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Damn, the 13rd chapter was just awesome!

YES!

Sad and tragic, but awesome.

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Also I have to say that I am enjoying this book much more than I expected to from just reading the back cover blurb.

I like the fact that it is all contained with not too many characters and names as well as being quite contained location wise in the first section.

Enjoying the main characters a lot, and I'm even finding the warrior women interesting.

And since I have a small child in the house the short chapters really work for me, and I always feel that I can quickly sneak in another chapter without losing the thread of the story by having to stop in the middle of a chapter.

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thoughts in general:
Spoiler for Hiden:

uh...  i still don't get why the guards are guarding something that kills anyone who enters.

totally called the gallo thing.  you did a great job telegraphing his creepiness.  i was practically screaming "don't trust him, dammit!!!" at the book.  nicely done.



Spoiler for Hiden:

With the guards I understood it the other way around. That they were not keeping what was inside safe, but more as a civil duty from the city's side to keep the people of the city from wandering in there and getting killed. And then there is the added bonus of taking bribes from those who would stop at nothing to get in.

And yes! I agree with the Gallo thing, I was also practically screaming at them to not trust him, "isn't it obvious that it isn't him!"

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Starting off with a torture scene, interesting choice...mmm...

And I enjoyed chapter 2 a lot. Some suspense, a bit of light humour... I could easily imagine this. Nice.

I'm still busy with chapter 3, so I'll leave and read some more comments in a little while.

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[JUN 2016] The Stone Road / Re: Part 3: Chapter 21 to the End
« on: July 12, 2016, 07:48:59 PM »
Ok, before I read and comment on everything everyone else wrote, here is my thoughts on the third part of the book.

The start of this section (roughly 50%-70% on my kindle) felt like I was reading a new book. I had no idea where it was going and to an extent felt like I had to get to know the characters from  scratch. I did not prepare myself for this and struggled a bit through that bit. For this section Zhou was my hero who kept me reading. I really struggled through the Haung chapters.

So, now with the down side out if the way, the upside... I enjoyed Zhou's journey a lot. My favourite part was probably the "tree" inn and I think I can probably read a whole book just on that. I also found the scenes where Zhou managed to get into Yaart quite exciting, especially since we knew what was happening with Haung at that stage and I kept wondering when they were going to run into each other again. The ending also worked out well and gives me enough reason to read the second book in the series.

The 'tree' Inn is vital to the trilogy ;)

In a sense, I hope, you are reading about a new Zhou... a man bereft of everything and having to learn to live again. At least, that is what I was going for!

Ah, great to hear that!

And yet, I am experiencing a 'new', changed Zhou.

Overall... Well done Mr. Matthews! Especially for being so open to criticism and taking it in your stride.

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[JUN 2016] The Stone Road / Re: Part 3: Chapter 21 to the End
« on: July 11, 2016, 04:26:46 PM »

Finished! Very good second half of the book, and felt it was a solid 4 stars throughout. Also really enjoyed the Wu stuff, good to hear there's a lot more of that in the sequels. I'll definitely be reading them, once I've read the ~30 books I have left on my bingo list.  :P

Okay I believe them to be alive only for Zhou to lose them all over again.I see what the others think when there get to the end :-)
I've been certain of this for the whole book, except that in the scene where Zhou fights the Duke, he sees his son's dead body, no? I guess that could be either imagined or some other child, but I thought that was confirmation that he had actually seen their bodies...  :-\

I made the same conclusion here...

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[JUN 2016] The Stone Road / Re: Part 3: Chapter 21 to the End
« on: July 11, 2016, 04:24:16 PM »
The chapter where he finds the spirit - a large Cat (a panther). More of that in Book 2 :)

Panther? Panther? How come I never made the connection? DUH! ???

Panther?! I also did not catch that one. Why did I continue to think that he was some sort of snake thing?

