Favourite Authors & New Books

Discussion in 'Non-WOT - Literature and Fiction' started by Lei'Le Vumf, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. Lei'Le Vumf

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    Aran, I understand what your getting at. Epic has a very recent slang connotation for awesome, or cool, and not in my opinion a very logical way of describing things. I should have been more specific in my choice of words. By 'good' I meant good enough to stand the test of time and be well regarded. So by saying that I guess nothing newly written could be described as Epic. "Having all the hall marks of becoming an Epic piece of writing" perhaps.
    Despite being a huge reader I've never specifically studied different forms of writing, genre or Literary Fictions. Good and bad are definitely subjective. Literary Fiction is a phrase that never really made sense to me ^^. I do like your explanation of it, thankyou.
     
  2. Aran Cherubim

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    Yeah, it's a term usually reserved for works where themes are more important than plot, where the pacing is slower, and there is more focus on internal events (emotions, thoughts, etc.) than external action.
     
  3. Auri al'Chassit

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    Some of my favorites, in no particular order:
    Patrick Rothfuss, H. P. Lovecraft, Jim Butcher (the wait for the next Harry Dresden is actually killing me), Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rick Riordan (teensy disclaimer, I'm just a sucker for greek mythology so my knowledge of Riordan's work is limited to all things Percy Jackson :p ), Neil Gaiman, etc, etc, etc.
    But man I need to get into high fantasy again...
     
  4. Lei'Le Vumf

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    I've read all the available Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher, even bought book 9 and donated it to the library when I finished reading it (they had it on audio book, I tried several times to listen to it, but I kept falling asleep :yawn or missed whole sections if I tried doing something else at the same time :p)...any idea when the next comes out?
    Yesterday I finished reading Cursors Fury by Jim Butcher, book three in the Calderon of Alera series (not sure of series name). Had to wait 5 or6 months for the library to order it in. They had the rest of the series just not bk3
     
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    Always happy to see another Lovecraft fan. :fistbump
     
  6. Auri al'Chassit

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    Lei'Le, I audiobooked ALL of the Dresden Files :lol I'm such a sucker for audiobooks, plus James Marsters narrating? Oh yeah, I'm so there :lol Butcher's currently writing the next one, Peace Talks, so there's no release date yet :( I've been meaning to read Codex Alera, I've heard it's wonderful. Maybe after WoT... Also, he just started another series, The Cinder Spires. First book came out in September, but I haven't read it yet :look

    Cahalan, I just adore Lovecraft, his collection of short stories "The Doom That Came to Sarnath" is one of the very first books I remember reading by myself and I've been in love since! What's your favorite of his works?
     
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    I need to get back to reading Dresden. I liked them, but I don't remember why I stopped reading them....

    My favorite Lovecraft stories are probably...The Colour Out of Space, At the Mountains of Madness (so much love for this one), and The Call of Cthulhu. There are a couple of really liked but can't remember the name of :facepalm. One was about some frog people and the other was a serial about a house and a reporter that I know isn't the Whisperer in the Darkness....I like most of his stuff, but especially the creepy ones that really don't dwell too much on his eugenics tendencies :look
     
  8. Lei'Le Vumf

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    Im going to the library in a few hours...check out some of these wonderful authors while I'm there. I usually stick to one or two authors for a while before moving onto another one, so often I dont realise new books have been released by favourite authors. Some new ones to check out and some old ones to revisit :)
    The Aeronauts Windlass is book 1 in Jim Butchers Spires of Cinder series and I now have it on reservation
     
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  9. Kerwin Thaumiel

    Kerwin Thaumiel Maybe a TARDIS Gaidin

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    ah, H P Lovecraft, very interesting stories but they had a very common theme.
     
  10. Auri al'Chassit

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    :lol that's fair enough. I love his creepy stuff too, The Color Out of Space is definitely one of my favorites, and In the Walls of Eryx REAAAAAALLY messed me up when I was little, but... you know... in a good way? :look

    Kerwin, I definitely agree with you there, but I do think that, even if most of his stories have the same theme, he explored it as far as he could and opened the way for many of today's best horror writers.

    Lei, I actually do the same. I actually don't know why I haven't read more of Butcher's works... I guess I got really into Dresden Files :p I might have to do a re-read of those as well, I need Harry back in my life :p Let me know how you like Aeronaut's Windlass! I've heard nothing but good things about it
     
  11. Kerwin Thaumiel

    Kerwin Thaumiel Maybe a TARDIS Gaidin

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    what I ment with a common theme, was that most of the investigators/"heroes" in his stories ended up in asylums quite insane :)
     
  12. Auri al'Chassit

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    Oh yeah that too :lol
     
  13. Aran Cherubim

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    Isn't it something like The Shadow of Innsmouth?
     
  14. Lei'Le Vumf

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    Sadly, I've hunted at the library and the local second hand book store but no Nick Perumov
     
  15. Kerwin Thaumiel

    Kerwin Thaumiel Maybe a TARDIS Gaidin

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    if you learn swedish, I could send you some :look
     
  16. Auri al'Chassit

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    Maybe you can teach us Swedish? :halo
     
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    No, no new languages please :lol
     
  18. Jeryn Lekar

    Jeryn Lekar testing bunny Gaidin Company Commander of Mahdi'in d'ma Dieb

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    Swedish you say? Okay, here goes nothing, by nothing I mean the most useful Swedish sentence there ever was! 'Det är en fest i min byxa och du är bjuden'. Which means: There's a party in my pants and you're invited. :look

    Here's how to pronounce it: http://vocaroo.com/i/s1CjTNhrqGGp Yeah, that's me speaking. :giggle

    As for favourite authors, Joe Abercrombie is a recent one for me! He wrote the triologies "The First Law" and "Shattered Sea".
     
  19. Sailea Nerid

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    I expected nothing less from you, Jeryn :x
     
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    Jeryn Lekar testing bunny Gaidin Company Commander of Mahdi'in d'ma Dieb

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    :rofl