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message 1: by Stefan, Group Founder + Moderator (Retired) (new)

Stefan (sraets) | 1667 comments Mod
Please let us know what else you're reading this month!


message 2: by Stuart (new)

Stuart (asfus) | 136 comments I am reading Fool Moon by Jim Butcher


message 3: by Phoenixfalls (new)

Phoenixfalls | 187 comments Just finished, but haven't yet reviewed: The White City by Elizabeth Bear

In the middle of: Yarn by Jon Armstrong Daily Life in Ancient India From 200 BC to 700 AD by Jeannine Auboyer

Up next: The Broken Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy, #2) by N.K. Jemisin Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler Zoo City by Lauren Beukes and The Philosophical Breakfast Club Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World by Laura J. Snyder , which was a FirstReads giveaway.

I notice that I am very bad at not planning things, even when my plans keep failing to come to fruition. . .


message 4: by Chad (new)

Chad Anderson (chadanderson) I'm currently reading Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett.


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Chad Anderson (chadanderson) I'm currently reading Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett.


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Phoenixfalls | 187 comments Sherri wrote: "Phoenix, do you sleep at all?"

As little as I can.

No, that's a lie. I just like naps. :D

Yay for any month that includes Willis and Zelazny!


message 7: by Phoenixfalls (new)

Phoenixfalls | 187 comments Good luck!

The one advantage to inheriting dogs is that the hard work of training was done by somebody else. . .


message 8: by Christine (new)

Christine | 604 comments I'm reading Edge


message 9: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Xu (kxu65) | 372 comments The Wise Man's Fear is a book that is not on my reading list. I read a spoiler of the book that conforms to me how much I hated Kvothe as a character, now even more. On the other hand,reading The Dragons of Eden then planing to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle.


message 10: by Stefan, Group Founder + Moderator (Retired) (new)

Stefan (sraets) | 1667 comments Mod
I'm reading Traitor's Knot by Janny Wurts, and because those books take a lot of processing power, I also have an ARC of The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume 5 by Jonathan Strahan going, for when I'm too tired to focus on the other one.


message 11: by Ken (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1348 comments well, I am still reading Caesar: Life of a Colossus

Its very slow going, but very very interesting


message 12: by Shel, Moderator (new)

Shel (shel99) | 2240 comments Mod
Still working on Bonk The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, which is fascinating, hilarious, and a wee bit raunchy at times :)

Next up when I finish is Iorich, which I just got my hands on now that it's out in paperback - hooray for new Vlad Taltos books!


message 13: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Xu (kxu65) | 372 comments Before We Have Always Lived in the Castle, reading the Collected Stories of Drizzt, order it today from Amazon. I am going to be as happy to read this book as those waiting 3 years to read The Wise Man's Fear.


message 14: by Kara (new)

Kara (sterlink) | 73 comments Currently reading The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus #4) by Jonathan Stroud , The Ring of Solomon, which is a fun and easy read.

Almost done listening to The Wandering Fire Fionavar Tapestry Series, Book 2 by Guy Gavriel Kay , The Wandering Fire: Fionavar Tapestry Series, Book 2, which has been really great, but I get the feeling book 2 will end leaving me with a very unsettled feeling (like book 1), and I'm just not ready to dig into book 3 yet... so we shall see.


message 15: by Kerry (new)

Kerry (rocalisa) | 487 comments Right now I'm reading Cold Magic by Kate Elliott.

Planned book club reads for the month are Prospero Lost, DarkShip Thieves and Monsters of Men (the club is actually doing The Knife of Never Letting Go but I've read that and been putting off finishing the trilogy because I'm scared of what might happen, so I've decided to use the club read as my reason to get into gear and read the last book).

Otherwise, we'll see what happens. I'd rather like to get to Twilight's Dawn, River Marked and Child of the Prophecy.


message 16: by Nick (last edited Mar 02, 2011 06:02AM) (new)

Nick (doily) | 971 comments Excited to start the Nebula Award short story nominees. Also in sci-fi/fantasy this month, I've got queued up on the tbr shelf Dragon's Egg followed by The Bards of Bone Plain, A Gift Upon the Shore, and a re-read of Cat's Cradle.


message 17: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Xu (kxu65) | 372 comments Just finished Things Fall Apart, a leftover from the weekend, then the sequel No Longer At Ease right before Drizzt.


message 18: by Kathi, Moderator & Book Lover (new)

Kathi | 3219 comments Mod
I'm continuing my recent tradition of reading what the group is reading, just doing it several months later. So my March list includes my current book, The Player of Games, to be followed by Fugitive Prince, Under Heaven, and The Gripping Hand (sequel to The Mote in God's Eye.


message 19: by Sandi (new)

Sandi (sandikal) | 338 comments I've been listening to Pandora's Star in audio. It's a tough go, so I'm interspersing shorter works. As a result, I'm also about halfway through the audiobook of Clementine by Cherie Priest. (I finished the first of the 5 parts of my Audible download of Pandora's Star today.)

