That actually sounds a lot more interesting than deep sea aliens. I’ll definitely have to check those out as well. Blindsight was pretty bleak. I can’t imagine how much bleaker the Rifter series is.
Blindsight is a breezy walk in the sun compared to the Rifters trilogy.
I haven’t actually done any reading lately at all, which is a personal shame. I used to love reading, but lately it’s like I find it boring. I recently purchased Manga in Theory and Practice by Hirohiko Araki, and I couldn’t get past the introduction. I don’t know what to do, I want to read, but yet at the same time I can’t.
See, now I’m all interested.
I found 2312 somewhat meandering. It was a lot more character focused rather than plot focused. Not necessarily bad, but if you’re after more Expanse-esque action, be forewarned.
I’ve been giving Steven Erikson’s “Malazan Book of the Fallen” series a re-read. Its the kind of series where the world is revealed through plot rather than directly explaining things to you. So I’m actually getting a lot out of the second pass because I understand what the hell is going on.
As fantasy worlds go, it’s fairly unique setting with non-standard races and a pretty neat magic/religion system. It also has a great moral grayness as in every conflict in the book, characters on both sides are followed and their motivations explored. If you liked the Chronicles of the Black Company, you’ll like Malazan.
Damn. Blindsight had so many juicy premises and concepts rolling at once. I loved it.
Currently, the latest Novel of The Craft Sequence, The Ruin of Angels. Bloody good stuff - who doesn’t love a world where wizards and witches are supernatural lawyers with knives of lightning, email is a literal nightmare, cop uniforms are faceless quicksilver hiveminds that users get addicted to like a drug, Airlines are dragons, and your boss is a deadly, deathless litch who personally handles HR issues with caring and compassion.
Malazan is one of those books where the forum would absolutely loose its shit over till that one scene. But yeah its amazing. Has ruined most other fantasy books for me as it sets such a high measuring stick.
Have you read he Forge of Darkness? That is some heavy stuff. The truest form of a tradgedy.
RPG reading lately.
Romance Trilogy by Emily Care Boss. These are interesting, but I don’t think think I’d ever run them. Breaking the Ice plays out three first dates between a new couple; sounds cute. Shooting the Moon plays out a competition between two Suitors for the attention of the Beloved; I’ve played this and had a good time. Under My Skin is an Nordic-style freeform larp about messiness when romantic interests shift among a group of friends.
Monsterhears 2 by Avery Alder. We’re playing this soon. The messy lives of teenage monsters as metaphor for queerness—but also as literal monsters.
Torchbearer by Thor Olavsrud & Luke Crane. Different group, but we’re playing this soon, too. This is a reread in anticipation of using the rules to the fullest to not die in a dungeon.
Amp, I am now wondering what you consider to be “That One Scene.”?
Also, I have not read Forge of Darkness. Thank you for the recommendation.
In Dust of Dreams. I mean the whole series has some rough bits but that is the part that everyone acknowledges as the hardest.
Forge of Darkness is good but you need to be in a good place if your going to read it.
Just finished John Green’s new book Turtles All The Way Down. Wow.
I finished The Golem and the Jinni last night by Helene Wecker. This was an excellent book that definitely reminded me tonally of the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Also, I was surprised to find out that this was Wecker’s first novel, and I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for future books of hers.
Kavalier and Clay is my #1 book, so I’ll check this out.
I have never ranked all the books I’ve read, but K&C is definitely in my top 10 easily, if not top 5. I should really reread it. Hopefully you’ll also enjoy the Golem and the Jinni.
Having grown up with a pretty strong Jewish education, I know so very little about Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah. I found those aspects to be particularly interesting and might seek out more stories involving them. Up until this book, I always thought that most of the other major religions had much more fantastical and mystical elements and never really looked into Jewish mysticism.
It’s also a super-New-York book, so you’ll probably get a lot out of the setting too, as well as the Jewish stuff.
That’s why I said that tonally it reminded me of the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Both books share the New York City + Jews background.
Started the book club’s The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson. The introduction is long but I learned more about ancient Greek culture than a lifetime of required history classes.
About to start rereading Watchmen for CBG19’s Watchmen Club.
Daddy two book clubs.