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Viin
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Reply #6300 on: June 30, 2017, 12:48:14 PM

Just finished book one of The Red Queens War series by Mark Lawrence, which has a pretty good (and amusing) first person narrative. The story itself is a fairly typical fantasy quest trope, but I felt it was pretty well executed. Onto the 2nd book!

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Reply #6301 on: June 30, 2017, 12:56:39 PM


Just picked it up - for $4 it's good light reading, and I will probably pick up book 2.  I do think there's a lot of missed opportunity in it.  There's options for interesting storytelling that get largely hand-waved away, such as his adaptation to life as a machine and escape from his mechanical/programming constraints.   Instead we get stuff like the whole bob-as-bad-anthropologist sections on Delta, and how awesome their life in VR is.  Also, pop culture dialed to 11.
Yeah, just finished it and picked up the second book. It's "protagonist as excuse to present pop science" in the Niven model (which is lampshaded in the opening chapter), but it scans well and avoids the "all these characters sound the same" problem by making all the characters the same guy.

It's not great literature, but it's decent pulp.

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Reply #6302 on: June 30, 2017, 03:41:50 PM

The second Bob book is unfortunately not as interesting as the first.
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Reply #6303 on: July 07, 2017, 01:10:53 AM

Well, I finished Lord of Light.

It was alright. Dated, but ok. I don't know if it was great, though.

Expect poison from the standing water.
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Reply #6304 on: July 07, 2017, 07:38:05 AM

I re-read it a few years ago. I think it holds up pretty well. The flashback structure of the plot is a bit clumsy and the last struggle against Nirriti comes off like an afterthought, but it's pretty impressive overall.
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Reply #6305 on: July 11, 2017, 09:59:12 PM

Slowly working my way through all the books I bought, I have now finished The Goblin Emperor.

It was enjoyable. A but drawn out and boring at points, but overall a decent tale. Certainly a lot more enjoyable than Uprooted, more readable but not as good as Station Eleven perhaps.

I think I'll try and finish Last First Snow next, but I got pretty bored and stopped last time around, the first three Craft Sequence books were more engrossing, but I note there's a fifth out now too.

Expect poison from the standing water.
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