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« Reply #45 on: May 17, 2013, 11:13:49 PM »
Stephen Donaldson - Gap Sequence

I've only read Book One (The Real Story) so far, but I agree with Lionwalker. Brilliant read. But seriously do not read it if you're looking for something light. It's probably the darkest story I've ever read.

It gets even darker. I also ... respect this series. I'm not sure if liking is the right term!

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Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #46 on: May 18, 2013, 02:15:28 AM »

Katherine Kerr - Deverry sequence


I read the first 10/11 of these all in a week (the library didn't have the next one) and I eventually got around to buying them all, even though I haven't read the rest yet.
I loved this series. I've seen a lot of people complain about how repetitive it is, but erm ....duh! I was totally fascinated by the fact that by the second or third book I knew exactly which soul each person was carrying before being told, and each cycle was different. The story moved in circles, but forward at the same time and it was completely different to anything I had read before.
It's been such a long time since I read them now though, I'd need to start from the beginning again - although each time I have planned to do this before, I have discovered that there was another book to get first! I think the series is complete now though (there hasn't been a new one for a few years- and wiki has the Silver Mage listed as the 'conclusion'  :)) so I'm just waiting for a suitable time to start a re-read. Won't be for a while yet though, I reckon.
It has been completed, Jeni. I read the first couple and it never grabbed me, so I gave it away. Lejays17 has them all, although she doesn't think she's read the last 4. Katherine Kerr moved onto an urban fantasy series. Lejays17 read them and thought they were okay, if not necessarily brilliant.
On books that don't get a lot of buzz, but are still really fun I'd throw Laura Resnick's Esther Diamond UF books in there.
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Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #47 on: May 18, 2013, 11:40:16 AM »
My new unexpected find/prized book - I found a 1st edition translation of 'The Neverending story' by Michael Ende (translated by Ralph Manheim) its gorgeous.

The text is divided into two colours, Bastian is in red and Atreyu's is Green, so you can't get mixed up between the reality & the story. Lovelovelove!!



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WOW! I just picked up that exact book (same edition, everything) two weeks ago. Such a beautiful thing.

Isn't it gorgeous!?? Love the text, the colours & page numbers are just fantastic, so beautifully done.
I get the feeling its the only edition worth having. :) <3
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Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #48 on: May 18, 2013, 03:07:16 PM »
Isn't it gorgeous!?? Love the text, the colours & page numbers are just fantastic, so beautifully done.
I get the feeling its the only edition worth having. :) <3

KJ Parker's Purple and Black also has different coloured text for different narrators, and I love that so much - definitely want to do that with a book someday!

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Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #49 on: May 18, 2013, 03:14:58 PM »
Isn't it gorgeous!?? Love the text, the colours & page numbers are just fantastic, so beautifully done.
I get the feeling its the only edition worth having. :) <3

KJ Parker's Purple and Black also has different coloured text for different narrators, and I love that so much - definitely want to do that with a book someday!

Really? I'll keep an eye out for that. I've not seen it done before, it works really well and adds an extra touch to the book.

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Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #50 on: May 18, 2013, 03:54:45 PM »
Stephen Donaldson - Gap Sequence

I've only read Book One (The Real Story) so far, but I agree with Lionwalker. Brilliant read. But seriously do not read it if you're looking for something light. It's probably the darkest story I've ever read.

It gets even darker. I also ... respect this series. I'm not sure if liking is the right term!
It is unbelievably dark, but incredibly well done. Whenever I think about character arcs and development I think about this series. What he puts those people through and how they react and evolve to fulfill different roles through the series is very impressive.
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Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #51 on: May 18, 2013, 04:08:36 PM »
My new unexpected find/prized book - I found a 1st edition translation of 'The Neverending story' by Michael Ende (translated by Ralph Manheim) its gorgeous.

The text is divided into two colours, Bastian is in red and Atreyu's is Green, so you can't get mixed up between the reality & the story. Lovelovelove!!



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WOW! I just picked up that exact book (same edition, everything) two weeks ago. Such a beautiful thing.
Where can I get!? I want!
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Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #53 on: May 18, 2013, 08:07:19 PM »
This is half-helpful, but it is this edition:

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=ende&bi=h&fe=on&tn=neverending
Thanks. Wish there was one around in the UK. Shipping is more expensive than the book!
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Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #54 on: May 18, 2013, 09:27:59 PM »
This is half-helpful, but it is this edition:

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=ende&bi=h&fe=on&tn=neverending
Thanks. Wish there was one around in the UK. Shipping is more expensive than the book!

That's what happens when I'm trying to import Japanese language novels. So damned frustrating!
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« Reply #55 on: May 18, 2013, 10:27:23 PM »
Another underrated piece of good fantasy Wilbur Smith's Egyptian series. Warlock especially. I have never encountered another person who's read it. I couldn't even convince my bro to read it, but I've read it about 5 times so far. It's just awesome historical fantasy done right. Anybody looking for a good read should check it out. It's a lot like HBO's Rome.

I think I've read one of those books. The main character is a rather clever eunuch?


