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Akamia

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Started on BattleTech: Mercenary’s Star, the second book in the Gray Death Saga in the BattleTech novel series after Decision at Thunder Rift.

The ending of Decision at Thunder Rift left me somewhat wanting, to be honest, but the rest of the book I enjoyed.
 

WarK

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I finished Midnight Tides. I liked it. It was mostly disconnected from what happened (or will happen) in previous books.
One thing about Erikson writing is that things happen organically. In other books it sometimes feels like the author had this particular plot twist in the mind from the get go. For Erikson, it seems like it's chance. It feels more realistic.

Now I'm no sure what to read next. Authors' recommended reading order is the publication order. So I'd have to switch to Esslemont now and read his first book in his series.

@Collecemall did you read Esslemont's Malazan books? What's your take on the order of reading?
 
I finished Midnight Tides. I liked it. It was mostly disconnected from what happened (or will happen) in previous books.
One thing about Erikson writing is that things happen organically. In other books it sometimes feels like the author had this particular plot twist in the mind from the get go. For Erikson, it seems like it's chance. It feels more realistic.

Now I'm no sure what to read next. Authors' recommended reading order is the publication order. So I'd have to switch to Esslemont now and read his first book in his series.

@Collecemall did you read Esslemont's Malazan books? What's your take on the order of reading?
Midnight Tides is the last book that's really starting from scratch for SE. Although, you at least have some context from Trull setting up that he'd be telling his story at the end of HOC. From here on out you'll be starting to see the stories converge from what you've read so far for the most part rather than being thrown in new settings with completely new sets of characters. There's really no one "right" way to proceed if you are going to read everything. I've read them in just about every order you can imagine at this point and my preference would be to read the MBOTF 10 then read I.C. Esslemonts Novels of the Malazan Empire (6 of those) for your first time. There aren't really any pieces from one series that must be read to understand the other. But they do compliment each other and sometimes shed more light on events etc. I can't think of any spoilers that would just devastate your enjoyment if you mixed in ICE books in at the wrong point though. The following link would be the order that I think does the best job of keeping the story in order of events between the two authors https://hippogriff.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/status-update-8-2-2018. It's how I tend to read them now when I choose to read them. I hope this made at least some sense. It's late and I didn't want to risk forgetting to come back and reply. Glad you are enjoying the books. If I can answer any questions let me know.
 

WarK

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Midnight Tides is the last book that's really starting from scratch for SE. Although, you at least have some context from Trull setting up that he'd be telling his story at the end of HOC. From here on out you'll be starting to see the stories converge from what you've read so far for the most part rather than being thrown in new settings with completely new sets of characters. There's really no one "right" way to proceed if you are going to read everything. I've read them in just about every order you can imagine at this point and my preference would be to read the MBOTF 10 then read I.C. Esslemonts Novels of the Malazan Empire (6 of those) for your first time. There aren't really any pieces from one series that must be read to understand the other. But they do compliment each other and sometimes shed more light on events etc. I can't think of any spoilers that would just devastate your enjoyment if you mixed in ICE books in at the wrong point though. The following link would be the order that I think does the best job of keeping the story in order of events between the two authors https://hippogriff.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/status-update-8-2-2018. It's how I tend to read them now when I choose to read them. I hope this made at least some sense. It's late and I didn't want to risk forgetting to come back and reply. Glad you are enjoying the books. If I can answer any questions let me know.
Ha, when you need a chart to know which book to read in a series, that tells you something about the series :)

I think I'll continue with Erikson for now.
 
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Reading the complete works of Terry Pratchett again thanks to Good Omens creating a feeling of nostalgia .
I can also really recommend The Expanse novel series by James S.A. Corey.

My all time favorite novel series are the Shadowrun books though .. a treat for anyone that is into cyberpunk and magic.
 
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Reading the complete works of Terry Pratchett again thanks to Good Omens creating a feeling of nostalgia .
I can also really recommend The Expanse novel series by James S.A. Corey.

My all time favorite novel series are the Shadowrun books though .. a treat for anyone that is into cyberpunk and magic.
Don't blame you. I eschewed fiction a couple of decades ago. The only exception was Pratchett.

One of the review quotes that appears on all his covers is one I never agreed with:

The best satirist since P.G. Wodehouse

Wodehouse wasn't even in Pratchett's league.
 

Akamia

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BattleTech: The Price of Duty, by Jason Schmetzer. A novella in the setting's new ilClan era.

Finished BattleTech: Mercenary's Star a few days ago, also. Gonna start on BattleTech: The Price of Glory next.
 

Led Zeppelin

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I just finished re-reading Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny 1967. It must be one of the most beautiful Sci-Fi novels ever written. I think its ending is very beautiful and stirs great emotion.

"Look around you ... Death and Light are everywhere, always, and they begin, end, strive, attend, into and upon the Dream of the Nameless that is the world, burning words within Samsara, perhaps to create a thing of beauty.

As the wearers of the saffron robe still meditate upon the Way of Light,
and the girl who is named Murga visits the Temple daily, to place before her dark one in his shrine the only devotion he receives,
of flowers."
 
I just finished Vita Nostra by the Dyanchenkos and really enjoyed it. Currently pushing through Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. It had been on my TBR for a while but it's extremely long and can be difficult to read due to the structure etc. There are single paragraphs that go on for several pages for example. I've read about a third of it and couldn't begin to tell you what it's about either but I can't put it down. It's highly absurd at times but the brand of humor hits the sweet spot for me. He touches on a large variety of subjects with detailed knowledge that borders on encyclopedic. It's definitely unlike anything else I've ever read. Which is a huge plus for me.

 

Led Zeppelin

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Currently pushing through Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. It had been on my TBR for a while but it's extremely long and can be difficult to read due to the structure etc. There are single paragraphs that go on for several pages for example. I've read about a third of it and couldn't begin to tell you what it's about either but I can't put it down. It's highly absurd at times but the brand of humor hits the sweet spot for me. He touches on a large variety of subjects with detailed knowledge that borders on encyclopedic. It's definitely unlike anything else I've ever read. Which is a huge plus for me.
Thats cool.
 
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