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Re: what are you reading?

Post by AntiBody » 13 Dec 2021, 21:07

Oh I was gutted too! While reading in front of a bunch of students during independent reading time too, lol.

I think the world is fascinating. Love LeGuin's "rules" of magic too. And the whole time I was reading it, I kept visualizing it as a Netflix series. I think it would translate really well to a visual medium, especially now that fantasy is taken a bit more seriously. I think there was some version of it filmed some time ago, but I don't think it was very good.
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Re: what are you reading?

Post by Gibbering Fool » 28 Dec 2021, 09:00

I just finished reading Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. I really liked it, though the ending left me a bit sad

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Re: what are you reading?

Post by Cable » 03 Jan 2022, 15:59

Has anyone read The Expanse series and can tell me whether I should do the same? (I have not watched the show either)
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X-titles: Marauders #2 by Steve Orlando (1) and Eleonora Carlini (1)
Non-X titles: Ben Reilly Spider-Man #4 by J.M. DeMatteis (1) and David Baldeon (1)

In parentheses number of times creator has had best comic this year

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Re: what are you reading?

Post by Jindianajonz » 03 Jan 2022, 23:00

I read the first three books recently after watching the show. They are pretty great, even knowing what's going to happen. The writing pulled me in immediately, so i think it's fair to give the first book a shot and you'll have a good idea if you'll like it within the first 5 or so chapters.

The show is pretty excellent too

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Re: what are you reading?

Post by Cable » 03 Jan 2022, 23:49

Jindianajonz wrote:
03 Jan 2022, 23:00
I read the first three books recently after watching the show. They are pretty great, even knowing what's going to happen. The writing pulled me in immediately, so i think it's fair to give the first book a shot and you'll have a good idea if you'll like it within the first 5 or so chapters.

The show is pretty excellent too
How do the books vs show work? Are they the same or does it start to diverge? And does each season cover a book or do they cover multiple ( I know the show only got six seasons compared to nine books)?
Best Comics of Week 18

X-titles: Marauders #2 by Steve Orlando (1) and Eleonora Carlini (1)
Non-X titles: Ben Reilly Spider-Man #4 by J.M. DeMatteis (1) and David Baldeon (1)

In parentheses number of times creator has had best comic this year

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Re: what are you reading?

Post by Jindianajonz » 04 Jan 2022, 00:25

The six seasons of TV cover the first six books (and although I haven't gotten there, i have heard there is a natural stopping point at the end of book six, so don't feel like you are getting short changed if you only watch the show). But it's not always a 1 for 1 relationship, especially for seasons 5 and 6 (i heard season 6 is short because a lot of the sixth book was covered in season 5). The first three books align nicely with the first three seasons though.

Also, there are a bunch of changes to the show to support a consistent ensemble cast. Outside of the main core crew, most characters come and go in the books, but the show keeps a consistent cast across all seasons. This means, for example, writing scenes for Book 2 characters into Season 1 to introduce them earlier, or merging multiple book characters together into a single character for the show. I watched the show first, and going back through the books is a lot of fun because there are "new" characters whose stories I don't know and still provide good suspense. Both the show and books are top tier Sci-Fi for me.

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Re: what are you reading?

Post by Cable » 04 Jan 2022, 04:47

Jindianajonz wrote:
04 Jan 2022, 00:25
The six seasons of TV cover the first six books (and although I haven't gotten there, i have heard there is a natural stopping point at the end of book six, so don't feel like you are getting short changed if you only watch the show). But it's not always a 1 for 1 relationship, especially for seasons 5 and 6 (i heard season 6 is short because a lot of the sixth book was covered in season 5). The first three books align nicely with the first three seasons though.

Also, there are a bunch of changes to the show to support a consistent ensemble cast. Outside of the main core crew, most characters come and go in the books, but the show keeps a consistent cast across all seasons. This means, for example, writing scenes for Book 2 characters into Season 1 to introduce them earlier, or merging multiple book characters together into a single character for the show. I watched the show first, and going back through the books is a lot of fun because there are "new" characters whose stories I don't know and still provide good suspense. Both the show and books are top tier Sci-Fi for me.
Thanks, I will give it a try
Best Comics of Week 18

X-titles: Marauders #2 by Steve Orlando (1) and Eleonora Carlini (1)
Non-X titles: Ben Reilly Spider-Man #4 by J.M. DeMatteis (1) and David Baldeon (1)

In parentheses number of times creator has had best comic this year

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Re: what are you reading?

Post by EvilMonkeyPope » 09 Jan 2022, 01:58

Leviathan Wakes is kinda like Prometheus if it didn't suck.

