- Oct 27, 2017
I love good world building and this book is absolutely drenched in it. Only about a fifth through it but I already think it’s incredible.
I keep meaning to get around to reading this, thanks for reminding me!Finished The Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo a couple of days ago:
I had only read the Six of Crows duology from this author and quite enjoyed it (I mean, it's your usual YA fantasy stuff, but that doesn't really mean it can't be fun or good). This one (not connected to the Grishaverse) is a bit more adult-oriented and I'd say more, I don't know, polished?
Really enjoyed it. The setting is Yale as having a few secret societies that practice different kinds of magic, the main character coming from California after some shit goes down and all of that. It's a bit slow at times, especially at the beginning, but as soon as some things ramp up, it gets quite fun and the ending stretch is pretty exciting and entertaining.
The Daisy stuff was surprising. As in, I thought that professor was most likely hiding something, but I definitely wasn't expecting that. Pretty cool. I wonder where the character of North will go from now on.
Also, obviously Darlington isn't dead and I was suspecting that he had become the demon when it appeared, but it's cool to have confirmation and the prospect of actually going to hell to save him is quite exciting.
One thing I hope for is that the core cast is made bigger or at least is made more prominent. I guess Dawes, Turner and Michelle will get more to do in the sequel, as well as Darlington if he's saved in there, his POV chapters I enjoyed, but I feel like the story (intentionally) picked up as soon as they were done with.
It seems like Amazon Studios is going to adapt the book (the Grishaverse is receiving a Netflix show, too).
I am currently 200 pages into Death's End (the third book in the series) and, oh man, the places these books go. At times it feels like he crams about twenty books' worth of plot into these three but the astonishing thing is that it totally works.Currently reading The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu after my brother had been bugging me for like a year or two to read lol. It's a super popular book trilogy originally written in Chinese, translated to many different languages now. I suspect this is going to get a lot more popular. Even from when my brother first mentioned it to now, I've recently seen book displays for it in Indigo and other places.
I'm about 2/3 in, it's really fucking cool and it REALLY keeps you on the edge of your seat. Very sci-fi (heavy emphasis on both the sci and the fi) story about politics, government, conspiracy, science, etc. There's more there but I don't want to get into spoiler territory in case anyone reads it.
I see. Thanks for the correction. Can I skip them to go straight to A Little Hatred after the original trilogy, or are they worth reading through?
Definitely worth reading through. They're all different "genres" and very much important plot and character development.
There's one particular chapter towards the end which is justThe Player of Games got vastly better once Azad actually started to be talked about. Now this novel is interesting, but patently for not being about the Culture. I suppose that the point the book also makes- about how a complete utopia tends to be boring- is well stated.
I'll go through all of them then, thanks. I generally don't like to skip things anyway, and it seems like there's some good and varied reading in there if The Heroes is your fave.
I loved the series. Actually got me back into fantasy.I'd love to hear some folks' thoughts on the Broken Earth trilogy. Reading a New Yorker profile on the author, and I'm intrigued in giving this series a try.
Also finally finish Homo Deus. I much prefer Sapien, but I enjoyed the author's take on our future. Listening to Little Women right now for my book club.
The only Silverberg I've read is actually Flies (in a sci-fi short collection (Dangerous Visions I think? Didn't hold up for me at all outside of like three stories)), which I loved, and I've been meaning to get around to more for ages.As for The Best of Robert Silverberg, i've got to say i've been impressed. First 3 stories show their teeth, but afterwards Silverberg starts to hit his strides and it shows. Nightwings and Sundance are great, but my favourite by far is the haunting and visceral Flies. Silverberg claims that the short story from Flies is the foundation of his novel Thorns, so i'll check that out asap.
The only Silverberg I've read is Nightwings and I loved it. Sounds like I need to check out the rest of his work.As for The Best of Robert Silverberg, i've got to say i've been impressed. First 3 stories show their teeth, but afterwards Silverberg starts to hit his strides and it shows. Nightwings and Sundance are great, but my favourite by far is the haunting and visceral Flies. Silverberg claims that the short story from Flies is the foundation of his novel Thorns, so i'll check that out asap.
To me, The Fifth Season was a boring book about the end of the world and that's what made it interesting. Cataclysms happen so often in the world that every society, except one kinda, is built in preparation for the next, what is basically, nuclear winter. The world is very stoic and things like gender, sexuality, ethnicity and ethics, while mentioned, are overlooked for more pragmatic issues like selective breeding, food rationing and general survival. The series is worth a read but I didn't like it so much as I didn't side with the protagonists.
Didn't love Fifth Season either. Read the entire series. It was good, not great.To me, The Fifth Season was a boring book about the end of the world and that's what made it interesting. Cataclysms happen so often in the world that every society, except one kinda, is built in preparation for the next, what is basically, nuclear winter. The world is very stoic and things like gender, sexuality, ethnicity and ethics, while mentioned, are overlooked for more pragmatic issues like selective breeding, food rationing and general survival. The series is worth a read but I didn't like it so much as I didn't side with the protagonists.
Note that while there are a few trappings of science fiction early on, the series is fantasy.
Well of course her new book is pure fantasy, not Sci Fi. I really liked Ancillary Justice but the second book left me so cold I never even read the third. The Raven Tower has definitely rekindled my interest in her work.
Yeah i really liked the first book but the other two really didn't do much for me. Thanks.
Try The Belgariad by David Eddings. Start with Pawn of Prophecy.
T Kingfisher (the adult pen name of Ursula Vernon) and Frances Hardinge (who writes for young adults,) are the closest authors I've found to Pratchett. Try Fly-By-Night and Swordheart.
For more whimsy type books try:
Maybe something by Tom Holt?
Literally the worst literary take I've read.
What do you take issue with? The jingoism in that the main character admits, multiple times, that America is the source of its own drug problem yet the majority of his actions, mostly illegal, are to "fix" Mexico and South America through actions that destroy the lives of thousands. And how those actions, which would put him in federal prison in the real world, are ultimately rewarded by the DEA. As for the setting, it was a minor annoyance that he took so many liberties with the geography (I've lived in San Diego most of my life) but it was the last straw when combined with everything else such as the antagonist going down almost the exact same path that lead to his downfall in the first book and the protagonist becoming Rambo at the beginning of the secoind.