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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby ValiantArcher » Apr 01, 2017 2:51 pm

Mel, I haven't read the new short story. Do all the new editions have new stories? I keep forgetting those are out. :P
The engineering book sounds interesting. :D
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It mostly has to do with how some of the characters/subplots are written and how things unfold, etc. It just makes me think of the sort of stories you like. ;)) Perhaps needless to say, but I think this book will be showing up for you to read soon, unless you don't want to read it. ;))

Oh, fun, SA! I didn't know the Susannah books were a series. ;)) I hope you like it; please let me know what you think! :) I hope your sisters liked it too.
Sorry to hear that The Returning isn't holding your attention; I would probably skim too. ;))

I haven't heard of Twisted Tales series before, mm1991. That does sound like an interesting twist with Belle's mother being the sorceress! I hope the story picks up a little. :)

Oooh, Beauty is fun, fk! It's been on my mental list to reread too, but it hasn't happened yet. :P ;))

I'm still working on A Man Named Intrepid; there have been some fun stories so far. :) I finished The White Feather, which was pretty fun, and I also read Spin and Marty: Trouble at Triple-R Ranch which went in directions I wasn't expecting, but was still fun. I also started rereading Antigone - actually both translations I picked up. I'm glad I got two translations, because the first one I picked up feels much more modern. ;))
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby shastastwin » Apr 03, 2017 6:50 pm

ValiantArcher wrote:Hope you enjoy The Ruins of Gorlan, stwin! If I remember correctly, the first book or two are a bit weak plot-wise, but then it gets better. But it's been probably 9-5 years since I started reading/last read one of the books, so I am far from an informed opinion. ;))


I enjoyed it, but as you said, it was weak plot-wise. The "main" plot seemed to be very bland. Just descriptions of some of Will's Ranger lessons without much actual conflict. Even the internal conflict between the Ranger Corps and Battle School disappeared for most of the book. I was far more interested in Horace's subplot for most of the book, though I did enjoy the last section with the ruins and Will's choice.
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby Meltintalle » Apr 03, 2017 8:47 pm

Valia, if I remember correctly, there are two new short stories appearing in Queen and King (but (different!) excerpts from Thick as Thieves in all four books.)
Oooooh, a personal library loan of Susannah of the Mounties? :D :D

It's funny Ranger's Apprentice should be coming up now... my little sister is listening to the series for the first time and I'm catching bits and pieces when I'm around. (My initial assessment of Ruins was Alanna: The First Book but for boys, and... I'm going to stand by that analogy. ;)) ) The first few books are a bit episodic, and the characters hew closely to well defined types. I wonder if that is because of the author's background in television writing?
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby Bookwyrm » Apr 05, 2017 12:09 am

I've been eyeing the new editions of The Queen's Thief books with envy over those shiny new covers and knowing there's new material in them makes me even more covetous. If I didn't have more self-control, most of my bookshelves would be filled with multiple copies of the same ten or so books. ;))
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby ValiantArcher » Apr 08, 2017 7:26 pm

stwin, I remember being rather interested in Horace's subplot too. ;)) Do you think you'll pick up the second one at some point? :)

Mel, huh, okay. Thanks for the info on the new QT editions.
Mel wrote:Oooooh, a personal library loan of Susannah of the Mounties? :D :D
:D That's the plan!

Booky, I still end up collecting multiple copies of the same books. ;)) Tolkien is the worst for me, though, for some reason. Though I also have multiple copies of Lewis, and random other duplicates. I'm trying to pare down, but... :P ;))

Not much has changed on my end reading-wise. Still reading A Man Called Intrepid and Antigone. :)
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby shastastwin » Apr 09, 2017 6:19 pm

I will probably get it when I finish the rest of this round of library audios. I'm currently listening to Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant, which seems to be a tangentially Arthurian literary fantasy with lots of play on memory. Actually, one of the things that has impressed me so far is the way the author has blended the characters' old memories (or lack thereof) with their new (recovering?) memories. It's something that never quite gelled for me in DWJ's Fire and Hemlock.

After that, I have the BBC Radio production of The Jungle Book and Stephanie Garber's Caraval. The latter is one I've seen a lot on Goodreads, but haven't really looked into the plot. ;)) We'll see how it turns out.

