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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 24, 2012, 09:01:31 PM »
I just finished Peter V. Brett's The Desert Spear (sequel to the Warded Man). I know a lot of people on these boards love those books, but I've found them to be decidedly underwhelming.

I'll be diving into the Hunger Games tonight, so that I can see the movie on Monday.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favourite Fantasy City
« on: April 02, 2011, 11:20:56 PM »
Elantris would be amazing to see in all its glory.

Or Oz.

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Terry Goodkind, using the lethal combination of Objectivism, Scientology, and ponytail.

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Awesome! I also happen to know that Brandon Sanderson's Elantris is 202k, though he told me recently that when he submitted it to publishers for the first time it was 250k.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favourite Fantasy Anti Hero
« on: March 03, 2011, 08:05:44 PM »
I'm surprised Thomas Covenant hasn't been mentioned yet. He's something of an ass, but that's what makes him such a good anti-hero.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Is Tar Valon a vagina?
« on: March 02, 2011, 01:39:20 AM »
The pleasure of the Aes Sedai, you say? Perhaps Jordan was on to something with this map.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Is Tar Valon a vagina?
« on: March 01, 2011, 11:59:07 PM »
The round towers* at either end of the island are... appropriately placed... and everything, so that the imagery remains even if you turn the pic upside down. He really wanted that image planted, didn't he?

* They are towers, right? I haven't read much Jordan, so they could be sports stadia, sluice gates (possibly jade ones, judging from the shape of the island), municipal dumps or factories for the construction of humongous mecha and robot dinosaurs, for all I know.

Those are Harbors @ the top and bottom of the island of Tar Valon. The White Tower is actually @ the center of the island w/ all the roads leading to it. But then you could argue about the Phallic symbol rising tall in the heavens in the center....

Yeah, but viewed in this map it isn't phallic at all. It's a square.

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Just picked up two copies. $25 for a book is hefty, but I know it will be worth every dime.

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I'll be getting it on March 1st, and will have finished it by March 14th, when I will be meeting him.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Are there too many Fantasy Novels?
« on: February 23, 2011, 05:31:16 PM »
I think that having 103 books marked as "to read" is not a result of the genre size, and more a result of the reader's overzealousness. Fantasy is actually a relative small genre compared to most others. Hell, even SciFi, which is often lumped together with Fantasy, is much larger.

Because you're such a fantasy fan, you know the market well, and it seems large, but really it isn't. If you were to break that genre barrier and immerse yourself in something else, you would see just how small the fantasy genre is.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Is Tar Valon a vagina?
« on: February 22, 2011, 08:52:37 PM »
The round towers* at either end of the island are... appropriately placed... and everything, so that the imagery remains even if you turn the pic upside down. He really wanted that image planted, didn't he?

* They are towers, right? I haven't read much Jordan, so they could be sports stadia, sluice gates (possibly jade ones, judging from the shape of the island), municipal dumps or factories for the construction of humongous mecha and robot dinosaurs, for all I know.

I think they might be ports.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Recurring Characters in Fantasy
« on: February 22, 2011, 07:01:37 PM »
There's Binibek in Tad Williams, although he's not so much a fool -- it's more that because he's a troll (picture a baby Inuit doll), everyone thinks he isn't as smart as he is.  And what about Thom in WoT?  Is that a fool character?

No way! Thom is a bard.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Is Tar Valon a vagina?
« on: February 22, 2011, 06:34:38 AM »
I know it sounds crude, but I wouldn't have posted it if I didn't think there was some merit to it:



A bit of subtle mischief from Jordan and his mapmaking cronies, or intentional symbolism?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Do you read books that suck?
« on: February 22, 2011, 05:56:03 AM »
I finished Elizabeth Hand's Wintlerlong last night. Boy am I glad to be done with that one.

However, I'm on a campaign to read everything that remains unread that still sits on my bookshelf. I'm almost done, but I know that I'm going to buy Wise Man's Fear when it comes out on March 1st. That gives me about 1 week to read Streams of Silver (Book 5 in Drizzt), and I didn't particularly like the 4th one.

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Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: Harry Potter
« on: February 22, 2011, 05:53:44 AM »
Does anyone think she will write more books? I'm not so sure... she seems to like her status as an ambassador...

I think more books is a bad idea personally and she never seemed to me to be a woman who ' enjoyed' writing really... she definitely seemed to treat it more as a job that she had to end. Almost to the extent I wonder if she rushed to finish them to get it over with.

Overlord, I'm sorry, but you must be clinically insane. You don't think Rowling enjoyed writing? She treated it is a job? Rowling was deadbeat poor when she started Harry Potter, working as a journalist or some shenanigans. She wrote the beginnings of Harry Potter on the back of a beverage napkin on a train.

This is the same woman who was found crying in her kitchen after killing off one of her characters, because it hurt her so much to do so. Now I know she doesn't weave the most compelling prose, but she has told a great story, and she loves it very much. There has simply been so much success with her first ever series, that the decision to write another one is way more magnified for her than it would be for any other author.

But to say she doesn't enjoy writing? Where could you possible come up with that? It sounds completely unfounded to me. Not to mention, it's been documented that Rowling is working on no fewer than five different projects right now. This is the richest woman in England we're talking about, working on five different writing projects. And she doesn't like writing? PHAW!

Yes she is working on projects, but they are all mini-mini novellas... people who love writing... people like Pratchett who really love it, release books all the time because they love writing. Rowling could release whatever kind of book she likes and it would sell... Harry Potter came out almost 4 years ago now... and all she has released is a tiny little story book since.

Being the richest person in the UK... or one of them she could write a book that completely bombs and just enjoy the fact she released a book she wanted to release... but instead she seems reluctant to put anything out there... I dunno, maybe you are right, but to me it doesn't seem she is a woman who enjoys writing *shrugs*

Seems to me that you are just proving my point! Yes, Rowling could release whatever book she wanted and it would sell, regardless of whether it's rubbish or not. But she doesn't. She has pride in her work, just like any good artist, and refuses to sell out. You would prefer her to release books she considered shit? Would that make you think she loved writing?

And of course Pratchett can release a book quickly- his books are rarely over 150 pages (no rag on Pratchett, his work is amazing). How about George RR Martin, who I believe you just finished reading. Dance With Dragons has taken what...6 years now? That doesn't mean he doesn't love writing! Quite the contrary I would say! And Rothfuss! Wise Man's Fear took the better part of five years, if I'm not mistaken.

Harry Potter was an enormous project, and one that Rowling undertook over the course of an entire decade. She released seven books in that time, and I don't think a single person who is a Rowling fan was let down by her output. The Deathly Hallows, which I remind you is a 700+ page book, came out three and a half years ago.

I think that Rowling would be aghast to hear any such nonsense about her not loving writing. I know I certainly am. I would be aghast to hear that about any writer.

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