Speculative Fiction Edition
>what are you currently reading?
>favorite speculative fiction author?
>favorite speculative fiction novel?
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>what are you currently reading?
Not a SFF novel so I refuse to answer.
>favorite speculative fiction author?
The fat man.
>favorite speculative fiction novel?
ASOIAF, The Silmarillion, The Gone-Away World, The Voice of the Fire, The Second Apocalypse
>what are you currently reading?
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights - Salman Rushdie
>favorite speculative fiction author?
Either Neal Stephenson or Brandon Sanderson
>favorite speculative fiction novel?
Anathem or the entire Wheel of Time series
reposting since I was at the tail end of last thread
So if you had to compile the best Fantasy authors of all time, who would you pick? Looking for personal recommendations. I've been out of the reading loop since I was a fucking kid. So far I have the best works from
read Tolkien as a kid (like 7-12 years old) so I plan on rereading them now
lined up to read. Looking for comfy/complete/interesting worlds with great adventure stories told in them
currently reading "The Long Ships" and fucking loving it but it's just a historical fiction adventure novel, as excellent as it is
been playing The Witcher 3 and got over the initial love of ASOIAF and I have that sort of nostalgic longing for fantasy that I used to have as a kid
recommendations greatly appreciated!
You've got a solid list so far - I'd add China Mieville's Bas-Lag books (especially the first two, Iron Council was a bit of a step down) plus Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Also the Witcher games are loosely based on novels by Andrezj Sapkowski, so you could check those out.
>Where do we go to download fantasy and sci fi novels illegally?
Does anyone have any recommendations for survivalist / Robinson Crusoe type of story? Just some guy or people trying to surive and improve their surroundings. Last time someone recommended Tunnel in the Sky and it was excellent, thanks for that
You go to the board sticky and you lurk.
It is stylin'. Here's a page with a bit of Le Guin commentary - she used it as an examplar of fantasy in her essay "From Elfland to Poughkeepsie."
You wanna maybe try and convince me that China Mieville is worth another shot? Because I read Iron council, and that shit was garbage on so many levels. Unless his other stuff is vastly better, I'm not sure its worth it.
IC is probably his worst one - he likes to experiment with different genres (horror, hard SF, noir, police procedural, etc) and for whatever reason "Western" wasn't a style that worked (plus it's his most political book, and got sort of preachy).
Perdido Street Station and The Scar are more straightforward urban fantasy, lots of good world-building and creature design. Basically all the monsters and races are original - there's humanoids with big scarabs for heads, weird types of Remade, conglomerations of junk machinery that gain sentience, all sorts.
I can totally understand if you're not a Mieville person, though, most seem to either REALLY like him or not at all.
I wouldn't recommend Wheel of Time as someone else did, it's honestly quite shit. If you want to read a massive series go for Malazan Book of the Fallen instead.
Other than that, check out the Zimiamvian trilogy by ER Eddison. Have fun
I have this. Is this an acceptable place to start in the Hammerverse, or is it just a collection of side stories instead of containing the main story?
Are there even any decent Urban Fantasy books? I want something with magic in todays world (or maybe somewhere between the 50s and the future?) and as far as I can tell most of them are pretty shit tier.
I've heard people say the Dresden Files are decent but since there are some 15 of them I'm not quite convinced. It seems a bit.. mass produced?
Anything /lit/ can recommend or am I shit out of luck and have to stick to tradtional wizards in pseudo medieval towns?
...this, are pretty good "cops encounter and/or use magic" books.
Thanks, put them on my list. To be honest I just really want to read something with Wizards.
I once tried the Black magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan which was.. meh. She has the habit of basically having two or three stories in her book and alternating between them and by god, some of the side shit is SO fucking boring.
Also you can really feel the feminism/SJW Influences pretty hard in her books with obvious "oh there are gays in here but gays are shunned and I have to show how bad shunning gays is". I mean I do like some political issues in my fantasy, but when it's so blatantly "I'm looking at you, society!" it can fuck right off.
