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7/11/12 4:21 AM
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Just finished Way of Kings. Last 150 pages were pretty fucking epic! Suspenseful to say the least.

Last 30 pages nicely set the ground for the next book. Can't wait.


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7/11/12 8:39 AM
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MushroomHead - Just finished Way of Kings. Last 150 pages were pretty fucking epic! Suspenseful to say the least.

Last 30 pages nicely set the ground for the next book. Can't wait.


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Such an epic book. You're right though, will be a long time waiting for each book, he isn't the type to just stick to one series either. Phone Post
7/11/12 8:40 AM
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Oh I just read the next one isn't coming out until late 2013.

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7/11/12 8:40 AM
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For later Phone Post
7/11/12 9:26 AM
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7/11/12 9:55 AM
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UGCTT_Jay Edz - Oh I just read the next one isn't coming out until late 2013.<br><br>Great. <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>



that isn't long compared to the other books. The real question is will that date hold
7/11/12 10:06 AM
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Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
Watership Down by Richard Adams

look these up if you haven't read them. some of the best storytelling ever.

if you liked the Gilded Chain, read West of January. Duncan is THE master storyteller.

Some recent ones I found interesting:

Iron Druid series - Kevin Hearne. kind of like Dresden, snarky wise cracking protaganist who gets himself in trouble.

The Prince of Thorns - Mark Lawrence. dark fantasy, in the vein of Abercrombie, but a little more character development.

The Rook - Daniel O'Malley. urban fantasy by new author. very entertaining. similar to dresden.

Cal Leandros series - Rob Thurman. dark urban fantasy. entertaining, but imo, tried a little too hard to be all snarky like Dresden, but she calmed down a lot in later books. still, a very entertaining series.

Caine Black Knife/Caine's Law - Matthew Stover. a continuation of Heroe's Die. dark, philosophical, but still very accessible. it doesn't go that deep, but it tries.
7/11/12 10:25 AM
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Kind of pissed at myself. I blew through Abercrombie's first book in a couple days. I was so pumped that I instantly grabbed the other two off Kindle and started reading...

4 chapters of the third book.

I got the two mixed up and basically spoiled several major things in book two. I kept thinking to myself how much must have happened in between the books lol

Now I've had a hard time picking up the second book; I'm still pissed
7/11/12 10:33 AM
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Sagiv Lapkin -  I'm gonna get flamed for this but......Sword of Truth series. I loved that shit.
Why would you get ripped for sword of truth when its better than ASoIaF and is really only second to Tolkien. Did you read the first confessor yet? Phone Post
7/11/12 10:39 AM
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Subbed for next time I'm at a book store. Haven't been able to get into a fantasy book that doesn't have Raistlin and his brother in it since 93 Phone Post
7/11/12 1:30 PM
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Half Blood Chronicles by Mercedes Lackey and Andre Norton:

Elvenbane
Elvenblood
Elvenborn
Elvenbane (I just now found out there was a 4th book and it's been so long I get to re-read all of them so yay!)
7/11/12 1:38 PM
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Sagiv Lapkin -  I'm gonna get flamed for this but......Sword of Truth series. I loved that shit.
Why would you get ripped for sword of truth when its better than ASoIaF and is really only second to Tolkien. Did you read the first confessor yet?


sword of truth is not fantasy.


7/11/12 1:53 PM
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As always, slam has good suggestions, even if he is wrong about that steaming pile by Hearne. I'll have to check out The Rook.

Have to highly recommend Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, though it isn't the typical light reading primarily talked about here.
7/11/12 2:07 PM
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What is Sword of Truth classified as?

Also, what kinda book is Johnathan Strange and Mr Strange? I've noticed that book isn't in the fantasy section of my library, but general fiction instead. Phone Post
7/11/12 2:08 PM
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Mr Norrell*, whoops. Phone Post
7/11/12 2:16 PM
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Strange & Norrell is fantasy mixed with historical fiction.

