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Almost finished with the third and last book in the Prince of Nothing trilogy by Scott Bakker, which title I will not say since its author described it as "spoiler" (:shrug:).
It features the greyest of protagonists, a truly terrifying man named Kellhus, whose only ability is knowing "what comes before", and therefore, can determine "what comes after". Using that philosophy he manages through the course of the story to influence a lot of people's minds and actions, bang other men's women and even having those men accept that fate, push a personal and political agenda which almost everyone ignores, and more... Way more. Bakker shines in the psychological depth of his characters more than anything else.
I must admit, Kellhus reminds me a lot of Griffith. You never really know when his emotions are genuine, when does he ever stop influencing his environment... Reading in text the psychological descriptions of such a man leaves me breathless, because there's no magic involved in his personal power, and therefore, nothing stops such a person from actually existing in this world. A sociopath who, for some reason, does good, or at least avoids evil, but without clearly differentiating the two.
 
Am 5% into Toll the Hounds. Started strong, but hit a bit of a snag that I will get through eventually.
That book is unique in the series. Erikson goes full philosopher in some scenes for some reason, but overall, I think you'll enjoy what you see... A very little image of the grand plot is finally revealed at some point.
 

XionHorsey

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I'm pretty slow with it since I've been caught up on other things. I'm 10 percent in. Some parts are beautifully written, I have to say.
 
Thoughts? I particularly liked reading his takes on each arc.
It was fascinating, but the translation felt awkward. I can’t tell if that was on Dark Horse or me. I enjoyed it a lot, though. I haven’t read every interview he’s done, but it felt like he covered a lot of new topics.
 

Johnstantine

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Picking up Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson. I really enjoyed the second half of The Way of Kings, so I'm looking forward to this.

I'm reading it concurrently with Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe, as well as Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson and Dune. I've put off reading all of these for so long, so now time has forced my hand.
 
Currently reading:

Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Edition Volume 6
Saga of Tanya the Evil light novel vol 6
Dragonlance The Second Generation (it's been kind of fun rereading these after forgetting about them forever).
 
Just finished the light novel Tokyo Ghoul: Past. A very speedy and simple read, but has some cool stories about some characters backgrounds. The one that really caught me off guard was Nishiki's girlfriends story. Sad as hell.

Currently reading Brave New World. It's uh, interesting hah. I dig it so far though.
 

Walter

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I probably read a half-dozen books or so over the summer, including the two most recent LoGH books, the Imperial Radtch trilogy, and finished up the first two books in the Book of the New Sun series (might not finish it based on the amazing start, but lackluster second book).

But I mostly wanted to post here because Susanna Clarke, who wrote one of my favorite books — Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell — just announced her first new book since 2004. It's called Piranesi, out in Sept 2020, and it doesn't appear to be a sequel to JS & Mr. N, at least that's not how they're promoting it right now.
 
I probably read a half-dozen books or so over the summer, including the two most recent LoGH books, the Imperial Radtch trilogy, and finished up the first two books in the Book of the New Sun series (might not finish it based on the amazing start, but lackluster second book).

But I mostly wanted to post here because Susanna Clarke, who wrote one of my favorite books — Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell — just announced her first new book since 2004. It's called Piranesi, out in Sept 2020, and it doesn't appear to be a sequel to JS & Mr. N, at least that's not how they're promoting it right now.
@Walter have you watched the TV series for Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell as well? I was curious how it compares to the book, which I have unfortunately not yet read.
 

Walter

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@Walter have you watched the TV series for Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell as well? I was curious how it compares to the book, which I have unfortunately not yet read.
Yes, and I hated it. I'm not normally predisposed to adaptations, particularly of books I love. But this is a special case. Almost nothing that's great about the book survived the adaptation process. The largest loss is the sense of humor, which is on almost every page through either character reflections, descriptions, footnotes, etc. All of that was lopped off, characters are played straight and earnestly instead of with the nuance in the book, so only the dry A to B plot progression is retained, but that was never what made that book special at all.
 
I finished the 6th and final volume of Clive Barker’s Books of Blood today. I enjoyed almost all of his short stories, but The Midnight Meat Train; In the Hills, the Cities; Hell’s Event; The Skins of the Fathers; Rawhead Rex; The Inhuman Condition; Down, Satan!; How Spoilers Bleed; and The Last Illusion were my favorites.

Next up is Odds On by Michael Crichton.
 
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