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Abercrombie is kinda close to military fantasy in some ways/books already so that's not really much of a stretch tbh. I'd like to see him do a UF though.

I agree.  The Heroes comes across more like military fantasy/fiction than anything else.  I would like to see how Sanderson could do a military fantasy, he writes pretty good fight scenes so I would like to see how he would do with a large scale campaign/battle.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 13, 2014, 12:47:45 PM »
Started The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks last night.

I don't see any way the TV series does not finish the series before the books at this point.  Just going by the current season previews, it looks like Feast and Dance material are starting to get integrated with the story this season.  For Season 5 you will have further continuation on Feast and Dance but some TWoW material will have to creep in there eventually (I have to imagine that Mareen or Winterfell will likely be the climax of that season). 

Let's be optimistic and say that TWoW will be out mid-late 2015.  By the time they start writing Season 6 (which would be around this time next year) enough of TWoW would be done so that D&D will be able to incorporate the book canon into the show.  However in early 2016 they will have to start writing Season 7 before GRRM will have really even started it.

I really don't even have a problem with this and with the way the last two books have been trending then I almost welcome the show finishing the story.  I would still likely read the books when (if) they ever came out but I wouldn't eagerly anticipate them.  In my opinion GRRM brought this on himself and so I don't feel bad if the show finishes his story for him.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Words of Radiance Discussion
« on: March 10, 2014, 02:07:16 PM »
Since I haven't seen a discussion topic on Words yet I figured I would start one.  Wait, you haven't read it yet?  Then you should probably stop reading this thread right about now.

Still reading?

Are you sure?

Are you really really sure?

Last chance.

I was a little iffy about going into a Shallan heavy book as up to that point she was the character that least interested me but I thought her development was strong.  Kaladin, on the other hand, drove me nuts to the point where whenever I re-read the book I'm probably just going to end up skimming through his chapters.  Yes I understand he had been wronged repeatedly but it had seemed like he had put all of that behind him in WoK.  However his constant complaining and inability to move on really started to grate on me.  I understood that Sanderson wanted/needed to bring Kaladin down before saying the Words but for me it was just too much.

So I was about 50-50 on the book, loved the continued world building, loved the evolution of Adolin (or maybe if it wasn't a real evolution since we hadn't really been with him much, I just enjoyed learning more about him), loved the Parshendi scenes, and just Dalinar in general but the Kaladin stuff was bringing me down.  Then the climax happened and all was right in the world.  I believe Sanderson consistently has the best climaxes, even when you know its coming you still step back and say "Wow" at the end.    I didn't see the spren/Shardblade connection coming (I think there were hints previously, will need to see if I pick those back up when I re-read) and I thought that it was a very elegant idea.  I figured Dalinar would become a Radiant but Renarin surprised me a little.

I'm wondering where the story goes now.  The next book will likely mostly consist of finding new Radiants and trying to organize resistance against the Voidbringers.  Will we find out what is on the Diagram and were any of the later events predicted?  What was the driving force behind the Recreance?  What are the other Heralds up to and when will we meet them?  Why can't I have Book 3 now?!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: World Book Day!
« on: March 06, 2014, 01:46:13 PM »
I'm not really up on YA fantasy but for a younger kid my first memory of a fantasy/sci fi book that I enjoyed was Coville's Aliens Ate My Homework (and the subsequent sequels).  Beyond that I think Harry Potter is the perfect gateway into more advanced novels.

As a series for a serious fantasy reader I always recommend the Malazan series.  For someone who is just getting into fantasy I usually suggest the Mistborn books as an introduction series.

Picking just one book is a little hard for me as most of the books I end up reading are a part of a series. The Heroes is probably my favorite current novel but it reads more like a military fiction than a "classic" fantasy novel.   I also recommend Ready Player One to anyone who likes to read and grew up in the 80s and early 90s. 

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 05, 2014, 01:17:04 AM »
Words of Radiance - That is all.

 Mee too! I'll be starting it this evening.

Me three.

Picked up the book after work today, and while it is a very big book, its not really as big as I was picturing in my mind.

MY UK Edition of Words of Radiance arrived today. Apparently I'm not reading it though until someone's had dinner and been fussed over!?!?

