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So, as we plan our summer solstice rituals, what are you reading?


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Silvana (silvaubrey) Now I am having adventure with dragon blood-fueled people and ships in The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan.


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Cat | 343 comments I'm actually cosying up for the winter solstice (I cannot wait for the days to start getting longer again) by reading rabbit themed books - currently on Watership Down, a biography of Beatrix Potter (author of Peter Rabbit) and contemplating a re-read of some of the Redwall series by Brian Jacques... if anyone else has any rabbit or anthropomorphised animal book recommendations, I'd love to hear!


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Andrea | 2670 comments I've never read the series but there's the Duncton Chronicles by William Horwood. And another I haven't read is Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams

And though they are kids books, I've always loved The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien


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Poonam | 34 comments Silvana wrote: "Now I am having adventure with dragon blood-fueled people and ships in The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan."

I did not really enjoy this one. The more I hear about it from other people, I think it was the audio that ruined it for me. :(

Anyway, I'm starting June off with finishing up The Man in the High Castle. It not what I was expecting. I'm thinking that I don't really like it much. Next up is The Alloy of Law and I'm really looking forward to it!


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Elizabeth | 51 comments Just started Assassin's Fate and The Aeronaut's Windlass .

Alloy of Law is excellent, Duncton and Tailchaser are good as well though I got sick of Duncton about 2/3 of the way through (but that's just my short attention span at work, Horwood is very good.

The Sight was brilliant, similar to Duncton or Watership Down but with wolves.


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Peter Cook | 66 comments I usually read three books at the same time. Today I am setting aside The Mote in God's Eye and re-reading A Princess of Mars, and continuing to read Changes by Jim Butcher and the Seamus Heaney translation of "Beowulf".


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Jenny (jennyc89) | 20 comments I'm continuing to listen to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet on Audible. Such a fun read.


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Silvana (silvaubrey) Poonam wrote: "Silvana wrote: "Now I am having adventure with dragon blood-fueled people and ships in The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan."

I did not really enjoy this one. The more I hear about it from other people..."


40% in and I am enjoying the story. A bit too much travelogue for my taste so far though. Good that I didn't use the audio version. Really hoping this series is better than Ryan's previous one (awesome first book, crappy last book)


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Mike (mikekeating) | 242 comments I'm about 60% done with Watership Down and enjoying it very much.


RJ - Slayer of Trolls (hawk5391yahoocom) I have really bitten off more than I can chew this time...

SF/Fantasy books:
- Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman - I should wrap this up in the next few days - I was waiting to read Black Dog until after I finished American Gods
- A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge - I have high hopes for this one - it got off to a good start
- The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard - for our group read, really looking forward to some classic Sword and Sorcery
- Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson - I'm impressed that it gets better as it goes along
- Rama II by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee - kind of boring in the beginning, hoping it picks up soon
- A Dance with Dragons by this guy George R.R. Martin - still just picking away at this one, waiting for news on that The Winds of Winter release date
- Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman - I'm just picking at this one when I'm in the mood

Non-SF/Fantasy:
- The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth - re-read, I should finish this month
- The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes - might finish this month, it's pretty short
- Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System from Crisis — and Themselves by Andrew Ross Sorkin
- The Best American Mystery Stories 2015 - anthology


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Mary Catelli | 746 comments Peter wrote: "I usually read three books at the same time. Today I am setting aside The Mote in God's Eye and re-reading A Princess of Mars, and continuing to read Changes by Jim Butcher and the Seamus Heaney tr..."

Wow, what a combination!


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Silvana (silvaubrey) Randy wrote: "waiting for news on that The Winds of Winter release date"

The complete TWOW resource: https://warsandpoliticsoficeandfire.w...


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Gary Sundell | 203 comments Cat wrote: "I'm actually cosying up for the winter solstice (I cannot wait for the days to start getting longer again) by reading rabbit themed books - currently on Watership Down, a biography of [author:Beatr..."

There are always the classic stories of Uncle Wiggly. My dad used to read them to us as bedtime stories. It is a pity that there is not a collection of all the stories as there are hundreds of them. I have two hardcovers of my dad's one features Uncle Wiggly and Alice in Wonderland. The gentleman rabbit encounters The Cheshire Cat, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and other characters. I just located the other book and think it features The Arabian Nights.


