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  1. #666232013-11-27 07:51:39 *Rune said:


    Alright, so I just watched Catching Fire and really wanted to know what happens next. So, I just bought the book and started reading from the moment I got home from the theater, sleep, and then finished it the next morning. This also means I've never read any of the previous books.

    My response to it? Well, wow... It's amazing how many of Katniss' inner thoughts are actually in this fucking book! I mean, who knew, all them thoughts were lost in the film lol.

    But unfortunately for me at least, this kind of breaks how I imagine Katniss is. In the movie, you only know her as you see her: a badass with a bow, who is very deadly, who keeps people hanging, and she hates being a pawn of somebody. This is the case in the fucking book, however, now that I can read her mind as she's doing all her decision making... well... I think she does come off more as a 'whiny' teenager.

    I mean, it's not a bad thing. She is after all, a teenager being forced to kill people against her own will and all of that. However, in the movies, you only see the results of these thoughts and not the thoughts themselves and sometimes... I just feel glad that I can't read people's mind because... god...

    But yeah, it doesn't really take away from my enjoyment of the book; it's just something different. I mean, the book is more psychological and political than the action-packed movie version. The fact that I just came home from Catching Fire, kind of made this really obvious to me.

    As for the story itself, I could definitely pick up after the movie just fine. I can understand almost every references made from previous books just by watching the movies. When I finished it, I really felt like I've seen the third film already (which btw, is going to be split into two parts) so I pretty much think I might not need to watch it anymore. Sure, there are some things I'd like to see visually but now that I know the twist at the end... uh... It's not going to be the same y'know.

    In any case, definitely a good read and although I haven't read the previous books, I believe the movies to be a faithful adaptation to the books give or take a few little things. Of course, the movie doesn't include Katniss' inner thoughts but then again the actress playing her seems to be portraying the outward effects pretty nicely. On the other hand, if you want to know just how crazy Katniss actually is... then definitely read the book!

    SPOILER: The Hunger Games is actually really about child prostitution. No, srsly

  2. #667482013-11-29 13:36:27DarkChaplain said:

    The Siege of Castellax by C.L. Werner

    As posted Goodreads

    The Siege of Castellax is undoubtedly a bad boy of a book.

    Not because it is bad, but because it features the BEST depiction of Chaos Space Marines I have seen in years!
    Hold your butts, Night Lords fans...

    The Iron Warriors are bad, rotten to the core of their very being. Not a single chapter will make you doubt that these Space Marines are anything but traitorous bad guys, even if they are pitched against an alien species that revels in crude, brutal savagery, with the Orks.

    Yet still, even though the book heaps "evil" characters upon the reader from very early on (the command structure of the Third Grand Company of the Iron Warriors on Castellax is quite extensive!), C.L. Werner really kicked it out of the park in terms of scale, action and intrigue.

    You cannot help but root for Captain Rhodaan, the Iron Warrior the book focuses on the most. Even then, however, you will still find it in you to cheer for his bitter rival, Over-Captain Vallax, or the rebel uprising in the underground of the world. There are a lot of things going on in this book, and none of them failed to catch my interest.

    This book is grim, very grim. If you have a faint heart, I may suggest being careful about picking this one up. Werner managed to one-up even the most cruel stories in Black Library's arsenal.

    Some of those cruelties are fairly straightforward, like Skintaker Algol's habit of stitching nice cloaks out of the skin of human slaves. Others will serve as twists and turns throughout the book - and just when you think things may start to look up for the Flesh, the human slave population and military in the IW's service, the author will take the book and smack it around your head with the next big showcase of the sheer inhumanity of the Space Marines.

    And even with the way the Iron Warriors cling to their honour and loyalty to the Legion, their internal rivalries will provide you with constant tension throughout the book. A knife in the back would be gentle, considering what happens in this novel!

    It is an eventful ride, from start to finish. C.L. Werner, in my mind, almost perfected writing (40k) Iron Warriors here.

