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Old 03-Aug-2017, 09:00   #2041
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Au contraire, the series is 5 of my favourite books.
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Au contraire, the series is 5 of my favourite books.
I gave up after the second book. Tried King a few times (including the likes of The Stand), but just don't get along with his books.

Exception for On Writing though. Which is him writing about his process. That's a good read.
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One of the things you have to bear in mind about Stephen King is that all of his books are connected. Characters from one will appear in others.
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I was on my mobile earlier, so couldn't easily use spoilers.

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The Man in Black from the Dark Tower is Randall Flagg from The Stand. In 11/22/63 Jake Epping meets Richie Tozier and Bev Marsh from IT.

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The Transformation Trilogy by Neal Asher comprising Dark Intelligence, War Factory and The Infinity Engine. Honestly Ashers universe is de facto my favourite sci-fi at the moment. From the tech - everything from ftl to nano machines and amazing sounding concepts - to the non humans , the AI's and Prador are just brilliant , I thoroughly loved having more books in the Polity universe. It's dark and dank and dangerous and oh so much fun.
I just finished the second. Man knows how to write for sure and the biological concepts expecially are often gruesomely tangible in the mind. Wish he didn't meander the story around so much though, if you do that across so many characters it feels like you need to tie the results together more meaningfully eventually. Perhaps there's some nuance that I'm missing having not gone back further in his work.
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Oooh new one! Will lightning strike twice!
Not yet ( for me ) , got 100 pages in and it wasn't gripping me. Gave it to one of the girls to read on her hols , she also loved The Martian so curious to see if it was just me!

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I just finished the second. Man knows how to write for sure and the biological concepts expecially are often gruesomely tangible in the mind. Wish he didn't meander the story around so much though, if you do that across so many characters it feels like you need to tie the results together more meaningfully eventually. Perhaps there's some nuance that I'm missing having not gone back further in his work.
I know what you mean , but I tend to find the side characters either expand the overall story /universein some way or will get revisited later. Reading the other stuff is well worth it , either from Gridlinked the first Agent novel or The Skinner the first Spatterjay novel!

Since I gave up on Artemis for now , reread all the Peter V Bretty stuff - Painted Man, Desert Spear, Daylight War , Skull Throne so I could start the last one - The Core!
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Just started American Gods. He's just left prison, so not far into it.
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Finished the Silo trilogy (Wool, Shift, Dust) by Hugh Howey - excellent series of books. Post apocalyptic Sci Fi if you're not familiar or cba Googling.
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The Way Of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Only a few chapters in and Im completely hooked. High fantasy with a lot of novel concepts. The opening chapter with the Stormlight assassin had me gripped!
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How the fuck anyone even starts to make a film out of that I have no idea. Fingers crossed.

Meanwhile, in the other future...

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai. Feels very easy going at first but brings some seriously emotive chops to what feels a familiar premise. Very much like. Hope he picks a totally different theme and writes more.
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Listening to the Jack reacher books having finished Sharpe

whilst they are enjoyable, he seems to have severe personality and morality swings, with a penchant to leaping to pretty terrible unsupported conclusions
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Read both books in "The Themis Files" series and whilst quite light found them well put together. They detail the discovery of a giant ancient weapon exclusively by way of recorded interviews in similar style to World War Z. The books a far from a must read but the movie treatment they're being given could be really good.

Couldn't get into Ann Leckie's latest, Provenance, set separately from her previous three albeit in the same universe. Shame as the first three really grabbed me.

Thrawn, first SW fiction I've read. This really isn't a good book objectively and Thrawn is such an overly cool Mary sue that it all boils down to masturbation of the audiences demand for more of him. Didn't finish that either.

Latest Expanse novella, Strange Dogs. Unsettling and interesting. Giv next novel pls.
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Finished the Silo trilogy (Wool, Shift, Dust) by Hugh Howey - excellent series of books. Post apocalyptic Sci Fi if you're not familiar or cba Googling.

Just finished Wool myself, cracking read. On the look out now for the remainder of the trilogy.

Whilst I wait i'm reading fall of giants by Ken Follett, read the third in the trilogy already, so back to the first two. Really liking Ken's work at the moment.
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My recently finished/reread fantasy list. I like mostly the Sanderson/Gemmell/Martins/Lynch/Rothfuss type material but went through a whole period of buying cheap stuff on amazon from mostly new/unknown authors and these are what i consider worth it and to my taste so far, after finally getting through most of them

Miles Cameron - 5 books of the Traitor Son cycle. Loved the attention to detail on combat and Knights that you'd expect from a historian/weapons specialist. Will be reread frequently

James Islington - First 2 books of the Licanius series. Very good with little I could find huge fault in - really am impatiently waiting the 3rd one to drop

Luke Scull - 3 books of the Grim Company series. Story of an aging First Sword and his companion (Jerek the wolf - one of my favourite characters in any books i think) who stumble into a war amongst the few remaining magelords

Ari Marmell - 2 books of the Corvus Rebaine. Corvus Rebaine, warlord, invader, known as Terror of the East, disappears and retires in the middle of his war and returns 20 years later. Bit of dark humour in this anti-hero set. Another that makes my reread pile

John Gwynne - 4 books of Faithful and the Fallen set - More standard tropes used in this one than others but doesn't detract from a good enjoyable read

Sebastien de Castell - 4 books of The Greatcoats - Swashbuckling fantasy, basically a little bit of magic combined with The 3 Musketeers. Very good


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Wool,Shift and Dust - bought after a few recommendations and thoroughly enjoyed them. Excellent reading from start to end.

Peter Cawdron - Anomaly / Xenophobia. These deal more of the human reaction to an alien contact event. Short standalone novels but worth looking at

Vince Flynn - The Mitch Rapp Series. Just for a change of direction, enjoyed them, movie was arse biscuits tho.


Now back to the daddy, a re-read of books 1 and 2 followed up with the newly released Stormlight Archive book Oathbringer by Sanderson
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Persepolis Rising - latest in the Expanse universe. Can't put them down. Never what I expect. Never enough! I'll really miss the whole thing after the next two books wrap it up.
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Josiah Bancroft's Books of Babel series. Steam Punk fantasy stuff, not well known, very good author could be a big deal if he keeps up this quality of work (there are 2 books so far) and gets the PR right.
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