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Discussion in 'The Breakroom' started by Froley, Jun 18, 2011.
Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin.
If you like GRRM's older stuff, check out "Dying of the Light"
Game of Thrones fans will recognize some themes.....
Just finished 'Going Home' by A. American.
Almost done with '13 Hours in Benghazi'... Highly recommend
Finished Going Home awhile back, but just picked up the other 3 books. Few pages into the 2nd one, Surviving Home, now.
Awesome! Yeah, I'm definitely going to continue the series.. I read 'One Second After' by Forstchen some time ago as well, but I love how American goes into specific talk about gear. Feels like I'm listening to myself lol
Howard Hughes, his life and madness
Donald L. Barlett James B. Steele
Paradise Lost & regained by Milton
Ugh, finished Fevre Dream yesterday. This was my least favorite read in a long time. I almost didn't finish it.
I had been wanting to read ASOIAF, but his prose in this book annoyed me to no end. I think florid is the adjective I'm looking for. Gad, it wasn't enough that Abner was fat and ugly, he'd go on for pages and pages about warts and how many plates of food he could eat.
Joshua York was such an insipid candyassed character, how do you live for hundreds of years and not develop a backbone?
I already disliked the Julian character, the murder of the baby was grisly and unnecessary. (on the first chapter, I was telling my wife she might want to read it, I'm glad she didn't pick it up. She never would've forgiven me)
Does he get better, or is it more of this?
GRRM's writing style is like Tom Clancy's in a way. I find that with both of them, the things they decide to go over in great detail are often things that I don't want to go over in great detail. I was having a very similar conversation with someone the other day about GRRM's writing in ASOIAF. The writing style isn't the best but the world building, plots, and character arcs are excellent.
One thing that is very typical of GRRM, no character is "safe" in a story. He doesn't play in the white hat/black hat realms with his stories. Good and bad people can be killed off. Good and bad people can have great things happen for them. Many of the things that happen are not "fair" in the hollywood or fairy tale sense.
Personally, I've found that I enjoy reading ASOIAF if I skim the sections where the food is described in great detail or some description is going on for 3 pages. One, it makes the 1000 - 1200 pages of each book a little easier to deal with and two, there typically aren't any plot points hidden in those meandering passages...
YMMV of course.
Just finished "Life After Life," by Kate Atkinson. Great novel. It's about an English woman and her family between !910 and the early '50s. Anything more than that would give away some of its surprises. If you are intrigued, try not to read a synopsis or even the dust jacket, and in about 50 pages you will know why.
Level Zero Heroes: The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan by Michael Golembesky and John Bruning
It was enthusiastically recommended to me so I'm expecting good things.
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The Turner Diaries
It does make for a fascinating read.
Three Stations by Martin Cruz Smith.
Excellent as is the whole series----
Bobby Singer's Guide to Demon Hunting
(don't judge me)
for i believe the 5th time
"Farnham's Freehold" by Robert Heinlein (for about the 15th time)
A really great story that can challenge you to think
I have a copy of Chief Olivers book no mopes that I pick up and read a couple of pages every now and again