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Old 07-24-2013, 12:48 PM   #17221
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I am almost done the last book in the "Rain Wilds quartet" by Robin Hobb. I feel like I'm going to be a bit lost after I leave the realm of the Elderlings.
You got through them quickly! I've just started The Tawny Man Trilogy. Happy to be back with Fitz and friends, but I did enjoy the multiple POV style of the Liveship Traders.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:50 PM   #17222
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I just finished The Caves of Perigord, by Bruno, Chief of Police author Martin Walker. This is a novel of the cave painters, the French Resistance, and a sort of pre-cursor to the Bruno novels. Fascinating on several different levels, and I definitely recommend it. (This is not a Bruno-style cozy, but certainly a mystery and a historical novel. )
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:49 PM   #17223
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Halfway through Evelyn Waugh's The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold, a novella in which the protagonist is paranoid, hearing conspiracies against him on a ship to Ceylon. I'll finish it as it isn't long, but not particularly recommended.
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:00 AM   #17224
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I got tired of waiting for Trade Secret (a Liaden Universe book), so I decided to reread the Prince Roger (Empire of Man) series. That should be fun at least.
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:52 AM   #17225
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I started S.J. Parris' Heresy last night, but couldn't get into it. So I'm ditching it (for now). A lot of people have recommended the Mortal Instruments series, so I think I'll give that a try.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:24 AM   #17226
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And now I'm reading this month's Phoenix Pick freebie, Rogue Queen by L. Sprague de Camp. It's looking very interesting.
Which was interesting. And reasonably fun. I really liked the aliens, but found the humans to be a bit too 1950s-ish.

And now onto my latest issue of Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact.
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Old 07-25-2013, 11:57 AM   #17227
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Started reading ERB's Barsoom series. I'm absolutely kicking myself for not reading these books sooner, I'm loving them.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:09 PM   #17228
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Started reading ERB's Barsoom series. I'm absolutely kicking myself for not reading these books sooner, I'm loving them.
Just downloaded those from the library - will be getting to the first after i've finished "keep the aspidistra flying" by george orwell
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:10 PM   #17229
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Just downloaded those from the library - will be getting to the first after i've finished "keep the aspidistra flying" by george orwell
You may wish to get the "Omnibus Edition" right from in the MR library. I think it's quite good, but I'm biased.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:22 PM   #17230
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You may wish to get the "Omnibus Edition" right from in the MR library. I think it's quite good, but I'm biased.
Hey, thanks for the reminder

I don't know how i constantly forget to look there before putting books in the long queue with the library
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:46 PM   #17231
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:09 PM   #17232
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1/3 of the way through Witch Wraith:The Dark Legacy of Shannara. So far, I'm enjoying it though not as much as the first 2. But, the loose ends must get tied.
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:45 PM   #17233
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I've finished reading Surface Detail by the late Iain M. Banks and would recommend it to anyone interested in his science-fiction books. This is the penultimate novel in the "Culture" Universe created in a series of 10 volumes.

It is a vast epic spanning The Galaxy and a series of equally complex virtual Universes--simulations within simulations. There are four beautifully integrated plot threads dealing with murder, revenge, individual tragedy, complex social issues, and ethical questions.

The characters are quite vivid, and not least interesting are the sentient starships with wonderful names such as "Sense Amid Madness, Wit Amidst Folly", "Me, I'm Counting", and "Falling Outside the Normal Moral Constraints" to name but three interesting examples.

There is a memorable villain and the virtual "worlds" are brilliantly imagined. Particularly vivid are the Dante-esque Hells. The various resolutions to the individual plots are satisfying and reasonable.

All-in-all, this is Banks at his best.

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Just finished Wounds of Honour, the first book of Anthony Riches' Empire series, which revolves about a Roman noble serving as a Centurion in a Roman auxiliary cohort at Hadrian's Wall (181 AD). He is serving under an alias to escape the reach of a murderous Emperor.

Lots of detail about Roman military training and organization and action-packed - the first book ends in a cliffhanger - the hero is storming a fortress in a falorn hope.

on to book two , Arrows of Fury
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Trade Secret eARC :D

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I got tired of waiting for Trade Secret (a Liaden Universe book), so I decided to reread the Prince Roger (Empire of Man) series. That should be fun at least.
The Trade Secret eArc is out, so I'm putting Prince Roger on hold for the day it will take me to read this.
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