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Chitter Chatter: books

Postby Phoenigette » Tue May 16, 2017 6:08 pm

Not specifically to discuss your favorite books, though you're more than welcome. This is more to talk about what you're reading that's good, bad, ugly or whatever else. Because why not.

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MelianAlcarime wrote:Don't worry; I'm not judging anyone or anything. I just feel like I missed out on a couple years of friendships I could have had, so I'm trying to get some background so that I can step in now.

Is the book good? I haven't actually heard of it but I'm always happy to pick up a new series.


Aww I totally understand, I'm sure you'll be all caught up in no time! We're easy going and friendly here B) I can't speak for anyone else but I'm always down for more friends.

And yessss for sure!! <3 The Farseer series is actually the first trilogy, and I could never have another favorite book series after that one. It blew all of my previous favorites out of the water! The second trilogy is Tawny Man, the third is Fool's Assassin (which the third/final book is the one I'm currently reading). All of the series are really sad in some parts but really worth it, that I can assure you. I will say the third trilogy is reaaaaaaally slow to pick up though because originally she wasn't going to write another trilogy, but it gets really good by the end of the first/second book. I could go on all day so I'll stop there, but if you ever read it I'll be super excited to know more people that have read it. I recommend it to like... everyone I've met lmao.


mokia_sinhall wrote:Also, anyone read any Brandon Sanderson?


@ Gwen - I keep running into Robin Hobb but never picked it up, so I should get on that.

@Mokia - I haven't, but his website is great! Recommends which of his books to read which is super helpful.

Also I'm two books behind on Patricia Briggs' Mercy series and that's just ridiculous. I need to go book shopping.

Has anyone read Ben Aaronovitch "Midnight Riot"?
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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby MelianAlcarime » Tue May 16, 2017 8:21 pm

I can't say that I have. I'm currently re-reading the first couple books in the Anita Blake series (back before they became shameless smut) :p.
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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby ElfMaiden » Wed May 17, 2017 1:02 am

Brandon Sanderson, Robin Hobb, and Patricia Briggs are all authors that I've heard good things about and have been intending to read some books by, but I've not got around to it yet. Any specific book recommendations from people here? Good places to start?

I've been working my way through the Cadfael Chronicles by Edith Pargeter (under Ellis Peters). For some reason I've been on a bit of a mystery kick lately, so stories about a crime solving monk in the 12th century are just the thing. I just finished book nine, so there are still eleven to go if I'm to read them all, which I probably will. My only complaint would be that it seems there's some manner of romance thread in every plot, but, well, that's a pretty typical complaint in books. I'd not have much to read if I couldn't get past that.

I'm also reading Master of the House of Darts by Aliette de Bodard, still with the mystery thing; this is the third book in the Obsidian and Blood trilogy, which is set in a somewhat fantastical version of the Aztec Empire (as in, historical with magic and so forth), and focuses on the High Priest of the Dead. I'm enjoying the trilogy, and it's definitely a nice departure from my usual reading.

Other than those, I've been re-reading A Song of Ice and Fire lately, and I've been gathering up and reading a lot of books by C.J. Cherryh because I somehow managed to not do that until the last couple of years.
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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby mokia » Wed May 17, 2017 7:26 am

What I like about Brandon Sanderson is he comes up with some really interesting magic concepts. The Mistborn series for example, has a magic system based on ingesting or using different types of metals to perform certain types of magic (for example ingesting steel allows the user to push on nearby metals). Warbreaker on the other hand has a magic system based on "Breaths" that vastly affect how a person experiences things such as pitch, color perception, etc. These can be given to other people, and also used to animate inanimate objects (at the cost of the breaths and color in the surrounding areas)

If you want a stand alone I recommend Elantris. It's probably my favorite, even though a different series has my favorite character, this one is a good read I feel. Warbreaker was good too. That was the first one by him I read.

If you want to go hog-wild with a series, the Mistborn series is a total of 6 books. The first three are more medieval-ish and about the aftermath of when the good guy is supposed to stop the bad guy and doesn't. They've lived under the evil Lord Ruler for over a thousand years. Now a group of con artists and thieves band together to start a rebellion.

