November 12, 2018, 10:36:21 PM

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Ahoy Mateys: Vote for the top 5 Modern Fantasies based on our exhaustive list

Lies of Locke Lamora - Lynch
25 (14.5%)
The Final Empire - Sanderson
17 (9.9%)
Retribution Falls - Wooding
8 (4.7%)
The Copper Promise - Williams
10 (5.8%)
Prince of Thorns - Lawrence
19 (11%)
The Black Prism - Weeks
8 (4.7%)
Storm Front (Dresden) - Butcher
8 (4.7%)
A Shadow in Summer - Abraham
3 (1.7%)
Going Postal - Pratchett
12 (7%)
The Heroes - Abercrombie
13 (7.6%)
Name of the Wind - Rothfuss
16 (9.3%)
Promise of Blood - McClellan
7 (4.1%)
Under Heaven - Kay
2 (1.2%)
Gardens of the Moon - Erikson
5 (2.9%)
The Night Circus - Morgenstern
4 (2.3%)
Perdido Street Station - Mieville
6 (3.5%)
Theft of Swords - Sullivan
3 (1.7%)
City of Blades - Bennett
6 (3.5%)

Total Members Voted: 40

Voting closed: September 06, 2016, 02:22:51 AM

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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #30 on: September 12, 2016, 03:21:10 PM »
Does he detest one of the final five or one that got nominated? I'm so curious now. I'm guessing lies of Locke lamora ;-)

@Elfy adores Lies of Locke Lamora.
He has said many times that Lawrence's "Thorns" books are very, very much not for him.

And I thank him for it. Books are sold by passionate responses like that. It continues the conversation and helps an author enormously. I've had more people tell me they bought Prince of Thorns because of the damning review on Tor's site than because of any other review. The more angry the better!   ;D

Elfy has never been angry and definitely not damning, always very tactful that the book is just not what he likes to read :) And it is really quite different from the books he loves and recommends, so its definitely in line with what I would expect him to say. There's a huge range of styles and tones for books in the genre. something for everyone, which is great :)
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #31 on: September 12, 2016, 03:26:10 PM »
There's a huge range of styles and tones for books in the genre. something for everyone, which is great :)
I agree 100%! :D
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #32 on: September 12, 2016, 03:32:48 PM »
I am reminded of the cave-painting scene in Mel Brooks' History of the World featuring the "birth of the critic."
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #33 on: September 12, 2016, 04:02:37 PM »
There's a huge range of styles and tones for books in the genre. something for everyone, which is great :)
I agree 100%! :D

I disagree 100%.  Everyone should like only what I like (because obviously what I like is the best)!

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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #34 on: September 12, 2016, 06:13:22 PM »
Does he detest one of the final five or one that got nominated? I'm so curious now. I'm guessing lies of Locke lamora ;-)

@Elfy adores Lies of Locke Lamora.
He has said many times that Lawrence's "Thorns" books are very, very much not for him.

And I thank him for it. Books are sold by passionate responses like that. It continues the conversation and helps an author enormously. I've had more people tell me they bought Prince of Thorns because of the damning review on Tor's site than because of any other review. The more angry the better!   ;D

Elfy has never been angry and definitely not damning, always very tactful that the book is just not what he likes to read :) And it is really quite different from the books he loves and recommends, so its definitely in line with what I would expect him to say. There's a huge range of styles and tones for books in the genre. something for everyone, which is great :)

I'm just pleased that there are people making regular mention of the book five years after publication.  Oscar Wilde summed the situation up for us very well.

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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #35 on: September 16, 2016, 08:50:14 PM »
Woops! I got about 10% into Prince of Fools before I realized I had stumbled off of @Jmack 's carefully crafted Golden Brick Road ... so I just bought the Prince of THORNS - and I am about to embark.

I find it interesting to post this right after the author himself has posted on the thread leading to my two purchases of his books. This is a first for me - I've never had any interaction / connection to an author of anything I've ever read.

I will try to behave. The only celebrities I've interacted with have been actors and heroes - and I found the former disappointing and the latter delightful, albeit intoxicating (literally - statistically speaking, Medal of Honor Recipients can drink me under the table).

