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#52 Mar 14 2014 at 5:08 PM Rating: Good
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Just finished The Name of the Wind. Really good read, though it meandered around a bit towards the end. Already ordered the next book in the trilogy.

Until then, I'm taking a break from fantasy to read 12 Years a Slave.

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There's a part in the next book where (spoiler is for my reaction, not plot stuff, in case you care)I laughed so hard I had tears streaming down my face.
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#53 Mar 16 2014 at 11:23 AM Rating: Excellent
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read book 2 slowly. Book 3 is probably still 12 years out...
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#54 Mar 16 2014 at 11:47 AM Rating: Good
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I would second the Dragonlance books by Weiss and Hickman. I'm not sure which ones are which anymore but the ones featuring the Magere brothers - Raistlen and Caraman and the kender Tasselhoff I liked.

They had to have been good characters for me to remember them after all these years.



Not going to get into too much spoilers but Caraman only makes a short appearance at the beginning of the first book of War of Souls and Raistlen is much later on. They were much more active in the Dragonlance Chronicles though.


They were the center of the storyline in Legends. Time of the Twins, War of the Twins, Test of the Twins. I'd imagine those are the ones Elinda is referring to.

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I only read the Chronicles trilogy, Dragons of Summer Flame, and the Legends trilogy. They seemed good enough, but then again, I was only in 7th grade or so at the time.

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#55 Mar 16 2014 at 2:58 PM Rating: Good
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read book 2 slowly. Book 3 is probably still 12 years out...


I'm not so worried. He's not Martin. And an interview from May of last year places his expected release of the book in 2014. So even if that's delayed, I'm guessing we'll see it in the next two years.

The rights to the book for a television series have already been purchased, and Rothfuss is expecting to set quite a few more books in this universe (he's already said he expects another trilogy, not following Kvothe). This isn't ASOIAF, where you have 5 seasons of content ready to go.
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#56 Mar 16 2014 at 4:19 PM Rating: Excellent
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Death Gate Cycle was really enjoyable. Fairly easy read, interesting characters but not over done.

This was going to be my recommendation.
#57 Mar 16 2014 at 4:23 PM Rating: Excellent
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I would second the Dragonlance books by Weiss and Hickman. I'm not sure which ones are which anymore but the ones featuring the Magere brothers - Raistlen and Caraman and the kender Tasselhoff I liked.

They had to have been good characters for me to remember them after all these years.



Not going to get into too much spoilers but Caraman only makes a short appearance at the beginning of the first book of War of Souls and Raistlen is much later on. They were much more active in the Dragonlance Chronicles though.


They were the center of the storyline in Legends. Time of the Twins, War of the Twins, Test of the Twins. I'd imagine those are the ones Elinda is referring to.

Edit:
I only read the Chronicles trilogy, Dragons of Summer Flame, and the Legends trilogy. They seemed good enough, but then again, I was only in 7th grade or so at the time.

Edited, Mar 16th 2014 1:49pm by TirithRR

The first six books were the best. All the stand alone stuff that other authors did were meh. Except the Legend of Huma. That was the best stand alone of the DragonLance series.
#58 Apr 02 2014 at 1:10 PM Rating: Good
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I just read Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff.

What a piece of sh*t. Why the hell is it getting favorable reviews? It's one of the worst offenders of overrelying on tropes I've ever read, it's half-assed, lazy appropriation of Japanese culture is just painful (hey, let's read the Japanese themed Steampunk written by that white guy...), and the actual technical skill of the writing isn't even good to make up for it.
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#59 Apr 02 2014 at 6:02 PM Rating: Excellent
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Any opinions on Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series? I just read through it and like it, but I tend to have an extremely low standard for recreational reading.
#60 Apr 02 2014 at 7:35 PM Rating: Excellent
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Stormlight Archive is pretty great so far. The world and story are really interesting and I actually like the entire cast. Sanderson is really good at creating new and interesting worlds and magic systems.

Also, Shallan >>> all.
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#61 Apr 03 2014 at 1:29 AM Rating: Good
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Now where have I heard that before?

