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« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2014, 04:36:54 PM »
There's a scene in The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan that describes how an empire punishes its criminals. It was quite horrific and I was literally squirming in my seat. The scene was one of the most fraught things I've ever read, because you get the protagonist's responses to the punishment too, which were ... uncomfortable. The whole scene is a masterpiece of emotional shock and horror. If you like that sort of thing!  ;)

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« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2014, 09:57:00 PM »
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« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2014, 06:25:32 PM »

The very random rape scene at the very beginning of the first Thomas covenant.  I just wasn't expecting w at all. I found the entire book pretty bleak to be honest,  havent started the second as a direct result.

I agree with this. When I read the question this waa the first thing that popped into my head.

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« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2014, 09:18:08 PM »
I think it was an Anne Bishop book. The evil queen did nasty things to fairies and the like. I had to put it down mid-chapter because it was so horrific. But I dislike a lot of books that have the villain's POV. I really don't want to be in that person's head.

And a book I read maybe 30 years ago...called Aztec, I think. Had a scene of maimed people kept as sculpture, or perhaps maimed to be sculpture. That image still gives me the willies all these years later.
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Re: Most Disturbing Fantasy Novels
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2014, 11:24:18 PM »

The very random rape scene at the very beginning of the first Thomas covenant.  I just wasn't expecting w at all. I found the entire book pretty bleak to be honest,  havent started the second as a direct result.

I agree with this. When I read the question this waa the first thing that popped into my head.
I believe Donaldson's intention was to make his protagonist as unsympathetic as possible and that scene was an attempt to facilitate that intention.
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« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2014, 08:18:38 AM »


The very random rape scene at the very beginning of the first Thomas covenant.  I just wasn't expecting w at all. I found the entire book pretty bleak to be honest,  havent started the second as a direct result.

I agree with this. When I read the question this waa the first thing that popped into my head.
I believe Donaldson's intention was to make his protagonist as unsympathetic as possible and that scene was an attempt to facilitate that intention.

I believe he pretty much succeeded in his intention. And if you read the rest of the books it does have a huge impact on the storyline. Still not a nice scene though especially since it was the my first propper fantasy book that I read.

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« Reply #21 on: April 17, 2014, 05:51:43 PM »


The very random rape scene at the very beginning of the first Thomas covenant.  I just wasn't expecting w at all. I found the entire book pretty bleak to be honest,  havent started the second as a direct result.

I agree with this. When I read the question this waa the first thing that popped into my head.
I believe Donaldson's intention was to make his protagonist as unsympathetic as possible and that scene was an attempt to facilitate that intention.

I believe he pretty much succeeded in his intention. And if you read the rest of the books it does have a huge impact on the storyline. Still not a nice scene though especially since it was the my first propper fantasy book that I read.

I remember reading that series as a young teenager, and while that part made me wince, I kept going.  Now, though, it's one of those things that's really keeping me from rereading or moving on to his most recent Covenant books.  I just don't want to hang out with that protagonist anymore.

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Re: Most Disturbing Fantasy Novels
« Reply #22 on: April 25, 2014, 12:59:46 AM »
There's a scene in The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan that describes how an empire punishes its criminals. It was quite horrific and I was literally squirming in my seat. The scene was one of the most fraught things I've ever read, because you get the protagonist's responses to the punishment too, which were ... uncomfortable. The whole scene is a masterpiece of emotional shock and horror. If you like that sort of thing!  ;)

Yep. I actually really like this book, but it is not one for the squeamish. We read it for book club, and needles to say, not everyone enjoyed it. I came in this thread wondering if anyone would mention it.
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« Reply #23 on: April 26, 2014, 10:12:55 AM »
No one has mentioned Mark Lawrence yet?  There's an animal cruelty scene in King of Thorns that outdoes anything in ASoIaF for me.  It's devastating.  And it doesn't glorify it in any way; the whole point of it is that it's a thing no human being should ever have to do.

I've read it now, and I'm completely with you on this. I had to stop reading the book for a day after that (it is brilliant, but damn, that was disturbing). The purpose of the scene is great, and we connect even more with the character. But, damn, damn, damn.
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« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2018, 08:23:07 AM »
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« Reply #25 on: July 12, 2018, 09:27:22 AM »
The start of the Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks. I mean, I didnt' start a fantasy book to be reading about child rape and violence, thank you very much.  :P

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« Reply #26 on: July 12, 2018, 02:19:34 PM »
No one has mentioned Mark Lawrence yet?  There's an animal cruelty scene in King of Thorns that outdoes anything in ASoIaF for me.  It's devastating.  And it doesn't glorify it in any way; the whole point of it is that it's a thing no human being should ever have to do.

I've read it now, and I'm completely with you on this. I had to stop reading the book for a day after that (it is brilliant, but damn, that was disturbing). The purpose of the scene is great, and we connect even more with the character. But, damn, damn, damn.

That had a similar effect on me, Saraband, I stopped reading for quite a while and was afraid there would be more, but somebody here told me that was the worst. It haunted me all the way through, but as you say it certainly achieved its purpose in explaining some of the character traits. I still remember that every time the series is mentioned. 
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