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Yeah I've read up on them,fairly sure I'm not going g to read all 23, I feel the plot will be similar to the first 3

 

Small plot/chaos/honour/asartes points...then loads of shoot death sword, back to plot, shoot death, rinse repeat. For the Marines!

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the 1st was class though and i believe they do ressurect garviel. didnt get that far though.

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Yeah garviel was awesome. I've just started the 4th Book, but dunno if I can be added learning loads of new characters...

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Stuff I have read over the last few weeks:

 

Franz Kafka - The Metamorphosis

 

Absolutely stunning piece of work, always wanted to read some Kafka but it's one of those pretentious arty farty sort of things that people in Starbucks read while checking their stock reports on a MacBook Pro. Was amazed by the writing and the hidden meanings, can't recommend it enough, and you can read it in half an hour, which is good.

 

HP LoveCraft - Call of Chtulu

 

Again, another masterpiece that I have for far too long overlooked due to it's pompous fanbase

 

The Blade Itself Trilogy - Joe Abercrombie

 

Better than The Sword of Truth, and dare I say it, just as good, if not better in places (mainly story flow and character depth) than Game of Thrones, with some of the best characters (say one thing for) Logan Ninefingers (say he's a cunt) and Sand Dan Glotka.

 

Can't recommend it enough if you are into high fantasy swords and sworcery

 

The Variant Effect - G. Wells Taylor

 

Just about to finish the second book in the two part and a short story series and absolutely love it, it's an interesting take on the zombie genre, well written, gory but not for the shock value and wins an award for the most awkward and unsettling (consensual) sex scene ever.

 

Years ago, a company invented a new drug "Varion" that not only treats depression, anxiety, phobias and general malaise, but cures it entirely. Doctors dish them out like candy to the worlds populace, but then things go wrong. People's phobias and obsessions get amplified to self destructive and murderous proportions, and some turn feral "biters" (the sort of zombies) and the only way they can supress their rampaging anger and fear, is by stripping human flesh and eating it.

 

The drug is withdrawn immediately, but there's a problem; the drug stays in human tissue, the amplified phobias and obsessions can only be treated, not cured, and the drug is now in the water supply and food chain, meaning perfectly normal people can snap with enough stress and their murderous obsessions manifest, or they can turn "biter" which can be passed onto their victims through bodily fluids.

 

The story follows a police/military force 20 years after "the day" when things were supposed to be under control, funded by the disgraced drug company, headed by two veterans from the original event, one alcoholic who doesn't give a shit, and another that had almost all of his skin torn off by biters.

 

The first book is free so there's no reason not to download it and give it a try.

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The Blade Itself Trilogy - Joe Abercrombie

 

Better than The Sword of Truth, and dare I say it, just as good, if not better in places (mainly story flow and character depth) than Game of Thrones, with some of the best characters (say one thing for) Logan Ninefingers (say he's a cunt) and Sand Dan Glotka.

 

Can't recommend it enough if you are into high fantasy swords and sworcery

 

I read those a couple of years ago and loved them. He's written another 3 in that series since I finished it, I think they're all standalone. I intend to pick those up soon.

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Yeah I have read the others as well, forgot to list them, they are good as well, but other than the middle book (red country) I could take or leave them. They were good, but I didn't really enjoy the switch to minor characters.

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Recently read:

 

The Bookman Histories -Lavie Tidhar

A fun sci-fi steampunk trilogy full of historical and literary characters, automatons, ninjas, spies, aliens and lots of other silly nonsense. Also book 3 starts in a secret village for retired intelligence agents and is like an OAP Bond movie. Awesome.

 

Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovich

I don't know what you'd call this... Urban Fantasy? But that just conjours images of all the books about vampires trying to cop off with each other that you see in Waterstones. It's not that.

 

A PC in the metropolitan police graduates his probationary period and discovers 'gods', ghosts, myths and figures from folklore are real as he joins the unit for maintaining an uneasy peace between various supernatural factions and the law, and investigation of crimes with a supernatural element.

 

Interesting story and very funny.

