Where are you in Fantasyland? January 2019


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Where are you in Fantasyland? January 2019

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tammikuu 1, 2019, 11:29 am

Happy New Year, everyone !!

Still reading Stone of Farewell, The Invasion of the Tearling, and Throne of Glass.

tammikuu 1, 2019, 3:04 pm

I'm still in the Six Duchies to finish up Fitz and the Fool's story with Assassin's Fate.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 2, 2019, 4:25 am

Happy New Year!

Wishing you and your family the best for 2019.

I've just left an unnamed planet with Murderbot, where All Systems Red.

tammikuu 2, 2019, 10:49 am

Happy New Year, all! Jumping into the year with Knight's Shadow.

tammikuu 2, 2019, 1:25 pm

I'm in Ile-Rien plotting The death of the necromancer.

tammikuu 2, 2019, 1:55 pm

Right now I am in LA, reading about The Late Show. Not really much fantasy over that, but a cracking good read all the same.

tammikuu 3, 2019, 11:39 pm

Reading the first Harry Dresden novel, Storm Front. I'm about half-way through it and not hating it, but I don't really see what all the fuss is about with this series.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 6, 2019, 1:58 am

I’m in Carthya chasing The Runaway King.

tammikuu 4, 2019, 7:03 am

>7 Carnophile: The first couple of books are fairly average for that series but most people tend to agree that it really starts to get going around book 3 or 4.

tammikuu 4, 2019, 7:12 pm

>9 AHS-Wolfy: If I end up sorta liking #1, do you think I could just skip straight to 3 or 4?

tammikuu 4, 2019, 7:14 pm

>10 Carnophile:

I would not skip books -- you will get the idea but they build on top of each other (they are much stronger as a series than as individual books IMO).

tammikuu 5, 2019, 2:49 pm

OK, I'll see how I like it when I'm done w/ the first one.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 5, 2019, 11:14 pm

Finished The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen and added the last book in the series, The Fate of the Tearling, into my rotation.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 6, 2019, 8:14 pm

Thank you for the Martha Wells recommendations. Then Karnathi mentioned Dalemark, then my path crossed Charmed Life. The heart knows what it wants, I am in Chrestomanci castle (again) with Cat and his wicked sister. I had forgotten that the social and moral transgressing in Wynn Jones is so shocking.

I am in a position to read the Binti books, but after #1 I am not drawn in especially. I never had it explained to me why everyone was cool with the whole spaceship full of cadets getting slaughtered was a reasonable payback for stealing a stinger. Which was never explained. Should I keep reading?

I liked the construction of Traitor Baru Cormorant. The setting up was great. For me it descended into a conventional medieval military political intrigue sort of thing. The reveals were probably surprises but by then I just wanted it to be over. Something about the SPOILER! -shadowy sect who rules the world- plot numbs my interest.

I re-read God's War so I could finally read Infidel and Rapture as I wait for Hurley's 2019 books. I would probably characterise these as hard military SF. They were great. I am trying out God's War on a wargamer to see what he makes of it.

tammikuu 6, 2019, 10:01 pm

>14 cremorn: Isn’t Cat’s sister (Gwendolyn?) so really, really mean?

tammikuu 6, 2019, 10:36 pm

tammikuu 7, 2019, 12:45 pm

>14 cremorn: You're tempting me to visit Chrestomanci castle again, too...

tammikuu 7, 2019, 3:17 pm

Finished Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Meh.

tammikuu 7, 2019, 5:49 pm

Finished Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams. Muchly enjoyed.

tammikuu 7, 2019, 9:39 pm

I've arrived on the Discworld in search of Small Gods (reading for my book club). I thought I hadn't read it before but it's ringing some bells.

tammikuu 8, 2019, 7:49 am

>19 seitherin:, glad to hear it can still be read and enjoyed. I read it newly published and haven't returned, but I've fond memories of that trilogy. At the time it stood out to me for being extremely harsh with its heroes, not as much as Game of Thrones but going that direction. A strong contrast at the time with David Eddings, Terry Brooks, etc.

