What have you been reading lately? (non-linguistic ed.)

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Re: What have you been reading lately? (non-linguistic ed.)

Post by alynnidalar » 05 Dec 2018 17:47

Ahhh. Just finished Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series--well, finished the third book, at least, which is the latest. (the series is planned to have ten in all, two sub-series of five each)

I've very deliberately refrained from reading any Sanderson books before this because I knew he wrote the exact sort of things that I like (weird high fantasy with well-defined magic systems and a nice mix of action and politics) and I knew that once I started, I wouldn't be able to stop. And I was correct! I've gotten barely any sleep lately, but thankfully I'm a fast reader and am finally freeeeee of the Stormlight Archive. At least until the fourth book comes out sometime in the next twenty years. Or until I start reading Mistborn.

I keep trying to summarize the Stormlight Archive books, and I find it incredibly difficult. They're incredible, I love them to bits and adore all of the main characters. But trying to summarize them without giving away half the story (or making it sound like very generic fantasy) is... really difficult.

A long time ago, humanity was attacked by the evil Voidbringers and was saved by the divine Heralds and their disciples, the Radiants. After the final defeat of the Voidbringers, the Heralds left. But the Radiants betrayed humanity. Now, thousands of years later, the nonhuman Parshendi assassinated a human king on the night of a peace treaty between them. The humans went to war. And weird stuff starts happening. The main characters, in the first book most prominently, are a general in the war, a young artist who's way too innocent for her own good, and the world's most emo slave. (in his defense, he's clinically depressed) The world is truly alien and the magic system is fascinating, and unless I'm just really dumb, there is no way you're going to figure out how all the pieces fit together at first. (although Sanderson doesn't cheat! He puts plenty of hints in along the way)

It's the kind of series I absolutely have to reread, to pick up on all the little details... after I read all of his other books, so I can catch all of the crossovers.

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Re: What have you been reading lately? (non-linguistic ed.)

Post by Reyzadren » 25 Dec 2018 23:28

Finished reading Navigators of Dune (from the Dune series) by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson, a few days ago.

I am not a fan of reading, but somehow I felt that reading through this scifi book is easier than I thought it would be, and that's always a good thing.
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Post by KaiTheHomoSapien » 03 Apr 2019 18:59

I'm reading Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov. As we would say in the current era, it's so "meta". And very interesting [:D]

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Post by Omzinesý » 26 Jun 2019 03:18

I read China Mieville's Embassy Town.
The book basically handles how different the language of another conscious species can be.

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Re: What have you been reading lately? (non-linguistic ed.)

Post by brblues » 20 Jul 2019 14:17

Omzinesý wrote:
26 Jun 2019 03:18
I read China Mieville's Embassy Town.
The book basically handles how different the language of another conscious species can be.
Would you recommend it? I have read two other books of his, "Perdido Street Station" and "The City & The City", and both were quite good. I also gave his short stories as well as his YA novel "Railsea" a try, but wasn't quite as taken, though that might have been a question of not being in the right mood.

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Post by eldin raigmore » 20 Jul 2019 17:45

@brblues:
I’ve read or started all of those.
I read Embassytown and yes, found it good.
The only one you’ve mentioned that I started, but haven’t yet finished, is “Railsea”. I’m not sure I will finish it. No particular reason.

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Post by Omzinesý » 21 Jul 2019 10:49

brblues wrote:
20 Jul 2019 14:17
Omzinesý wrote:
26 Jun 2019 03:18
I read China Mieville's Embassy Town.
The book basically handles how different the language of another conscious species can be.
Would you recommend it? I have read two other books of his, "Perdido Street Station" and "The City & The City", and both were quite good. I also gave his short stories as well as his YA novel "Railsea" a try, but wasn't quite as taken, though that might have been a question of not being in the right mood.
Yes and no, it depends

The world is awesome and the idea behind the plot is very nice too, especially for a linguistically minded person. But storytelling could be better and the characters more deep. But I think I liked it better than The City & The City. I think you should have a try.

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Re: What have you been reading lately? (non-linguistic ed.)

Post by brblues » 23 Jul 2019 11:57

Thank you both, I will put it on my list!

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