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Re: Opinions on Fantasy Series
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2017, 04:21:13 AM »
1. Started and gave up halfway through the 3rd book, because I really didn't care what happened to any of the characters.
2. I also read all of the Jordan's, but was so scarred by the penultimate Jordan book that I've never been able to finish it.
3. Read the first book and quite enjoyed it. It's okd fashioned fantasy, however I've never gotten around to reading the sequels and don't feel like I'm missing out.
4. Massive fan. MASSIVE. Have read the first book 17 times. They're all fairly self contained, which makes the wait between volumes bearable.
5. It started well, but I felt ended badly. I liked The Liveship Traders better. They share a world, but are only loosely connected, so youod read that first if you wanted.
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Re: Opinions on Fantasy Series
« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2017, 05:36:01 AM »
Wow, I hadn't actually expected that so a lot of people will comment on this thread. Thank you so much for your opinions, everyone!  :D

The Riyria Revelations & Chronicles does seemed to be agreed on by everyone to be good, and I'm also feeling quite perked up just by reading the exerpts itself, so I'm definitely going for this one. The Gentleman Bastard's series also seemed to be very intriguing, and its title certainly caught my attention, so that is also a go.

After reading going over its exerpts, The Farseer Trilogy does seemed rather similar plot-wise to The Night Angel Trilogy, which I already had sitting in my room (Not to mention that I also have another series on assasins back at my house), so maybe I will look into it later once I finish these two.

The Malazan books of the Fallen and The Wheel of Time series does seemed to be really lengthy and requires a lot of investments in time and attention, so I may look into them later. Although I am curious as to the rather well praised writing style in Malazan by Steven Erikson, so I may grab book one sometimes in the future to try out if I like the series. Personally, I had this bad habit of buying an entire series before I had even finished the first book, so with lengthy series I'll have to be more careful, or risk wasting a lot of money, hahah.  ;D 

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Re: Opinions on Fantasy Series
« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2017, 07:51:11 AM »
*scratches ear* Can't say I'd heard anyone praise Erikson's prose before. Can't say I've really taken to my two attempts at reading Malazan books, I enjoy the page I read well enough but feel little compulsion to turn to the next one.

Gentlemen Bastards, only read book 1 but that's a lorra lorra fun.

Wheel of Time... look, I'd have probably enjoyed Wheel of Time twice as much if I'd never read a word about it on the net. Its got problems but, for me at least, they're blown out of proportion. Books 8-9 are the only books where I generally feel a little cheesed off. Problem with WoT is I'm never quite sure how much others will enjoy it. But I enjoyed it a lot and I know a huge amount of other people did too. Yeah its got problems but what it does well, personally, no one has yet to better. Although maybe I'd feel differently if I'd read all of Malazan.

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Re: Opinions on Fantasy Series
« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2017, 08:02:34 AM »
What do you feel about Farseer Peat?
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Re: Opinions on Fantasy Series
« Reply #19 on: March 16, 2017, 08:19:39 AM »
After reading going over its exerpts, The Farseer Trilogy does seemed rather similar plot-wise to The Night Angel Trilogy, which I already had sitting in my room (Not to mention that I also have another series on assasins back at my house), so maybe I will look into it later once I finish these two.

Oh, no no no no! I have read both, so I know what I'm talking about, hehe
The plot might seem similar (and that even quite loosely), but the books are very very different: Brent Weeks is all about action and "quick writing", while Robin Hobb is about the depth of the characters and the slow development of the story.

Read Weeks if you have him, yes, but please give Robin a try, in the future :)
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Re: Opinions on Fantasy Series
« Reply #20 on: March 16, 2017, 09:40:31 AM »
1. The Malazan Books of the Fallen by Steven Erikson-- I've had this recommended to me by multiple people. I love epic D&D books (was all about Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms when I was like 12), but tried to read this one and failed. Something in the first chapter just stuck me as too rando and out of context with the dog-hellhound things and the two guys and the dead lady and the girl.  I'm sure I'll love it once I give it another try and give myself a few chapters to get into it, but I just wasn't feeling the opening at all.

2. The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan--ok, I started this one when I was like 12 and then was desperately awaiting each book when they came out.  I couldn't get enough of it.  I never found it slow, but I really like well-painted scenes and found it immersive.  That said, later books do not really bring much to a satisfying conclusion (probably when Jordan got his diagnosis he started stretching things out).  Also the end of the series are written by Sanderson and they're just awful.  I waited my whole life in anticipation for the end... and then I couldn't even make it through the last book.  I'm probably the only one on here that's loathes Sanderson, but I find his writing mechanical and soulless, as if it was written by an AI, and consequently his worldbuilding and characters feel tissue-thin to me and try as I might I just can't enjoy anything he writes.