Well that plot summary sounds trippy. Maybe not quite what I was looking for but I have to admit I'm interested.
On the hunt for good urban fantasy I found a recommendation that said you have to "hang in there" because it takes like 3 books for the Dresden files to kick into gear.
That's quite harsh man. Expecting me to sit trough A LOT of mediocre stuff before it starts getting good.
If your standards are low Magician is pretty comfy and fun. Just don't read after first two books. Gene Wolfe is neither comfy nor filled with great adventures. Zelazny Lord of Light is great but it is more sf then fantasy. Amber is imo shit esp later. Dunno about the rest.
It was before the downtime. Might take a while for the site to recover. Some people say that because of the freeleech the economy won't be as good (ie you could basically get people to upload/buy whatever by putting a big enough bounty on it but if everyone is floating in buffer no more free books.)
You can only properly use the site if you have Overdrive or another source of retail ebooks to upload from though.
Best entry level comfy adventure book would be Hobbit.
If you like Witcher, The Last Wish is excellent. The rest of the books aren't on the same level sadly.
I'd add Robin Hobb and Guy Gavriel Kay to that list. Ignore Hobb's shitty titles that make her novels sound like edgy teen wank. I avoided it for so long, but it turns out Assassin's Apprentice is a slow, but brilliant and emotional character driven story.
Don't listen to this madman, some of the books are okay but overall it's an absolute mess of a series. The Way of Kings by Sanderson is a better alternative if you want something that feels like classic plot driven fantasy with a great setting.
Age of Zeus by James Lovegrove. Lovegrave? On of the two.
The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan is really good. Usually found in the Horror section. It has a couple of sequels which aren't as good as the initial book but are decent enough.
This only really applies if you're really into politics in the first place and therefore notice that kind of stuff in people's work.
>This only really applies if you're really into politics in the first place and therefore notice that kind of stuff in people's work.
What? You literally can't miss it, It's so fucking obvious and in your face.
I read Perdido Street Station about 12 years ago and I still remember thinking at the time regarding some sort of flying oppressor squid beast employed by the inexplicably ruthless and omnipotent city police that "this sounds like an LF post".
>Y-Yeah the average reader totally understands my campus-tier politics
>Three disappointing sale numbers later
>M-Most people aren't put off by books that tell them they're evil oppressors, R-Right?
Okay, word police, whatever the hell you call that little panic about a book containing politics differing from your own. Most people don't have a problem reading books by authors with different political leanings, even if their politics come across in the book.
I'm going to be a THAT GUY and write a 40k novel to send to BL.
Is around 150k too long for a Warhammer novel?
Is there a series similar to the Dark Tower except it isn't shit? I really liked the first book but after that it's just been disappointment.
I just read this and it was enjoyable. The prose was cringe-tier at times but otherwise serviceable. But I've been hearing that the series turns to shit after book 3. What are your opinions?
Also, is the tv show good?
I picked this up used at a local store because the title made me laugh and it was like $0.25. Picked it up out of boredom one day and read the whole thing in two sittings. One of the craziest and most entertaining sci-fi reads I've had in awhile. It's by no means a masterpiece, but it was a hell of a ride.
>yfw they're considering a black actor to play Roland
>not reading the series
>not knowing about Detta
>not knowing about the important actions between a racist black woman from '60s NY and a main white character she views as THE White Man
Not surprising to see that members of /lit/ share the same plague of any other board that discusses media with people injecting opinions about something they have not read.
>Everything is explained before it happens. Pretty stupid imo
I know, right?
