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What Are You Reading?
« on: April 15, 2017, 04:30:28 AM »
Taking a break from the whole RPing on Muds and MUs is good for my reading and I end up getting through so many more books. This is what I'm reading, are you reading anything?


The Cage by Megan Shepherd 
 
When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora's past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

 

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2017, 11:47:24 PM »
I'm waiting for my Gentleman Bastards series books to come from Amazon so I can re-read that series. I'm almost waiting for Patrick Rothfuss to finish writing the third book in the Kingkiller chronicles.

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2017, 12:32:44 PM »
Almost finished The Cage. I liked the premise, and I liked how it started. I liked the unexpected surprise that one of the main characters was a New Zealander. But it's been going down hill for the last third of the book, with so many plot holes and things that just don't seem to make sense for the characters. Eager to get it finished, want to thump Cora, the main female character. Not sure if I'll read the second in the series. It would take a lot for the book to redeem itself in the last 100 or so pages.

The quote from Cassius to Cora, "The wisest course of action would be to forget your dreams; if you will only agree to obey", kind of reminds me of the Labyrinth, "Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave."

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2017, 07:28:52 PM »
Surprisingly, The Cage did redeem itself with a nice twist. Not completely, but enough that I've started to read the sequel, The Hunt. The rating on Goodreads for the sequel are a little better than the first book so hoping that I won't regret giving the second book a shot. Here it is:

The Hunt (The Cage #2) by Megan Shepherd
 
After their failed escape attempt, Cora, Lucky, and Mali have been demoted to the lowest level of human captives and placed in a safari-themed environment called the Hunt, along with wild animals and other human outcasts. They must serve new Kindred masters—Cora as a lounge singer, Lucky as an animal wrangler, and Mali as a safari guide—and follow new rules or face dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, Nok and Rolf have been moved into an enormous dollhouse, observed around the clock by Kindred scientists interested in Nok’s pregnancy. And Leon, the only one who successfully escaped, has teamed up with villainous Mosca black-market traders.

The former inhabitants of the Cage are threatened on all fronts—and maybe worst of all, one of the Hunt’s Kindred safari guests begins to play a twisted game of cat and mouse with Cora. Separated and constantly under watch, she and the others must struggle to stay alive, never mind find a way back to each other. When Cassian secretly offers to train Cora to develop her psychic abilities—to prove the worthiness of humanity in a series of tests called the Gauntlet—she’ll have to decide fast if she dares to trust the Kindred who betrayed her, or if she can forge her own way to freedom.
 
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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2017, 10:26:04 PM »
I am still reading the dark tower 4: Wizard and Glass.  It's slow going as I have other things to compete for my attention these days, but the book is really good.
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2017, 11:34:15 PM »
The second book was worse than the first, but I managed to get through it and not mark it as another DNF. I felt zero emotional attachment to any of the characters and there were no tears when one of them died. Just frustration because, that, like most of the story,  made no sense, or in any way felt believable in the world she had created. The New Zealander gave no indication at all that he is Maori or from NZ in how he was played out.

I have read 4 of my 25 book target for 2017. Quite a bit behind schedule so, onto the next book, Wintersong.

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
 All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.
                     
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2017, 11:31:49 AM »
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2017, 03:14:07 AM »
This has been on my list to read for a while, I adore Atwood, and have been spacing out her books since I read Oryx and Crake. Started it this morning, already half way through it, and love it. I'm reading it too fast and know it's all going to be over by tomorrow. Maybe even tonight at this rate.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...
     

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2017, 05:39:21 AM »
I think what ever book I pick after Handmaid's Tale is going to be a hard act to follow. Any book will fall short, and will not compare. Will not be anywhere near as satisfying. So, with intent for it to probably not be an intelligent read, but instead an easy read. A sort of palate cleanser between courses, I picked Alienated.


Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers
 
Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.
   
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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2017, 12:00:25 PM »
Finally digging through 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King. It's a classic that I've unfortunately never had the chance to read.

If the first chapter is anything to go by, it will probably be my favorite book ever.

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« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2017, 12:21:31 AM »
Just finished Alienated. It was okay. I suspect if I hadn't of just read A Handmaid's Tale, I might of enjoyed it more than I did. Next up, another book I've had my eye on for a while, Cinder:


Cinder by Marissa Meyer
 
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder's brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it "a matter of national security," but Cinder suspects it's more serious than he's letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder's intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that's been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter's illness, Cinder's stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an "honor" that no one has survived.

But it doesn't take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.
     

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« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2017, 12:54:49 AM »
Are you reading these books or eating them?  I'm a pretty fast reader but damn.

Are they short books?

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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2017, 01:31:32 AM »
They're about 450 to 500 pages, but I do read kind of fast. And most of the books I've read lately have been really 'easy' reads. I should probably sink my teeth into something a bit more meaty. The stepping back from RPing on MUDs has left me with a bit of free time, so it's been kind of good to just be able to read again. I do really miss the writing aspect though, so looking at other avenues for that.
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« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2017, 09:08:42 PM »
Cinder was very enjoyable, and well written. It was easy to identify with the character, despite her being a cyborg.. Much more so than the other books I've been reading lately with the exception of Handmaid's Tale. Reading the next in the series, and crossing fingers that it is as good as the first, but if the reviews are anything to go by, it should be.


Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
 
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
     

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