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« Reply #1335 on: April 01, 2013, 11:19:01 PM »

Got back into ASOF&I #3. I'm resigned to the fact that it's impossible to know every damn character in the book so I'm just sticking to the major who's and the where's
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« Reply #1336 on: April 08, 2013, 03:39:59 PM »

I finished Wool just now (link to Amazon in my last post), and it was excellent all the way through.  People should read it. :)
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« Reply #1337 on: April 09, 2013, 11:42:08 AM »

Almost done w/ GoT #3. Interested to see where this goes.

The rate people are dying off is interesting
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« Reply #1338 on: April 18, 2013, 03:08:43 PM »

Keeping with my post-apocalyptic reading mood, I just finished The Dog Stars. It's quite good. Had a feel that reminded me of The Road quite a bit, although it's much less bleak. Sad things still happen, but it's a super-flu end of the world rather than The Road's nukes. (Or at least I think that was nukes.)

Next up is a new fantasy that's getting a lot of good buzz, Promise of Blood. It's book 1 of "the powder mage trilogy" - guns and magic together.
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« Reply #1339 on: April 20, 2013, 08:02:11 PM »

Oooh - check this out.  Anyone remember the Lone Wolf choose-your-own-adventure/RPG hybrid books?  The author has made them available free to read/play at the following website in about a dozen different formats.

http://www.projectaon.org/en/Main/Home
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« Reply #1340 on: April 22, 2013, 12:29:53 AM »

Finished Illuminatus!. Going to move on to some of the Samuel R. Delaney books I've picked up recently.

Did pick up Thomas Pynchon - V. today but that can wait. I need something shorter.
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« Reply #1341 on: April 25, 2013, 02:46:15 PM »

Re-reading Swan Song by R. McCammon. One of my all time favorites.
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« Reply #1342 on: April 25, 2013, 07:18:28 PM »

Been sloooowly getting through A Storm of Swords. I'm barely ahead of the show, but not by much at all. Almost halfway through.
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« Reply #1343 on: April 29, 2013, 11:32:37 AM »

FINALLY finished A Storm of Swords. I like where this is going.

Crazy epilogue
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« Reply #1344 on: April 29, 2013, 11:46:51 AM »

FINALLY finished A Storm of Swords. I like where this is going.

Crazy epilogue

I'll give you the same advice I've been giving everybody. STOP NOW.

Nobody ever listens.
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« Reply #1345 on: April 29, 2013, 11:48:43 AM »

Why?
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« Reply #1346 on: April 29, 2013, 11:54:40 AM »

Why?

The actual editing stops after book 3.

I think part of the problem may be that originally, back in the late 90s when GRRM first started publishing these, his plan was to SKIP like 15 years of time between books 3 and 4. But he does not do that. This thing takes a hard right into Jordanville starting with book 4.
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« Reply #1347 on: April 29, 2013, 11:56:56 AM »

But then again - if you enjoy detailed descriptions of what is in the larder at any given moment, you may very much enjoy these books. Far be it from me to say what is "bad" or "good" - but books 4 and 5 are definitely "different" in terms of pace, attention to minutiae, and pages spent describing what people are eating.

Also, I think it is fair to warn you that the "main" characters in the sense I'm guessing you mean it are not in book 4, so steel yourself accordingly if you decide to press on.
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« Reply #1348 on: April 29, 2013, 12:53:31 PM »

Oooh - check this out.  Anyone remember the Lone Wolf choose-your-own-adventure/RPG hybrid books?  The author has made them available free to read/play at the following website in about a dozen different formats.

http://www.projectaon.org/en/Main/Home

BTW Tooks - not sure how I missed this before now but holy cow this is awesome!!!
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« Reply #1349 on: April 29, 2013, 01:05:39 PM »

Glad you caught it now, in that case. :)

Your comments about ASoIaF are interesting.  I only read the first book, decided it wasn't really for me, and put it down.  But I was recently reading a collection of short stories by George R. R. Martin, and he said something chilling in the intro.  To put it briefly, he said that he's had lots of series over the years that he just lost interest in and stopped writing.  I thought "man, if you do that with ASoIaF, you're gonna get lynched."

I'm reading Promise of Blood now, and it's pretty good.  Magic and guns, including magic based on gunpowder as well as other kinds.  Some interesting character bits that I'm hoping the author follows up on in the future, like the character who's trying to convince himself that he's not a gunpowder addict, and the issue of people having to work with someone who betrayed them in the past.

I'm reading it on my Kindle, and noticed that they added a new feature with the latest firmware update.  It watches how fast you're reading, and if you bring up the menu while in a book, it tells you how much time it'll take for you to finish the book.  Amazing idea for when you're about to go on a trip and aren't sure if your book is long enough to last you.
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