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Re: what are you reading?

Post by Spectral Knight » 30 Jan 2022, 08:45

"Marvel By Design"

It's a fairly hefty large format tome looking at the graphic design of Marvel - lettering, logos, colour palettes - all sorts, including a chapter dedicated to the Dawn of X rebrand. It's the first book I've seen that considers the techniques, impact, and influences of comics from a perspective solely centered in design.

Some of the artwork reproduction looks better than Marvel's own work - it's beautiful :o

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Post by tokenBG1009 » 30 Jan 2022, 23:29

You ever stop dealing with a media for so long that the first thing you've read seems AMAZING? That's how I feel right now reading Noor by Nnedi Okarafor. It's not that I'm not enjoying it, but it's been so long since I sat down and read a physical book that I was surprised by how engrossed I got in it.
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Re: what are you reading?

Post by EvilMonkeyPope » 31 Jan 2022, 02:17

Why aren't the
Spoiler: show
mysterious supernatural upgrades Elliot & Janet sport
at the end of The Magic Ians referenced in the subsequent novels?

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Re: what are you reading?

Post by AntiBody » 01 Feb 2022, 15:29

So I've been on a book-buying binge and I'm hoping y'all can help me with what I should read next. I've bought the following but have not yet read:

  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

What say y'all?
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Re: what are you reading?

Post by Cable » 01 Feb 2022, 16:22

Frank Herbert's Dune books are only the greatest novels ever written, but I'll leave it up to you to decide
Best Comics of Week 18

X-titles: Marauders #2 by Steve Orlando (1) and Eleonora Carlini (1)
Non-X titles: Ben Reilly Spider-Man #4 by J.M. DeMatteis (1) and David Baldeon (1)

In parentheses number of times creator has had best comic this year

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Re: what are you reading?

Post by AntiBody » 01 Feb 2022, 16:56

I've heard that about Dune! I've always wanted to get to it, but just haven't for whatever reason. And I currently can't tell if I'm more in a sci-fi mood, or fantasy. Thus needing the help lol. Thanks Cable!! :D
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Re: what are you reading?

Post by Jindianajonz » 01 Feb 2022, 21:07

I loved the first couple books of Dune (including the first which I reread about a year ago) but I recall the series slowly going downhill as they progressed. Any recommendations for a good stopping point?

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Re: what are you reading?

Post by Cable » 02 Feb 2022, 00:29

Jindianajonz wrote:
01 Feb 2022, 21:07
I loved the first couple books of Dune (including the first which I reread about a year ago) but I recall the series slowly going downhill as they progressed. Any recommendations for a good stopping point?
The original books by Frank Herbert do get progressively more bizarre. Personally I love them all but at the very least you should read Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, and God Emperor of Dune. Those four completely develop the philosophy of the series.
Best Comics of Week 18

X-titles: Marauders #2 by Steve Orlando (1) and Eleonora Carlini (1)
Non-X titles: Ben Reilly Spider-Man #4 by J.M. DeMatteis (1) and David Baldeon (1)

In parentheses number of times creator has had best comic this year

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Re: what are you reading?

Post by Cable » 02 Mar 2022, 03:55

Jindianajonz wrote:
04 Jan 2022, 00:25
The six seasons of TV cover the first six books (and although I haven't gotten there, i have heard there is a natural stopping point at the end of book six, so don't feel like you are getting short changed if you only watch the show). But it's not always a 1 for 1 relationship, especially for seasons 5 and 6 (i heard season 6 is short because a lot of the sixth book was covered in season 5). The first three books align nicely with the first three seasons though.

Also, there are a bunch of changes to the show to support a consistent ensemble cast. Outside of the main core crew, most characters come and go in the books, but the show keeps a consistent cast across all seasons. This means, for example, writing scenes for Book 2 characters into Season 1 to introduce them earlier, or merging multiple book characters together into a single character for the show. I watched the show first, and going back through the books is a lot of fun because there are "new" characters whose stories I don't know and still provide good suspense. Both the show and books are top tier Sci-Fi for me.
I finished the first book and enjoyed it. I like political intrigue in my sci-fi/fantasy and this definitely delivers that. Though I was bummed my favorite character dies, but hey it was a fitting way to go out! I already pre-ordered the short story collection releasing this month and now I will start the show.
Best Comics of Week 18

X-titles: Marauders #2 by Steve Orlando (1) and Eleonora Carlini (1)
Non-X titles: Ben Reilly Spider-Man #4 by J.M. DeMatteis (1) and David Baldeon (1)

In parentheses number of times creator has had best comic this year

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