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Re: Best Recently Released Book
« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2015, 08:26:06 AM »
And as for Robin Hobb... might not have read anything of hers. Ever. I dunno why, but despite all the rave reviews I've never been particularly compelled to pick up Assassin's Apprentice—which I own, and seems like a logical starting place. *Ducks for cover from the fanboys/Nighteyes*
While I liked the Farseer trilogy, I actually preferred the Liveships trilogy, and you don't need to have read the Farseer to read that one.

Elfy, I was going to say exactly the same when I read Charlie's post, and then I saw yours :)
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Re: Best Recently Released Book
« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2015, 08:35:18 AM »
While I liked the Farseer trilogy, I actually preferred the Liveships trilogy, and you don't need to have read the Farseer to read that one.
Elfy, I was going to say exactly the same when I read Charlie's post, and then I saw yours :)
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Re: Best Recently Released Book
« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2015, 12:39:55 AM »
While I liked the Farseer trilogy, I actually preferred the Liveships trilogy, and you don't need to have read the Farseer to read that one.

I need to get back to Liveships at one point. I had to return the second book to the library. For me, it isn't as good as the Farseer trilogy because I don't identify with every character as well as a did with Fitz. There are some characters (Malta especially) that I simply have no desire to read about, and that makes me put the book down for long periods. I do the same thing with ASoIaF.

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Re: Best Recently Released Book
« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2015, 12:43:00 AM »
While I liked the Farseer trilogy, I actually preferred the Liveships trilogy, and you don't need to have read the Farseer to read that one.

I need to get back to Liveships at one point. I had to return the second book to the library. For me, it isn't as good as the Farseer trilogy because I don't identify with every character as well as a did with Fitz. There are some characters (Malta especially) that I simply have no desire to read about, and that makes me put the book down for long periods. I do the same thing with ASoIaF.
But Liveships has pirates. Do I need to say any more? Pirates and/or ninjas make almost everything better.
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Re: Best Recently Released Book
« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2015, 01:16:32 AM »
While I liked the Farseer trilogy, I actually preferred the Liveships trilogy, and you don't need to have read the Farseer to read that one.

I need to get back to Liveships at one point. I had to return the second book to the library. For me, it isn't as good as the Farseer trilogy because I don't identify with every character as well as a did with Fitz. There are some characters (Malta especially) that I simply have no desire to read about, and that makes me put the book down for long periods. I do the same thing with ASoIaF.

If it helps, Malta's character grows and matures quite a bit in the series. :)

I honestly don't know which series I prefer. In some ways this one felt more epic. But, I will admit, I never was as attached to any of the characters as I was Fitz. I guess that makes sense as this was a larger story, involving more players and perspectives. (at least thats how I felt), whereas the The Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies focused so much on Fitz (who was in the middle of everything).
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Re: Best Recently Released Book
« Reply #20 on: April 01, 2015, 06:19:51 AM »
For me, Kennit makes the difference. Don't think I've ever read a more compelling villain, particularly because he earns the love of people and just doesn't deserve it at all  :D
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Re: Best Recently Released Book
« Reply #21 on: April 01, 2015, 09:15:52 AM »
While I liked the Farseer trilogy, I actually preferred the Liveships trilogy, and you don't need to have read the Farseer to read that one.

I need to get back to Liveships at one point. I had to return the second book to the library. For me, it isn't as good as the Farseer trilogy because I don't identify with every character as well as a did with Fitz. There are some characters (Malta especially) that I simply have no desire to read about, and that makes me put the book down for long periods. I do the same thing with ASoIaF.

If it helps, Malta's character grows and matures quite a bit in the series. :)


Malta's character development is some of the best I've ever seen... I started off wanting to throttle her but by book 3 I was her biggest fan.

Also, Kennit. Good lord, what a character.

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Re: Best Recently Released Book
« Reply #22 on: April 01, 2015, 10:12:23 AM »
Malta's character development is some of the best I've ever seen... I started off wanting to throttle her but by book 3 I was her biggest fan.

Also, Kennit. Good lord, what a character.

This, 100%. Throttle her, slap her, shout at her... and then by the 3rd book I was really fighting for her :D
And I strangely liked Kennit and wouldn't really call him a villain - so much so that I was really shocked when he finally did a despicable act >:(
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Re: Best Recently Released Book
« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2015, 10:35:57 AM »
Malta's character development is some of the best I've ever seen... I started off wanting to throttle her but by book 3 I was her biggest fan.

Also, Kennit. Good lord, what a character.

This, 100%. Throttle her, slap her, shout at her... and then by the 3rd book I was really fighting for her :D
And I strangely liked Kennit and wouldn't really call him a villain - so much so that I was really shocked when he finally did a despicable act >:(

Gosh yes. Kennit has to be one of the most complex characters I've encountered. He was an utter, utter git through much of it and yet I looked forward to all of his chapters and found him fascinating. There was something there, a vulnerability, and then of course he did something truly unforgivable. There are no easy answers with Kennit, and that's why I think it is a truly extraordinary piece of writing (particularly in being an examination of the far-reaching consequences of abuse).

Those books were soooo good.

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Re: Best Recently Released Book
« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2015, 12:31:56 PM »
Malta's character development is some of the best I've ever seen... I started off wanting to throttle her but by book 3 I was her biggest fan.

Also, Kennit. Good lord, what a character.

This, 100%. Throttle her, slap her, shout at her... and then by the 3rd book I was really fighting for her :D
And I strangely liked Kennit and wouldn't really call him a villain - so much so that I was really shocked when he finally did a despicable act >:(

Gosh yes. Kennit has to be one of the most complex characters I've encountered. He was an utter, utter git through much of it and yet I looked forward to all of his chapters and found him fascinating. There was something there, a vulnerability, and then of course he did something truly unforgivable. There are no easy answers with Kennit, and that's why I think it is a truly extraordinary piece of writing (particularly in being an examination of the far-reaching consequences of abuse).

Those books were soooo good.

Kennit is amazing! And a great example of why I love getting the 'bad guy's POV, because rarely are things as straightforward as they appear when you get just one side of the story.
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Re: Best Recently Released Book
« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2015, 11:16:55 PM »
I'm joining in the Kennit love. Really great complex layered character.
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Re: Best Recently Released Book
« Reply #26 on: April 02, 2015, 05:58:04 AM »
I haven't really enjoyed Kennit's sections so far, and I'm part of the way into book two. I don't know. Maybe I'm the kind of writer who doesn't want to spend much time in the heads of terrible people.

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« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2015, 04:28:42 PM »
I felt quite 'meh' about Kennet really, but I did like the humour at times when he was being completely and utterly clueless about normal human interaction.

Malta on the other hand I completely agree about, her character development blew me away when I really didn't expect it to. I couldn't stand her at first and found her chapters hard to get through.