In print, I just finished Slaughterhouse-Five on my Nook. I've got Off Armageddon Reef and Jane Eyre going on it now.

My DTB is Elvis And The Memphis Mambo Murders, an utterly ridiculous mystery that features a bassett hound that thinks it's the reincarnation of Elvis Presley. I won it through FirstReads. The first book in the series was a free download from B&N. There is no way I would pay $22.00 for a hardback of the one I'm reading now, but its okay for a free book.


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I'll be starting The Wise Man's Fear tomorrow, probably(Hi Kevin!)

After that, a mixture of the monthly reads in the various groups I'm in plus the entire Nightside Series by Simon R. Green.


message 21: by Karen (last edited Mar 02, 2011 06:45AM) (new)

Karen | 32 comments Nick, I'm reading Dragon's Egg right now too.

I'm about 1/3 of the way through and enjoying it.


message 22: by Random (new)

Random (rand0m1s) | 828 comments I'm about half way through my reread of Dragon's Egg, just a short way into my reread of Name of the Wind, and Wise Man's Fear is sitting on my phone waiting for me to finish the others.

Other than that....6 days until the release of Dragon Age 2. This time I'm going to very much try to not disappear for over 2 months into gaming bliss. :D


message 23: by Helen (new)

Helen Hi, it's lovely to have found a fantasy grp, I'd forgotton how much I love the genre. I'm currently reading The Moonstone for a reading grp but then I'm aiming to reread Name of the Wind ready for Wise Man's Fear. Looks like I'll have to get that on my kindle and as a hard copy!


message 24: by Maggie (new)

Maggie (ceodraiocht) | 14 comments I've also queued up the The Bards of Bone Plain as had hit the awards list. Coming off a bunch of fantasy that were really complete PNR (which wasn't what I was looking for - thus searching awards authors - world fantasy awards also has good ones). Added Tiganafor the same reason. I expect to read other Shinn's Samaria series, not sure how I started with book 4 in that one.

This week, I read Dark Moon Defender, kinda "horses & swords" and could be classified YA, enjoyable; Angelicand Salt Water Stains the Sands - both short stories, latter from CE Murphy's web; The complete Fever series (the one that is so PNR(PNR PNR PNR)and I'd thought would be more story/fantasy read.


message 25: by Christine (new)

Christine | 604 comments I finished Edge which I really liked and have moved on to Path of the Fury which I'm also enjoying


message 26: by Shel, Moderator (new)

Shel (shel99) | 2240 comments Mod
I started Brust's Iorich the other day. Spending time with Vlad and Loiosh is always a pick-me-up - those books are so much fun :)


message 27: by Bill (last edited Mar 08, 2011 06:20AM) (new)

Bill (kernos) | 334 comments I read several quickies including the magnificent Day of the Triffids and last night started Janny's Grand Conspiracy

Man, them thar Koriani are really bwitchy!


message 28: by Kathi, Moderator & Book Lover (new)

Kathi | 3219 comments Mod
Maggie wrote: "I've also queued up the The Bards of Bone Plain as had hit the awards list. Coming off a bunch of fantasy that were really complete PNR (which wasn't what I was looking for - thus se..."

Maggie, what's PNR?

I finished The Player of Games and will start Fugitive Prince this evening.


message 29: by Ron (new)

Ron (ronbacardi) | 302 comments At a guess, para-normal romance?


message 30: by Kathi, Moderator & Book Lover (new)

Kathi | 3219 comments Mod
Ah, you are probably right, Ron. Thanks.


message 31: by Maggie (new)

Maggie (ceodraiocht) | 14 comments Yes - PNR is Paranormal Romance. I do wish there were a better differentiation of Urban Fantasy from it - seems Urban Fantasy is now synonymous with PNR and heroines addicted to sexual encounters.


message 32: by Sandra (last edited Mar 11, 2011 03:55PM) (new)

Sandra  (sleo) | 1141 comments Kernos wrote: "I read several quickies including the magnificent Day of the Triffids and last night started Janny's Grand Conspiracy

Man, them thar Koriani are really bwitchy!"