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A PC in the metropolitan police graduates his probationary period and discovers 'gods', ghosts, myths and figures from folklore are real as he joins the unit for maintaining an uneasy peace between various supernatural factions and the law, and investigation of crimes with a supernatural element.

 

Interesting story and very funny.

 

So... the script for Hellboy 1, just without Hellboy?

 

Forgot to add in recently read:

 

DeathWorld - Harry Harrison

 

1960's sci-fi that appears to be a heavy influence for Avatar, I think James Cameron read this while his niece was watching Pocahontas and that's where he got the idea from.

 

Semi-telekinetic gambler takes on a high stakes gambling job for an ambassador for a backwater largely un-inhabited planet to raise money for weapons to try to control the N'avi "local wildlife". Guy wins money, travels to the planet full of hard knocks and the wildlife where "every living thing that crawls, flies or squats in the mud wants to kill you and eat your eyes for jujubees"

 

Thus begins the indoctrination by the military types, then he travels to the hippy side (except they aint blue cat people), then he is on his own trying to make peace, then there's the bit where he is on his own being attacked by alien dogs before being rescued by the hippies, then there's that bit where he convinces the hippies to attack the jocks, then all the animals attack the military complex Eywa heard you!, then there's the bit with the big transport ship, but it doesn't blow up.

 

It reads like an early Avatar script, but actually, this book is really good for the time, and there's quite a few bits of future tech that we have now.

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Deathworld is great,I really like The Stainless Steel Rat stuff by Harry Harrison too.

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John dies at the end-David Wong- Batshit mental at times, funny, and gory. I only found out there is also a film when I was halfway through, yarring it now and I can't wait to see it!

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When Graveyards Yawn - The Apocalypse Trilogy Book 1 - G Wells Taylor

 

Weird book, a ghost with memory loss is attached to a private detective that dresses like a clown and has a zombie sidekick. The world has basically ended, nobody is born, nobody dies, the dead rise not long after death but are essentially the same, they just have to be more careful for their bodies. Ghost takes control of clown by making him horny while trying to solve crimes and find out how he died. Odd, random setting well written by this author, definitely buying the next in the series as it's so well written, even if the plot sounds bollocks.

 

The MistBourn Trilogy - Book 1- Brandon Sanderson

 

Generic troubled teenage waif meets generic edgy anarchistic magician that escaped the clutches of the evil oppressors that end up being not all that bad occasionally. Coming of age bollocks without any groping or smexy times, despite the obvious "we could be dead tomorrow" shit, must have been written by a woman under a male pseudonym. It's actually really good, even with the shit Superman-like powers, and the fact that nobody seems to get a boner and want to grope their love interest while their senses are amplified by digesting metal (the source of their magical powers), it's well written, with randomly designated mental problems, and is an easy read.

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John dies at the end-David Wong- Batshit mental at times, funny, and gory. I only found out there is also a film when I was halfway through, yarring it now and I can't wait to see it!

 

I read it a couple of years ago, and loved it. I've got the sequel ready to go on my kindle http://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Book-Full-Spiders-ebook/dp/B009RJTAGU/, though I might re-read John Dies at the End first.

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I read it a couple of years ago, and loved it. I've got the sequel ready to go on my kindle http://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Book-Full-Spiders-ebook/dp/B009RJTAGU/, though I might re-read John Dies at the End first.

 

I've grabbed the audiobook of that from Audible really looking forward to it. Watching the film of John dies tonight. I hope it's good!

 

I'm just reading/listening to Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. After a weird and slow start that nearly put me off I'm enjoying it more now.

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I finished Snow Crash yesterday and it went in directions I would never have envisioned.

I'm now reading the sequel to John dies at the End(Avoid the film!!!), which has the amazing title of "This book is full of spiders. Seriously dude don't touch it!"

Not as good as the original so far, but it's still entertaining.

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I'm now reading the sequel to John dies at the End(Avoid the film!!!), which has the amazing title of "This book is full of spiders. Seriously dude don't touch it!"

 

The film turned up of US Netflix the other day. Parts of it are good but so much from the book is missing, it feels like half a story.

