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Re: In creating your own magic system, For creating your own magic system, I've found Brandon Sanderson's three laws very helpful. They're not just good for creating magic systems. They're good storytelling principles as well.
December 30, 2014, 08:56:50 PM
Re: What are you currently reading?
Does it get better, should I go on?

I had the same issue with The Mirror Empire. It wasn't until the second half of the book that it came together for me. In the early going, though, it was almost torturous at times trying to wade through all the names and information Hurley threw at the reader.

It's another one of my ambition > execution books. Not that it's badly written. I just think Hurley tried too hard at times to make everything new.

March 23, 2015, 12:46:17 AM
Re: Goodreads Troll - Words of Radiance I might take the critique more seriously if the person wrote in normal, comprehensible English.
March 23, 2015, 12:50:09 AM
Re: Highly Regarded Books that You Have Struggled Through
I've slogged through too many 'highly regarded' books by now that I don't see the point any more.  I'm just going to read things that work for me, no matter what others' say--unless I'm absolutely sure it's worth it, I'm not going to push through things I put down and don't want to pick up again (there's a difference between 'want to read' and 'want to have read'!).

I've been trying to adopt this attitude myself. I get that a lot of people love authors like Erikson and Bakker, but they just don't do it for me. I'm not a fan of the Grimdark movement in fantasy. I'll read it occasionally, but I'd rather read stuff I actually enjoy.

March 23, 2015, 12:54:34 AM
Re: What are you currently reading? Finished Circle of Reign by Jacob Cooper. I don't read very many self-published books, but I gave this one a chance because people recommended it on another forum.

I'm glad I gave it that chance. Cooper created an interesting world filled with characters I actually liked. The plot also moved along at a good clip. There was never a dull moment.

That being said, it's still clear at times that it was self-published. There were grammar/editing issues every now and then, but I never found they distracted from the story.

March 24, 2015, 02:33:28 AM
Re: What are you currently reading? I really liked The Emperor's Blades. I'm reading The Providence of Fire at the moment.
March 25, 2015, 07:12:05 PM
Re: Your favorite book titles Not a full length-book, but I love the title of Sanderson's Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell.
March 27, 2015, 07:53:40 PM
Re: Highly Regarded Books that You Have Struggled Through
Yeah makes sense. He does seem to have improved at least, Stormlight is a little better. He's ridiculously prolific though, makes you wonder whether his commitment to producing quantity is impacting the quality...

I don't think there's any issue with the quality. It's probably just a matter of reader taste. No author is going to appeal to every reader. That doesn't mean they're necessarily a bad writer, especially when they're as popular as Sanderson.

For example, I don't get on with Malazan, but that's more because it's not my type of story or writing style. For people who enjoy that kind of thing, Erikson does a great job.

It might just be that Sanderson isn't your cup of tea, and that's fine. There are a lot of writers out there for everyone.

March 27, 2015, 11:29:26 PM
Re: Limited 3rd person POV and detailed descriptions Passages like that remind me of why I don't get on with Erikson's writing. I'm not really sure exactly what POV he's writing in. If often feels omniscient even though you're with one character at a time. However, that handling of POV can work. The most famous example is the Harry Potter series. It's written in omniscient, but only on a few occasions do you leave Harry's head.

For me, the way Erikson writes feels very distant, and that keeps me from identifying with any of the characters. I really struggle to see why it's hailed as being so great. Is it the most epic, complex stuff out there? Yes. But other than that, I'm not all that impressed.

April 02, 2015, 06:05:42 AM
Re: What are you currently reading? Finished The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley. This was a great book. I think I enjoyed it even more than I did The Emperor's Blades. In this one, the pace goes along a bit faster, and there are interesting revelations galore. I'm really excited to see where it goes from here.
April 17, 2015, 07:52:36 PM