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Old 04-23-2012, 03:30 PM   #12991
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Just finished reading Longeye, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. This is the second half of the Duainfey duology that is completely outside their Liaden Universe series. A pure fantasy, I found the first book of the pair frankly disturbing and unpleasant, but compelling. I avoided reading the second, even though I'd bought it, but after several people suggested that the second book was less disturbing, I finally got around to reading it. I must say, I enjoyed the Longeye, and was glad to have read it. But would NOT recommend the series to others because of the overtly abusive sexual content in the first book. Life is just too short to waste it reading domination, rape and abuse scenes, no matter if it is a favourite author pair.

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Old 04-23-2012, 03:44 PM   #12992
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Currently reading 1222 by Anne Holt which I bought a few days ago with one of those amazing Kobo discount coupons. It's a murder mystery set at a snowbound hotel on a mountain in Norway (1222 refers to the elevation). One of the other characters describes the main character as an ostrich, which is apt not just because she is extremely withdrawn socially, but also for her unwillingness to investigate the murder. I'm halfway through and it looks like she's about to pull her head out of the sand, I'm looking forward to some sparks.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:00 PM   #12993
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I must say, I enjoyed the Longeye, and was glad to have read it. But would NOT recommend the series to others because of the overtly abusive sexual content in the first book. Life is just too short to waste it reading domination, rape and abuse scenes, no matter if it is a favourite author pair.
Yes, I agree. I do recommend the Liaden stuff and Sharon Lee's Carousel Tides.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:14 PM   #12994
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@pdurrant: Agree completely. The good news is, by the way, that there will be additional Carousel Tides books. Ms. Lee thought that the negative reaction to Duainfey (and there was quite a bit) would have an ongoing negative impact on non-series books, but apparently Baen has bought at least one (and I seem to recall, two) additional follow ons to Carousel Tides. The Liaden series was, of course, never in doubt, and continues to be one of my all time favourite series and one that has no real duds in the list.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:25 PM   #12995
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Currently reading 1222 by Anne Holt which I bought a few days ago with one of those amazing Kobo discount coupons. It's a murder mystery set at a snowbound hotel on a mountain in Norway (1222 refers to the elevation). One of the other characters describes the main character as an ostrich, which is apt not just because she is extremely withdrawn socially, but also for her unwillingness to investigate the murder. I'm halfway through and it looks like she's about to pull her head out of the sand, I'm looking forward to some sparks.
This is an interesting take on the "locked room" mystery - with everyone trapped by a blizzard & avalanche. The resolution gets a bit tangled up & overly complicated IMHO.
Anne Holt's books are slowly appearing outside Norway - I've enjoyed her quirky characters very much.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:36 PM   #12996
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Over the weekend, I also finished The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep, an early Lawrence Block book. The protagonist is Evan Michael Tanner, who has a medical condition that doesn't allow him to sleep. He uses the extra 8 hours a day to learn languages and read. He makes a living writing papers and exams for lazy but rich students. (Keep in mind this was written in 1966.)

Overall, an enjoyable bit of fluff. You can see the makings of the Lawrence Block who will be, but he's still feeling his way. Definitely worth a read, especially with these books all on sale right now.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:39 PM   #12997
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Cool Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King

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This series has become my second favorite series ever! Locked Rooms was great! Engaging and exciting to the last page! Now, with high expectations, I'll begin The Language of Bees, book 9 in the series.

I've just finished reading book 9, The Language of Bees and I want to share a short excerpt with anyone interested. The below spoiler (though it doesn't really spoil anything of note) contains a short excerpt from chapter 40 (of 47), a snippet that I really enjoyed. It occurs during the first stop (in York) of a hurried (this is 1924) flight from London to Northern Scotland.

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I let Javitz hand me down from my perch; on terra firma, I could feel my bones sway as if I’d been on a long sea voyage. I said, “It’s hard to believe we left London at dawn and we’re already in York.”

“You needn’t shout, Miss Russell.”

“Sorry,” I said. “My ears are ringing.”

“But it’s true, this is the next revolution in travel.”

Emergency speed was one thing, but I did not imagine the world was full of people eager to be cramped into place, shaken about, deafened, frozen, boiled, and frightened silly for the sake of a few hours saved. “I don’t believe I’ll invest in Imperial Airways quite yet, thank you.”

Now on to the next one, book 10, The God of the Hive.
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:57 AM   #12998
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I really enjoyed that one, I hope that you do too. I think my next read will be Guy Gavriel Kay.

I'm reading "The Prince of Mist" by Zafon. I'm about a third of the way through it - it's great. Creepy as all heck to read before bedtime, though - but then again, I'm a bit of a wuss!
20% into Tigana and I now understand why people like it. I'm eager to read other books by G.G. Kay already, but many people say his best one is Tigana, so I'm still thinking. What is this next read of yours? Have you read A thousand spendid suns? Tell me what you think about it, too.

Zafón's style is about misty, creepy dark places, right

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After years of purposefully avoiding the series, I've started and finished all 7 of the Harry Potter books in about 6 weeks... While I am not ready to go buy a Hogwarts cloak or a copy of Harry's wand, I do have an appreciation now of why my kids and their friends would be at B&N at midnight for each new book.
Me too. I've been avoiding it forever. Just read the first two books last month or so, and liked them enough to understand the hype, and to continue. But I'd like to hold paper books, so I'm still waiting for the copies to arrive.
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:57 AM   #12999
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Finally starting Three Men In a Boat, it's been on my list for a few days but I'm just starting it now. The eBook uploaded to MR is a work of art.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:02 AM   #13000
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Well, that was a fun, quick read. Some plausible-sounding analysis of bones, and a fascinating situation. Straight on to number 3:

Murder in the Queen's Armes by Aaron Elkins
Which I whooshed through, and also Old Bones, the fourth in the series.

Both splendid little mystery stories featuring our hero, Gideon Oliver.

Only six more to go, so I think I'll leave the rest for a while. I think some SF next. Something completely different: Man Kzin Wars VII: A Darker Geometry by Mark O. Martin and Gregory Benford.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:34 AM   #13001
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Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey. its pretty awesome. a little detective story mixed with some space opera and some horror.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:24 AM   #13002
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20% into Tigana and I now understand why people like it. I'm eager to read other books by G.G. Kay already, but many people say his best one is Tigana, so I'm still thinking. What is this next read of yours? Have you read A thousand spendid suns? Tell me what you think about it, too.

Zafón's style is about misty, creepy dark places, right

Yes, misty and creepy just about covers it!

Next I was thinking about reading "Under Heaven" or "The Fionavar Trilogy" by G.G. Kay. I'll probably go with the Fionavar Trilogy. I haven't yet read "A Thousand Splendid Suns", maybe I will get to that soon, and we can discuss it it you want.
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Yes, misty and creepy just about covers it!

Next I was thinking about reading "Under Heaven" or "The Fionavar Trilogy" by G.G. Kay. I'll probably go with the Fionavar Trilogy. I haven't yet read "A Thousand Splendid Suns", maybe I will get to that soon, and we can discuss it it you want.
Nice! Tigana is going fast. It's good to read fantasy again.
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Just a head's up: Fionavar's probably best read before Tigana or Lions of Al Rassan... if you want to avoid being slightly disappointed in it.
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Just a head's up: Fionavar's probably best read before Tigana or Lions of Al Rassan... if you want to avoid being slightly disappointed in it.
Thanks for the tip! I've actually read the first book in the Fionavar Trilogy, and I'd like to finish the Trilogy (and re-read the first book, because it's been a few years since I've read it) before reading Lions of Al Rassan for that reason. I've also been putting off reading it for fear of disappointment!
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