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Re: What are you currently reading? Just started Magician: Apprentice, by Raymond E. Feist.
October 11, 2019, 11:33:34 PM
Re: What are you currently reading?
Just started Magician: Apprentice, by Raymond E. Feist.

Be sure to come back and tell us what you think. I haven't read any Feist books and would love to know if they've stood the test of time.
You can count on it.  :)

October 12, 2019, 07:57:56 PM
Re: What are you currently reading?
Sanderson less then awesome.
Whew.  I feared I might be the only one on this forum who felt this way.   ;D 

October 27, 2019, 04:19:54 PM
Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
When I pick a book, I need to be sure I'm going to enjoy it.
Oh man, I wish I knew a way to do that!  I often find myself 300 pages into a book and still unsure if I'm going to enjoy it.   ;D

November 20, 2019, 08:13:25 PM
Re: What are you currently reading? I'm rereading Dragons of Autumn Twighlight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.  The Dragonlance Chronicles was the first high fantasy series I ever read, and I consider it the beginning of my love affair with the genre. I believe I was 13 at the time. 

Here's hoping I'll still find it as enjoyable at 37.  :)

December 01, 2019, 06:36:24 PM
Re: What are you currently reading?
how does this stack up as an older reader?
I'm not far enough in to book one to say yet, but so far so good.  :)  That very question is what compelled me to reread the trilogy.

I've recently read Magician: Apprentice & Master by Raymond E. Fiest, as well as The Elenium by David Eddings, and I was curious to learn how the Dragonlance Chronicles compares against those two high fantasy "gateway" series.

December 02, 2019, 02:48:32 PM
Re: YouTube book reviews I imagine everyone here enjoys and anxiously awaits my video book reviews.  Right?  ;)

Seriously though, I generally listen to Youtube book reviews when I'm driving.  Book reviews and podcasts.

December 12, 2019, 05:58:47 PM
Re: YouTube book reviews
I make an exception for you as you not a Sanderson fan boy we got to stick together. Now point me to the review where you give constructive criticism about warbreaker. I dislike that book.
I wanted to like it.  I really did.  ;D  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Jou0nHms8Os

December 12, 2019, 06:09:33 PM
Re: Is Grimdark still popular ? I've read that the term Grimdark originated from Warhammer 40k.  The tagline of the strategy game being, "In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war."

When I label something as Grimdark, I generally mean it's set in a harsh, cruel, and often ugly world or universe.  And said world or universe won't/can't be "healed" or "put right".  Hope and redemption are scarce, but can be obtained at an individual level or small group level, but the big picture of the setting must remain grim.

December 24, 2019, 01:22:12 PM
Re: Is Grimdark still popular ? After a bit of a Googling I ran across a blog post from Matt Larkin about Grimdark: https://www.mattlarkinbooks.com/what-grimdark-means-and-why-it-matters/

Here's an excerpt from it:

So first up, a definition. The term grimdark was originally a pejorative derived from the description of Warhammer 40k description (“In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war.”)

And then the writers of this subgenre took the “insult” and made it their own. By claiming their own work as grimdark, they striped the term of its ability to be an insult.

December 24, 2019, 02:38:46 PM