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Re: OT: What book are you currently reading? 

Post#501 » by Guano » Fri Aug 9, 2019 6:37 am

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Ha! That was kind of a long digression. I really liked the books otherwise. It's that 12 years and counting for book 3? And it nowhere in sight? Nah.

Luckily, I read two other series right after it where the same thing kind of happened!

Scott Lynch "Lies of Locke Lamora" etc - ultimately, each book was too much like the other and sort of "young adult-ish" so I don't care. I think it's been 6 years.

Jonathan Renshaw - "Book of Wonder" - only 4 years, so that's brief

There's much better guys to read in the genre anyway, and who actually produced books regularly, like Sanderson, Cook, Butcher etc etc.

I really did like the Rothfuss books though.



Somehow the book is enjoyable even though Kvothe is annoying af.



Kdot, where you at in your Malazan read through?

anyone looking to read the series might want to use this as a companion guide. It was fairly helpful when I read the series.
https://www.tor.com/series/malazan-reread-of-the-fallen/

Got through book 4 a week or so ago, haven't really read much of 5 yet.

Honestly, I feel like it's just gotten better each book overall, but I do have to admit to being a tad disappointed in the battles in book 4. Loved the camp intrigue stuff, but the Malazans kind of just show up and everyone's already dead in the end. But the character moments are as good as they've ever been, like Fiddler hugging it out with Kalam and Quick, Felisin's end, and just Karsa being a f*cking boss the whole time

Might take me a while to get into Tides though. Just not a big fan of prequels, and the Trull chapters felt kind of flat to me cause it feels like a knockoff of Toc and Tool's journey in book 3. But, I do really enjoy the worldbuilding, so I am looking forward to it

Kvothe's basically the MC of a bad self-insert power fantasy anime at this point. Anything that was intriguing about his character was thrown out the window after he left Tarbean, and whatever was left got destroyed when he became a sex god for no reason


Kvothe reads like the authors attempt to live through the character.

I read the Esslemont books in my read through, so I can't even really remember what happens in what books - it just blends together. There are a lot of battles that stand out (next book has an epic battle). He is also great at portraying the desperation of his characters in battle scenes - one of the great ways he makes flawed characters sympathetic. There are so many holy **** moments throughout that series - it's wild. The world building in it is mind-numbingly impressive; races, time span, universes, magic system, gods.

I'm actually jealous that you get to read all this **** for the first time. this series is so damn epic on so many levels. I never suggest it to anyone because telling someone to embark on a complex heavy 10+ book series is rude af - but I love talking it up. It's so good that it's ruined a lot of fantasy for me.

I'm currently reading the 3rd book of the Red Queen's War by Mark Lawrence - it's okayish. Really enjoyed The Jorg series(forgot what it was called). I appreciate flawed protagonist in fantasy series, and he was definitely that. Jal's flaws just feel too forced in this series. But the world and conflict is enough to keep me turning the pages. though the second books pace was a little too slow. I've read much worse but much better - it's decent.
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Re: OT: What book are you currently reading? 

Post#502 » by bearadonisdna » Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:29 am

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Re: OT: What book are you currently reading? 

Post#503 » by thebuzzardman » Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:50 am

As stated in the "I'm bored" topic, added McMafia (really good so far) and rereading Peter Cook's "The Black Company" series to my list.
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Re: OT: What book are you currently reading? 

Post#504 » by NYKAL » Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:49 pm

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I didn't even know it had been released!

There goes my weekend!

What's KKC, Stormlight, and First Law?


Kingkiller Chronicles by Pat Rothfuss - Single POV high fantasy where the MC is a generational prodigy.

Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson - A multi-pov epic fantasy with some kick ass world building and magic system.


Don't go getting people into Kingkiller Chronicles, only to have them frustrated by having to wait another 10 years for the least book of the series!
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DING DING...yup!!! I refuse to let him George RR Martin me so, I took him OFF my authors list. I'm re-reading the Big Book of Amber by Roger Zelani
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Re: OT: What book are you currently reading? 

Post#505 » by B8RcDeMktfxC » Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:03 pm

I find it intriguing how many Knicks fans are into fantasy worlds. There has to be some connection there ;)
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Re: OT: What book are you currently reading? 