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Gary Sundell | 203 comments Right now I am not reading an SF or Fantasy book. Current reads include a couple of cozies and One Rough Man (Pike Logan, #1) by Brad Taylor One Rough Man by Brad Taylor. all of those for reading challenges in other groups. I hope to get to Custer and Crockett by Gregory Urbach Custer and Crockett by Gregory Urbach in which Custer is sent back in time by a spell released by Sitting Bull and he ends up at The Alamo.


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Cat | 343 comments Thanks Andrea and Elizabeth - those sound like excellent places to start and better yet, my library has two of them in atm!

Thanks also Gary, those sound like fabulous children's books :) If I can find them, I've got some nieces and nephews that might enjoy them but they seem to be out of print :(


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I.W. Ferguson (iwferguson) | 3 comments I just finished The Knife of Never Letting Go. I liked it okay, but not not enough to finish the trilogy. So now I'm reading Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. It was recommended by Mythcreants blog, so I'm hoping to learn from it.


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Rob Beck | 23 comments I'm reading Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald. It's the sequel to Luna: New Moon, and is the most enthralling read I have had in a while. If you haven't read Ian McDonald, I rate him very highly, generally near future, sometimes with slight deviations from our universe. Brasyl and River of Gods were particularly good.

Tailchaser's Song - wow! I read that years ago, can't remember much about it, I may well have to look it up again - good call ;)


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Peter Cook | 66 comments Mary wrote: "Peter wrote: "I usually read three books at the same time. Today I am setting aside The Mote in God's Eye and re-reading A Princess of Mars, and continuing to read Changes by Jim Butcher and the Se..."

Thank you. :)


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Tani | 52 comments Cat wrote: "I'm actually cosying up for the winter solstice (I cannot wait for the days to start getting longer again) by reading rabbit themed books - currently on Watership Down, a biography of Beatr..."</i>

You might also try some [author:Walter Moers
. I loved The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear and quite enjoyed The Alchemaster's Apprentice as well. The first features a bear, and the second a cat.

I just picked up The Gunslinger today. Trying to re-read the book before the movie comes out, and then hopefully continue on with the series. The completionist in me is really struggling with the interconnectedness of all King's books though. I've got 3 different reading order suggestions popped up at the moment, trying to figure out which of his other books are best included in my read.



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Peter Cook | 66 comments Holy cats! Randy reads the way I do. Nice selection.

I had read of Ian McDonald's books. I *think* the first one is on my to-read shelf.


RJ - Slayer of Trolls (hawk5391yahoocom) Silvana wrote: "Randy wrote: "waiting for news on that The Winds of Winter release date"

The complete TWOW resource: https://warsandpoliticsoficeandfire.w..."


Nice! Thanks!

Peter wrote: "Holy cats! Randy reads the way I do. Nice selection."

Thanks! Getting overwhelmed though.


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Andrea | 2670 comments Tani wrote: "31 views
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message 1: by G33z3r, The Old Guy Jun 02, 2017 10:23AM
G33z3r | 5998 comments So, as we plan our summer solstice rituals, what are you reading?

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message 2: by Silvana Jun 02, 2017 06:09PM
Silvana (silvaubrey) | 413 comments Now I am having adventure with dragon blood-fueled people and ships in The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan.

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message 3: by Cat Jun 02, 2017 06:26PM
Cat | 14 comments I'm actually cosying up for the winter solstice (I cannot wait for the days to start getting longer again) by reading rabbit themed books - currently on Watership Down, a biography of Beatrix Potter (author of Peter Rabbit) and contemplating a re-read of some of the Redwall series by Brian Jacques... if anyone else has any rabbit or anthropomorphised animal book recommendations, I'd love to hear!

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message 4: by Andrea Jun 02, 2017 06:36PM
Andrea | 342 comments I've never read the series but there's the Duncton Chronicles by William Horwood. And another I haven't read is Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams

And though they are kids books, I've always loved The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien

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message 5: by Poonam Jun 02, 2017 08:29PM
Poonam | 16 commentsSilvana wrote: "Now I am having adventure with dragon blood-fueled people and ships in The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan."

I did not really enjoy this one. The more I hear about it from other people, I think it was the audio that ruined it for me. :(

Anyway, I'm starting June off with finishing up The Man in the High Castle. It not what I was expecting. I'm thinking that I don't really like it much. Next up is The Alloy of Law and I'm really looking forward to it!

