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#51
I just started the second book in Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy, 'Before they are hanged'. The first book, 'The Blade Itself' was good, but could be a bit of a slog in the middle.
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#52
I finished Blake Crouch's Wayward Pines trilogy recently. Great books, very Twin Peaks/X-Files with some good twists and a villain you'll love to hate. Fox have made it into a TV series starring Matt Dillon and produced by M. Night Shamalamadingdong.
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#53
I've recently discovered the lovely writings of Robin Hobb. Would recommend the Liveship series especially, they're very good indeed.
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#54
Finished Ubik, great story, great twist, fantastic use of my reading time. Now onto a stack of books that includes some pressies (a couple of Bill Bryson works, T.E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom) and that tribes of Britain book from before.

Hmm, sounds interesting Hetty, that can go on the top of the list for when I've finished with the ~15 books I've got piled around my flat.

On a brief tangent, this year marks the 20th anniversary of A Game of Thrones kicking off A Song of Ice and Fire in print. Eeep.
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#55
Just read Before the Awakening, the official companion novel set before The Force Awakens. It was decent enough, it adds some backstory to Poe, Finn and Rey. Poe's was easily the best, but Finn's part justifies how he was able to handle a lightsaber so well.
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#56
So Uncharted 3 may have made me want to read TE Lawrence and I am in place of the Tribes book, I left that too long and will need to restart I think.

I've also got the Hunchback of Notre Dame on the go as well. Good times. At some point I may try and look into the Dune saga again.
I don't want your damn lemons!
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#57
Read the first volume of All New Captain America(Sam Wilson) today.

It was pretty terrible. The end of the fifth issue being...his pet bird being eaten. What a twist.

Also, here's a fun drinking game for the series: Take a shot everytime someone says something equivalent to "You are the New Captain America" or "You're not worthy".

The best gem being Batroc The Leaper's quotes:
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#58
The Dwarves game is out this Thursday, and it looks pretty interesting. I'd never heard of it or the book it was inspired by, so I ordered the novel which turned up today, and it is a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be! Opening few pages seem alright, so I'm looking forward to it.
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#59
Anyone here know the Cemetery of the Forgotten Books series? Fantastic series, imo
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#60
Just finished the Star Wars Republic Commando series by Karen Traviss (she did the excellent Gears of War books, too).

Really enjoyed the first book, a decent self-contained story that delves into the mind of the clone troopers and their struggle with purpose and identity. Second book was also good but the series went downhill after that and never really manages to recreate the same level of action or intrigue. The third and fourth books feature a story arc involving a tax auditor, which is about as exciting as it sounds.

The last book, which marked the change to Imperial Commando, was by far the least enjoyable of the lot, just because not much actually happens in it. There are one or two decent chase/action sequences involving two of the characters, but most of the story takes place on a farm in the middle of nowhere where it seems everyone just wants to settle down, get married and live in peace.

I also didn't get on with the Kal Skirata character (a lot of the other characters started to grate as well) the de facto leader of the Mandalorian trained clones. Everyone seems to think he's the best, but he comes across as hypocritical, prejudice (with the Jedi hate especially) and either unpleasantly violent or annoyingly over emotional, crying over the smallest thing one moment then threating to destroy entire worlds and species the next.

There's no one to call him out on his double standards, save for one clone, but he's a relatively minor character, despite being one of the most interesting (one of the few not trained by Mandalorians) and doesn't feature much in the story.

Mixed feelings about the series being prematurely axed due to a contract dispute/Disney retconning the expanded universe. On the one hand it would have been good to get closure on a couple of the characters, but on the other the quality had noticeably dropped by this point and I wasn't really invested in most of them anymore.

TLDR; If you haven't read them I'd recommend giving the first one a go as it's the best of the bunch, doesn't outstay it's welcome and really fleshes out the clone troopers.
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