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1/10/13 2:19 PM
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They really are in my opinion. Though I liked the first one more than the second, which makes me a minority in that regard. One thing Erikson does is write things intentionally vague fairly often, so you get that moment where things really come together.

So I find his books have this slow, could go in all these directions, build-up until the 3/4 mark, then you have an OH SHIT sprint to the finish where it comes together. On top of that, you get that effect over the span of whole books with the overall plot. I'm still on book 7, but so far that's the way they've read for me... and it's a big reason I've ended up liking them as much as I have.

Book 5 takes place well before the events of the other books. As a stand-alone story it holds up pretty well, but at the time I was kinda bummed not to get to continue with some of the characters I had been reading. Book 6 skips back ahead, but then 7 continues where 5 left off. Due to the whole 'sprint to the finish' style I find his books have with epic endings, book 7 has just plain flown out of the gate.

That's kind of the synergy I'm talking about, I guess. Books 1, 2, and 5 will probably be the slowest starters simply because they start their own threads. But everything else just keeps rolling faster and faster downhill.

I'm rambling.
1/10/13 2:36 PM
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I don't think the first malazan book is weak at all. The last 25% of it ties it together wonderfully and more than makes up for the methodical/slow start.
1/10/13 2:37 PM
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The Bridge Burners are some badass survivors. Underestimate them at your peril.
1/10/13 2:40 PM
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Anyone bothering with the last Wheel of Time book?

I've read the wiki page, but am certainly not buying it even though it's supposed to be quite good
1/10/13 3:07 PM
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BaldTony - Anyone bothering with the last Wheel of Time book?

I've read the wiki page, but am certainly not buying it even though it's supposed to be quite good

I'm invisible... *cries

"Memory of Light was pretty good. Some pacing issues, and too much focus on the wrong stories in some instances, but overall it was a decent end to the series. Never should have taken this long, but nicely wrapped up."
1/10/13 3:14 PM
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I'm glad you guys finally got closure, and also glad they picked a good writer to do it. Never read WoT, but I always thought it was a shame that it might never be concluded.
1/10/13 4:26 PM
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BaldTony - Anyone bothering with the last Wheel of Time book?

I've read the wiki page, but am certainly not buying it even though it's supposed to be quite good

I'm invisible... *cries

"Memory of Light was pretty good. Some pacing issues, and too much focus on the wrong stories in some instances, but overall it was a decent end to the series. Never should have taken this long, but nicely wrapped up."

Sorry. Voted Up in compensation.

Was just quickly scanning the thread and missed
1/10/13 4:52 PM
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WOT has too many terrible books in the middle to be worth reading from the start, imo

i mean if you're already on book 12 or something then by all means but i wouldn't recommend it to anyone who would be starting at book 1. the series is like 5 books longer than it needs to be
1/11/13 12:02 AM
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Just finished the Memory of Light, it was good.

Here is a small spoiler:

"The Myrddraal were like water, flowing, but Lan was the wind itself. He spun between their blades, knocking back the attack to the right, then the one to the left. The Fades began cursing furiously. The one to his left rushed Lan, a sneer on its pale lips. Lan stepped to the side, then parried the creature's thrust and lopped its arm off at the elbow. He continued in a fluid stroke, his swing continuing to where he knew the other Fade would be attacking, and took its hand off at the wrist. Both Thakan'dar blades clanged to the ground. The Fades froze, stupefied for a second. Lan cut the head of one from its neck, then twisted and drove his sword through the neck of the other. Black Pebbles on Snow."

