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  1. I really liked Worm when I read it a few years ago, though I had a few issues with some of the plot developments towards the end. But I'm not sure how much of it I can actually remember now. I also think I started when the serial was either complete or very close to being complete, so I didn't have to wait much between chapters (I read it at a pretty rapid rate, which is probably part of why I don't recall much of it now). So I guess I might try rereading Worm first (or at least skimming it a bit) then move on to this when it's a bit further advanced. I didn't ever try Pact or Twig -- are they any good?
  2. Confirmed now, apparently. Good call.
  3. (The list in the opening post of this thread should be up to date now, I think. If you've set or reached a target and I haven't added your name, please let me know and I'll modify the list accordingly.)
  4. As of yesterday I've equalled the 61 books I read last year, which means that I'm more or less or track to reach this year's target. Since my last update: 49) Woman on the Edge of Time (Marge Piercy) 50) Annihilation (Jeff VanderMeer) 51) Jacques the Fatalist and His Master (Denis Diderot) 52) Last First Snow (Max Gladstone) 53) The Stone Sky (N. K. Jemisin) 54) Floating Worlds (Cecelia Howard) 55) Children of Earth and Sky (Guy Gavriel Kay) 56) Europe at Midnight (Dave Hutchinson) 57) Something Coming Through (Paul McAuley) 58) The Scarab Path (Adrian Tchaikovsky) 59) Our Lady of the Ice (Cassandra Rose Clarke) 60) Replay (Ken Grimwood) 61) Emergence (Ken MacLeod)
  5. I recently finished Our Lady Of The Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke, which combines three or four different genres to pretty good effect; not saying which as I think it works better not knowing what they are in advance. I thought the four central characters were fairly well developed and the plot mostly held together although I found the final third slightly disappointing. Got a few more things to try to to finish before the end of the month, but I'll probably be reading either Greg Egan's Dichronauts or Brian Catling's The Vorrh first.
  6. I didn't exactly love The Traitor (to use it's UK title), but I didn't ever really understand the degree of hatred for it on this board either. I don't regret reading it and I'd probably read the sequel. Yeah, this is basically my take. The 'twist' ending is foreshadowed pretty thoroughly, and I think it's also basically the only sort of ending that actually makes any narrative sense. No.
  7. I couldn't finish The Price Of Spring (the last of Daniel Abraham's Long Price quartet), but not because I didn't like the book or the series. I just found it too upsetting to finish. I also gave up on Cat Valente's Palimpset for some reason -- I've managed to lose the book since and I can't remember what bothered me about it. I like pretty much everything else Valente's written, so I'm not quite sure why this didn't work for me. And earlier this year I gave up on Stefan Zweig's Beware of Pity but I'm still half-hoping to go back to it.
  8. September was a slow month for me, but I'm hoping to get a few things read in October. So far I've managed to finish two books: Something Coming Through by Paul McAuley and Europe At Midnight by Dave Hutchinson. I thought Something Coming Through was okay, but I'd slightly spoiled myself by reading the sequel (Into Everything) earlier in the year; I was about a third of the way into that before I realised it actually was a sequel. The two stories aren't directly linked (though they both feature a few of the same characters), but I think Something Coming Through would have worked a lot better for me if it had been my first introduction to the universe. I think Into Everything probably is the stronger work anyway, but reading out of order definitely didn't help. Europe at Midnight, on the other hand, I liked a lot more than I was expecting to. It's the second book in a (planned) tetralogy and I'd had mixed feelings about the first book (Europe in Autumn). Most of the cast of this book are new, and the timeline actually overlaps with the prior book, but some of the plot points that were only revealed towards the end of Europe in Autumn are centre stage in this one and I think work a lot better as a result. I'm now reading Adam Robert's Twenty Trillion Leagues Under The Sea but it's all a bit bleak to be honest and I'm not sure whether I'll finish.
  9. I thought Europe in Autumn was fun (though not remarkable) before the late book plot reveal, but I'm not really sure how I feel about it after that reveal. To me, it took something away from the setting of the rest of the book. I'm not sure how much of a hurry I'm in to read the next two books in the sequence, though I've heard people say nice things about them both.
  10. I agree that MVL would probably have been a more deserving winner, but I'm very happy that Aronian won. Hope MVL can get to the Candidates too, though I'm not sure what his chances are. (Pretty pleased with the result of the other semi-final too, actually.)
  11. It's been a quiet month, but I finished Kay's Children of Earth and Sky. I quite liked it -- and it was fun spotting the callbacks to the Sarantine Mosaic -- but I thought the last couple of hundred pages were a little bit disappointing.
  12. Azmaiparashvili's ongoing involvement in chess, at any level, is pretty depressing. Hmm. Let's go with: Bu - Svidler MVL - Grischuk QF1: MVL - Bu Ivanchuk - Giri Aronian - Dubov QF2: Aronian - Giri Jobava - So Fedoseev - Rodshtein QF3: So - Fedoseev Najer - Rapport Ding Liren - Wang Hao QF4: Wang Hao - Rapport
  13. Yeah, Kasparov did slightly better overall than I was expecting, especially on the last day of the blitz. A shame he had such bad time management in the earlier rounds. Focusing on more recent events: It seems slightly odd to me that the World Cup (whose main purpose for existing at this point, surely, is as a qualifier for the Candidates) is open to both Carlsen -- who can't qualify for the Candidates unless somebody left a very big loophole in the regulations -- and Karjakin, who already has qualified. I think FIDE should either have the World Cup be a stand-alone event, unconnected to the World Championship cycle entirely (which would be my preference), or change the rules to stop people who have already qualified from being able to interfere with the qualification process. Though I guess a counter-argument is that, as long as players can qualify by rating, it's going to be impossible to prevent already-qualified players from having an impact on the qualification process at some level. Bring back Zonals and Interzonals!.
  14. Just finished The Stone Sky today -- I thought it was a great conclusion to the trilogy. .
  15. I think Kasparov's going to do really badly in the St Louis Rapid & Blitz part of the Grand Chess Tour. (And I guess that's not a controversial opinion.) Although given the form So and Nakamura seem to be in right now, maybe he'll not do quite as badly as I've have guessed when it was first announced that he'd be taking part... In hindsight, I wonder if Kasparov regrets resigning at the age he did. Could he have lasted long enough to win back a re-unified world title, or was his retirement one of the factors that made the reunification effort successful? I've not had time to follow chess much recently, but it's been nice to see Aronian playing well again over the last few months (he's even back up number two in the live rating list as I write this, I see). I'd like to see him get one last chance to qualify for a World Championship match -- is that still possible this cycle?