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Re: What Should I Read?
« Reply #450 on: November 04, 2016, 10:35:15 AM »
Hyperion by Dan Simmons is maybe the best sci-fi book I've ever read. The whole series is great, bat that first book, damn.
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Re: What Should I Read?
« Reply #451 on: November 04, 2016, 11:35:40 AM »
That book is fantastic. The second is decent. Couldn't get into the third.

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Re: What Should I Read?
« Reply #452 on: February 07, 2017, 05:24:06 AM »
Anyone read Malazan?
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Re: What Should I Read?
« Reply #453 on: March 16, 2017, 02:31:44 AM »
I tried to read it... a couple of times. Made it a little further the second time but not much. Then I tried the audiobook and got quite a bit further. I may have finished the first book or maybe not quite. I felt like I had 10+ hours into it at least.

It was rich and imaginative and intriguing but also really dense, expansive, slow moving and sometimes just too darn cryptic. Ultimately my engagement was a little too sporadic, and my attention would wander and I would miss things, and over time my understanding of wtf was going on really started to break down. I forgot who was who, or who had been where and done what. And I did not relish the idea of going back and relistening to try and make sense of it. So ultimately it kind of withered and died before I could finish it.

There's so much promise though, part of me does feel that I may give it another try after a bit of time. I can't speak to whether that promise is every really fulfilled.

I would say give it a couple hours, or a couple chapters and see what you think. Get a sense of the pacing, and crypticness and general style, and know that that does not change. If you are genuinely excited by it, then definitely keep going.

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Re: What Should I Read?
« Reply #454 on: March 20, 2017, 06:54:14 AM »
I am actually further ahead than that. I was mostly wondering if there was someone up for a discussion on the topic. I've read a couple of extra books since I posted, so now I have am pretty good idea about whether or not I'd like to finish the series. Thanks for your answer though.
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Re: What Should I Read?
« Reply #455 on: July 07, 2017, 10:37:56 PM »
What is a good book about mid-evil/Knights era? Fiction.. possible good fantasy. I was considering 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court'.
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Re: What Should I Read?
« Reply #456 on: July 08, 2017, 05:12:17 AM »
Whether you mean mid-evil or medieval, The Cursed Kings fits the bill. Also, lots of people like Iggulden's War of the Roses trilogy.
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Re: What Should I Read?
« Reply #457 on: July 08, 2017, 10:17:08 AM »
Whether you mean mid-evil or medieval, The Cursed Kings fits the bill. Also, lots of people like Iggulden's War of the Roses trilogy.

Hah! I knew that I was mangling that spelling when I typed it, but was too lazy to look it up. Unfortunately I can't find 'The Cursed Kings' on Audible. The 'War of the Roses' trilogy might be a good fit though. Thanks!
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Re: What Should I Read?
« Reply #458 on: July 08, 2017, 11:09:04 AM »
I really enjoy The Squire's Tales books, a send up of the Arthurian romance by Gerald Morris.
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Re: What Should I Read?
« Reply #459 on: July 08, 2017, 12:15:02 PM »
I really enjoy The Squire's Tales books, a send up of the Arthurian romance by Gerald Morris.

These sound interesting, and are nice and short. Thanks!
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