Post#506 » by thebuzzardman » Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:44 pm

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Kingkiller Chronicles by Pat Rothfuss - Single POV high fantasy where the MC is a generational prodigy.

Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson - A multi-pov epic fantasy with some kick ass world building and magic system.


Don't go getting people into Kingkiller Chronicles, only to have them frustrated by having to wait another 10 years for the least book of the series!
:D


DING DING...yup!!! I refuse to let him George RR Martin me so, I took him OFF my authors list. I'm re-reading the Big Book of Amber by Roger Zelani


I believe that's Zelazny.

I reread those about 2 years ago in entirety. What is there, 12 books? Whatever it is, it reads pretty fast. I really like those books. I think some of it is nostalgia, because I think they've been surpassed by other people, but that style of of hard boiled detective noir and high fantasy is pretty cool.

It's a series I reread every so often.

Earthsea Trilogy I reread every year for like 10 years, until I just quit a few years ago. I don't like the later books. But those first 3 are GREAT.
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Re: OT: What book are you currently reading? 

Post#507 » by thebuzzardman » Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:46 pm

Oh, also on deck to reread:

Old Mans War.

Now, I initially only knew about the one book. Loved it, forgot about it, then last year found out it's got a whole series off it which a couple of friends whose opinion I respect said the entire series is good.

So I'll dig into the rest soon
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Re: OT: What book are you currently reading? 

Post#508 » by Synciere » Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:54 pm

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Kingkiller Chronicles by Pat Rothfuss - Single POV high fantasy where the MC is a generational prodigy.

Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson - A multi-pov epic fantasy with some kick ass world building and magic system.


Don't go getting people into Kingkiller Chronicles, only to have them frustrated by having to wait another 10 years for the least book of the series!
:D


DING DING...yup!!! I refuse to let him George RR Martin me so, I took him OFF my authors list. I'm re-reading the Big Book of Amber by Roger Zelani


Yeah I've done some research into the books mentioned here. i'm not into fantasy at all, and I'm surprised the Red Rising series seems to be placed in the fantasy genre by so many readers. I think of Red Rising as just futuristic sci-fi. Pierce Brown has written six (?) books since the first one in 2014, so no waiting here....
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Re: OT: What book are you currently reading? 

Post#509 » by Cubbies2120 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:44 pm

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Don't go getting people into Kingkiller Chronicles, only to have them frustrated by having to wait another 10 years for the least book of the series!
:D


DING DING...yup!!! I refuse to let him George RR Martin me so, I took him OFF my authors list. I'm re-reading the Big Book of Amber by Roger Zelani


Yeah I've done some research into the books mentioned here. i'm not into fantasy at all, and I'm surprised the Red Rising series seems to be placed in the fantasy genre by so many readers. I think of Red Rising as just futuristic sci-fi. Pierce Brown has written six (?) books since the first one in 2014, so no waiting here....


Well even PB himself described it as "Science-Fantasy" during his Reddit AMA couple weeks ago. It kinda makes sense considering the lore he borrows from the ancient greek/roman cultures.
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Re: OT: What book are you currently reading? 

Post#510 » by K-DOT » Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:08 am

Cubbies2120 wrote:
Synciere wrote:
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DING DING...yup!!! I refuse to let him George RR Martin me so, I took him OFF my authors list. I'm re-reading the Big Book of Amber by Roger Zelani


Yeah I've done some research into the books mentioned here. i'm not into fantasy at all, and I'm surprised the Red Rising series seems to be placed in the fantasy genre by so many readers. I think of Red Rising as just futuristic sci-fi. Pierce Brown has written six (?) books since the first one in 2014, so no waiting here....


Well even PB himself described it as "Science-Fantasy" during his Reddit AMA couple weeks ago. It kinda makes sense considering the lore he borrows from the ancient greek/roman cultures.

I mean, when you think about it, really the only difference between sci-fi and fantasy is, sci-fi gives an attempt to explain their magic by using technobabble, fantasy just says, it's magic, now shut up

That's why you can have a post apocalyptic sci-fi story masquerading as a fantasy story, like the Prince of Thornes, or Half a World, something like that. Once you reach a certain tech level on the Kardashev scale, it's just magic.
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