"From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, the Mistborn series is a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action."

I like Mistborn cause it was has great plots twists and has my favorite character, Vin. BUT I did find the third book to be a very difficult read because it was very gloomy/depressing.

The last three books are set much later than the first three and are essentially steampunk. I mean look at these cover:
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Anyway, it's basically steampunk policy drama with fun metal-based magic. It's very fun and you don't technically have to read the first three to read these three, but you are missing out if you don't.
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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby Lex » Wed May 17, 2017 7:30 am

books!! i love books but i'm sadly not reading as much as i used to do. :c probably because of the whole depression thing and the fact that i don't have the energy to, like, do anything anymore

BUT i recently finished american gods by neil gaiman because i wanted to read it before i watched the tv-series. c: and i liked it! i mean it wasn't maybe as good as everyone else seems to think it is, but i really enjoyed the feeling and the concept of the book. (and also, i'm always here for stuff involving norse gods)

i'm not sure what to read now, but i have some half-read book lying around waiting, so i should probably finish one of them.
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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby Phoenigette » Wed May 17, 2017 8:40 am

@ElfMaiden: I suggest Moon Called, the first in the Mercy Series. The first three were solidly amazing and Iron Kissed is my favorite, but now she's starting to get into this-series-never-finishes territory.

@Mokia: I appreciate a good magic base, so I will definitely have to check that out!

I have been halfway through Dracula for maybe five years. I seriously need to bite the bullet and finish it. It's fascinating but very thoughtful.
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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby Keke » Fri Jun 02, 2017 12:00 am

My best friend told me about a website/app it's called thriftbooks.com I have found so many books that I want to buy for cheap. I haven't bought anything yet but I know this site is going to get me into trouble. I just thought I would share that little tidbit with my fellow bookworms. ;) They also have textbooks! Good plus for college students. My best friend ordered from them and she said that all of the books were in great shape.
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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby MelianAlcarime » Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:06 am

Ooooooohhhh... that site could be dangerous for me, too. xD
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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby Shixam » Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:52 pm

I need to give Brandon Sanderson a second try. I started his Way of Kings book, and it was good but dense, so i was taking a while to get through it. And since it was a library book, it was getting kind of stressful to turn it in on time, so I just returned it and I'm going to give it a second chance as an ebook or something so I can go at my own pace. The book was suggested to me by a friend, along with The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfus, and I really loved The Name of the Wind so I really want to finish Way of Kings.

A lot of what I own and gravitate towards on my own is usually Young Adult books, though. I just used Libib to catalogue all my books, and I have A LOT of Young Adult books, with most of those being Fantasy. My newest favorite author is Sarah J Maas, who writes Young Adult/New Adult Fantasy. I love her Throne of Glass and Court of Thorns and Roses series. And subscribing to OwlCrate has been really good at getting me to branch out into other Young Adult genres. Last month's box had Eliza and Her Monsters (a YA contemporary novel about a high shooo student who draws a popular web comic) in it, and I just finished it a couple days ago. According to my Bookout app it only took me four and a half hours. It was sooooo good. I read it partially for a book club and partially for a Summer Bingo challenge I'm doing. I have a stack of 25 books I'm using for it to attempt to get through by the end of July. I'm probably only going to manage one or two bingos, but I like having everything planned out.

Now I'm rereading Cinder for the third time for it, a YA Science Fiction retelling of Cinderella where she's a cyborg.

Books may actually be the number 1 reason why I'm not dolling lately. Now that college is done I'm finding more time to get back in touch with my inner book nerd, and I'm even trying to start writing something again.

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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby Keke » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:44 am

I need to get back into reading more. I miss it. I need to turn the television off more often at night and just read instead. 90% of the time I'm just watching reruns of a show anyway.

I love all of these book suggestions. They'll all probably be added to my long list of books to read.
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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby whimzybell » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:38 pm

I just finished The Mandalorion Armor Its a series about Boba Fett my favorite Star Wars character I think i am fixing to go back and read The Lord of The Rings series again.
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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby Shixam » Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:54 am

Update: I just finished Mastiff by Tamora Pierce and now I hurt and I'm looking for people who hurt with me.