    The way he spinned the Legion's mantra "Iron Within, Iron Without!" into the story felt very natural, providing character and conflict in equal measure. The story even deals with Obliterators in a more reasonable way than I have read anywhere else before, giving them motivation and character rather than showing them as mindless killing machines.

    Even the human janissaries and slaves, as well as techpriests and Orks, felt so believable and relatable (well, maybe not the Orks..), it boggles my mind that this was the author's first full-length Warhammer 40,000 novel.

    However, there are some things I did not quite like, or thought didn't get as much attention as they would have deserved. Nitpicks, more than anything.

    One of them, a quite obvious thing, I feel, are the Chapters' timeframes.
    Each chapter begins with a short note ala "I–Day Plus One Hundred and Four", to put the content into relation to the duration of the Siege of Castellax. It drags out, as things tend to do with Orks.
    However, I often found myself wondering what happened in the weeks, or even months, between those chapter points. At times a chapter would flow neatly into the next, implying weeks have passed throughout the chapter's progress.

    A few more notes could have offset this confusion, I feel. As well as the story flows, I did not really pay any attention to the exact dates given after a while, and just checked occassionally. So, the good thing is that they are not necessary to enjoy or understand the story. But resulting from that, they did not add as much as I hoped they would. A bit of wasted potential right there, though it did not let the book down.

    Another thing I would like to see expanded upon is the fate of Admiral Nostraz, who was brushed over in the later parts of the book. Considering his and Skylord Morax's rivalry throughout the first half of the book, I felt a bit disappointed that it was handled like this.
    However, there are certain implications made in the book - it is just that we were never shown what actually happened.

    In general, I feel C.L. Werner could get even MORE out of the Third Grand Company as it stands right now. There are certain hooks in the novel that would make a sequel story, maybe a novella, very appealing. Some things could be expanded upon via short stories (which has happened before, with his Steel Blood), thanks to the well-constructed character dynamics throughout the novel.

    Overall, this is a incredibly grimdark novel that clearly shows what C.L. Werner is capable of.
    He has mastered writing very dark stories years ago in the Warhammer Fantasy setting (Dead Winter: The Black Plague, The Red Duke, Matthias Thulmann: Witch Hunter), and now proven that his genius also extends to the 41st Millenium and power armoured superhumans.

    These are Chaos Marines as they should be. A very clear recommendation to fans of Warhammer 40,000 and macabre science fiction in general.

  3. #668982013-12-04 13:46:45Rinneko said:

    By recommendation of my friend, I started reading this series. I'm saying this as a rookie Chinese novel reader but this series has been really satisfying. The words used are not too extravagant, yet the scene descriptions are breath-taking. Especially in the paranormal scenes, I'm literally brought in to the book by the descriptions. This may not sound like a big deal but I think it's pretty remarkable to do that with simple Chinese that even a rookie like me can understand and feel.

    I'm reaching the end of the second instalment of the series, so I took the liberty to borrow the third instalment in advance. Feeling quite excited to dive in to another adventure! :)

  4. #674442013-12-19 10:40:02DarkChaplain said:

    Currently reading this one. 151/530 pages in, second part of the book. Am enjoying it a hell lot so far, neat worldbuilding and entertaining characters, and the overall concept is refreshing and intriguing.

    “What am I going to learn? Other than setting tables?”
    “Everything!” Chains looked very pleased with himself.
    “Everything, my boy. How to fight, how to steal, how to lie with a straight face. How to cook meals like this! How to disguise yourself. How to speak like a noble, how to scribe like a priest, how to skulk like a half-wit.”
    “Calo already knows that one,” said Galdo.
    “Agh moo agh na mugh baaa,” said Calo around a mouthful of food.
    “Remember what I said, when I told you we didn’t work like other thieves work? We’re a new sort of thief here, Locke. What we are is actors. False-facers. I sit here and pretend to be a priest of Perelandro; for years now people have been throwing money at me. How do you think I paid to furnish this little fairy-burrow, this food? I’m three and fifty; nobody my age can steal around rooftops and charm locks. I’m better paid for being blind than I ever was for being quick and clever. And now I’m too slow and too round to pass for anything really interesting.” Chains finished off the contents of his glass and poured another.
    “But you. You, and Calo and Galdo and Sabetha…you four will have every advantage I didn’t. Your education will be thorough and vigorous. I’ll refine my notions, my techniques. When I’m finished, the things you four will pull…well, they’ll make my little scam with this temple look simple and unambitious.”

