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    What are you currently reading?

    I decided that I'd like to be completely nosy and ask. So, what are you, the general posters of PnPgames.com, reading? (Yes, you! And no, manuals don't count! )

    At the moment I'm reading simultaniously:~
    Darkness and Light (Preludes 2; Dragonlance Saga)

    Stone and Steel (Book 5, Preludes Dragonlance Saga.) Because I'm a doorknob of a kender, and got bored 5 pages into it and skipped over it to read book 6. Books 1-4 and 6 took me about a week to finish, nearly a book and half a day.

    Dark Water by Koji Suzuki (Last of the Ring Cycle, I think?) I loved Ring and Spiral.I highly suggest Ring and Spiral-for those who like twisted suspense/paranormal. They're both more insane than all of the movies combined. I have both of them available on my bookcrossing shelf, if anyone would like to trade. I would also be up to doing a Book Spiral/Ray with all three once I was done with Dark Water.
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    I just finished a book by Phillip Hose Farmer called Strange Relations. It is a compilation of a novel and several short stories written back in the 1950's.

    I have always known he was a great writter, but this is the first of his works I've acctually finished.

    I tend more to scifi than fantacy, but I do read an occasional Warhammer novel.

    My altime favorite story line is the berserker storys by Fred Saberhagen.
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    Just Finished Book one in the Pendragon Cycle by Lawhead..

    In a few days.. Small Favors by Jim Butcher will be started
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    i can't wait for the next dresden files book.......

    Right now i was going to read the steampunk trilogy.. but i can just seem to get started.
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    Currently I am reading "Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings" by Amy Kelly. My wife bought it for me while I was in the hospital. I have been wading through a couple of books about Mary, Queen of Scots that just dragged on and on. This one is not only intresting but well written.

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    I've currently been addicted to the Dresden Files. I'm on Blood Rites (Book 6) at the moment and am eagerly awaiting Small Favor (Book 10) even though it will probably be a couple months before I catch up to it. Dresden Files is the best, most gripping and thoroughly awesome entertainment fiction I've read in a long, long time.

    Once I'm done digesting those books, I'll probably reread my H.P. Lovecraft collections, followed by Robert E. Howard's Conan and Solomon Kane anthologies. Then, there's still 1001 Arabian Nights sitting on my shelf that needs returned to and I've been really wanting to read Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy again.

    My wife is reading Dracula right now which makes me realize that I need to as well.

    So many books, so little time...

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    i recently read "the crimson shadow" trilogy, "komarr", "a civil campaign", "elantris", "the riddlemaster of hed" trilogy, and the "cygnet" duet.

    i typically read an average of a book a day, unless i'm forcing myself to go slow, or something else is demanding my time.
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    I just bought the Illuminatus trilogy, I'll read it seriously as soon as I've finished the Amber cycle which I've read for something like the fourth time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boulet View Post
    I just bought the Illuminatus trilogy, I'll read it seriously as soon as I've finished the Amber cycle which I've read for something like the fourth time.
    I loved reading the Illuminatus! trilogy. Those books win the best mindf--- award of all time.

    (In case someone's not familiar with them, the point-of-view shifts from character to character, and back and forward in time without warning. And a lot of the time the current point-of-view is on drugs, and the whole plot revolves around a ton of conspiracy theories, so you never really know what to believe. It makes it a wild read.)

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    I was trying to get through the Elfstones of Shannara, but I just couldn't get into the story. I should have known better when the Sword of Shannara--the first book in the series--was a blatant ripoff of Lord of the Rings down to the evil witch king, the enigmatic wizard type, a corrupting sorcerer, and an epic class of the good races versus the evil races.

    So, after getting about halfway through the Elfstones, I had to put it down. I've been reading a little outside of the genre since then. Last book I finished was the Judas Strain by James Rollins. And actually, I was able to pull a D&D adventure out of that in the form of a necrotizing fasciitis with a darker purposes that transforms its victims. Muhahahaha!

    I also just picked up and started on Deep Storm by Lincoln Child. Once again, completely outside of Fantasy and Sci-Fi, but I needed a change of pace for a while.
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    After all the reading and a couple of posts on the Dragons of Autumn Twilight movie thread, I dug out the books and started with The Meetings Sextet group. So far I've read Kindred Spirits and Wanderlust. I'm currently reading Dark Heart. Have not got to do as much reading as Anaesthesia has got to do.

    Actually, I think Anaesthesia mistakenly listed Steel and Stone as being in the Preludes trilogy, when it is book 5 of The Meetings Sextet. Preludes and Preludes II fall between The Mettings Sextet group and the Chronicles Trilogy. Also, Darkness and Light is in the Preludes, as opposed to Preludes II.
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    Hey Farcaster, I know what you mean about the Sword of Shannara. My wife read the book and just loved it. It was her first fantasy book. She gave it to me to read and was mad at me the whole time I was reading it because she would ask me where I was in the book and rather than tell her where I was I would tell her what was going to happen next, like, I am reading where they are going to do this or this is going to happen. She hated me because somehow I knew what was going to happen before I read it. Then I explained to her how it was a copy of The Lord of the Rings books. She has yet to read them because they move too slowly for her, which explains a lot. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farcaster View Post
    I also just picked up and started on Deep Storm by Lincoln Child.
    Update on that. I finished Deep Storm, which I'd give 3 out of 5 on. It was okay. The next book I'm tearing into now is The Descent by Jeff Long. I've only just started on it, but I'm loving it so far. But, I'm a sucker for Hell-centric stories -- especially since they're good inspiration for my current campaign, The Damned, which is set in Hell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farcaster View Post
    I was trying to get through the Elfstones of Shannara, but I just couldn't get into the story. I should have known better when the Sword of Shannara--the first book in the series--was a blatant ripoff of Lord of the Rings down to the evil witch king, the enigmatic wizard type, a corrupting sorcerer, and an epic class of the good races versus the evil races.
    I completely agree about the Sword of Shannara (I think it's still in the trunk of my car, half-way read). The Elfstones were much better, I thought. Although Brooks seems to have very one-dimensional relationships throughout.

    As I came late to SciFi/Fantasy/RP, I've been catching up lately. I just finished everything Neil Gaiman wrote - and just loved Anansi Boys. And I think after finishing Galworthy's Forsyte Saga (picked up because I wondered who the super hot guy on the PBS commercials was - Damian Lewis!) I might reread Dan Simmons' Hyperion/Endymion series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by at5115 View Post
    The Elfstones were much better, I thought. Although Brooks seems to have very one-dimensional relationships throughout... I might reread Dan Simmons' Hyperion/Endymion series.
    I probably would have enjoyed the Sword of Shannara, if I hadn't been so familiar with the plot line already. I only got about halfway through the Elfstones before I had to put the book down and move on to something else for a while. I still haven't come back to it. I'd have to agree with your assessment that the character interactions are a bit stilted and wooden. I especially am not awestruck by the enigmatic druid as I think Brooks was hoping for.

    As to Hyperion, it is a tough read. Or at least it was for me. His prose is colorful and he often throws out techno-babble without any contextual clues. I read and reread the first two pages at least five times before I was able to move on and finally get a handle on what I was reading. Once I had a feel for his style though, I really did like Hyperion. If any of you have read the books before, you might have guessed by my alias, Farcaster, which I brazenly stole from Simmons. It was just too perfect really. I needed a login to check out this whole "World Wide Web" thing, and I had just got done reading Hyperion where travelers were able to step through portals between worlds (called farcasting) on the World-Web. Voila! An alias was born.
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