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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby mokia » Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:00 am

Oh Mastiff. You destroyer of souls.

Speaking of Tamora Pierce! Her next book is available for preorder! <3
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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby Phoenigette » Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:13 am

is mastiff super crushing? I read book two but stopped after that.
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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby Keke » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:26 pm

I've tried to read a couple of books by Tamora Pierce but I just can't finish them for some reason. It upsets me that I can't because her books sound good. I did try reading them when I was younger, maybe that is the problem. I'll have to see if I can read them now that I'm older.

I'm currently reading Menagerie by Rachel Vincent. She's one of my favorite authors. I love her Soul Screamer series.
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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby Delinya » Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:25 pm

i go between a few books
svend brinkmann - a really nice view on the world he has going there, no seriously, everyone should read his books
sookie stackhouse, because why not read it for the 5th time? whats not to love, vampires, magic, romance etc!
and rothfuss - wise mans fear, fantasy when its best <3
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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby Shixam » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:20 pm

mokia_sinhall wrote:Oh Mastiff. You destroyer of souls.

Speaking of Tamora Pierce! Her next book is available for preorder! <3


I was dreading Mastiff because I'd heard it would hurt, BUT I WASN'T EXPECTING THAT.

And you mean the Numair book, right? Part of me wants to jump and preorder it, and part of me wants to reread the original Tortall books first so I can refresh myself since it's been a while. And finishing Beka's trilogy has me in a HUUUGE Alanna mood. My D&D friends want to take me shopping for my birthday, and I'm probably going to force them to take me to a bookstore so I buy the Song of the Lionness series.

Phoenigette wrote:is mastiff super crushing? I read book two but stopped after that.


It is. Read it now.

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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby whimzybell » Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:05 pm

I am reading A feast for Crows again while I wait for the new season of GoT. Also reading Harry Potter again, and The Golden Compass. I am dearly missing my teenage years. XD
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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby Shixam » Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:12 am

whimzybell wrote:I am reading A feast for Crows again while I wait for the new season of GoT. Also reading Harry Potter again, and The Golden Compass. I am dearly missing my teenage years. XD

I just finished reading the latest illustrated edition of Game of Thrones! It was technically my second time reading the book. I checked it out from the library years ago and forgot until my brother finally successfully got me into the show. I still need to catch up on the books, though.

Now I'm reading The Circle.

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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby Gwen » Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:20 pm

whimzybell wrote:Also reading Harry Potter again


I need to do another reread of Harry Potter. I used to do annual rereads but life was hectic the past few years :lol:

I finished Assassin's Fate (another Realm of the Elderlings book in the last trilogy by Robin Hobb) and like.... man. I was devastated lol. I knew I would be, because I predicted at least one of the things that happened but yeah. Some things kinda disappointed me about the last trilogy but it was okay. Not as great as the other two trilogies Fitz is in, but okay overall. Highly recommend the entire series for sure.

Now I just need to find the time to get more reading in =___=
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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby MelianAlcarime » Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:36 pm

I agree you you on that one. I haven't reread HP in sooo long. I kind of rage quit after the butchering of HBP by the movie version, and never got around to going back. HBP was the first and only book I ever waited in line for at the bookstore at midnight. xD
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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby Shixam » Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:12 pm

I've been tempted to reread Harry Potter again since I just got the illustrated editions of the first two books for my birthday this year. (THEY'RE BEAUTIFUL!) And that's even though I already read my Ravenclaw edition of Philosopher's Stone. A part of me would be bothered by the fact that they don't have illustrated editions for all the books yet, so I may just slowly reread the entire series as each illustrated book comes out. It'll be like reading them for the first time again, I think.

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Re: Chitter Chatter: books

Postby Pinstripe » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:06 am

Have any of y'all read the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater? I was initially put off by the series because it seemed so cliche as far as YA fantasy goes, and the first book does have some tropes that bug me. But the second book, The Dream Thieves, is amazing, and the series is pretty solid after that.
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