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I've actually replied upon Idlewilder's post.... I admit, can be confusing.

However I believe that current writers would not have written the books in my teenage time as they probably would have been influenced by a different "Zeitgeist" and thus wrote different books.

I do read older books only not so much old fantasy books as I read those when they were "newer" (apart from The Iliad obviously)

Incidentally I named my first dog when I was a kid Argos..........

The problem is that the books I like now would not have been written then.....

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favourite Abercrombie Novel?
« on: April 14, 2015, 10:24:11 AM »
Suffice to say that there's not a book I did not enjoy.....


Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: April 14, 2015, 10:18:11 AM »
Finished in the last couple of weeks:
The Autumn Republic by Brian MecClellan
Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
The Grim Company by Luke Scull

Currently reading:
Sword of the North by Luke Scull

Coming up:
Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett
Matthew Stover's Acts of Cain. Not sure yet what to expect but it seems promising....

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Malazan Series
« on: April 14, 2015, 10:10:56 AM »
I absolutely loved the series. So many worthwhile characters (also to be fair some not so worthwhile) and very powerfully written events (Chain of Dogs anyone?). There were moments I really laughed out load (Tehol and Bugg) and many moments silent reading having goose bumps.

It's indeed a large scale story and you really have to invest into it but in you will be rewarded.

The "stand alone" Malazan stories of Esslemont are even adding more depth and details to the Malazan world.

And, lastly, I can recommend the collected stories of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach..... just for fun ;)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« on: March 20, 2015, 10:29:36 AM »
"Aamupalaverihuone" = either "Morning meeting room" or "Breakfast blood room" (depending on where the sub-word splits are)

Breakfast blood room?

Years ago I bought the first 2 books of Katherine Kerr's Deverry Cycle. Started reading Daggerspell and stopped reading after a couple of chapters.

I don't think I will ever start reading it again...

I truly am curious how the development will be between the Game of Thrones TV series versus the unfinished books. Will there be different endings? The TV series are scheduled for max 7 seasons (season 5 coming up) and I can't imagine that the books will be finished within 3 years.

Weird in my view...

I'm also into the 2nd book and it's quite a enjoyable read. Apparently I'm not the only one having "problems" with Adamat (I picture him a bit like that inspector in Midsummer Murders..., a bit boring)

Also had some Mistborn deja-vu's and was not surpised that Sanderson was mentioned in the acknowledgements.

But still, great book, great characters

I really enjoyed reading Sword of Shannara as it was, also for me, my first steps after Tolkien into fantasy. I followed Brooks and read more of his novels as time passed. But in the end I stopped following him, mostly due to the repetitiviness (no, not again an Ohmsford.....).

After reading this enjoyable article I might give it another shot.

Oh, and MTV does a TV adaption of Elfstones  :o I might check that.

Afterthought: in Hollywood a remake of a movie is quiet normal (not necessarily a better movie) but imagine Joe Abercrombie or Mark Lawrence rewriting Sword of Shannara in their style...  ???

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Confessioin
« on: March 13, 2015, 10:18:56 AM »
Okay I confess…. I’m an emotional sucker. More often than not I have a hard time trying to swallow my tears when reading about a moving, heroic or senseless death (sometimes at much confusion and bewilderment from fellow public transport travelers).

Movies and TV shows have the same impact. My house companions are already used to my sniveling  and do not bother anymore. In a movie theatre, in the dark, I let the tears flow freely without any shame whatsoever. Even with animation movies (“UP” anyone?) …..

Am I alone?

Please raise your hand and step forward if you have the same “issue”.

And also, for the writers amongst you, how draining is it for you when killing of a character? Or is it just a process in writing the story and a calculated loss?  Do you put extra effort into a death just to make me embarrassed in public transport?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: RIP Terry Pratchett
« on: March 13, 2015, 07:46:08 AM »

Thank you very much for all the laughs....


Edit: "SQUEAK"

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: 4-Word Reviews
« on: March 11, 2015, 08:34:59 AM »
The Name of the Wind:

Arrogant man tells story.

The Wise Man's Fear:

Arrogant man gets laid.

What about seven words

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 11, 2015, 08:32:41 AM »
After finishing Patrick Rothfuss "The Wise Man's Fear" I've just started with Brian McClellan's "Powder Mage Trilogy". After a couple of chapters I do find it promising although I don't have a connection with the main characters yet....

Eagerly awaiting the next books of Peter Brett, Anthony Ryan, Django Wexler, Robin Hobb, Mark Lawrence and Brent Weeks. Please remind me never to read that many different series simultaneously. Too many cliff hangers to deal with.......

Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: March 11, 2015, 08:16:52 AM »
Hehe, just wondering if one of you is Mrs Shimrod in disguise  :o

Anyhow, thanks for the welcome

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