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I am currently working on Crazy '08 about the 1908 baseball season. I'm enjoying it so far. And last night I started on Volume 2 of The Baroque Cycle, The Confusion.
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I'm in the first 100 pages of the Bone Hunters with the rest of the Malazan series queued up. I'm going to try to read Flag in Exhile by David Weber somewhere in there too.
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reading Return of the Crimson Guard. one of the non-main story Malazan books. so far I love it. seems like Esslemont is a bit more fond of actually explaining stuff to me
For the record, I thought Night of Knives was lackluster, but I forgave it as a first effort and as a novella.

Crimson Guard, however, was as long as any of Erikson's "core series" books and I was pretty much bored throughout. In fact, I'm not convinced I'm even going to pick up any more of Esslemont's contributions. That's pretty sad, with how much I love the Malazan world and characters.

Dunno what it was exactly. Definitely writing style, but there was something else I just couldn't put my finger on.
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For the record, I thought Night of Knives was lackluster, but I forgave it as a first effort and as a novella.

Crimson Guard, however, was as long as any of Erikson's "core series" books and I was pretty much bored throughout. In fact, I'm not convinced I'm even going to pick up any more of Esslemont's contributions. That's pretty sad, with how much I love the Malazan world and characters.

Dunno what it was exactly. Definitely writing style, but there was something else I just couldn't put my finger on.
I'm a third into it now(going slow) and I kinda like it. not as good as SE of course. but still a good book.

one thing that surprised me though is that it's around a 100 years since kellanved started the empire. I always thought it was 20 years or so...
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For the record, I thought Night of Knives was lackluster, but I forgave it as a first effort and as a novella.

Crimson Guard, however, was as long as any of Erikson's "core series" books and I was pretty much bored throughout. In fact, I'm not convinced I'm even going to pick up any more of Esslemont's contributions. That's pretty sad, with how much I love the Malazan world and characters.
I have heard the same thing about RotCG from many people. If I hadn't already read NoK, I might buy it anyway because I don't trust other people's opinions usually, but it's all too believable. I imagine I'll give it a go one day, but I'm just not inspired to order it.

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Dunno what it was exactly. Definitely writing style, but there was something else I just couldn't put my finger on.
What seemed to be missing most to me was the passion for writing, rather than just the style. SE likes to mold and shape his words, his characters, and his story for effect - ICE comes across as just wanting to tell the story without all that commitment to the story-telling process.
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Dark is the Moon - third book in the Mirror tetralogy by Ian Irvine. Rather interesting darwinistic survival of the fittest book where the ones struggling for survival are different human species. The writing itself... a bit indifferent, I guess. It's the first tetralogy of three (so far) set in that world and I just happened to read the second one first - and I liked the second one much more. It was darker, more brutal and much more original. In this tetralogy you have the usual "protagonist from a small sleepy (and poor) and impossibly pretty village goes out into the big world" theme, it even has a "mysterious old protector guy" character.

Am also in the middle of The Whisperers by Orlando Figes even though I haven't touched it in a long while and now it's packed into a box as we're in the middle of moving. VERY, very good book, but big so doesn't fit in my bag for "on the way to work" reading.

and am very much looking forward to the next installment of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.
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When is that one coming out? I re-read all of the Lord John mysteries at the beginning of the year, but that was over quickly.
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I am currently working on Crazy '08 about the 1908 baseball season. I'm enjoying it so far. And last night I started on Volume 2 of The Baroque Cycle, The Confusion.
I just finished Cryptonomicon, and it was good enough that I bought Quicksilver, but haven't started yet.
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I just finished Cryptonomicon, and it was good enough that I bought Quicksilver, but haven't started yet.
Cryptonomicon was alright, but I really loved the Baroque Cycle.

I've heard a lot of people say the reverse, though - possibly my opinion is colored by the fact that I read Cryptonomicon second.
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Cryptonomicon was alright, but I really loved the Baroque Cycle.

I've heard a lot of people say the reverse, though - possibly my opinion is colored by the fact that I read Cryptonomicon second.
I really enjoyed Cryptonomicon and I have enjoyed The Baroque Cycle too. I told SDog to try Cryptonomicon and he said he liked it too...dunno if he has tried the other yet.

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http://voyagesoftheartemis.blogspot.com/

I'm GUESSING this year, but can't be sure as she's not done writing yet.

as a side-note, I especially enjoyed the post about butt-cooties - posted somewhere in 2008...
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i just started mario puzo's "the godfather".

i know, not SciFi/Fantasy...but pretty cool so far.

the descriptions of just how big sonny corleone's cock is, and the vivid detail w/ which the author talks about how the that immense member leaves things really wet and sticky between this one chick's legs and thighs...puzo was definitely a dirty minded man!!
 

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