Although It is a long series its actually an easy read. Its not hard to keep people and places from getting mixed up. It was my first big fantasy series and I think it was a good basic series to start with.
why aren't there "fan edits" of books? I mean people spend fucking years trimming down bloated films but I've never seen any kind of serious effort to "fan edit" books even though it should be a fucking million times earlier. Just cut out the shit, cut out the repetition, clean some straying plot lines up, etc. I might do this on my next read through of A Storm of Swords. Just read it on my computer and every instance of Caitlyn remembering everything she has felt or said before or every instance of "it was all he/she could do to..." right the fuck out. could probably cut some Arya running around in the rain doing fuck all for 30 pages as well
That's funny, because when I read Perdido Street Station a few months ago all I could think about is how for the second half of the book all he does is introduce one dimensional nonhuman after one dimensional nonhuman, sperg about how dangerous they are and how they'll totally be able to solve the problems of the book, and then proceed to have them killed off immediately. It was like a child playing battle with his favourite imaginary friends.
Not to mention the whole ridiculous justice scene at the end of the book. And his constant overuse of the word 'pugnacious'.
Well videos can ONLY reuse stuff that exists. You could refilm parts of it but without a good camera and good actors you can't achieve nearly that level of quality. You could use stock footage, voiceover and vfx, especially if you were talented at using programs such as After Effects or Premiere Pro but creating something entirely new would be a major issue, especially if you are trying to stylistically blend the lighting/quality/resolution of the original product with your newly made sections.
With text anyone can potentially create anything new. All that is required is the ability to use a text editor. There would be many more fan products, however they would greatly vary in terms of quality because the entrance barrier is much lower. The aim therefore falls upon people to tell an entirely new story, a new setting or a new ending or to establish an alternate point of view. Because it takes considerable time to type out text, people might believe that writing an entirely new plot or a significant modification of the original plot is a more worthwhile use of time then editing the original product (because most of their audience has potentially already read the book.)
The thing with writing is that you could swap out some names, plot points and mechanisms and you can end up with an entire novel that you could theoretically sell, as opposed to the film industry which requires a large number of inputs (from the director, people who create the sets, people who write scripts etc), so the better or more well connected authors are most likely less likely to create rehashes of original work.
Also, fan communities do exist for writing (ArchiveofOurOwn and Fanfiction.net come to mind) but you are more than likely to end up with porn for girls than you are to end up with slightly altered/enhanced plot, much like doujinshis.
I'll tell you something, I have never been as disappointed by an ending as I have been by the Dark Tower's. Here goes a spoiler alert to any unlucky bastard that is struggling through bad prose to get somewhere great and gorgeous at the end, I tell ya, this SUCKS. It's no ending at all, it's some stupid clichè in an already built mountain of clichè. So. Fucking. Pretentious. How can a writer praise himself so much, even put himself in the fucking book and use poor physics to deliver something so truly horrible... Shameful. At least now I can say I'm never going back to reading Stephen King ever again. This thing has almost put me off of sci fi and fantasy out and out, but I know it's not a matter of genre now, but the genre really has some of the most phony shit out there.
Most of Gene Wolfe which is lets say 5 series.
All of Tolkien.
Most of Fritz Leiber
Dick since he is basically fantasy
Bulgakov so Heart of a Dog and Master and Margarita
Started reading The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu, what does /lit/ think of that? Somewhat intriguing story so far but the prose is kind of childish and clumsy IMO (in the english translation) and it's not nearly as hard as my homeboy Greg Egan's stuff.
What would you file a story in the vein of the film Groundhog Day (i.e., a repeating day in a world that's otherwise exactly like ours) under?
The premise I'm writing under seems flexible enough to work alongside any other theme, and that film best matches my "act 1".
I am looking for a first contact novel. I've read a few and will recommend two. Mote in god's eye, pretty good. The other is Crossfire. What I liked best in these two were it happened far from earth, with no invasion content and focused on the scifi with little politics. I didn't like the second book of crossfire though, as the scifi and most of the world from the first book was mostly set aside.
I am currently reading blightsight. Any other hard scifi with first contact theme, preferably far from earth?
Greg Egan - Incandescence
Pretty far-out, the first contact theme plays on 2 levels, very post-human.
