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By ScarletBea
#29
I'm currently re-reading the Dagger and the Coin series, by Daniel Abraham, and I'm about halfway through book 2 (of 5), The King's blood

Banking and political plots, they're my kind of thing!

I read them about 5 years ago and honestly, apart from very specific scenes and moments (and a couple of the characters), I could be reading something new and not notice :beaming:
The difference is that I just know I'm going to love all books, haha
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By Magnus
#30
I'm listening to The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman. It is excellently read by the author himself! He does read with a bit of an accent. I thoroughly enjoy it, but it might put some people off.It's a stand-alone fantasy novel with a well-realised setting and a lot of dark humour that I really like. I have no idea how I picked it up as it's been in my library for some time. Perhaps someone on FF recommended it? I do sometimes pick up random titles that I'm recommended by Audible, but I'm not sure if that was the case here...

I'm also reading A Master of Djinn, which I am enjoying so far, though I haven't gotten very far. This one I believe I picked up because of the Goodreads awards.

It's nice to be back! :)
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By DrNefario
#33
Hi, and welcome back, anyone else who makes it.

I'm reading Blackstone Fortress by Darius Hinks, not only a Warhammer 40K novel, but also one which ties in with the board game Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress. I played the game for the first time last year, and enjoyed it, so I decided to investigate the backstory. I'm enjoying it so far.
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By JMack
#37
Well, a lot of things. Think of my brain as having many books with place-markers.

On Audible:
  • (most active) Just One Look, by Harlan Coben (mystery novel)
  • A Gentleman of Moscow, by Amor Towles (historical fiction, which a friend with good taste says is maybe her favorite book ever; slow, stately, erudite)
  • Age of Swords, Michael J Sullivan ("myth" time period of the delightful Ryria world, but not very delightful as a book)
  • (what you should read right now) A Crown for Cold Silver, Alex Marshall (first book in the Crimson Empire trilogy; a re-listen; fantastic stuff; loved this)
On Paper/Kindle
  • The Bible (and actually on Audible, too; because I'm a Christian believer who reads this stuff)
  • The Way of St. Francis, Murray Bodo (because see above, and because we're going to Assisi September 2024
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By Hedin
#66
The last book I finished was Lightbringer by Pierce Brown (Red Rising book #6). I thought Book #4 was just OK and hated Book #5 to the point that I almost didn't even bother with this one but I am glad I did because I thought it was pretty good.

Currently I am starting something that might be a little too ambitious with my current life but we'll see. Since Sanderson's Stormlight #5 comes out in December I decided that I would re-read all of the Cosmere books to date. Looking at the list I am not sure if I can make it, especially if I sprinkle some palate cleansers in there, but I still want to see how much I can do. So with that decided I started to read Mistborn #1 the other day, still only about 25% done though.
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By cupiscent
#69
Magnus wrote:I'm also reading A Master of Djinn, which I am enjoying so far, though I haven't gotten very far. This one I believe I picked up because of the Goodreads awards.
I'm reading this one too! Only a handful of chapters in, and it's a little bit more... Slick-cool-bubblegum genre? than I personally like. There's just something about the episodic nature of the chapters, the cool-and-shiny sheen on everything, that makes it not quite entirely to my taste. And I'd like to see the main character have more skin in the game. But it's a fascinating setting!
By Elfy
#72
And so it begins (again). As usual reading multiple books. 2 fantasy, 1 mystery and 1 biography.
The biography is Being Henry by Henry 'The Fonz' Winkler
The mystery is Everyone on this Train is a Suspect by Aussie writer Benjamin Stevenson, it's the sequel to Everyone in this Family has Killed Someone.
Fantasy are The Hedgewitch by Cari Thomas, it's a novella set in the same world as Threadneedle. It's a kind of prequel starring my favourite character from Threadneedle.
The other fantasy is a reread, I am still going through Discworld and now I'm up to Thief of Time. Although, I'm rereading the entire thing, which kind of indicates I had read them all before, I'm discovering that I must have not read all of them before, because I am finding a lot of things that are new to me, which is great. Thief of Time, is one I definitely have read before, though. Can't miss a Death book.
By Elfy
#73
cupiscent wrote: January 30th, 2024, 03:20
Magnus wrote:I'm also reading A Master of Djinn, which I am enjoying so far, though I haven't gotten very far. This one I believe I picked up because of the Goodreads awards.
I'm reading this one too! Only a handful of chapters in, and it's a little bit more... Slick-cool-bubblegum genre? than I personally like. There's just something about the episodic nature of the chapters, the cool-and-shiny sheen on everything, that makes it not quite entirely to my taste. And I'd like to see the main character have more skin in the game. But it's a fascinating setting!
I enjoyed this, and I'd really like to read the novella that gave birth to it, but cannot find it anywhere.
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By ScarletBea
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Elfy wrote:
cupiscent wrote: January 30th, 2024, 03:20
Magnus wrote:I'm also reading A Master of Djinn, which I am enjoying so far, though I haven't gotten very far. This one I believe I picked up because of the Goodreads awards.
I'm reading this one too! Only a handful of chapters in, and it's a little bit more... Slick-cool-bubblegum genre? than I personally like. There's just something about the episodic nature of the chapters, the cool-and-shiny sheen on everything, that makes it not quite entirely to my taste. And I'd like to see the main character have more skin in the game. But it's a fascinating setting!
I enjoyed this, and I'd really like to read the novella that gave birth to it, but cannot find it anywhere.
I've read it too, and it was a quick different book, I think, I enjoyed it.

And @Elfy , I think this is the story you mean - it's in the (old Tor) Reactor site and it's a short story rather than a novella (unless there's another one):
https://reactormag.com/a-dead-djinn-in-cairo/
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