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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: November 18, 2017, 10:35:49 PM »
Finished Oathbriner. I am totally disappointed and think that it was a step down from the previous books. For a start, it should have been 400-600 pages long, not 1200 with the first 2/3 of the books being totally pointless bar Dalinar's memories. The ending was nice, and the twists were as good as ever (though they are starting becoming predictable), but it sounds more and more like Wheel of Time middle books when nothing happens until the climax of the story.

Oh, and I love Lift. For once, Sanderson has created a really funny character.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Odium was nowhere as terrifying as I thought he would be. He even looked to me as a cheap copy of Ruin.

Saying that, I think that this is the first Cosmer book that is actually starting to connect different stories. For most part, until now the Cosmere has just been some Easter Eggs in the shape of Hoid, but now things have started getting connected. Most likely there will be things that we won't know for decades, but at times this felt more as a part of a greater story rather than just Stormlight Archive.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Which author you most read in 2017?
« on: November 13, 2017, 08:21:29 AM »
2017 - Andrszej Sapkowski - 7 books (The Witcher saga)

2016 - Robin Hobb - 6 books (Rain Wild Chronicles and the first two books in the final Fitz trilogy)

2015 - Glen Cook - 10 books (The Chronicles of the Black Company)

2014 - Robert Jordan - 15 books (The Wheel of Time)

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Finished Arcanum Unbounded. The Emperor's Soul and Edgedancer were awesome, while I had already read Mistborn: Secret History so read just the ending of it. Didn't care too much about the short stories, but the novellas were nice.

I think that I am fully updated with Cosmere now. The only thing I haven't read is the graphic novella (and I doubt that i am ever going to read it).

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Epic Fantasy is almost always a "save the world" quest. Even happens when books that start small start to grow in scale.
It's also a case of "the journey is more important than the destination" because I have yet to see a single story of the kind that the world is actually destroyed, so the final outcome is predictable, so you just want to know how they do it (the sacrifices, relationships established, tension for losses or relief of getting away with it, etc).

Now I want to write one where the world is destroyed, but that would happen somewhere in the middle of the series, and then the rest of the series would involve putting things back together.

There is actually an epic fantasy saga where the world is destroyed. Kind of. On the context of LotR, the saga ends the moment where Sauron gets the ring. Basically, the entire saga is about not allowing the return of a bad God in the world, and by the end of it, he returns and the saga ends.

Now unless the author decides to continue it, but even in that case, I think it will be a very nihilistic ending anyway. And for that saga, the ending made perfect sense.

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Am I the only one who liked Shallan?
I mean, big library!  Investigation! Super smart women! 8)

You are talking about Jasnah there.

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Didn't mind that much Shallan to be fair, but yep, her chapters weren't as good as Dalinar's and Kaladin's. In addition (especially in The Way of Kings) the story of her is nowhere as interesting and is very much detached to the main story, while Kaladin's and Dalinar's chapters take place in the same place.

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Warbreaker - Gosh, this was awful. Arguably the worst piece of shit I have ever read (and I have read Queen of Fire from Anthony Ryan). Terrible writing (like real terrible even for pre-Stormlight Sanderson's standards), the most unfunny humor I have ever seen, and absolutely no redeeming quality.

And how on Earth, 'certain parts of her anatomy' for 'her tits' passed an editor?

Rating: -infinite out of 5

Warbreaker appears to be one of Sanderson's more polarizing books. Most readers really enjoy it, but there's a significant minority that it doesn't work for at all.

I personally loved it, but I enjoy Sanderson's sense of humor, so maybe I'm hopeless...

I really wish that he would just cut the humor entirely from his books, because I think that he is just insufferable at it. I kind of hated Mistborn Era 2 because of Wayne's unfunny humor.

The best things he wrote (Stormlight and Wheel of Time) pretty much have no humor at all (and to be fair, the quality of writing from him has increased over years), and Mistborn Era 1 have next to no humor IIRC, which again is great.

There is no point on going with the current pop nature if you're shit at it. Not everyone can be Abercrombie and shine at humor, and there is no harm on that. Sanderson does a lot of things well, but I feel that humor isn't one of those things.

