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Books We Are Reading 2019 [merged]

hammerbolt

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My eldest is reading Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in as bad a mood about a book.
Wait, you mean "bad" as in "she doesn't like it" or bad as in "angry at what the characters are doing?" Because the second one can be a good thing.

She’s planning to reread Terry Pratchett’s Guards novels when she’s done.
I like how she thinks!
 

Arethusa

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Wait, you mean "bad" as in "she doesn't like it" or bad as in "angry at what the characters are doing?" Because the second one can be a good thing.
Yes? Both, I think.

“Doesn’t like it” feels like way oversimplification. We’ve been getting fascinating and often quite funny rants every time she’s come up for air.
 

Polychrome

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Picked up Sam Sykes' Seven Blades in Black at the library today. If he's as entertaining on paper as he is on Twitter it should be a good read.
 

Pilgrim

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Just finished By Demons Possessed by PC Hodgell, The No Asshole Rule by Robert L. Sutton, Gene Mapper by Taiyo Fujii, Grand Central Arena, Spheres Of Influence and Challengers of the Deep by Ryk Spoor. Ra by Sam Hughes.
All of them were pretty good, but I felt Gene Mapper while well written, it felt a little flat. The Grand Central Arena series was pretty fun - pulpy fun. I've got to admit I wish I'd thought of the setting - but I'll also say I really enjoy Karl Schroeder's Virga (a balloon the size of Earth full of air) as big enough.
Currently reading Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Memory of Empire by Arkady Martine and The Asshole Survival Guide, The Sniper Mind (it keeps making my Kindle crash - ILL maybe?) and White Fragility.
 

Tiran

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Anyone want to recommend me stuff that's on kindle unlimited? Just recently picked up a subscription to it. Fantasy's my preferred genre, but I'm not opposed to branching out to other genres.
 

Boris

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Anyone want to recommend me stuff that's on kindle unlimited? Just recently picked up a subscription to it. Fantasy's my preferred genre, but I'm not opposed to branching out to other genres.
Try the works of Craig Schaefer. They're all or mostly on Kindle Unlimited, I think.

His main series is a bunch of linked urban fantasy novels, similar to the Dresden Files but, IMO much more fun and with better treatment of female characters. The first of those is The Long Way Down. My personal favourite is Sworn to the Night, which is a little way into the series but with new main characters. It's one of my most enjoyed books of all time and could also be a starting point.

There's also a classic fantasy series called the Revanche Cycle. It stands alone (except then it doesn't and that's awesome). You could easily read that first to see if you like the style.

All of Schaefer's books are relatively short and go down easy. But there's a surprising amount of depth and interconnection.

Full reading order and series description: http://craig-schaefer-v2.squarespace.com/reading-order
 

PeterM

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Anyone want to recommend me stuff that's on kindle unlimited? Just recently picked up a subscription to it. Fantasy's my preferred genre, but I'm not opposed to branching out to other genres.
There’ve been a couple KU threads, I think, might be worth looking for. I mostly read litrpg lately, often on the trashy end of the spectrum, ‘cause why not? Don’t cost nothin’. Here’s some of my favorite stuff, in no particular order:

The Scared But Willing by RW Krpoun, which may or may not be a real name. Litrpg about people who are kidnapped by a big tech company and forced into an online existence to fight the alien AI that is responsible for said company's success. Turns out it's trying to escape their control and destroy the world, and the only way to stop it is to force people to fight against it in a manufactured VR setting that's very similar to a fantasy role playing game. I'm not up on the latest breakthroughs in biology, computer science, or, really, anything, but I'm pretty sure this is all 100% scientifically accurate. And if not, it's still a fun story.

The Education of Robert Nifkin by Daniel Pinkwater. Fantastic semi-autobiographical coming of age story by a fantastic author, most of whose YA and up books are on KU. I'd also recommend The Snarkout Boys And The Avocado Of Death and Fish Whistle and Chicago Days, Hoboken Nights, the latter two being collections of hilarious and touching essays.

