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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arc Tempest wrote:
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The highest ranked I haven't read is Name of the Wind by Rothfuss. Does anyone recommend it?


Enthusiastically, yes.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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some of there choices do seem odd. i've read connie willis' the doomsday book (because i likes to say nothing of the dog) but i really hated it - there were so many gaping holes in the story.

Ha! A novel whose main plot complication is that someone can't be reached on the phone... in the future! As if anyone is more than arm's length from a phone now. But otherwise, it was pretty good.


well, i may have to reread it - but i recall being very frustrated that she set up a situation that made it seem like - was it the chair of the history dept? anyway, the doofus that set up the trip - had maybe deliberately sent her back to the plague time, and then tried to cover it up - but that never really got cleared up, and then he conveniently died, and she never did give a reason for why kirvin ended up in the wrong time.

plus talk about a downer - she killed practically everyone.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yinello wrote:
Sojobo wrote:

Yinello wrote:
I like detective, fantasy and thrillers.

The City & the City by China Mieville, The Long Fall by Walter Mosely


Ooh thanks! These look excellent! I hope I can find them at the bookstore (don't really feel like online buying)

Other suggestions from others is loved in case I don't find these.


you might check out jasper fforde's thursday next series (thursday next is the name of the heroine) - they list "the eyre affair", which i haven't read (i think i read "the well of lost plots") - anyway, it's got time travel and detective action and just all kinds of strange stuff - it's set in a world where - well, books are a lot more _real_ than they are in our world. and i seem to recall the heroine was the sort to get right into things, and not wait for anyone to rescue her.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DeD CHiKn wrote:
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I suppose Joe Hill qualifies as Dark Fantasy. I especially recommend 21st Century Ghost Stories.


The balloon story, my god that was rough.

Personally I think My Father's Mask was one of my favourites. Especially considering who Joe Hill's father is.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mouse wrote:

you might check out jasper fforde's thursday next series (thursday next is the name of the heroine) - they list "the eyre affair", which i haven't read (i think i read "the well of lost plots") - anyway, it's got time travel and detective action and just all kinds of strange stuff - it's set in a world where - well, books are a lot more _real_ than they are in our world. and i seem to recall the heroine was the sort to get right into things, and not wait for anyone to rescue her.


That's sounds real awesome. Tho I was already hooked by the heroine's name - I love unusual names. Very Happy

I'll be heading to the bookshops tomorrow, hopefully I can find them. :3
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Him wrote:
DeD CHiKn wrote:
Him wrote:
I suppose Joe Hill qualifies as Dark Fantasy. I especially recommend 21st Century Ghost Stories.


The balloon story, my god that was rough.

Personally I think My Father's Mask was one of my favourites. Especially considering who Joe Hill's father is.


I don't remember that one, but it seems to be a favorite of the community.

Most of the stories in that book were awesome though. Made me look at piles of boxes in a new way.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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And now for something completely different.
How many of NPR's top-rated 100 Sci-fi/Fantasy picks did you read?


31
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WheelsOfConfusion wrote:
And now for something completely different.
How many of NPR's top-rated 100 Sci-fi/Fantasy picks did you read?

21. Would be a little higher but I didn't count the things I started and never finished (Dark Tower series).

37 (but not in a row)

Madeleine L'engle gets no love? Really? Also, original Dragonlance Trilogy >>> Drizzt.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WheelsOfConfusion wrote:
And now for something completely different.
How many of NPR's top-rated 100 Sci-fi/Fantasy picks did you read?


Only 12 sadly. Working on the hitchhiker series so soon 13.
I have been seriously considering the Disc World Series.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

READ IT.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

30.

I also just finished Anathem, which was great.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WheelsOfConfusion wrote:
And now for something completely different.
How many of NPR's top-rated 100 Sci-fi/Fantasy picks did you read?


I got 10. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yinello wrote:
Sojobo wrote:

Yinello wrote:
I like detective, fantasy and thrillers.

The City & the City by China Mieville, The Long Fall by Walter Mosely


Ooh thanks! These look excellent! I hope I can find them at the bookstore (don't really feel like online buying)

Other suggestions from others is loved in case I don't find these.


If you like detective and fantasy you should go for The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. It's a fun fast series about a wizard detective.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back from Poland.

NONE of the books suggested were in the bookstore. If someone asks me why I don't read as much, I'll say our bookstores suck.

Picked up The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend and The Falcons of Fire and Ice by Karen Maitland.

I know Townsend is a very good comedy writer - this tale was also pretty good but it has very very dark British humor. Sometimes a smidge too dark for me. Slice-of-life-ish.

The other book was also pretty good, but not as much fantasy but more psuedo-history. A lot about Spanish Inquisition and Icelandish myths. I can tell Maitland did lots of research which is pretty nice, but as you can imagine many people who lived during the Spanish Inquisition and defied it don't always have happy endings. I loved the parts about the Icelandic mythos which was put up as reality (such as ashes of the dead actually having healing effects) more because it felt much more like fantasy instead of rewritten history.

Enfin, I'm glad I read them but I will search on.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WheelsOfConfusion wrote:
And now for something completely different.
How many of NPR's top-rated 100 Sci-fi/Fantasy picks did you read?


Hmm...44. And I'm so rabidly competitive that I might just focus on this list for the rest of the year in order to beat those who've read more on the list than I have. Very Happy
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