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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Having to reread a series
« on: July 13, 2015, 03:04:19 AM »
I purchased and started Anthony Ryan's Queen of Fire which is book three of the Raven's Shadow series. Now I loved both Blood Song and Tower Lord I haven't been able to find The Lord Collector though. I started reading Queen of Fire and was completely lost. All I could think was "Who the hell are these people?" So...off I go to start Blood Song again.

I normally don't have to reread previous books of a series...I must be getting old. Soon I will be shouting at the damn kids to get off my lawn. Anyone else have this problem?

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I'm sure we all encounter them. Books that everyone who reads the genre loves and recommends to you on a near daily basis.

I'm sure my list runs about waist high in regards to books that people have loved but at this moment I am focusing on Elantris. My wife loves the book, every review I have read of it states that it is a good book but I am struggling with it. I am 37% done and it has been a fight. I don't mind books with moments of devious politicking, and self reflection but this book seems to be nothing but politicking. At least at this point. My wife keeps telling me that it builds momentum as it goes...I hope it does.

So to pass the time, I have also picked up Red Rising.

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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Shadows of Mordor
« on: September 29, 2014, 06:26:33 PM »
I am so utterly excited for this game. An open world game set in the Tolkien universe. Yes please. I might just have to call in sick for the next week or so.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Unfair Criticism of GRRM
« on: June 11, 2014, 10:00:57 AM »
I find that since A Song of Ice and Fire has been turned into a show and the masses have followed that Mr. Martin receives a lot of unfair criticism in his willingness to kill of characters.

I mean just look at websites like 9gag, buzzfeed and Pajiba.com or the deluge of pictures that get shared or posted on facebook that would have you believe that GRRM is a heartless serial killer who takes great pleasure in the slaughter of characters.

Personally I love that he is willing to kill off characters. I wish more authors were willing to take that step.

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I much like many of my fellow posters here have been greatly enjoying the resurgence of grit (Grimdark if you want) in fantasy. But some books have left me wondering if some authors are trying too hard to tell their stories in the grittiest way possible.

For example I recently read The Iron Wolves by Andy Remic and I found that the characters both male and female became almost laughable at the amount of nastiness and grit that was attempted. Don't get me wrong, for the most part I enjoyed the book and the combat was visceral and well written but every character was a caricature of toughness. I also found The Grim Company by Luke Scull to be a little guilty of this. If found the most interesting character was the Half-mages assistant.

Now I think that most of us can agree that A Song of Ice and Fire is the flag bearer of current this gritty fantasy with Joe Abercrombie as the heir apparent. But I find that these two whose characters and world are hard as nails seem to be able to perfectly blend the gritty darkness with a touch of levity that just works. From a touching scene between Tyrion and Jon Snow on the edge of the wall to a scene of Logan Nine-fingers talking to his cooking pot because he believes it is the last of his companions they don't make their characters appear to be almost inhumane.

I don't know. It's just something that seems to ring between my ears when I read some of these books. There are other examples, but those were to the ones that jumped out at me.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Bailing on The Blinding Knife
« on: May 14, 2014, 05:34:24 AM »
I just had to give up on The Blinding Knife. I struggled with The Black Prism, but was willing to slog through it because I enjoyed the Night Angel trilogy. But after struggling though that and now being bored to the point of ignoring it I had to bail on The Blinding Knife. I mean he was trying to teach us math...MATH.

Maybe I'll pick it up another time when I an extremely desperate. Like trapped on a deserted island and it floats ashore.

Anyone else had to bail out from a book because of a severe lack of interest?

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