with a bunch of aliens and some random guy decides he wants to study the alien cultures by reviewing their video games.

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

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:16 am UTC
by PAstrychef
Just finished Richard Powers’s newest, The Overstory. As usual, a fantastic read. It’s a pleasure to have read enough (all) of his books, so that the seemingly random multiple beginnings don’t drive me crazy, but let me anticipate the eventual braiding of many themes into a much larger image than first suspected. Read these books!

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

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:49 pm UTC
by ObsessoMom
My kid gave me Thick as Thieves, Megan Whalen Turner's fifth book in the Queen's Thief series, for Christmas, and I loved it. Which is great, since I found the fourth book (A Conspiracy of Kings) very disappointing, after having loved each of the first three (The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia). Now I'll re-read books two and three to see how what I know from book five fits in.

By the way, last summer I read Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series, because I was intrigued by the comments above, and I thoroughly enjoyed them, so thanks.

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

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:31 am UTC
by Kewangji
I just finished Thomas Ligotti's The Conspiracy Against the Human Race. As a [history of] philosophy book, it's fairly rubbish. He seems faintly aware that the discussion isn't really going anywhere. The last chapter is fairly decent, though, being a sort of bridge between a horror story and the philosophy he's blathered about for the last 200 pages.

Now reading Jo Walton's Among Others, which is so far delicious.

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

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:04 pm UTC
by pogrmman
I’m about halfway through Nabokov’s autobiography Speak, Memory. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it so far — he had a very interesting life and as you might expect from a Nabokov book, the prose is pretty enjoyable reading, too.

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

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:44 pm UTC
by jastim
I just started reading Measure of a Man by Martin Greenfield.

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

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:53 am UTC
by PAstrychef
Been reading a bunch of nice fantasy by Robin McKinley, and realizing how much she has left for her readers to understand. Very little is “properly explained” in the style/method of most current fantasy-you are expected to figure it out for yourself during the course for the story. But if you aren’t already familiar with the ideas in current fantasy writing, you may just get lost and confused.
In a similar vein, I am reading a book of essays by Nick Hornby, about books he has read. In one, he mentions that people have been telling him to try reading some science fiction. So he wanders into a bookstore and picks up Iain Banks’ Excision. This is the equivalent of watching Lost by starting in season 4, or trying to keep track of which superhero is in which set of stories. It’s a long, complex novel with lots of stuff based on a string of previous novels. The whole structure is created around a set of ideas about the universe, about physics, about AI, about space travel, etc..If you’ve never read any SF, this book is incomprehensible.
By the time Star Wars started making SF mainstream-ish, we had plenty of films about space and robots and aliens and almost a century’s worth of stories creating expectations about them. People could recognize what was going on.
This assumption by authors that their audience will already be able to see the framework and so will be able to enjoy their new, peculiar take on the genre has probably pushed more folks away from enjoying these books than given little “in group” thrills to acclimated readers. On the other hand, the whole Tolkien style of world building has been over done (mostly badly). And those fight scenes which read like the author was sitting and rolling dice and moving figures around on some hex graph paper....
For some genres the framework is easy to understand-romance especially, but horror as well.

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

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:46 pm UTC
by ObsessoMom
PAstrychef wrote:Been reading a bunch of nice fantasy by Robin McKinley, and realizing how much she has left for her readers to understand. Very little is “properly explained” in the style/method of most current fantasy-you are expected to figure it out for yourself during the course for the story. But if you aren’t already familiar with the ideas in current fantasy writing, you may just get lost and confused.


I have a love-hate relationship with Robin McKinley.

I absolutely loved everything about the books set in Damar (The Blue Sword, The Hero and the Crown).

I liked Beauty and Chalice.

I thought Spindle's End and Rose Daughter, and her short story collections A Door in the Hedge and A Knot in the Grain, were just "meh."

I HATED Dragonhaven and Deerskin.