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Alle
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:00 am
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Yes, you should! ;-p
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:24 pm
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Alle wrote:
It's been quiet here of late.

What books were you finding yourself starting/stopping? I have a similar situation, but eventually have been plowing through. It just tales longer and then I have less books read in a year. I used to read almost 100 books a year but those days are long gone!

Oh and the swearing is the best swearing in a book. *g* There should be an award category for it.



I started 'Malice' by John Gwynne but gave up after only sixty pages! It was just, well, you know, badly written. Then I started 'The Dragons Path' and, although the writing was a step up from 'Malice' it was still a bit lightweight. I thought the characters,well,lacked character.
I then moved on to 'prince of thorns' by Mark Lawrence and,at first, I quite liked it. It was different if nothing else, but, I do tend to struggle with books written in the first person and, although I finished book one I sadly ground to a halt half way through book two. I then switched to historical fiction and gave up on a couple of them before finally getting my hands on 'Red country' by Joe Abercrombie. Now, I love Joe, that guy can really write but 'the bloody nine in the wild west?' It Just did not work for me. Kind of ruined a great series in my opinion.
I must also confess to being disappointed when my fave author, Guy Kay announced that he was writing another Pseudo-Chinese book (not interested in Chinese culture in the slightest) but the prose is so beautiful and, well, sophisticated that I could not help but enjoy it.
There are a couple of others I gave up on but they were so bad my brain has expunged them completely.
On the plus side I finally read GRRM's 'a feast for crows' and 'a dance with dragons' after being put off for ages by all the bad reviews and, well, I was pleasantly surprised and, although the pace slowed dramatically, I really enjoyed both books.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:04 pm
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Caleyna wrote:
I think a lot of the old regulars just got really busy with real life. A lot of us had babies around the same time and didn't have time to read. I have a lot more time so would love to revive the place. I am even doing a lot of reading these days. I should just post about what I'm reading.


Real life. No thanks. I tried it once and it just wasn't for me.

But seriously, if you have got a bit more time on your hands you should definitely try and breathe a bit of life back in to this place. The pheonix will rise from the ashes and then maybe, just maybe, I will get my American wife! Haha.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:20 am
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Hey! I thought I was going to be your American wife? Rats.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:25 am
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Hey! I thought I was going to be your American wife? Rats.


Having disappeared on you in the middle of a conversation I kind of assumed the wedding was off. Hell, any woman who can play Tom Sawyer on guitar & keyboards quite frankly deserves better!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:28 am
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Keep on Allessan. Spoiler through the first 1/4 of the book below...

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It was a fun read for me...I really enjoyed it. I had been reading some pretty bad books right before though, so maybe reading a decent author made it seem even better. *g*


Still not happening... They are clothes shopping now! Pages of clothes shopping...?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:56 pm
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Alle wrote:
Keep on Allessan. Spoiler through the first 1/4 of the book below...

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It was a fun read for me...I really enjoyed it. I had been reading some pretty bad books right before though, so maybe reading a decent author made it seem even better. *g*


Still not happening... They are clothes shopping now! Pages of clothes shopping...?


I am sorry it isn't happening for you but the utter disgust in this sentence just made me laugh out loud. ;-p Sorry!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:03 pm
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Haha, no need to apologise,Alle. We have got passed the clothes shopping and we are now.... Buying shoes. Oh lord, I waited six years for this,haha. Actually, it's still better than most fantasy for the dialogue alone so I will definitely finish it.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I read Tad Williams' 'Shadowmarch' books and loved them. So much better than a lot of reviews suggested in my opinion. Oh, I also tried Brandon Sandersons' Mistborn trilogy and, brother was that bad. Excellent system of magic, however, and I did like the Steel inquisitors. Terrible ending as well. I was surprised I finished it really. It was nothing but a smokescreen of neat ideas obscuring bad prose and truly awful dialogue. Quite clever really, haha.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:28 pm
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Phew...Finished at last. It did improve a little in the second half but , for me, it is by far the weakest of the three GB books.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:55 am
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lol sorry it didn't really work for you...those are the breaks. What did you think of that ending though?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:27 pm
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I finally finished it. And really liked it too. In the beginning the action was,
I have to admit, pretty slow, but the second half of the book makes up for
that.

I really liked both storylines, the present and the past one. In the first two
books, the present storyline was the better one by far, but in this one they
were (almost) equal.

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