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The Thousand Names by Django Wexler
« on: July 10, 2013, 03:28:49 AM »
I'm about 2/3 of the way through and am having difficulty continuing. It's a very well written book with the best kind of large scale battle scenes I've read about in a good while, but the pacing drags. Does it for anybody else, or is it just the size 10 font I'm reading from?

Just wondering what others thought about it.
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Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2013, 11:46:20 PM »
Great review of The Thousand Names on the main site yesterday. My sister walked off with my copy, but it sounds like a good read. :)

http://fantasy-faction.com/2013/the-thousand-names-by-django-wexler

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Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2013, 09:38:39 PM »
FWIW I've heard a couple of font-size complaints, sorry it bothered you.  I don't get to pick, sadly, but I can pass them along to the pub.  The e-reader option may work better for people, I guess.
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Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2013, 04:17:22 AM »
FWIW I've heard a couple of font-size complaints, sorry it bothered you.  I don't get to pick, sadly, but I can pass them along to the pub.  The e-reader option may work better for people, I guess.

I feel bad for saying that. You've written a really remarkable debut. But yeah, cramming 200K words into 500 pages was ridiculous. I understand that they're taking a risk as such a large debut, and that they print by 8 pages, but that hampered the pace really badly.

You write amazing large scale battle scenes, and have great characterization, even if I didn't particularly like the girl dressed as a guy in the military trope. Still, you did it better than a lot of authors.

I will admit that I put it down at the 300 mark, but will go back to it when the second one is closer. I believe reading Republic of Thieves right next to it wasn't such a great choice either on my part.

Good luck, and I truly hope this font size complaint (even if it sounds a bit ridiculous) is fixed.  :)
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Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2013, 06:34:45 AM »
No need to feel bad -- it's a totally valid complaint, and even if the author can't do anything about it the publisher should certainly hear it!  Maybe I can get them to spend a bit more and print a few more pages next time.

Scott Lynch is the very definition of a tough act to follow.  =)
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Offline magisensei

Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2013, 04:57:43 AM »
Overall I thought it was entertaining.  The writing was good and the plot was interesting.  I know it doesn't sound like great praise and that is because while it was well written the characters and plot felt like a standard fantasy with nothing really that was truly unique or brand new to the genre. 

When I found out about his new novel I was excited since I've read his other novels - and it was entertaining - although for me I thought the writing was a bit weaker than "Memories of Empire" which I enjoyed a bit more than this first book in the series. 

The lieutenant who is practical and is a good job with his forces; the new Captain who seems relaxed and easy going for a noble but who has his own mysterious objective for coming to this far off land to fight a war; a newly sergeant who is capable but picked on by others who also has a secret (she's a woman); and of course the observer from the homeland who came with the Captain and who is more than what she appears; and then there is the native that is saved by the sergeant and her team and who they adopt/protect and who is part of the magic and mystery that surrounds what has brought all these characters together. 

Magic is a bit unusual as it is mostly gone from the world - but the Captain is searching for a relic of magic which has demon names; these demon names when used properly can be used to call a demon who possesses someone maybe forever and provides them with powers and strength beyond the norm. 

A war between two nations - one which is in a state of civil war; the other an ally of the former rulers who has come to aid an ally and repel the rebels is the general back drop of the story. 

The characters are interesting and developed to some extend but some of feel like that I've seen/read about similar characters before - and it was done better.  The Captain like I said earlier is relaxed, capable, open-minded and has his own mission for coming here; the lieutenant is capable and practical; and the sergeant does her job relatively well and shows good command but at a few points seems to be a bit weak willed without the killer instinct that she showed earlier in the novel. 

The first book in the series ends on a positive note - the mission to help the deposed ruler win back his kingdom is successful; the magic book is found; the demon sent to get the book is defeated; the sergeant survives, gains a demon-spirit companion, and even when her secret is revealed (she is a woman) the Captain doesn't care and brings her and her company back home with him to continue whatever he was doing there. 

Overall - entertaining read - 7/10

Offline AnneLyle

Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2013, 03:45:35 PM »
Was it really 200k? I didn't notice - once I got past the battle chapters (I found it hard work envisaging all the troop positions), the pages flew by :)

(I read it in ebook - no way I'd buy a print book with a tiny font like that. Had to stop reading GRRM in paperback for the same reason.)
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Offline DjangoWexler

Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2013, 05:42:15 PM »
Yeah, 200k is about right.  I'm hoping they'll make the paperback a little fatter to save people's eyes.  Glad you liked it though!
The Thousand Names -- released July 2!
http://djangowexler.com/book-info/

Offline AnneLyle

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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2013, 09:44:17 AM »
I think The Blade Itself is 190k, and that was fine in paperback - though it was in B-format (bigger than mass market, smaller than trade paperback), it's only slightly thicker than AoS (140k) and the font wasn't uncomfortably small.
Elizabethan fantasy trilogy The Alchemist of SoulsThe Merchant of Dreams and The Prince of Lies out now from Angry Robot Books!