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What are people reading?


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I love LCG's, truly I do, but I can't hold it in any longer. I must ask the question dearest to my heart. What are people reading? I'm going through the old Sherlock Holmes stories at the moment, as I have some time after finishing grad school (whoo!). I'm also going to be starting Joyce Carol Oates's Accursed, her newest offering, which promises some wonderful Gothic creepiness. Having read her Bellefleur, I know Oates can deliver. Broadening the scope a bit, what about your tastes in general? I am a staunch Dickensian and great lover of the picaresque, such as Fielding and Smollett. As a premodernist by trade, I have also taken a shine to magic realism and am greatly saddened by Mr. Garcia Marquez's death a few weeks ago. So how about you guys? Any recommendations?
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The Sword of Shannara series.

I have just finished Mr B. Gone by Clive Barker.
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I really love Barker's short stories. He's a really good stylist. I still need to finish Weaveworld.
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Barker was one of my favourite authors for quite some time. I tend to prefer his horror stuff than his dark fantasy works, although Everville, Weaveworld and Imajica are all very solid fictions.

My favourite Barker work is Cabal. I read it as a kid and it just stuck with me. I love the film (Nightbreed) as well as the comic books. Just a damned good story.
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Right now I am reading World of Warcraft, Tides of War.
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My own experiences with material from licensed IPs has been iffy. I like a lot of the stuff from the Star Wars short story collections, but there are also some duds in there. The Rogue Squadron novels I tried were kinda meh, too. How's the stuff for WoW?

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Love it. Read them all. Rise of the Horde is the best.
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I agree with SeeThreeBilbo, I always tend to find licensed IP novels somewhat lacking. I am quite tempted to give the new Star Wars novels a try though when they are released.
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I'll be reading all of the new Star Wars novels soon as they are available for my iPad mini. Especially now that they are officially canon I am really excited. I'm also reading Horus Heresy stuff, also really well done.
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The wow novels are pretty good as our the guild wars 2 ones. It depends on how interested in the IP you are . I love the Starcraft ones but hate the diablo ones.

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I've never been able to really get in to the Starcraft ones myself. The Diablo series that focuses on the early war in heaven & hell looks interesting.

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If you are looking for something to read, consider checking out The Ties that Bind series by Rob J Hayes. It's available on Kindle for a few dollars/pounds and is well worth a read. Not only that but he is a good friend of mine and an avid player of all the FFG games.

Also look for The Northern Sunrise by Rob, which is due very soon.

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I've already got a list of books to last me till retirement that I want to read someday.

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Same, but that never stops me from buying new ones, for some reason. Poor wallet...

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I'm reading "The name of the wind" right now and I love it.
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That was a really good fantasy, yeah. Absorbing and easy to read, but also literary enough to where I didn't feel guilty reading it. I want to read the second one, but I don't want to hurry through it and then realize I have a long time to wait for the third one to come out.

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I totally understand that. I'm also reading the Dresden files books. I'm gonna start the third one after I finish "The name of the Wind". If you haven't read those books I highly recommend them. They are short reads but there are like 13 of them so you can always use one or two as filler between other books. At least thats how I plan on using them.

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Skelton, you read Shannara? AWESOME! Terry Brooks is the guy that got me started on fantasy. Did you read the entire saga so far, or just the original trilogy?

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Skelton, you read Shannara? AWESOME! Terry Brooks is the guy that got me started on fantasy. Did you read the entire saga so far, or just the original trilogy?


I haven't read any of the series prior to this. For some reason the Shannara series kept getting overlooked in favour of other stuff. This time though my attention is solely on Terry Brooks. I did read The Knight of the Word and a few others from that series and I enjoyed them so hopefully this will keep me entertained.

Randomly, the books that got me started on fantasy were the old Dragonlance novels.

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Aside from reading Tolkien as a child, it was David Eddings for me. I tried Terry Brooks back in high school, and he was okay, but very derivative from Tolklen (I realize that many authors are, but in Brooks' case I found it a little excessive).