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« Reply #1485 on: July 04, 2014, 01:53:09 PM »

Just finished the first of three stories in The Chronicles of the Black Company. I enjoyed it. I tried reading the second story right after but the time skip makes things feel weird after just finishing the first. I think I will wait a few weeks and then read the second part.

American Gods is good. Weird but good. Currently around the half way mark.
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« Reply #1486 on: July 04, 2014, 09:39:07 PM »

Did a marathon reading all the Saga of Darren Shan books, and was very much satisfied with the series.
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« Reply #1487 on: July 06, 2014, 09:04:29 AM »

After finishing the Mistborn trilogy, I needed some lighter reading.  So I started the Divergent series, because I absolutely loved the movie.  My conversation with other 'fanners about its concepts can be seen here: http://www.rpgfan.com/boards/index.php?topic=2650.msg331060#msg331060

So far, the reading is brisk and enjoyable.  It's YA fiction so the descriptions aren't as vivid or detailed as in Lord of the Rings or Song of Ice and Fire but they serve their purpose.  Divergent resonated with me more than the Hunger Games films so I wanted to read those first.  I'll eventually read Hunger Games.  

I kinda wonder if books like Divergent or Hunger Games could be thought of as the 1984, Brave New World, or Fahrenheit 451 for this generation of young adults.
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« Reply #1488 on: July 06, 2014, 12:59:58 PM »

Brandon Sanderson also wrote a YA book called Steelheart that was pretty good, if you'd like more of his stuff, but along those lines.
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« Reply #1489 on: July 06, 2014, 07:52:50 PM »

Finished reading the Space Odyssey series by Arthur C. Clarke. I somewhat enjoyed the novelization of 2001 and 2010, but 2061 and 3001 didn't stick well with me.
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« Reply #1490 on: July 06, 2014, 08:21:26 PM »

Brandon Sanderson also wrote a YA book called Steelheart that was pretty good, if you'd like more of his stuff, but along those lines.

Aside from Alloy of Law (and Mistborn, natch), I have that Sanderson novella Legion that I still need to read.  That intrigued me because it was like Persona.
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« Reply #1491 on: July 10, 2014, 04:26:09 PM »

Read The Silla Project by John C. Brewer, a fairly engaging book about an American scientist wrongfully convicted and imprisoned but broken out by North Koreans and brought to their homeland to make nuclear weapons. I'm also working on the Dirt Pitt novels by Clive Cussler and have fairly enjoyed them.
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« Reply #1492 on: July 10, 2014, 06:44:03 PM »

I just finished the first Divergent book.  I enjoyed it and definitely want to read the others.  However, I think I liked the movie better.  It scripted a lot of things in a more sensible way than the book.  For example:
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In the book, Tris "breaking" the simulations was encouraged.  Whereas in the movie, that was seen as Divergent and thus would make her more highly suspect.  So the movie had Four train her to "think like a Dauntless" to overcome the fear simulations the Dauntless way.  For example, when she did Four's fear landscape and they were in his fear of heights.  She said "it's not real, just jump."  And Four said, "No!  A Divergent would jump.  A Dauntless would [do whatever it is a Dauntless does].

I get the feeling that I'll like the Hunger Games books better than the movies (which were solid) but I'll probably like the Divergent movies better than the books (which are solid so far).

EDIT: I also read that Brandon Sanderson novella Legion.  I liked the concept and everything, but it felt rushed.  It could have been more detailed (especially in its worldbuilding) and the writing style felt too YA. 

And I picked up a free sample of the Maze Runner collection (this sample has the first 8-10 chapters of book 1).  I did not think I was going to like it because the trailer to the movie didn't interest me and the plot and premise seemed very cliched.  But I'm getting into it, because the writing style is engaging. 
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« Reply #1493 on: July 12, 2014, 03:19:23 PM »

Finished The Wrong Girl, a Victorian paranormal fantasy novel about a girl locked in her home's attic by her earl father until Jack, a fire-conjurer, breaks her out and takes her to a place called the Freak House. Enjoyable, and I tend to prefer books written in the first person.

Still working on the Dirk Pitt novels by Clive Cussler as well, and am on the tenth one.
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« Reply #1494 on: July 16, 2014, 07:06:16 AM »

About 10 chapters into Insurgent and enjoying it.
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« Reply #1495 on: July 16, 2014, 02:10:25 PM »

Finished all the Dirk Pitt novels, both by Clive Cussler only and by him and his son Dirk, most of them were hit-or-miss for me, and I think the best one was probably Dragon.

Now I'm working on the NUMA Files books.
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