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  1. What Are You Reading?

    So, what is everyone else reading and waiting on right now? Anyone besides me use fictfact or something similar to track books read/series watched? Any hobbies related to your reading, such as cosplay or filk or LARPing? I'm still working my way through Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series; I'm on book 11 (Knife of Dreams) and its been... ups and downs for me. Without getting into spoilers, the characters have this bad habit of swooning and falling in love at first sight, and almost every female character has this tendency to faint, puke, cry, or wail at anything troubling. And the male characters can be a little predictable. But I do like the magic system, and the plot remains interesting now that I've gotten over the "fate is a tangible force in this universe" business (which bothered me for a bit). Not sure how he's going to wrap this up meaningfully with so few books left, but, I'll get there when I get there. Also, the plot armor on the main characters is a mechanic of the universe rather than a 'writing flaw', which amuses me. I also read George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, but that's been inactive for some time. While some of the characters and mannerisms disappoint me here, too, my issues are a bit harder to sum up. And I'm really worried he's writing himself into a corner. But I really enjoy the magic and the dragons (if Dany's begun to annoy me as a character), and the warging and the general question of what really exists, what is story/myth/legend, and what is forgotten history. And maybe he'll clear up this "doom of old valyeria" business. Anyone else read the Chronicles of Elantra by Michelle Sagara? I don't want to ramble on too much, but its my favorite take on 'urban fantasy', where 'urban' refers to a fantasy city in a fantasy universe at a pre-industrial-revolution tech level. Her writing is masterful and the races and setting is entirely unique, and she handles the differences and strife that arise from having immortals living with and "equal to" mortals in a settlement in a an interesting fashion rather than... glossing over it. What do other people read? What new series have you picked up on? Old books you've re-read and rediscovered? Old classics you've finally been bullied into reading?