    It is an interesting concept, and so far it worked out pretty damn well. Tempted to order the sequel already.

    Also reading

    Which I've had to delay a bit due to other unfinished business. 173/400 in, typical Guy Haley, which means hard scifi, more in-depth explanations of technology, higher-standard communication and conflict. If you're new to 40k, I'd say you could enjoy this due to how well Haley sets the stage and explains things.

  5. #680612014-01-07 03:25:22DarkChaplain said:

    Final 100 pages of Death of Integrity, but couldn't stop myself from picking up something else by the same author:

    Dariusz is an engineer whose career ended years ago; now, a man he’s never met sits in a bar that doesn’t exist and offers him a fresh start… at a price.

    Cassandra — ‘Sand,’ to her friends — is a space pilot, who itches to get her hands on the controls and actually fly a ship, rather than watch computers do it for her.

    The ‘Pointers’ — the elite 0.01% who control virtually all wealth — have seen the limitations of a plundered Earth and set their eyes on the stars.

    And now Dariusz and Sand, and a half-million ambitious men and women just like them, are sent out to extend the Pointers’ and the Market’s influence across the galaxy. But the colony fleet is sabotaged and the ESS Adam Mickiewicz crashes, on an alien planet where one hemisphere is seared by perpetual daylight and the other shrouded in eternal night. The castaways have the chance to create society from scratch… but the hostile planet — or their own leaders — may destroy them before they can even begin.

    I'm currently 63 pages in, at chapter 3, and just can't contain my excitement. This is a really, really solid science fiction novel, one that rides the coat tails of current trends in society and economics and takes them to a point almost one and a half centuries into the future.

    The book starts out with two excerpts from in-universe speeches and essays, which set the stage for the whole world in a really suitable way. And trust me, the worldbuilding does not stop there, and while a lot in this futuristic world may appear "alien", you can see the underlying basis of our world.

    Here's the second of the initial essays:

