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What are you reading?

Discussion of other authors and their works, including Steven Erikson, Joe Abercrombie, Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien, Shawn Speakman and many other great writers.

Re: What are you reading?

Postby Atreyu » Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:21 am

[quote="Strider"]There's no poor writing!


Well excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse the **** out of me. Maybe I should of picked my words more better. What I should of done said is that a fourth grader could of read this book and not missed a thing. Much like they should be able to read a newspaper.

"Simple" should of sufficive to say what I meant to say.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby louisev » Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:58 am

[quote="Atreyu"][quote="Strider"]There's no poor writing!


Well excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse the **** out of me. Maybe I should of picked my words more better. What I should of done said is that a fourth grader could of read this book and not missed a thing. Much like they should be able to read a newspaper.

"Simple" should of sufficive to say what I meant to say.


so are you trolling to see if the Spelling Nazi would light on your post? Nah - you are obviously trying too hard.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Strider » Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:38 pm

Atreyu wrote:
Strider wrote:There's no poor writing!


Well excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse the lovingly caress out of me. Maybe I should of picked my words more better. What I should of done said is that a fourth grader could of read this book and not missed a thing. Much like they should be able to read a newspaper.

"Simple" should of sufficive to say what I meant to say.


Image Point taken, wise guy. I meant poor writing in HIS book. Of course there's poor writing in this world.

Out Stealing Horses by Per Pettersen. There's something oddly endearing about this book. Many would complain about the style: chaotic with flashbacks to various periods in the life of the main character. And you never can tell where the flashback will take you until well into the flashback: will be be 3 years ago or 50? will it be 1943 or 1948? And all because the way it is written.

It is a story narrated for 3 days in the life of the 67ish Trond something (I forgot his last name). It reads though like a vast epic story of a life that comprises stories of betrayal and Nazi occupation and resistance, of love and sexual awakening, of tragedy and loss and abandonment but also of loneliness and love in different variations (father/ son, man/woman). In the end you realize it is not the volume of words that makes it epic. It is the events. It's just astounding how economic the book is with the sentences and how perfect the author finds the way of conveying such an amount of events that marked Trond's life.

I think I may look for other books written by this author. It has a unique way of pulling you into his story.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby saucerhead » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:03 pm

Some of this discussion made me think of Scott Lynch - great storyteller, shitty writer. Or maybe the other way around? Something about his books is just broken.

Anyway, currently reading Tau Zero - continuing the Poul Anderson deep dive. Funnily enough, as a boy I read a lot of Anderson but stopped after that big novel about immortals - I think it reminded me too much of Time Enough for Love and I will fear no Evil, both of which I read but disliked. Too kinky for me.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby louisev » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:45 pm

saucerhead wrote:Some of this discussion made me think of Scott Lynch - great storyteller, shitty writer. Or maybe the other way around? Something about his books is just broken.

Anyway, currently reading Tau Zero - continuing the Poul Anderson deep dive. Funnily enough, as a boy I read a lot of Anderson but stopped after that big novel about immortals - I think it reminded me too much of Time Enough for Love and I will fear no Evil, both of which I read but disliked. Too kinky for me.


okay Sauce... don't read my books. Well, maybe the poetry...
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby saucerhead » Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:22 am

louisev wrote:
saucerhead wrote:Some of this discussion made me think of Scott Lynch - great storyteller, shitty writer. Or maybe the other way around? Something about his books is just broken.

Anyway, currently reading Tau Zero - continuing the Poul Anderson deep dive. Funnily enough, as a boy I read a lot of Anderson but stopped after that big novel about immortals - I think it reminded me too much of Time Enough for Love and I will fear no Evil, both of which I read but disliked. Too kinky for me.


okay Sauce... don't read my books. Well, maybe the poetry...


Boat of a Million Years was the Anderson I was thinking of.

I will try the non-erotica you've done; the Heinlien was like redhead twin self-incest, a bit of incest with the mum, some brother-sister stuff and I have no clear recall but probably getting near the family pet at the end. I guess I just found my limit.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby louisev » Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:34 am

saucerhead wrote:okay Sauce... don't read my books. Well, maybe the poetry...


Boat of a Million Years was the Anderson I was thinking of.

