November 16, 2018, 07:00:02 PM

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Who is the best writer?

#12 - Guy Gavriel Kay
#21 - Scott Lynch
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FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Guy Gavriel Kay vs. Scott Lynch
« on: October 16, 2018, 07:05:54 PM »
#12 - Guy Gavriel Kay

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#21 - Scott Lynch
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Re: FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Guy Gavriel Kay vs. Scott Lynch
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2018, 12:23:49 AM »
OH MY GOD, I feel personally victimised by this face-off in the FIRST ROUND. (especially when there are so many other pairs in this round that I just do not care about one way or the other)

I have to go and claw my own face off in indecision now, be back later...

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Re: FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Guy Gavriel Kay vs. Scott Lynch
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2018, 01:59:17 AM »
Lynch here.

Read his trilogy (so far a trilogy) and my first contact with Kay with The Last Light of the Sun wasn't good.
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Re: FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Guy Gavriel Kay vs. Scott Lynch
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2018, 06:46:26 AM »
I’m with Lanko here , GGK does nothing for me.
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Re: FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Guy Gavriel Kay vs. Scott Lynch
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2018, 06:48:01 AM »
Kay's stuff is good, but Lynch wrote my favourite work of fiction ever.
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Re: FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Guy Gavriel Kay vs. Scott Lynch
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2018, 08:05:56 AM »
Even though I haven't read any Kay, I'm still going to vote for Scott because I really loved book 2 and book 1 grew on me.

Sorry, cupiscent, I did a couple of random pairings (site had a 'randomise' button) and I thought this latest one was the best to avoid all the good ones pairing earlier on... I guess I just used my taste :-[
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Re: FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Guy Gavriel Kay vs. Scott Lynch
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2018, 11:09:36 PM »
It's all good, ScarletBea! These things happen. :)

And @Lanko, I must say I don't think Last Light of the Sun is Kay's finest outing. I think there's probably still a lot of depth there, and now that I'm in more of a North Sea / old Saxons headspace I'm considering trying it again, but I wasn't very fond of it myself when I first read it. If you wanted to try again, Tigana often gets a lot of accolades, possibly because it's one of his more standard fantasy outings: clearly secondary world, actual magic. (I enjoyed it a lot, it's just not my favourite. My favourites are: Lions of Al-Rassan, A Song for Arbonne, and Under Heaven.)

I think, at the end of the day, I'm going to have to vote for Kay because he just has so much more work, of such high quality, that I have enjoyed so much. I one day hope to say the same of Lynch, but he's not there just yet, purely in quantity rather than quality.

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Re: FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Guy Gavriel Kay vs. Scott Lynch
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2018, 05:22:28 AM »
It's all good, ScarletBea! These things happen. :)

And @Lanko, I must say I don't think Last Light of the Sun is Kay's finest outing. I think there's probably still a lot of depth there, and now that I'm in more of a North Sea / old Saxons headspace I'm considering trying it again, but I wasn't very fond of it myself when I first read it. If you wanted to try again, Tigana often gets a lot of accolades, possibly because it's one of his more standard fantasy outings: clearly secondary world, actual magic. (I enjoyed it a lot, it's just not my favourite. My favourites are: Lions of Al-Rassan, A Song for Arbonne, and Under Heaven.)

I think, at the end of the day, I'm going to have to vote for Kay because he just has so much more work, of such high quality, that I have enjoyed so much. I one day hope to say the same of Lynch, but he's not there just yet, purely in quantity rather than quality.
That was the only reason I hesitated in casting a vote for Scott, but he wrote The Lies of Locke Lamora, and I will never ever forget that. On the other hand if he comes up against someone else I think has been able to stretch themselves more as a writer (very few of them seem to have made the cut, though) I'd more than likely vote for them.
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Re: FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Guy Gavriel Kay vs. Scott Lynch
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2018, 09:06:03 AM »
It's all good, ScarletBea! These things happen. :)

And @Lanko, I must say I don't think Last Light of the Sun is Kay's finest outing. I think there's probably still a lot of depth there, and now that I'm in more of a North Sea / old Saxons headspace I'm considering trying it again, but I wasn't very fond of it myself when I first read it. If you wanted to try again, Tigana often gets a lot of accolades, possibly because it's one of his more standard fantasy outings: clearly secondary world, actual magic. (I enjoyed it a lot, it's just not my favourite. My favourites are: Lions of Al-Rassan, A Song for Arbonne, and Under Heaven.)

More people told me this and I put Tigana and Al-Rassan on my TBR since they're so highly rated and talked about.
There was indeed depth in Last Light, and it was clearly well-written, but it really lacked focus or depth, jumping around everywhere.
But I will still try him again sometime.
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Re: FFBB: Best Writer - R32 - Guy Gavriel Kay vs. Scott Lynch
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2018, 04:22:24 AM »
I know am in minority here and it was very hard to choose two vastly different styles of first class writing. Guy Gavriel Kay has had me entranced for a long time and so it is personal taste that gives him my vote. Scott may yet get my vote in a future pairing.
Glad you have Tigana on your TBR, ScarletBea and also recommend The Sarantine Mosaic duo. But if you prefer a long complex epic GGK also wrote The Fionavar Tapestry. Despite the cringe factor of a portal, it was very good indeed and  thoroughly enjoyed it.
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