Poul Anderson, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, David Brin, Nancy Kress and Frederik Pohl - Murasaki
More of a traditional humans-colonize-alien-planet story, plays exclusively on the spaceships and the double planet system itself with a nicely craft world and story.
How come /lit/ seems to love Mistborn but Hate Kingkiller?
I didn't like this one very much. I've read it a long time ago, though, I don't remember all the details. The first book was okay until the ending, but the second book made me drop it.
>I've heard people say the Dresden Files are decent but since there are some 15 of them I'm not quite convinced. It seems a bit.. mass produced?
Yeah, I didn't care much for the Dresden Files either. I think I almost finished the first book long ago.
Anyone has a good book about wizardry? The Name of the wind left a gap I am looking to fill. I didn't find any with a good world building. Has anybody read the book that came recently about Auri, by the way?
I think the main thing is that China's characters are incredibly passive. This creates progression problems in the book that make them feel more slow-paced than they have any right to be when you have the subject matter and worlds that he is introducing. It also causes the lackluster endings, because everything that happens, just happens to the main characters for the most part.
I just finished reading Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. It was the first 4 star book I've read since 2014. The plot was sad but predictable. Definitely worth it if you're into the young adult / children's stuff.
My favourite author and book are A Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.
>The plot was sad but (slightly) predictable. Definitely worth it if you're into the young adult / children's stuff.
Ignoring that I'd like to talk about David Gemmell. I read his Rigante series a while ago and it was fantastic. He does a great flawed hero. So I tried to give his much longer, though earlier, Draenei series ago. The first book was quite frankly a child's attempt compared to the content of Rigante. So my question is when does the man who wrote Legend become the man who wrote A Sword in he Storm? is it worth grinding through or should I Skip to a later book? when did he get good?
I dropped Malazan half way through book 8 - Toll the Hounds. I had always hated that character kept getting abandoned throughout the novels, but the new characters had always been fantastic. Until book 8. Is it worth pushing through?
I know this is a very late response but:
>tolkien in general
The Silmarillion is only enjoyable if you already have an interest in the legendarium. It's Tolkien showing off his world-building and not much else. Even Tolkien fans mostly struggle to read it, to the point that having read the Silmarillion marks you as a official Tolkien fan™ in the eyes of the niche that even knows what the Silmarillion is but isn't personally interested in the legendarium. In other words: The book's so fucking uninteresting besides providing background for the rest of its setting (granted, it definitely wasn't made to stand on its own) reading it is seen as a rite of passage.
Dune drags on for too long far too often, but at least it can stand on its own as a work of literature. I never had to force myself through it sans God-Emperor, to which I can make a similar complaint to the one I make about the Silmarillion; it's there mostly to provide background for the next (in my opinion, much better, or at least more entertaining) 2 books.
you have it backwards
MIstborn was great until about book 3 when the author tried to write some high level military strategy. He failed miserably, and I dropped the book. Lucky he caught on and took it easy in Stormlight with a simplistic 12p king of the hill "strategy."
Kingkiller is still going strong because it's kept to world building.
It will make you really despise the adjunct and it has the cheesiest DINDU NUFFIN redemption arc ever.
Also if you loved philosophical rants while marching in the desert, you will LOVE the last two books.
Some people come here to actually talk about books they like without having to deal with the endless stream of memes, unjustified elitism and general e-penis shaking that is /lit/. Stand-alone threads tend to get drowned among the Pepes and the uppity liberal art majors yelling about philosophers they haven't read a single line from.
Why is Brett on that list? Curious choice.
ok, lets get this straight
what's better, Malazan of Wheel of Time? Both seem to be the go to recommendations for elaborate and adventurous fantasy series apart from ASOIAF, but people recommend and call both complete shit
I'll probably avoid WOT since my biggest complaint about ASOIAF was the bloat it built up as it went on and WOT is apparently even more notorious for that
Apparently Book of Amber, Hyperion, and Zimiamvian Trilogy come also highly recommended
so what's shit and what isn't?
