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Old 10-25-2018, 01:36 PM
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Started reading Senlin Ascends, which is about a weeny whose newlywed wife almost immediately goes missing on the first day of their honeymoon to The Tower Of Babel.

And hey, guess what, almost everyone who lives in a metaphor for hubris kinda sucks.

I’m only a few dozen pages in, but I am very much engaged.
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Old 10-25-2018, 01:37 PM
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I'm reading that book too and I'm finding it very enjoyable.

He is a weeny tho
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Old 10-25-2018, 02:07 PM
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If there were such a thing as truth in advertising, the book would be titled “Weeny in Garbagetown”.
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Old 10-25-2018, 02:11 PM
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Finally getting around to Tolstoy.

Trying Anna arenina
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Old 10-26-2018, 08:43 AM
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Even though Realms of Atlantis disappointed me greatly, I'm a big enough Lestat fan that that's not deterring me from reading Blood Communion by Anne Rice
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Old 10-27-2018, 07:14 AM
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That was so much better than the last book. Anne is back in my good graces.

Now back to Sherlock one last time this year, with The Return of Sherlock Holmes
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Old 10-28-2018, 01:42 PM
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Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters by Anne Boyd Rioux
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Old 10-29-2018, 04:57 PM
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Finishing off the month with some horror from my favorite: Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
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Old 10-29-2018, 08:07 PM
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page 420 get real high and read a book
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Old 10-31-2018, 01:24 PM
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Started reading Senlin Ascends, which is about a weeny whose newlywed wife almost immediately goes missing on the first day of their honeymoon to The Tower Of Babel.

And hey, guess what, almost everyone who lives in a metaphor for hubris kinda sucks.

I’m only a few dozen pages in, but I am very much engaged.
And now I am done! And I really liked it, and am eager for Santa to hurry up and arrive so I can continue with the series because, as I said, I really liked it!

Senlins gradual transformation from "Weenier than a hotdog factory" to "Adventure Hero" was subtle enough that I didn't even realize it was happening. Top shelf all around.

Next is The Sky is Yours, in the theme of stories set in a fantasy city that... that just really friggin' sucks.
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Old 10-31-2018, 04:58 PM
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Giving this Malazan thing a try with Deadhouse Gates.

(Aye, yes, I know this is not the first book. Enough people recommended that I start here that I did this very painful thing that acts against all that is good and true. 200 pages in and it seems to be workin'.)
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Old 10-31-2018, 06:09 PM
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And now I am done! And I really liked it, and am eager for Santa to hurry up and arrive so I can continue with the series because, as I said, I really liked it!

Senlins gradual transformation from "Weenier than a hotdog factory" to "Adventure Hero" was subtle enough that I didn't even realize it was happening. Top shelf all around.
An acquaintance sent me a copy of the first book, and this really moves it up my reading list. Related: Subterranean Press is planning a limited edition with art by my favorite fantasy illustrator, the brilliant Tom Kidd.


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Elevation by Stephen King - King writing in the style of his Rock Bottom Remainders bandmate Mitch Albom. I mean that in a good way.

Godsend by John Wray - Short novel about a young American woman who runs off to join Islamic militants. Good, but I haven't had a chance to really sit down and read it straight through, which has probably limited my appreciation of the book.

Transcription by Kate Atkinson - Stopped after thirty pages and plan to restart soon. Atkinson is such a good writer, and I want to read this on a day when I can go through it on a few sittings.
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Old 10-31-2018, 06:49 PM
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Getting prepared for Bohemian Rhapsody with Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock by Phil Sutcliffe
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Old 11-01-2018, 06:51 AM
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Giving this Malazan thing a try with Deadhouse Gates.

(Aye, yes, I know this is not the first book. Enough people recommended that I start here that I did this very painful thing that acts against all that is good and true. 200 pages in and it seems to be workin'.)
I wouldn't have recommended this, but I don't think you're hurting yourself either. The first book takes place earlier, but it does absolutely no work to clearly introduce its world to a new reader.
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Old 11-01-2018, 07:46 AM
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Next is The Sky is Yours, in the theme of stories set in a fantasy city that... that just really friggin' sucks.
Initial impressions, based on the first few chapters; this is Reign of Fire fan-fiction.