tammikuu 8, 2019, 8:37 am

>21 Cecrow: This was my second time through the book. I expect I'll do a To Green Angel Tower reread at some point. Right now I'm anxiously waiting for Empire of Grass to come out. I already have it on pre-order.

tammikuu 8, 2019, 9:43 am

>22 seitherin:, good to know. Is your re-read of the original trilogy shedding any light on the new one, so far?

tammikuu 8, 2019, 1:56 pm

>23 Cecrow: Not really but that might be a function of how many books I read and don't retain anything of than what's actually going on in the books. When Empire of Grass comes out, I'll have to do a quick skim before reading it because I don't actually remember anything much about The Witchwood Crown.

tammikuu 8, 2019, 6:56 pm

>22 seitherin: >23 Cecrow: I only read the first books recently because of a Cecrow? recommendation. When these fantasy epics have to communicate something really evil, they have to find an anchor to bring it to the story. The evil in the first trilogy is aliens, but their agent is the human weakness of the old king. Very real and terrible, we all know and fear it. Like Theoden in LotR - the 'evil magic' controlling him was the manipulation of his own disappointments. Simon Mooncalf was a good character to follow - not brave, just tested. With enough reserves of courage to always try just one more time, carried by destiny and fear and moment. I know that Witchwood Crown turned people off. The king and queen are distant and stupid. The main character is just stupid:-) I found the story really good. I was massively sucked in and tricked by the ending (I read it again the other day in the shop and gasped loud enough to turn heads). The characters have a long way to develop! The king and queen are crappy parents! The main character is a crappy person! I can't wait to know what happens next!!!

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 8, 2019, 7:15 pm

Welcome to Fantasyland Travel: Cheap Flights, Hotels, Tours, Cruises and Holidays for 2019!

Where are you planning on touring? As a rabid Kameron Hurley reader, I await the much-delayed #3 of the Worldbreaker Saga in November. But in March I plan on being immersed in her The Light Brigade.

btw Rothfuss: October 2020, Erikson (and Martin:-): no projections.

tammikuu 9, 2019, 4:15 am

I'm on board a stoneship singing the Space unicorn blues in a crazy mashup of SF and F.

tammikuu 9, 2019, 9:33 am

>26 cremorn: ... I guess that's your own estimate? Nothing official from Rothfuss. I'd put it further out than that. I can see Martin potentially making that date, with his plan to hole himself up in the woods. Erikson's third book was put on hold indefinitely, so he turned to other projects and might even start writing up his Karsa Orlong trilogy instead of ending that one.

tammikuu 9, 2019, 8:25 pm

Finished The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Overall, I enjoyed the trilogy.

tammikuu 11, 2019, 12:14 am

>28 Cecrow: No, I just went digging. This one says August. Maybe just a placeholder? https://www.amazon.in/Doors-Stone-Kingkiller-Chronicle-Book/dp/0575081449

tammikuu 11, 2019, 7:48 am

>30 cremorn:, definitely a placeholder. Amazon has a reputation for inventing dates with no basis on anything.

tammikuu 12, 2019, 12:40 pm

I'm in whatever kind of mashup of Fantasy and SF you'd call "in the future the earth gets conquered by mythological creatures and also there are spaceships" in Order of the Chaos.

tammikuu 14, 2019, 9:33 am

Popping into the Grisha-verse for Siege and Storm.

tammikuu 14, 2019, 5:55 pm

Added Circe by Madeline Miller to y reading rotation.

tammikuu 14, 2019, 9:06 pm

>34 seitherin: I am curious what you think of it -- I've heard really disparate opinions about it so far.

>14 cremorn: Yesssss, all the DWJ for everyone! I really don't know too many other authors who can portray such completely flawed characters who still feel totally rounded and human and real, like people you recognize instead of mythic villains or hard-hearted criminals.

