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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:23:16 AM »
I'm halfway through Robin Hobb's The Soldier Son trilogy.  A little flat, to be honest, but interesting enough to continue.
Oh, that's the one I was told in no uncertain terms NOT to read!!!
Just stick to the other 16 books which are amazing...

Haha, but I've already read all of them! In Soldier Son I saw what I thought was a prototype of Fritz, a character who can't seem to stop himself from deciding what other people should and shouldn't know, therefore influencing their lives, but then I realized she wrote this series after the Farseer Trilogy.

It's safe to say that this trilogy can be missed.

I really enjoyed Soldier's Son, though it had its problems. It made me cry at the end. It's just hard not to compare to Realm of the Elderlings

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Here and r/fantasy most of the time. When I see a book mentioned enough times I'll eventually look into it and maybe add it to my read list. At this point I'm more of a trend follower. For example, I picked up Goblin Emperor because enough people were talking about it even though the blurb didn't particularly grab me. (it was good!!)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 24, 2016, 05:13:45 PM »
I just devoured N.K. Jemisin's The Obelisk Gate, sequel to The Fifth Season. I still have so many unanswered questions!

Currently reading Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan. It's a bit underwhelming and seems aimed at YA, which is really surprising since I picked it up seeing that it gets mentioned quite frequently in fantasy. I have the whole series so will probably end up reading it in entirety. It's a quick read though.

Has anyone here read the Stormwarden/Cycle of Fire series by Janny Wurts? I read these earlier in the summer and am somewhat concerned now with reading the Wars of Light and Shadow trilogy. The style of writing bothered me and it was quite trope-y overall. Should I be hesitant about reading the latter series? I did enjoy the coauthored series with Raymond Feist.

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Robin Hobb's Soldier Son trilogy.

She's probably my favourite author, but damn they were awful. It's been a while now so I can't remember much, but they were horrendous, and I could barely force myself to read past the first couple of chapters of each book. The protagonist was just insufferable - the least active character I've ever come across, he just never did anything. Any time there was a problem to solve, there were blatantly obvious courses of action, yet he just did fuck all. Utter waste of money.

Which is crazy considering all her Realm of the Elderling books are invariably brilliant.  :o

I know Soldier Son is not for everyone, but I actually loved it. Robin Hobb is a great writer, so I think for most people who couldnt finish this book its due to the plot or the characters. It's no Farseer trilogy. If you've read Hobb's writing as Megan Lindholm (I've only read the Reindeer People duology) I think you would like it.

I agree with most other peoples' assessments for other books... like Peter V Brett's. I actually got through The Prince of Nothing series and have the next trilogy's books on my shelf but am a little hesitant to read them. Also agree with American Gods.

I might have to add Gene Wolf's fantasy series (first book - Shadow and Claw) to this list. I had to force myself to get through the first volume...

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Nominations:

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb

Others (books I read but didn't think are in the same league as above):

The Skull Throne by Peter V Brett
Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

So based on what I've read, I agree with the list.

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The Middle East and Egypt:

Dreamblood series, N.K. Jemisin

Upvote! The two dominating factions are basically Egypt and Nubia.

Amazing books.

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Stormlord's Exile (Glenda Larke)
The first book was pretty cringey and I could instantly tell why Larke isnt a super highly regarded or popular author in fantasy. A lot of it was the adults being all written like 20-year-olds. Eventually I think she got more used to her characters (or I did at least) and the books got more enjoyable. 2nd book was kind of a slog but it picked up here. Overall I enjoyed the books - though there were a lot of flaws - but I'm in no hurry to read more by the author.

Half the World (Joe Abercrombie)
I got the first book for free and liked it, otherwise I never would have picked this series up since I didnt like First Law. This is a nice quick read and I enjoyed the characters. The books dont really have enough depth for me to consider them favorites or best of the years (I was surprised seeing the first one ranked so highly on this site) but it was definitely fun.

The Skull Throne (Peter V Brett)
This series is just getting progressively worse and worse imo. There were like 6 chapters of the characters I actually wanted to read, where the story actually was progressing, and 40 chapters of politics and characters who don't contribute anything. Its starting to remind me of Wheel of Time. It's like instead of getting to the final battle with the bad guy we spend book after book on Rand conquering this and that place and Aes Sedai bickering.

The Reindeer People (Megan Lindholm)
This is my first read of Robin Hobb under her actual name, not pseudonym. I guess I was expecting some sort of difference that would lead her to use another name, but couldnt find much - the writing style is obviously the same. As usual she takes on difficult situations and characters and really makes them come to life. In this book she takes on an over-protective mother of an autistic son. The descriptions of the world the characters live in are beautiful and make the book come to life. Currently reading book 2 of the duology.

