Post by Calvinball on Jul 24, 2018 18:59:12 GMT -5
Just finished Red Country by Joe Abercrombie. It's the last of his published works that I haven't read and it's probably my least favorite book by Abercrombie. I absolutely loved about 50-60% of the book but found the rest to be a bit of a slog, a lot of the new side characters were boring, and something was just a bit off, I can't place my finger on it. All in all I found it to be a worthwhile read especially when I plan to read his next trilogy but it takes a step back from what I'm used to from Joe, 3.5/5.
Next up: Reading On the Shoulders of Titans by Andrew Rowe, and I just started listening to the first book in The Dresden Files by Joe Butcher.
Post by Calvinball on Jul 31, 2018 21:50:12 GMT -5
Just finished Strom Front the first book in the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. I'd always heard the first 3 books of this series were a little rough and it really fucking takes off on book four, but I absolutely loved the first book and if it only gets better from here I can't wait to progress through the series. 4/5 with high hopes for the rest of the series.
Post by Calvinball on Aug 17, 2018 21:42:09 GMT -5
Just finished On the Shoulders of Titans by Andrew Rowe, book 2 of his Arcane Ascension series. This series is going to be a good one, I have some issues with it mainly it's exposition dumps but it ticks enough of the right thing boxes to make up for it, like I said previously it's a lot like reading a video game in the way the magic works, very cool.
Still working on Dresden Files I'm onto book 4 and this series is working it's way onto my all time favorites list, love the sarcastic humor and I've heard it only gets better from here.
Also just started Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames, haven't gotten far enough in to be certain but I'm pretty sure I'm going to love this book.
- Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea. This is a fascinating book which combines real experiences of life in NK with a telling of the country's history. I'm at the halfway point and I can already highly recommend it.
- The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Survive and Thrive When the World Overwhelms You. A psychology/self-help book for people who identify as being highly sensitive (about 15-20% of the population). I tick most of the boxes for being highly sensitive and I think this could be a really beneficial read.
- Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics. I started reading this but found the early chapters really hard work since they focus on the early days of the sport. Switched to audiobook and I'm looking forward to the post-war chapters.
Just finished this one; been a fan of Alistair MacLean ever since watching “The Guns Of Navarone”, and this is probably one his best works I’ve read. Moving on now to “The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress” by Robert Heinlein.
Post by Calvinball on Sept 23, 2018 18:20:22 GMT -5
Just finished Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames, and it was the book I didn't know I needed. On paper it's terribly average, it's an old school fantasy story with no unique aspects to it, the worldbuilding is just there, and the prose isn't great but isn't terrible. But in execution it was absolutely marvelous, Eames did something really simple, he took a fantastic cast of characters and sends them on a really fun/crazy quest, and it works. In a world where all the authors are trying to reshape the fantasy landscape he took us back in time and gave us the old school fantasy story I needed.
Currently reading the sequel to Kings of the Wyld, also I took a break from Dresden Files after 6 books (all of which were wonderful) and have started listening to The Witcher because I really want to read the books and play the games before the Netflix adaptation comes out.
Next up I finally jump into the world of Robin Hobb with Assassin's Apprentice, been putting this book off for years.
I wanted to like The Witcher, I really really really wanted to like The Witcher. I didn't like The Witcher, I sit here at 72% into the second book of the saga and I have deleted the audiobook off my phone. Something was just off, there wasn't a lot going on and there was wayyyyyyyy more backroom politics stuff than I anticipated, for a series about a mutated monster hunter it was way too light on the monster hunting. I got glimpses of why it's so beloved and Ciri and Yennefer are some of the best side characters I've ever read, but it's going on my illustrious DNF shelf. Hopefully I like the Netflix adaptation more than the books.