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Introductions / Re: Mistborn at 250 posts... thanks to all!
« on: February 10, 2015, 05:36:57 PM »
Congrats, mate! :D *Cake and baloons*

Introductions / Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
« on: February 08, 2015, 09:25:00 PM »
Call me ambibooksterous.    ;D

I can't quite decide if that's brilliant or terrible xD I'm leaning towards brilliant.

Introductions / Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
« on: February 08, 2015, 09:22:33 PM »
I'm new here myself as well, and I haven't read the Q&A yet. I probably should get to that at some point.
I don't think you'll have any trouble finding people on here that are just like you. My first couple of days looking at this website I found a forum thread that made me so happy, because I realized I wasn't alone.

My first fantasy was Harry Potter when I was 8 or 9. I didn't read much fantasy after that for the next 5 or 6 years, except for the Inheritance Cycle.
To be honest, what really got me into fantasy was The Demon Wars Saga by R. A. Salvatore. There's a company out there called Graphic Audio that dramatizes books. I had been reading a si-fi series called Doomsday Warrior when the advertisement for Demon Wars caught my eye. From Demon Wars I saw an advertisement for The Night Angel Trilogy, which is awesome! A few Graphic Audio Series later I stumbled upon The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett. And then The Light Bringer Saga by Brent Weeks, which is my favorite fantasy series.
The United States has a library for blind people that makes books available for download in a specialized format. I jumped right on that and continued my plunge into the Fantasy genre. I've been trying to read all the popular stuff so that I can participate in more discussions, which at first seemed hard, until I finished climbing the Game of Thrones mountain. Now every book seems like a piece of cake.

So very true. I have to admit I was a bit intimidated by the 'Game of Thrones' mountain myself, as you so nicely put it. 1800 named characters? I mean come on! It took me 2 months to memorize the names of my neighbors! (and there's only 3 of them.) But yeah, everything now seems a breeze in comparison.

I think I need to check out that Light Bringer Saga. Seems to get a lot of praise. Always happy to add more to the "to-read-pile" :D

No you're not, I feel exactly the same, in both counts.
Oh wait.
Maybe I *am* old.

Naah. We're obviously in our prime! *nod*

Plus, I like the preview option. I would often read the preview and then buy the actual softcover because of it.

Still more in love with the smell, feel and funktionality of the physical book though. And I think I would always be.

Oooh that's actually very clever. That's definitely going on the "pro's" list if reasons to buy/not to buy a kindle. Sort of like downloading a movie to see if its good and then buy the DVD after.... Not that I'd EVER illegally download a movie >.> That would be wrong.

Introductions / Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
« on: February 08, 2015, 07:19:49 PM »

Our library is pretty much non existant. I don't think it has any books that came out after 2000, not even to speak of fantasy novels. Luckily I have one frien who reads A LOT! She also likes working on her personal library, so I get to borrow books from her. Otherwise I buy kindle books and when possible softcovers at our local bookshop. Unfortunately they aren't always up to date with the newest releases. So I am often forced to go the electronic version, especially if I want to join the bookclub read of the month.

I discovered fantasy novels when I came across my dad's Thomas Covenant novel. I was reorganising one of his closets when I found this stack of yellow paged books and decided to give it a try. Later I convinced my parents to buy me LOTR for my birthday. But I only became a true fan when I discovered my friends personal library and started borrowing books from her. Nowadays I mostly rely on Fantasy Faction to introduce me to new books and authors. (Thank you, so by the way!)

Been considering a getting a kindle a couple of times but I never end up doing so as I just think there's something special with a good ol' paper book. Suppose I'm old fashioned that way. Wildly impractical of course. The local bookshop here might actually get a fantasy book every once in a blue moon, buuuuut its always a translated version and I refuse to read that. A book should be read in the language it was written or its just wrong. Man... I feel like I'm sounding very old :/

You're lucky to have a friend with a nice collection of books. None of my friends are big readers. The only one I know who actually reads a lot is my mom and she doesn't quite have the same taste as me:P

So true. My library didn't have many fantasy titles beyond the old Dragonlance stuff. Can't complain, though. By the time I was 14 I'd read all the Star Wars extended universe books that were out without buying a single one. Good times.

Found out recently that the library here will order books for you if you ask them to. I'd save vast amounts of money if I actually started taking advantage of that fact...

How about you? Curious, too, how long did they take you to read? I was shocked by how fast I got through them. I'm normally a slow reader, but I couldn't stop turning pages.

Wow, that was a nice and elaborate answer. I approve!

All in all, a very enjoyable read! It had what is by far most important for me in a book; An interesting main character! In fact, all the characters were great. For me a great author is someone who can make believable three-dimensional characters and Weeks is really good at that.

I also like the fact that the books were able to surprise me. Often I find that a lot of stories are quite predictable, and while parts were just that, there were still moments where I went "Shit, did that really happen?!" I wont name examples to avoid spoilers for anyone else reading this but he had a good few of those moments and I love it! Even if it is a negative thing happening!