    In the wake of the financial collapses of the early 21st century, living standards dropped across what was then termed the ‘developed world,’ in essence those states of Europe and their former colonies where the original inhabitants had been extirpated and a European society established... As we have seen, the consequences of the Third Industrial Revolution were far-reaching, overturning much of contemporary economic thought. In a grand twist of irony those who could still find employment reverted to a semi-artisanal state not dissimilar to that experienced by their ancestors, before the First Industrial Revolution concentrated the new worker class in the new towns and cities of that time.
    Despite the optimistic predictions of various commentators, chief among them Eisenstein, Korolev and Kang, there could be no return to a pre-industrial state. Over-population became the issue that it still is today, and although we evade the doom of Malthus, another, more insidious lack than the shortage of food became pressing – employment. Successive technological advances throughout the 20th and 21st centuries led to a vast over-provision of able bodied workers... Not for them the leisured lifestyle predicted by the futurists of the 1950s, but one of poverty and marginalisation. In an economy driven by the accumulation of wealth, the absence of the means to accumulate money effectively excluded an increasingly large proportion of the world population from both the benefits of advanced science, and from an engagement with any form of power structure.
    One class did, however, prosper in these times. That exclusive echelon of the social order known now as ‘The Pointers’ was drawn from the more financially robust members of Western Europe’s ancient aristocracies, scions of industrial families enriched in the first two industrial revolutions, clans of oligarchs enriched by the collapse of communism, and those catapulted into the realms of megawealth by the financialisation of business in the 1990s and early 2000s and the growth of celebrity-worship. This concentration of wealth in the hands of the few is sadly not unique to our time or situation. What is different about the Pointers is their longevity; much like the aristocracies of Medieval Europe and Asia, they have lasted. During the centuries of industrialisation, society became fluid; to lesser or greater degrees dependent on the precise era, with the great wealth generated by any one family as often as not lost within the space of a century... and now in this consequent period, this social mobility has ceased...
    In the Medieval Period, agriculturally productive land was the source of all wealth. Control of it and those who worked it became ever more entrenched within the class of the nobility. Revolution and rebellion did little to unseat this; it was only when new means of creating large fortunes came into being that this ancien régime was truly challenged, and eventually toppled. As is the way with all human activity, the accumulation of virtually all wealth by one small class of people has proved cyclical. Over the course of the last 250 years, the Pointers have arisen from the industrialists, merchants and financiers who toppled the prior land-based hierarchy... the case of the Pointers, prominence is due to their domination of a finite resource; not actual, physical resources as in prior aristocracies, although many of these families attained their wealth through the monopolisation of the production of raw materials. The resource the Pointers so jealously guard is wealth itself. So abstract a source of power it is at once ridiculous and unassailable. Ridiculous, because their superiority is effectively built on the compliance of those they oppress – money, unlike land, is a fiction. Unassailable, as its illusory nature makes it extremely easy to totally control. The Pointers have become adept at protecting this wealth, for we live in a time where only wealth generates wealth. Virtually all avenues to the creation of wealth have been shut off or are entirely in the hands of the Pointers. Only the Pointers have the money to invest in the creation of more money, and as the protection of their finances has been removed from their direct control and placed in the phantom hands of virtually infallible, multi-generational algorithms, it seems their grip on power is even more tenacious than that of the medieval robber barons. Furthermore, the assets the Pointers command are so vast, that their fortunes make the worst excesses of ancient emperors seem restrained by comparison.

    – Excerpt from one of Professor Todeo Hiyazaki’s series of banned lectures on the Pointer families

  6. #680832014-01-07 20:15:46abinit123 said:

    The Maze Runner by James Dashner

    It is a very interesting book with a good story line. Although its probably not that greatly executed it is still very entertaining. Its both funny and serious which ensures that the reader is always entertained. I would definitely recommend it to you guys XD

    There is also....

    Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott

    This book is one of my all time favorite books. Its so moving and in my opinion it is also well written. You really get pulled into the protagonists world. The world in the book is fantastic, it is both imaginative and beautiful. I really do love this book and think that it deserves a read! It overwhelms you with so many emotions and really makes you feel for the characters in both good ways and bad ways. :3

  7. #681392014-01-08 16:49:08Teru said: Don't really know why the name here is " O guardião de memórias " when the original name is The Memory Keeper's Daughter

    The Memory Keeper's Daughter starts on a snowy night in 1964 when a doctor delivers his own twins and discovers that one of them, the daughter, has been born with Downs Syndrome. In a hasty decision, he gives the daughter to a nurse to take to an institution and tells his wife the baby died. The nurse raises the daughter as her own. The Memory Keeper's Daughter moves through the years, showing how one decision affected every part of two families' lives. This is a powerful novel.

  8. #694642014-02-01 00:42:01DarkChaplain said:

    Just finished Guy Haley's Hunter's Moon


    This I have been looking forward to for almost a month. I ordered the book before christmas, but due to shitty delivery services and holidays, I only received it about two weeks ago, and couldn't immidiately get to it.
    However, just as The Lies of Locke Lamora before it, Red Seas Under Red Skies starts out very engagingly, and only gets more dynamic the further you get. Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen are still as snarky as before, and while the stakes may not necessarily have risen this time (for obvious reasons, The Lies of Locke Lamora just went all out there), Red Seas still has me at the edge of my seat.