My personal theory is that no-one has actually read his books. He makes his living off people that don't read but want to appear as though they do; for some reason, these people have all fixated on Sanderson as an example of creative fantasy writing and collectively pretend to have read him. Perhaps because no-one's in a position to call their bluff?

I call it a theory but it's really more of a religious belief. It makes the world seem like a better place. As such, I ignore all evidence to the contrary, e.g. the last two posts.
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#62 Apr 03 2014 at 2:31 AM Rating: Good
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Ha ha. To be fair, that stuff is what made him famous. He may not be the world's best writer but his stuff is different and interesting, and that means a lot when dealing with genres as stale as SF and fantasy have gotten over the years.
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#63 Apr 03 2014 at 8:41 AM Rating: Excellent
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It just seems like if you've enjoyed playing D&D at all and like the concept of planes of existence, his world building system would probably draw you in pretty effectively. Shadesmar is pretty much his version of the Plane of Shadow and Astral Plane combined, and each of his story settings are alternate Prime Material Planes.
#64 Apr 03 2014 at 9:06 AM Rating: Excellent
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The first six books were the best. All the stand alone stuff that other authors did were meh. Except the Legend of Huma. That was the best stand alone of the DragonLance series.

I remember Legend of Huma being good (of course, this was in high school) but, yeah, the other stuff was absolutely dire. Even back then I recognized the prequel novels as complete sh*t and I was still reading friggin' Xanth novels at the time.

Never read Dragons of Summer Flame but I remember the Chronicles and Legends series being good. Don't know how well they stand up over time. I also liked the (non-Dragonlance) Rose of the Prophet trilogy but I might be somewhat unique there as it's not a series I ever hear anyone mention. I always thought that series would make for a kick-ass movie (or trilogy of movies) with the side effect of having something to outrage about every group out there.

The world is saved when some Arabs and their god stop some Persians and their god from waging jihad on the world, with an assist from a gay Christian wizard forced to live as a transvestite and various minions of Satan -- I smell blockbuster!
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#66 Apr 04 2014 at 2:26 PM Rating: Good
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I have been re-reading Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time... I have been missing sleep time...I forgot how hard the books were to put down.
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I have been re-reading Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time... I have been missing sleep time...I forgot how hard the books were to put down.

Haven't got past book 4 yet again I take it?
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#68 Apr 07 2014 at 4:30 PM Rating: Excellent
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Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:
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I have been re-reading Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time... I have been missing sleep time...I forgot how hard the books were to put down.

Haven't got past book 4 yet again I take it?


Lol! IIRC, it was either book 3 or 4 when I realized that he was repeating plot elements with new labels on them, and not really moving the characters or major story forward at all, just stringing stuff along to sell books. Stopped reading then, resolved to not bother until the series was "finished". Kinda glad I did, frankly.
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#69 Apr 07 2014 at 9:46 PM Rating: Excellent
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Book 10 was the worst one. I swear it was basically just 700 pages of Perrin trying to catch up to a slow moving army camp that's traveled maybe 15 miles. The whole thing was "did we catch up? no. Oh darn How about now? Still nope. Now? No. Now? Nopers, Now? that's a negative. Now? You know, we'd be a lot closer if you would just quit stopping to ask every 10 feet" etc. Or maybe it was 11. I forget. I kind of repressed that part of the series. Sometimes I still wake up screaming at night that someone is going to force me to read that one again...
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Book 10 was the worst one. I swear it was basically just 700 pages of Perrin trying to catch up to a slow moving army camp that's traveled maybe 15 miles. The whole thing was "did we catch up? no. Oh darn How about now? Still nope. Now? No. Now? Nopers, Now? that's a negative. Now? You know, we'd be a lot closer if you would just quit stopping to ask every 10 feet" etc. Or maybe it was 11. I forget. I kind of repressed that part of the series. Sometimes I still wake up screaming at night that someone is going to force me to read that one again...


I disliked the long drawn out travels of the three magic chicks even more. Nynaeve? Egwene? I think those are the right names. Third one was some princess and love interest of Rand. That was some serious boredom right there. Never finished the series althought I heard the author they hired to pick up the pieces did a solid job.
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