Those series are crazy different. Amber starts with an amnesia plot of a guy in modern (70s) America who finds out he's part of a crazy reality-bending royal family, and remembers he wanted to become king, and takes some trusted brothers and sisters to gather a multi-dimensional army to take over the royal city. Betrayal ensues, stakes get heightened. It's not Zelazny's best but it certainly is his most. Expect vernacular English, nonstop action, and niece incest.
Hyperion is SF written with a fantastic feel to it, elevated prose, and generally an aim for greatness. Doesn't really make it in my opinion but it was really fun, at least the first two books. Couldn't get into the second half, there's some really heavy Catholic allegory there. Expect Chaucer references, time-traveling spike robots, and attempted sex with time-traveling spike robots.
Zimiamvian I don't know much about, only that it's written by Eddison, a pre-Tolkien, pre-Lovecraft pulp-era author who also wrote Worm Ourobouros. Expect a feeling of grandeur, loving descriptions of fights and decorations, and the word "languid."
I usually see people complaining about it being confusing and poorly written. I'd say both points are pretty fair although I think the main reason there is confusion from some readers is because it isn't written that well. It's not bad though, I didn't find it too confusing and the writing wasn't bad enough to make me stop reading.
I haven't finished the whole series and I don't plan on finishing it anytime soon but I don't regret reading what I read of it.
that sound pretty neat then. I've actually been meaning to get into warhammer but there's so much shit of ranging quality
I've heard that Abnett is a good start for 40k but even then knowing what order to read shit in is obnoxious to try and find out
The Author doesn't like to keep characters around between books. Not many of them die (certainly not permanently) and even if they don't, they get no chapters in the later books.
New characters are consistantly introduced though, so it never runs into the problem of ASOIAF where you've crossed off all the characters you like and there's nothing but Cersei chapters.
The first Hyperion book is decent. If you read the full series, you quickly learn that the author is lazy and stopped caring.
But the third book was very lackluster, and while I haven't read the fourth book, I've heard nothing but bad things about it. I do agree that the first two books were surprisingly good but it seems he's gone done the path of writing filler about pointless side characters, or placing undue importance toward main characters like that whore Leesha.
Are the Space Odyssey sequels worth reading? I really enjoyed the first one.
Guys, help me, I forgot the title of a book and I can only remember a major plot key from it:
a guy gets teleported through time and space constantly but shows up in his hometown every seventeen years or something. That's it. I know nothing about the author except that it's a science fiction novel.
Any idea what it could be?
I found myself only enjoying the parts with Arlen and Rojer in the third book, and the ending was pretty decent with that final fight. I really do like Arlen as a character and a main character.
You can easily look through the archives to find otherwise but I understand the propensity to create lies in order to continue living a happy life with pre-conceived biased notions.
so I started reading Clive Barker's Imajica (pic related) and I cannot put it down. I'm also reading through his books of blood and I like how all the stories have the perfect balance of getting into the meat of things and build-up
original anon you asked here. to be honest thats the same spot I am at. Im not a huge fan of toll the hounds but from what I have heard the ending of the series is pretty amazing. I know the author cant put out his best work every time so Im going to finish it.
Re-reading Brett right now. I kill through these books. Easy reading, interesting enough story, and pretty solid characters. Nothing too heavy, but enjoyable nonetheless. Haven't read the 3rd one yet, so I figured I'd re-read the first 2. Hopefully the 3rd book is decent.
They're not really that great, but they aren't a waste of time either. 2010 and 2061, at least, were decent. 3001 really felt phoned in but wasn't unreadable trash the way the Rama sequels were.
Alright anons, post your sci-fi/fantasy guilty pleasure and reason why you like it.
Pic related combines my inner child's love for base/fortress building, surviving in a apocalyptic scenario, applying modern day knowledge to solve problems, and OP main character.
