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Re: Best Book You Have Not Read
« Reply #30 on: March 15, 2014, 03:11:31 PM »
Reviving a 2 year old thread, anyone?

On topic: I could make a list. No Sanderson or Hobb. Barely touched Abercrombie, GRRM, and Rothfuss.
That's surprising Chill. I think you'd really enjoy Abercrombie. I haven't read any Sanderson aside from Elantris, but I picked up the Mistborn trilogy on a 3 for 2 deal recently so should be onto that soon.
Mistborn is okay. If you really want a good Sanderson book, read alloy of law. Same world as Mistborn, but 343 years after the third book. Alloy of law is probably Sanderson's best work.

Wow! How opinions differ! I thought Alloy of Law was his weakest.  Way of Kings is his best for me by a country mile.
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Re: Best Book You Have Not Read
« Reply #31 on: March 15, 2014, 03:16:13 PM »
I never read Hobb, Abercrombie and Sanderson. But since I bought my e-reader last year I've been catching up on various authors, so I'll soon read these three as well, I hope!
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Re: Best Book You Have Not Read
« Reply #32 on: March 15, 2014, 03:28:15 PM »
Reviving a 2 year old thread, anyone?

On topic: I could make a list. No Sanderson or Hobb. Barely touched Abercrombie, GRRM, and Rothfuss.
That's surprising Chill. I think you'd really enjoy Abercrombie. I haven't read any Sanderson aside from Elantris, but I picked up the Mistborn trilogy on a 3 for 2 deal recently so should be onto that soon.
Mistborn is okay. If you really want a good Sanderson book, read alloy of law. Same world as Mistborn, but 343 years after the third book. Alloy of law is probably Sanderson's best work.

Wow! How opinions differ! I thought Alloy of Law was his weakest.  Way of Kings is his best for me by a country mile.

Totally different books, but I feel that Gariath has the right of it - Way of Kings is incredibly good and Alloy of Law is a throwaway pop novel (a very good one).

Ally of Law conclusion:

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Not Sanderson’s most epic and memorable novel and not a book that I’m going to remember as a classic – but it wasn’t meant to be. What Sanderson has done is prove his ability to work within crossover genres and that promises exciting things for the future.

Way of Kings conclusion:

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This is a series that I truly believe will be one of the great fantasy series we remember in 50 years time, without all the stigma attached to it for taking too long or going downhill.
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Re: Best Book You Have Not Read
« Reply #33 on: March 15, 2014, 11:17:51 PM »
I'm 15 years old and I've read fantasy for a while but about a week ago I hadn't read lord of the rings yet. everybody is asking me how many times I've read it before when I tell them I'm reading lotr.

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Re: Best Book You Have Not Read
« Reply #34 on: March 16, 2014, 09:03:04 AM »
I'm 15 years old and I've read fantasy for a while but about a week ago I hadn't read lord of the rings yet. everybody is asking me how many times I've read it before when I tell them I'm reading lotr.

I've never read LotR either .....

The Hobbit  put me off as I didn't get into it  :( (strangely I enjoyed the recent film there have just done)
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Re: Best Book You Have Not Read
« Reply #35 on: March 16, 2014, 04:28:57 PM »
Reviving a 2 year old thread, anyone?

On topic: I could make a list. No Sanderson or Hobb. Barely touched Abercrombie, GRRM, and Rothfuss.
That's surprising Chill. I think you'd really enjoy Abercrombie. I haven't read any Sanderson aside from Elantris, but I picked up the Mistborn trilogy on a 3 for 2 deal recently so should be onto that soon.
Mistborn is okay. If you really want a good Sanderson book, read alloy of law. Same world as Mistborn, but 343 years after the third book. Alloy of law is probably Sanderson's best work.

Wow! How opinions differ! I thought Alloy of Law was his weakest.  Way of Kings is his best for me by a country mile.

Totally different books, but I feel that Gariath has the right of it - Way of Kings is incredibly good and Alloy of Law is a throwaway pop novel (a very good one).

Ally of Law conclusion:

Quote
Not Sanderson’s most epic and memorable novel and not a book that I’m going to remember as a classic – but it wasn’t meant to be. What Sanderson has done is prove his ability to work within crossover genres and that promises exciting things for the future.

Way of Kings conclusion:

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This is a series that I truly believe will be one of the great fantasy series we remember in 50 years time, without all the stigma attached to it for taking too long or going downhill.
Way of Kings was not a great book. Enjoyable, maybe good, but never great. Words of Radiance was a huge step up, and Stormlight Archive is (or will be) overall better than Alloy of Law. But I felt that all of the aspects of Alloy of Law blended just right. Of course it had its flaws, but for all that I'd still recommend it as an intro to Sanderson over Way of Kings.

