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The Reader's Lounge

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Keiji, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. Steel_Stallion

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    I recently finished reading the Dark Tower series for the first time. What a trip. A lot of people had trouble with the ending and a certain thing Stephen King "introduced" in the 6th book, but I didn't mind it at all. He DID warn you about the ending. I thought it was all very fitting, and worked well with the book's themes about obsession, fate, and the journey not the destination.

    Also recently read Shadows of Self (2nd book in the 2nd mistborn trilogy by Sanderson). Nice book. Short and similar to the Alloy of Law in being action-oriented with bits of humor and drama.

    Starting to re-read The Way of Kings now, and then Words of Radiance again too, preparing myself for Szeth's book which is coming this year I think?

    Glad to see other wanderers of the Sandersonian cosmere on this site!

    Also; what are people's thoughts on Rothfuss's Kingkiller series? I've heard good things but I've also heard that the protagonist is a massive Gary Sue and that sort of thing is a huge turn-off for me.
     
  2. The_Silent

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    Malazan, book of the fallen. A series about the fate of the Malazan empire, an empire struggling after the fall of it's first emperor Kellanved. The series primarily follows the of lives people in the malazan army. The series takes place in a fantasy setting.

    The series is great, it follows several points of views in a universe filled with magic and powerful gods, yet way darker and more tragic than most other fantasy universes. Will describe death, torture, rape ect. in detail, and no one is safe. It is very complex, and if you're bad at names, you'll have a bad time. Nothing is like any other fantasy universe, there is no dwarves, elves, ect. But there is Tiste Andii, Trell, K'Chain, and many more, and none of them fit into any of the clichés.
    And it is worth it, probably one of the best fantasy series out there, and darker than almost all of them.

    A series no description could ever do any justice.
     
  3. Deathcom3s

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    I just started Shadows of Self, it's good so far.

    As for Kingkiller chronicles, yes, Kvothe is a bit of a Mary sue. However, it never feels as if he has some ridiculous, unfair advantage. He is very much an underdog and is constantly fighting a steep uphill battle to accomplish everything that he does. I would highly recommend it, it's a great read and Rothfuss' prose is fantastic.
     
  4. PROXY

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    In the german version it will be devided into 20 books I think, where 9 have been released already. I stopped somewhere at the beginning of the 8th because I was busy reading other stuff but damn. Never ever have I been so attached to characters in other any book.
     
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    It's really good. It has faults, but I love them anyways.
     
  6. BlackEnvyX

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    Has anyone else read any of Michio Kaku's novels?
    He's a theoretical physicist and honestly everything I've ever read by him has been enchanting.
     
  7. Ralle

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    Not familiar with it. Care to explain?
     
  8. BlackEnvyX

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physics_of_the_Future
    Basically he takes his massive wealth of scientific knowledge and his unique stylistic writing and creates a beautiful picture of what technology, civilization and such could possibly be like in the future.
    He has quite a few books on various subjects, everything I've read by him has been fascinating.
     
  9. Ralle

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    So is it science fiction or is he just guessing how the future will look like?
     
  10. BlackEnvyX

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    It's a blend of science fiction and an educated guess based off of current technology using his degrees in theoretical physics and mathematics.
    Basically if anyone was going to guess where our future would be heading, it would be this guy.
     
  11. Ralle

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    So there is no story, it's just his predictions?
     
  12. BlackEnvyX

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    Some of the books have substories, but mostly it's predictions, childhood / high school / college experiences and research
     
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    Currently reading Asylum:13 Tales of Terror by Matt Drabble.Ill drop a little review when I'm done
     
  14. RED BARON

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    I found SuperEgo by Frank J. Fleming, on an audible sale. The idea of following a psychopath assassin, seeing and hearing his internal thoughts as to all those odd actions we humans consider normal social behavior or moral, is quite funny. The sci-fi story isn't bad either, and works well. I had some good time with it, and I recommend it, although I can only base my experience on the audio-book.

    Its quite decent, but slow. Basically waiting for the action is somewhat similar to waiting for whenever the next book comes out, as that is mostly what the first two books are: The setup. But a damn good one.
     
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    Just finished reading Calamity, the last book in the Steelheart series that Gilles and myself have recommended in this thread. Great book, good finish to a series. Nothing too heavy, just some solid, interesting, lightweight reading.
     
  16. Gilles

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    I forgot it's out!!!!!!!! Gonna buy it today.
     
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    I used to read a lot when I was in high school. Things like Game of Thrones, Stephanie Plum, Inferno, Angels and Demons, etc.

    Now, I don't have time to read and I haven't read anything in 4 years. Although, recently I just found out about audiobooks and I have been listening to them. I just finished The Mistborn trilogy last week and now I'm listening to The Martian by Andy Weir.
     
  18. RED BARON

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    Oh that sounds nice, I must take a look at it. Also it reminds me a bit of Ex-heroes by Peter Clines, but honestly his other book 14, and the not direct sequels to it, is the best he has written. Its a damn good, sci-fi thriller.
     
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    I've been reading a book that I got for free at a giveaway called Informal Logic, a Handbook for Critical Argumentation by Douglas N. Walton, published by Cambridge University.
    "This is an introductory guidebook to the basic principles of how to construct good arguments and how to criticize bad ones." It's very well written and highly dense in information. I highly recommend it and I'm going to read it at least a couple more times.

    What results in a book being added to the original post of this thread?
     
  20. Keiji

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    We don't really have a system for it, if you want me to add a book, just tell me.

    It would be nice if you wrote a short review of the book too, so I could add a link
    to it as well.

    There's no such thing as not having time, you can always make time.
    You've more likely lost interest, or think it's not important enough for
    you anymore. In any case, don't hide behind lies.