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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3255 on: September 19, 2016, 04:51:06 PM »
I am currently reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3256 on: September 19, 2016, 06:23:47 PM »
I am currently reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3257 on: September 20, 2016, 04:14:40 AM »
I am currently reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

I've heard of that one! Don't tell us how it ends!   8)

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3258 on: September 20, 2016, 08:31:53 AM »
I finished Agent of Byzantium by Harry Turtledove.  I got it for $1.99 and it was meh. 

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3259 on: September 20, 2016, 01:39:20 PM »
I am currently reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

I've heard of that one! Don't tell us how it ends!   8)

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3260 on: September 20, 2016, 09:26:20 PM »
I finished Agent of Byzantium by Harry Turtledove.  I got it for $1.99 and it was meh.

I had the same reaction when I first read it many years ago.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3261 on: September 22, 2016, 08:08:45 PM »
Just started Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3262 on: September 23, 2016, 01:42:51 PM »
I just started reading The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3263 on: September 23, 2016, 05:09:44 PM »
I just started reading The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams.

I have had that book for years but have yet to start it. LMK what you think after a chapter to two.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3264 on: September 23, 2016, 06:33:55 PM »
If you like Tolkien, I think you would like it. I am enjoying it so far.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3265 on: September 23, 2016, 06:44:35 PM »
It's been thirty years since I read The Dragonbone Chair.  The thing I remember most is not liking it.  Too close to Tolkien iIrc.  Ymmv.  Hope you enjoy, Greybriar.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3266 on: September 26, 2016, 09:22:23 AM »
Finished the fourth of the original MtG novels, The Final Sacrifice by Clayton Emery, at brunch a few minutes ago. Was kind of surprised that, after the strong connections back to book 1, Arena, in the previous entry, those connections were totally ignored even when the protagonists could have desperately needed them.

Overall, though, I thought the book worked well. Without going into spoilers, it tied more strongly back to the Brothers' War (which will eventually, and naturally, become the foundation of the new continuity later), and featured a lot of tactical fighting as every surviving antagonist (and some new ones from fights between books) returned in a (somewhat forced) team to fight the main characters and their wandering army. Lots of small-scale and large-scale action. All ongoing plotlines (such as they are, since really there aren't many) are tied up. The grim-grey tone returns, toned down a bit but still with random protagonist deaths of secondary characters whom the author took a little time to establish -- which is a nice touch as always. The typesetter, however, and/or the author, forgot to add extra carriage returns or small section breaks within chapters to signal when the scene had substantially changed, often with timeskips. I kept being janked out of the story whenever this happened, even though recognizing the real problem I could adjust for it.

The overarching plot technically continues at the end, with the protagonist army still positioned to keep hunting and leashing selfish wizards, now more effectively than ever; but my vague impression from studying the subsequent book plots (and whether any of them should be tried later when the continuity reboots) is that this plot will be dropped in favor of standalone entries that never, or only with trivial rareness, will call back to what's going on here. That will be annoying if true, but it's understandable and I think I'll have an easier time swallowing it if I'm prepared for the plot-disjunction.

Anyway, a new story for Book 5 to come! -- and I'll report on whether the back cover art has finally advanced!  :2funny: :crazy2: :uglystupid2:
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3267 on: October 02, 2016, 10:21:25 AM »
Finished Beevor's Ardennes book a week or so ago. Now splitting time between his Crete and Spanish Civil War books.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3268 on: October 02, 2016, 12:02:19 PM »
Its a good read, innit. The Battle for Spain is excellent.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3269 on: October 02, 2016, 12:24:43 PM »
Its a good read, innit. The Battle for Spain is excellent.

It truly is. Beevor is a master historian.
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