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Re: Rivers of London- Peter Grant series Also disappointed but it's nice to be waiting for the next book in a series as well (sort of). Went for a long time with nothing new exciting me. Now waiting for quite a few next volumes! Quite a good not too silly but not too heavy series that is very moreish.

What's the issue with the folly?

I have to admit I only discovered these as audio books (lots of commuting time) but really enjoyed them and also the narration on the audible version. One of the better fantasy narrations available in my experience.

October 14, 2015, 07:51:44 PM
Re: Do you read unfinished series or prefer to wait? I don't know how old/experienced all the commenters are on this thread, but I am now in my mid to late thirties and I have actually really enjoyed the fact that I have had to wait for books from some authors recently. I think I went through a phase where I was reading completed series (or even re-reading) and watching dvd box sets and there was instant gratification but I think I was missing the excitement and anticipation of a new book from my favourite authors and buying it when it first comes out.
Back when I was in my teens/twenties I remember waiting for new books by David Gemmell, Terry Prachett even dare I say it Piers Anthony and David Eddings. There was a real excitement to knowing that a book was coming and a huge rush on then being able to buy it (or borrow it from the library) and sitting down to read it.
I think some of the examples being talked about (GRRM and Pat Rothfuss) are extreme examples of hugely popular, complex series which have, for whatever reasons, been slow in coming. I only discovered ASOIAF maybe 3-4 years ago so I haven't been sat there waiting for each book to come out, and I did enjoy when A Dance With Dragons came out. I can handle waiting for the next books in these epic series but might lose interest I suppose in lesser series.
I also enjoy when you "discover" something new and can watch it developing. For me that has been things like Duncan M Hamilton and Sebastien De Castell's recent books. There is a pleasure in being involved from the start!
One last point, since I am waffling on, is that it is nice to know that you will get more books from your favourite authors. So, knowing that I will probably see more books from GRRM, Pat Rothfuss, Scott Lynch is a great pleasure. I still remember having to come to terms with there never being any more David Gemmell books... Still wish I could have  a few more though!

January 07, 2016, 09:15:13 PM
Re: Looking for a recommendation for audio book series There is a decent range of Fantasy available through audible although the quality of the narration is variable! The Belgariad as narrated by Cameron Beierle is pretty widely condemned as unlistenable (although I didn't think it was that bad). Most things, unless a dramatic production are available unabridged which is good.. although sometimes devoting 40+ hours to listening is a bit daunting. Especially if you move your job closer to home and spend less time driving.... I did try the Wheel of Time (having never read the books) and struggled with it. I found some of the names as pronounced a bit too similar. I have also listened to all of Song of Ice and Fire (plus the Knight of the Seven Kingdoms which i enjoyed), Kingkiller Chronicles which I enjoyed. No Gemmell on Audible, but you can pick up a few stories on CD on eBay or the like (if you're that way inclined which I sure am). I don't know why but I didn't really enjoy Pratchett on audio. Not sure if it is because I am older now than when I read them all or what. Can't blame Tony Robinson. Currently listening to Peter V Brett and quite enjoying the narration and so on. Not fully sure what I think of the story especially with the slightly stereotypical "Arabian" race portrayal. We shall see.
July 06, 2016, 12:50:21 PM
Re: Book Bargains Lots of Gaiman for 99p on the UK Kindle store right now
November 04, 2016, 07:05:31 AM
Re: The Hobbit I distinctly remember my mum and dad reading the hobbit to me on a holiday in Scotland. Has a huge amount of nostalgia and warm happy feelings. I am not sure I would suggest it to be the best place to start for a grown-up experienced fantasist. LOTR might be more rewarding. I guess if you can happily read young adult/children's stories at face value (as I certainly can) then you will certainly enjoy it.
November 04, 2016, 09:50:38 PM
Re: Book Bargains Spellslinger by Sebastian De Castell is 98p on UK amazon right now. Haven't read it yet but enjoyed the Greatcoats
October 21, 2017, 08:16:20 PM
Re: 31st May 2018 Darksoul by Anna Stephens Excellent news! Enjoyed Godblind muchly (and especially from Goldsboro books)
December 01, 2017, 08:06:54 PM
Re: What Fantasy Novel has made you Think? I have found it interesting reading this thread. People obviously have different expectations and experiences with their reading (and by extension tv, films, music etc). My two pennyworth:
1) It's overly simplistic to say that the purpose of fantasy is to provide escapism. I am sure there are examples of authors who have written with either an overt agenda, and those that cause people to think almost incidentally to the intent. The fact that the setting or style of a book may be fantastic doesn't prevent that book having a message or affecting people. While going slightly off topic this is clearly an aspect of a lot of written and televised SF and if you can do it in space... you can do it with Elves... (or whatever your chosen trope)
2) You can't ignore the context. A book doesn't need to be a massive complex multilayered tapestry to cause people to think. A lot of fantasy has quite simplistic themes (good vs evil as the most obvious, but the flawed hero, redemption etc). Reading some of those as a well-read adult with years of forming opinions is different to reading this stories as a child or an adolescent when you are forming your opinions.
3) There are clear examples where overtly fantastic books are written as a critique of the society of the time... Gulliver's Travels for example or with specific messages (like them or not) Chronicles of Narnia!
4) I think with a lot of these it is possible to read them as simple entertainment or to see more in the books. I certainly read Narnia as a child and they were simple adventure stories and the christian messages were lost on my (admittedly heathen) children's brain. While those messages would be contrary to my beliefs now and somewhat clumsy i would at least recognise them!

January 28, 2018, 07:10:41 AM