Urban`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

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Urban`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby McCoy » Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:21 pm

Here goes!

I reckon that if I read approximately 200 pages per week I'll manage to read 25 books during 2016.

There's a few hours left of 2015 for me but I won't read anything more during this year. I just finnished James Bowen's A Gift from Bob when I tried to sleep last night so I started and finished the book in one go. It was better than expected but not up to his two previous books. And before that I've read through The Belgariad and the Mallorean books plus the Belgarath and Polgara books by David Eddings. My plan now is to continue with his other series about Sparhawk soon and after that revisit Raymond Elias Feist's wonderful fantasy epos about Pug (Milamber) and Tomas of Crydee in the Midkemia books. I've read them before but it's a long time now and i'm in a fantasy mood. Otherwise my reading the last say eight years or so have been predominaly history or biographies with the usual Terry Pratchett book everytime he put out a new Discworld book and I've also manage to read all the Discworld books two to three times during the last ten years, I just love Terry Pratchett's writing and it was a sad day when He passed away earlier this year.

So here Goes! Presentation of the first book will come tomorrow in the new year...
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Re: Urban`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Lucky Luke » Thu Dec 31, 2015 2:26 pm

Terry Pratchett was a awesome writer... My wife owns the whole Discworld series and I have all the same in Kindle version always with me....and a role playing supplement for the Gurps RPG system about the Discworld setting...
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Re: Urban`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby McCoy » Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:45 pm

Gurps + Discworld seems like a recipy for total insanity and unexpected things with only one certain thing (death isn't certan, just ask DEATH about Rincewind) and that is that a million to one chance works nine times out of ten.

I love Terry's command of the English language and how he can spinn a tale out of practically anything. One of the greatest writers ever when you look upon how he mastered the English language.
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Re: Urban`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby McCoy » Fri Jan 01, 2016 2:30 pm

Book # 1 for 2016

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David Eddings - The Diamond throne [1989] 396 pages pocket edition
Book one of three in the Elenium thrilogy

This is a revisit to Eddings second fantasy world. I cut my teeth on these books when I started to read in English by the end of the 80's. My first book in English was quite a bit harder to read than these ones as it was Stephen R. Donaldson's fourth book about Thomas Covenant the unbeliver in The One Tree. That one was hard to pick as my first ever book to read in English but somehow I made it and then after the next book in his second thrilogy I jumped on David Eddings The Belgariad and Malloreon books. Quite easyer to read with a much better flow in the language than Donaldson managed. Those books though is in my mind fantasy books that caters to an younger group of readers than me. But in the end of October last year I was wondering what to read and then I thought, why not revisit the books that I started with over 25 years ago. And now I started with this book tonight after the "war zone" with fireworks had died down and I did manage 112 pages before I felt that I would be able to get to sleep. And yes, as I remembered this books (in total six books in two connected thrilogies) is written more for an adult audience and have a better flow so this will probably be a better read for me than the earlier books.
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Re: Urban`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Whiterook » Sun Jan 03, 2016 8:40 pm

That sounds like good reading and great goals mentioned earlier. Thanks for joining in the challenge!!!!

I must confess that I've not read much in the Fantasy realm, but what I have has been very enjoyable. I love reading in a good series, too.... you come to really love the characters.
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Re: Urban`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby McCoy » Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:38 am

If you're after character development you should try Katharine Kerr's Deverry books! Why so? Well, you get to follow the same characters over a long period of time, and I mean a long period of time. How long? The bottom of it is an wrongdoing of the main character and he take an oath to right his wrong doing. It's here that the gods step in and they grant him to live until he's fulfilled his oath. The others is locked to each others for generations after generations in incarnations after incarnations. The story jumps back and forth over time and you get to know the characters in various incarnations. It's a great read and Kerr have even gone Tolkien and invented a special language but not as extended as Tolkien did. There's a few books in the series that I've not read as I more or less stopped reading fantasy 8-10 years ago and specialised my reading to history and biographies so I'm for sure gonna revisit her books in the future but we'll see when that happens.
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Postby Whiterook » Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:25 pm

Those sound amazing, too! I do like a series. The Destroyermen series I'm currently into is a lot of fun to read, and I feel invested in the characters. I'm about to start the fifth book soon, reading the other four in a row. My current book was taken up for a little break.
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Re: Urban`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby McCoy » Tue Jan 05, 2016 2:51 pm

Book # 2 for 2016

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David Eddings - The Ruby Knight [1990] 444 pages pocket edition
Book two of three in the Elenium thrilogy

Time for the next one...
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Re: Urban`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Whiterook » Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:06 pm

Oh man...he's flying!!!! Good on'ya!
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Re: Urban`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby McCoy » Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:53 am

Nah, not that fast mate. I read a whole lot slower today compared to when I was 22. Back then I managed to read a whole lot faster and now it's just about 40 pages per hour for me. I started the latest when I got to bed last night and when I finaly was ready to sleep and put away my book, well the bookmark went in at page 123...
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