Whatcha reading at the moment?

WarK

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I finished The Fifth Season trilogy by N. K. Jemisin. It was so so. Some interesting ideas but not that engaging to read.

One peculiar thing about it was 2nd person narration.
 
I usually won't start a series that isn't finished but I've seen a lot of praise for Anna Smith Spark so I read the first two books of her trilogy (Empires Of Dust). The praise was well founded IMO. It's pretty dark material with fighting armies and extreme amounts of death but it's well written and her punchy short sentence structure was unique. I look forward to the final book later this year.

I'm trying to read The Aspect Emperor series by R. Scott Bakker but I'm just having a hard time getting into it. I wasn't crazy about Prince Of Nothing but once I start a series I have a hard time not finishing it. Everyone piles praise on his writing but I just haven't enjoyed it so far. I'm hopeful it will grow on me as the names begin to sound familiar again. Everything is just so off the wall. "Where are you from?" Answer: "Ishterebinth" "Who was your Quya Master?" With me having no clue what a Quya is. The next paragraph the Sohonc are battling iron-scaled Wracu. Again... what or who are the Sohonc and Wracu??? Bakker can't be bothered to tell you. It's probably in a glossary somewhere rather than him telling you the story. There are some good ideas in there somewhere I'm just not sure it's worth the effort to dig them out.
 

WarK

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I finished Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. It's a sci-fi book. I liked it.

Compared to the previous book I read, reading Sanderson is so effortless.
 

he_who_is_nobody

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At the moment:

The Lifeways of Hunter-Gatherers: The Foraging Specturm - Robert L. Kelly

Quantitaive Analysis in Archaeology - Todd L. VanPool

What I read while the site was down:

Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous People - Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Museums and Source Communities - Laura Peers and Alison K. Brown

Spooky Archaeology: Myths and the Science of the Past - Jeb. J. Card

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fakes - Steven Novella

Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native American Culture - Chip Colwell

Archaeology of the Southwest - Linda S. Cordell and Maxine E. McBrinn
 
I've missed this thread. I always enjoyed seeing what everyone was into. I still read a lot. Still a lot in the fantasy genre. Some good some bad. I finished Brent Weeks Light bringer series recently. That was well done.

I'm a sucker for time travel stuff and Mark Lawrence is one of my favorite authors so I ate up his series "Impossible Times that just finished. If you like him or like time travel it's a fun read. Pretty short and sweet too. He gave away a couple of them through amazon so they might be available cheap or free as well.

If you like historical fiction with a military tilt Christian Cameron's Long War series has been better than I expected. I've enjoyed his fantasy work under his other name "Miles Cameron" so I gave those a shot. I still have a couple left but I have enjoyed them. Which lately has been as much as I expect. His Masters and Mages series didn't get the same acclaim as The Red Knight but I thought they were better than most of the other fantasy offerings of the past couple of years. He gets a bit lost in the details with describing the fighting implements but the stories are interesting IMO.

David Goggins book "Can't Hurt Me" is a must read if you haven't heard of him. That man is a machine. Interesting dude too. He is the hardest of the hard among the Navy Seals. Uncommon among uncommon men as they say. He went through BUDS and got through it by duck taping his feet so that they couldn't bend because he had stress fractures in his shins. He did it every day for months. Check him out to see what the mind can accomplish when the body says no.

That's enough I guess. I hope this gets active again.
 

We are Borg

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Because i’m so busy with either LoR or the Phylogeny Explorer Project i don’t take the time to read anymore. I like Sci-fi and fantasy books but i can also enjoy technical books. While i’m an adult i like books as Harry Potter but also F. Forsyth or books over the Lore of World of Warcraft but look at my username and you see where that is going. If any one has recommendations please post them.
 

he_who_is_nobody

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Quantitative Paleozoology - R. L. Lyman

In Search of the Broad Spectrum Revolution in Paleolithic Southwest Europe - E. L. Jones

Analytical Chemistry in Archaeology - M. C. Pollard, Batt, B. Stern, and S. M. M. Young
 

WarK

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Yes, but it still hasn't been released.

I'm about to start reading Gardens of the Moon. I was putting it off because it's quite a long series. According to the author, if I don't like it by the first part of the first book then I won't like it. We'll see.

Before that I read the 2nd book in Skyward series by Brandon Sanderson, Starsight I liked it. It was nice reading Sanderson again. The previous two books I tried reading I couldn't finish( Black Company and Master of War)
 
Yes, but it still hasn't been released.

I'm about to start reading Gardens of the Moon. I was putting it off because it's quite a long series. According to the author, if I don't like it by the first part of the first book then I won't like it. We'll see.

Before that I read the 2nd book in Skyward series by Brandon Sanderson, Starsight I liked it. It was nice reading Sanderson again. The previous two books I tried reading I couldn't finish( Black Company and Master of War)

If you're going to read Gardens of the Moon and thus Malazan I'd recommend you read the second book before you give up on it. Even if you found GOTM a little frustrating. There is a bit of a curve with that series due to how he introduces you to the world but by the end of the second book you sort of have a feel for how he is telling the story. With the third book being ranked the best by most people. I think that's just because people have adjusted to everything at that point though. It can be jarring because he doesn't spoon feed you but if you stick with it it does eventually pay off. I'm admittedly a bit of a fan boy at this point but there's a reason it's ranked high on most best of lists. I recommend checking out this guide. It's helpful without being spoiler driven. EDIT: Guide at bottom. It was displaying funny and I don't have time to try and figure it out.

Keep us updated. I'm interested in what you think if you get into it.

 
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WarK

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I've finished Gardens of the Moon I liked it. It was nice to read something good. I liked the characters and his writing style. It's nice that there aren't bad guys and good guys in it. There were a few factions but you couldn't tell how they were aligned to each other.

I'll probably start Deathhouse Gates tomorrow.
 
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