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message 6: by Elizabeth Jun 03, 2017 01:57AM
Elizabeth | 2 comments Just started Assassin's Fate and The Aeronaut's Windlass .

Alloy of Law is excellent, Duncton and Tailchaser are good as well though I got sick of Duncton about 2/3 of the way through (but that's just my short attention span at work, Horwood is very good.

The Sight was brilliant, similar to Duncton or Watership Down but with wolves.

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message 7: by Mary Jun 03, 2017 07:35AM
Mary Catelli | 329 commentsThe Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volume 3: The Saturn Game by Poul Anderson

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message 8: by Peter Jun 03, 2017 07:45AM
Peter Cook | 56 comments I usually read three books at the same time. Today I am setting aside The Mote in God's Eye and re-reading A Princess of Mars, and continuing to read Changes by Jim Butcher and the Seamus Heaney translation of "Beowulf".

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message 9: by Jenny Jun 03, 2017 08:02AM
Jenny (JennyC89) | 16 comments I'm continuing to listen to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet on Audible. Such a fun read.

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message 10: by Silvana (last edited Jun 03, 2017 08:15AM) Jun 03, 2017 08:14AM
Silvana (silvaubrey) | 413 commentsPoonam wrote: "Silvana wrote: "Now I am having adventure with dragon blood-fueled people and ships in The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan."

I did not really enjoy this one. The more I hear about it from other people..."

40% in and I am enjoying the story. A bit too much travelogue for my taste so far though. Good that I didn't use the audio version. Really hoping this series is better than Ryan's previous one (awesome first book, crappy last book)

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message 11: by Mike Jun 03, 2017 08:38AM
Mike (MikeKeating) | 124 comments I'm about 60% done with Watership Down and enjoying it very much.

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message 12: by Randy Jun 03, 2017 08:39AM
Randy (hawk5391yahoocom) | 341 comments I have really bitten off more than I can chew this time...

SF/Fantasy books:
- Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman - I should wrap this up in the next few days - I was waiting to read Black Dog until after I finished American Gods
- A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge - I have high hopes for this one - it got off to a good start
- The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard - for our group read, really looking forward to some classic Sword and Sorcery
- Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson - I'm impressed that it gets better as it goes along
- Rama II by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee - kind of boring in the beginning, hoping it picks up soon
- A Dance with Dragons by this guy George R.R. Martin - still just picking away at this one, waiting for news on that The Winds of Winter release date
- Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman - I'm just picking at this one when I'm in the mood

Non-SF/Fantasy:
- The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth - re-read, I should finish this month
- The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes - might finish this month, it's pretty short
- Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System from Crisis — and Themselves by Andrew Ross Sorkin
- The Best American Mystery Stories 2015 - anthology

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message 13: by Mary Jun 03, 2017 08:39AM
Mary Catelli | 329 commentsPeter wrote: "I usually read three books at the same time. Today I am setting aside The Mote in God's Eye and re-reading A Princess of Mars, and continuing to read Changes by Jim Butcher and the Seamus Heaney tr..."

Wow, what a combination!

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message 14: by Silvana Jun 03, 2017 08:44AM
Silvana (silvaubrey) | 413 commentsRandy wrote: "waiting for news on that The Winds of Winter release date"

The complete TWOW resource: https://warsandpoliticsoficeandfire.w...

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message 15: by Gary Jun 03, 2017 10:22AM
Gary Sundell | 130 commentsCat wrote: "I'm actually cosying up for the winter solstice (I cannot wait for the days to start getting longer again) by reading rabbit themed books - currently on Watership Down, a biography of [author:Beatr..."

There are always the classic stories of Uncle Wiggly. My dad used to read them to us as bedtime stories. It is a pity that there is not a collection of all the stories as there are hundreds of them. I have two hardcovers of my dad's one features Uncle Wiggly and Alice in Wonderland. The gentleman rabbit encounters The Cheshire Cat, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and other characters. I just located the other book and think it features The Arabian Nights.

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message 16: by Gary (last edited Jun 03, 2017 10:29AM) Jun 03, 2017 10:29AM
Gary Sundell | 130 comments Right now I am not reading an SF or Fantasy book. Current reads include a couple of cozies and One Rough Man (Pike Logan, #1) by Brad Taylor One Rough Man by Brad Taylor. all of those for reading challenges in other groups. I hope to get to Custer and Crockett by Gregory Urbach Custer and Crockett by Gregory Urbach in which Custer is sent back in time by a spell released by Sitting Bull and he ends up at The Alamo.

