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Re: robin hobb I'm hoping at some point Fitz needs to escape a dire situation and uses a Travel Stone to Kelsingra... and finds it inhabited with living Elderlings and dragons as opposed to memories!
February 17, 2015, 05:05:31 AM
Re: Michael J. Sullivan I'm about 90 pages into the eBook version of the Crown Tower already lol
Will read the Rose and Thorn next and then wait impatient ly for the First Empire series to come out  ;D

April 10, 2015, 08:37:55 PM
Re: How do you feel about stand-alone books? 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.
July 09, 2015, 04:53:35 PM
Re: Fantasy Names / pronounciation 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

October 13, 2015, 01:29:56 AM
Re: Fantasy Names / pronounciation 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.

October 13, 2015, 02:12:30 AM
Re: 'New' V 'Old' Fantasy Worlds
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 :-)

October 31, 2015, 07:34:13 AM
Re: Chris Wooding 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!

December 29, 2015, 04:43:46 PM
Re: Binge reading complete series? 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  ;)

December 29, 2015, 06:02:09 PM
Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought 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

January 31, 2016, 08:32:08 PM
Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought

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

February 02, 2016, 05:18:26 AM