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By Lanko
#1449
I guess I forgot to mention but after I finished Weirdstone, I started the second volume, The Moon of Gomrath.

Thankfully it was a vast improvement over the first for me, and I read it pretty quickly. Most of the issues I had with the first one were pretty much addressed.

The children are more active, but more importantly, feel more essential to the story. There are parts that Garner really nails the fantastical aspects, way more than in the first. And also ties it with stakes and personal motivations. The Brollachan is a terrible creature, the mystical riders, and more importantly, that Garner also makes it clear that coming to rely on magic also pushes you away from the lives of normal humans. At the end there's the culmination of it.

And it sets up the third book really well, the ending was unexpected. Well, Le Guin sold me on the third book and now I finally arrived at it. After not being too impressed with the first book, this second one really gave me good expectations, considering Garner took more than 50 years to get the third book done.
By Elfy
#1450
I also finished Return of the Jedi From a Certain Point of View, not entirely happy about this one. The concept worked for the first collection, but after that didn't have the depth of concept to carry it on for 3 books. I've picked up Sputnik's Children by Terri Favro, and that's about as genre bending as I can think of recently.
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By DrNefario
#1456
I finished The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton last night. I thought I had about 20 pages left, and it turned out to be 3 pages and some back matter. Clever time-loop murder mystery, although it felt a bit long compared to the golden age books it's inspired by.

Next up I think I might finally start The Gathering Storm, book 12 of The Wheel of Time, a mere 18 years or so after I read book 11. I'm sure it'll come back to me.
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By SKInkslinger
#1460
So after a superrrrrrrrr long hiatus in fantasy reading I'm finally reading Chronicles of the Black Company. Just started it and it seemed interesting so far, is this book any good?
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By Hedin
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SKInkslinger wrote: May 15th, 2024, 10:45 So after a superrrrrrrrr long hiatus in fantasy reading I'm finally reading Chronicles of the Black Company. Just started it and it seemed interesting so far, is this book any good?
I really like them. The Books of the North (the first three books of the series) are great and might be some of my favorite fantasy.
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By Elfy
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SKInkslinger wrote: May 15th, 2024, 10:45 So after a superrrrrrrrr long hiatus in fantasy reading I'm finally reading Chronicles of the Black Company. Just started it and it seemed interesting so far, is this book any good?
If you liked Malazan you should enjoy them.
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By lejays17
#1469
The book I had lost (but found again) only took me 2 days - I hadn’t meant to get through it so quickly, but I really enjoyed the plot / ideas & the writing.
It was The 5th Gender by GL Carriger.

So I’m about to start Only a Monster by Vanessa Len - an Aussie YA author
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By cupiscent
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DrNefario wrote: May 16th, 2024, 08:29
DrNefario wrote: May 14th, 2024, 13:32 Next up I think I might finally start The Gathering Storm, book 12 of The Wheel of Time, a mere 18 years or so after I read book 11. I'm sure it'll come back to me.
Two days in and I haven't finished the Prologue yet.
:lol: :lol: :lol: This is so extremely the Wheel of Time experience. Whyyyyy are all of the later prologues four times longer than the average chapter??
lejays17 wrote:So I’m about to start Only a Monster by Vanessa Len - an Aussie YA author
I really enjoyed this one! And Vanessa is absolutely lovely. She and I debuted the same year, and it turned out we already knew each other through fandom circles and had met twenty years ago. This is a small town in some ways! (She's also a guest of honour at Continuum this weekend!)
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By xiagan
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lejays17 wrote: May 16th, 2024, 09:29 The book I had lost (but found again) only took me 2 days - I hadn’t meant to get through it so quickly, but I really enjoyed the plot / ideas & the writing.
It was The 5th Gender by GL Carriger.
I haven't read GL Carriger in a long time. Is it connected to her earlier series?
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