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i mentioned the writing in absolute darling is dense, but the book (and turtle) absolutely captivated me. i could not stop rooting for the protagonist and waiting for the payoff/resolution to her drama. the way she processes her trauma, the dynamic between her family, how she navigates her world, i loved it. the book is intense. there is a particular section where i had to physically put the **** down and stop reading like one page at a time. for me that's what makes the book so amazing, not only the way it navigates that intensity but how it plays off it with sections of light, of wonder, of humanity. it's not torture porn or watch the virtuous peasants get stomped infinitely like i see in so many stories. it's extreme light and extreme dark captured through a truly ****ed up & distorted prism of intense love

the teacher/student thing from into the water was a sub-plot at best, and was maybe 5-10% of the entire story.

and for reference, since february i've read (in addition to those 3) -

martian chronicles
tokyo ghost (comic)
little fires everywhere
pachinko
my documents
the art of not giving a ****
the immortalists
 
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i'm reading a sci-fi book called The Three-Body Problem atm

it is good
 
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i'm reading a sci-fi book called The Three-Body Problem atm

it is good

The whole trilogy is good, though the second drags a bit. Translated works always suffer a bit, but I didn't have a huge problem with it in any of the three books.
 
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I'm on the last book of the trilogy. Seems to kind of stand apart from the other two...
 
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The last one reads like Vacuum Diagrams, but I really enjoyed it, maybe more so than the first one. I also slogged through the second one.
 
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Pretty good video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc1Ry7g5W6M
 
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Another good one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ3pbxp3QKU
 
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dotting thread for reference. I audio-book on my commute. Have so far gone through Discworld, Wheel of Time (which I never finihed actually reading), and Feist's books (ditto, never finished them).

Feel like I should check out Lovecraft's stuff to get the proper version of it all.. any 'classics' out there though that I really have to get hold of though?
 
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dotting thread for reference. I audio-book on my commute. Have so far gone through Discworld, Wheel of Time (which I never finihed actually reading), and Feist's books (ditto, never finished them).

Feel like I should check out Lovecraft's stuff to get the proper version of it all.. any 'classics' out there though that I really have to get hold of though?
Check out the 2 videos i posted above. the video mentions numerous of the old scifi books that started the whole thing. Most of the books, i have never read and i feel kind of like left out for not reading them.

In the 2nd video, he talks about how politics (jewish communists but he doesn't mention them being jewish) moved into the scifi realm and began to corner the market for what was and what wasn't considered/published scifi.

I read a great article yesterday about the self-publishing craze that happened a few years ago. 2018 Book Industry Predictions: Are Indie Authors Losing their Independence? Its a long article but very important, at least for me because i have discovered so many really good unknown, self-published scifi writers since 08 and now with Kindle Unlimited, many, if not most of these writers, are not making enough money to keep writing.

I am glad i canceled my kindle unlimited subscription about 6 months ago. I would rather buy books from these unknown writers and give them what they deserve, rather than give more to Amazon.
 
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I use KU to try an author or series... If I like them, I buy subsequent books from them.
 
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The 50 Best Fantasy Books of the 21st Century (So Far) :: Books :: Lists :: fantasy books :: Page 1 :: Paste

Have read some, but not most of these books...

Not sure if they are in any particular rank, but #1 is a ****ing great series.
 
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The 50 Best Fantasy Books of the 21st Century (So Far) :: Books :: Lists :: fantasy books :: Page 1 :: Paste

Have read some, but not most of these books...

Not sure if they are in any particular rank, but #1 is a ****ing great series.
this list seems off. I havent seen like 90% of these books in the bookstore and mistborn is in the top 10. They list brent weeks assassin creed rip off book as #20 yet nothing of his books where he actually comes up with something original ..

Ive never heard of book #1 but it sounds interesting, ill check it out.
 
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christ dude if you haven't read name of the wind you need to read it. now.
2nd book is a bit of a letdown in what is supposed to be a "trilogy" as there is little plot advancement.
take note: author is a neckbeard, overweight ****** that is now developing a tv show or some**** and will probably never finish the series
 
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ill check it out. How does sanderson release 80 books a year
 
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christ dude if you haven't read name of the wind you need to read it. now.
2nd book is a bit of a letdown in what is supposed to be a "trilogy" as there is little plot advancement.
take note: author is a neckbeard, overweight ****** that is now developing a tv show or some**** and will probably never finish the series
Indeed. Name of the Wind is fantastic.

I am on the Sanderson series now, which is also quite good, if not excellent.
 
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I'm reading "The Shadow of the Wind" right now, not scifi/fantasy but vey captivating. Actually a little bit fantasy, it's got some spooky overtones.

Also I must congratulate TW on a perfect score of kiddy diddling tales.

After reading "Into the Water" and "My Absolute Darling" I then read "The Nix" which was recommended in this or another thread. It also contains content relating to 11 yr old boys being abused by a teacher and having sex with each other. WTF TW? GG

That aside, The Nix is a great read.
 
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The 50 Best Fantasy Books of the 21st Century (So Far) :: Books :: Lists :: fantasy books :: Page 1 :: Paste

Have read some, but not most of these books...

Not sure if they are in any particular rank, but #1 is a ****ing great series.
**** - I've only read 10 of these, and I thought I read a lot!
 
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if you liked the Malazan Book of the Fallen series (and associated books within the setting) then you may be interested in the series that basically inspired the military elements > Glen Cook's The Black Company. It's not top tier but it is entertaining. I liked Cook's other series too, Dread Empire and Instrumentalities of the Night. And if you haven't read Malazan, do it. It's great.

As far as that list goes I guess I am missing out on things. I would have thought that at least one of Scott R Bakker's Second Apocalypse books would have been on it, too.
 
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