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Post by DgB on Wed Feb 25, 2009 10:57 pm

I finished, The Briar King. A good start to the series. I hope the next book is as good. rockon

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Post by Kenwood on Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:17 pm

I tried Briar King but couldn't get into it, so I set it aside. It's got an odd voice to it and it just wasn't sitting well with me at the time. But I think it's a book I will like, from what I've heard. I just have to start it in the right mood...

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Post by DgB on Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:25 pm

Kenwood wrote:I tried Briar King but couldn't get into it, so I set it aside. It's got an odd voice to it and it just wasn't sitting well with me at the time. But I think it's a book I will like, from what I've heard. I just have to start it in the right mood...

Like most long series, I found you had to make it beyond pages 150-200 before it really started getting good. I suggest giving it another try, and you should also pick up, Gardens of the Moon.

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Post by cvrysen on Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:37 pm

I dug that Briar King series. I loved the metaphysics behind the story, they were resonant and entertaining.

I recently rediscovered that godfather of modern realistic dark fantasy, the Black Company novels, which seriously knocked my socks off. They don't have the best fighters, tacticians, or wizards, but they're willing to fight dirty and do whatever it takes to survive, no matter the odds.

K.J. Parker's stuff recently found me. (S?)he writes no-magic fantasy trilogies with no heroes or villains, about technology and philosophy, and extraordinary people putting themselves and the world around them through the metaphorical meat grinder. I've read her Engineer and Fencer trilogies; they kicked my ass and I loved it.

For fellow D&D geeks, Paul S Kemp's two Shadow trilogies revolutionized RPG fiction for me, first writer imo to capture what's good about the hobby without sacrificing story while using consistent game mechanics and strategy. After a couple of pages, you'll never wanna read Salvatore again.

I've found quite a few somewhat unique and terribly excellent dark fantasy series in the last couple of years, too many to count, but still can't wait for the next SoIaF.

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Post by Kenwood on Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:40 am

cvrysen wrote:I've found quite a few somewhat unique and terribly excellent dark fantasy series in the last couple of years, too many to count, but still can't wait for the next SoIaF.
Speaking of which, it seems like GRRM has been getting a bit of a thrashing from some of the bigger mouths in the industry lately, and it's gotten to him.

http://www.suvudu.com/2009/01/in-defense-of-george-r-r-marti.html

"All right. Let me begin by relating my opinion on why these fans do indeed have a valid argument to be downright nasty and rancorous."

"George is unprofessional. People have a right to be angry at him for it."

http://thewertzone.blogspot.com/2009/01/defence-of-dragons-part-1.html
http://thewertzone.blogspot.com/2009/01/defence-of-dragons-part-2.html
http://aidanmoher.com/blog/?p=461

Those are all disguised as "defense of GRRM" blogs, but they make some pretty bold and arrogant statements, in my opinion. We won't discuss how contradictory they are.

Responses from GRRM:

http://grrm.livejournal.com/75053.html
http://grrm.livejournal.com/74995.html

"After all, as some of you like to point out in your emails, I am sixty years old and fat, and you don't want me to "pull a Robert Jordan" on you and deny you your book."

Really? Does a man really deserve such "downright nasty and rancorous" comments? That sort of talk disgusts me. Let the man be; let him finish the book on his terms. It's his work!

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Re: Generic Favorite Authors Thread

Post by DgB on Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:05 am

Kenwood wrote:
cvrysen wrote:I've found quite a few somewhat unique and terribly excellent dark fantasy series in the last couple of years, too many to count, but still can't wait for the next SoIaF.
Speaking of which, it seems like GRRM has been getting a bit of a thrashing from some of the bigger mouths in the industry lately, and it's gotten to him.

http://www.suvudu.com/2009/01/in-defense-of-george-r-r-marti.html

"All right. Let me begin by relating my opinion on why these fans do indeed have a valid argument to be downright nasty and rancorous."

"George is unprofessional. People have a right to be angry at him for it."

http://thewertzone.blogspot.com/2009/01/defence-of-dragons-part-1.html
http://thewertzone.blogspot.com/2009/01/defence-of-dragons-part-2.html
http://aidanmoher.com/blog/?p=461

Those are all disguised as "defense of GRRM" blogs, but they make some pretty bold and arrogant statements, in my opinion. We won't discuss how contradictory they are.

Responses from GRRM:

http://grrm.livejournal.com/75053.html
http://grrm.livejournal.com/74995.html

"After all, as some of you like to point out in your emails, I am sixty years old and fat, and you don't want me to "pull a Robert Jordan" on you and deny you your book."

Really? Does a man really deserve such "downright nasty and rancorous" comments? That sort of talk disgusts me. Let the man be; let him finish the book on his terms. It's his work!

I totally agree. I can't believe the shit he gets. It really started to escalate when RJ died.

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Re: Generic Favorite Authors Thread

Post by Tall Tyrion on Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:17 am

Sansa will not appear in DANCE.

Now THAT does discourage me. Sad

I'll admit, I want ADWD, and I WANT IT NOW!!! But I'm realistic enough to realize that GRRM is delaying the release because the book is not ready.

Good enough for me.

Get it out when you are satisfied with it, George, and let all those who want to rush you go jump in a lake.

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Post by Mercedes on Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:26 am

That was intense. This is exactly what I'm afraid of. If I ever make it big enough to receive hate mail, my husband says that he'll never let me see it. Stuff like that can be devastating, and I cannot abide meanness. It doesn't help anything.

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Re: Generic Favorite Authors Thread

Post by DgB on Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:49 pm

I finished The Charnel Prince. I enjoyed it, though I thought the pacing slowed down quite a bit throughout (compared to book one).
Just started The Blood Knight, and I was surprised almost immediately (page one); it mentions that Robert is only twenty. For some reason I missed the fact that he was that much younger than his brother. It doesn't seem correct. huh

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