Yearly Targets 2018

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« Reply #150 on: September 25, 2018, 12:29:04 pm »
Raining here like it has for the past half a year and I dug into The Bone Witch, by Rin Chupeco(19). Fucking brilliant, I must say. First in the installment of a trilogy.

It follows a young unsuspecting "Bone Witch" and her trials and tribulations to become a asha in the Dark arts, which is very rare and a necessity and curse all wrapped into one.

I can't recommend this enough. Like, stop what your reading and pick this up.

ETA: and if you can guess the protagonist of this book...you're fucking brilliant! :)
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“No. I am your end. Before your eyes I will put your seed to the knife. I will quarter your carcass and feed it to the dogs. Your bones I will grind to dust and cast to the winds. I will strike down those who speak your name or the name of your fathers, until ‘Yursalka’ becomes as meaningless as infant babble. I will blot you out, hunt down your every trace! The track of your life has come to me,

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« Reply #151 on: September 25, 2018, 02:03:12 pm »
@SmilerLoki,  I won't say you're wrong, but I think that's why I enjoyed it so much. See, every "new age" dark, gritty fantasy, all we see is grey characters. It was refreshing to read some bullshit I guess. I was quite fond of it.
Oh, with that mindset it totally works, I get it.

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« Reply #152 on: September 30, 2018, 03:24:14 pm »
@Wilshire, I said in an earlier post that I couldn't wait for the sequel to The Unhewn Throne. Er, I've read the trilogy. Lmao, guess I was confusing it with another trilogy.
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« Reply #153 on: September 30, 2018, 04:24:30 pm »
Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, #1) by Josiah Bancroft (35)
This was quite a fun book. Not the best I've read this year, but still a great story. Its also not so much Fantasy as it is scifi/steampunk, which is fine but a little bit not what I was expecting. Its very imaginitive with good characters and writing, so I'd recommend it to anyone looking for something a bit different - something to break up the monotony of high fantasy questing or space operas.

Well turns out Viriconium is a series of novels and stories written by M. John Harrison. The first is The Pastel City (1971), then A Storm of Wings (1980), and finished with In Viriconium (1982). Plus several short stories.
I didn't realize this before I started, but since I'm half way through I might as well read them all (though I won't count the collection of short stories as a book). Really interesting so far, quite superlative prose though the vocabulary is beyond me in many passages.
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« Reply #154 on: October 08, 2018, 12:43:44 pm »
Finished Caine Black Knife(20), by Matthew Stover. Really good book. I liked it alot more than the torture porn that is Blade of Tyshalle. Quick fun read for anyone out there. Though, I suspect you need to read the previous two first.
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« Reply #155 on: October 10, 2018, 02:43:21 pm »
The Pastel City (Viriconium 1) by M. John Harrison (36)
This was a pretty interesting book and a good opening to Viriconium. It thrusts you into the middle of a deep world where much has been lost to the entropy of time. This type of setting for a scifi so not the usual, and I found it really interesting. The book, though short, was entertaining and a fun read. It provides a nice intro to Harrison's prose.

A Storm of Wings (Viriconium 2) by M. John Harrison (37)
Probably the best of the three, and the longest. The story is very complex, the prose is beautiful but so elevated that my vocabulary struggled to keep up which ultimately made it less enjoyable. If I took the time to read it slowly and look up all the words I needed to, this probably would have been incredible. But I didn't have the interest to do that, so my enjoyment suffered a bit. Still worth reading.

In Viriconium (Viriconium 3) and short stories  by M. John Harrison (38)
I didn't like this one. The story/plot was not terribly interesting, nor where the characters. I found the conclusion baffling, and at some point I think we crossed from Scifi to Fantasy, which was done so abruptly that it killed my suspension of disbelief. It was also rather short.
The short stories were OK, but not being terribly invested in the series or the world they fell a bit flat as well.

Overall, I'm glad I read them. Harrison keeps coming up as 'best prose in scifi' author, and I can see why. But as I've mentioned elsewhere this isn't my favorite thing - colorful language and landscapes - so I can't say I'll recommend it highly on the strength of its plot and characters.

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Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb (39)
Wow. This book was fantastic. Hobb did an incredible job. Her prose just the right mix of description and action. The characters were life-like, the pacing superb. Defiantly one of my favorites.
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« Reply #156 on: October 19, 2018, 03:13:02 pm »
Finished The Heart Forger (21), by Rin Chupeco. Great follow up to the first. This is a very unique story, told in multiple timelines. And, I can't put them down once starting.
“No. I am your end. Before your eyes I will put your seed to the knife. I will quarter your carcass and feed it to the dogs. Your bones I will grind to dust and cast to the winds. I will strike down those who speak your name or the name of your fathers, until ‘Yursalka’ becomes as meaningless as infant babble. I will blot you out, hunt down your every trace! The track of your life has come to me,