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Now slogging through the first Tekumel novel, "The Man of Gold". It is often beautiful and intriguing, but far too much in love with itself; the author takes far too many opportunities to have a character blurt out one of the italicized words he has invented, when the entire phrase in which it appears is a complete non sequitur, and there is no particular reason for them to say such an outrageous thing in casual conversation. It goes far beyond reasonable world-building, and makes it clear that MAR Barker had little sense of how to make dialogue appear natural. We have enjoyed the book otherwise, but this is a rather glaring flaw that largely eclipses its many merits.
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I've been on a superhero kick lately - "So Not A Hero" (3/5), "Wearing the Cape" and sequels (4.8/5), and "Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm A Supervillain" (4.5/5). Also been reading the Ring of Fire series (again), the Codex Alera (again), Man in the High Castle (just started it), and a few other books.
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Anybody read anything good lately? I've just finished Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn Trilogy, and I'm currently reading The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015 Edition, which I got from WearsHats (thanks again, Wears, if you're reading this).
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Thanks for trying to resuscitate the topic, RocketScientist! I have recently read a lot of good books, but the two that stand out (outside of classics like Steinbeck or Dreiser) are The Owl Killers and The Sunne in Splendour. The first one is a haunting tale of a group of beguines trying to instill the christian faith in a heathen land. The latter is Sharon Kay Penamn's take on RIchard the III, finally making away with the centuries-old Tudor propaganda and painting a more realistic picture of the doomed king of England. I recommend both strongly!
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