...

Strange to see that there are people who enjoy his humor. Maybe not just to my taste.

No. His humour is pure cringe. Like 80's kids cartoon bad.

Indeed. It feels unnatural, forced and serves no purpose. In addition to being very bad at it.


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Warbreaker - Gosh, this was awful. Arguably the worst piece of shit I have ever read (and I have read Queen of Fire from Anthony Ryan). Terrible writing (like real terrible even for pre-Stormlight Sanderson's standards), the most unfunny humor I have ever seen, and absolutely no redeeming quality.

And how on Earth, 'certain parts of her anatomy' for 'her tits' passed an editor?

Rating: -infinite out of 5

Warbreaker appears to be one of Sanderson's more polarizing books. Most readers really enjoy it, but there's a significant minority that it doesn't work for at all.

I personally loved it, but I enjoy Sanderson's sense of humor, so maybe I'm hopeless...

I really wish that he would just cut the humor entirely from his books, because I think that he is just insufferable at it. I kind of hated Mistborn Era 2 because of Wayne's unfunny humor.

The best things he wrote (Stormlight and Wheel of Time) pretty much have no humor at all (and to be fair, the quality of writing from him has increased over years), and Mistborn Era 1 have next to no humor IIRC, which again is great.

There is no point on going with the current pop nature if you're shit at it. Not everyone can be Abercrombie and shine at humor, and there is no harm on that. Sanderson does a lot of things well, but I feel that humor isn't one of those things.

...

Strange to see that there are people who enjoy his humor. Maybe not just to my taste.

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Warbreaker - Gosh, this was awful. Arguably the worst piece of shit I have ever read (and I have read Queen of Fire from Anthony Ryan). Terrible writing (like real terrible even for pre-Stormlight Sanderson's standards), the most unfunny humor I have ever seen, and absolutely no redeeming quality.

And how on Earth, 'certain parts of her anatomy' for 'her tits' passed an editor?

Rating: -infinite out of 5

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Reading the Unholy Consult. Even darker than the other books of Bakker but I am quite enjoying it.

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I started Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie.

Was shuffling through some books I have and the first chapter of it was the only one that hooked me in that moment.

Best Abercrombie's book, which by default makes it one of the best books in the genre.

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In the last Ketty Jay book. The third and fourth book are so much better than the first two.

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For me, it is the books I am planning to read in the next few months/year. At the moment, the shortlist looks like:

- Read Warhammer and the collection of novellas from Sanderson to fully catch up with Cosmere
- Read the last two books in the Tales of Ketty Jay
- Read the fourth book in Lightbringer saga
- Read the second trilogy from Mark Lawrence
- Read The Dagger and the Coin saga
- Read any book that will be published this year from a saga I am working on (Expanse, Gentleman Bastards (?), Stormlight)
- Read some sci-fi books
- Read a book or two from Guy Gavriel Kay.

So, there are around 20 books right there that I am planning to read, before I'll get into something else. To be fair, it never goes as planned, so likely some other books will get into this list, and some of the above mentioned books will be postponed.

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Reading Elantris. It has arguably/very likely the worst prose I have ever seen in a fantasy book.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: robin hobb
« on: May 26, 2017, 10:31:24 AM »
I finished Assassin's Fate last night. Not really spoilers but I super don't want to ruin anything for anyone so...


Spoiler for Hiden:
This is me at work today.



Hobb has properly fucked me up. My husband found me in my book nook weeping last night, about 50 pages from the end, and he was so distressed at how inconsolable I was that he started shoving chocolate at me to try to make it stop.

When I finished the book he took me to bed to cuddle me and have me watch Parks & Rec until I stopped hiccupping. He said he hadn't seen me cry like that since my grandmother died. I have been walking around in an absolute daze today. I haven't felt this desolate from a book since I finished His Dark Materials many, many years ago. Yegods.

I hear you. It just had to be that ending, right?

Absolutely. Arguably the only ending it made sense.

A happy ending would had been so unnatural for this saga IMO.

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