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23 Jun 2014, 10:35 PM
The ending isn't entirely obvious - a couple of surprises and a few ways it could have gone. I've (unusually) only seen the film and not read the book. From the film, it's not gushing romance, too much comedy and tragedy for that.

(So abstract I know, but spoilers!)

23 Jun 2014, 11:05 PM
Currently reading: Old Man's War. A pretty good read.

26 Jul 2014, 01:46 PM
Onto book 9 of the Dresden Files. I tried the TV series too but it was a real let down after the books :( Thanks for the tip though Wgn, I'm really enjoying them.

23 Sep 2014, 09:30 PM
I have finished all the Dresden Files, flown through The Rosie Project and now don't know what to read next. Where iswgn when you need him?

28 Oct 2014, 09:52 PM
Touch of Power - Maria V. Snyder
A Kingdom Besieged - Raymond E. Feist
Magyk - Angie Sage
Flyte - Angie Sage
Physik - Angie Sage
Queste - Angie Sage
Syren - Angie Sage
Darke - Angie Sage
The Maze Runner - James Dashner
Black Friday - Robert Muchamore
The Slow Regard of Silent Things - Patrick Rothfuss
And several rereads.

Been busy so haven't read much over the last couple of months which is a shame as there is so much stuff to read. I'm glad you enjoyed The Dresden Files Mercy. I was disappointed with the tv series too. Not due to bad acting but more due to the stark difference between what I'd made the characters look like in my head and how they'd portrayed them on tv.

Did you ever get around to reading 'The Name Of The Wind' by Patrick Rothfuss? If you want an author who will give you the same level of enjoyment as Jim Butcher's books while having a completely different style and approach to writing Rothfuss will provide. I always find myself comparing the two series when I really shouldn't as they are immensely different. All I'll say is I go to Jim Butcher for my imagination fix and visit Patrick Rothfuss so that I can repeatedly sit back at the end of the book and go 'wow'.

On a side note, I made my mum read The Dresden Files and last month she finished Book 11 - Turn Coat and immediately moved on to the next book. The only problem was the order on my ipad was jumbled so she moved straight to Book 13 - Ghost Story! She got 10 chapters in before I found out and was able to send her back to Book 12. It kind of ruined Book 12 for her.

On another side note when I read book 12, book 13 wasn't released yet so you could imagine how I felt not knowing if he was writing anymore...

@ Lafayette, I just looked up that book and unsure at first I came across a review that sold it to me. Will give it ago.

Edit Edit:
Oh and The Rosie Project sounds like something I should try too.

21 Jan 2015, 11:20 PM
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei - Satou Tsutomu
(Volumes 1 & 2 - Enrollment)
(Volumes 3 & 4 - Nine Schools Competition)
(Volume 5 - Summer Holiday)
(Volumes 6 & 7 - Yokohama Disturbance)

These are Japanese light novels and they make up half the series. The first paragraph from Chapter 1 nearly turned me away but I was pre warned and assured it wouldn't get worse than that. I'm glad I stuck with it as the story was right up my street.

26 Jan 2015, 10:37 AM
Just started Terry Goodkind - Sword of Truth series. Not really sure what I think of it yet.

28 Jan 2015, 02:21 PM
I just started reading Robin Cook's Godplayer. I definitely think that he's the best in his genre. I haven't read a book by Robin Cook yet that I don't like.

31 Jan 2015, 10:35 AM
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei - Satou Tsutomu
(Volumes 8 - Reminiscence)
(Volumes 9-11 - Visitor)
(Volume 12 - Double Seven)
(Volumes 13 - Steeplechase)

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion < Thanks for the suggestion Mercy, really enjoyed it. Made my mum read it too and she's circulated it around friends who all enjoyed it.

20 Feb 2015, 07:48 PM
Still not sure about Terry Goodkind -been distracted by a Netflix fest- I discovered Continuum and Warehouse 13 so for a brief couple of weeks I have been dragged away from books and into TV.

22 Feb 2015, 02:17 PM
I marathon'd (<new word?!) warehouse 13 a year or so ago to the point I had to give up partway through a season. Now I feel like watching it again but don't know where I am in the season or even which season I stopped watching it in.

Continuum is simply awesome, one of my favourite shows. Weirdly, non of my friends who watch a lot of tv shows seem to have heard of it.

On the book front:
Blood Song (Raven's Shadow, #1) - Anthony Ryan

The name of the wind - Patrick Rothfuss
The wise mans fear - Patrick Rothfuss
The Novice - Trudi Canavan
The High Lord - Trudi Canavan
The Magician's Apprentice - Trudi Canavan
The Ambassador's Mission - Trudi Canavan
The Traitor Queen - Trudi Canavan

I've bought a ton of books recently so just need to find the time to read them. Annoyingly, my goodreads 'to-read' list has 104 books and non of the ones I've just purchased are on that list.

