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About 200 pages in:


I'm still not sure how I feel about this Malazan series. The first book was tough sledding at times (took lots of double-checking the appendices and glossary to keep track of things), but I liked it. Erikson has created an original fantasy world, some interesting characters, and there are some big epic stories to tell in it. I liked how the second book completely shifted the focus ... mostly new characters, a new continent, and a different story. While the two books were set in the same world, they both told self-contained epic stories.

You'd think by the third book the reading would get easier. But it just feels like a lot of effort to keep track of everyone and everything. Erikson's writing is packed with fantasy jargon that makes it tough for me to really get into the story or characters. It just feels like work to read this, especially compared to how fun and fast my reading of the First Law trilogy was. I don't know ... hopefully things will get better as we move into the meat of the story (about the alliance of former enemies from the first book against a mysterious new cultish empire).
Finished this. And it did get a whole let better once it got into the "meat" of the story. While "Memories of Ice" was still a gigantic book, it felt more focuses than the previous one. All of the characters converged and I had a mich easier time keeping track of things and characters. I still don't think I completely get the rules of magic and gods in Erikson's world though (and this is after three long-ass books). But the storyline and characters were good enough to overcome that ... I was surprised at how much emotional heft there was by the end.
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It's pretty short so I hope to finish it by the weekend and then watch the film adaptation.
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After this false start:
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Just started Charles Stross' "The Apocalypse Codex" but may have to stop as it looks like I've omitted book three, "The Fuller Memorandum".

Also just found a couple of free online shorts set in the same mileu:
later in June I found and bought "The Fuller Memorandum" which I am now nearly finished.

Stross is a smart English writer who dabbles in various science-fictional/fantastical areas (including the "tongue-in-cheek" series mentioned above). I've picked up his three recently re-packaged (and slightly re-worked) Merchant Princes Omnibus editions and hope to make time for them soon. But my to-read list is a whole other thread!
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Just finishing reading Cozy Chilling Bedtime Stories by P. Gibey. Bunch of novels there, sci-fi and horror together, along with a little spicy erotic scenes, just lovely reading .
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Been on a Max Barry fix lately, so I scooped up his latest:

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Finished:


About what you'd expect if you read Clickers ... low-brow, easy-reading, ultra-gory, monster mayhem. A worthy sequel since they upped the scale (full-blown apocalyptic). Still preferred the first book though.

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King still has it and does really well by not letting the length get bloated (which happens all too often in his other novels).
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Tropic of Capricorn - Henry Miller
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^^^^^^^

How was this? I really liked the first Joe Ledger book (Patient Zero). I was mixed on the second (Dragon Factory). It seemed like it was throwing too much stuff into the mix and the action scenes were reading almost like a parody of the genre (with an impossibly perfect action hero who can take down whole squads of bad guys without even trying). Otherwise Maberry seems like a solid writer (I also read his epic vampire/werewolf trilogy) and I like the idea of the how the Joe Ledger series reminds at times me of what "24" would be like if it went sci-fi/horror.

Just finished:



Very good ... while ghost stories are a dime a dozen, the backdrop of the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic (while WW1 is going on) made it stand out.
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Call The Shots by Don Calame


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How was this? I really liked the first Joe Ledger book (Patient Zero). I was mixed on the second (Dragon Factory). It seemed like it was throwing too much stuff into the mix and the action scenes were reading almost like a parody of the genre (with an impossibly perfect action hero who can take down whole squads of bad guys without even trying). Otherwise Maberry seems like a solid writer (I also read his epic vampire/werewolf trilogy) and I like the idea of the how the Joe Ledger series reminds at times me of what "24" would be like if it went sci-fi/horror.
First one was much better, to me each one (this is around the 4th) has been a bit worse than the last, but I'm still enjoying them. He has two series going on right now, the other one is a kids zombie series which I actually like a lot (although that has also gone down hill a bit from the first book, it has some stuff in it that's a lot different than other zombie books I've read).
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