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post #601 of 758 (permalink) Old 09-03-2013, 01:05 AM
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Pretty slow start for the Plagueis book, hoping it would pick up once Sidious is introduced. Also finished the 3 Finnish books i had in order in the meanwhile.

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Started the first book in the Harry Potter series, watched the movies a few times but never read the books. So far it's really good, a lot more details than in the movie (obviously). Will read a few books in between this series for breaks. I really want to read "The Day if The Triffids", but it's currently "under construction" on the kindle store, as apparently it wasn't formatted right the first time so I have to wait for that to finish being worked on.

edit - Finished reading Sorcerer's Stone, started Switch! The Lost Kingdoms of Karibu. Pretty good for what it is, it's pretty short at about 270 pages, but only $4 (on Kindle at least). I want short stand-alone books in between the potter series, and this suits that need quite well.

Has anyone read Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse? It's a bunch of short stories about life after the apocalypse, one of my favorite settings. Has anyone read this and know if the stories are well done?
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Does anyone have good ideas for a book series? Got nothing to read just now.

The kind of stuff I am into is Song of Ice and Fire, The First Law series, Tales of the Otori, the Troy series etc

I'm really into a good original fantasy series. I got onto book 3 of the wheel of time too but it got so hard going I sacked it.
Check out Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos series.

I would suggest you start with Jhereg.
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Been reading through the HP books while diving into Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse. SK's short story "The End of The Whole Mess" is really great.

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is a really good short read for HP fans. It's funny/entertaining, I highly recommend if you just want something to flip through in a day.

edit - I've read a few more stories in Wastelands, some good some not so good.

I started "The Amulet of Samarkand", the first book in "The Bartimaeus Sequence" trilogy. It's good so far, Bartimaues is quite the character. I'll be reading this series along with the HP series, switching each time I finish one of the books.
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post #605 of 758 (permalink) Old 09-18-2013, 02:30 AM
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"The Amulet of Samarkand" is a fantastic book, loved it all the way through and can't wait to start the next one in the trilogy. Bartimaeus is one of my favorite characters from any book/movie/whatever, great stuff.
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"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is a really good short read for HP fans.
Apparently, it's being made into a movie. None of the original actors are signed on at this point, though.

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They decided to do a prequel to Watchmen taking a series of characters and telling "early" stories. Most of it is completely unappealing to me and Silk Spectre is a perfect example for why. Prequel's normally just feel unimportant and disposable. However the Minutemen story is utterly fantastic as it fills in the gaps/mysteries from Watchmen. It actually adds and advances the story and while you see the big twist coming miles away you are very happy with the execution of said twist.
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They decided to do a prequel to Watchmen taking a series of characters and telling "early" stories. Most of it is completely unappealing to me and Silk Spectre is a perfect example for why. Prequel's normally just feel unimportant and disposable. However the Minutemen story is utterly fantastic as it fills in the gaps/mysteries from Watchmen. It actually adds and advances the story and while you see the big twist coming miles away you are very happy with the execution of said twist.
I am very skeptical about prequels in general, and even more when they try to expand stories which I feel are closely detailed already(you know how well explained the universe of Watchmen is, along with it's characters). But I'll probably read these prequels eventually.

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Reading "The Golem's Eye", the second in the Bartimaeus trilogy. I'm about half way through and it's pretty good. It's not quite as good as the first, but certainly a top notch read and I'm not disappointed with it at all so far.

Has anyone else read this series?
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post #610 of 758 (permalink) Old 10-13-2013, 04:33 AM
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Finished the Bartimaeus trilogy, not sure what to think about the ending. I think it ended well, but it ended too abruptly. It could have had 2-3 more pages to explain a bit more and tie up some things.

Overall the series was great, I might even say better than Harry Potter, but the ending... I can't say it's "bad", it isn't bad, it just ends too swiftly.
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