On the topic of buying books I've spent the last 4 years buying books in electronic format. Previous to that I took great delight in purchasing first edition hardcopies to fill my bookshelf. I'm not sure if its because hardcopies have substance, or its the way they age through time and use, but I've always felt a certain level of achievement in building my bookshelf collection that I don't get when buying in electronic format. So last night I decided I'd restart my collecting by re-purchasing all of my electric books in hardcopies.

So onto Amazon I went only to find its now hard to get hold of hardcopies. Does anyone else have this problem? Not only was the general price of a hardcopy around 15, half the books I had only had the option to buy 'used' hardcopies with the price of some copies being 50 or more. Then there were the self published books in my collection that looked even harder to get hold of. Is this always the case or would it be better me trying to buy them in store? Re-buying the lot using the cheapest options gave me a frightening sum so now I'm not so sure whether I want to do it anymore.

22 Feb 2015, 07:08 PM
I think it depends what you want to buy. I often buy books from Amazon for 99p but then other times when I look for something specific that's out of print it will be some outrageous price like 50 for a basic paperback. Abebooks is another web site you can try, but I think collecting proper hardback copies of books has become similar to the situation with music and vinyl records - they are just put out now for collectors.

I did start buying really nice hardback copies for a while, but living in an old house in Cornwall left all my books spotted with mildew. It never stops raining from about September to March down here ...

23 Feb 2015, 01:27 AM
my house doesn't have enough space - so ebooks are a necessity for the majority of general reading. Hard copies are saved for books that need it so particularly those with lush illustrations/pictures and a handful of specialist/second-hand books that don't exist in e-form.

Am currently reading http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18616975-off-to-be-the-wizard a slightly acquired taste, but a lot of fun

23 Feb 2015, 10:18 AM
Still not sure about Terry Goodkind -been distracted by a Netflix fest- I discovered Continuum and Warehouse 13 so for a brief couple of weeks I have been dragged away from books and into TV.
Continuum <3

Continuum is simply awesome, one of my favourite shows. Weirdly, non of my friends who watch a lot of tv shows seem to have heard of it.
The Canadian Show? And it is filmed in Vancouver too. <3 But to be honest I have wagoned off and have not seen any tv show since landing myself in Australia.

25 Feb 2015, 08:43 PM
The Way of Shadows - Brent Weeks
Shadow's Edge - Brent Weeks
Beyond the Shadows - Brent Weeks
Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas

29 Apr 2015, 07:30 PM
Factoring Humanity by Robert J Sawyer. Absolutely stunning read for anyone who likes plausible Sci Fi. Possible the best Sci Fi writer I have found since Arthur C Clarke. This is going to be vying with my all time favourite of The City and the Stars.

14 May 2015, 08:38 AM
Just finished reading The Diamond Chariot by Boris Akunin - great read!!

It is one of a series of novels about a Russian detective called Erast Fandorin set in the late 1800s to early 1900s.

Well worth discovering.


14 May 2015, 12:18 PM
A criminal "Before I wake"

15 May 2015, 08:38 PM
Hostage - Chris Bradford
Ransom - Chris Bradford

^ Similar to the Cherub series but he quickly bulldozes in his own theme so you'll quickly stop drawing similarities.

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

^ Enjoyable yet predictable. She attempted some epic twists that I saw coming a mile away.

29 May 2015, 08:23 PM
Contact - Carl Sagan, hard going but worth the effort
Infected - Scott Sigler - very silly but OK, reminded me a bit of John Wyndham
James Patterson Women's Murder Club - book one was good but gory, book 2 is a good suspense read. Not sure whether James Patterson as a male writer really understands what makes a woman tick but the plots are good.

10 Jun 2015, 09:37 AM
I love my book collection :P

Though, having a kids moment and reading a few Redwall books :)

30 Jun 2015, 10:31 PM
The first game of thrones book!

01 Jul 2015, 05:07 PM
The first game of thrones book!
You took your time :D

01 Jul 2015, 08:29 PM
You took your time :D


Cait! :horse:

Being without wifi helps I suppose (intermittently available).

02 Jul 2015, 05:41 PM
Im reading loads at the moment due to no trav
(well I say *no* then I made a little account to watch from - after artefacts :D - but it feels like 'no' - dont even have a 9c :D)

Ive been reading this funny trash fiction author called Kim Harrison - she writes about a witch, a vampire and a pixie who run a sort of crime busting agency .... loads of books in the series - and the pixie is incredibly funny

its pulp brain candy - full of calories no nutrition :D but fun read


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