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[JUN 2016] The Stone Road / Re: Part 3: Chapter 21 to the End
« on: July 11, 2016, 12:02:58 PM »
Ok, before I read and comment on everything everyone else wrote, here is my thoughts on the third part of the book.

The start of this section (roughly 50%-70% on my kindle) felt like I was reading a new book. I had no idea where it was going and to an extent felt like I had to get to know the characters from  scratch. I did not prepare myself for this and struggled a bit through that bit. For this section Zhou was my hero who kept me reading. I really struggled through the Haung chapters.

So, now with the down side out if the way, the upside... I enjoyed Zhou's journey a lot. My favourite part was probably the "tree" inn and I think I can probably read a whole book just on that. I also found the scenes where Zhou managed to get into Yaart quite exciting, especially since we knew what was happening with Haung at that stage and I kept wondering when they were going to run into each other again. The ending also worked out well and gives me enough reason to read the second book in the series.

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Just bought it and starting today. Woohoo!

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[JUN 2016] The Stone Road / Re: Part 2: Chapter 10 to Chapter 20
« on: July 03, 2016, 07:59:42 PM »
Before I read everyone else's comments I just want to add my thoughts thus far.

I just finished with part two.

First: Zhou VS Haung
This is the first time ever that I've read a book where the opposing sides are both treated as the protagonists and it is just weird. But I like it because it is much closer to real life. There is always two sides to a story and whether what you are doing is right or wrong, good or bad in the greater scheme of things there will be emotions and motivations involved in it. I think Matthews managed to capture this quite well.
At the beginning of part two I was fully rooting for Zhou even though he was a bit of a drip. At least he was honourable and sticking to his values. Whereas it felt like Haung was just being a puppet. However by the end of part two both of them have undergone some changes or just merely showed different parts of themselves and now I don't know who to root for any more.
Also.. with Haung I can see him going on following orders, but what will happen to Zhou now that everything he lived for was gone? So I guess Zhou is the one that is coercing me to read part 3.

This part also had a bit of a tug and pull when it came to ease and want of reading it. There where probably three bits where I felt 'meh' (mainly the big army bits) but then I would read a couple more pages and be pulled right back into the intrigue.

This part also revealed a lot more magic and mystery and that is just fun. Although the magic system is't really explained it is all fine because it isn't the two main characters who are using it. BUT what happened to Zhou there at the end with the black, white and red and the snakes? Does he have some latent magic powers in him? Mmm, interesting... (And fabulous way of revealing it!)

 

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I'm also in. (Just quickly finishing June's book before I start, which will hopefully be very soon.)

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I guess I am pretty much a month late. I started this one over the weekend and I am enjoying it a lot thus far.

I think I'll still leave my comments and read the others' although everyone will probably be busy with July's bookclub read.

Hopefully I finish quick enough to join in on July's as well. They are both books that I have had on my tbr list for quite a while, so this is the perfect excuse to bump them up the list  :)

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I read both series. Tomas Covenant was of the first fantasy series that I read (apart from LOTR) and I do have a soft spot for the world. With Liveship Traders I have a soft spot for both the world and the characters so i thinkmy vote will go there.

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For me this is a novel about coming to terms with grief  - Granny never left Tiffany but lives on through her.

 I think it is also important that things aren't tied up nicely with a pretty bow and Tiffany sadly has to accept that Roland wrongly gets the credit. 

I especially enjoyed the characters stepping into the dreamscape of the Jolly Sailor Tobacco picture.

Yes. And Tiffany basically honours Granny by taking over her duty as watcher of the borders.

Did think that Roland getting the credit was a good choice.

And yes, the Jolly Sailor scene was my favourite!

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I realy liked how the queen mainly used lies and bad or seductive dreams as her choice of weapon. It happens to be one of the main "enemies" kids (and adults) have to fight. Also loved how Toffany overcame them.

I also thought that Wentworth's reaction to the Nac Mac Feegle was adorable. It made me smile every time.

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