Well, that book just didn't work out for me, so I'm finally getting back to Terry Brooks' The Word and the Void trilogy with A Knight of the Word
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This is next on my list, I think -- currently halfway through The Hidden Palace and really enjoying it.Jason Schreier's Press Reset , a book about crunch and churn in the video game industry. Just finished the first chapter about Warren Spector's storied career and the endless chain of companies he's worked for (some juicy details about Epic Mickey and Epic Mickey 2 in there). This next chapter is about Bioshock Infinite and Irrational Games.
I also just finished this book, I think I bought it the day it came out.Took a while, but I finished Rhythms of War. Which makes the fourth 1000+ Page book in this series I’ve read and absolutely loved.
Now all I have to do is remember what happened in it for several years until the next one is published! Easy-peasy!
Reminded me a bit of the dreamers series by David Eddings where, as I remember it, he managed to include the entirety of the first book within the second as flashbacks.Especially given that we already knew everything about that time.
You don’t need to fill a full 1200 pages, Brandon. You… you can leave some out
Yes. The second act of The Gods Themselves is Asimov at his finest. He actually wrote that part to challenge some of the criticism of his work (specifically that he never wrote aliens) - and he never would tackle something like that again because it didn't interest him that much.I'm reading a lesser known Asimov novel - The Gods Themselves. It is a standalone, and of typical quality for the author, I think. It is also surprisingly queer, considering that it's by Asimov, and a sci-fi novel from 1972.
Very queer, very surprising. I tend to have some blind spots for badly done stuff, when it comes to queer representation, but even so, this seems really impressive, coming from this author during that time. Not that I think that Asimov intended this to be a queer book. I'm sure he just thought about how he could make up a society, that is fundamentaly different from ours.
He would take another stab at it from another angle in Foundation and Earth. Results were not as good (these were "aliens" as in societies that started human but had been warped so much they were not human anymore. One was not fully explored since they still acted human and we didn't spend much time looking at their society, the other was the generic "bwahahahahaha" kind of alien)
The Iliad (Caroline Alexander translation) is a much easier read and more entertaining than I expected. I had always heard it was the boring one compared to The Odyssey, and I'd read a lot of later Greek tragedies before but never any of the epics, so I had no idea what it might be like formally. I thought it might be more narrative with long lists of lineages that I'd have to trudge through. That stuff is in there to an extent, but a large proportion of it is people (and gods) proclaiming dramatic monologues at each other, which honestly makes it a real page turner as far as texts from thousands of years ago are concerned. (In retrospect, I guess it's not super surprising that something rooted in an oral tradition would be very monologue focused...)
She's currently working on one, but I don't think a publication date has been announced.
My nickname is there for a reason I'm fairly sure I've read all of Asimov's short stories published in Spanish, and all the major novels and major compilations in English. I'm only including the solo ones, though, as I haven't read the extended NIghtfall novel he co-wrote. But I read both NIghtfall (short story) and The Last Question when I was young, and I think they shaped my tastes for literature a lot.Did you read all of Asimovs novels? Probably not all the short stories, there are tons of them, but the bigger ones? I read Nightfall two years ago, and enjoyed that one too, with a few nitpicks.
I'm afraid it was a bit of a miss for me. Nowhere near as good as her last two. Next, expanding my nonfiction horizons and reading some baseball history with The Last Real Season by Mike ShropshireNow, finally getting the chance to read Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid, see if she can go three for three
I just saw this in a bookstore, not having heard of the author at all before. How is it?Moving on to P. Djeli Clark's new one, A Master of Djinn.