March 2019: Reading Thread

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Finished The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson. A very interesting contrast to Tolkien, though both were obviously inspired by similar sources. Anderson is far more nihilistic and this is easily one of the most depressingly bleak fantasies I ever read, like Greek tragedy fatalistic. The action was far more visceral and blood-soaked than Tolkien, reminding me of the Iliad in a lot of ways. For as much as all fantasy gets compared to Tolkien, that style seems almost more popular today (GRRM, Abercrombie, even Peter Jackson's LOTR movies). Nonetheless, at the end of the day I see why Tolkien won out. LOTR is also often bleak, but there's a kernel of hope and spirituality that feel hard-won and refreshing, and there is no comparison in the depth of the world he created versus Anderson's hodge podge of Norse and British/Irish folktales. It was a fascinating read and worth the time, but not sure I'd say I loved it and it left me more wanting to reread LOTR, Homer, etc than ever pick it up again.

Now for what I expect will be a nice contrast, I picked up Tad Williams Dragonbone Chair.
 

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This week I'm having a go at the Black Fleet trilogy by Joshua Dalzelle.
So far it's standard blood and thunder amongst the stars.

Discredited starship captain in an obsolete destroyer class vessel who suddenly finds himself the last defence against the evil aliens.
He's also fighting to overcome prejudice and disbelief in a peacetime space navy.
Enjoyable stuff!
 

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Finished Robert Fabbri's Emperor of Rome. A fitting end to the wonderful series about the rise of Vespasian from bumpkin to Roman Emperor. An excellent series, for those who like that sort of thing. :)

Now will plod through the last chapters of The Golden City by John Twelve Hawks - a trilogy that started with a lot of promise, but ended up just meandering for too long through a light plot IMO.
 

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Currently reading, well nearly finished 4:50 From Paddington, by Agatha Christie. Actually a very good read, it is a Miss Marple and includes a poisoning. 9/10.
 

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This week I'm having a go at the Black Fleet trilogy by Joshua Dalzelle.
So far it's standard blood and thunder amongst the stars.

Discredited starship captain in an obsolete destroyer class vessel who suddenly finds himself the last defence against the evil aliens.
He's also fighting to overcome prejudice and disbelief in a peacetime space navy.
Enjoyable stuff!
i quite enjoyed the series actually
 

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i quite enjoyed the series actually
This week I'm having a go at the Black Fleet trilogy by Joshua Dalzelle.
So far it's standard blood and thunder amongst the stars.

Discredited starship captain in an obsolete destroyer class vessel who suddenly finds himself the last defence against the evil aliens.
He's also fighting to overcome prejudice and disbelief in a peacetime space navy.
Enjoyable stuff!
try christopher g nutall and h paul honsinger
 

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try christopher g nutall and h paul honsinger
I've got a few by Christopher Nutall (some of the Ark Royal series and a couple of the free ebooks on his website) but I don't think I'm familiar with anything by Honsinger.
I'll look into him, cheers for the tip.

Edit: update.... I've looked on his site and am going to try a book or two.
Star Cruiser H.M.S. Cumberland clinched it for me, the county I was born and raised in (until 1974 when it became Cumbria!)
 
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I'm reading a non-fiction book at the moment, Bookworm A Memoir of Childhood Reading, by Lucy Mangan. A gentle read about children's books, it is lovely.
 

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R. C. Hutchinson's 1964 novel A Child Possessed, about a Russian exile in France who drives a truck and takes his severely retarded teenage daughter from a Swiss institution.
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I see it was made into an opera:

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Thank you Brian. Not available for purchase (free or otherwise) over here yet that I can see, at least on the link you supplied, and Amazon UK won't let me download it but I'll keep an eye open.
 

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Thank you Brian. Not available for purchase (free or otherwise) over here yet that I can see, at least on the link you supplied, and Amazon UK won't let me download it but I'll keep an eye open.
This is the 'similar story to Bloodchild' that I asked about in Book Search... it was identified for me quite quickly, very creepy tale ....
 

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Thank you again Brian. This looks like the one. Since I already have the Kindle app I'm not sure why I have to download it again, it'd be a lot easier to just click a box to download the story into my library but I'll give it a whirl on my Kindle next time I'm in a place with free wifi. Don't want to download it onto my PC as I'd probably never read it. Okay to read it off my tablet though as it's about the size of a paperback anyway.
 

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About to start The Early Stories of Truman Capote (2015). It's hard to get an exact handle on the exact dates these works were written, since some of them have never appeared in print, but they would seem to be from about 1940 to about 1945.
 

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