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The Painted Man / The Warded Man
« on: December 09, 2010, 06:27:43 AM »
I enjoyed your review on this Mr Overlord.

I must say that I too thought it was one of the best books I have read in the last few years. Peter V. Brett just has that 'edge; to his story telling... I mean the actual story isn't all that unique is it really? Demons will kill you if you leave the house... someone has to leave the house... lol.

But you know, the way he tells it, the way he builds the characters and then the way he makes things exciting and seamlessly blends three characters stories into one is just mesmerising... Like you said, I love his 'to the point' descriptions. I hate huge, lengthy details when it comes to setting or timelines and so on in a 'new' book.

It may seem logical to explain a lot in the first book, but what Brett has done (for those who haven't read book 2) is wait until book 2 before introducing the complicated bits... the back story, the history of the corelings and so on... it makes for a refreshing change.

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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2010, 10:28:04 AM »
Agreed fantastic book, love the way he gives you what you want.

When he went back to fort Miln, I was thinking in my head that he wasn't going to be recognized etc, but was pleasantly surprised.

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Re: The Painted Man / The Warded Man
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2010, 09:53:30 AM »
Have you read Desert Spear yet? I'm just finishing it up... very different to the first book... real Epic! :O
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Re: The Painted Man / The Warded Man
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2010, 01:42:01 PM »
I've read both, but the second is a little less then the first in my opinion. Still great reading but the new of the story is a bit off it. Still highly recommended,just need to know how the story goes on!

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Re: The Painted Man / The Warded Man
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2010, 08:21:51 PM »
Nice to see someones take on this book. It's on my TBR pile after I finish the current book I'm reading.

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Re: The Painted Man / The Warded Man
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2011, 09:01:05 AM »
A really great book. It seems as if Peter Brett left his characters to develop on their own and let them make every decision and he was just writing what he saw in his imagination. Great and interesting book which I read in a short time, but still where I live I had to pay twice to get the whole book :/ Translation to Polish made the book much longer and they cut it in two halves. The same with the Desert Spear but for the second book in the series I only read the first halve so far but it took me about 8 hours xD I was just mesmerized just like with the first book. He is simply a genius of writing. I might be exaggerating a bit but he is truly a great author.

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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2011, 09:05:26 AM »
A really great book. It seems as if Peter Brett left his characters to develop on their own and let them make every decision and he was just writing what he saw in his imagination. Great and interesting book which I read in a short time, but still where I live I had to pay twice to get the whole book :/ Translation to Polish made the book much longer and they cut it in two halves. The same with the Desert Spear but for the second book in the series I only read the first halve so far but it took me about 8 hours xD I was just mesmerized just like with the first book. He is simply a genius of writing. I might be exaggerating a bit but he is truly a great author.

Completely agree... His writing style is just 'readable' (very similar to what Brandon Sanderson does)... No lengthy description, no telling us in depth about feelings, etc... the story just happens and the characters just seem to live and breath right in front of your eyes!

We had Desert Spear as out book of 2011 by the way and it is great to have another fan here with us Arthum! :)
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2011, 09:33:41 AM »
Completely agree... His writing style is just 'readable' (very similar to what Brandon Sanderson does)... No lengthy description, no telling us in depth about feelings, etc... the story just happens and the characters just seem to live and breath right in front of your eyes!

We had Desert Spear as out book of 2011 by the way and it is great to have another fan here with us Arthum! :)


Yes that is true. I never before thought about living the characters do what they want but The Painted Man made me to think about it and try to do it personally. I really admit Peter Brett for doing that. Well thanks for the welcome Overlord ;)

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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2011, 10:01:20 AM »
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Umm, its okay I'll just bump this topic.

Did enjoy Warded Man:
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1) Gritty and realistic.  Reminded of that great scene at the beginning of 28 Weeks Later, when Robert Carlyle abandons his wife to zombies.  We all might say we'd be heroic in those circumstances, but would we?  The way people behaved was very believable. 
2) Great concept; Demons on the lurk, and you have to do everything during day light hours!  And the use of wards was rather cool.

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1) It was basically an origin stories for the three heroes.  Can't we ever just get dumped right into the action?
2) The Free City Karisa was too uncomfortably close to the Arabic Kingdoms and their militaristic Islamic faith.  Don't like real world parallels to be so heavy handed.   
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Re: The Painted Man / The Warded Man
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Umm, its okay I'll just bump this topic.

Did enjoy Warded Man:
  :)
1) Gritty and realistic.  Reminded of that great scene at the beginning of 28 Weeks Later, when Robert Carlyle abandons his wife to zombies.  We all might say we'd be heroic in those circumstances, but would we?  The way people behaved was very believable. 
2) Great concept; Demons on the lurk, and you have to do everything during day light hours!  And the use of wards was rather cool.

 >:(
1) It was basically an origin stories for the three heroes.  Can't we ever just get dumped right into the action?
2) The Free City Karisa was too uncomfortably close to the Arabic Kingdoms and their militaristic Islamic faith.  Don't like real world parallels to be so heavy handed.   

As I said in another thread, book 2 will surprise you. Judging by other people's response - you will either love it or hate it. Personally, knowing you as slightly as I do - I think you will like it. Book 2 completely explodes the story. Yes, there is some backtracking and yes there is more of the Islamic type stuff - but I really think it was necessary in order to move the series forward. People forget this is not a trilogy - the series will be huge and simply but - the paintedman could not have been huge... it was too 'small'. Desert Spear allows the Demon Cycle to make that jump :)
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« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2011, 04:03:35 PM »
I m enjoying The Desert Spear. The scenes in the demon maze are just awesome. Just wish there was less parallels with fundamentalist Islamic society. Maybe the women could have been warriors too like with the Aiel in WOT 
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Re: The Painted Man / The Warded Man
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2011, 04:09:59 PM »
I m enjoying The Desert Spear. The scenes in the demon maze are just awesome. Just wish there was less parallels with fundamentalist Islamic society. Maybe the women could have been warriors too like with the Aiel in WOT 

What do you think about demons having being revealed as intelligent? :)
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Re: The Painted Man / The Warded Man
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2011, 04:12:09 PM »
I m enjoying The Desert Spear. The scenes in the demon maze are just awesome. Just wish there was less parallels with fundamentalist Islamic society. Maybe the women could have been warriors too like with the Aiel in WOT 

The Islamic thing annoyed me a bit too, I suppose it's because the parallels are so balatant. But I think ultimately there is a reason for it, particularly the role of women in the society. I'll say no more as you're still reading it.

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« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2011, 04:42:26 PM »
The demons being revealed to have some kinda intelligence was inevitable, it wouldn't have been much of a saga if they were just dumb brutes!but giving them POV is clever. Slightly bewildered by the use of sodomy to put any upstart back in place and to cement your place as top dog. 
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Re: The Painted Man / The Warded Man
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2011, 06:21:21 PM »
The warded man is a bit of a wannabe Batman. Actually imagine him speaking in a Christian Bale growl.
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