can stop, will stop
I gotta say, it feels refreshingly not dated for a 30-year-old book! Definitely worth a read if you're interested.
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Curious how this holds up. I read the first four(?) books in college, and found them to be mostly enjoyable - if extremely generic - fantasy romps. I think I would have loved them as a kid, when all I did was read and reread Brooks, Eddings, Jordan, and Weis and Hickman, but coming to them as an adult robbed them of nostalgic heft and magnified their flaws.Magician by Raymond E. Feist (reading the whole thing in one volume, not split up)
I've been reading Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep at the recommendation of our own @MCBanjoMike and I'm really enjoying it, but the edition the library gave me is A) a very large book with B) very small print, so it's going much more slowly than books normally do for me. I'm about halfway through now, maybe I'll finish it by the end of the week.
Finally finished this last night, pretty enjoyable all the way through. So many cool ideas. I have to admit that the bit spoilered above kinda makes me less interested in the second book, as that was one of my least favorite characters. The third book (from 2011!), though, is a direct sequel to A Fire Upon the Deep, and I'll probably read that one at some point. For right now I'm gonna take it a little easier with Sloane Crosley's Cult Classic. I always really liked her essays and I'm looking forward to seeing what she does as a novelist.I'm intrigued by the second book, which apparently changes settings to follow the adventures of Pham some 50,000 years earlier.
THE FOX AND THE GRAPES.
A Certain hungry Fox, of Gascon breed
(Or Norman—but the difference is small),
Discovered, looking very ripe indeed,
Some Grapes that hung upon an orchard-wall.
Striving to clamber up and seize the prey,
He found the fruit was not within his power;
"Well, well," he muttered, as he walked away,
"It's my conviction that those Grapes are sour."
The Fox did wisely to accept his lot;
'Twas better than complaining, was it not?
“I am a failure in the world. I do not rule people, nor deceive them for the sake of power, nor try to swindle their livelihood into my own possession. I say to them: Please go freely on your way, and I will do my best to follow mine. Well then, Maria, although this is not a fashionable way of going on, nor even a successful one, it is a thing which I believe in—that people must not tyrannize, nor try to be great because they are little.”
Order, logic, symmetry: these are fine words but any pretense that we have crammed our material into molds so strict would be an obvious sham. Each settled world is sue generis, presenting to the inquiring cosmologist a unique quantum of information. All these quanta are mutually immiscible, so that efforts to generalize become a muddle. We are yielded a single certainty: no event has occurred twice; every case is unique.
In our journeys from one end of the Gaean Reach to the other and, on occasion, Beyond, we discover nothing to indicate that the human race is everywhere and inevitably becoming more generous, tolerant, kindly, and enlightened. Nothing whatever.
On the other hand, and this is the good news, it doesn't seem to be getting any worse.
YST was quite excellent. Now, indulging in some classic Arthurian fantasy with The Once and Future King by T.H. White, and the Paranormal book didn't work for me, so I'm also reading The Fifties by David HalberstamSilver Nitrate was decent. Getting back to space opera with You Sexy Thing by Kat Rambo
Finished this trilogy up last night. Unfortunately I liked each successive book less than the previous, but I finished them to get to the end of the story. To me, the writing and editing just didn't hold up over three novels. The overall experience felt a bit rushed to me (which I think the second and third books were -- there's an old music industry saying about how you have your entire life to make your first album, and a year to make your second). The story was fine, I just wish all three books could've had the same amount of care put into them as the first one.Recently read The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart on my girlfriend's recommendation. I don't usually go for fantasy novels, but this one was pretty well-written! I feel like it had maybe one or two characters too many, but the author does a pretty good job of tying everyone into the overarching story. There are two more books that follow, we're gonna read those too.