What are you reading 2.0

Discussion in 'Non-WOT - Literature and Fiction' started by Aduiavas Ida, Jan 27, 2018.

  1. Cursor Wrathwind

    Cursor Wrathwind Gaidin

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    Just picked up a hardcover copy of the Chinese sci-fi (in English translation) anthology Invisible Planets, signed by not one but two Hugo Award winners (Ken Liu and Hao Jingfang), in a Hong Kong bookshop :D
     
  2. Bruce al'Kay

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    Has anyone read Gideon the Ninth? Recommend?
     
  3. Brienen Ruthegar

    Brienen Ruthegar Gaidin

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    I just finished Peace Talks (the newest book in the Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher, and A Killing Frost (The newest book in the October Daye series) by Seanan McGuire.

    Next onto American Demon (The newest book in the rebooted Hallows series) by Kim Harrison
     
  4. Kassina Tendar

    Kassina Tendar Aes Sedai

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    I haven't read Gideon the Ninth myself, but I've heard good things about it from a book podcast I listen to. :cheese Sorry, I'm not helpful. :p

    spoiler for semi-lengthy fangirling over one of my favorite authors :giggle
    So I talked awhile back about reading The Poppy War (and its sequel, the Dragon Empire) by R.F. Kuang. The 3rd book in the trilogy is coming out in November this year and the author recently did a stream on instagram where she did a drunk recap of the Poppy War. :lol

    So I loved the first two books in the trilogy, but they're rather dark a lot of the time. It's loosely based on historical events surrounding the first Sino-Japanese War, including several depictions of war crimes. It's not the focus of the book, but the author is a Chinese history scholar and pulled a lot of the details from historical records.

    ANYWAY, this is my first time seeing her outside of her author photo in the book and my first time hearing her talk and I kinda love the books even more now after seeing her! :lol She's such an energetic and excitable person. Near the start of the stream, someone in the comments pointed out stuffed animals in the background, so her boyfriend slowly started adding more stuffed animals to the shot. :lol And at one point she was trying to describe something in the book and could only think to describe it as "fictional squirrel track runners", accompanied by gestures and reenactments from her and her boyfriend. :rofl

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    And then went on about how embarrassing it'd be to put romance/sex scenes in her novels since her parents read them. :lol
    "No.... I can't write a novella and not tell my dad... he like reads all my tweets!!" :$

    Anyway, she seems like a delightful person who is passionate about history, social justice, and the importance of perspective in stories. And unabashedly has ALL THE FEELS when writing and talking about her books. :) Getting to see her on video is making her rocket up my list of favorite authors. ^^ :rofl
     
  5. Erin al'Denael

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    A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

    I devoured this over the weekend, and have since gone back through and re-read it. I enjoyed it! Magical school premise, well-developed microcosm of a world where high school students board. But much grittier and problematic for the students, for a variety of reasons that give the school and book depth. I adore the main character, and her interesting situation. 'El as a main character is one of my favorites from this past year of reading.

    I'm not sure if it's considered YA or for adults. My library filed the book under general adult fiction. But I think it's more on the gritty-YA side of things? Regardless, it's great.
     
  6. Almira ni'Caldazare

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    Naomi Novik is one of my favorite authors. Her characters draw me in and make the world building believable.
     
  7. Lokadien Vianharl

    Lokadien Vianharl Aes Sedai

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    So I had added The Volunteer to my to read list a while back, and then I started reading a preview of Mark Manson's new book, and the very first person he talks about is the individual from The Volunteer, so I picked that up.

    It's about a polish soldier who volunteers to infiltrate Auschwitz, and then sets up an underground movement and supply network over 3 years, but then escapes when he realizes that none of his support is coming to take it down.

    Not my typical read, but trying to expand my readings.
     
  8. Ashara Koh'inor

    Ashara Koh'inor Aes Sedai

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    Currently I’m reading the 7th in the Master & Commander series and just started Dune :look I can believe I have never read it!
     
  9. Bruce al'Kay

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    Oohhhhh Dune is so good!
     
  10. Lokadien Vianharl

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    I read Dune a long while ago, and I remember enjoying it. Only the first one. I feel like it would be worthwhile to revisit at some point, but i'm not sure how much of the universe/series/ whatever you'd call it is worth going through.
     
  11. Kassina Tendar

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    Yeah! :joy

    I read Spinning silver last month and just started reading Uprooted. So good! :joy
     
  12. Cursor Wrathwind

    Cursor Wrathwind Gaidin

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    The three that feature Paul Mua’dib and no more
     
  13. Lokadien Vianharl

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    Noted, thank you kindly.