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message 17: by Cat 19 hours, 16 min ago
Cat | 14 comments Thanks Andrea and Elizabeth - those sound like excellent places to start and better yet, my library has two of them in atm!

Thanks also Gary, those sound like fabulous children's books :) If I can find them, I've got some nieces and nephews that might enjoy them but they seem to be out of print :(

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IW Ferguson (iwferguson) | 2 comments I just finished The Knife of Never Letting Go. I liked it okay, but not not enough to finish the trilogy. So now I'm reading Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. It was recommended by Mythcreants blog, so I'm hoping to learn from it.

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message 19: by Rob 9 hours, 4 min ago
Rob Beck | 7 comments I'm reading Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald. It's the sequel to Luna: New Moon, and is the most enthralling read I have had in a while. If you haven't read Ian McDonald, I rate him very highly, generally near future, sometimes with slight deviations from our universe. Brasyl and River of Gods were particularly good.

Tailchaser's Song - wow! I read that years ago, can't remember much about it, I may well have to look it up again - good call ;)

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Peter Cook | 56 commentsMary wrote: "Peter wrote: "I usually read three books at the same time. Today I am setting aside The Mote in God's Eye and re-reading A Princess of Mars, and continuing to read Changes by Jim Butcher and the Se..."

Thank you. :)

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Tani | 41 commentsCat wrote: "I'm actually cosying up for the winter solstice (I cannot wait for the days to start getting longer again) by reading rabbit themed books - currently on Watership Down, a biography of Beatr..."


You might also try some [author:Walter Moers. I loved The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear and quite enjoyed The Alchemaster's Apprentice as well. The first features a bear, and the second a cat.

I just picked up The Gunslinger today. Trying to re-read the book before the movie comes out, and then hopefully continue on with the series. The completionist in me is really struggling with the interconnectedness of all King's books though. I've got 3 different reading order suggestions popped up at the moment, trying to figure out which of his other books are best included in my read. ."

I tried to figure out which ones were key since I didn't want to read all the books just because they had a passing reference, I wanted the ones that might have a more meaningful connection. So far I've read The Stand and Salem's Lot (I recall the first time I read that book I wondered what happened to Father Carmichael...seems I might find out in the Dark Tower series) and I have the Eyes of the Dragon planned before I continue the series. Let me know if you think I'm missing out on another important one.


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Andrea | 2670 comments Whoa....Goodreads must have just had a temporary mental breakdown there...only the last two paragraphs were what I posted, the first being from Tani, the second my response :) I could clean up the post but that's kind of fun


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Julio | 1 comments Right now I'm on Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. After that I'm on to book 6 of the Wheel of Time- Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan.


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Tani | 52 comments Andrea wrote: "Whoa....Goodreads must have just had a temporary mental breakdown there...only the last two paragraphs were what I posted, the first being from Tani, the second my response :) I could clean up the ..."

The list that I'm mostly going by is here: Dark Tower Reading List. I think I'm also going to add in
The Talisman, since it apparently explains some of the theoretical aspects, and It because it introduces some important characters. I have a bit of a problem with completionism, though. I think I'm going to be reading a Stephen King book a month for a while. :)


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Peter Cook | 66 comments Tani wrote: "Andrea wrote: "Whoa....Goodreads must have just had a temporary mental breakdown there...only the last two paragraphs were what I posted, the first being from Tani, the second my response :) I coul..."
After reading 'Salem's Lot, I thought it was stimulating enough to write a story using elements similar to the ones in the book. It was an attempt to reverse engineer how he did it, not fan fiction. I had to satisfy my cat-like curiosity. ;)


message 29: by Silvana (last edited Jun 05, 2017 02:26AM) (new)

Silvana (silvaubrey) I finished with The Waking Fire and will start Kings of the Wyld. It might be my last SFF book for this month since I have two non-fiction ones to finish and I am much slower reading nonfiction *sigh


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Kivrin | 460 comments Tani wrote: "Andrea wrote: "Whoa....Goodreads must have just had a temporary mental breakdown there...only the last two paragraphs were what I posted, the first being from Tani, the second my response :) I coul..."

The Talisman is excellent. One of the few Stephen King books I love (probably because of Peter Straub's input).