I also like the fact that Weeks doesn't shy away from the ugliness that is murder and violence. (Don't get me wrong, I need a certain amount of violence in a book just to stay interested xD). He describes the gory details down to a man literally shi**ing himself in the death throws and doesn't try to glorify war or violence. Keeps it nice and realistic. Even when killing is happening by "magic". :P

The only drawback for me I felt that there was a little bit of too much info dumping at times. This bores me very quickly. I understand that every book needs a bit of exposition but in order not to get dull it has to be vowen in in a clever way of some sorts. There was another tiny drawback, or well actually its more funny than anything, but every now and then I felt that Weeks had a need to show off all the big words he knows :P when you suddenly get an 18 letter word in the middle of an otherwise normal sentence it just seems a bit out of place.

But part from those minor nitpicks, loved it!

Oh and to answer your question, it took me about 3 weeks all together. However a week and a half of that time was spent pacing back and forth waiting for book 2 and 3 to arrive in the mail >.>

That is a lovely squirrel!

Oh and welcome fellow newbie :D If by Weeks you mean Brent Weeks, is it safe to assume you've read the Night Angel books? If yes, what are your thoughts? :o

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 05, 2015, 08:53:11 PM »

Did a quick search before posting now, but was fruitless.  I have not yet read any of Sullivan's Riyria novels and would like to know how important it is to read these before the upcoming First Empire series.  I am one of those that gets a little obsessive about the order in which I read series like this...

I read the Riyria Revelations (Theft of Swords) first and that works splendidly. It's not written in such a way that you have to read the prequels first and frankly I don't think you're supposed to either. Anyway, its fantastic. Do check it out! Royce and Hadrian rocks.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 05, 2015, 08:33:39 AM »
Halfway through Wise Man's Fear (Patrick Rothfuss) now and its great. Really enjoying every page of this book :D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Neil Gaiman
« on: February 04, 2015, 06:38:47 AM »
I am just not seeing it with American Gods. I am about 150pgs in and, while it is a good story, it is not wowing me the way that I thought it would. In my opinion, if it is as good as everyone says that it is, then I would not want to put the book down. And yet, I have gone two days without reading it, and the thought of picking it up is not making me every happy. I am toying with putting it down so that I can concentrate on my 3 group reads for February. I will decide by the end of tonight, seeing as it is still January.

Must agree with you there. I started reading American Gods because a friend recommended it to me. Got about halfway through before I gave up. Quite simply, it bored me. Didn't feel like a lot was really happening. The 'main character' if you can even call it that I found to be dull and bland which for me is more or less the worst sin a book can commit. For the people who enjoyed it, good for you (and I don't mean that in a sarcastic way), but it just wasn't my cup of tea.

Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: February 02, 2015, 09:27:24 PM »
Hehe. Not in the traditional "buy your stocks and viagra here" -kinda way, but there are certainly a lot of book related things I'd like to discuss and making threads for all of it might fill up the forum :P

But yeah, I'll definitely be posting some stuff in the near future!

Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: February 02, 2015, 08:12:26 PM »
Big hi to all the newbies. This place has become quite lively for the first time in ages. I like it.

I have to admit that as a newbie I feel that I have to rein back on the posting :P Dunno why though. Something about being new and I feel I'm supposed to sit quietly in a corner and learn before speaking or whatever. That and I dont wanna spam too much too soon :P

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: I hate poetry
« on: February 02, 2015, 06:10:52 PM »
Oh, I have to add: As an exception to the rule, the "Jackass Jackass" song in Name of the Wind was quite amusing and I actually do wish we'd get to see the whole of that song as it actually DID add a purpose to the story.

General Discussion / Re: Funny: how to tell you're in a high fantasy novel
« on: February 02, 2015, 06:03:33 PM »
Your mother affectionately chides you as you gulp down a few spoonfuls of porridge; she will be dead by page forty-two.

That one had me laughing. Great list all over! :D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: I hate poetry
« on: February 02, 2015, 02:49:23 PM »
Kinda have to agree with you on that one. Often I find that it adds very little to the story if anything at all, which I'm sure a lot of people will disagree to, but hey. Songs in my opinion are great for setting a mood as a the tone/pace of the melody will do that automatically. However books being text based this is rather difficult. often when there are songs in a book I try to add a melody to it in my head which tends to fail as the melody ends up not fitting to the rhythm of the words.

As en example, when I first read the Hobbit I skimmed through most of the songs and was kinda just bored with them whenever they were on paper. In the movies however I liked them. Especially the one the dwarfs sing in Bilbo's house. In the movie it works, in a book not so much. Music isn't much without sound...

Atleast that's my opinion.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 02, 2015, 07:07:23 AM »
So good that series. It's up there as one of my all time favorites. MJS said a new Riyria Chronicles book is coming in the future. I could never get enough of Royce & Hadrian! :)

Glad to see someone else who enjoyed it! And is that so? Well that's just fantastic!:D While I've still only finished the first book I can't imagine myself growing bored of the 'dynamic duo' quite yet. Or ever!

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