Andorion

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  1. I had the same issue with Red Rising. I had no idea why it was so popular. Same dystopian weird social divisions, same shallow protagonists, same strange and arbitrary competition - none of it appealed to me at all. I have never picked up the later books.
  2. Of all the books nominated, I have not read A Closed and Common Orbit. Of the rest, my favourite was a tie between Ninefox Gambit and Obelisk Gate. Ninefox is hard to understand. I still don't really get the calendrical system. But it was very original, very innovative, and I loved the letters. Obelisk Gate was an excellent continuation to the outstanding 5th Season. I really did not like All the Birds in the Sky. The second half is weak, the ending is laughable. I found Death's End to be very illogical and given to sudden and very extreme jumps. A lot of the book did not really make sense, but then again the series was dead in the water for me as I disagree with the very premise of the Dark Forest theory.
  3. Small Gods is the best one shot.
  4. Finished reading To Say Nothing of the Dog from the Oxford Time Travel series by Connie Willis. Absolutely loved it. I am kind of in a weird position as regards Bakker. I finished reading the Prince of Nothing trilogy in January and then decided to hold of on the Aspect Emperor books so I can read them and jum straight to the Unhily Consult without a pause. And now they are sitting there staring at me
  5. We Are Legion(We Are Bob) is an excellent lighter sci-fi. I read it to clear my head after the very heavy Too LIke the Lightning.
  6. Just mentioning that anyone who wants a more detailed and scholarly reading of 1914 should read Holger Herwig's Marne
  7. A not-so-good month: Read 9 books, so my total is 23. I read three books by Janny Wurts: Fugitive Prince, Grand Conspiracy, Peril's Gate I read 2 classics: Emma, Bleak House I read 1 science fiction: Fortress at the End of Time Inda 3: King's Shield by Sherwood Smith Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carre
  8. Shadows of the Apt is a very interesting series and it gets noticeably stronger in the later books. My favourite was book 8.
  9. Finished Fugitive Prince Book 5 of Wars of Light and Shadow. This series keeps on getting better. Also finished Joe McDermott's Fortress at the End of Time. Bad read, waste of time.
  10. A very satisfactory reading month - read 14 books 1. Dragonbone Chair 2. Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams - this ties into my goal of finishing MS&T 3. Ships of Merior 4. Warhost of Vastmark by Janny Wurts - this ties into my goal of finishing Wars of Light and Shadow 5. The Thousandfold Thought by R Scott Bakker - this ties into my goal of finishing Bakker 6. Harmony Black by Craig Schaefer 7. The Fox by Sherwood Smith 8. One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews 9. City of Ice by KM Mckinley 10. Blue Remembered Earth 11. On the Steel Breeze 12. Poseidon's Children by Alastair Reynolds - this completes my Reynolds goal 13. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 14. Ivanhoe by Walter Scott - Both from the Classics list
  11. Reading On the Steel Breeze by Alastair Reynolds. Really liked the first book, now very interested to see how this works as a generation ship story. Also reading Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  12. Finished Warhost of Vastmark. Excellent read. Now reading Dragonbone Chair, about 270 pages in.
  13. Finished Janny Wurts's Ships of Merior, pretty great second book, now onto War Host of Vastmark. Also Finished Gone with the Wind - entertaining book, but had some really poor characters, and one seriously contradictory one. Will probably read Ivanhoe from the Classics next
  14. This is all very interesting! I will be keeping all this in mind when I start the second series.
  15. I have just finished the Prince of Nothing trilogy. I have not read any of the Aspect Emperor books. Without spoiling me, is it possible to talk about what the Thousandfold Thought actually is? I was discussing this with a friend on another forum and we agreed that it was the ability of the Dunyain to achieve perfect comprehension of causality and thus to step outside it.