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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby shastastwin » May 17, 2017 12:10 pm

I haven't read my copy yet (aside from the maps and the first page) because I want to finish rereading the series first. (Or at least Queen and King.) I didn't get started on that nearly soon enough.

I'm glad it was good! Gives me even more anticipation for my own reading. :D
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby ValiantArcher » May 17, 2017 6:13 pm

;)) Dot. I don't have a copy of Thick as Thieves yet; my mom may or may not have ordered one, so there may or may not be one arriving at some point. ;)) To be honest, I haven't been proactive about looking for a copy at all yet... Can you say, without spoilers ;))), if it has a similar feel to any of the earlier books or if it has an entirely new feel (I mean, they're all different, but, say...is it more like KoA or ACoK?)? I remember MWT saying that this book was supposed to be the second half of KoA, but that doesn't mean much...

I recently read They Also Served by Olga Gruhitz-Hoyt, which was about women serving in/alongside the military in WWII. It was a compilation of a lot of short accounts by the women in the various branches and was rather interesting, if only an overview. I may have to go back to the uni library and dig out some more books that go into more depth. ;))

I also reread The King's Shadow by Elizabeth Adler, which is about Harold and the Battle of Hastings. My recollection of it being pretty good, but not compelling was accurate - I found the first half more interesting than the second half, and Harold's flaws were pretty much glossed over while his heroics were expounded on (which makes sense, especially given the narrator). But that means it can go on the donation pile without much pang. ;))

I've got My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell in my bag to read over lunch break, and I'm eyeing Words of Radiance (still/again) by Brandon Sanderson - there's a long weekend next weekend, so I've got half an idea of sitting down and reading a good chunk of it then. ;))
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby daughter of the King » May 17, 2017 8:57 pm

Valia wrote:Can you say, without spoilers ), if it has a similar feel to any of the earlier books or if it has an entirely new feel (I mean, they're all different, but, say...is it more like KoA or ACoK?)?

Stylistically, I think it's more like The Thief than the other three.
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby ValiantArcher » May 17, 2017 9:04 pm

Dot wrote:
Valia wrote:Can you say, without spoilers ), if it has a similar feel to any of the earlier books or if it has an entirely new feel (I mean, they're all different, but, say...is it more like KoA or ACoK?)?

Stylistically, I think it's more like The Thief than the other three.

*wiggles eyebrows* Does that mean it's written in first person? (You don't have to answer that. ;)) ) But thanks! :) That's good to know; maybe that'll help me pick it up faster...
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby shastastwin » May 19, 2017 8:08 am

I finally made it to the library for another batch of audio books. I picked up the second Ranger's Apprentice book, Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows (read by a full cast of narrators! :D) and Lisa Unger's Ink and Bone. The last two are ones I've noticed a lot on Goodreads. Here's hoping they satisfy a bit more than Caraval did. ;))

Somehow I've gotten away from my policy of reading 1-2 books at a time. I'm currently reading the original Beauty and the Beast by Villaneuve (the more common Beaumont version is an abridged adaptation), The Fact of a Body (a memoir/nonfiction novel about a murderer whose retrial the author was involved in and the strange connections to her own life), and The Collected Poetry of W.B. Yeats (because I was in the mood for poetry a week or two ago), and rereading Gene Wolfe's story collection Innocents Aboard and Tad Williams' Stone of Farewell. 8-}

I really need to finish some of these so I can get my currently reading stack back to manageable levels.
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby Meltintalle » May 19, 2017 8:52 am

Ooooooh, I just read Six of Crows and its sequel, The Crooked Kingdom! I've been wanting to discuss it with someone... ;;) (It's not one I'd necessarily recommend, but it was enjoyable. There are some interesting twists on common fantasy tropes and stylistic choices and the setting is fun.)
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby fantasia_kitty » May 19, 2017 10:22 am

shastastwin wrote:Somehow I've gotten away from my policy of reading 1-2 books at a time.
;)) Still can't read more than one book at a time to this day. I get a kick out of people who can.

So I saw you post about 'Uprooted' on FB the other day stwin. And I have to admit I'm very interested in that book. I wasn't a big fan of the Temeraire series by Naomi Novak (I'm in the minority, I know), but this one looked more up my alley and I fully admit Novak is a good writer.
So where is 'Uprooted' on your reading list? I want to hear your opinion of it, and anybody else's opinion that's read it. ;)
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby shastastwin » May 19, 2017 11:22 am

Mel, I'll go ahead and make Six of Crows my first listen from this batch, then! I'm feeling in the mood for a good heist story.

fantasia, that's a tricky question, as my reading list is apt to change from day to day. ;)) I'm thinking that as soon as I finish one of the books I'm on now, I'll dive in, as I'm also really in the mood for a fairy tale story right now. I'll be sure to share my thoughts when I get to it.
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby SummerSnow » May 22, 2017 9:37 am

I finished Thick as Thieves this morning.

I did enjoy the book, but I'm disappointed we didn't get more of Gen and Attolia. But that would probably be my complaint even if the whole book had centered around them. :p

I figured out fairly quickly that it was Costis, but the relation between Kamet and Gen was completely surprising to me. I've been looking back through the book in attempts to find where Kamet talks about him.

It was also a pretty interesting twist that Nahuseresh (?) was not actually dead, but very much alive.

I'm a bit confused about the timeline. When is Thick as Thieves supposed to have taken place? It seems like some time has taken place, but I wasn't sure how much time. :p

And now it's back to waiting, sadly.

daughter of the King, that was one of my favorite parts too!
And yes, everything with Gen is amazing!
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Re: Books: 2nd Edition

Postby Arwenel » May 23, 2017 10:58 pm

I also read Thick as Thieves...

I think i like it more than A Conspiracy of Kings, but not as much as Queen or King. It felt a bit too rambly for me -- never really felt like i had a solid idea on where they were going or why -- but maybe that was because i was trying to get it read before i had to go to work.

Overall it was a good read, but probably not a favorite.
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