    I've read half of Scars already when it was a weekly serialization, but having the audiobook version available now as well made me start all over, and I still enjoy it as much as the first time. It is an excellently crafted Legion-defining work - and a sorely needed one. Considering this is the 29th Horus Heresy main installment, it is a surprise nobody took care of the White Scars yet - thankfully, Chris Wraight is just as good, if not better, at creating new background and tying up loose ends, as he is at adapting others' lore and expanding upon it.

  9. #694762014-02-01 08:41:26Rinneko said:

    I finished this about a week ago. Since I rarely encounter good literature outside of school, this was a lovely book to read. It was really relatable and refreshing.

    Currently reading this. I scrolled through the reviews on Goodreads, and most of them hailed the book as something that can't be reviewed. That spiked my curiosity, along with its high acclaimation. As far as I've read, the concept seems solid and the writing style as well-done as I recall.

    Concurrently, I'm also reading Norwegian Wood. I'm less interested in it though, because it had a focus on the romance.

  10. #697312014-02-05 15:08:22johan_5179 said:

    Having read all three books, I can say that 1Q84 is my favorite, among the three and from the rest of Murakami I have read. I see it as the point of confluence of various narrative strands which he exploits elsewhere. And unlike books suck as Sputnik Sweetheart (and even The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle for that matter) the story has much more substance to it. But that is simply my opinion.

    More importantly, you linked the poster of the movie Norwegian Wood. Please do yourself a favour and do not watch that movie, it hardly manages to do justice to the book.

  11. #697512014-02-05 22:35:10Rinneko said:

    I'm really looking forward to finishing 1Q84 then. \o/ I can't compare the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle to 1Q84 yet, as I haven't the full experience of the latter, but I think the Chronicle was more of a character exploration whilst 1Q84 is more influenced by the plot. Not sure which one I'll prefer, but both have their merits.

    I think I just linked the first picture that came up. :o Don't worry, I'm not planning to watch the movie.

  12. #694992014-02-01 17:39:01Reage said:

    Right now I'm reading The Game sequel to I Hunt Killers and the Graceling trilogy. And my favorite books would be: The Magicians by Lev Grossman, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan and How To Lead A Life Of Crime by Kirsten Miller, and a lot of others I don't really feel like writing down.

  13. #697292014-02-05 13:17:34 *Alex_ said:

    Just started reading Dan Simmons' Illium , I've waited for quite a bit to collect Hyperion Cantos and Illium and then start with the reading. As I was a kid when these books came out I never understood their importance in the world of SF. It takes patience to get into his world, but once you start reading it doesn't let you go Simmons takes three absolutely different stories and makes them fit together perfectly in the very end

    The Trojan War rages at the foot of Olympos Mons on Mars—observed and influenced from on high by Zeus and his immortal family—and twenty-first-century professor Thomas Hockenberry is there to play a role in the insidious private wars of vengeful gods and goddesses. On Earth, a small band of the few remaining humans pursues a lost past and devastating truth—as four sentient machines depart from Jovian space to investigate, perhaps terminate, the potentially catastrophic emissions emanating from a mountaintop miles above the terraformed surface of the Red Planet.

  14. #699142014-02-10 22:25:40DarkChaplain said:

    Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters

    ISBN: 978-0-9913605-5-0 ASIN: B00ICCX5QY

    My friend Abhinav Jain reviewed the anthology already (and had a hand in the author selection) and was quoted on the Amazon product description:

    "RATING 9/10: I have to say that assembling all this talent is quite a stroke of genius because each story had something different to offer...everyone involved in the making of this anthology, the authors, the editors, the artists, everybody, did a great job. Each story is bookended with a special illustration (done by either Robert Elrod, Chuck Lukacs, or Matt Frank) that shows off the the kaiju involved in the story...[KAIJU RISING] has really made me want to read and watch more kaiju fiction." —From a review by Abhinav Jain, Shadowhawk's Shade

