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City of Stairs: would you recommend it to me?
« on: November 01, 2019, 08:12:17 PM »
I’m thinking of reading this month and it does sound like my cup of tea with a murder mystery but I’ve read one of his novels before called the Troupe and DNF it.

Knowing my taste in books well I hope you do I’ve been here long enough 😀 do you think I should give him a second chance or just move on?

How did you get on with Robert Jackson Bennett stories?

 
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Re: City of Stairs: would you recommend it to me?
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2019, 08:46:45 PM »
Probably one of the best series I've ever read. A delightful mix of fantasy and detective mystery. All 3 books are interrelated but have separate protagonists and storyline.

Highly recommended!
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Re: City of Stairs: would you recommend it to me?
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2019, 09:47:57 PM »
The Troupe is quite different from City of Stairs and I, too, think that it is right up your alley.

It's an awesome trilogy and his new book Foundryside is incredibly good too.

May I ask how far along you've been with the Troupe when you DNF'ed it?
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Re: City of Stairs: would you recommend it to me?
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2019, 10:03:44 PM »
May I ask how far along you've been with the Troupe when you DNF'ed it?

It was a Long time ago probably around 60 to 100 pages in.
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Re: City of Stairs: would you recommend it to me?
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2019, 08:01:01 AM »
Hmm Thought this book was more popular here.

@ScarletBea have you read it? If you liked it I can avoid it 😛
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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2019, 08:07:50 AM »
Honestly well worth a shot. I lived them and thought they were fresh, surprising and something a bit different from the usual fare.

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Re: City of Stairs: would you recommend it to me?
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2019, 09:13:38 AM »
Hmm Thought this book was more popular here.

@ScarletBea have you read it? If you liked it I can avoid it 😛
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And nope, I haven't read these books yet, though I've had many recommendations - they're on my TBR list...
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Re: City of Stairs: would you recommend it to me?
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2019, 01:14:52 PM »
It didn't really do it for me, but I feel I'm an outlier. It was OK, but I just didn't love it. I haven't read the second one, and I'm not particularly bothered.

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« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2019, 09:50:57 PM »
I absolutely love City of Stairs and its sequels. I think they're a great balance of thought-provoking themes about cycles of oppression/hate and the nature/purpose of religion and different worldviews, alongside rollicking action and spy stuff and politics. I loved the characters. I loved the writing.

I have spoken to others who found them a little too heavy on the thinky stuff. Everyone's mileage varies. :)

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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2019, 09:03:30 PM »
Its pretty good, which is akin to me raving about given it is written in present tense. I'm not sure you'd like it Eclipse, but I think it ticks enough of your boxes that I'd suggest you to pick it up for cheap if you can.