Book Recommendations?

Gonna throw this out, as this is a gaming site. The Rifts novel trilogy, starting with Sonic Boom , were really entertaining. Nothing heavy, and there are obvious editing mistakes in the first book, but the story was wonderfully fun. For anyone who's spent time in the Palladium universe before, I highly recommend you check these out.

Dumb question: when does the new Ice and Fire book come out?

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Dumb question: when does the new Ice and Fire book come out?

Next week; I know I'll be picking up my copy on Thursday at the GRRM signing in NYC.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Dumb question: when does the new Ice and Fire book come out?

July 12th, 2011

ColdForged wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

Dumb question: when does the new Ice and Fire book come out?

July 12th, 2011

Wow, that snuck up on me. Thanks.

Related question: Where is the best place to find fairly detailed summaries of the previous four books? I just don't have the time to re-read them...again.

EDIT: Nevermind, I just found this

Im actually readind a series right now called the Harry Potter series. About a wizarding school. Seven books in all. They actually have a movie coming out soon, if you want to check it out.

Grenn wrote:

Im actually readind a series right now called the Harry Potter series. About a wizarding school. Seven books in all. They actually have a movie coming out soon, if you want to check it out.

That sounds dumb. It will never be popular.

Grenn wrote:

Im actually readind a series right now called the Harry Potter series. About a wizarding school. Seven books in all. They actually have a movie coming out soon, if you want to check it out.

You should read some Harry Potter slash fan fiction. It's life-changing.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
Grenn wrote:

Im actually readind a series right now called the Harry Potter series. About a wizarding school. Seven books in all. They actually have a movie coming out soon, if you want to check it out.

You should read some Harry Potter slash fan fiction. It's life-changing.

A brief foray into Buffy slashfic in college is MORE than enough for me to shudder at the word slash, both spoken and written.

I've got some better stuff if you want. A friend of mine is into this and she recently sent me a Sephiroth/Cloud/Zach/Aeris tentacle pron. Pegged the weird-o-meter right there on the first page and it didn't ever come off the right side of the dial. It beat the erotic dialog-writing lesson one she sent me several years ago by far. The writing is actually pretty good.

momgamer wrote:

;) I've got some better stuff if you want. A friend of mine is into this and she recently sent me a Sephiroth/Cloud/Zach/Aeris tentacle pron. Pegged the weird-o-meter right there on the first page and it didn't ever come off the right side of the dial. It beat the erotic dialog-writing lesson one she sent me several years ago by far. The writing is actually pretty good.

That is disgusting. I am disgusted. If you even *cough* PM me that stuff *cough*, I will be so mad. That's right. You'd better not *cough* PM me *cough* or else. If you think that *cough*I will accept a personal message *cough, you'd be sorely mistaken.

You should probably take some Robitussin for that.

momgamer wrote:

You should probably take some Robitussin for that. ;)

I've got some great Robitussin/NyQuil slash fic..

I actually would believe you. There's stuff out there that would make you cry if you knew about it.

momgamer wrote:

I actually would believe you. There's stuff out there that would make you cry if you knew about it.

Onions slashfic?

theditor wrote:
momgamer wrote:

I actually would believe you. There's stuff out there that would make you cry if you knew about it.

Onions slashfic?

Onions don't make you cry, they bring tears. I write Garfield slashf-

Anyway can anyone recommend Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz? It seems like a fun subject to talk about, since at multiple occasions in our lives, we've all been insecure about our wrongness and accepting that we're full of ourselves. But I don't want to read an autobiography either.

Just finished Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings, a return to form for him with a brand new world. Fans of the genre blah blah but I really liked it.

Just finished and loved The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Fantastic, affecting, funny, heartbreaking book. No wonder it won the Pulitzer.

I just tore through Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts, and it's fantastic. The WWII book I'm reading now pretty much starts bang on September 1, 1939, so while I already know the basics of how Hitler and the Nazis came to control Germany, you still have to wonder how exactly a country—and the rest of the world—allows that to happen.

In the Garden of Beasts recounts the story of the American ambassador to Nazi Germany, William Dodd, and his daughter Martha, beginning with their arrival in Berlin in the summer of 1933. It's a ground zero account of two outsiders' attempts to grapple with the Nazi revolution: the former, an idealistic history professor who has Roosevelt's confidence but is otherwise totally out of his element; and the latter, a young adventurous socialite and heart-breaker who befriends figures from across the political spectrum in her initial admiration of the National Socialist program.

