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Old 01-25-2018, 03:04 AM   #2176
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I finished up Oathbringer, which was brilliant and had it's own great satisfying climax, begging the question where does this series go half a dozen or more books down the road from now (I should be so lucky as to find out).

By default, I jumped back into WoT where I left off, and have done fairly well keeping the series straight, despite the shared readers and the former having been inspired substantially by the latter. I'll give Jordan credit for maintaining a satirical tone throughout, which does lend interest to his work, but the foundation of that satire is shallow, consisting mostly of "boys be like, girls be like" with arguably an undercurrent of "teenagers be like," though it is by no means clear that the author recognizes stages of development more advanced than adolescence. Sanderson much more effectively integrates characters at various stages of life (I think, as a childless person roughly his age).
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Currently listening to "The Fisherman," by John Langan. As well as "The Elementals," by Michael McDowell. I admit I've taken a break from both stories recently as I've found myself losing interest, although I do intend to finish them both one day.
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Just finished the excellent The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham. This audiobook was read by Reading, and a highly recommendable reading Reading* performed.






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Old 02-04-2018, 03:40 AM   #2179
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I'm a little surprised, but Stormlight seems to have been an effective break from The Wheel of Time. I jumped right back into book nine with more interest than I'd left it, and managed to recall most of the vast panoply of characters and nations. I can't say I'm seeing the repetitiveness some people criticize, at least not in the plot. It does seem like one story unfolding, with the characters developing in light of their expanding roles in their world. The "battle of the sexes" shtick gets old, but the handling of prophesy and fatedness in the story is reasonably satisfying, where fatey-watey storylines are usually a pet peeve of mine in fantasy.
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Old 02-04-2018, 10:22 AM   #2180
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I'm a little surprised, but Stormlight seems to have been an effective break from The Wheel of Time. I jumped right back into book nine with more interest than I'd left it, and managed to recall most of the vast panoply of characters and nations. I can't say I'm seeing the repetitiveness some people criticize, at least not in the plot. It does seem like one story unfolding, with the characters developing in light of their expanding roles in their world. The "battle of the sexes" shtick gets old, but the handling of prophesy and fatedness in the story is reasonably satisfying, where fatey-watey storylines are usually a pet peeve of mine in fantasy.
I was never really able to get into the Wheel of Time audio books. I have the first two, but there are large sections of the Wheel of Time books that I would simply scan through and you can't really do that with audio books. Even with the second book, I found myself becoming impatient at times for the story to move along. As the series goes along, there are larger and larger swaths of story that come across to me as verbiage that doesn't move the story along. Oddly enough, I consider the first book, The Wheel of Time, to be one of the best fantasy book that I've read and re-read it a lot.

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Old 02-04-2018, 11:02 AM   #2181
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Just finished Weber and White's In Death's Ground. A long book, but one that I enjoyed. I started to listen to the latest Kate Daniels book, Magic Binds, but found myself getting impatient with it. I kept thinking of the opening scene from the old 80's movie "Romancing the Stone" where Joan Wilder is putting the finishing touches on her latest romance novel. So, I decided to put that aside for a while and move on to The Shiva Option, the sequel to In Death's Ground. This puppy is a 25 hour book, so it should hold me for a few weeks.

I generally convert audio books into mp3 audiobooks so I can listen to them on iTunes playlist (aax files are played by iBooks which doesn't have playlist). Generally I like to arrange my books so I don't get burned out on a particular author or series, so I'll alternate. For example, the series that I have on my playlist at the moment are the Weber Stars at War series, Gemmell's Drenai series (very good, btw) plus a number of other books, such as Artemis (up next after The Shiva Option).

When I get a book that I've been waiting for, that book moves up to the next on the queue. Normally, I would have already listened to Artemis since I got it back when it came out, but I somehow missed converting it until a few days ago. The last book to be placed in the next up spot was the last Lockwood & Co book back in August. There just aren't a lot of new books being published that I'm excited about. I have pre-ordered the new Tamora Pierce book coming out on Tuesday (that might move into the next up slot) but there just seems to be a dearth of new books coming out.
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