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Re: Highly Regarded Books that You Have Struggled Through
« Reply #135 on: April 10, 2015, 12:03:34 PM »
The Thomas Covenant books were a hard drag, because although I wanted to know what happened, Thomas was such a self absorbed misery. I can take an evil or unlikable protagonist, but he was pathetic and it ruined the trilogy as a whole.  I tried Donaldson again with Mordant's Need but that seemed weird beyond my comprehension and gave up on book and author.

I am struggling with the Kingkiller Chronicles because they are so long and detailed. I liked Name of the Wind but it has taken me ages to finish and am reluctant to start Wise Man's Fear. I get easily distracted with lighter fantasy or short stories and know once I start WMF it will need to be a concentrated read.



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« Reply #136 on: April 10, 2015, 07:44:13 PM »
It has been quite a while since I posted here. Anyway, I thought I'd jump in on this topic. There's been many books I've struggled through and I thought I'd share.

The Night Angel Trilogy: Okay, so I love Brent Weeks' writing style, but I am having a hard time getting through his debut trilogy. Got the omnibus and read through the first one like there was no tomorrow, but it was a bit too rapey. Granted the world he created made it at least understandable as to why the first book felt that way, and then I started the second one and oh my gosh it's slow. I really like his characters in this series (in some cases more than in Lightborn, which I adore), but man am I ever still stuck on that one.

Dune: I think there's a great book inside of Dune, I've just ended up shelving it a couple times because I was more interested in delving into ASoIaF at the time. I'm planning to delve into this one. There's a lot to like from what I've read, but I've just not had the motivation to currently.

The Erevis Cale Trilogy: A DnD book? Yep, I'm including this one. I really liked Paul S. Kemp's Star Wars novels, so I was really eager to read his darker Forgotten Realms stuff. Another one that I picked up the omnibus for and I was done by the end of the first of three books.

Falconfar Saga: I adored the concept of this one, a lot, but the execution was severely lacklustre. I've thought of going back to see if I could get to the end of the trilogy, but the motivation kind of flees when I try.

Eye of the World: Like many others here, I find the first book of Jordan's Wheel of Time to be a slog to get through. There's some really cool stuff in it, but it also meanders a lot. I stand by my statement that 300 pages in, I reached the equivalent to the crossing over to Bree from The Fellowship of the Ring. 300 pages. That's a lot. I do like some of the characters though, mainly Nynaeve and Lan.


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« Reply #137 on: April 13, 2015, 10:45:38 PM »
The Night Angel Trilogy: Okay, so I love Brent Weeks' writing style, but I am having a hard time getting through his debut trilogy. Got the omnibus and read through the first one like there was no tomorrow, but it was a bit too rapey. Granted the world he created made it at least understandable as to why the first book felt that way, and then I started the second one and oh my gosh it's slow. I really like his characters in this series (in some cases more than in Lightborn, which I adore), but man am I ever still stuck on that one.
I feel like you got Light Bringer and Mistborn mixed up there for a sec. Heh.
Anyways, I agree for the most part. I love the Night Angel Trilogy to death, but Light Bringer is way better on so many levels. Sure, it doesn't have as much action, but the plot makes up for it.
I promise you though, if you push through until roughly the second half of Shadow's Edge, it's worth it. Beyond The Shadows doesn't drag, so you'll definitely be alright there.

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« Reply #138 on: April 14, 2015, 03:39:59 AM »
I could not get into Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell--got about 100 pages in and had to put it down. All my fantasy-loving librarian friends swore by it but I just couldn't do it.

I also had a hard time reading the Wheel of Time--just couldn't hold my interest. But, strangely enough, listening to them on audiobook really sparked my interest and I tore through the whole series. Must have been the readers.

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Re: Highly Regarded Books that You Have Struggled Through
« Reply #139 on: April 14, 2015, 05:19:51 AM »
I could not get into Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell--got about 100 pages in and had to put it down. All my fantasy-loving librarian friends swore by it but I just couldn't do it.

I also had a hard time reading the Wheel of Time--just couldn't hold my interest. But, strangely enough, listening to them on audiobook really sparked my interest and I tore through the whole series. Must have been the readers.

I read JS and Mr N, truly liked the story which was so unusual, and quite a new track for fantasy, but agree it is very hard going. It has been deliberately written in the style of the period it is set in, early to mid 19th century,  and is dense with detail and long passages of thoughts and description, such as you might get in English classics. Hope you give it another try sometime, I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't end up as a film one day, which could be either brilliant or ghastly ;) 
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Re: Highly Regarded Books that You Have Struggled Through
« Reply #140 on: April 14, 2015, 06:19:32 AM »
I could not get into Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell--got about 100 pages in and had to put it down. All my fantasy-loving librarian friends swore by it but I just couldn't do it.

