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Post by Guest on Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:48 pm

Currently reading "Proust was a Neuroscientist" and absolutely loving it!

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Post by Blue on Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:11 am

If you like dystopian novels. Give We by Yevgeny Zamyatin a try. Many of the most famous novels were heavily inspired by it, most notably 1984.

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Post by Firenze on Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:08 pm

no spoilers

started reading the prince of nothing/second apocalypse series by Bakker, 20% into the second book atm

heard it's an incredibly dark and bleak series and thus not all that well liked, first book didn't really reflect what I'd heard and someone I know said he dropped it during the second book because of how dark it was so hoping to see it live up to the hype

very well written though, probably the most Malazan like thing I've read (since MBOTF) in that aspect. Can't say I'm invested into any POV character yet though, but they're all different enough to make for an interesting read.
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Post by Kaladin on Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:03 pm

If you like the soldiering in Malazan, then read the Powder Mage trilogy

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Post by BarrileteCosmico on Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:20 am

Also heard good things about the Black Company when it comes to soldiering, but I haven't read it yet

Powder Mage (and the subsequent trilogy, in progress) are great though. Napoleonic time setting where 'mages' snort powder in order to become incredible sharp shooters. Plot falls through too.

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Post by Kaladin on Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:32 am

The first few Black Company books are some of the best stuff in that specific niche. But the latter books lose out in quality.

I actually have started the trilogy sequel (Empire of Sin) though i read a few of the novellas and liked the world building

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Post by Firenze on Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:49 pm

New First Law book is out in September. 'A Little Hatred' Haven't been this hyped for a book ever. Direct continuation of the series, 20 years after Red Country, I think. All 3 books in the new series are already complete and will release yearly.

if nothing else, the author must have done some serious research into the Industrial and French revolutions to so evocatively and effectively depict this kind of terror, these sorts of turbulent times."

'First of all, this is not fantasy as we know it. In fact, this is barely fantasy at all. Undoubtedly epic, with more than a hint of magic, this is a high fantasy world with a low fantasy feel. It's a sign of the times- even the big hitters are pursing influence though finance and banking instead of sorcery…'

'this book is exceptional. Indisputably, spectacularly, criminally good. Clever, funny, and packed with cutting commentary, it’s well worth the wait.'
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Post by El Gunner on Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:47 pm

Absolute legend and a true sorcerer with her words, Toni Morrison, has passed away aged 88.

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Post by Firenze on Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:00 pm

Prince of Nothing is well written but pretty boring after two books ffs, I'll probably commit to the third but I'd originally heard it was a trilogy, now I'm learning there are like 8 books out currently with the author struggling to get the ninth published.

I like grimdark stuff but there's nothing to like here really. Characters not resonating with me. Also one of the biggest Mr Perfect type/Gary-Stu's I've encountered in a series outside of anime.

May return to The Lies of Locke Lamora after this or just wait until the new First Law in Sept.
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Post by Kaladin on Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:24 pm

Read The Black Company, The Lies of Locke Lamora isn't grimdark.

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Post by Firenze on Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:08 pm

I don't exclusively have to read Grim Dark and the 50 or so pages I read of Lamora were alright.

Black Company never really interested me despite it being a huge source of inspiration for Malazan

friend been recommending these two books to me for a while

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13569581-blood-song

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16131107-the-black-prism
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Post by Kaladin on Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:09 pm

The Black Prism is VERY GOOD, the last book in the series is coming out in October. The Broken Eye (3rd book) arguably one of the best fantasy books i've read.

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Post by Firenze on Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:36 pm

@BarrileteCosmico

You gonna get a Little Hatred next month? new First Law

still reading Prince of Nothing, one character gets cucked and 1/3 of the book is just him agonizing over it lmao

so much sexual angst and violence in these books, was tiring 2 books ago ffs
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Post by Firenze on Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:24 pm

Finished the first trilogy in The Prince of Nothing series, decided to end it there. Read spoilers for the rest of the series, dodged a bullet.

Gonna stop my infatuation with Grimdark stuff now, because that's two of the most highly recommended series in the sub-genre that have been among some of the absolute worst reads I've ever had.

Gonna read A Little Hatred from Abercrombie next and then either return to Lamora or try Light Bringer, I think.
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