Barnes & Noble were selling pic related a few years back, I bought it and read through it. Agreed on being underrated. Seems hard for authors who wrote any good novels to get much recognition for short stories in general though. I'm sure if Ted Chiang ever gets around to writing a novel in 15 years no one will much remember his short stories.
Amber is one of my favorites, at least for the first five books starring Corwin. The rest of the books with Merlin aren't nearly as good but I still liked them.
I also highly recommend Zelazny's Lord of Light which deservedly won the Hugo.
Because we are actually discussing books, and not memeing, philposting and shitposting in general.
Mods would rather a thread that is 100% on topic, than some trump thread discussing elections on the fucking literature board .
Not becuase he wrote books you can speak of his fuckin presidential run.
It's not on topic. Speak of the fucking book, but they don't. They spout a bunch of stromfront memes and bs in those threads.
The whole problem is that they don't discuss anything. There is a board for philosophism and political discussion.
Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1)
by Kevin Hearne
I have nothing against dogs, and don't mind the Irish mythology. Sword in the Storm is one of my favourites actually, and it features the Morrígu as the only reoccurring character.
But the story is so weak. The whole point of mythological fantasy is that it is supposed to add depth.
It's not far from earth, but Childhood's End is a classic of the genre that you should read.
Despite being one of the most influential first contact novels, it somehow remains one of the most unique.
> the problem of ASOIAF where you've crossed off all the characters you like and there's nothing but Cersei chapters
This is bait right? Nobody is so retarded as to actually skip all of a character's chapters and read them when you've got nothing else to read right?
My friend did that. He had no idea what was going on in half the latter books because he skipped Cersei and Brienne chapters, maybe Bran too. I don't fucking know man.
Regardless I don't think that's what the anon meant, I think he meant that all the characters whose chapters you like die and you're only left with shitty ones. (Though I liked Cersei chapters.)
Need a recommendation, /lit/. Student of mine won an essay contest and, for some reason, I was given a small cash award as well as her. I want to use it to get her a book or two. I know she is really into fantasy, and I would like to get her something that can work off that interest but will also be a bit more "literary" than what she is used to. I know nothing of the fantasy genre, really, so I could use some help. I was thinking something Philip K. Dick maybe? I recently read Radio Free Albemuth and thought that might work? What do you think?
I think moreso what you call "proper fantasy", but some sci-fi, too. She's in 10th grade (15 years old). Her interests seem to lie somewhere in the middle as far as lighthearted vs. gritty. Not so dark as something like Lovecraft but not My Little Pony, either.
I don't really know much about sci-fi, but I think The Last Wish, the first book in the Witcher fantasy series, is excellent. It's a collection of short stories. The second book is pretty good too, but keep in mind that the rest of the books are shit. Also, since she's 15 she might enjoy Brandon Sanderson's books. Try Elantris or The Final Empire.
Hmm, hadn't thought of him. Good idea, though, I'll definitely consider it.
If it's even remotely popular, I'm pretty sure she's read it. I also don't want to ask because I want it to be a surprise that I'm getting her something. Thanks for the rec, though.
I'll look into them. Like I said, I'm looking for something that would be considered more "literary", which is why I liked the Borges rec from the earlier anon. Would your recs meet that criterion?
I know this maybe off topic... but are you:
-wears business(sexy suits) to work
-do you get wet by the thoughts of your sex starved students wantonly ravaging your body
-would you take a 25 yr old kissless virgin's vcard
You won't find much "literary" fantasy. Your best bet would be to get her something she would want to read. If you want to give her something literary, just give her something you like and stop pretending the gift is actually about her.
Tolkien is quite fantasy is is literary. So are Borges, Wolfe, Chesterton, Le Guin, arguably Dick.
>stop pretending the gift is about her
No need to be a dick. It is about her.
I stated pretty explicitly that I'm looking for something to bridge the gap between what she currently reads and works that are of more "literary merit". I don't see why it should be seen as such a bad, narcisisstic thing to want to encourage a student to read deeper, more complex works when she already shows great interest in reading and writing.
