What series are you reading?
So @EmmahSue got me hooked into the 'Jaran' series by Kate Elliot. It does have a bit of romancy thread to it but it's incidental to the story not the focus of it, and there are no written out sex scenes. It's an incredible series. It's sci-fi meets historical fiction. It's about a girl in a spacefaring society that ends up stranded on an interdicted planet, and has to find a way to reach her brother without alerting the locals that she's from off world.
There are four books in the series but it seems like 2 & 3 are actually the same book but for some reason got split up into two books. So really there's more like 3 books.
Anyone else reading anything really interesting that is a series of books? Either long or short?
Currently working through wheel of time, when I don't have to read for school.
I'm working my way through Ruin, the third installment of The Faithful And The Fallen series by John Gwynne. It's a pretty good series - the protagonist is a bit on the whiny side even for my tastes (as I often enjoy a bit of brooding) but the story is top notch and very well done.
The basic story is pretty standard - a prophecy speaks of the return of an evil power, and there are two figures who'll rise to support or fight it. The interesting twist here is that, although the reader is pretty aware who's who, the characters in these novels can't tell; many of them who consider themselves good people loose their footing on the moral scale through committing acts of necessary evil, then they justify themselves after the fact into following them up with apathy when they witness increasingly worse things.
It's not an easy tale if you like the good guys to win more often, either, because the odds are seriously stacked towards the other side who's smarter, better prepared and seem to know what they're doing because they mean to win and don't have moral qualms about it.
For this portrayal alone the series is a good read.
Currently doing my Annual Reading of The Stand.
Before that I was going through a series on Amazon. Life After War by Angela white. Interesting post-apocalyptic quick read series. It's not for everyone though. It's got some religious tie-ins as a sub-plot. But mostly it's about surviving various bad situations, not all simply "oh shit, bombs happened!"
Before that series I started re-reading The Dark Tower by Stephen King.
I was also catching up in the Honor Harrington Series by David Webster.
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I'm reading The Shambling Guide to New York City which is the first of a series of currently two books. It's okay.
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coughs Anxiously awaiting payday so I can buy the latest in the Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I know, I know, low-brow paranormal romance... whatever. Its engaging, I like the continuity of the stories and recurrence of characters from previous books, and I can kill a quick two hours reading it.
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@Cobaltasaurus has a topic for that here. :) Not that you have to move it, just saying she's started up a topic devoted to low-brow romance.
Anyone read the Matthew Swift series by Kate Griffin? It's like a cross of changeling and spirit-mage. She's got a spinoff series for it called Magicals Anonymous where Matthew Swift makes appearances but isn't the narrator anymore.
It's really neat and eccentric and full of amazing things.
One of my favorite quote's from the books is:
"A message scratched into the glass window of the bus—
END OF THE LINE.
Not from one of the Whites; they knew that such a message could be a threat, as well as an instruction."
I've never finished "Stray Souls" the first in Magicals Anonymous (I really should, maybe I'll read that on the bus home today.) But I tore through the other books. (Maybe it's time to reread them, hmmm.)
I highly recommend them.
So I read Chloe Neill's new series' first book (The Veil), it's really good. She's the author of 'Chicagoland Vampires', e.g. the Merit series. If you like kinda post-magical-acopalypse urban fantasy, try out The Veil. It's pretty neat.
Several books into the Emberverse Series by S. M. Stirling.
It's a combination of post-apocalyptic & alternate history. All over the world at the exact moment some event occurs at the nantucket sound, that essentially EMP's the worlds power supplies, engines, gunpowder no longer goes boom, etc.
Back to swords and such!
There is a connected series that deals with modern nantucket suddenly back in the bronze age, only their goodies still works.
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It's not really a series, but I downloaded the entire anthology of Roald Dahl's work, and have read it in its entirety.
I'm re-reading it all again because it's just that good.
Gonna do it once more after this, then move on.
The Aeronat's Windlass is pretty good read! Very different than The Dresden Files, also written by Jim Butcher, but well written with fun characters and an original world.
You'll enjoy it way more if you like cats (I'm looking at you, @Cobaltasaurus) since there are some cool felines in there.
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I've been reading the Rivers of London books (https://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Riot-Peter-Grant-Book-ebook/dp/B004C43F70/). They're a lot of fun. The primary quote used to describe them names them a sort of Harry Potter meets CSI.
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I'm currently re-reading China Mieville's Bas-Lag series.
If you haven't, you really should check it out. It's pretty incredible. While I tend to shy away from anything that's considered steampunk in any way, the fantasy and tech really works in this series. I highly recommend it.
I just finished Pierce Brown's Red Rising trilogy, and currently am working on the third book in Ransom Riggs' Peculiar Children series. I'm also slowly going through all of the series that Tamora Pierce wrote centered around Tortall.
TLDR; I really love my Overdrive app.
I liked it alright. I found that the parts I liked I REALLY, REALLY liked, but there were sections that were kind of ho hum for me. I also love the author's random ability to drop little pop culture bombs here and there through the story.
Aw yeah. Almost time for this year's October Daye book :3
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After finishing the Bas-Lag stuff, I decided I would finish the Dark Tower series since I'd not read the last two.
Sadly, it makes me long a bit for the original trilogy and even Wizard and Glass, which was so setting rich despite being 600 pages of exposition.
Re-reading McCaffery's Powers That Be series, liking it a lot better this time around, probably because I'm better able to grasp the concept and can feel some affinity for a 40 year old heroine.