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Despite how much I love him, Brandon Sanderson uses "okay" a bit much for fantasy and makes me feel like I'm reading something contemporary.

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Oh man I'm sure I have a bunch:

  • Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb
  • Fool's Errand - Robin Hobb
  • Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson
  • The Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson (dat ending)
  • Renegade's Magic - Robin Hobb
  • Tamir Triad - Lynn Flewelling
  • Magic's Price - Mercedes Lackey

I'm sure there are more.. I tear up a lot. =/

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Your top fantasy books of 2014? :)
« on: January 02, 2015, 01:42:47 AM »
I obviously haven't read everything but here's what I think of some of the major books this year:

  • Words of Radiance - this is one of the best books I've read in years, hands down. Maybe even better than Blinding Knife, which was my favorite last year
  • The Broken Eye - not as good as the previous 2 books, maybe because Gavin wasn't around much :(
  • Fool's Assassin - good book, not amazing (though I was really freaked out by what happened)
  • Half a King - fast and enjoyable read, but nothing earth-shattering about it

That's it!

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I read a YA book for a book report - It was an alternate history of the American revolution where Benedict Arnold turned out to be a good guy. If anyone can help me with it I'd appreciate it!

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I remember loving the first chapter but since then the book moved super slow. Didn't love the characters and the plot barely chugged along. I like his writing I just think I didnt like the characters.

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I'm one of the few people who really liked these books. It had been some years since I read her other series, but I do think that they are better than Rain Wilds. Soldier Son is a very character driven story and mostly focuses on major 2 characters. Nevare is similar to Fitz in how he is constantly having bad luck and it ends up shaping who he is.

The first book is pretty typical for fantasy but with a very eerie opening (Nevare remembering a very strange event in his childhood). Nevare is growing up, goes to an academy, and gets caught up in politics. Some very strange magical things start happening towards the end that are all related to that one event as a child.

The next two books follow Nevare as he is changed physically by strange magical powers he now has. He gets caught between two cultures - it starts sounding very familiar to the US vs. Native Americans. The third gets weird in the narrative in some ways I won't spoil, and thats the only part I didn't really like out of all of it. The ending for me was very memorable emotionally. I think these books would be enjoyed by people who like the metaphysical or unexplainable (similar feeling to the stone dragons in Assassin's Quest).

Maybe people going in with high hopes were disappointed? I don't know. I hope Robin writes other stories in new worlds!

That's a well considered review.  The Native American allegory is definitely there.  I enjoyed the first two books but the third book is very ambitious and sadly falls short. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
If I remember rightly it is also kinda needless as effectively things are resolved by the end of the second book. I think there was some kinda reset plug pulled at the end of the third book which was really frustrating.  Also Nevare is put through absolute hell which is painful to read.

I agree about the 3rd book - was definitely harder to get through. The other POV-ish character was just completely unrelatable.

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NK Jemisin - The Broken Kingdoms
I think this was my favorite of the trilogy. The plot was solid, main character awesome, and romance dealt with perfectly. "Magic" isn't really ever explained in the books, but the way Oree used magic was pretty awesome.

Robin Hobb - Fool's Assassin
Mixed feelings. The weird thing that happened in the first half of the book left me with a strange feeling the rest of it. It was shocking. I guess it's an interesting twist to a story you thought was pretty much done. Or when you thought Fitz was going to be called back again to the king to do something a la Tawny Man trilogy.

NK Jemisin - Kingdom of Gods
The narrator was a godling from one of the previous books, and it takes 100 years after the first. There were parts that were hard to get through - narrator was kind of whiny and emo (though I'd be too in his situation). There was a lot of mystery throughout the whole book, and the reason (after like 500 pages) turned out to be really strange.

(Close to done with Broken Eye)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Looking for a new series
« on: August 31, 2014, 07:28:43 PM »
It sounds like you enjoy fast-paced books with a magic-centered story

Definitely read:
Other works by Sanderson, especially Stormlight archive
Brent Weeks - Lightbringer (very well received!)
NK Jemisin - The Killing Moon

Things to check out:
Peter V Brett - Demon Cycle
NK Jemisin - Inheritance Trilogy
Jim Butcher - Codex Alera
Michael J Sullivan - Riyria
Brian McClellan - Powder Mage (haven't read but supposed to be really good)
Older series such as Belgariad, Riftwar, Saga of Recluse

Avoid:
Anything labeled grimdark (eg Joe Abercrombie)
Malazan - even more complicated than GRRM
Guy Gavriel Kay and Robin Hobb - very slow plots and more character focus, though at some point you should definitely -try- reading them

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