Now where was I? Ah, yes... Ravens!
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #36 on: September 16, 2016, 08:53:03 PM »
All hail to the Emperor!
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #37 on: September 16, 2016, 10:09:58 PM »
So I'll report every so often as I progress, as directed by Jmack. This is awkward as I am the only one who has not read these books, but so far I am very impressed. I am actually being understated - I think I'm going to love these books.

In the several months since my arrival here at F-F, I have heard references to the Prince of Thorns and its follow on novels, and I attributed much of the enthusiasm to ... something other than the text. Call me skeptical or contrary, but the applause seemed too loud. I'm actually flabbergasted surprised. I'm a finicky SOB when it comes to books. I don't follow trends, and I sure as hell don't follow recommendations - but Jmack's been a nice guy and his insights in our interactions have been ... wise, so I listened. And I am exceedingly impressed.

Jorg is as unique and well-crafted a character as I've ever seen, and I find myself enjoying his Machiavellian / sociopathic / psychopathic nature. I'm sure that says all kinds of good things about the author and all kinds of terrible things about me - but after a life with killers and hard men, I feel oddly at home. I like this guy. Hell, I think I know this guy.
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #38 on: September 16, 2016, 10:18:03 PM »
I am the only one who has not read these books
Incorrect!  :P I've not yet read Prince of Thorns, or anything by ML actually, and there are definitely others. It's on my TBR list though.

Since you haven't read much modern fantasy I suspect you'll often feel amazed at the level of quality. There really is some awesome stuff out there. Some of the most recommended ones do have flaws, but they invariably make up for it elsewhere. Sanderson is the perfect example of that - characters aren't usually stellar, prose isn't great, but his plots and worlds are incredible.
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #39 on: September 16, 2016, 10:38:14 PM »
I am the only one who has not read these books
Incorrect!  :P I've not yet read Prince of Thorns, or anything by ML actually, and there are definitely others. It's on my TBR list though.
What are books?  ???

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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #40 on: September 16, 2016, 10:42:51 PM »
I am the only one who has not read these books
Incorrect!  :P I've not yet read Prince of Thorns, or anything by ML actually, and there are definitely others. It's on my TBR list though.
What are books?  ???

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Beats me!



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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #41 on: September 17, 2016, 01:13:51 AM »
Get out of here, you!



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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #42 on: September 17, 2016, 05:39:38 AM »
I'm just pleased that there are people making regular mention of the book five years after publication.  Oscar Wilde summed the situation up for us very well.

I finished the Prince of Thorns in two sittings that exchanged my day and my evening for some excellent entertainment, which I didn't even know that I needed. It was a fine novel that I truly enjoyed.

Presented with this first-ever opportunity to communicate with a writer whose work I've only just now set down, I must say something. I won't bore everyone with my observations or the moments that made me laugh or made me excited - it's enough, I think, to say that they happened, and they happened often.

Instead, I'll simply say "Thank you Mr. Lawrence, for entertaining and delighting me. I really enjoyed your book."
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #43 on: September 17, 2016, 05:21:35 PM »
I'm just pleased that there are people making regular mention of the book five years after publication.  Oscar Wilde summed the situation up for us very well.

I finished the Prince of Thorns in two sittings that exchanged my day and my evening for some excellent entertainment, which I didn't even know that I needed. It was a fine novel that I truly enjoyed.

Presented with this first-ever opportunity to communicate with a writer whose work I've only just now set down, I must say something. I won't bore everyone with my observations or the moments that made me laugh or made me excited - it's enough, I think, to say that they happened, and they happened often.

Instead, I'll simply say "Thank you Mr. Lawrence, for entertaining and delighting me. I really enjoyed your book."
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Great to hear you enjoyed it, thanks for sharing! Readers often say they enjoyed King of Thorns more, so let's hope it keeps getting better for you.

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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
« Reply #44 on: September 17, 2016, 05:45:01 PM »
Personally, I like Emperor of Thorns the best. King of Thorns had some sections that seemed too much like filler sections to help continue the flashback sequence every now and then.

Yes, I'm being honest about a book when the author may very well read the post. Sue me.