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The Almanac: PON Edition / Re: ARC: TDTCB Chapter 17
« on: August 01, 2018, 08:19:19 pm »
Quote from:  TheCulminatingApe
Deep - and what beautiful prose. 
How does Kellhus know what the back of a beautiful women looks like? Agitations, distractions and passions dying - is this why the Dunyain are spiritually weak?

We've had some serious and long threads devoted to this topic here. And, no one has come up with a clear cut answer. We see later about the Whale Mothers, but are there other Dûnyain women? It would almost seem to be the case, but we never, ever hear about them in the text. That would make one think that they do not exist. I guess it's a matter of what you want to believe. It's certain that the Whale mother don't have a body like that though...

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2018
« on: August 01, 2018, 05:38:17 pm »
Quote from:  Wilshire
Hobb is on my list ... can you let me know if you finish? I started it once, briefly, but only got a handful of pages. Does it have much magic, or not so much, and if its worth reading. These are things I need MSJ to tell me :).

I am only on chapter 2, so there hasn't been any type of action so far. Only the background on Fitz (main character), and a little world building. I will keep you informed as your questions are answered.

Only thing is...i might put it down in favor of another book. Came across a thread about The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North (which is a ghostname(?) for Charlotte Webb). This has really grabbed my attention, the whole premise is that Harry is a a man that lives the same life over and over. He can remember his previous lives, and meets others just like him. It has gotten a lot of rave reviews on it, and everything I read up on, says it's an excellent book. Also, it's only $2.99 on kindle, couldn't pass that up. I might put off AA for a minute, and gobble this one up first. We'll see.

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Literature / Re: YOU MUST TELL ME ... What else are you reading?
« on: July 29, 2018, 06:42:59 pm »
Quote from:  Dora Vee
ADORE the Grey Swords. The leaders seem like wonderful leaders, especially the Mortal Sword. He actually reminds me of the Kurgan. That is, if the Kurgan wasn't a violent sociopath.

You will ADORE the finale of this book for sure!

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2018
« on: July 29, 2018, 06:35:35 pm »
Finished The Poppy War (14), as I said in the other thread. Excellent book and excited to see the sequel.

I put down The Warded Man, by Peter V. Brett in favor of TPW, picked it up after and back down again. This time in favor of Assassin's Apprentice, by Robin Hobb. I've debated and debated starting this series, but I'm gonna give it a go...

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Literature / Re: YOU MUST TELL ME ... What else are you reading?
« on: July 28, 2018, 07:09:24 pm »
Finished The Poppy War, just now. I thought it was a great book and am very surprised that this is the authors debut novel. Sure there is room for improvement, but she is a talented writer and has good vision. There is still a lot to explore and ways that this series could go. Can't wait for the sequel.

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Literature / Re: YOU MUST TELL ME ... What else are you reading?
« on: July 27, 2018, 02:21:20 am »
I would do it....I will read whatever you throw in front of me. I don't have many biases when it comes to reading. Sure I have favorites and tend to finish a series once started, but it's hardly written in stone. I feel so bad I haven't been participating in reread section, but books keep getting my attention and I forget to get to the relevant chapter.

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Literature / Re: YOU MUST TELL ME ... What else are you reading?
« on: July 26, 2018, 11:40:56 am »
Quote from:  Wilshire
the first half is all world building and setup, the next quarter stuff starts happening and the fantasy aspects start to come into play, this is also where it starts to get darker. Last quarter its something of a bloodbath and you really see what's going on.

There's definitely a lot of places the series could go, and I hope the writer continues down the path. I think this is her first publication, so hopefully the writing gets better as the story progresses beyond the first book.

Yea, just started Part III, a freaking bloodbath is the only thing you'll call it.

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Literature / Re: YOU MUST TELL ME ... What else are you reading?
« on: July 24, 2018, 03:45:52 pm »
Almost finished last night, didn't want to put down. Nowhere as dark as a lot of stuff I've read in the genre....

But, it's good and has a lot of cool concepts and directions the series can go in. At least looking at it from the perspective of having no finished it yet, but I think I see where it's going.

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2018
« on: July 24, 2018, 12:08:14 am »
When i read Red Risingn or rather the series a year or so ago, i recommended it highly in last year's version of this thread. Nice to see others giving it a go. Great series with an excellent finish to it.

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2018
« on: July 19, 2018, 10:36:30 pm »
Quote from:  Wilshire
MSJ, just thought you might find this amusing regarding Codex Alera (from wikipedia):
The inspiration for the series came from a bet Butcher was challenged to by a member of the Del Rey Online Writer's Workshop. The challenger bet that Butcher could not write a good story based on a lame idea, and he countered that he could do it using two lame ideas of the challenger's choosing. The "lame" ideas given were "Lost Roman Legion", and "Pokémon".

That's very interesting. I thought it was a great series nonetheless. Awesome that he could come up with such a great story off of two lame ideas though.

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Literature / Re: YOU MUST TELL ME ... What else are you reading?
« on: July 16, 2018, 08:13:11 pm »
I decided to pick up The Poppy War after seeing someone had read it in the other thread. Two chapters in and I'm enjoying it so far.

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General Q&A / Re: [TGO/TUC Spoilers]The Boy, Crab Hand
« on: July 12, 2018, 07:45:48 pm »
I always thought that his hand was hurt during the fighting with the Sranc. And, I agree with Simas, they thought him defective for some other reason. I could be wrong about the hand, but I don't remember it ever being stated as that was the reason for him being defective.

I am very excited to read about him, and his POV of the world as an untrained Dûnyain. I think it might be the case that he is on a higher level than Koringhus and that they never noticed it because he was thought defective. It's great that he's basically superhuman, but doesn't have the outlook on life like other Dûnyain, the Logos and all that.

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The Almanac: PON Edition / Re: ARC: TDTCB Chapter 13
« on: July 06, 2018, 11:19:15 pm »
Quote from:  TheCulminatingApe
I think you've misunderstood my post here, MSJ.  I wasn't saying the Scylvendi don't understand what 'Lokung' is, but that we as the readers don't yet have enough information to link the Scylvendi religion with the No-God

Yes sir, I did misunderstand.  Sorry, I'm picking up what your putting down.

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The Almanac: PON Edition / Re: ARC: TDTCB Chapter 13
« on: July 06, 2018, 02:46:26 pm »
Quote from:  TheCulminatingApe
We learn that the Scylvendi worship Lokung, who was born, and who laid waste to the north.  I don't think we have actually had any real mention of the No-God as yet, so the two can't necessarily be linked, but the implication seems to be that the Scylvendi are on the 'wrong' side religiously, as it were.

Don't agree with this. The Scylvendi fought for the NG in the 1st apocalypse. They might not of knew it's name, but they worshipped it. Why? Because they are they People of War. And, that was the NG's purpose. They call it Lokung, The Dead God. They past this all down orally. They know the connection.

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2018
« on: June 27, 2018, 08:09:05 pm »
Just started The Warded Man, by Peter V. Brett, 1st in the Demon Cycle.

I'm only a chapter or two in and its already grabbed by attention. Not only the premise, which(this isnt spoiler) is demons (corelings) comeout at night and hunt humans, which I find very neat the way its handled even early on. But, the pace and prose are just great. Easy reading, like say, Abercrombie. And, after the Riftwar Saga, I need that..

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