Book Recommendations?

ranalin wrote:
Natus wrote:

Large fantasy and sci-fi sale on Audible for Premium Plus members only.

This reminds me... I'm getting very annoyed at Audible relabeling/formatting titles so that books they show now aren't marked as in your library. There's been multiple times I've had things in my cart to remember at the last minute that I actually already have a copy.

Oh wow, I thought that was just happening on Kindle. Audible, too?

Natus wrote:
ranalin wrote:
Natus wrote:

Large fantasy and sci-fi sale on Audible for Premium Plus members only.

This reminds me... I'm getting very annoyed at Audible relabeling/formatting titles so that books they show now aren't marked as in your library. There's been multiple times I've had things in my cart to remember at the last minute that I actually already have a copy.

Oh wow, I thought that was just happening on Kindle. Audible, too?

Yea it looks like when they change publishers they lose track or count it that way.

I think someone here recommended The Last Astronaut by David Wellington? Yah, bad recommendation. I still have about a quarter of the book left but man, these people are poorly written and their motivations are silly. Sorry, but this one is a stinker.

Can't really go wrong with Abercrombie. I also enjoyed the Dresden Files as a whole. Alex Verus seconded, same thing with Laundry files. I'm on a Warhammer 40K kick again and anything by Dan Abnett is gold. The Dread Empire's Fall series is solid space opera and Ken Liu's The Grace of Kings is up in the next reads. I enjoyed Hail Mary as well and look forward to the movie.

I also just finished Hail Mary and enjoyed it.

Ooh! The Sandman is free on audible today!

SallyNasty wrote:

Ooh! The Sandman is free on audible today!

Dope!! It’s really good. I bought it on day one. I wish they would continue the series. Maybe they are… Maybe the freebie is meant to spark interest in the next one?

I just finished Jo Spurrier's Children of the Black Sun fantasy trilogy (Winter Be My Shield, Black Sun Light My Way, North Star Guide Me Home). The frozen northern kingdom of Ricalan (basically Siberia), after a civil war in which a cabal of mages tried to seize control, killed all its mages and outlawed magic. A hundred years later, this turns out to have been a big mistake, as neighbouring empires use armies reinforced with powerful wizards to conquer Ricalan and enslave its people. A small group of outlaws, including Ricalan's few surviving mages, try to fight off the invaders while also trying to convince their people to get over their ingrained fear of magic.

I enjoyed the journey, but be warned that this is a very dark, violent story. I don't know if I'd actually call it Grimdark; there are people here who are trying to do good and sometimes succeed. The work it most reminded me of was RF Kuang's Poppy War series; both trilogies have something to say about war crimes and the consequences of violence. Children of the Black Sun repeatedly brings up questions of guilt, responsibility, and forgiveness. Can someone who has committed atrocities, but is genuinely repentant, ever be forgiven? Points to the author for repeatedly emphasising that forgiveness isn't something you can just ask for; you have to earn it, and then it's up to the people you wronged to decide whether to forgive you. Recommended.

(It's not all doom and gloom. I was two books in before I realised that three of the characters are named Sirri, Aleksar, and Cortana.)

Finished Storm Front this past weekend and thought it a perfectly fine beach read. I know this, because I finished while on the beach. Didn't require much thought, and was the perfect quick read I was hoping it would be. I won't be rushing out to read the entire Dresden Files immediately, but I might read them here and there when I need something light between heavier stuff.

I started The Blade Itself, and I'm actually kind of hooked. Not much has happened yet, 150 pages in, but I'm enjoying learning about the characters. I think I'll finish this one pretty quickly despite the book's heft.

Glad you liked Storm Front!

Bubble, the graphic novel based on the podcast series is fantastic. Great art and new jokes.

The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later is so dull. (For those not familiar with it, it's the second sequel to The Three Musketeers and it's divided into 3 or 4 books, depending on the version. I have the 4 book version.)

The first of the four "books" was much like the previous stories and covered d'Artagnan and Athos in England, and then d'Artagnan goes on a task for the king.

The second book of four, what I'm reading now, is mostly about the court of Louis XIV. Basically a lot of gossiping, romantic entanglements, eavesdropping, and it's really really boring.

I'm just trying to power through it to get to The Man in the Iron Mask which is supposed to be very good.

I got through all those sequels as a teenager, amazingly enough, but they are very dry between The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask.

I just read those two, and walked away quite happy.