I'm currently reading through the Tad Williams trilogy I mentioned a page or two back in anticipation of the sequel coming out in June. I'm enjoying it quite well. The beginning is slow but intriguing, even though I know how everything ends. It's like taking a long walk with an old friend. I'm about 1/3 of the way into book 1, so I may not reach the end of this reread before the new book arrives (especially since I also have Thick as Thieves on preorder and I might just have to squeeze a Queen's Thief reread in as well).
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby ValiantArcher » Apr 19, 2017 6:17 pm

How have you liked The Buried Giant, stwin? :) And have you listened to The Jungle Book or Caraval yet?
I should do an Attolian series reread too, but it's not happening yet. :P

I've got something like 50 pages left in A Man Called Intrepid. :D It's good, but I've been reading it for almost a month, so I'm ready to finish it up. :P ;)) I did finish my reread of Antigone; I'd forgotten some of the plot, but I remembered more or less how things resolved for the titular character. ;))

I'm not sure what I'll read next: on one hand, I'm thinking something quick and light (probably both of my remaining library books would fit that). On the other, Words of Radiance is off my shelf and calling my name. Plus there's that overflowing shelf of rereads to see if I want to keep them, not to mention the Attolian series, my sister has lent me a couple of Wodehouse books, and I've also been hit by a desire to reread Beauty (thanks, fk ;))) and The Perilous Gard. And so on and so forth... XD :P

Not to mention there's a library booksale this week I'm going to try to go to. :| (I took a big box of books to the library to donate a couple of weeks ago! That was my goal so I can go buy more books with...only moderate guilt. ;)))
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby SnowAngel » Apr 19, 2017 10:14 pm

ValiantArcher wrote:Oh, fun, SA! I didn't know the Susannah books were a series. ;)) I hope you like it; please let me know what you think! :) I hope your sisters liked it too.
Sorry to hear that The Returning isn't holding your attention; I would probably skim too. ;))
I thoroughly enjoyed Susannah of the Yukon. It was a delightful change of pace and genre from what I had been reading. Unfortunately the library doesn't have the rest of the series. :(

I barely made it through The Returning and it be honest I basically skimmed the final third of the book. It was so boring and the plot was confusing. I won't be reading that series again.

I'm currently reading the Nikki Boyd Files by Lisa Harris, I am on the third book (Pursued).

I am 90 some pages into Death By Living, I had started and stopped so much on the first couple of chapters that I decided to go back to the beginning and try again. I am really enjoying it. So glad you recommended it to me, VA.

Oh, that reminds I should probably go through my books...I have been delaying choosing which books to part with because the used bookstore downtown wasn't accepting trade-ins. But now they are and someday Dad will want to go to the bookstore and I won't have my books ready. I am not really sure I want my parents to see how many books I have that I don't need to keep. :-$

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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby shastastwin » Apr 20, 2017 6:23 am

ValiantArcher wrote:How have you liked The Buried Giant, stwin? :) And have you listened to The Jungle Book or Caraval yet?
I should do an Attolian series reread too, but it's not happening yet. :P


I finished The Buried Giant and The Dragonbone Chair. TBG was not as good as I'd hoped. It was kind of melancholy and had no real heroism. It did do a good job of examining PTSD and it handled the layers of discordant memories better than DWJ's Fire and Hemlock. Still, I was disappointed overall.

TDC was just as good as I remembered. I had to make myself pick up the next Robert C. O'Brien book to review for my blog instead of diving into Stone of Farewell. ;))

I have no idea where an Attolia reread will fit in. 8-}

I started Caraval and it's decent so far. I'm having a little trouble with it because it's narrated by the same reader who performed the Lunar Chronicles, so the voices are often the same/similar and that is compounded by both having a main character named Scarlet. (I've had the voice confusion before when listening to Stephen Fry's reading of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy after listening to him read the Harry Potter books. I was very confused as to why the Weasley twins were zipping around space. ;)) )


ValiantArcher wrote:I'm not sure what I'll read next: on one hand, I'm thinking something quick and light (probably both of my remaining library books would fit that). On the other, Words of Radiance is off my shelf and calling my name. Plus there's that overflowing shelf of rereads to see if I want to keep them, not to mention the Attolian series, my sister has lent me a couple of Wodehouse books, and I've also been hit by a desire to reread Beauty (thanks, fk ;))) and The Perilous Gard. And so on and so forth... XD :P

Not to mention there's a library booksale this week I'm going to try to go to. :| (I took a big box of books to the library to donate a couple of weeks ago! That was my goal so I can go buy more books with...only moderate guilt. ;)))


I still need to dive into The Way of Kings myself. Maybe if I ever get through all the epic fantasy already on my read/reread shelf. Oooh! I should reread Beauty too! (And read the other McKinley books on my shelf.)

