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Amph What book are you reading right now?

Discussion in 'Community' started by droideka27, Aug 31, 2005.

  1. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Glad you’re enjoying it! Always happy when a review helps somebody find something they’re interested in.
     
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  2. VadersLaMent

    VadersLaMent Chosen One star 10

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    Reading these Stormlight books is like listening to Pete Buttigieg, droning on and on and on. I will not continue. I skimmed ahead to read the Szeth-son-son portions...omg is it good. But I will not continue on the series where reading it is just a chore just so i can read Szeth parts. These books could easily have been half their length.
     
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  3. VadersLaMent

    VadersLaMent Chosen One star 10

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    Moving on to an old book I first saw in the Role Of Books section of Dragon magazine way back in the 1980's. A fantasy monk novel by Will Shetterly called Witch Blood.

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  4. Cynda

    Cynda Jedi Master star 3

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    Just finished Gettysburg: The Last Invasion. Definitely recommend. It's an in-depth, but easy read about the confederate invasion and subsequent battle.

    Now going to read Vicksburg: Grant's Campaign That Broke the Confederacy
     
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  5. JEDI-SOLO

    JEDI-SOLO Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Dark Age, it’s been nonstop these 1st 180pgs. Blew through Iron Gold. Loved it.

    Gaunt 4 is going slow only because I’m trying to finish that series and then it’s back to WH40K full time again.
     
  6. Chancellor Yoda

    Chancellor Yoda Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Switching from Sci-Fi to swashbuckling historical horror, currently reading The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane by Robert E. Howard.

    The proses are a delight, dripping with atmosphere, and I have the edition with the divine illustrations by Gary Gianni. I also have to voice a somewhat unpopular opinion that I've always preferred tales from the puritan swordsman over Howards more popular creation, Conan the Barbarian.
     
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  7. SWpants

    SWpants Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder
     
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  8. wobbits

    wobbits Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Baptism of Fire Andrzej Sapkowski
     
  9. anakinfansince1983

    anakinfansince1983 Nightsister of Four Realms star 10 Staff Member Manager

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    An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz
    Brothers of the Buffalo by Joseph Bruchac
    Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn
     
  10. soitscometothis

    soitscometothis Force Ghost star 6

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    Listening to Rhythm of War. Suspect it will be weeks until I finish it, even at 1.2 speed.
     
  11. vncredleader

    vncredleader Force Ghost star 5

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    oohh nice. That's on my list. far away on it, but still. To many Vicksburg books to choose from
     
  12. Ramza

    Ramza Administrator Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA VIP

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    Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol (tr. Bernard Guilbert Guerney and Susanne Fusso).

    Plugging away at items in my nonexistent list of "very famous Russian books I haven't read yet" as I continue to delay either moving on to more of The Stormlight Archive or actually doing that reread of War and Peace that keeps threatening to happen, I'm mostly struck by how funny this “epic poem in prose” is (I swear this reading order was not planned based on their pithy labels).

    I think Guerney is at least partially to credit for its comedic success, he did a tremendous job both rendering the novel in readable, alternating folksy and pretentious English while also preserving the fidelity of the text (I have never seen a translation so universally well-regarded by authorities in the field, which is lovely for selection purposes). However, there's also just something so charming about some of the exchanges I don't think I could help but love it. There’s really nothing in other works of the time quite like watching an increasingly exasperated Chichikov, hell-bent on acquiring the legal paperwork for deceased but still taxation valid serfs (hence, well, Dead Souls), navigating a series of increasingly bizarre counter arguments against simply handing them over. It’s so reminiscent of The Producers that I half-expect the explanation - if it ever comes, as I honestly have no idea and the book is infamously unfinished - for the bizarre plot to turn out to be that it’s to finance a production of Springtime for Ivan IV.
     
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  13. vncredleader

    vncredleader Force Ghost star 5

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    Done with it now but for a class I was reading Lost City, Found Pyramid: Understanding Alternative Archaeologies and Pseudoscientific Practices by Anderson and Card. nicely provided for free in scans by my professor.
     
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  14. Arwen Sith

    Arwen Sith Jedi Master star 4

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    The Fall of Terok Nor, the first in the Millennium trilogy by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens. DS9 is my favorite trek and so it's been a delight to revisit those characters.
     
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  15. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 7

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    To Dream in the City of Sorrows by Kathryn Drennan
    A Babylon 5 book written by one of the few writers besides JMS to write for the TV show, it fills in what Cmdr Sinclair was up to between leaving B5 and disappearing (trying not to spoil if anyone hasn't watched the show). It's interesting and well-written, and in the foreword JMS says he considers it as canonical as the TV show itself. Definitely recommended for fans of Minbari, Sinclair, Rangers, and Marcus.
     
  16. Kiki Jinn

    Kiki Jinn Jedi Knight star 2

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    God of Tarot by Piers Anthony

    The thing is I missed my prime spot for reading Piers Anthony decades ago. So, it’s interesting to go back as a middle aged man and read some of his books now.
    This is the first book in his Planet Tarot trilogy, which I bought unread vintage copies of so they each have that wonderful old book smell.

    Basically tarot card visions are occurring on a planet that is inhabited by a tense alliance of earth colonists who are all divided by religion. It’s weird but enjoyable.

    It helps that I have a strong academic (non-New Age-y, occult-y) interest in tarot.
     
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  17. VadersLaMent

    VadersLaMent Chosen One star 10

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    Ben Bova passed away

    Complications of covid and a stroke. I read some of his Gran Tour books, stopping at Jupiter, and the non-fiction Immortality.
     
  18. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 7

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    Windsworn by Derek Alan Siddoway
    Book 1 of the Gryphon Riders trilogy, YA fantasy. It's fine. Not much doubt in my mind that the author also liked Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern.
     
  19. MrJ3ST3R

    MrJ3ST3R Jedi Padawan star 1

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    Waiting on Kenobi to arrive in the mail...ill be reading that soon. :obiwan::ben::bluesaber:
     
  20. Ghost

    Ghost Chosen One star 7

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    Figured this would be the best place to share here:

    Alan Dean Foster and a representative gave an interview on this YouTube channel, on the #disneymustpay controversy



    PS - I really enjoy this guy’s wacky channel, does a lot of a fantasy/scifi reviews (books and shows/movies), lore, fantasy/scifi news, and authors with the biggest authors around today. And he’s funny.
     
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  21. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    There's a thread going on that situation over in the Literature forum if you want to join the discussion.
     
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  22. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 7

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    Windswept by Derek Siddoway
    Book 2 of the Gryphon Riders trilogy. It hits all the usual tropes, even if they don't make a lot of sense. To be fair, there's still one book to go which might tie up all the loose ends and fill in the plot holes. Maybe.
     
  23. VadersLaMent

    VadersLaMent Chosen One star 10

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    Witch Blood is a fun, quick book at under 200 pages. It is not as martial arts centered as it appears but does include a way of life and kata in that regard. Otherwise it includes mind switch back story and the defense of a keep against a few hundred invaders.

    Ah it is time. Ready Player 2 by Ernest Cline.
     
  24. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 7

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    Windbreak by Derek Siddoway
    That finishes the Gryphon Riders trilogy. It was okay. But have you noticed how hard it is to read when your eyes roll all the way to the back of your skull at the repeated villainous monologuing? The virtual boxed set also included a couple of gryphon rider short stories that I liked better than the "epic" trilogy.
     
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  25. JEDI-SOLO

    JEDI-SOLO Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Got Rhythm of War yesterday in TX and started it after I got home. Big beast. Hurts my hands.
     
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