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Brendan (mistershine) | 743 comments Read: The Hum and the Shiver for a group read. Weird crossover between Appalachian hick culture and British folklore. I think there are some lessons here on how not to write a female character as a male author. ★★☆☆☆

Way Station by Clifford Simak. Chose an old Hugo winner to read sort of at random. I liked it even though the galactic politics setup is a bit unsophisticated by modern standards, and the holographic projection "love interest" served no purpose at all that i could discern. The ending was predictable but very feel-good and I enjoyed the main character more than i expected to for a character named "Enoch." ★★★☆☆

Currently reading: City of Illusions, to finish off the loose "Worlds of Exile and Illusion" Hainish trilogy. Even though the three books are more or less unconnected they were packaged as a single ebook.


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Shaitarn | 123 comments I'm waiting for my copy of Kings of the Wyld, so am currently reading the Swords v. Cthulhu anthology.


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Andrea | 2670 comments Tani wrote: "The list that I'm mostly going by is here: Dark Tower Reading List. I think I'm also going to add in
The Talisman, since it apparently explains some of the theoretical aspects, and It because it introduces some important characters. I have a bit of a problem with completionism, though. I think I'm going to be reading a Stephen King book a month for a while. :) "


Yeah, I'm one of those completionists myself. Because see, I'm not really a King or horror fan, but I want to read the Dark Tower series (since I heard good things and I read Gunslinger when it was a group read) and catch all the "insider" knowledge. But not being a horror fan (nor a fan of books that take FOREVER to get to where they are going, like The Stand) so I'm trying to limit which ones I read/slog through.

Almost every book/story he wrote has some passing connection but can skip the more tenuous ones where it's just a cameo or brief mention of a DT concept. I'm more inclined to read the ones that are more fantasy (Eyes of the Dragon) and avoid the ones that are mainly horror (It).


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Tani | 52 comments Kivrin wrote: "The Talisman is excellent. One of the few Stephen King books I love (probably because of Peter Straub's input)."

That's good to hear! I think that's the next King book I will be reading, since I'd like to get my theoretical knowledge earlier, rather than later.

Andrea wrote: "Almost every book/story he wrote has some passing connection but can skip the more tenuous ones where it's just a cameo or brief mention of a DT concept. I'm more inclined to read the ones that are more fantasy (Eyes of the Dragon) and avoid the ones that are mainly horror (It)."

That's what I'm aiming for too. I don't read a lot of horror, and although I have enjoyed the King that I've read, he has soooo much out there, and so many connections to the Dark Tower, and I don't want to overwhelm myself with it. My husband is a huge fan of King, but I've found his work to be slightly underwhelming in the amount of emotional impact I get out of it, so I'm trying to rein myself in a bit. :)


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Gary Sundell | 203 comments Cat:
This one is available in ebook format.

UNCLE WIGGILY AND OLD MOTHER HUBBARD (Illustrated) (Bedtime Stories) by Howard R. Garis UNCLE WIGGILY AND OLD MOTHER HUBBARD (Illustrated) by Howard R. Garis

Uncle Wiggly in Wonderland and several other collections including the Old Mother Hubbard collection are available yhrough Project Gutenberg


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Cat | 343 comments Gary wrote: "Cat:
This one is available in ebook format.

UNCLE WIGGILY AND OLD MOTHER HUBBARD (Illustrated) (Bedtime Stories) by Howard R. Garis UNCLE WIGGILY AND OLD MOTHER HUBBARD (Illustrated) by [author:Ho..."


Thanks Gary! :)


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Davy | 47 comments Cat wrote: "if anyone else has any rabbit or anthropomorphised animal book recommendations, I'd love to hear!"

The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse? :)

This month I will be finishing WoT #13, Towers of Midnight. Not entirely sure yet what I will be reading as an inbetweener (probably going to be The Gunslinger or The Stars Are Legion) before moving on to the final chapter that is A Memory of Light.


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NekroRider | 326 comments Cat wrote: "and contemplating a re-read of some of the Redwall series by Brian Jacques..."

Ha, doing the same thing this month. I was going through some of my old books this weekend and decided to start re-reading Redwall as well. Starting from the beginning through and planning to go all the way through so I can actually finish the series (I "grew out of it" by the time the later ones had been published).

