The Book thread

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Re: The Book thread

Postby TheAgelessStranger » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:45 am

Seems that everyone has a love/hate relationship with the Wheel of Time series. Personally, I never gave it a chance, I thought it'd be too cheesy.

I feel alot of fantasy tends to be a bit too.....shiny, for me. I like the concept, but it's never dark enough, and alot of the time it seems to be like a modern fairy tale where the knight in shining armor comes riding in to save the day just in the nick of time. (Says the guy with the forum name from The Dark Tower...)
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Littlemissmetal » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:11 am

Have you tried the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R R Martin? I don't think there's a single character had a happy ending in that yet :lol:
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Re: The Book thread

Postby TheAgelessStranger » Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:33 pm

I've heard it mentioned but never looked into it, but that sounds much more promising. I think there's real potential to create some fantastic works, but it's difficult to take the cheese out of something as inherently cheesy that.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby kle110 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:59 pm

James Herbert - Haunted.

I love his books! Bought this from eBay for 25p :yes:
Some of his books can have too much fairytale kind of crap in, ie. The Magic Cottage.. quite lame but I read it anyways, but the ones without are cool. Even if he does go overboard with the sexual content in some..
Haunted is creepy though, despite being a pretty old book.

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Johnny Tightlips » Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:07 pm

kle110 wrote:James Herbert - Haunted.

I love his books! Bought this from eBay for 25p :yes:
Some of his books can have too much fairytale kind of crap in, ie. The Magic Cottage.. quite lame but I read it anyways, but the ones without are cool. Even if he does go overboard with the sexual content in some..
Haunted is creepy though, despite being a pretty old book.


I think his rat trilogy books are the best for me, probably followed by The Dark, The Spear and I guess The Fog. Some of his recent works have been terrible though, which is shame. Still better than the tripe Stephen King writes though :lol:

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Re: The Book thread

Postby kle110 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:24 pm

Johnny Tightlips wrote:
kle110 wrote:James Herbert - Haunted.

I love his books! Bought this from eBay for 25p :yes:
Some of his books can have too much fairytale kind of crap in, ie. The Magic Cottage.. quite lame but I read it anyways, but the ones without are cool. Even if he does go overboard with the sexual content in some..
Haunted is creepy though, despite being a pretty old book.


I think his rat trilogy books are the best for me, probably followed by The Dark, The Spear and I guess The Fog. Some of his recent works have been terrible though, which is shame. Still better than the tripe Stephen King writes though :lol:


The Dark is my fav! First read it when I was about 11 though.. And 48 was good too. I was disappointed with Once which is pretty recent, like I said, all magicy n stuff. Never got into Stephen King stuff, sounds shit!

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Azubi » Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:30 am

Currently reading Devil's Brigade penned by George Robert Elford.

They are the memoirs of a former SS officer who's job it was to hunt partisans and, after WW2, his time fighting the communists in what was to become Vietnam as a soldier in the French Foreign Legion.

Anyway, the book starts at the end of WW2 and his groups struggle to get back to their homes in Germany and apart from these first couple of chapters, focus entirely on his time in the Foreign Legion. So far it has been fucking brilliant.
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Littlemissmetal » Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:01 pm

Finished The Path of Daggers, and am now taking a break from the Wheel of Time. It's doing my brains in. So much potential to be amazing...... so much failure to capitalise.

So I've nicked one of Alex's archaeology books, The Buried Soul: How Humans Invented Death. Borrowed it for a bit one weekend and actually enjoyed it, so I'm reading it to the end now :D
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Postby lars_ulrichs_blister » Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:57 pm

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Re: The Book thread

Postby shimrod » Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:47 pm

Reading Stephen Hunt - the Court of the Air - enjoying it a lot :yes:

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Re: The Book thread

Postby Littlemissmetal » Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:15 am

For those who've read the Wheel of Time, I want to impart my other half's bit of wisdom:-

"A ter'angreal? What's that, a really big sandwich toaster?" :lol:
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Re: The Book thread

Postby markguy764 » Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:44 pm

Time to re-visit some tolkien
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Re: The Book thread

Postby keera_envenomed » Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:45 pm

markguy764 wrote:Time to re-visit some tolkien


On a similar note, I've just finished Lord of the Rings. Seriously, they would have rid the world of evil twice as fast if they hadn't been singing half the bloody time :rolleyes:
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Littlemissmetal » Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:47 pm

keera_envenomed wrote:
markguy764 wrote:Time to re-visit some tolkien


On a similar note, I've just finished Lord of the Rings. Seriously, they would have rid the world of evil twice as fast if they hadn't been singing half the bloody time :rolleyes:


I suspect doing away with the great flowery highest-of-the-high fantasy speeches could have saved time too, but it's all part of the charm*.

*Says the girl who usually skips most of the singing, now she's read it umpteen times :eyes:
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Re: The Book thread

Postby Littlemissmetal » Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:31 pm

Excuse the double-post, but I'm somewhat miffed. Decided to have a break from Wheel of Time after reading Winter's Heart, and I've been reading Alex's archaeology book.

I've just had a random flash of intuition and think I've figured out who some of the ambiguous "baddies" are, and also who a particularly important Black Ajah sister might be, though none of those identities have come in the books so far yet.

Bugger. I hate it when this happens, because I'm almost always right with it :rolleyes:
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