    KAIJU RISING: Age of Monsters is a collection of 23 stories focused around the theme of strange creatures in the vein of Pacific Rim, Godzilla, Cloverfield, and more. The anthology opens with a foreword by JEREMY ROBINSON, author of Project Nemesis, the highest selling Kaiju novel in the United States since the old Godzilla books—and perhaps even more than those. Then, from New York Times bestsellers to indie darlings KAIJU RISING: Age of Monsters features authors that are perfectly suited for writing larger than life stories, including:

    Peter Clines, Larry Correia, James Lovegrove, Gini Koch (as J.C. Koch), James Maxey, Jonathan Wood, C.L. Werner, Joshua Reynolds, David Annandale, Jaym Gates, Peter Rawlik, Shane Berryhill, Natania Barron, Paul Genesse & Patrick Tracy, Nathan Black, Mike MacLean, Timothy W. Long, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Kane Gilmour, Peter Stenson, Erin Hoffman, Sean Sherman, Howard Andrew Jones (The Chronicles of Sword and Sand tie-in), Edward M. Erdelac (Dead West tie-in), James Swallow (Colossal Kaiju Combat tie-in)

    Kaiju Rising is now available as an ebook via Amazon for the cheap (cheap! cheap!) price of roughly $5, below 4€, and will get a print retail edition fairly soon. I bought my ebook copy today (sadly missed out on the kickstarter... though I followed it closely) and will buy the print as well. Judging from my quick glances over the course of the day, I'm in for a very special treat, featuring some of my favorite authors.

  15. #699662014-02-12 13:17:06Taro_Tanako said:

    I've recently finished reading Steel heart by Brandon Sanderson.

    Basically, its sort of post-apocalypse where superpowered villains rule and the normal human as are in revolt. It's written in an easy style with an original premise, although do not expect to be challenged at all as the plot is relatively predictable. Certainly a fun read though if you want mindless action and supervillains. The main character is pretty likeable and not overly whiny considering what shit he's been through. If you like Soon I Will Be Invincible then I'd totally recommend this.

  16. #701372014-02-16 18:46:41DarkChaplain said:

    "The daemon prince Mortarion has emerged from the Eye of Terror at the head of a vast plague-horde, intent upon the corruption of the Imperium he once served. Under Supreme Grand Master Geronitan, the Grey Knights finally meet the daemon army in battle on the plains of Kornovin – a mobilisation of the Chapter the likes of which few have ever seen. Kaldor Draigo and his fellow brotherhood masters lead from the front, trusting to their lord’s secretive plan... until Geronitan is unexpectedly struck down by the Death Lord. With the eyes of the Inquisition upon them and the arcane path of destiny broken forever, the Grey Knights must cast aside thoughts of anything so petty as revenge. The Supreme Grand Master’s successor must be named, or all may be lost."

    Listened to the audio drama while reading the script. Reviewed it here.

    Also still reading Kaiju Rising and Lovecraft's Monsters as well as Red Seas Under Red Skies and Sword of Caledor. Derp.

  17. #702602014-02-19 14:40:27Rinneko said:

    My initial impression of the first thirty-two pages is that'll likely be ending with a mind-blowing, thought-provoking scene. I also find Kafka personally relatable in his feelings, though I do not yet know his background circumstances. I will read, and find out.

  18. #703472014-02-21 13:16:37Taro_Tanako said:

    Picked this up yesterday and just about to start it. I admit it was an impulse buy based only on being all Cthulhu and guns related but how can I be wrong with a title like that??

  19. #710712014-03-08 14:03:42Rinneko said:

    It's rather character-based, as opposed to plot-based (which is the reason why many find it's pacing too slow). Based on what I've read so far, the descriptions are lovely, engaging as well as the character development. Evie's, the main character, past is revealed deliciously through current events, and her vivid feelings are pretty relatable. I hope that the end will be equally satisfying!