And every character suuuuuuuuucks.
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Old 11-01-2018, 10:02 AM
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I wouldn't have recommended this, but I don't think you're hurting yourself either. The first book takes place earlier, but it does absolutely no work to clearly introduce its world to a new reader.
So far the second book hasn't, either. Lots of flipping to the reference pages to try and sort out what's what (no harm, no foul. kind of comes with the territory when there are 10,000 names/concepts to try to remember). The main reason for the recommendation was the author's improvement in characterization, dialogue, and narrative through-line between Gardens and Deadhouse.
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Old 11-01-2018, 11:23 AM
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I mean yeah, there IS no real introduction. You just read it and eventually it starts making sense.
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Old 11-01-2018, 11:29 AM
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I mean yeah, there IS no real introduction. You just read it and eventually it starts making sense.
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Old 11-01-2018, 11:49 AM
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Giving this Malazan thing a try with Deadhouse Gates.

(Aye, yes, I know this is not the first book. Enough people recommended that I start here that I did this very painful thing that acts against all that is good and true. 200 pages in and it seems to be workin'.)
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So far the second book hasn't, either. Lots of flipping to the reference pages to try and sort out what's what (no harm, no foul. kind of comes with the territory when there are 10,000 names/concepts to try to remember). The main reason for the recommendation was the author's improvement in characterization, dialogue, and narrative through-line between Gardens and Deadhouse.
! I'm excited! It's always bums me out how few Malazan fans there are around here (it's my favourite fantasy series), and I've been telling folks for years that I think Deadhouse Gates might be the best place to start the series, since it's not just my favourite Malazan book, but one of my all-time favourite books, period. That and Gardens of the Moon is easily the series at its worst, owing to how many changes it went through over the years as they adapted it and shopped it around and shared authorial duties, etc. I have so many friends that tried Gardens and bounced off of it. That said, this is the first time I've heard of anyone actually taking that advice and starting with book 2, so I'm excited to hear about the experience!
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Old 11-01-2018, 12:45 PM
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I mean, it mostly makes sense to me a lot of the time
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Old 11-01-2018, 02:30 PM
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! I'm excited!
Oh no the pressure!

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I've been telling folks for years that I think Deadhouse Gates might be the best place to start the series, since it's not just my favourite Malazan book, but one of my all-time favourite books, period. [...] That said, this is the first time I've heard of anyone actually taking that advice and starting with book 2, so I'm excited to hear about the experience!
Coming into this like 20 years after the first book came out, on the "book 2 before book 1?" question I had the benefit of many others' footsteps going before mine (thankfully spoiler-free thus far). Anyhow, I'll post some impressions once I'm done with Deadhouse--patience please, since it'll take some time for me to get through this hefty of a book.
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Old 11-01-2018, 02:45 PM
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Haha, take your time and enjoy it! Or don't, even! It's certainly not for everyone. No worries.
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Old 11-01-2018, 08:08 PM
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Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss. I'll be shocked if this doesn't get a perfect rating from me, because I loved The Simpsons in its heyday
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Old 11-03-2018, 10:52 AM
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Totally recommended for fans of the Simpsons

Moving on to a book about one of my favorite entertainers, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business by Dick Van Dyke
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Old 11-04-2018, 07:19 PM
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100 books for the year!

Now, taking a break from the life stories and reading The Novel: An Alternative History: Beginnings to 1600 by Steven Moore
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Old 11-04-2018, 07:41 PM
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Just blew through the entirety of Gene Wolfe's The Claw of the Conciliator today from start to finish since my power was out and I had shit-all else to do. I'm really enjoying The Book of the New Sun so far, although the MC is a right prick.
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:30 AM
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That didn't work out so well. Instead, going back to biographies to read The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:39 PM
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American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:44 PM
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The Ballad of Black Tom is a nice inversion of the Lovecraft horror story. It's short too. Highly recommend.

I'm also loving Lovecraft Country right now.
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Old 11-11-2018, 07:52 AM
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Finished Senlin Ascends myself. Very enjoyable. Crazy to think that it languished in self-publishing obscurity for years before it randomly caught the eye of a big name author.

I think it'll become my go-to recommendation for "Good Steampunk."
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