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis Taylor. First in a series. Bob is a normal 21st century man who dies and has his consciousness purchased by a company and uploaded into a deep space probe a century or two later where he'll be forced to serve against his will. You know, the age old story. He breaks their control and sets about exploring the nearer star systems. He also creates copies of himself in their own probes, which makes things go much quicker. Very good series, lots of great ideas.

Dungeon Explorers by Max Anthony. First in a trilogy about two powerful, experienced adventurers basically just larking about. It's essentially a high level D&D mage and thief wandering around mostly abandoned underground civilizations, blowing the crap out of anything that gets in their way. In the second book they meet a young fighter and take her under their wing. I really love this series and am annoyed that the author has apparently dropped off the face of the Earth.

NPCs by Drew Hayes. First in a series. Four ordinary denizens of a fantasy village are forced to assume the identity of a dead adventuring party to make sure the insane king doesn't destroy their whole village. They soon run into trouble and have to take on the roles for real. The crippled old gnome becomes the Paladin, the town guard becomes the Thief, the hulking half-orc becomes the Wizard and the spoiled rich girl becomes the Barbarian. And it all works. To make things even more interesting, their world is being influenced by RPG players on Earth, and the fantasy world is starting to affect those players right back, which they do not care for at all. Great series.

Super Powereds Year One by Drew Hayes. A group of prospective super heroes have to pass the rigorous four year Hero program before they'll be allowed to become official, sanctioned heroes. It's a mix of coming of age, superheroes and a very interesting training regimen. Four books, which is probably not surprising.

Terms Of Enlistment by Marko Kloos. First in a military science fiction series about a kid from the futuristic super slums who joins the military to get out and ends up fighting a somewhat Cold War against a revived Russian Empire out in space. Then gigantic aliens start taking over colonies and wiping out millions of people. One of the interesting things about the series is that humanity does not in any way put aside their differences to fight the new threat. They still go right on killing each other until circumstances force them to join together, and even then there are plenty of selfish bastards who make things much worse for the good guys.

Good Intentions by Elliott Kay. First in an urban fantasy series. A college kid stumbles into a situation where he becomes soul bonded to both a powerful succubus and the most foul mouthed angel you'll ever meet. Sexy hijinks and genuine emotions ensue. The series is definitely R rated, at least, but not porn without plot by any means, and it's a lot of fun.

Poor Man's Fight by Elliott Kay. First in a milsf series about a kid who bombs his high school final exams and ends up owing immense amounts of student debt to the company that tailors the exam to each student. That factor will come into play later in the series. In this first installment, the MC is forced to enlist in the Space Marines. He doesn't like it much, but does find he's very good at violence, which he likes even less. It does come in handy when the space pirates show up, though.

Run Like Hell by Elliott Kay (I really like Elliott Kay). First of two books so far about a group of monstrous humanoids who worked for an evil wizard until an adventuring party showed up and everything went to hell. The first book is just them trying to get the hell out of the dungeon complex alive, during which they pick up a human female companion. Not litrpg but very much makes use of RPG tropes in fun and interesting ways. And the troll character has to be read to be believed.

That's probably enough for now.
 
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Shay Guy

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Finished Cryoburn. I think that's the first time I've seen drabbles in commercial fiction -- though for that matter, while those aren't quite the first drabbles I've ever read period, they're close.

I'd been spoiled on The Thing -- it was pretty much the only future Vorkosigan Saga event that I knew about in advance, aside from what could be inferred from the back-of-the-books description of Diplomatic Immunity starting with "Miles and Ekaterin's honeymoon journey...". (So if you were hoping for a stronger reaction, apologies.) I figured that The Thing would happen at the end of the book, but I didn't expect The Three Words to be the very last before the epilogue, or for the epilogue to take the form it did.

Also, I believe that last drabble is the first Gregor POV we've gotten in the whole series.
 
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