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The Price of Valour by Django Wexler - I think this is one if the best active series and wish it got more buzz.   This was probably the best book of the series even though if I never see Jane again I won't complain.

The Shadow Campaigns is an amazing series.  I love the way the author has slow played the more fantastical elements of the story thus far, but fully expect things to get wild in Guns of Empire! With only 3 of the 5 books out, I suspect more folks will be hooked onto the story by the time the last book is released in 2017.  Many people like to wait until a series is completed before getting into it, and in fact I am one of those folks (since I need to read the books back to back in order to remember anything..AT ALL lol).  The only reason I started this one when I did is due to the fact I thought it was only going to be a trilogy lol

Had a really strong start to the month, before taking of the last 10 days or so. Still was able to rock thru 13 novels and one novella:

The Black Star (Cycle of Arrawn) - This was an OK series in my mind. Can't quite place what I felt was missing...

Caine's Law (Acts of Caine) - Absolutely loved this series. Definitely unique in the fantasy genre.

All 6 Books of Codex Alera - Another series that I absolutely loved.  Really hope that Butcher can find time to revisit Alera in the future.

5 of the 6 books of The Godling Chronicles - Standard farmboy chosen one trope that started off a little slow, but as the world building and history started getting  sprinkled in during books 3-5 I found myself really enjoying it.

Precessional Integrity (Riyria) - Fun little short story with Royce and Hadrian

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Binge reading complete series?
« on: December 29, 2015, 06:02:09 PM »
I have become almost exclusively a binge reader these days. Demon Cycle, Kingkiller, ASIOF and a couple other series are the primary reasons for this. I don't have the patience to reread the previous books with so much stuff on my TBR Pile and and my To Be Bought list, so I know when the next books in these series are released I'll be forced to just wing it with regard to people's names, places, and storylines. Not the worst thing in the world, but not ideal.
One thing I always do is pre-order any books in a series I know I'll want to read (part of the reason my TBR is so long) so that it helps the author's first week sales.  Currently I have 2 Books in the new Hobb, Lawrence, and Staveley series on my shelf just itching for the next books to be released so I can binge them  ;)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Chris Wooding
« on: December 29, 2015, 04:43:46 PM »
Nice to see the positive reviews of this series, since I just bought all 4 books on a whim lol
In my ever expanding search for completed series to read, it's getting harder and harder to find ones I'm really interested in reading. Once I finish Caine's Law and the Codex Alera series I'll be moving on to Ketty Jay!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Your 5 Favourite Wizards / Mages?
« on: November 10, 2015, 04:20:48 PM »
I generally like my wizards/mages to be good guys and supremely powerful. Quick Ben was the first that popped into my mind.

Annomander Rake and Beak sticking with Malazan are two of my favs.

Gandalf was another that popped into my head even I don't generally think of him as a favorite.

I didn't really consider Vin a "Mage" per se, but loved her as a protagonist.

I hated Bayaz from First Law lol, but he was definitely powerful, which I do like.

Egwene from WOT could be annoying, but I loved that she was the strongest.

Kvothe hasn't really done much in the books thus far to impress me.

Tamas from Powder Mage was great.

Gavin Guile is a badass as well.

Eli Monpress was a fun wizard.

Can't really think of anyone else right now.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: 'New' V 'Old' Fantasy Worlds
« on: October 31, 2015, 07:34:13 AM »
For me as a reader there are three different aspects to worldbuilding - depth, breadth, and originality. To be honest, Harry Potter falls flat on the first two (though when I was less well-read I probably thought it was good in both respects), and only average to good on the third.  :P

Some series that I've read and how I rate their worldbuilding (extremely arbirtarily and without much consideration ):

Seriesd, b, o   total
Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson   4, 5, 514/15
Long Price Quartet by Daniel Abraham4, 4, 513/15
Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan5, 5, 313/15
Tales of the Ketty Jay by Chris Wooding2, 3, 510/15
Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb3, 2, 38/15
Powder Mage by Brian McClellan2, 2, 37/15
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson1, 2, 47/15
Legend of Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron1, 2, 47/15
Codex Alera by Jim Butcher2, 1, 36/15
Harry Potter by JK Rowling1, 1, 46/15
Riyria by Michael J Sullivan2, 1, 25/15

So yeah, in a lot of cases some of those aspects are sacrificed, in many they're still there. Ryan's definitely right that it's a trade-off between detail and pacing - Stormlight, Long Price, and WoT are all much slower than your average book and they're the only ones with lots of detail - but I do think Ketty Jay shows that you can have a very fast moving plot yet still have a brilliant and fascinating world.

Interesting way to evaluate the different series. I like it :-)
For me, being a fantasy reader that is quite simplistic, good world building is pretty simple: When I think back on the series do I feel like I have a good grasp on the overall world of the series? Can I differentiate between different territories, cultures, nationalities and their traits? Do i know that the people of Tarabon are different than the Saenchan and how?