LOL, yes, they are.

I'm laboring through Gardens of the Moon for another book club. I'm hoping I like the last fourth. I only have 125 pages or so to go.

Finished Magician: Master this afternoon. It was good. One of those epics where you kind of know nothing too awful is going to happen, so it doesn't take a lot of energy to read.

Loved Downbelow Station. Am re-listening to the Master and Commander series and enjoying them. Written by Patrick O'Brian. And here's my current month shelf. I'm ambitious, but doubt if I'll get to all of them. Some of them have been on the list since January.


message 33: by Maggie (last edited Mar 12, 2011 09:44AM) (new)

Maggie (ceodraiocht) | 14 comments Stopped by the Mythopoeic Award site for Adult literature (http://www.mythsoc.org/awards/winners/) and ordered The Wood Wife and Flesh and Spirit to add to my list above. This week finished Archangel, Grave Peril, Late Eclipses, Reader and Raelynx - all fine enough but I'm off Jim Butcher now. Also read first two of Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye (debated if should include here - if you believe in Psychics, then it's simply a cozy mystery and nothing more - for folks who don't admit such capabilities - it's beyond reality/a fantasy). Laurie's works should be classified YA - a bit too simplistic for me.


message 34: by Maggie (new)

Maggie (ceodraiocht) | 14 comments Sandra - I enjoyed all of Feist's books, but I do think that the first two of that series Magician: Apprenticeand Magician: Master were the best.


message 35: by Sandra (new)

Sandra  (sleo) | 1141 comments Maggie wrote: "Stopped by the Mythopoeic Award site for Adult literature (http://www.mythsoc.org/awards/winners/) and ordered The Wood Wife and Flesh and Spirit to add to my list above..."

Flesh and Spirit is fabulous, but you have to read the second, too - Breath and Bone. Carol Berg is awesome.


message 36: by Shel, Moderator (new)

Shel (shel99) | 2240 comments Mod
Just finished Iorich. Gosh, those books are fun :) and Brust tossed in some "deleted scenes" at the end that are HILARIOUS.

Not sure what's up next. It'll depend on my mood when I sit down to read later today.


message 37: by Maggie (new)

Maggie (ceodraiocht) | 14 comments Sandra aka Sleo wrote: "Maggie wrote: "Stopped by the Mythopoeic Award site for Adult literature (http://www.mythsoc.org/awards/winners/) and ordered The Wood Wife and Flesh and Spirit to add t..."

Good to hear you say that, I've never tried Carol's books. Was going for the 4 for 3 books at (do I need to not mention the other book sale site?) as I knew I'd want paper not ebooks for the award winners. But Flesh and Spirit was my fourth in that order so I won't have Breath and Bone on hand to slide right into (unless I decide ebooks are ok for her).


message 38: by Stefan, Group Founder + Moderator (Retired) (new)

Stefan (sraets) | 1667 comments Mod
Shel wrote: "Just finished Iorich. Gosh, those books are fun :) and Brust tossed in some "deleted scenes" at the end that are HILARIOUS.

Not sure what's up next. It'll depend on my mood when ..."


I loved those deleted scenes. That entire series is one of my favorite fantasy series ever. I'm about to start reading Tiassa - I just reread all of Jo Walton's posts about the series to warm up for it.


message 39: by Helen (new)

Helen I hadn't realised Feist's Magician was published as two volumes in US. Funny how differently books are on either side of the Atlantic. How does it get decided?


message 40: by Shel, Moderator (new)

Shel (shel99) | 2240 comments Mod
Stefan wrote: "I loved those deleted scenes. That entire series is one of my favorite fantasy series ever. I'm about to start reading Tiassa - I just reread all of Jo Walton's posts about the series to warm up for it. "

I love them too! I just discovered them a few years ago and madly read my way through the entire series so far in the space of a few months. I love the Khaavren Romances, too - so funny!