I'm still reading Freedom & Necessity but I took a mini-break into Faerieland to quickly read The Wicked King when it came out. I found it fun but not nearly as polished or compelling as its predecessor.

tammikuu 15, 2019, 2:35 pm

>35 Kanarthi: I've only read about a quarter of the book and so far it is nothing special. It's well written and I'm enjoying it, but I really don't see what all the hoopla is about. I do like it better than I liked Gaiman's Norse Mythology which is nothing more than a rather dull recitation of Norse mythology.

tammikuu 15, 2019, 3:57 pm

I'm heading to Kelewan, one of the worlds of the Riftworld, for Daughter of Empire.

tammikuu 15, 2019, 4:09 pm

I was rather disappointed in Order of the Chaos. It played with language in a fun way sometimes, as I would expect from Peter David, but some of it was a it heavy on the deus ex machina and it felt a bit like he was just finishing the trilogy out of a sense of duty. What's more, I found that I didn't care about any of the characters as much as I should by the third and final book in a series. Sure, it's been a long time since book two, but that's not a problem that I've had with other fantasy series after a long break.

tammikuu 16, 2019, 11:59 am

I'm on the Lich Road very near the beginning of Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. Still getting my bearings as to where this is supposed to be happening as the protagonist is apparently reading a Plutarque book but the setting seems to be otherwise secondary world fantasy (?).

tammikuu 17, 2019, 1:47 am

I am not Sailing to Sarantium, but I am visiting that world again - reading Children of Earth and Sky.

tammikuu 18, 2019, 7:14 pm

Finished Circe by Madeline Miller. Good read but over hyped.

Next up is The Book of Swords edited by Gardner Dozois.

tammikuu 22, 2019, 9:29 am

Finally visiting Attolia for the first time in The Thief.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 22, 2019, 6:12 pm

Turned out I was in post-apocalyptic (probably Europe) with magic and some remnants of old technology, a kind of setting I had also enjoyed in the Hawkmoon series by Michael Moorcock.

I am now in Cenaria with an apprentice and his master in the Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks.

tammikuu 22, 2019, 6:37 pm

>42 Niko: Enjoy! I wish I could erase my memory of that series, just so I could read it for the first time again.

tammikuu 25, 2019, 8:14 pm

Heading back to the world of the Greatcoats for Saint's Blood.

tammikuu 26, 2019, 11:41 am

I'm taking my chances in the mythical Hyborian Age with Conan of Cimmeria.

tammikuu 28, 2019, 8:29 am

>44 curioussquared: Thanks, I loved it! Does the rest of the series use the same sort of unreliable-narrator-ish sleight of hand? I don't think I've ever seen such an effective use of that in fantasy before. There were times that I knew things were being glossed over, but when the reveals came at the end of the book, there were plenty of places that I hadn't even thought to wonder if there was more to them or not. Very cool.

tammikuu 29, 2019, 2:06 pm

>47 Niko: I'm so glad you loved it! I'm not sure any of the rest of them have quite as much of a "reveal" as the first one does, but they definitely all have a similar vibe. Maybe not so much sleight of hand as just "this is a puzzle and I have no idea how the characters will figure it out but then I am surprised by how they did."

The 6th and final book in the series comes out in March and I can't wait!

tammikuu 29, 2019, 2:07 pm

I'm in Weep in Muse of Nightmares.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 31, 2019, 4:18 am

>7 Carnophile: Oh I'm so happy you said that - I tried to read the Harry Dresden series and didn't get past book 1 because I couldn't really get into it and I didn't like Harry. If you don't like the MC, the series is doomed.

I'm reading (re-reading) Pawn of Prophecy for the first time in many years. I've forgotten a lot of it it seems -so I'm enjoying diving back into the world of the Belgariad.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 31, 2019, 4:17 am

>45 Narilka: I loved the first couple of books in this series. I need to delve back into it.

tammikuu 31, 2019, 12:41 pm

>50 Barbsn: The main character is indeed a bit of a cypher. I didn't dislike him, but I didn't find him interesting either.

tammikuu 31, 2019, 12:44 pm

I've just returned from Bordertown, having finished Emma Bull's Finder. I didn't enjoy it as much as War for the Oaks, but it certainly had its virtues.

helmikuu 1, 2019, 3:12 pm