I also had a hard time reading the Wheel of Time--just couldn't hold my interest. But, strangely enough, listening to them on audiobook really sparked my interest and I tore through the whole series. Must have been the readers.

I read JS and Mr N, truly liked the story which was so unusual, and quite a new track for fantasy, but agree it is very hard going. It has been deliberately written in the style of the period it is set in, early to mid 19th century,  and is dense with detail and long passages of thoughts and description, such as you might get in English classics. Hope you give it another try sometime, I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't end up as a film one day, which could be either brilliant or ghastly ;)
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Re: Highly Regarded Books that You Have Struggled Through
« Reply #141 on: April 14, 2015, 07:51:39 AM »
I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't end up as a film one day, which could be either brilliant or ghastly ;)
I'm pretty sure they made a TV series, that will start soon (I think I've added to my NeverMiss) - let me check.

Here you go: http://www.bbcamerica.com/jonathan-strange-and-mr-norrell/

Personally, I read it all, but also can't get the big fuss - I suppose exactly because of what you said:
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Re: Highly Regarded Books that You Have Struggled Through
« Reply #142 on: April 14, 2015, 07:52:42 AM »
I could not get into Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell--got about 100 pages in and had to put it down. All my fantasy-loving librarian friends swore by it but I just couldn't do it.

I also had a hard time reading the Wheel of Time--just couldn't hold my interest. But, strangely enough, listening to them on audiobook really sparked my interest and I tore through the whole series. Must have been the readers.

I read JS and Mr N, truly liked the story which was so unusual, and quite a new track for fantasy, but agree it is very hard going. It has been deliberately written in the style of the period it is set in, early to mid 19th century,  and is dense with detail and long passages of thoughts and description, such as you might get in English classics. Hope you give it another try sometime, I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't end up as a film one day, which could be either brilliant or ghastly ;)

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Re: Highly Regarded Books that You Have Struggled Through
« Reply #143 on: April 14, 2015, 08:19:11 AM »
Thanks for the link ScarletBea, I followed up from there and Eclipse, you're right, it is coming out on BBC One soon and hopefully we will get it here after a while. BBC usually do things well and the casting and images look good.
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« Reply #144 on: April 14, 2015, 09:50:33 AM »
I have to agree with a few of you here about the Wheel of Time, I think I got to about book 5 and just couldn't psuh myself to read any further. Maybe one day I will pick the books off my shelf, dust them off and try again but for now there they will stay
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Re: Highly Regarded Books that You Have Struggled Through
« Reply #145 on: April 14, 2015, 09:52:00 AM »
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell just seems to be one of those books. I adore it, but it took me three attempts to read the whole thing.
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« Reply #146 on: April 14, 2015, 10:26:30 AM »
That reminds me of A Canticle for Leibowitz. It took me five or six attempts to get past the first couple of chapters, but now it's one of my favourite books.  :)
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« Reply #147 on: April 14, 2015, 03:48:49 PM »
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell just seems to be one of those books. I adore it, but it took me three attempts to read the whole thing.

Loved that book. I read it in one go, but I was well aware of what a drag it sometimes was. I think i got lucky, some other time I could have struggled, it just came up at a good time in my reading life.
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Re: Highly Regarded Books that You Have Struggled Through
« Reply #148 on: April 14, 2015, 04:18:40 PM »
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell just seems to be one of those books. I adore it, but it took me three attempts to read the whole thing.

Loved that book. I read it in one go, but I was well aware of what a drag it sometimes was. I think i got lucky, some other time I could have struggled, it just came up at a good time in my reading life.

Funnily enough, getting the kindle version solved it for me in the end - I think humping around the giant hardback was beyond my endurance ;)
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Re: Highly Regarded Books that You Have Struggled Through
« Reply #149 on: April 14, 2015, 04:19:50 PM »
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell just seems to be one of those books. I adore it, but it took me three attempts to read the whole thing.

Loved that book. I read it in one go, but I was well aware of what a drag it sometimes was. I think i got lucky, some other time I could have struggled, it just came up at a good time in my reading life.

Funnily enough, getting the kindle version solved it for me in the end - I think humping around the giant hardback was beyond my endurance ;)
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