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Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
It's definitely Sanderson's most ambitious bit of worldbuilding. And that part was definitely enjoyable. I think part of it was that I've been burnt on 700+ page fantasy novels ever since I did the whole of the Wheel of Time over the course of a year.
We need a support group.

Me: "Hi, I'm Blue, and I read through the entire Wheel of Time."
All: "Hi Blue."
 

HawaiiSteveO

Blistering Barnacles!
On a spy kick lately, going to read some of his other books - Agent ZigZag up next.


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It really does leave a mark on a person, in both good and bad ways. I read the whole Malazan Book of the Fallen series, and that didn't leave me as burnt out on long-form fantasy as the Wheel of Time. I suspect that if a person went in and re-wrote that middle slog to condense it and keep the pace going, it might hit differently.

I also wonder whether if Robert Jordan hadn't died before he finished the series, if we'd view GRRM's delays and procrastinations differently, but that's another conversation.

We need a support group.

Me: "Hi, I'm Blue, and I read through the entire Wheel of Time."
All: "Hi Blue."
 

Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
It really does leave a mark on a person, in both good and bad ways. I read the whole Malazan Book of the Fallen series, and that didn't leave me as burnt out on long-form fantasy as the Wheel of Time. I suspect that if a person went in and re-wrote that middle slog to condense it and keep the pace going, it might hit differently.

I also wonder whether if Robert Jordan hadn't died before he finished the series, if we'd view GRRM's delays and procrastinations differently, but that's another conversation.
I think the slog that I never recovered from was when Faile was kidnapped and Perrin spent like three books chasing after her with very little change in status. Perrin was one of my favorites (moreso than Rand) and putting him in not just status, but verbose, wordy, lingering status without character development or plot development around him was a major turn-off.

I loved when they finally cleared The Taint from the male half of the One Power. But then that the first many-hundred pages of the next book was just reactions of the various ensemble cast (and villains) as it was visible around the world just killed all the inertia.

I have the books bagged up downstairs to give to a friend. After I finished I realized I was never going to read them all again, so I should give them away to make space on my shelves.

All of that said, I'm still a sucker for long-form fantasy. Guess I never learn.
 

If I had to pick my favorite characters, it would Nynaeve and Perrin, definitely. Super happy with the casting on both of them, too. Totally agree with you on that part of the books, too.

I got the books on Kindle. I pretty much got a Kindle for the express purpose of saving the space they'd take up on my bookshelves and not having to lug them around. I might re-read them some day, but not anytime soon.

I think the slog that I never recovered from was when Faile was kidnapped and Perrin spent like three books chasing after her with very little change in status. Perrin was one of my favorites (moreso than Rand) and putting him in not just status, but verbose, wordy, lingering status without character development or plot development around him was a major turn-off.

I loved when they finally cleared The Taint from the male half of the One Power. But then that the first many-hundred pages of the next book was just reactions of the various ensemble cast (and villains) as it was visible around the world just killed all the inertia.

I have the books bagged up downstairs to give to a friend. After I finished I realized I was never going to read them all again, so I should give them away to make space on my shelves.

All of that said, I'm still a sucker for long-form fantasy. Guess I never learn.
 

Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
If I had to pick my favorite characters, it would Nynaeve and Perrin, definitely. Super happy with the casting on both of them, too. Totally agree with you on that part of the books, too.

I got the books on Kindle. I pretty much got a Kindle for the express purpose of saving the space they'd take up on my bookshelves and not having to lug them around. I might re-read them some day, but not anytime soon.
I got Eye of the World in softcover back in '90 or '91. I've got a hangup - if I have a series I want it one way or the other (or both). Having to switch back and forth, while a truly trivial task, bothers me.

One of the short stories in the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold I had only the electronic release of it, and every time I hit a used bookstore I searched for a collection that had it in print. Even though I had it. As a short story that was not a big deal in terms of the overall arc of everything.
 

Yeah, having a mish-mash of a series split between digital and print versions would bother me as well. To tell the truth, getting different editions within a series kinda does too.

I got Eye of the World in softcover back in '90 or '91. I've got a hangup - if I have a series I want it one way or the other (or both). Having to switch back and forth, while a truly trivial task, bothers me.

One of the short stories in the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold I had only the electronic release of it, and every time I hit a used bookstore I searched for a collection that had it in print. Even though I had it. As a short story that was not a big deal in terms of the overall arc of everything.

I finished reading Firestarter. Enjoyed it, though as I've said before, there's thread of misanthropy that's run through all of Stephen King's works I've read so far. It was also striking how little the movie adaptation deviated from the book.

