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Offline Mark Lawrence

Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2015, 12:04:12 PM »
Sorry if there is already a thread. I didn't see one.

I was wondering everyone's most loved and most hated books of 2015.

Highlights
The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance - Brandon Sanderson
Red Country - Joe Abercrombie
Caine Black Knife - Matthew Stover

Lowlights
A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula LeGuin
Cugel the Clever - Jack Vance
The Illearth War - Stephen Donaldson

I loved the books you have a lowlights and haven't read any of the authors you have as highlights :)

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Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #16 on: December 19, 2015, 02:20:27 PM »
Highlights

City of Burning Shadows by Barbara J Webb
I Am Not a Serial Killer (John Cleaver #1) by Dan Wells
She Who Waits (Low Town #3) by Daniel Polansky

Lowlights

The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2.5) by Patrick Rothfuss
Gate of Ivrel (Morgaine & Vanye #1) by C.J. Cherryh
The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon
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Offline DireWolfSnow

Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2015, 04:27:32 PM »
Highlights:

Blood Song and Tower Lord, by Anthony Ryan: To date these are some of the most enjoyable fantasy novels I've read. I thoroughly enjoyed the world that Anthony Ryan has created and am excited to finish this series. Queen of Fire is currently on the top of my TBR list once I finish the books I am currently reading.

Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles Series, by Joseph Delaney: Read 1-7 so far and plan on finishing the remaining half of the series. I was vaguely familiar with this series (I'd heard the name a few times), but never got around to picking it up and reading it. B&N had a special on the first three e-books as a tie-in (or apology... not sure which) for the movie so I downloaded and blazed through that bundle. The story is so good and has so much potential to be a good movie... but as with nearly all YA fiction, that potential was completely wasted.

World of Warcraft: The Shattering and Tides of War, both by Christie Golden: One of my goals for this year was to get through my backlog of World of Warcraft novels. These two both give some outstanding background into the events that take place outside of the main questlines that are experienced by the player character and also provide depth to the major characters.


Lowlights:

Omen Machineby Terry Goodkind: The Sword of Truth books are dark. Very dark. However this new series is far more dark than the previous series. I had a very hard time getting into this book and put it down for now, but I may try again at another time to see how I like it.

The Winds of Winter by GRRM: Still no mention of this book. Now the tv series will pass the scope of the books and those of us who have been invested in this series since the 90s will have the plot spoiled.  :-\


Offline leterile

Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #18 on: December 19, 2015, 10:57:15 PM »
Sorry if there is already a thread. I didn't see one.

I was wondering everyone's most loved and most hated books of 2015.

Highlights
The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance - Brandon Sanderson
Red Country - Joe Abercrombie
Caine Black Knife - Matthew Stover

Lowlights
A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula LeGuin
Cugel the Clever - Jack Vance
The Illearth War - Stephen Donaldson

I loved the books you have a lowlights and haven't read any of the authors you have as highlights :)

Don't worry Mark. Nobody's perfect.  ;)

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Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #19 on: December 20, 2015, 05:49:50 AM »
Highlights:
Toll the Hounds, Dust of Dreams and The Crippled God, Steven Erikson. The final three of my favorite series didn't disappoint. Toll the Hounds in particular was jaw-dropping.

The First Law Trilogy, Joe Abercrombie. Glokta is worth the price of admission alone.

Hyperion, Dan Simmons. Classic for a reason.

The Warded Man, Peter V. Brett. Probably the most emotionally-invested in a group of characters I've ever been. Only flaw was that massive one towards the end (you know exactly what I mean if you read it). Actually kind of nervous to read the follow-ups since I heard they weren't as good and I don't want to spoil my enjoyment of this book.

Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson. About as real and plausible as sf gets.

A Fire Upon the Deep, Vernor Vinge. Really amazing sf/fantasy with great aliens and cool variable physics.

Lowlights:

Ultima, Steven Baxter. It had some nifty ideas but wasn't at all what I'd wanted in a sequel to Proxima.

The Fall of Hyperion, Dan Simmons. What worked in Hyperion totally doesn't work without the frame story.

Promise of Blood, Brian McClellan. Wasn't terrible or anything, I guess I believed the hype and then found out it fell short upon reading it.
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Offline ultamentkiller

Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #20 on: December 20, 2015, 04:17:15 PM »
There are just as many people who like The Demon Cycle sequels as those who don't. If that weren't the case, they wouldn't be selling as many copies as they are. It's just the ones that don't like them tend to be more vocal.
Don't let the crowd stop you from checking them out.

Offline night_wrtr

Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #21 on: December 22, 2015, 03:03:03 AM »
Highlights:

The Builders by Daniel Polansky - Amazeballs.
A Memory of Light by Sanderson / Jordan - The perfect ending to a great series.
The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley - Holy $#*% this was good. Currently reading book 2 and it's equally good.

Lowlight:
Seven Forges by James A Moore - I couldn't stay interested in the story.


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Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2015, 05:47:11 AM »
There are just as many people who like The Demon Cycle sequels as those who don't. If that weren't the case, they wouldn't be selling as many copies as they are. It's just the ones that don't like them tend to be more vocal.
Don't let the crowd stop you from checking them out.

I'll get to The Desert Spear at some point. I already have a copy. It just keeps getting bumped down the list as I seem to keep finding things I'd rather read.
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Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #23 on: January 02, 2016, 09:54:59 PM »
I knew I'd have to add one right at the end of the year! :D

Highlights:
- Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies - Robin Hobb
- books 1 and 2 of the Red Queen trilogy - Mark Lawrence
- Tales of the Ketty Jay books - Chris Wooding
- Ryiria Revelations - Michael J. Sullivan
- books 1 and 2 of the Copper Cat trilogy - Jen Williams
- Malice - John Gwynne

Lowlights:
- The time machine - H. G. Wells (meh)
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Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2016, 09:59:43 PM »
Sorry if there is already a thread. I didn't see one.

I was wondering everyone's most loved and most hated books of 2015.

Highlights
The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance - Brandon Sanderson
Red Country - Joe Abercrombie
Caine Black Knife - Matthew Stover

Lowlights
A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula LeGuin
Cugel the Clever - Jack Vance
The Illearth War - Stephen Donaldson

Wizard of Earthsea is one of my all time favourite books, and find Cugel the Clever to be quite amusing.  :(
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Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2016, 10:03:22 PM »
I think this thread is interesting also to highlight (eh!) the difference in our reading tastes, which goes to show there's a space for many different authors :)
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Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #26 on: January 03, 2016, 10:41:54 AM »
I must be the only one here who didn't enjoy The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet  ;D
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Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #27 on: January 03, 2016, 07:52:33 PM »
I must be the only one here who didn't enjoy The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet  ;D
You are. ;)
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Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #28 on: January 03, 2016, 07:55:41 PM »
I must be the only one here who didn't enjoy The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet  ;D
You are. ;)

Oh well hehe
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