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I've juts started a book called "The Lost Gods of England". It's a history on the pre-christian religions of northern europe and it's super interesting!

5 years ago by Zorgon with 53 comments

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  • schrodingersman
    +4

    Currently rereading A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan. I've read the series up to 9 just have never gotten around to actually finishing it. This time around I am bound and determined to finish the series.

    • Jupiter7
      +4

      I agree with /u/tehdiplomat, but its worth it to finish. After that, try the Stormlight Archives series, by Brandon Sanderson. It's only on book 2, but it is planned to be a long series like Wheel of Time.

      • FistfulOfStars (edited 5 years ago)
        +2

        Stormlight Archives series, by Brandon Sanderson

        I really enjoyed the first Mistborn trilogy, they were fun reads. I also enjoyed the first three books of the Wheel of Time, but started losing interest after that.

        Would you recommend starting the Stormlight Archives over continuing the Mistborn series with 'Alloy of Law?'

        • Jetisr (edited 5 years ago)
          +3

          Alloy of Law isn't very long (336 pages according to Wikipedia) and it's a pretty good book, so I'd recommend reading it and then starting Stormlight.

        • NstealthL
          +2

          You can read Alloy of Law, but Stormlight Archive is absolutely amazing. The growth Sanderson has had as a writer is pretty noticeable between the two series, especially if you read them close together. I picked up his Mistborn trilogy after I finished Words of Radiance, and, while I like Mistborn, I think his style of writing for Stormlight Archives is better.

      • NstealthL
        +1

        Stormlight Archives is one long series that will be split in two. The first five books will be about the characters we're currently reading about, whereas the latter five will be a sequel series of sorts (from what I understood). In that sense the series will be long, but you could probably read the first five as a stand-alone. From the Wiki Page:

        Ten books are planned in the series, broken down into two sets of five books each. Sanderson describes the planned story arc of the second set of five book as a "sequel" to the first set, with some appearances of characters from the first set.

    • tehdiplomat
      +2

      Good luck, it definitely slows down in books 9 and 10, but I'm glad Brandon Sanderson got to finish it.

      • schrodingersman
        +3

        That's the big reason I want to finish it. I hadn't heard of him until he took over after Jordon passed. So I went out and bought the Mistborn triliogy and loved it. I've got the first two of the stormlight archives done and love those as well.

        • tehdiplomat
          +2

          Yea, he definitely has a different sound than Jordan in WoT. It definitely takes some getting used to, since some characters feel different than what they had been before the author switch.

  • zyrthofar
    +6

    The Linux Command Line at work, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows before going to bed. I have a billion books I want to read, and I am a slow reader :/...

    • Pockets69
      +5

      Quality reading right there with both books.

  • Csellite
    +6

    The Martian! Getting ready for the movie. The book is great so far.

  • papervoid
    +5

    The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. Second novel in The Kingkiller Chronicle. No third book yet, so I don't know what I'm even going to do with myself when I finish.

    • BoboMcBob
      +3

      You should read the other stories by Patrick Rothfuss which take place in the Kingkiller Chronicle universe. Some of them range into proper novellas; I'm pretty sure you can find them all online. In order, How Old Holly Came to Be is a very short story from the perspective of a tree, The Lightning Tree takes place just before the Kingkiller Chronicle's events and focuses on Bast, and The Slow Regard of Silent Things is an AWESOME novella about Auri. Spread them out to help ease the pain while you wait <3

      • papervoid
        +1

        Augh, thank you! I had no idea these existed. This sure to be a good practice in self-control.

      • Advanthera
        +1

        I also LOVED The Slow Regard of Silent Things, but I think it should be recommended with caveats, it's definitely not for everyone. It's an absolutely beautifully written story, but some people can't get over what they perceive as no plot (it's just a very different kind of plot). I definitely suggest giving it a shot, but read Patrick Rothfuss' many warnings and go into it with an open mind!

    • charredbysin
      +2

      I read both of The Kingkiller Chronicles books while my daughter was in the hospital last year, and I cannot recommend them more. I just finished listening to the audiobooks last week, and I think I may have enjoyed them more than reading the books. They did a wonderful job in the production of both books.

  • ballpointcarrot
    +5

    Currently reading Randall Munroe's What If, which is a printed copy of his posts on XKCD of the same nature.

    • Poem435
      +3

      Me too! I was given a copy for my birthday and I'm having the best time reading it. :)

  • caelreth
    +4

    I'm working my way through The Dresden Files (series) by Jim Butcher. I just finished Fool Moon, which takes me on to Grave Peril that I haven't actually started yet.

  • AinBaya
    +4

    I'm trying to read "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" after seeing some gifs on imgur and decided that it would be a greatly descriptive book. I love books that go into great details and create vivid images in my head.

    • Dernhelm
      +2

      I am as well. For anyone who doesnt know, Johnathan Strange and Mr Norrel It is a book about magicians in Victorian era. It has a ridiculously slow start in my opinion, but after about the first 100 pages it is very hard to put down. I think there is a BBC series in the work and I wanted to check the book out before I saw the show. Would highly recommend.

      • AinBaya
        +3

        that makes me feel better. I'm in those 100 pages

        • Dernhelm
          +2

          Yeah don't give up it is totally worth it.

  • Endymion
    +3

    Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

    • Gelidaer
      +3

      How is it?

