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Old 12-27-2013, 11:20 AM
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So i have decided to make this thread so we can chat about what we are reading right now fiction or not .

I am reading The Lies of Locke Lamora and loving every single bit of it.. Hoping this thread will mean we get to all find new books to enjoy and indulge .

So SoL What are you reading currently?
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:24 AM
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Gardens of the Moon, the first Malazan Book.
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:47 AM
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Gardens of the Moon, the first Malazan Book.
I want to read that series at some point but i have way to many i need to read first .
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:52 AM
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I'm reading Gentlemen of the Road, by Michael Chabon. It's about a physician-turned-mercenary named Zelikman and an ex-Byzantine army Ethiopian wielding a Varangian battle-ax named Amram as they roam around the 10th century Caucasus fighting, scamming, and hustling people. They also escort the occasional Khazar princeling.

So much win.
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The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton.

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I'm reading Gentlemen of the Road, by Michael Chabon. It's about a physician-turned-mercenary named Zelikman and an ex-Byzantine army Ethiopian wielding a Varangian battle-ax named Amram as they roam around the 10th century Caucasus fighting, scamming, and hustling people. They also escort the occasional Khazar princeling.

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Have you read Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay? It's his best, in my opinion.
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:21 PM
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It's.....alright, I suppose, for a Knack "book".
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:41 PM
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Have you read Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay? It's his best, in my opinion.
I haven't, though it's something I'm curious about reading. I did read The Yiddish Policeman's Union, which was quite good. I just love Gentlemen of the Road for its historical venue. There's a lot more to history than Europe and North America!

Next on my list is Frederick Pohl's Gateway, which is a science-fiction classic from the '70s. I'll get to The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay at some point.
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Gardens of the Moon, the first Malazan Book.
SPK interested in something good for once.
I am currently reading A Dance With Dragons again.
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Currently editing an erotica manuscript for some extra cash. It's about werewolves in space. Fucking eachother.
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Old 12-27-2013, 03:02 PM
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Finished re-reading the White Rose and picked up the second volume of the instrumentalities of the night.

Its interesting that in the previous book it always refered to Else tage and only through chat with others did his faked identity Piper Hecht came up, however come the second book the narration identifies as Piper Hecht.

There is some foreshadowing there to be certain
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I just found out that The Lies of Locke Lamora is a part of a ongoing book series called Gentleman Bastard. Loving the book and i am getting even more excited that it is a ongoing series that is well rated so i expect it will not dip in quality .
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Old 12-27-2013, 03:21 PM
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The Walking Drum, by Louis L'Amour.

Sort of an adventure tale set in 12th Century Southeastern Europe. Russia, Constantinople, and parts of the Middle East being locals. I quite enjoy it; I wish L'Amour had lived long enough to write some more about this character.


The main character is Irish, oddly enough. Seems to be a bit of a trend in historical fiction for Celts to be abducted by sea raiders and then deposited on the other end of Europe by some trick of fate.
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:17 PM
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Star Trek - Department of Temporal Investigation 2
Tides of War
Star Trek - The Next Generation: Dark Mirror
Judge Dredd: Year One
Star Trek - Voyager Relaunch: Homecoming (stopped reading it - sadly, it sucks)

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-A glass of whine
-Tears like rain
-Where whiners go
-Crying out loud
-Trolls by the dozen
-Storm of bans
-A need for hugs
-Tricky Mustrum
-And much much more exciting chapters name

I will make this a series eventually!
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Don't worry, I will do a fine job. You'll even get to be a character in it.
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The Politics Thread is talking about the American Civil War and it's time period, including the Utah War just beforehand. Well... I'm about two-and-a-half books away from finishing the Timeline-191 series, by Harry Turtledove. I started it in high school with How Few Remain but have lost track since then.

The premise of the entire series is that, during the American Civil War, the Confederate Special Order 191 was never lost and recovered by Union General McClellan. As a result, the Battle of Antietam never happens and is replaced by a different battle in which Robert E. Lee scores a major Confederate victory, positioning his army in Philadelphia. Without the show of Union strength at Antietam, Lincoln can't release the Emancipation Proclamation without it looking like an act of desperation. And finally, with the Army of Northern Virginia behind Washington, D.C. and in striking distance, Great Britain and France force the U.S. to make peace with the Confederacy. Kentucky and Sequoyah (Oklahoma) also became Confederate States.