3. The Riyria Revelation Series by Michael J. Sullivan-- don't know anything about this one.

4. The Gentleman Bastards Series by Scott Lynch-- YES, Lynch is brilliant.  I've only read book one and part of the second because I want to savor the series over time.  He's also got some similarities to what I'm going for in my WIP and I have an irrational fear of copying him, so i read him in moderation.  But it's really amazing!!!!!

5. The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb-- been meaning to read this one too
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Re: Opinions on Fantasy Series
« Reply #21 on: March 16, 2017, 12:22:20 PM »
5. I really enjoyed the Farseer trilogy. I'm having less success with her Liveship Traders trilogy.

Same. Trying to decide if I want to read the next two or skip to the next Fitz book.

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« Reply #22 on: March 16, 2017, 07:45:17 PM »
5. I really enjoyed the Farseer trilogy. I'm having less success with her Liveship Traders trilogy.

Same. Trying to decide if I want to read the next two or skip to the next Fitz book.

I didn't even finish Liveship. 

Wheel of Time... look, I'd have probably enjoyed Wheel of Time twice as much if I'd never read a word about it on the net. Its got problems but, for me at least, they're blown out of proportion. Books 8-9 are the only books where I generally feel a little cheesed off. Problem with WoT is I'm never quite sure how much others will enjoy it. But I enjoyed it a lot and I know a huge amount of other people did too. Yeah its got problems but what it does well, personally, no one has yet to better. Although maybe I'd feel differently if I'd read all of Malazan.

I'm pretty much on the same page here.  Not sure I would rank it as high on my personal rankings but while there were several things about the series that I didn't like there were more things that I did like.   I do feel like its a series that a fantasy lover should at least try at some point.

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Re: Opinions on Fantasy Series
« Reply #23 on: March 16, 2017, 09:39:36 PM »
What do you feel about Farseer Peat?

Really, really frustrated.

Hobb can write, she has some great ideas, I love how character driven her books are, but I put the series down halfway through book 3 because Fitz is a punching bag and I just find it boring to read about. No matter what theme you make your book, it needs relief (dramas need comic asides or action, action needs serious moments etc.etc.) And I do not think that is here.

There is a Le Guin quote that fits who I feel here very well: "This is the treason of the artist; a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.” Its banal. Its boring. And its possibly the best series I'll ever say those words about. Although I did recently have a conversation on the Farseer trilogy where it turned out I was in the majority, which surprise me a little.

I'd still recommend them to people because I think that a lot of people will like them better than I did. I wouldn't recommend them to someone who I thought had very similar tastes to me though.

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Re: Opinions on Fantasy Series
« Reply #24 on: March 17, 2017, 12:02:54 AM »
Love Malazan, I'm on Bonehunters. Book six in the trilogy. Whacking and Hacking that you need a dictionary for.
    Didn't get into the rest of them.
   Reccomendation: Tanith Lee, Night's Master or the Parady's series. This is long stuff, and if you like it, you will be in for a treat. Also Check out Orphan's Tales by Cath Valente, She writes children's books about a girl who sailed around fairyland in a ship of her own making, (because this pays the rent) , but her adult level stuff is incredible.
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« Reply #25 on: March 17, 2017, 12:18:42 AM »
After reading going over its exerpts, The Farseer Trilogy does seemed rather similar plot-wise to The Night Angel Trilogy, which I already had sitting in my room (Not to mention that I also have another series on assasins back at my house), so maybe I will look into it later once I finish these two.

Oh, no no no no! I have read both, so I know what I'm talking about, hehe
The plot might seem similar (and that even quite loosely), but the books are very very different: Brent Weeks is all about action and "quick writing", while Robin Hobb is about the depth of the characters and the slow development of the story.

Read Weeks if you have him, yes, but please give Robin a try, in the future :)
I second this. In Night Angel, Kylar's aprenticeship doesn't last long, and we actually see him kill someone within the first 100 pages. For the first 12 chapters, there is precisely 0 assassinations happening. Pretty much hardly any action. Night Angel wins for me, and he could probably kill Fitz once without getting an injury.

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Re: Opinions on Fantasy Series
« Reply #26 on: March 18, 2017, 06:41:54 PM »
Two more recs on long series, Amber by Zelazny, and Bone by Jeff Smith.
    I am on the Malazan series right now, and wondering what to pick up, LONG, (if),when I finish. I tujrned on the Google engine, and the only author Erikson is consistantly compared to is Zelazny. Zelazny practically invented reality shifting ,(shadow-walk), And his stuff is both complex and fun.
   Bone by Jeff Smith, Gandalph chases Bugs Bunny, who swiped his stick and is eating a carrot.

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Re: Opinions on Fantasy Series
« Reply #27 on: March 19, 2017, 05:23:24 AM »

Zelazny is great!!! I read him when I was 12 too.

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