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The film turned up of US Netflix the other day. Parts of it are good but so much from the book is missing, it feels like half a story.

 

Agreed, when I saw the running time of the film I was worried, and while I can understand why they cut a couple of the characters, the scenarios they were in could have been reworked and it would have added so much to the film.

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I just finished Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13538873-mr-penumbra-s-24-hour-bookstore

 

It's a really fun geeky adventure story. Worth a read if you liked Ready Player One, or Anathem & Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson.

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I'll have a look into them. They all look interesting.

 

I've finished Book of Spiders etc. It was decent but not as good as the first book.

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Mistborn Trilogy Book 2 & 3 - Bradley Sanderson

 

Not a bad end to an enjoyable but forgettable series, I recommend it for some light fantasy, it's not a bad collection of books, but it just lacks something.

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The Forsaken - The Apocalypse Trilogy Book 2 - G Wells Taylor

 

This series is turning out to be a sleeper hit for me, the first book was good but weird, this book is set X years after the first and explains why the world/dead people noy dying/etc in the first book exists. Some very interesting characters and concepts such as the "forever children" basically, if nobody ages since "the event" what happens to kids?, their minds continue developing, but they are stuck in a small body. I think these "kids" made this book the most interesting so far, there's not a lot I can say without spoiling things, but there's some brilliant and at other times unsettling plot elements.

 

I actually finished this book the other day and I am 63% of the way through book 3, which should be complete by tomorrow or Thursday. I am annoyed though that this trilogy opens with the WildClown Detective, then he isn't mentioned at all in the second book other than as a massive spoiler for the books dedicated to him that spin off from the trilogy.

 

If you read and enjoy When Graveyards Yawn, don't read the second trilogy book, go straight to the WildClown Detective Stories as book 3 of this trilogy also has just dropped another massive spoiler.

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The Fifth Horseman - The Apocalypse Trilogy Book 3 - G Wells Taylor

 

Excellent end to the trilogy, it's good seeing all the massive changes to this world, and it's clever that each of the three books is essentially a different genre (#1 = Detective Novel, #2 = Religious War, #3 = Cowboy Story)

 

The ending seemed very rushed, but it was a good read.

 

Hard Boiled: A WildClown Novel - G Wells Taylor

 

Not what I was hoping, instead of a meaty detective novel, it's a small collection of "case reports" so really just short stories, still a good read if you like WildClown, just started the next WildClown book, so hoping that has more substantialness.

 

 

I'm really enjoying this authors works, shame I am nearly through his entire catalogue.

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Doubt anyone is interested, but will list the Manga I have read recently as well:

 

Rosario + Vampire - Series 1 - Akihisa Ikeda

 

Books 1-8 complete

 

Usual harem monster comedy, a good read, not enough smut though!

 

Negima! Magister Negi Magi - Ken Akamatsu

 

Books 1-11 complete

 

Harem comedy, but with a sexually immature (as in, he's only 8) lead male (Welsh!!!) character, so no chance of nookie with the schoolgirls

 

Very funny, if you liked Love Hina, you know what to expect, plenty of smut but not gratuitous, still wouldn't read it on the train though.

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I guess we don't really need an annual books read list, we should probably just take the 2011 off this one.

 

For the Kindle users: This is one of my favourite books I read last year, available for 20p

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hundred-Year-Old-Climbed-Window-Disappeared-ebook/dp/B008D30K7E

 

 

I just finished Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13538873-mr-penumbra-s-24-hour-bookstore

 

It's a really fun geeky adventure story. Worth a read if you liked Ready Player One, or Anathem & Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson.

 

 

I finished The Unnoticables yesterday. I enjoyed it a lot. It's a funny, crude, gory sci-fi/horror that I'd definitely recommend to people who liked stuff like John Dies At The End.

So it looks like your taste in books and mine are quite similar. I finally got around to reading Hundred year old man (have you seen the film? It's not bad) and Mr Penumbra last year and really enjoyed them both.

 

I went to get The Unnoticeables from Audible and almost clicked buy when I noticed David Wong had a new book on there! Bought that instead but will pick up TU when I get a new credit next week.

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