Welcome to the Achaea Forums! Please be sure to read the Forum Rules.

What are you reading?

1101112131416»

Comments

  • AereidhnaAereidhna DallasPosts: 633 ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    Girl in Glass: Dispatches from the Edge of Life by Deanna Fei. It's a memoir, it's pretty good. Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction. I need a new fantasy book, it's been like a month. I'm starting to twitch. Probably N.K. Jemisin next.
  • KyreKyre Posts: 10
    @Aereidhna I was pleasantly surprised by The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Yet to read anything else from her though. 
    Aereidhna
  • NazihkNazihk Posts: 486 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    Ugh. I didn't like100k Kingdoms at all.

    It sold itself as a story about intrigue and political struggles in a world where gods are slaves, but a good 90% of the story was just the princess and an enslaved god making fuck-me-eyes at each other.
  • AegothAegoth Posts: 1,991 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Nazihk said:
    Ugh. I didn't like100k Kingdoms at all.

    It sold itself as a story about intrigue and political struggles in a world where gods are slaves, but a good 90% of the story was just the princess and an enslaved god making fuck-me-eyes at each other.
    I felt the same way about the latest Throne of Glass book
  • BlujixapugBlujixapug Posts: 1,801 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited January 8
    The Library of Gold by Gayle Lynds. It might be the worst book I've ever read. Halfway through, I'm only still reading it out of spite. I'm hate-reading.

    It's one of those spy thrillers, which are usually fun in a low-expectations kind of way. Like, The Da Vinci Code was fun, even if it was a little bit shit.

    But damn. Characters keep quoting historical figures at each other. Characters keep telling each other, "In case you didn't know, [this picturesque location at which we currently find ourselves] was famously patronised by [overly long list of historical figures with no elaboration or relevance to plot]." No character has a personality, they just have a haircut, eye colour, and list of attributes like '4 tours in Iraq, murdered father, rugged determination' or 'book restorationist, karate black belt, beautiful'. No character expresses opinions, beyond "I love history", "9/11 changed the covert operations business", and "oh that's horrible" when someone talks about someone else getting murdered in front of them. You know every British character is British because they all say either "bloody hell", "bollocks", or "guv'nor" in every sentence. Every setting is a hotel room, mansion, car, private plane, Roman villa, crowded street, or dark alley.

    One minor character is an undercover agent for one of the not-government government-contractor private secret agencies that this type of book always has. He's young, vaguely Asian, and he rides a skateboard. He survives a gunfight by doing an ollie, kickflipping his skateboard into someone (which knocks them off their feet), and simultaneously pulling out his gun and shooting them. Then everyone escapes through a secret tunnel in some Roman ruins.

    Fuck this book.
    image
    TreyAereidhna
  • TydasTydas Posts: 232 ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    I recently finished Leviathan Wakes, by James S. A. Corey. So, so good. I love the mix of hard and soft sciences, the way life without artificial gravity would be like, the differences between the Belters, Martians, and Earthers, the way combat basically takes eight minutes for the incoming missiles to hit and trying to figure out what you can do before they arrive... Man, it's kicked my need for sci-fi media into high gear. Series is supposed to go downhill after the first three books, but we'll see. I need more books like this one.

    The TV series, the Expanse, kinda (more than kinda) screwed up - nowhere near as good, they fundamentally changed certain characters' personalities, major plot deviations... Disappointed by that. Ah well, I've yet to see a movie or TV series that really did the books justice, except maybe GoT.
    Blujixapug
  • NazihkNazihk Posts: 486 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    Tydas said:
    Ah well, I've yet to see a movie or TV series that really did the books justice, except maybe GoT.
    Lord of the Rings.

