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Leaving aside my inclination to play to the stalls and aim for cheap laughs when talking about books I don't like very much... Without getting spoilery about plot, it really, truly feels as if the books 1 through 4 were written by a completely different writer, one with an utterly different vision for what the series was about and where it was going, to the books 5 through 7.


This.  So very true.  The fourth book is one of my favorite books of any type, so I would also definitely recommend reading that far at least.  But then the series does go down hill, although I still liked the way it finished off, if not everything leading up to it.

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About 200 pages left in Beyond the Shadows.  I haven't had time to read much lately and it's killing me, I can't wait to finish this excellent trilogy.

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Dark Tower series for sure.  I was so angry at the end of book 5.

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Finished Blindsight not too long ago - it was fantastic.  As I've let it sink in more I've grown to greater appreciate some of the ideas and concepts explored in the book.  Thought-provoking.

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Speaking of depressing literature that everyone 'must read', I always thought a lot of the modern 'classics' they made you read in school must have been the most depressing books ever published. 

I totally agree with this.  Almost everything we read in high school was depressing and I think back on my reading experiences with disdain.  If I want to be depressed I turn on the news, not open a book.  That's why Pride and Prejudice was my favorite book from high school - it was the only one with a happy ending!

I have been getting a little more worked up lately with people just dismissing science fiction out of hand.  There is a lot of bad stuff out there, sure, and I think that's what colors people opinions.  It infuriates me that people won't give the true gems a shot (for example The Forever War) simply because it's science fiction.  In my book club (~10 people) the only book that everyone has liked thus far was The Forever War.  You should have heard people groan and complain about having to read sci-fi, but did it ever feel good to throw it back in their face ( ;D) when they admitted that it was amazing.

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I definitely prefer to read completed series, ASoIaF being one of the only exceptions that I have made to this.  I can't stand waiting for books to come out to keep up with a storyline!

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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Demon Souls
« on: April 25, 2011, 01:36:55 PM »
Ever since this conversation came up I have been debating replaying it.  Such a great game, I just don't have the time to sink into it (again).

I think I would go a mage this time.  Last time I started as a cleric (or something) and the armor you start the game with is really strong, which made the game quite a bit easier starting off.

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General Discussion / Re: Reading outside your comfort zone
« on: April 13, 2011, 01:32:13 PM »
My friend and I actually started a book club to address this exact issue.  I read Science Fiction and Fantasy with the occasional Horror thrown in for good measure.  That's pretty much it.  I don't even look at the shelves of other genres in the store.

So while I haven't enjoyed everything we've read I am glad I'm being exposed to things outside my comfort zone because while it may not hold my attention as strongly, some of them have been quite rewarding (The Kite Runner, Life of Pi).  I wouldn't have read these books in my spare time.  It can be occasionally frustrating to have to push back my own to-read list though to read something I don't want to.   ::)

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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: The Dark Tower movies
« on: April 12, 2011, 01:16:34 PM »
I think the movie(s) have the potential to be alright.  What I'm concerned about is the TV series that will be on network TV.  The books are pretty graphic and the entire series has an undercurrent of horror to it that I'm afraid won't work out too well in the TV show.

I also was really hoping for someone else to play Roland - my personal top picks would have been Viggo Mortenson or Hugh Jackman. 

They are definitely worth reading, although the writing quality goes downhill pretty quickly after book 4 in my opinion.  Book 4, Wizard and Glass, is one of my favorite books though.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Joe Abercrombie
« on: March 30, 2011, 03:12:13 PM »
One thing I didn't really like about Best Served Cold was how similar Monzcarro was to Ferro and Shivers was to Logen.  I think Abercrombie does a fantastic job of creating gritty, believable characters, but I wished there was a little more variety between the First Law and Best Served Cold. 

The other characters who had points of view were great though, especially Cosca. 

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 28, 2011, 12:01:52 PM »
I'm chipping away at Shadows Edge (Book 2 of the Night Angle Trilogy by Brent Weeks). I'm not as deeply invested in it as I was the first book, so it is taking much longer.

Just finished Best Served Cold (woo, that was intense) and am about to start A Feast For Crows. 

Jealous...  I need to get Best Served Cold, soon. :)  It seems I've started 3 or 4 series since I joined the site.  Don't you guys ever read any standalone books?? :)

I wish!  After the last book and the current one I am definitely ready for some short, quick reads to actually whittle away at my to-read list.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favorite Book from ASOIAF
« on: March 25, 2011, 02:08:06 PM »
Definitely a Storm of Swords.  I haven't read a Feast for Crows yet as I've heard it's kind of just treading-water and not that good. 

Storm of Swords had amazing pacing though, especially since I felt as though the second one kind of plodded along at points.  And of course the plot twists were insane.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Stephen King
« on: March 23, 2011, 12:28:51 PM »
Speaking of his short stories The Mist (that's the name of the movie at least, I can't remember if that was also exactly what the short story was called) was very cool.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 22, 2011, 01:43:37 PM »
I'm chipping away at Shadows Edge (Book 2 of the Night Angle Trilogy by Brent Weeks). I'm not as deeply invested in it as I was the first book, so it is taking much longer.

I was the same way.  I think it really picks up at the end and sets up the third book really well, but I was consistently frustrated at how stupid Kylar acted throughout the book.  I liked all the other characters' points of view though.

Just finished Best Served Cold (woo, that was intense) and am about to start A Feast For Crows.  Might have to put it down halfway through to read the Kite Runner though for a different book club.  I'm thinking after Feast I'm gonna read some shorter books for a while.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Stephen King
« on: March 22, 2011, 10:25:41 AM »
I used to really like Stephen King when I was younger.  But if you read enough of his books (I've read a whole lot) you start to see a trend in the storylines where they all play out pretty much the same way.  Some of his earlier works don't fit into this trend, but now I feel as though he writes what  I've taken to calling "pop horror".  Quick, simple stuff just to sell a bunch and make the $$$.

I also really think he was a better writer earlier in his career (perhaps the drugs had a lot to do with this, I didn't know about that either).  The first 4 books of the Dark Towers are better than the last three in my opinion, with the fourth being one of my absolute favorite books.  I actually really liked his ending to the series.  What else could he have done?  You're not going to please everyone and I like the way it left off.

Desperation seems to have been a lot more popular but I actually liked the Regulators better.  It's a strange, interesting novel.  It's also written as Richard Bachman, a surname King used (has used more than once?  I don't know).

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