So if you don't have a recommendation, kindly fuck off with your negative, projecting, armchair psychology bullshit. Thank you.
In case you still don't get it, I'm not necessarily looking for "literary fantasy". I simply stated that I noticed she tends to enjoy reading fantasy (her writing assignments frequently are of a fantasy bent as well), so I am looking for something that she might like given that interest.
You seem pretty upset. Get her whatever you want, it doesn't matter. Just be sure you're okay with the fact that she may not be in to what you get for her.
I don't know this girl at all, but a lot of time kids that only read fantasy or science fiction have some fucked up stuff in their life and they don't want anything serious, books are their escape. If she is just a normal kid that likes reading and just prefers fantasy, get her whatever.
>You can easily look through the archives to find otherwise but I understand the propensity to create lies in order to continue living a happy life with pre-conceived biased notions.
He has juvenile prose and his plots and characters are straight out of vidya. He's a bad writer and only appeals to the "le gamer" demographic.
felt like some schlock and started the first book, reading as a pure guilty pleasure. so far, on page 40. neat, serves as guilty pleasure, especially the smart main character. Reminds me a bit of Harry Potter and the Technomage (fanfiction), or even the Martian.
Mind you, it's bad as serious literature, but it's fun (so far!). Thanks for the rec.
The comment bellow the book of the short sun got cut, you can see the letter got cut.
The second book actually deals with this better. Paul is still overpowered, but plot turns are revealed as they happen.
Also, it has much more political scheming.
In fact, the second book is pretty underrated IMO. It might even be my favorite of them all.
Yeah, well I was more upset about something else but I don't appreciate people making rash and unfounded judgments about me.
Anyway, she seems to read more fantasy and sci-fi on her own, but she has also clearly enjoyed the things we've read in class as well. Not too sure about her family/home life but she doesn't seem to have any real serious issues beyond the fact that I believe her parents are divorced. She seems very well-adjusted if I'm right about that though, not like it's as horrible a situation as many other students I have.
Sorry for snapping, thanks for the advice.
Yeah, I don't think I'm going to give a 15 year old female student a book with graphic sex scenes. Not trying to end up on the local news about that. Thanks anyway.
I was considering Marquez, hadn't thought about Allende, but that's a good idea, too. I'll out her on the list. You also reminded me of Cortázar. Thanks.
That other anon wasn't me, but no to all except for the clothing question. I don't wear suits, but I get compliments pretty regularly on my attire (nice shoes, slacks, and collared shirts, either button down or polo, jeans on Fridays).
>the only literature authors that exist in the world are Sanderson and Rothfuss
That explains a lot in understanding your "argument". Thanks.
I don't believe Sanderson is perfect. Never have, never will. But no middle ground will be found between us two so we'll go back to this thing where you obsessively post at me in every thread and I go back to ignoring it because there is no reason to do much else.
How was the miniseries? Did it stay true to the book?
anyone here ever read the virga books by karl schroeder? anyone here who liked the setting, like the world building but was bored by every character that wasn't slightly nicer and smarter cersei lannister?
Why do you think that? Redemption Ark was my favorite out of the three main books. A lot of the supplementary material is very good too.
The first three books are pretty good, then it slows down a bit. It stays surprisingly fresh for a 15-ish books series. If you read the first one and don't like it, you'll probably dislike the rest.
The writing was just worse, the characters dumber, like for example when
they fly into the gas giant to see what the Inhibitors are up to and that rebellious fag that Reynolds just made up keeps taking them closer and closer because "hurr you could be faking this", then the inhibitors discover them, chase them and almost kill them, but then all of a sudden DEUS EX MACHINA! Sylveste flies out of the Neutron Star and saves them.
Just fucking retarded.
The first one was just much more coherent.
Just finished the series. The first three books are the best, although there are still some things that could have been done better. The only books on par with the first three are the final two.