Anyway I finished the crime novel I was reading (Mystic River) in the first days of June. Currently I'm about halfway through the first Redwall book (Redwall). Last I read this book was some 23 years ago (wtf?!), kind of fun to go back to something that had such an impact on me as a child though.

I'm also planning to start re-reading R.A. Salvatore's Drizzt series probably this month. I didn't realise he was still writing them. I started reading them in high school and up to about my mid-20s so now I want to catch up and start reading the newer ones (Transitions onward).


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Garyjn | 88 comments Going through some of my disorganized boxes of books I came across Midnight at the Well of Souls by Jack L Chalker. Since it's been over 30 years (PB marked $2.50) I figure it's time for a re-read. Also have books 2 &3 in the series. Not sure about 4&5, or if I even read them. Might have to go searching if I enjoy the first 3, which I suspect I might.


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Andrea | 2670 comments Ok everyone, wish me luck. I'm diving back into the world of Gene Wolfe's New Sun series with The Citadel of the Autarch. Maybe, just maybe, something might actually start making a little bit of sense (one hopes after the 4th book there might be a point to things)


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Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 2228 comments Garyjn wrote: "Going through some of my disorganized boxes of books I came across Midnight at the Well of Souls by Jack L Chalker. Since it's been over 30 years (PB marked $2.50) I figure it's time for a re-read...."

It's been a long time for me, too. IIRC, I really enjoyed the first one, didn't care much for the second, so never read further. Have you read his Four Lords of the Diamond books? I remember them as my favorites. My old copies are from the early 80s & cost $2.50, too.


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Garyjn | 88 comments Jim wrote: " IIRC, I really enjoyed the first one, didn't care much for the second, so never read further. Have you read his Four Lords of the Diamond books? ..."
I must have enjoyed the second Well World book enough to buy the third. In any event, I'm quite enjoying the first. I see now there are 7 Well World books. I haven't read the Four Lords of the Diamond books but I'll put them on my ever expanding to-read list.


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Not sure what I think about Every Heart a Doorway. Premise is a school/asylum for kids who have been through the looking-glass or wardrobe into some alternate fantasy world of their very own, and now can't get back to that world, where they think they belong. For something that ultimately seems to want to be affirming and uplifting, it has a pretty grim body count (Apparently there's a Fillory for Serial Killers.) ****

Dark Run was left on my to-read from 2016, and I can't recall how it got there. Lightweight space-opera, motley crew of bounty hunters and smugglers all running from their own dark past, is mostly a big shoot-em-up; readable, but nothing special, badly needed a likable character. **1/2*


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Andrea | 2670 comments G33z3r wrote: "...(Apparently there's a Fillory for Serial Killers.)"

Actually I felt that was established in the Magicians series itself. That was incredibly dark at times. Fillory was definitely no Narnia.


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Joshua (joshua2001) The Knight by Gene Wolfe.

I am 200 pages in so far, and it's interesting. I read Shadow & Claw by the same author last year, so I'm already used to his style some. The narrator in The Knight seems to be merely idiosyncratic, and not insane (as in The Book of the New Sun), so it's less challenging, but more enjoyable for simple summer reading.


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Andrea | 2670 comments Joshua wrote: "...and not insane (as in The Book of the New Sun)..."

That made me laugh. At first I thought Severian was fairly normal person (considering his occupation) but the further I get in the series I'm more and more convinced of his tendencies towards delusions of grandeur and just delusions in general. Interesting to know that this style is actually Wolfe's style and not just something he was experimenting with in The New Sun.


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Brendan (mistershine) | 743 comments G33z3r wrote: "Not sure what I think about Every Heart a Doorway. Premise is a school/asylum for kids who have been through the looking-glass or wardrobe into some alternate fantasy world of their..."

Those people should not have been allowed to run a school. I just finished this one and it was pretty fun, despite the high body count. ★★★★☆.

Currently reading: The Core of the Sun


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Andrea | 2670 comments Finished The New Sun by Gene Wolfe, still not quite sure what I think about it. It's a pretty open ended ending (though there's a fifth book that came out later) and only some of the weird bits really get explained. But I won't deny it was a bizarre, unusual, and unique journey. I can see entire university courses dedicated to unravelling everything that's been packed into this series.

Now for something a little (or a lot) less cerebral. Continuing my goal of completing all Belgariad related books with Belgarath the Sorcerer by David Eddings


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