      • Endymion
        +3

        I just started , only a few pages in and so far (don't get mad at me Stephenson fanatics for saying this) I'm liking it better than his highly acclaimed Snow Crash.

  • FistfulOfStars (edited 5 years ago)
    +3

    The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons, book two of the 4-part Hyperion Cantos.

    • papervoid
      +2

      I read Hyperion and I absolutely loved it. Somehow, I couldn't get halfway through the second one. I have no idea why.

      • FistfulOfStars
        +1

        I found the ramp-up in the second book a bit jarring, but I'm about halfway through it right now and trust me, you should try again.

    • idlethreat
      +2

      Damn fine series, my friend. Been wanting to re-read them again. Probably will after I finish my current selection.

      • FistfulOfStars (edited 5 years ago)
        +1

        I have recently hit what I consider to be quite a major development, about halfway into the second book in the series, which is extremely intriguing.

  • phosphorescent
    +2

    Nothing at the moment - I'm not big on reading - but I just finished The Rule of Thoughts, and I'm starting Life of Pi soon.

  • glittergasp
    +2

    I'm slowly making my way through American Gods by Neil Gaimen. I LOVE it.

    • charredbysin
      +1

      I feel like I'm missing something when it comes to Neil Gaimen. I read both Stardust and American Gods (my brother's favorite book) and I just didn't like them. No, more than that. I actively hated reading them. Especially American Gods. It just felt disjointed, slow, and uninteresting. I felt like there was a huge piece of the story missing, something that would make it all make sense.

      What am I missing? What makes people love this book so much?

    • cannon
      +1

      Good pick! Neil Gaimen's other works are phenomenal as well, specially his Sandman graphical novels.

  • NameTaken
    +2

    I'm not normally a reader, but the cover of this book intrigued me. It's called 'The door that led to where' by Sally Gardner. This is the first book in a while that I actually want to finish.

  • WeEatTheBatman
    +1

    I'm about half way through Will Wight's Crimson Vault, Traveller's Gate 2. It's a pretty fun book, not the best I've read, but I really like his magic system; the "Travellers" can open gates to other worlds/dimensions and use things from inside, like calling fire from Naraka or golems from Ornheim. The two main characters have special Territories; one is Elysia, The City of Light, which is supposed to embody the virtues of Man. The other is Valinhall, which is "artificial" according to some other travellers, because it is not old, compared to the other ten Territories. Valinhall Travellers call up power into themselves, instead of using things or creatures, as the other Territories do. They make themselves fast, strong, give themselves hard skin or perfect focus or knowledge of combat. They have to face tests in different rooms of the House, each of which grants them either a power or access to deeper parts of the House, where they can find more powers. It's a really cool system.

  • Fooferhill
    +1

    Don't shot the dog - very repetitive and dry but it's homework so gotta be done.

  • NstealthL
    +1

    Finally decided after owning the book since its release to pick up A Dance with Dragons again. I stopped reading after I got a third of the way through to read Wheel of Time instead and I never picked it up again. It's still slow-going though because I know GRRM will take another three years before he releases Winds of Winter...I know how he works. He made me wait six years for Dance with Dragons. I lost faith in his time-keeping skills a long time ago.

  • Teska
    +1

    The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice. I just can't seem to get into it. The main character feels like Lestat and Louis' lovechild. I've only had trouble reading through one other of her books ... so I might just break and get the audio early on this time instead of waiting 10 years hoping to get through it.

  • tehdiplomat
    +1

    I just got Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence and Queen of Fire by Anthony Ryan in the mail. Haven't decided which one I'll be starting first yet though.

  • cannon
    +1

    Antifragile by Nissam Nicolas Taleb. An interesting read into complex systems and how micromanaging them tend to amplify distortions and problems, Taleb usually uses stock market and other financial systems as example, but could be applied to any other systems in use. Very eye opening!

  • LoboPreto
    +1

    Currently I'm bouncing between two books. The first is The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson which I'm dying to finish since it's the third and last book of the mistborn trilogy. I've been hooked since the middle of the first book. The second book I'm reading is The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King. I liked the first book but the second one is taking me a little while to get interested in. Everyone keeps telling me the Dark Tower series is great though.

  • Jupiter7
    +1

    Nothing currently, but I just finished The Fold by Peter Clines. I had read 14, also by him a couple years ago and this one (hope this isn't considered a SPOILER) takes place in the same universe as 14. Both were very good, and I actually went back and re-read 14 after I finished The Fold.

  • SaberSabre
    +1

    Just started reading the Trigger by Arthur C. Clarke and Michael Kube-McDowell. Haven't really gotten that far in the book but I just Rama II by Arthur C. Clarke which was pretty good.

  • charredbysin
    +1

    The Last Colony by John Scalzi. I liked Old Man's War the most out of the series so far, but I'm enjoying this one too.

  • SalamiDog
    +1

    I'm currently reading Neuromancer by William Gibson. Its supposed to be the beginning of the cyberpunk genre. I like it so far, bit confusing at times due to lack of explanations but nothing I can't overcome.

  • CatLady
    +1

    Just started reading Nemesis Games by James SA Corey. It's the 5th book in The Expanse series and they are so good! I had things I was going to accomplish tomorrow but I think I'll be reading instead. I also used my Amazon Prime to borrow Wool (The Omnibus Edition) by Hugh Howey. It looked intriguing.