Jealous that you have Tiassa already. As usual, I'm waiting for paperback... which is why I just got to Iorich now.


message 41: by Shel, Moderator (new)

Shel (shel99) | 2240 comments Mod
I couldn't decide what I was in the mood for next, so I'm going for short stories - the anthology The Secret History of Fantasy edited by Peter S. Beagle. So far all I've had time to read is Beagle's introduction, but I'm going to probably get through a story or two before bed tonight (should be in bed already, but dumb daylight savings time means I'm not sleepy!).


message 42: by Christine (new)

Christine | 604 comments I just finished Worth Dying For and enjoyed it immensely as I have all of the Jack Reacher books. Guess I'll now start on Indulgence in Death (In Death, #31) before returning to FAntasy and SciFi with The Fairy Godmother and March Upcountry


message 43: by Phoenixfalls (last edited Mar 15, 2011 06:47PM) (new)

Phoenixfalls | 187 comments Mid-Month Update

-The White City review; gave it five stars but it isn't quite as good as the last novella in this world.
-Yarn review; gave it three stars because if it hadn't been for some absolutely brilliant world-building elements I would've tossed this across the room for its choice in twists, but it is brilliant world-building.
-And I finished The Broken Kingdoms but don't plan to review it because I'm discussing it with another book group. So basically. . . I liked it, but it didn't make me forget myself the way The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms did, so I spent much of the book nitpicking with it. Made me wish Jemisin had a few more books under her belt before tackling this series. . . but I'm definitely planning on reading the third volume when it comes out, and the first volume in her next series.
-I also read Frederica and The Grand Sophy; I simply have no will to ignore my Georgette Heyer cravings, because the books can be so ridiculously delightful. . .

I'm now in the middle of Fledgling and The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World, with Zoo City waiting impatiently on the shelf; after that I don't know what I'll pick up. I need to get to some more mysteries (maybe Barbara Hambly's Benjamin January series) but I'm really feeling the draw of these:

God's War by Kameron Hurley The Bone Palace (The Necromancer Chronicles #2) by Amanda Downum The Habitation of the Blessed (A Dirge for Prester John, #1) by Catherynne M. Valente


message 44: by Ken (last edited Mar 17, 2011 10:41AM) (new)

Ken (ogi8745) | 1348 comments Starting in on some light reading after finishing Caesar. Wow, interesting book but very dry, lots of names and dates and with the action happening so long ago, records are few. I liked his take on Caesar.

Now reading some Doctor Who
Doctor Who: The Shadows of Avalon

Kinda coincidental as it involves the Brigadier and the actor who play him died recently


message 45: by Bill (new)

Bill (kernos) | 334 comments I finished Janny's Grand Conspiracy last nite (wow) and decided to read some old short SF novels that have been sitting around for sometime.

I just started Way Station by Clifford D. Simak and will do Yesterday's Children by David Gerrold next. Then on to Janny's Peril's Gate


message 46: by Kerry (new)

Kerry (rocalisa) | 487 comments My husband let me have my birthday present three weeks early (wonderful man) and I now have a Kindle.

I'm finding it beautifully easy to read on and I raced through a reread of Connie Willis's Blackout before going on to All Clear (both of which I loved) and I'm now finishing up Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking trilogy by reading Monsters of Men.

After that, it's back to paper books for Prospero Lost to finish up my book club reads for the month.


message 47: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Cotterill (rachelcotterill) I finished The Lies of Locke Lamora earlier this month, raced through Beyond the Shadows in about two days, and now I'm reading Perdido Street Station but finding it reallllllly slow going.


message 48: by Jon (new)

Jon (jonmoss) | 626 comments So far this month I've read It Cant Happen Here (my review), Doomsday Book, Magician: Master, The Man in the High Castle (my review) and Dragon's Egg (my review).

Last night I finally started reading The Wise Man's Fear. As soon as I finish that long-awaited novel, I'll start Stormed Fortress and round out the month (maybe) with Deadhouse Gates.


message 49: by Julie (new)

Julie S. Lately I've been reading more YA science fiction, especially dystopian ones.

This month, I finished Predator's Gold (The Hungry City Chronicles, #2) by Philip Reeve , which is the second book in a great series started by this book Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles, #1) by Philip Reeve . In the future, cities eat other mobile cities for resources.

I also read Downsiders by Neal Shusterman . I love this author because he makes each of his books so unique. This one involved an underground society called Downside.

I'm currently reading The Roar by Emma Clayton , and after that, I will read Tunnels (Tunnels, #1) by Roderick Gordon .

There's even more. (And don't worry, I do read some adult sf. It's just that sometimes I like to read some YA).


message 50: by Kathi, Moderator & Book Lover (new)

Kathi | 3219 comments Mod
Kerry wrote: "My husband let me have my birthday present three weeks early (wonderful man) and I now have a Kindle."

Ooh, sounds nice! Happy early birthday!


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