The book is extensively researched, but centering as it does on those two characters and drawing from their diaries and memoirs, in addition to telegrams, cables, letters, it's a history that reads like a novel, almost a thriller. Adventure, romance, celebrities, sex, violence, espionage, a who's-who of Nazis. Since you already know how the story will end—

Spoiler:

the outbreak of the Second World War

—reading about decision after decision, on both sides, that see the Nazi grip on Germany tighten, SA violence against Jews increase, the state gear up for war, is done with an ever increasing dread. If only they had done this, or not allowed that, how different could things have been?

But it carries on, with Dodd and Martha at the centre, and like they do, you see how. Really fascinating book.

ColdForged wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

Dumb question: when does the new Ice and Fire book come out?

July 12th, 2011

Mine's actually been in the mail since last week. I got the shipping notice on the 6th or 7th with anticipated delivery on the 9th, which means I'll probably have it tomorrow or Tuesday.

Grenn wrote:

Im actually readind a series right now called the Harry Potter series. About a wizarding school. Seven books in all. They actually have a movie coming out soon, if you want to check it out.

[dismissive]The magic system is derivative.[/dismissive]

I picked up Rhapsody by Elizabeth Haydon from the library as a vacation read. It's lightweight Mary Sueish epic quest material, including a mysterious frame story, time travel, a hero's journey through the underworld, magical transformation and evil demons. Perfect as a vacation read.

I also read The Order of Odd-Fish by James Kennedy, which was surreal. Again, a good vacation read; I disengaged my brain slightly and let the plot flow past. This one had an orphan child labeled a "dangerous baby"; a Christmas-Eve costume party; a mysterious parallel world; a giant, vain, talking cockroach butler; a black box with a handle that Should Not Be Turned; and a self-styled evil villain outdone by the Belgian Prankster.

I bounced off The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo -- not sure if it's just not my type of book, the "slow start" everyone who has read it talks about, or just a bad personal reaction to the translation. I don't know if it's a too-literal translation, or just a prose style I don't like, but I didn't feel that the prose had any flow to it. (Nor did I have much interest in Blomkvist, the first character introduced.)

Just finished Leviathan Wakes. Decent sci-fi novel. First of a series, very space opera. Shifting back to the Dresden books. Read the first two books of the Druid chronicles , I really enjoyed those.

I just finished a solid indie fantasy: The Royal Dragoneers by M. R. Mathias. Very dragony. Has some fairly gruesome bits, though. These are no Anne McCaffrey dragons.

To get a flavor of this guy's writing, you can check out his free novella set in the same story world: The First Dragoneer

2/3 of the way through []iRule 34[/i], Charlie Stross's new book. Still not sure what's going on yet. It's set in the same timeline as Halting State, though I seem to have forgotten that book quite thoroughly, and wasn't sure whether the main characters from this one were in that one or not, and had to check Wikipedia. So far it doesn't have strong links, other than in a more general thematical sense of the interplay between (we think) virtual things and reality.

I found a used copy of Heir to the Empire yesterday! I lost my old copy when we moved last year. I should not be this excited about a Star Wars book, but I am! I think it's OK because it's the best one!

Having just read Never Let Me Go, I got the movie from Netflix and watched it over the weekend. I'd recommend watching the movie over reading the book. It does a better job of capturing the raw emotion at the heart of the story, and Carey Mulligan's great performance as Kathy breathes life into the lead character in a way the book never manages to. The movie does have its flaws. It's a bit disjointed through the first half, with scenes sometimes feeling like they unfold in a random order. More of a problem are the acting chops, or lack thereof, of Keira Knightly. She absolutely murders some crucial scenes, and the movie as a whole suffers for it.

Not sure if they've been mentioned in this thread BUT.....

The Farseer Trilogy
The Tawny Man Trilogy

Just finished the last book in Tawny Man trilogy and I loved it. 6 books follows the life of Fitzchivalry Farseer, the bastard son of the King-In-Waiting.

Leroyog wrote:

Not sure if they've been mentioned in this thread BUT.....

The Farseer Trilogy
The Tawny Man Trilogy

Just finished the last book in Tawny Man trilogy and I loved it. 6 books follows the life of Fitzchivalry Farseer, the bastard son of the King-In-Waiting.

The Liveship series also takes place between the two, and covers the same general geographic area.

Those who listened to last week's conference call will recall that Ken Levine cited The Devil in White City as inspiration for Bioshock Infinite.
I haven't read it yet (just ordered it from Amazon) but thought I'd mention it.
Can anyone comment?