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[personal profile] kaigou
Currently reading -- and yes, I do mean all of them --

Done Wrong — Eleanor Taylor Bland (mystery)
The Steel Remains — Richard K Morgan (fantasy)
Water Touching Stone — Eliot Pattison (mystery)
Havemercy — Jaida Jones & Danielle Bennett (fantasy/steampunk)
The Hero's Walk — Anita Rau Badami (literary)
A Companion to Wolves — Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear (fantasy)

A chapter of one, a chapter of the next.

I'm thinking maybe I should pick one and stick to it. Most likely bet would be The Hero's Walk — a gracious and incredible and gorgeous work of poetic verse with a deep heart — but it also deserves to be savored, not chewed through or swallowed whole. So when I start getting anxious about sitting in one place for too long, I move to sit somewhere else in the room, and look, there's a different book right there.

Bad habit, I know, but a very old one.

Date: 4 Jul 2011 06:53 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] taithe
Having skimmed through your previous post (sorry, brain is a little too fuzzy at this time of night to respond to it with any decent comments), I would like to mention that I've read Havemercy and while I liked it, the entire time I read it I was thinking of fanfiction. Whether it's due to the fact that I knew the authors were famous fanfic writers in the HP fandom eons ago, or whether it's more related to the issues you raised in your post, I can't say because it's been years since I've read it.

Ahaha I share your habit of switching places and books. Drove my parents crazy because there were books simply all over the house.

By the way, I wanted to thank you for the surprisingly comprehensive list of travelogues you provided in one of the comments. Off to scour the university's library in hopes that I find at least half of them on campus.

Date: 4 Jul 2011 06:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sharibet
I'll be interested to hear what you have to say about the Sarah Monette novel.

I haven't read that one, but I spent a couple of weeks last spring absolutely engrossed by her fantasy series, published several years ago, which was beautifully-written in a made-up dialect and featured two of the most messed-up yet strangely compelling characters, a sorcerer named Sebastien, who is vain, arrogant and extremely powerful, and a charming, kind-hearted thief and confidence man named Mildmay. Reading them is almost a dream-like experience, weird and magical and compelling.

The titles of the books in the series were: Melusine, The Virtu, The Mirador, Corambis.

Date: 4 Jul 2011 06:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sharibet
Shoot, I got one of the character names wrong... The sorcerer's name is Felix, not Sebastien.

Date: 4 Jul 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
And here I thought I was the only one who didn't like Terry Prachett! *g* But then again, I'm generally lukewarm on British humor...

I've tried a few Neil Gaiman novels, and he falls under the category of "okay but not great" for me. American Gods was the work of his I found the most interesting.

Date: 5 Jul 2011 08:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sharibet
I didn't realize that my last reply had been posted as anonymous...sigh.

Have you read any Lois McMaster Bujold? I love her characters and her world-building...THE CURSE OF CHALION was a lovely book with a wonderfully modest and down-to-earth hero.

Date: 4 Jul 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] firecat
I don't think it's a bad habit. And I look forward to finding out what you think of The Steel Remains and A Companion to Wolves.

Date: 5 Jul 2011 05:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] billie
I read The Steel Remains last year-- it was a recommendation of a trusted bookshop employee with a penchant for Fantasy and SciFi.

I'm very, very interested to see what you think. Not giving my own opinion yet, spoilers and all that.

Date: 5 Jul 2011 09:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cyphomandra
Not a bad habit at all! (okay, so the last time I set out to list my books in progress I hit 24 without counting fanfic...)

I thought Havemercy would have been considerably improved by turning Rook into a girl, actually, but this is almost certainly a minority opinion.

Date: 5 Jul 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] arkessian
Yes, re plot! Also characters with more than one dimension. I read to the end, and still don't know why.

Date: 6 Jul 2011 09:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cyphomandra
Well, yes. In fact, having just checked my own review, I see that there's a plaintive bit where I say that even if I'd liked the characters more, I'd still want them to have something to *do*...