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TheShadowlord
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Friday January 13, 2012 8:11 PM
Starting on "THe Wizard of Linn", sequel to "EMpire of the atom", by van Vogt
Seems promising so far.
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Wednesday January 18, 2012 12:59 PM
Wizard of Linn had psionics. Scientifically based stuff, but even so. Otherwise a decent emough book, even if it left some points of confusion.

On to "Ptath" by the same author. I read it years ago but cannot remember anything about it.
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Thursday January 19, 2012 5:55 PM
Wanted to read some fantasy, and found myself sucked into the Wheel of Time series. I'm on Book 8, and I have to say that his books got repetitive a long time ago. I think his creativity in world creation is great, he's fleshed out some neat concepts and given everything a level of history that I can appreciate, but i wish he had a better writing ability. He falls back on the same topics in all of his books, I feel like I'm skimming half the book because I've read it sevem times already.

I've been told that whomever wrote the last book is a better writer, but frankly I'll be glad of anything that changes the flow of the book a little bit.

All in all, I was impressed with book one, and i like the progression of the plot, but feel like i'm rereading half of book one in every subsequent book.

(Sorry for any typo's, my computer is currently down, so I'm on my phone.)
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TheShadowlord
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Tuesday January 24, 2012 3:53 PM
That's basically my feeling on the series. You could rip out about half the pages at random and end up with a tighter, better-written story. I stopped at book 9, and will not read the rest of the series until it's finished, because I hate rereading the series every few years to make sure I have remembered what happened in the previous books.

Reread "Ptath", aka "THe Book of Ptath" and "200,000,000 AD". By AE van Vogt.
The god of humanity and his trials in defeating his trecherous wife. Quite good.
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Friday January 27, 2012 2:25 PM
"THe house of many doors" by Diana Wynne-Jones.
Another story set in Ingaryu, with Howl as a supporting character. Very good so far, even if I'm beginning to suspect that Wynne-Jones has (had, I should say) only a limited amount of plots but good window-dressing to hang on them.
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Saturday January 28, 2012 11:41 PM
"On Basilisk Station" by David Weber. Fun sci-fi by one of my favorite authors and a real change from "The March" by Doctrow which I have to read for History class. It's historical fiction about Sherman's march during the Civil war. Not a bad book, but would be a lot better with lasers a space ships.
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Monday January 30, 2012 3:51 AM
I read the majority of the Honor Harrington books (thank you, Baen Free Library), but grew to dislike the character immensely. Mary Sue, character shield tthat could probably stop the Death Star, and generally stupid tech.
In general, I don't like the Baen books much because many of the authors seem to be right-wing (bordering on far right) mil-wankers who paint anything that smacks of egalitarianism and socialism as Evil. Also, for much of their vaunted military, idiocy and stupid tech seems to be the order of the day.
Murray Leinster is an honorable exception.
And I quite enjoyed "Path of the Fury" and STeve White's Disinherited and Legacy.
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Monday January 30, 2012 10:57 PM
QUOTED  I've been told that whomever wrote the last book is a better writer, but frankly I'll be glad of anything that changes the flow of the book a little bit.


That's an understatement. It's a huge, huge improvement over the rest.

I've been re-reading a lot of fantasy I own, and have pinned down Robin Hobb as easily one of the best authors of character-driven fantasy around, even if she is woefully underappreciate. The Farseer Trilogy, Liveship Traders, and Tawny Man are nothing short of amazing, even after having read them multiple times.

Developed a new appreciation for Ursula K. Leguin. The Earthsea books are phenomenal - The Other Wind still is my favorite - but oh how she needs to write more.

Re-reading Raymond E. Feist makes me curse at the stars for the wasted potential. His Riftworld saga and the Serpentwar are pretty decent, but after that it becomes apparent he is completely set in his pattern of writing: two young men, either related or BFFs find themselves swept up in trouble that involves magic, pantathians, other worlds, and the goddamn Dragonlords. Pug appears to steal the plot, and some new grand mystery of the universe is revealed that shocks everyone, even though after the first few trilogies of this they should damn well be used to it.
Blergh.
The only books that break this cycle are his one modern work, Faerie Tale which is a damn fine piece of writing, and his Mistress of the Empire books co-written with Janny Wurts. Oh my god, a female lead? What WILL they think of next.

Jude Fisher is an odd duck. She just kind of appeared out of nowhere, and as far as I can tell disappeared right back there after finishing her Fool's Gold trilogy in 2007. I have a lot of problems with the trilogy, but feel like if she just keeps writing they would be resolved, but bamf. She disappears.
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Tuesday January 31, 2012 12:49 AM
LeGuin is pretty old now, I think. Isn't she in her 90s? (quick wiki check - born 1929)
I love the Earthsea books, but the AWoE and TFS are the best stories.
I couldn't really get a hold on the Liveship Traders. Decent enough story but I detested every single character in it.
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I feel happy...I feel happy!

"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
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Thursday February 2, 2012 9:24 PM
QUOTED  LeGuin is pretty old now, I think. Isn't she in her 90s? (quick wiki check - born 1929)
I love the Earthsea books, but the AWoE and TFS are the best stories.


That's hardly an excuse. Anne Mcaffrey was still putting out books right before her death, and Ray Bradbury has a good ten years on the both of them and is still a busy bee. I demand more Earthsea.

Also, SL, you might get a kick out of this (I certainly did): contemporary reviews of Dracula.
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