Stephen Donaldson - Gap Sequence

I've only read Book One (The Real Story) so far, but I agree with Lionwalker. Brilliant read. But seriously do not read it if you're looking for something light. It's probably the darkest story I've ever read.

It gets even darker. I also ... respect this series. I'm not sure if liking is the right term!

Stephen Donaldson broke my ability to read the light-hearted science fiction and fantasy of my early teens.

I've never been able to completely unpack my thoughts on the Gap series, but it does stay with you.
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« Reply #56 on: May 19, 2013, 01:01:36 AM »
Another underrated piece of good fantasy Wilbur Smith's Egyptian series. Warlock especially. I have never encountered another person who's read it. I couldn't even convince my bro to read it, but I've read it about 5 times so far. It's just awesome historical fantasy done right. Anybody looking for a good read should check it out. It's a lot like HBO's Rome.

I think I've read one of those books. The main character is a rather clever eunuch?
 

 ;D YES!!! At long last!!!!! Loved it? Just thinking about it is making me want to reading it again!!!! The first time I read it was when the library started lending 5 books instead of 2, so I just grabbed the nearest thickest 3 to make up the numbers and got Warlock in the mix. Best read of my life! Fond memories... ;D
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Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #57 on: May 19, 2013, 01:52:48 AM »
Another underrated piece of good fantasy Wilbur Smith's Egyptian series. Warlock especially. I have never encountered another person who's read it. I couldn't even convince my bro to read it, but I've read it about 5 times so far. It's just awesome historical fantasy done right. Anybody looking for a good read should check it out. It's a lot like HBO's Rome.

I think I've read one of those books. The main character is a rather clever eunuch?
 

 ;D YES!!! At long last!!!!! Loved it? Just thinking about it is making me want to reading it again!!!! The first time I read it was when the library started lending 5 books instead of 2, so I just grabbed the nearest thickest 3 to make up the numbers and got Warlock in the mix. Best read of my life! Fond memories... ;D

I haven't read Wilbur Smith in ages, but I've read pretty much every single book he's published. Some really great stuff there, especially his Courtney and Ballantyne novels...some really beautiful and tragic moments...I wasn't such a fan of his Egyptian series. Really loved River God & The Seventh Scroll though. I think he just carried on with other two when those proved popular. You should have a look at Sunbird for a very cool present/past story that intertwines...
Also, if you had to read more and only wanted a standalone I'd say definitely go for Elephant Song, Eye of the Tiger, or Eagle in the Sky (all really tragic, but exciting and great reads)
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Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #58 on: May 19, 2013, 02:17:54 AM »
My new unexpected find/prized book - I found a 1st edition translation of 'The Neverending story' by Michael Ende (translated by Ralph Manheim) its gorgeous.

The text is divided into two colours, Bastian is in red and Atreyu's is Green, so you can't get mixed up between the reality & the story. Lovelovelove!!



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WOW! I just picked up that exact book (same edition, everything) two weeks ago. Such a beautiful thing.

Isn't it gorgeous!?? Love the text, the colours & page numbers are just fantastic, so beautifully done.
I get the feeling its the only edition worth having. :) <3

My copy was the movie tie-in edition - it had stills from the movie on it's cover - and it differentiated between the two stories by having one (I think it was the "real world" story) in italics, and the other in normal type.  A school-friend had the two-coloured text one, and I remember being very jealous of it.
It's a definate precious item for the bookshelf!  :D
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Re: Unexpected finds and Under-hyped books
« Reply #59 on: May 19, 2013, 03:05:08 AM »
Another underrated piece of good fantasy Wilbur Smith's Egyptian series. Warlock especially. I have never encountered another person who's read it. I couldn't even convince my bro to read it, but I've read it about 5 times so far. It's just awesome historical fantasy done right. Anybody looking for a good read should check it out. It's a lot like HBO's Rome.

I think I've read one of those books. The main character is a rather clever eunuch?
 

 ;D YES!!! At long last!!!!! Loved it? Just thinking about it is making me want to reading it again!!!! The first time I read it was when the library started lending 5 books instead of 2, so I just grabbed the nearest thickest 3 to make up the numbers and got Warlock in the mix. Best read of my life! Fond memories... ;D

I haven't read Wilbur Smith in ages, but I've read pretty much every single book he's published. Some really great stuff there, especially his Courtney and Ballantyne novels...some really beautiful and tragic moments...I wasn't such a fan of his Egyptian series. Really loved River God & The Seventh Scroll though. I think he just carried on with other two when those proved popular. You should have a look at Sunbird for a very cool present/past story that intertwines...
Also, if you had to read more and only wanted a standalone I'd say definitely go for Elephant Song, Eye of the Tiger, or Eagle in the Sky (all really tragic, but exciting and great reads)
Glad someone mentioned Sunbird, Craig. I've read everything Wilbur Smith has written with the exception of Assegai. I've got it, but haven't got around to reading it. The truly awful Those in Peril has rather sapped my will to read him now. That one was written completely on autopilot. The concept around Sunbird was quite cool, though. You had the two paralleling stories going through it. My favourite Smith, and one of my favourite books all time is Cry Wolf, that's another of his standalones.
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