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Re: Best Book You Have Not Read
« Reply #36 on: March 17, 2014, 12:02:38 PM »
I've never read any of the Dune books nor anything by Hobb or Gaiman (I'm sure there are others I'm not thinking of too).

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Re: Best Book You Have Not Read
« Reply #37 on: March 17, 2014, 01:42:10 PM »
I haven't read Hobb or Rothfuss but they are both on my TBR pile.
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Re: Best Book You Have Not Read
« Reply #38 on: March 17, 2014, 06:22:19 PM »
Hobb is on my list as well. I have read her under the name Megan Lindholm, however.

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Re: Best Book You Have Not Read
« Reply #39 on: March 18, 2014, 04:08:57 AM »
I've never read Rothfuss or Peter Brett but that is more me waiting for them to finish their stories than anything else. I have finally gotten around to reading Hobb which i am currently doing at the moment.
Also I have never read any Gene Wolfe. I picked up The Wizard Knight once and couldnt get into the first 20 pages but I have always meant to try again.


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Re: Best Book You Have Not Read
« Reply #40 on: March 20, 2014, 07:41:31 PM »
Reviving a 2 year old thread, anyone?

On topic: I could make a list. No Sanderson or Hobb. Barely touched Abercrombie, GRRM, and Rothfuss.
That's surprising Chill. I think you'd really enjoy Abercrombie. I haven't read any Sanderson aside from Elantris, but I picked up the Mistborn trilogy on a 3 for 2 deal recently so should be onto that soon.
Mistborn is okay. If you really want a good Sanderson book, read alloy of law. Same world as Mistborn, but 343 years after the third book. Alloy of law is probably Sanderson's best work.

Wow! How opinions differ! I thought Alloy of Law was his weakest.  Way of Kings is his best for me by a country mile.

Totally different books, but I feel that Gariath has the right of it - Way of Kings is incredibly good and Alloy of Law is a throwaway pop novel (a very good one).

Ally of Law conclusion:

Quote
Not Sanderson’s most epic and memorable novel and not a book that I’m going to remember as a classic – but it wasn’t meant to be. What Sanderson has done is prove his ability to work within crossover genres and that promises exciting things for the future.

Way of Kings conclusion:

Quote
This is a series that I truly believe will be one of the great fantasy series we remember in 50 years time, without all the stigma attached to it for taking too long or going downhill.
Way of Kings was not a great book. Enjoyable, maybe good, but never great. Words of Radiance was a huge step up, and Stormlight Archive is (or will be) overall better than Alloy of Law. But I felt that all of the aspects of Alloy of Law blended just right. Of course it had its flaws, but for all that I'd still recommend it as an intro to Sanderson over Way of Kings.

Why offer an Urban Fantasy as an intro to Way of Kings? Sanderson has tons of Epic Fantasy that you could draw upon? Also, I'd argue that you will enjoy Alloy of Law FAR more if you read the previous Mistborn books before hand (not just because Alloy of Law contains spoilers for that series).
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« Reply #41 on: March 26, 2014, 11:33:02 PM »
I've never had the pleasure of reading any Tolkien, Hobb, Jordan, or Abercrombie. Though they are on my list of things to read.


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Re: Best Book You Have Not Read
« Reply #42 on: July 08, 2017, 11:05:11 PM »
Reviving a 2 year old thread, anyone?

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On topic: I've never read Lord of the Rings still and Never read Redwall either
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Re: Best Book You Have Not Read
« Reply #43 on: July 09, 2017, 01:57:42 AM »


Along the most regarded books I hear about that I have yet to read include:

01 - The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien
02 - The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
03 - Stormlight Archive by Sanderson
04 - The sequels of The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
05 - Malazan by Steven Eriksson
06 - Dune by Frank Herbert
07 - The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
08 - The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula Le Guin
00 - The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
10 - David Gemmell
11 - Elric by Michael Moorcock
12 - Prince of Nothing by R. Scott Bakker
13 - Discworld by Terry Pratchett

And possibly many others. If they are good or the best I don't know but these always pops everywhere on recommendations, analysis or discussions around the web.
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Re: Best Book You Have Not Read
« Reply #44 on: July 09, 2017, 04:16:21 AM »
First time seeing this thread, so here goes mine.  ;) At the moment, I haven't read:

1. Books by Mark Lawrence
2. Books by Robin Hobb
3. Books by Joe Abercrombie
4. Gentleman Bastards series by Scott Lynch
5. Books by Jim Butcher
6. Books by by Terry Goodkind
7. Books by Terry Brooks
8. Books by Sir Terry Pratchett (although I have a nagging feeling in my stomach that his style won't really be to my preference, but we shall see)