Now I'm reading William Hope Hodgson's The Boats of the Glen Carrig.
 

Zaukrie

New Publisher
Are all mazalan books as confusing as the first one? Good golly. In fairness, I keep putting it down and picking it up much later, but still. So many characters....
 

I'm a fan and honestly, yeah. You get a better grasp as the books go on, but they throw a lot at you, with a large cast of characters that only continues to expand.

Are all mazalan books as confusing as the first one? Good golly. In fairness, I keep putting it down and picking it up much later, but still. So many characters....
 

KahlessNestor

Adventurer
Still reading Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow.

Still reading Night of the Hunter by R. A. Salvatore.

Still reading The Battle for Spain by Antony Beevor.

Still reading Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson.

Still reading Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Finished reading Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb. This was a really good book. Good worldbuilding and characters.

Still reading Changes by Jim Butcher.

Still reading A Lone Habitation by Seanan McGuire.

Still listening to Lux by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading The Battle for Skandia by John Flanagan.

Still reading Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading Critical Role: Tal’dorei Campaign Setting by Matthew Mercer.

Sill reading Discrimination and Disparities by Thomas Sowell.

Still reading The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Still reading Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire.

Still reading The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones.

Still reading The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon.

Still reading Black Widow: Red Vengeance by Margaret Stohl.
 

Zaukrie

New Publisher
Finally finished Gardens of the Moon.

Once I read more at one time, it didn't seem as daunting. ... But still. So many characters. I own the next two, but I think I'll finish Priest by Colville, then try something else.
 

Finished Hodgson's The Boats of the Glen Carrig last Friday. That was a most excellent and chilling read, one that does not feel as old as it is. The way the fear of the very real threats of the open ocean worked with the fear of unknowable horrors was a well-balanced escalation device. I'm surprised it's not been adapted for the screen, because it seems like it would make for a great movie.

And at the price of "free" on Kindle, definitely worth it.

Now I'm re-reading RE Howard's The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane.
 

KahlessNestor

Adventurer
Still reading Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow.

Still reading Night of the Hunter by R. A. Salvatore.

Still reading The Battle for Spain by Antony Beevor.

Still reading Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson.

Still reading Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Still reading Changes by Jim Butcher.

Still reading A Lone Habitation by Seanan McGuire.

Still listening to Lux by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading The Battle for Skandia by John Flanagan.

Still reading Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.

Still reading Critical Role: Tal’dorei Campaign Setting by Matthew Mercer.

Sill reading Discrimination and Disparities by Thomas Sowell.

Still reading The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Still reading Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire.

Still reading The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones.

Still reading The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon.

Still reading Black Widow: Red Vengeance by Margaret Stohl.

Started reading Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb.
 

Finished re-reading REH's Savage Tales of Solomon Kane. I'm really mixed on the collection. When the stories are at their best, they're astonishingly good. Solomon Kane is like the anti-Michael Myers; we never find out what drives him, have only hints about his history; he is a relentless force for good.

But then there is some truly horrific racist language - which while present in REH's other tales, really comes into focus with the stories set in Africa. After a certain point, I ended up skipping those.

Now I'm re-reading Clive Barker's Books of Blood Vol. 1. Oh, do I love the schlocky covers of the editions I have:

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Richards

Legend
I finished Medicus last night (skipping an hour or more of sleep at bedtime to do so - I wanted to see how it ended and didn't want to wait until today to do so). It was a great read and now I'm starting up the first sequel, Terra Incognita, in which Roman army doctor Gaius Petreius Ruso is stationed even further north in the backwaters of Britannia, in the lands where his new slave Tilla is from - and in which he'll get embroiled in another mystery against his better judgment, this time involving Tilla's former lover, who's charged with killing a Roman soldier.

Johnathan
 

TwoSix

Unserious gamer
Pretty close to Worm, then. Worm is around 11,000 pages long (serialized), and the sequel, Ward, is around 4,500 pages.
You should try reading The Wandering Inn. Worm is about 1.8 million words, The Wandering Inn is currently at 8.3 million words and nowhere close to done.

Practical Guide to Evil is also another excellent, long web serial.
 

reelo

Adventurer
I just recieved "The Illuminated Edda" by Andrew Valkauskas, author the RPG "Fate of the Norns"
I've just skimmed over it so far, but it looks delightful (and got much praise from Ed Greenwood)
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read Invisible Sun, the third and final volume of Charles Stross's second Merchant Princes series. It was okay. I may reread the series if I'm bored and don't have anything else but it won't join my list of books/series I read every year.
 

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