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I've been reading a lot of free kindle ebooks over the last month or so as I have insomnia problems. here are the ones I've been reading in approximately reverse order, the links are mostly to the non-ebook versions because of amazon's link tool being hideously broken for kindle stuff. I tend to read lighter stuff when I can't sleep, more involved books make it unlikely I'll sleep at all:

Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1). The Dresden Files are a great detective series, much better than the related television series. I recommend them over all the rest of the supernatural thrillers that have come out in the recent wave. (re-read)

Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, Book 2). Continuation of the Dresden Files series. Much better than the first book. Holds true to a few fairly predictable detective story tropes concerning information, though, which would render the story predictable if you've read Hammett etc.

Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, Book 3). This book is a great detective story. Lots of fun.

(several pratchett books i won't enumerate.)

The Demon Awakens (Demonwars). Someone said that RA Salvatore's books outside of the D&D realm are better. I gave two books of this 7 book series a try and I have to agree that they're better, still not 'good' though.

Queen of the Orcs: King's Property. This is allegedly a feminist take on fantasy tales, but mostly glorifies unthinking violence with a romance subplot. I don't recommend reading this book, as its heavy handed attempts to make points mostly fall flat.

Blood Engines (Marla Mason, Book 1). About a quarter of this book is really bad, a traipsing through the stereotypes of urban fantasy. The other three quarters are great. I really recommend this book over a lot of the rest of the similar books I've read this year. A quarter of the book's content read like an editor told the author 'you have to put this in for the book to sell,' the rest of it was great and impassioned prose.

The Briar King (The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 1). A great fantasy series. There are some slight problems with the kindle/iphone conversion that makes it slightly confusing to read at four points in the story -- I reported that to amazon, I don't know if it will get fixed.

Perdido Street Station. (reread.) I just don't get why this book is supposed to be great. Sorry. I gave it another chance, and it just leaves me cold.

Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1) This is a decent political fantasy story. worth reading for free on the kindle. the later books in this series are allegedly better, I think this book suffered a bit from the world building.

Date: 2009-10-09 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I read Dresden Vol 1 and found it kinda, I dunno, 'cool wizard fiction written by a guy who might have social faults with women and major arcana.' Having said that, I did enjoy it and lamented not having volume 2 on hand.

Since my most recent entry is in regards to Perdido, I liked it because I enjoyed CM's ability to paint a scene - my brain just grokked his style. At first I was almost quite repulsed by the organic nature of his description of the city and its inhabitants in what I believe folks who first read early Clive Barker or early twist-horror might've felt. I enjoyed the darkness of the world he created and the near-hopeless situations the characters found themselves. Each of the primary characters I also thought, were richly fleshed out; with none truly ever falling on any particular side of 'good' or 'evil' - indeed most existing in the dark morassy grey area. But I am not a scholar of liter-ay-toor, nor do I perceive myself some expert on fiction. I liked it, and am sorry you didn't. I'm fairly certain we'll still be friends. ;)

However, I'm now looking for new books to attack; what might you reccomend?

Date: 2009-10-09 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I realize that I asked for recco's when I'm staring a list of them. =P I'll throw Dresden 2 on the pile and maybe Blood original inquiry was any other fantastic reads who've devoured in the past. =)

Date: 2009-10-09 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I liked CM's other similar books but not PSS. It's definitely that book in particular that throws me, I like his other books better and I'd assign the same sort of attributes to them.

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