How Few Remain is the first book in the series, taking place in 1881. Lincoln is reviled as a presidential failure, the Confederacy has purchased Cuba from Spain, France has consolidated its puppet regime in Mexico, and now Confederacy is purchasing the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Sonora to gain a Pacific coastline. A war breaks out over the latter action; it becomes a brutal slugfest that ends in 1882 when Britain and France (including British Canada) intervene and pressure the U.S. to surrender. Plus there's a Mormon Rebellion in Utah, supported by the Confederates, that eventually gets put down. Lincoln separates from the Republicans to form the Socialist Party in the United States. Confederate President James Longstreet, in gratitude to British and French aid in the war, begins the process for manumission--freeing the Confederacy's slaves. The U.S., bitter over two humiliating defeats and having its country ripped apart, grows diplomatically closer to the German Empire.

The Great War books are the high point of the series, for me. They can be summarized as: World War I with the Confederate States in the Entente Powers (with Britain, France, Russia, Japan, Mexico, British Canada, and later Argentina) and the United States in the Central Powers (with Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and later Brazil and Chile). President Theodore Roosevelt leads the USA, and President Woodrow Wilson leads the CSA. Plus another Mormon rebellion in Utah. But that's nothing compared to the COMMUNIST AFRICAN AMERICAN REBELLION in the Confederacy. Both rebellions fail, of course. Maybe I just like these books because I like World War I politics, or maybe there's just something satisfying about reading an early 1900s U.S. pissed off at the Entente powers and ready to join the Kaiser in invading a hostile continent.

Then there's the American Empire books, handling the years between the world wars. Vindicated United States, having reannexed Kentucky and created a new state out of western Texas. Canada occupied by U.S. forces. Puppet states crafted by the Central Powers include Poland, Ireland, and Qubec. A defeated Confederacy, saddled with reparations and veering toward the early 20th century's scarier political movements (along with Britain and France, the former of which will have Churchill and Mosley cooperating and the latter of which will reinstate a monarchy). The Tsar having narrowly avoided political collapse, in Russia. Mexican Civil War with Monarchists (CS supported) defeating the Republicans (US supported) and maintaining power. Spanish Civil War with the Nationalists (Britain and France supported) defeating the Monarchists (German supported) and seizing the country. Other stuff happens, including appeasement.

And now I'm finishing up the Settling Accounts books, with its version of World War II. There's another Mormon rebellion, naturally.


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Finished The Last Wish and this book is eastern european as fuck. The use of archaic words in the translation made it even more so.
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This year I've read:

The Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed - First high fantasy book I've read in over a decade, and found it a lot of fun.

Germania and Danubia, by Simon Wisenthal - A hilarious and insightful travelogue through Germany and Central Europe. Wisenthal's one of the funniest writers I've read in a while. However, I think his analysis is a bit shallow. He makes some of the assumptions that one would expect from a liberal Westerner (namely, the idea that everyone can just get along if they really want to).

The Holy Qur'an - Yup, I read it. Specifically, I read an annotated version. I'm not sure I'd have been able to follow it had it not been for the notes (the book often assumes that the reader has an intimate familiarity with Biblical stories).

The Martian, by Andy Weir - Written by a former Blizzard employee (Warcraft 2 era) and all-around science/engineering buff, this is a fun novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars. Very hard science-fiction.

Empire of the Summer Moon, by S. C. Gwynne - A blood-soaked history book about the rise and fall of the Comanches. Gwynne's a fair-minded historian, which means he doesn't shy away from showing the brutality on all sides.

When We Were Orphans, by Kazuo Ishiguro - Sort of a detective story about a Chinese-born British guy who goes to 1930s Shanghai in order to find his parents. Examines some of the assumptions of Western thought and the "heroic detective" archetype. Not bad, but not great, and the novel drags in the middle.

Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - An excellent novel about the Biafran War. Traces three different characters through the conflict.

Balkan Ghosts, by Robert D. Kaplan - A vividly described travelogue through southeastern Europe in the '80s and '90s. Kaplan is more realistic than Wisenthal, and shows how the constant warfare of past centuries (particularly the still-oppressive shadows of the Ottoman Empire and of World War 2) shape modern policy.

EDIT: Less than Zero, by Bret Easton Ellis - '80s to the max, and shows the price of hedonism.
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Read pilgrims progress once. It was OK.
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The Blade Itself by Abercrombie felt like a chore halfway through. Interesting characters but nothing happened. It also felt like a Tarantino movie at times. But holy hell do things get better in Before They Are Hanged. Haven't finished it yet but it's definitely more entertaining.
West earned my eternal love for killing that little shit Ladisla. And Jezal's POV's feels like reading Jaime from ASOS all over again.
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