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Old 04-20-2017, 01:03 PM
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The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter F. Hamilton
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:06 PM
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Continuing my (very) slow read-through of the Discworld books*, here comes Mort. Having read a couple of the other Death books before this, it's interesting to see how the character changed: here he's grumpy, and not eccentric like he was in Reaper Man and Hogfather.

*less Sourcery, which I gather is the skippable-est of the series?
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:22 PM
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I always interpreted it that Death really mellowed out after the events of Mort.
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:28 PM
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Continuing my (very) slow read-through of the Discworld books*, here comes Mort. Having read a couple of the other Death books before this, it's interesting to see how the character changed: here he's grumpy, and not eccentric like he was in Reaper Man and Hogfather.

*less Sourcery, which I gather is the skippable-est of the series?
I'm rereading the books myself and just started Sourcery. The beginning at least is as enjoyable as in the books before it. I haven't read it in years, but I remember liking it more than the first two books.
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:51 PM
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Sourcery, which I gather is the skippable-est of the series?
Most of the Rincewind books are.
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Old 04-20-2017, 03:01 PM
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I always interpreted it that Death really mellowed out after the events of Mort.
Oh, good. I avoided the rest of the series when I saw that it followed him and not Mort. He just seemed like a crappy character in the first book. I'll get back into Reaper Man at some point.
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Old 04-21-2017, 05:32 AM
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Since I last posted, I read every novel and plenty of other stuff by NK Jemisin. (good) Also, Children of Time. (same)

Currently going through Ringworld. Kind of a chore now: everyone's annoying and this interesting, remote, alien structure is just stuffed with humans.
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:50 AM
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Continuing my (very) slow read-through of the Discworld books*
I just took a geological age to get through The Last Continent.

It's a book in which nothing of consequence happens. It's a string of unconnected events happening to Rincewind in Fantasy Australia (no worries) and the wizards just being idiots at each other on a tropical island. No rising action, no antagonist or looming threat. No payoff because there's nothing there to pay for. It's not the worst in the series but it's probably the most pointless.

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I avoided the rest of the series when I saw that it followed him and not Mort. He just seemed like a crappy character in the first book.
Death probably changes more than any other character in the series, partly in a retconny way (like the Patrician) and partly as character development (like Vimes).
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Old 04-23-2017, 04:38 AM
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Finished A Darker Shade of Magic and quite liked it. Nothing world shaking, just a fun, breezy low-fantasy novel. Don't want to say it was derivative, since that sounds pretty negative, but almost every element felt very familiar. Basic plot is something of a cross between Lord of the Rings and Avatar, and one of the main characters is straight-up Faris from Final Fantasy V.

There's a couple of sequels and I'm definitely going to read them, but first I want to read that giant robot fighting book Paul mentioned. Don't know anything about it, but he told me everything I needed to hear.
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Old 04-23-2017, 10:22 AM
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There's a couple of sequels and I'm definitely going to read them, but first I want to read that giant robot fighting book Paul mentioned. Don't know anything about it, but he told me everything I needed to hear.
I'm reading Sleeping Giants right now and enjoying it. Not a masterpiece, but very enjoyable.

A few posts on books I've read recently on tor.com:
1. A novel about Byron
2. The writings of Leonora Carrington
3. A novel about Lovecraft
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