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Old 02-09-2013, 03:25 PM   #1181 (permalink)
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He has written a lot of the most recent "Dune" books, I believe. Never got into the series, so I am not sure how many he has written. He has also written a quite a few Star Wars books over the years. He is highly skilled at handling multiple characters and storylines at the same time. I mean a lot of different characters and storylines at once, and making them all merge into one cohesive tale.
Waaaaait a minute. Now I know where I've heard that name. He's kind of infamous for taking good series and fucking them all up with unnecessary complicated and weird things. He's THAT guy.

I still haven't read any of his stuff myself, and, of course, anyone with a reputation that bad intrigues me, so, one of these days I will totally get around to it. Because HOW COULD YOU NOT.

I'm kind of interested now to see whether or not I find his books actually good or not.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:05 AM   #1182 (permalink)
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Fixed my iPad... Tremendous! Now, back to reading it is.

Before it broke I was half way though the first Narnia book, which I'd never read, so I've picked up on that. Although instead of one book, I have one giant book with all 7 stories in, and at the same time I have used Calbire to increase the size of the text and... well... The book is almost 4 thousand pages long. Haha. Fly through the pages though so it's not so bad, and I'm the type of person that enjoys short chapters more than long ones, so when you look down and you've powered through 50 pages in 10 minutes you feel like reading more.

Realllly happy to have my iPad back.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:04 AM   #1183 (permalink)
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Waaaaait a minute. Now I know where I've heard that name. He's kind of infamous for taking good series and fucking them all up with unnecessary complicated and weird things. He's THAT guy.
If you are talking about the "Dune" series of books, I gotta say those were already pretty unnecessarily complicated to begin with.

The parody "Doon", written by National Lampoon, is absolutely a riot, though.
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:10 PM   #1184 (permalink)
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I got diverted into the two Psychodrome books by Simon Hawke. I don't remember how that happened, I think they were just there, so I read them. They were pretty good. I wish I had known he never bothered to finish the series before I started, though.

I'm doing a Well World reread, now. It's been a minute.
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:48 AM   #1185 (permalink)
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Ahh I do love having my iPad fixed.

I'm aiming to read a book a week this year which means I'm already about 6 weeks behind, but I've just finished the first Narnia book and flying through the second.

It's strange, I can't for the life of me read a book that has, say, chapters 50 pages long, but if I change the font size in Calibre I'm happy enough reading 100 page chapters on the larger font.
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I just picked up a few of Kevin J Anderson's Star Wars books recently. Hes probably the best Star Wars writer behind Timothy Zahn and Michael Stackpole IMO.
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Reading 'Lies of Locke Lamora', and it is good so far.
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Finished all three books in the Nathaniel Cade series by Christopher Farnsworth. I have to say I was very impressed with the three so far. The main character, Cade, is a 140 year old vampire bound by a voodoo blood oath to the office of the President of the US. He is a refreshing anti-hero, and very well written as a heartless, remorseless killing machine bound by duty. At the same time he comes across as a tragic hero, compelled to do evil by the monster within him while simultaneously fighting to hold on to whatever moral code he might once have been able to aspire to.

The books themselves are based around the characters dealing with supernbatural threats to the US. Nothing that requires too much suspension of disbelief, and while there is some politics involved, there are no overt attempts to justify any particular agenda or idealogy, which I certainly appreciated. This is a series I can recommend to a lot of people.

On another note - I picked up "Dark Currents" and am reading it now. So far I am liking it. I will probably go ahead and avoid the rest of Carey's books, however.
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I've been thinking about picking those up, but I'm worried about getting burned out on this vampire crap, plus it seems like 90% of urban fantasy these days reads like the book version of a CW pilot.
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I've been thinking about picking those up, but I'm worried about getting burned out on this vampire crap, plus it seems like 90% of urban fantasy these days reads like the book version of a CW pilot.
I wouldn't consider the Cade series as Urban Fantasy. They read more like a James Rollins/David Golemon type of book. And the Cade vampire is a far cry from the whole "Twilight" crap. He is an unapologetic sociopathic monster. Very refreshing for a "hero", but I suppose I do have rather dark views of (or towards) humanity...
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