    Yeah, I said it. While Legolas was dumb, pretty much everything else about them was solid and the major cuts they made(Tom Bombadil, Sharkey's End) were improvements.
    Liyane
  • TahquilTahquil Posts: 3,512 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    The Assassins Blade. I'm two or three chapters in and already I want to stab the main character. Not sure if it was intentional on the authors part or not.
  • ShirszaeShirszae Caer WitrinPosts: 2,661 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Kyre said:
    @Aereidhna I was pleasantly surprised by The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Yet to read anything else from her though. 
    You definitely need to read The Broken Earth series, from the same author. It starts with The Fifth Season.

    And you won't understand the cause of your grief...

    image

    ...But you'll always follow the voices beneath.

    Aereidhna
  • AereidhnaAereidhna DallasPosts: 633 ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    Shirszae said:
    Kyre said:
    @Aereidhna I was pleasantly surprised by The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Yet to read anything else from her though. 
    You definitely need to read The Broken Earth series, from the same author. It starts with The Fifth Season.
    I will be getting around to both eventually! I think I'm going to start with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms since I already have it. I've followed her for awhile and seen a little of her work elsewhere, just kept getting sidetracked and never got around to reading one of her novels. It's definitely past time.
    Shirszae
  • MelainaMelaina Posts: 42 ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    edited January 9
    For Christmas I got The Phantom Atlas. It's an atlas with pretty maps and the history of all kinds of places that appeared on genuine maps from history but never actually existed. Some of them were made up by people who needed funding for their expeditions, so they named islands after rich people, but some have fascinating histories of being sighted by several people on different occasions but still turning out not to be there. Some of the islands were 'undiscovered' centuries ago, but there's one called Sandy Island that was on Google maps until 2012. It's a great read!
    Melaina Naftis - Spectral Arbiter of the Krymenian Academy
    BlujixapugKyrraLiyane
  • LiyaneLiyane Posts: 103 ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    Nazihk said:
    Ugh. I didn't like100k Kingdoms at all.

    It sold itself as a story about intrigue and political struggles in a world where gods are slaves, but a good 90% of the story was just the princess and an enslaved god making fuck-me-eyes at each other.
    I gotta say, a story of intrigue and political struggles in a world where gods are slaves WOULD make a good book.
  • MinifieMinifie Posts: 912 ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    Trying to get my hands on gallaghan's greyhounds, is about the 2/30th battallion that were PoW's during ww2, my grandfather served in that batallion and it goes through what they endured and suffered through those years.
  • CalypzoCalypzo Posts: 7
    big teen fiction fan here, everything from molly moon - dresden files heh. 
    currently im re-reading the skulduggery pleasant series. its #1 in my opinion.
  • NicolaNicola Posts: 475 Achaean staff
    Minifie said:
    Trying to get my hands on gallaghan's greyhounds, is about the 2/30th battallion that were PoW's during ww2, my grandfather served in that batallion and it goes through what they endured and suffered through those years.
    http://www.230battalion.org.au/ head to the Sales link in the left menu, and then select the Books tab. There's a few related in there.


    Minifie
  • MinifieMinifie Posts: 912 ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    Nicola said:
    Minifie said:
    Trying to get my hands on gallaghan's greyhounds, is about the 2/30th battallion that were PoW's during ww2, my grandfather served in that batallion and it goes through what they endured and suffered through those years.
    http://www.230battalion.org.au/ head to the Sales link in the left menu, and then select the Books tab. There's a few related in there.


    Thank you so much Nicola! Mum had a 1st edition hardback that was given to all the troops who returned home from the 2/30 but I think it's been lost in our numerous moves. This will make a wonderful mother's day present for her!
    Nicola
  • CaelanCaelan Posts: 471 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    Currently reading a book on forensic software.  

    In Queue:
    A book on wireless penetration techniques.  
    A book on long range shooting
    Liberalism or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies, and Wimps (by recommendation)
    A couple of books by/about Nikolai Tesla
    A book on the history of battle strategies
    The Middle East and the United States: History, Politics, and Idealogies
    Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad

Sign In to Comment.