Enjoy the book sale! I actually skipped our last one. I've been keeping myself to the policy of read a book to buy a book, and I have had to save my book purchases for McKay's visits.

SnowAngel, I feel your pain with sorting through books. My wife's accepted that I will always have an abundance of books, but she's happy when I can whittle them down a bit.
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby ValiantArcher » Apr 23, 2017 6:08 pm

I'm glad you enjoyed Susannah of the Yukon, SA! :D Sadly, I haven't had any success tracking down any of the other books in the series either. :(
Glad you made it through The Returning (more or less ;))). How are you liking the Nikki Boyd Files?
I'm glad you're enjoying Death by Living! :) And you're welcome. Though I should take my own advice and actually read it too. :ymblushing: ;))
;)) Haha! Yes, letting your parents see how many books you own, and how many books you own you really don't want/need can be a bit nerve-wracking. Both my parents are bibliophiles, though my mom is much better at clearing out books than my dad; still, my dad has been unimpressed at how many books are still in my room after moving two bookshelves worth out. :P I didn't show him how many I bought at the booksale either... :-$

Too bad about TBG, stwin. :( Glad you enjoyed your TDC reread, though, and that Caraval has been good enough so far. :)
Ahaha, yes... XD I don't even have a shelf for re-reads I know I want to keep. :ymblushing: ;)) Oooh, I like your idea of reading a book to buy a book! :D I did like the booksale; more on that in a minute.

I finally finished A Man Called Intrepid! :D It was really good, though the ending caught me a bit off-guard. Lots of fascinating information in the book...
I also ended up reading G.K. Chesterton's Daylight and Nightmare over the weekend; it's a collection of mini-stories. Most of them are a page or two in length, though a few are shorter and a few more longer. It was interesting, but overall I rather enjoyed it. :)

Still not sure what to read next, though. ;)) I pulled a book off my to-reread-and-get-rid-of-as-needed shelf before the booksale, but I put it back after coming back with a big box of books (...no comment). I also got asked today by one of the ladies at church if I'd read the Sayers books I'd gotten for Christmas yet. :ymblushing: And so on and so forth. :P ;))

I got something like 26 books at the booksale for less than ten dollars. ;)) Most of them were children's books, but I also got a copy of The Unfinished Tales by Tolkien, a book about women of the western US, a biography of Eric Liddell, and a book about evening gowns by an art museum. ;)) Selections of the childrens books include a book about Tolkien (...so YA falls under childrens books at the sale and apparently this counted as YA), a Zilpha Keatley Snyder (The Famous Stanley Kidnapping Case - I'm still hoping to find another book of hers I like as well as The Velvet Room), a copy of Blue Willow by Doris Gates (this will go to someone else), and a couple of books in The Young Underground series by Robert Elmer (Danish resistance in WWII through the eyes of set of pre-teen twins). I got several books to give to other people and probably most of the books will get read and either given away or donated back, but for the price... ;))

BUT. Funny story about the Elmer books. We had gotten copies of them from another library booksale (ex-libra) when we were younger and loved them. Different sisters got different books from the series, so no one is really sure who owns which. But I dove for them when I found them at the booksale and, lo and behold, they were ex-libra from the same library booksale we would've gotten them from years back. One of my sisters had to cull a lot of her books this past year, so I figured she had culled these. But I was texting her earlier and she said she thought she still had the entire series. I pulled the books out to double-check that they were ex-libra and flipped open the front page - our name is in them. BOTH OF THEM. o_O So. Either another sister accidentally got rid of them, the first sister's husband culled them and she didn't catch it (...this is what I think happened, but she still needs to check if she has hers), or somehow we lent them out and they never came back? I'm not sure, and it's a bit compounded by the possibility we had duplicates of some of the books. But it's weird. ;))
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