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Re: Pick my new series for me!
Thousand names ofc. You're a sucker for military fantasy. ;)

That's the only one I put down for him as I feel like it would be right down his alley (plus its one of my favorite active series).

Looks like it the Prince of Fools then been putting off as I didn't much care for the last book in Thorns.

Fools and Thorns are a bit different, Jalan is a wholly different character than Jorg.  I do feel like I've picked up on more of the world in the Fools books and I have found that part interesting.

The only other ones on the list I've read are The Emperor's Blade and Age of Iron.  Both were perfectly fine but I didn't find either that memorable or made me eager to read on.

October 04, 2016, 04:39:06 PM
Re: Pick my new series for me! Started Prince of Fools, enjoying it so far  :)

Spoiler for Hiden:
One question how much knowledge of the world do people know about the Ancient past and the Ancient past we know as I came across Chinee Acrobats along with mentions of Vikings and Odin and Jesu while reading and Jal knows who Croesus is

Do there remember televisions and cars?

October 06, 2016, 05:23:49 PM
Re: Favourite cover of SPBO 2 I voted for The Path of Flames because he looks like an albino Legolas and you simply can't ignore it  ::)
November 14, 2016, 03:41:38 AM
Re: Your 2016 Bests

They descended through shale foothills, which he said reminded him of a field of shattered blackboards, through cypress trees, which she said looked like open parasols, and finally they came upon the arid basin.

also, keep in mind, this is just my feeling from the first page or so, but, man, after reading that, my eyes rolled so hard i'm pretty sure i could see my own ass.

Before I get into this I hands up straight off acknowledge that I can in no way talk someone into liking writing they don't like any more than I can talk them into liking olive or sprouts if they don't like the taste.


Let me tell you why my eyes don't roll at that line.

It is not a line of description. It's far more than that. Perhaps it takes a writer's eye, and perhaps that makes Bancroft a writers' writer ... but I'm sure his appeal is wider than that.

That line is a report on how our two main characters described the scenery to each other. So it serves in a purely informative sense, but more than that it illuminates the person/s doing the describing (seeing) which is what all great description does. Description is not the mechanical delivery of colour, texture etc, it should simultaneously be casting light on the observer (the character) - what they notice, how they see it, how it echoes in them, are all powerful and vital elements. A writer always tries to get any line to do as much work as it can, to deliver as much bang for its word count as possible. So good description cuts two ways.

Here we have content and form. The description selects similes that reference and illuminate the pair. Senlin is a teacher, hence shattered blackboards. Mayra is a woman of certain standing in a small town in a faux Victorian age and hence parasols. Moreover it illuminates the relationship between them and their characters. Nobody talks like that, and hence they are engaging in simile as an intellectual exercise, a game between two bookish people comfortable enough with each other to pursue such ends.

And when you can easily write two paragraphs about one line ... well, there's a lot going on underneath the hood!

oh, for sure.  i don't disagree with anything you've just said.  i haven't made it far enough in the book to know the characters well enough to recognize the 'two bookish people' moniker, but i was totally with you on the purpose in illuminating their personalities.

i feel like you're successfully describing my point #1 above with the terse and effective "a writer's writer".

my eyeroll is completely corollary to that.  it comes from the weighty, self-importance ladled over the line.  it's the ridiculous image, in my head, of the author licking his chops at successfully assembling those words into that particular order, while sprinkling in plenty of deep-and-credible meaning into some kind of hidden, salivation-inducing thought.

it's that attribution of authorial intent that's wrecking me.  worse, mine's a totally dumb reaction, i know.  i fully acknowledge that.

so, like i said, i will need to duct tape that goofy hipster part of my brain to a remote corner of my skull so i can relax and enjoy the book as wonderful art outside of my comfort zone.

December 24, 2016, 05:05:40 PM
Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books Look what I got :D :D :D


Thanks a lot @Mark Lawrence, it arrived safely!

I'm reading Jen Williams' latest at the moment (which is amazing ;D ), but it jumped the queue of all the unread books at home and will be right next 8)

March 06, 2017, 05:22:11 PM
Re: F-F staffers and the forum Like so many, I found the blog by looking for book recommendations. (Which got me to Prince of Thorns, I think' and maybe Mistborn, I've lost track.) Lo and behold, there was a story from the story contest posted on the main site  :o. From there I found the forum, and blunted my fingers with typing posts with you all.  ;D
April 02, 2017, 12:49:34 PM
SPFBO 3 - now open for submissions! Hi guys, the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off year 3 is now open for entries!

See all the rules in Mark's blog here

Good luck :D

May 04, 2017, 05:21:00 PM
Re: Most satisfying character arcs you’ve read? Jorg Ancrath in the Broken Empire trilogy without a shadow of a doubt.
May 31, 2018, 10:43:10 PM
Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books Mark Lawrence is super!!

I asked him if I could buy Grey Sister directly from him, and he gave me both that one AND Holy Sister :D :D

As soon as I finish my current book I know what I'l be reading 8)

March 01, 2019, 05:26:14 PM
Re: The best authors at writing the opposite sex I think Mark Lawrence writes amazing women/girls and I love the men in almost all female writers I've read: Robin Hobb, Jen Williams, Anna Stephens...

August 03, 2019, 03:33:14 PM