>tfw put my gf into Pratchett and she loved it
>tfw we spend hours reading out loud to each other
>tfw we will start reading fantasy soon again with the Elric saga by Moorcock
'Tis a good feel
First book is one of the few fantasy masterpieces. A triumph of understated storytelling and eerie imagery, very bleak. It gets worse as the series drags on. Too rooted in the real-world references, especially when the whole India thing starts. Read first three books by any means.
That sounds like something related to the end of the first book. Sylveste didn't have a huge presence in the second or third book beside providing information unless that's the scene you were talking about.
Any book about modern military fighting primitive people ?
It's the only scene where he appears, because it was a DEUS EX MACHINA that Reynolds pulled out of his ass when he couldn't figure out a coherent way to show off the Inhibitor machinery.
There were also other things, like, why is Volyova now a nanophobe? I know that she said in the first book that she's Brezgatnik, whatever the hell that means, but it just felt out of character.
Also, we never get to have a satisfying explanation of what the hell is going on inside Skade's head. It's alluded that it's the mademoiselle, but we're never shown what is inside that box, or who the rich guy who finds Nevil Clavain is or what he did.
I mean, I didn't exactly hate the book, but compared to the first one it is just so much less coherent and mystical.
The third one is a bit better, but still not as good as the first one.
I may not be into fantasy at all. I just gave up on reading some books I truly hoped I would enjoy because I want to immerse myself in fantasy again. Now I'll tell you what I dislike in these books and you may recommend something else.
>The Way of Kings
writing is good, but I just can't accept the pretentiousness of their totally fantasy-like names that are hard to remember. Magic is overused and certain magic 'attacks' have names and are explained, which is really silly imo. Then there is completely unnecessary 5-page long description of the main villain's (I suppose?) break into the palace and I didn't like the concept of classes based on eye color. I get it, but just nah. and it doesn't seem like there is any character focus present. it seems so at least.
>Nine Princes In Amber
Ok honestly this started out great. he lost his memory, followed on it and it was amazing how they mixed 'real world' with the shadow world and the premise was great. it had a great character focus and relationships between Corwin and the others. everything was fine up to when he retrieved back his memories and everything started being chaotic. like the entire point (for me) was that he had a chance to do something differently and he just decided fuck this shit, i'm gonna destroy Eric and be the king. also even tried to kill him there and then. that was very quick progression from great to entertaining to 'i think i'll stop here'.
>The Blade Itself
i don't like Glokta and Logen. their chapters were amazingly written (well, for that sort of stuff) and I might give it a try again, but I think i'll rather give a chance to Malazan books. people told me before i might find them to be for my taste.
>The Immortal Prince (Tide Lords)
i really disliked the non-subtle way it was written, it was even worse than Tad Wiliams. characters also weren't satisfying.
>I get it, but just nah.
Not giving us much to work with here. So recommend you something that matches your arbitrary preferences better? Let me bust out my mind-reading helmet.
> like the entire point (for me) was that he had a chance to do something differently and he just decided fuck this shit, i'm gonna destroy Eric and be the king. also even tried to kill him there and then. that was very quick progression from great to entertaining to 'i think i'll stop here'.
fails, has his eyes put out, and eventually puts dorky brother Random on the thronebecause good authors follow through on their promises and Zelazny is a good author.
My recommendation is for you to finish a book. I know it's hard, lots of words, not enough pictures, but sometimes there are things you don't like that the author puts there so he can change them.
But it was established that Khouri and Remontoire were going to attempt contacting Sylveste. Obviously they had no idea HOW but they were going to TRY.
Volvoya being anti-lotsofaugments was established in the first book, with her desire/want to keep a normal sleeping routine (or at least, sleep like a normal person) being one trait.
Skade was 'possessed' by the Mademoiselle in Chasm City, yes.
Third one had a bit of a slow start, in my opinion, but carried itself well enough up until the ending. The overall ending to the series in its entirety was pretty intuitive.