Lan Mandragoran, someone who would bitch slap Jaime Lannister around.
1/11/13 12:29 AM
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1/11/13 10:34 AM
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one thing that has always pissed me off about WOT is how utterly inept every single bad guy is. its pathetic

i don't think the trollocs or fades ever killed one single good guy in the whole 14 books. the best they can ever do is put a scare into some teen age farm boy, before said farm boy kills them by the dozens with a sword or axe he learned to use the day before

the series has some good points but tbh Jordan should have had trolls killing main guys like Lan or whoever from book one to establish that they were dangerous, at least dangerous in groups
1/11/13 5:56 PM
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jason hornbuckle - one thing that has always pissed me off about WOT is how utterly inept every single bad guy is. its pathetic

i don't think the trollocs or fades ever killed one single good guy in the whole 14 books. the best they can ever do is put a scare into some teen age farm boy, before said farm boy kills them by the dozens with a sword or axe he learned to use the day before

the series has some good points but tbh Jordan should have had trolls killing main guys like Lan or whoever from book one to establish that they were dangerous, at least dangerous in groups
Kill of Lan? Blasphemy!! Phone Post

This.

One of the main characters do die and many many secondary characters die in the last book.
1/12/13 2:48 AM
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I didn't know the final book of wot came out!!! And they actually wrapped it up, holy piss. I finished the previous book and thought no way can this be nicely closed out in one book, too much to do! Phone Post
1/12/13 3:35 AM
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1/12/13 10:49 AM
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invalid - Those are actually the first time I've seen the thickness of the Malazan books from those pics. I'm on Reaper's Gate and it looks huge!

I'm glad Kindle only really puts percentages down so you don't really pay attention to that stuff haha. Slow parts would seem agonizing when you see exactly how much is left ahead of you

i have them on Kindle as well but, I seem to like reading from the actual book for some reason

tore through a shit ton of books when i first got it and now it just collects dust


Is it a paperwhite version? Been wanting to get one of those.
1/13/13 8:02 PM
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WTF - Hedge isn't wearing his shirt made of hair. I'm calling shenanigans!
1/14/13 11:38 AM
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I felt that way about Deadhouse Gates as well. I guess we're the odd ones.

Book 3 is a mind fuck
1/14/13 12:02 PM
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can't believe how many people are saying The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

no offense but i read the first one and its probably the worst fantasy book i've ever read. i could teach a class on how not to write a book with that as the textbook

i would give that my strongest possible "do not read" recommendation, if anyone is thinking about picking it up


the sword of shanarra is pretty terrible too, as is eragon. i realize different strokes for different folks and all that but i honestly think all 3 of those are just a waste of time
1/14/13 4:08 PM
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Halligalli - anyone read the Tales of Gormenghast ?
just started but i find myself looking up every second word. is it worth it?

guess ill just start with the malazan books now

the author died before finishing the 3rd book, and some say that its not very good as a result

other than that i've mostly heard good things
1/15/13 2:39 PM
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Don't remember if someone mentioned this series already, but I just started on Mike Carey's Felix Castor books, and the first one was pretty damn good. I don't get some of the references, damn Brits, but it is well written. Dresden fans will dig it, imo, the first book is better than Storm Front.
1/15/13 6:39 PM
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jason hornbuckle - can't believe how many people are saying The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

no offense but i read the first one and its probably the worst fantasy book i've ever read. i could teach a class on how not to write a book with that as the textbook

i would give that my strongest possible "do not read" recommendation, if anyone is thinking about picking it up


the sword of shanarra is pretty terrible too, as is eragon. i realize different strokes for different folks and all that but i honestly think all 3 of those are just a waste of time

agree wholeheartedly
1/15/13 7:56 PM
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Honestly the WOT was great until book 7 or 8, then it slows way down but still not a bad read. I would skip the Brandon Sanderson WOT books and just read the wiki.

I tried to read the The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant but I found it very hard to get into.

I never read the Shanarra series of books.
1/16/13 3:36 AM
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I liked the Shannara books. At least the original trilogy anyway.

Eragon does suck though.
1/16/13 5:14 AM
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The blade itself by joe Abercrombie is ducking awesome!!! Phone Post
1/16/13 5:55 AM
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Delorian -  40 pages into The Blade Itself and I'm loving it! My cod these characters, they're so awesome. Phone Post

Glotka for President
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