Lucky.  They're calling for a major snowstorm Sunday night/Monday morning for us that might be bad enough to cancel work.  I sure wish the release was on Monday so I would have something to keep my occupied as I "work from home".

Nice landscape photos, but seriously dull and uninspired as book covers.

Pretty much my thoughts exactly.  They're just landscape pictures and don't really convey anything about the stories other than some very loose setting details.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Best books you've read this year?
« on: February 17, 2014, 03:52:30 PM »
This list is going to avoid any possible re-reads (I probably really like it if I'm re-reading it).

1) Blood Song - Anthony Ryan
2) The Blinding Light - Brent Weeks
3) Words of Radiance - Brandon Sanderson
4) The Broken Eye - Brent Weeks
5) Cold Days - Jim Butcher
6) Skin Game - Jim Butcher
7) The Crimson Campaign - Brian McClellan
8 ) Promise of Blood - Brian McClellan
9) The Thousand Names - Django Wexler
10) Black Prism - Brent Weeks
11) Traitor's Blade - Sebastien de Castell
12) The Shadow Throne - Djanjo Wexler
13) Republic of Thieves - Scott Lynch
14) The Black Company - Glen Cook
15) Shadows Linger - Glen Cook
16) Half a King - Joe Abercrombie
17) The White Rose - Glen Cook
18) Red Rising - Pierce Brown
19) Age of Iron - Angus Watson
20) Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson
21) Legend - David Gemmel
22) City Stained Red - Sam Sykes
23) Of Bone and Thunder - Chris Evans
24) Tome of the Undergates - Sam Sykes
25) Assail - Ian C. Esslemont
26) Blood and Bone - Ian C. Esslemont
27) The Tower Lord - Anthony Ryan
28) Forge of Darkness - Steven Erikson
29) The Way of Shadows - Brent Weeks
30) The Warded Man - Peter V. Brett
31) Swords of Good Men - Snorri Kristjansson
32) Prince of Fools - Mark Lawrence
33) The Red Knight - Miles Cameron
34) Emperor of Thorns - Mark Lawrence
35) The Magicians - Lev Grossman
36) Beyond the Shadows - Brent Weeks
37) Shadow's Edge - Brent Weeks
38) A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula L. Le Guin
39) The King Beyond The Gate - David Gemmell
40) The Desert Spear - Peter V. Brett
41) The Daylight War - Peter V. Brett
42) The Grim Company - Luke Scull

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 17, 2014, 03:36:03 PM »
I finished reading Week's Black Prism yesterday.  It really took me awhile to get into it and I'm still not completely sure on how the magic system works (well I understand how it works, just don't feel very clear on it's limitations and what it can do) but it definitely picked up at the end.

Next up is Republic of Thieves and then I'm hoping I have enough time to re-read Way of Kings before Words of Radiance comes out.

Introductions / Hi I'm new!
« on: February 17, 2014, 03:30:30 PM »
The subject says it all.  I came across the site at the end of last year looking for 2013 top book lists for books that I may have missed during the year (hint: there were a lot).  I've been lurking for awhile since and decided to actually sign up today.  One of my major issues is that I hear about books coming out and then forgetting/not noticing when they do finally come out so I'm hoping being a part of this will help me remember those books and also find some new and interesting stories.

Growing up through most of my teen years and early adult stages I was really more into military/historical fiction than I was with fantasy (Clancy, Cornwell, and Coyle were my favorites).  I actually didn't read much fantasy at all until I had a college roommate convince me to read the Harry Potter books right before OOtP came out.  I didn't read as much during college because I had other, more important things to do (namely go out drinking a lot and fail at picking up girls) but I used the HP books as my base and started to branch out when I joined the real world.  What really hooked me were the first three books of ASOIAF (it's probably a good thing AFfC and DWD were not out yet) and after that I starting diving deeper in the genre.

My current favorite series is Erikson's Malazan books (read them all last year) and my current favorite book is Abercrombie's The Heroes.  I just finished Week's Black Prism last night and I have Republic of Thieves checked out from the library, hoping to get through that this week so I have time to re-read Way of the Kings before Words comes out. 

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