Wiki on her style (I don't like Austen ftr):

Clarke’s style has frequently been described as a pastiche, particularly of nineteenth-century British writers such as Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and George Meredith.[22][23] Specifically, the novel's minor characters, including sycophants, rakes, and the Duke of Wellington, evoke Dickens' caricatures.[24] Laura Miller, in her review for Salon, suggests that the novel is "about a certain literary voice, the eminently civilized voice of early 19th century social comedy", exemplified by the works of Austen.[24] The novel even uses obsolete spellings—chuse for choose and shewed for showed, for example—to convey this voice[25] as well as the free indirect speech made famous by Austen.[26] Clarke herself notes that Austen's influence is particularly strong in the "domestic scenes, set in living rooms and drawing rooms where people mostly chat about magic" where Dickens's is prominent "any time there's more action or description".[27] While many reviewers compare Clarke’s style to that of Austen, Gregory Feeley argues in his review for The Weekly Standard that "the points of resemblance are mostly superficial". He writes that "Austen gets down to business briskly, while Clarke engages in a curious narrative strategy of continual deferral and delay."[28] For example, Clarke mentions Jonathan Strange on the first page of the novel, but only in a footnote. He reappears in other footnotes throughout the opening but does not appear as a character in the text proper until a quarter of the way through the novel.[28]
7/11/12 2:19 PM
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 sub for when I finish Wheel of Time series
7/11/12 2:19 PM
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UGCTT_zackthewop - Incarnations of immortality.

My favorite ever and most people haven't read them.

The covers of the books are kinda gay but never judge a book by its cover right?


I read those years ago and just loved them.

Piers Anthony was the author.

I think the first one was 'On a Pale Horse' (about death, guy basically takes over the grim reaper job).

I couldn't put those damn things down.
7/11/12 2:59 PM
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fuck you lymond. those books aren't that bad. a little YA, but so is Dresden.

i have to admit though, you recommended west of january to me, and it's good. great story. almost made me cry at the end...almost.
7/11/12 3:13 PM
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MushroomHead - What is Sword of Truth classified as?

Also, what kinda book is Johnathan Strange and Mr Strange? I've noticed that book isn't in the fantasy section of my library, but general fiction instead.


running joke about Goodkind. the guy is nuts. seriously. read some of his interviews. very pretentious. says his books are not fantasy. lol @ him, he uses all the usual tropes. he's got orphaned farmboy of destiny, mysterious dark lord from a far away land, and a magical sword. wtf?

he's got a nice little bondage S&M scene in the first book though. makes up for all the Ayn Rand philosophy.
7/11/12 3:22 PM
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I'm just wrapping up clash of kings, how does dresden files or first law or way of kings compare as far as enjoyablity? Phone Post
7/11/12 4:18 PM
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slam1523 - fuck you lymond. those books aren't that bad. a little YA, but so is Dresden.

i have to admit though, you recommended west of january to me, and it's good. great story. almost made me cry at the end...almost.


LOL. Glad you liked West, it's stuck with me for years.

My problem with Hearne is that he tries too hard. Dresden has pop culture references, wise ass remarks, plenty of supernatural beings etc., but they don't pop up on nearly every page like in Iron Druid. FFS, we get it, your dog is funny, the mythological beings are assholes, you've seen every movie, and you're better than everyone else, stop beating us over the head with it. Some of that may be misremembered, but I pirated his most recent book and couldn't even get through two chapters.
7/11/12 5:19 PM
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^^^ I loved Iron Druid series. Sorry. It was funny, interesting power sets, and a nice mythology.
7/11/12 5:27 PM
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JediJitsu - I'm just wrapping up clash of kings, how does dresden files or first law or way of kings compare as far as enjoyablity? Phone Post


The First Law series is EPIC. Wait till you get to THE scene in the first book. Bricks will be SHAT.
7/11/12 5:44 PM
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Lymond - 
slam1523 - fuck you lymond. those books aren't that bad. a little YA, but so is Dresden.

i have to admit though, you recommended west of january to me, and it's good. great story. almost made me cry at the end...almost.


LOL. Glad you liked West, it's stuck with me for years.

My problem with Hearne is that he tries too hard. Dresden has pop culture references, wise ass remarks, plenty of supernatural beings etc., but they don't pop up on nearly every page like in Iron Druid. FFS, we get it, your dog is funny, the mythological beings are assholes, you've seen every movie, and you're better than everyone else, stop beating us over the head with it. Some of that may be misremembered, but I pirated his most recent book and couldn't even get through two chapters.


lol, actually that's a pretty accurate summary.

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