I will try the non-erotica you've done; the Heinlien was like redhead twin self-incest, a bit of incest with the mum, some brother-sister stuff and I have no clear recall but probably getting near the family pet at the end. I guess I just found my limit.[/quote]


Well it isn't erotica for the sake of porn... which is what I suspect Heinlein was up to... and I agree, going back in time getting it on with his mother was a bit self-involved masturbation... there is no incest, or , I should say, with the exception of Princes of the East, there are no incidents of incestuous abuse in my stories, and the traumatic incest scene in that story was portrayed as horrifying and character-shattering (which in my view is the appropriate way to portray it.)
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Strider » Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:10 pm

Kinky stuff?! Men in tights kinky?! Just kidding lol

I've read fairy tales. A good one too called Qualcosa by Chiara Gamberale. About a princess called "(Something) Too Much" who's trying to fix the void in her heart by filling it up with things and actions. But the hole left by the loss of her good mother wouldn't fix itself no matter how many things she did. And then one day she interrupted Ser Nothing from not doing some pretty important things. And he was PISSED, I can tell you that much.

She learns from him to slow down, to watch the clouds, to invent stories about them, and eventually after a long, long time and many other trials and tribulations, after growing up and fighting the other fears and voids we humans are afraid of, she finally learns to whistle.

I'm reading one of Terry Pratchett's books now.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Onrack » Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:18 pm

Finally reading Terry Pratchett? Perhaps you will at last realise your potential, and become a woman of good taste Strider!

Anyway, reading A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge. Very kickass space opera with medieval hivemind dog creatures, God-like Alien AI and sentient potted plants that roll around on wheels. Cannot recommend enough.

Also; damn, been like three months since I posted. I'm a terrible mod. Probably not even better than Rex anymore.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Strider » Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:51 pm

Onrack wrote:Finally reading Terry Pratchett? Perhaps you will at last realise your potential, and become a woman of good taste Strider!

Anyway, reading A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge. Very kickass space opera with medieval hivemind dog creatures, God-like Alien AI and sentient potted plants that roll around on wheels. Cannot recommend enough.

Also; damn, been like three months since I posted. I'm a terrible mod. Probably not even better than Rex anymore.


You had me at sentient potted plants. Them rolling around on wheels was overdoing it. :nippletweak:
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Ser Kenneth » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:01 pm

I'm reading The Count of Monte Cristo. I read an abridged version as a teenager, but never the real thing. Time to rectify that.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Dolan » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:18 pm

I'm reading Walden by Henry David Thoreau.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Strider » Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:14 pm

Ser Kenneth wrote:I'm reading The Count of Monte Cristo. I read an abridged version as a teenager, but never the real thing. Time to rectify that.


How do you like it so far, Ser Ken?
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Postby Onrack » Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:13 pm

A Fire Upon the Deep was pretty kickass right until the finish line. Very ballsy ending too.

Since then, read A Maze of Death by Philip K ****. I'm normally a big **** fan; or ******** if you will, but this one was rather limp. Pulled the rug out from the reader one too many times, twist after twist. It was a short book (190 pg) about 14 people going to a colony planet and dying one by one, but the final two twists or so render much of the preceding 180 pages sort of pointless, other than some interesting musing on religion and why people are drawn by it. Had plenty of quirky PKD characters and dialogue, and inspired surreal moments (sentient little buildings firing canons at people, giant gelatinous cubes that can copy anything,), but it wasn't hung on anything substantial enough. Probably would have enjoyed it more if it just had been a pulpy story about people trying to survive a deadly maze (There was no maze in this book at all. Someone should give that **** a good beating for false advertising), but I suppose that wasn't his style.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Ser Kenneth » Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:34 pm

Strider wrote:
Ser Kenneth wrote:I'm reading The Count of Monte Cristo. I read an abridged version as a teenager, but never the real thing. Time to rectify that.


How do you like it so far, Ser Ken?


Just finished it and I absolutely loved it. Graphic violence, murder, drugs, robber mafiosi and smugglers, scheming, treachery, revenge, lesbian lovers on the run, what's not to love? I absolutely adored the abridged version when I read that, but this was so much better.

Now I am reading The Red Knight by Miles Cameron. Book 1 in his Traitor Son Cycle. I've actually pretty much sworn off these kinds of epic doorstopper 4+ book series as I find they tend to lose focus, but this one had me intrigued enough to at least give it a go.
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