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25 July 2010 @ 01:55 am

You know the worst thing about finishing a long awaited book in a series?

Having to wait on the next long-awaited book in the series!

Note to self: Do not read the teasers at the end of a book for the next book. They'll only torture you for the NEXT YEAR.
Shea Pierce: merritt's bootsriviyan_questa on July 25th, 2010 07:19 am (UTC)
Ooh I know what you mean. The next Havemercy-verse book isn't due until next summer. It's already killing us in the fandom.

What series are you perpetually anticipating?
Gelseygelsey on July 25th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
I still haven't read the second book in that series. My bookstore sucks.

I just finished Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce. I really do love her books.

Of course, that's not all I'm anticipating, but it's the most recent.
Shea Pierceriviyan_questa on July 25th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
Ooh, just wait until the third one. Shadow Magic is really, really good, too, but in a different way from Havemercy. And Dragon Soul (#3) is just... oh I don't even know how to describe it. Awesome, of course. Rook and Thom are narrators again. And we meet the magician who made Havemercy. Have you tried getting the books from the library? I prefer buying books, but the library is good in a pinch.

I haven't read any of Tamora Pierce's books, but I've heard they're good. Where would you suggest I start?

Oh of course, I'm waiting for several books. Havemercy #4 is the one I'll have to wait the longest for, though. The new Parasol Protectorate one is out 1 September. It felts like a long time until I found out how I'd have to wait for HM#4. XP
Gelseygelsey on July 26th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
Oh, awesome. I can't wait, though it will probably be awhile... ugh, my library SUCKS in the worst way. They wouldn't have the books, especially with the slashy aspects.

Oh, I love her stuff even if I haven't read them all. I don't know why libraries and bookstores don't seem to have her stuff all the time, because I know she's a popular YA/teen author (especially for girls. She's awesome at strong female protagonists).

My faves are probably: The Circle of Magic series (Sandry's Book, Tris' Book, Daja's Book, and Briar's Book), sequeled by The Circle Opens series (Magic Steps, Street Magic, Cold Fire, and Shatterglass). Apparently there is set to be another series, of which one book is already out (The Will of the Empress), but I haven't read it yet though now it is on my list.

But all her series I've read so far are great. I like the Tortall world books especially as well.

I'm also waiting on Kim Harrison's next as well as Jim Butcher's. And Lois McMaster Bujold's. And others who I can't recall right off...
Shea Pierceriviyan_questa on July 26th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
Can you get interlibrary loans? Here at least you can request books and they find the closest library that has it, then that library sends it to your branch. I've gotten books from as far away as Vancouver before. As for slashy-ness... Havemercy has the most as far as LGBT characters/themes, Shadow Magic not so much (though one of the characters is author-confirmed asexual-- but that's not in the book or important to the plot), and Dragon Soul moreso. I can't say anything on that topic about DS for spoiler reasons. ;)

*writes those down* I will put them on my list of books to read/buy. I've heard before that Tamora Pierce does strong female characters very well. I do like strong female characters. XD The thing about starting to read books from a prolific author is it's so hard to know where to start. So thank you :)

I just bought the first two Dresden Files books. They're still in my stack o' books to read, though.
Gelseygelsey on July 26th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
I don't know. I'd have to ask my librarian. I'm always wary of asking though, ever since they spoke badly to my mum and refused to order something she wanted because it was "occult". (It was written by a Native American shaman.)

Good to know, not that I mind, obviously.

Oh yes, I know what you mean. As long as you start at the beginning story of her four-book series, you should be fine--apart, each series makes sense without the other series. Sometimes it simply adds greater depth to have read them in order. For instance, the Beka Cooper series is far-past of the Tortall books.

Oooh YAY Dresden. I adore him, if I haven't said that before. They're so worth it, especially after book 3. <3
Shea Pierceriviyan_questa on July 26th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
Eep. Your librarian sounds rather unpleasant. Though in this case unless they object to fantasy novels (which, really, I don't see how they could and still have people borrowing from them, given the popularity of fantasy novels.)

They only sort of romantic plots in SM and DS are background, so you can use that knowledge if you must fight the librarian. XP I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give you any spoilers. :)

Good to know. XD I can, of course, look up what order they published in, as that helps. But having a recommendation is very helpful.

XD I've heard very good things about TDF too, though mostly in an osmosis kind of way rather than any specific recommendation. Not sure when I'll get to them, though. I have so many books I want to read. XP
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Gelseygelsey on July 25th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Sucks, don't it? Why do I always get sucked in a series?

I have several authors with new books coming out in the next year. I really need to write them down to keep them straight.
patricia_writes: Fairy male tormentedpatricia_writes on July 25th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
I just finished Jim Butcher's last one. Now, I'm left with wondering what in the hell he can do with this world. Rebuild, I suppose. I have my thoughts about where it might go...
Gelseygelsey on July 25th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Which last one? The Codex Alera or the Dresden Files? Cause if it's Dresden, there's still something like 7 books + trilogy in the works for that series. But isn't he the most evil author in the entire world?

patricia_writes: Fairy male tormentedpatricia_writes on July 26th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, he is evil! No, it's just the Dresden Files. I've not started Codex Alera. As per authoress_susan's suggestion, I'm reading George R R Martin's, A Game of Thrones, now and am dying to read The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo because I keep hearing so much buzz about it.
Gelseygelsey on July 26th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
Grin. So evil. I'm hoping to meet him at Dragon Con :) *wibbles with shyness* Just remember, don't read Codex directly after Dresden because the style shift will fuck your head up.

My friend Bethany said she'd give me those books some time. She didn't like them much, but I've heard good things about Martin's series.

I've heard about those, but the buzz makes me hesitant rather than eager. I usually stumble upon a series before the hype hits--I read HP, Dresden, Twilight, the Hunger Games all before they were the rave to read.