Looking at your list I'd rate them totally arbitrarily as follows  (out of 15):
Stormlight - Obvious 15
Long Price - 10
When of Time - 15
Elderlings - 12
Powder Mage - 9
Mistborn - 11
Monpress - 5
Katy Jay - never read
Codex - next on my list
Potter - 5 but only movies
Riyria - 8

Should be noted that world building is very cool, but not necessarily super important to my enjoyment of a series. It definitely adds to the overall storyline, but I still loved Monpress, Riyria, and Powder Mage :-)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Desperate for book recommendations
« on: October 31, 2015, 05:05:51 AM »
I just read all 5 Monpress books in October, and I must say I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. The first two books act almost as stand alone stories, before the final 3 act as their own continuous trilogy. A very fun series with great characters and a unique world.

One comment would be that most of the primary characters keep their same personally throughout the entire series. Considering the entire series takes place only over the course of about 2 years I kinda liked that aspect, since I feel like that is more representative of real life. Some people might think it doesn't show much "growth" in the characters, but I thought the way the author kept them true to themselves almost made them MORE unpredictable. I kept expecting them to react differently just based on how other series' protagonists constantly get "better" as a series moves forward (unless they've had a traumatic event). For instance, and I don't think it is too much of a spoiler to say, the Miranda and her uncompromising nature you see in the prequel novella is the same one you see on the last page.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Names / pronounciation
« on: October 13, 2015, 02:12:30 AM »
Oh and while we are on the topic, the worst word in the English language:
I refuse to pronounce it properly in my head, and refuse to spell it any other way than kernel. Fuck that word.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Names / pronounciation
« on: October 13, 2015, 01:29:56 AM »
My sister and I crack up every time we talk about Wheel of Time, since she is about halfway thru the series now. Names we pronounce differently just off top:

Lews Therin

I've never meet anyone in person that's read Malazan, but I'm sure that would be hilarious as well lol

I guess I'll start :-D
Looking at my lists it might be cool to have a "Completed Series" competition separate from an "Ongoing series" competition, which is also separate from the "standalone" competition as you mentioned, since it's difficult to predict how a series will end, and because it is hard to compare a single book to a trilogy. For instance a lot of people love Kingkiller, but it almost seems impossible the final installment will be able to get everything wrapped up. With ASOIF Martin might not even make it until the end. And with Stormlight Archives it might not be done for another 25 years.  Plus - and this is the main reason - it will give me more suggestions of series/books to read
Anyway, just a thought  :)

Here is my completed only series in no particular order * actually this is every completed series I've read upon further review lol. I've legitimately liked them all and they number only 16* :
Night Angel
Ravens Shadow
Rain Wild Chronicles
Long Price
Broken Empire
Powder Mage
Lord of the Rings
First Law

I personally love longer fantasy series because I love becoming engrossed in the world. However, I've grown to appreciate stand alone novels much more recently. I enjoyed Elantris and Warbreaker(didn't know they were getting sequels though), and really really enjoyed Uprooted. If you are looking for a true stand alone that hits many fantasy bullet points and is an easy read, I'd highly recommend it.

The Faithful and the Fallen Booked one and two. Slow reading month for me. I really enjoyed both of these and looking forward to the conclusion of the series over the next two books.

Brent Weeks is someone that snuck up on me and became arguably my favorite author. You obviously have to read Lightbringer, but the last book isn't out yet... I think as other people have mentioned that you'd like Mistborn and Way of Kings (also not completed... Not even close lol).

A couple others I've really liked lately are The Faithful and the Fallen (2 of 4 complete), Raven's Shadow (complete this month), and the Riyria Revelations (complete). They all have relativity easy to follow storylines, easy to root for protagonists, simple yet effective prose, and the first two have a coming of age story similar to Kylar (similar in that it follows protagonists from an early age, not similar in story).

Top Read this far:

1. All the LightBringer Books 1,2,3
2. Raven's Shadow books 1,2
3. Malice, Valor
4. Skull Throne
5. Rose and Thorn

Looking Forward to:
1. Prince of Fools and Liars Key
2. Fool's Assassin
3. Witcher Books
4 Queen of Fire
5. Forge of Darkness

I just started Malice and it seems interesting through about 25 pages. I'm just having feelings of regret over starting another uncompleted series. I have to wait for the last books in Dagger and Coin, Raven's Shadow, ASOIF, Kingkiller, etc and it gets hard to remember what's going on in each series. Add to the fact I have almost zero desire to reread previous books to catch up before the new ones come out, and it seems like I'll just be experiencing the series' for the end result, instead of piecing together all of the hints and subtleties throughout the journey. This is especially true of ASOIF, which I've completely forgotten over the last 53 years since ADWD came out.

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