Bar Wench Edition
>What are you currently reading
>What are your favorite memories with stories involving bar wenches?
>Which author writes the best and most believable Bar Wench scenes that makes you want to sample the wares?
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Currently nothing, but I'm staring at Conan right now and doing nothing with it.
I might pick up a random book by an author I never heard about and give them a go, and report back if it 's tolerable.
Just now started heavily reading fantasy based on recommendations from co-workers. Just finished Kingkiller chronicle and the first mistborn book, I'm pretty impressed, having gone 18 years or so without reading more than the necessary amount of fiction I feel like I've missed out.
>tfw finished this
Great book, wonderful conclusion to the main story of Hyperion. Can't wait to start Endymion. Ear a mormon dick Comserefag.
No, it is ASOIAF.
This contrarianism gets on my nerves.
Despite occasional bad writing, his main and largest work is brilliant fantasy storytelling with a lot of attention devoted to every detail and character. You are aware that most of the other epic fantasy you guys read here is objectively inferior to Song?
Care to explain why?
And the ASOIAF novels get rather boring after a while which is not an uncommon opinion.
Longer series as opposed to stand alone novels also tend to get overrated
/lit/ makes the Song seem like some Twilight young adult bullshit while it praises Wheel of Time, The Blade Itself and Malazan. Neither is literary light years ahead of the Song, they're all about the same quality. And many other things are simply yes, inferior. But of course, GoT became a TV show and every other pleb read it so its immidiatelly disqualified even though I remember it was once praised. Its annoying and immature. You guys can't appreciate epic fantasy with a legit good building and rich world with great drama, plot and the characters. And you ask if Fevre Dream is his best work? Compared to the Song it seems like a story he wrote on a holiday, he probably doesn't even care for it much.
You're just making retarded assumptions and acting like /lit/ is one big hivemind.
I wasn't a fan of the ASOIAF novels long before the tv-series was announced.
Also Wheel of Time is shit, especially the later novels.
Pure distilled shit and I can't think of anyone recently who said a good word about WoT
And I wouldn't call ASOIAF "epic fantasy", Mediaval fantasy describes it much better.
>People with different opinions from me are automatically contrarians.
The Ice and Fire novels just drag on and on, it's honestly boring.
Not sure what I should read next. The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks? It's wrapping up at the end of 2016 so I'll be right in time for the final. But is it worth reading?
I'm also thinking about reading Elantris by Brandon Sanderson or starting Mistborn. I haven't read the stormlight archive yet either.
Go for it if you mean The Complete Chronicles of Conan and not Detective Conan, ignore "The Hyborian Age" though if you find it boring, it made me put the book away for another year. The Phoenix on the Sword is a good starting point for that book in my opinion, gives you a feel for the setting way better than the The Hyborian Age, which really hasn't much of a merit except telling you about history AFTER The Age of Conan.
I want to murder the anon that recommend this to me.
Why do you do this to your fellow anons, anon?
Dresden Files are 15 novels of a series.
Gavriel's longest series is a trilogy.
And another with 2 parts.
Rest is stand alone.
He hasn't even released 15 novels.
You can literally just pick up his newest novels and judge for yourself.
Tigano is probably his best work even though his writing did improve.
With Dresden Files you're just being deceived into reading another 5.
Gavriel has always been a better writer than Jim Butcher either way
I'm not going to trick people into reading long series that have a never ending promise of getting better.
Most of Gavriel his work is stand alone.
Thanks for the recommendations. Just finished The Algebraist, really enjoyed it.
still got pretty much all of Banks' science fiction stuff on my shelf but only read the first 4 Culture books, I really really need to start with the rest but my backlog is so huge and I constantly add new books to my collection.
>don't need literally everything spelled out
That's not even the problem, Simmons makes no attempt to even resolve conflicts in any logical way beyond 'lol future magic'. Not about spelling things out so much as making a lick of sense and not pulling plot twists out of his ass.
It becomes really evident he just made the whole thing up as he went when you finish the series. I still enjoyed it a lot though.
when I woke up after a good night's sleep a few weeks back I had that idea of an incredible setting for a science fiction novel, but instead of trying to articulate it, I went back to sleep and now I can only remember that it was awesome.
I wouldn't have been able to get it to paper in any case as my prose is absolute shit.
I have 90% of it down on text file in my dropbox.
I managed to create something that blends the most esoteric branches of physics with gnosticism, shintoism, and a half dozen other world mythologies, oh, and also time travel mechanic because why the fuck not
and as far as bar scenes go Id say the first DND book With the Wereboar would have to be the most believable in more ways than one... OUAG KEEP! jesus I couldnt remember it for the best of me.
After looking through the recs I see that neither Peter Watts nor Hannu Rajaniemi are included - that's a serious oversight. They're right there with Stross, Reynolds, Egan, Stephenson and Morgan in the modern pantheon.
Quick Stephen Baxter question - love the guy, but never got into the Xeelee Sequence which is supposed to be his masterpiece. I got pic related, can I start with that as a standalone or does it need previous knowledge of the universe? It seems to be mostly stuff that was published earlier.
Read the Seventh Tower by Garth Nix instead
Does the whole light colour magic much better in my opinion
Also just my opinion something about Brent Weeks writing and theme bugs me
Comes across as post-modernist fantasy
>When asked directly for a suggested reading order, the author wrote: "I hope that all the books and indeed the stories can be read stand-alone. I’m not a great fan of books that end with cliff-hangers. So you could go in anywhere. One way would be to start with ‘Vacuum Diagrams’, a collection that sets out the overall story of the universe. Then ‘Timelike Infinity’ and ‘Ring’ which tell the story of Michael Poole, then ‘Raft’ and ‘Flux’ which are really incidents against the wider background, and finally ‘Destiny’s Children.’"
>Implying there's any reason not to bypass the series and go to the best book.
The Culture is written so that you can start at any point. There are never retrospective spoilers due to the chronological time differences between each book.
Just started The Foundation Trilogy for the first time today and holy fuck I haven't been grabbed by a novel this fast in ages, not since I read Dune years ago. The fact that this was written in the 50's just blows me away. I've always been meaning to read Asimov for years now but was stuck on fantasy for a long long time and coming back to scifi since Dune is one of my favorites, sad as fuck for not reading this earlier.
what do I do with a story concept I can't do anything with?
The story is just too complicated for me to work on now and the one WIP I put out got overwhelming poor reviews on everything except ambiance but the mythology behind it and two of the loose character concepts are a labor of love I don't want to to trash
As in just lay out everything and work out the ABCs of it. That book helped me in doing that.
I guess you probably could take it to a professional or writers guild but I dont know anything about that.
>What are you currently reading
Alloy of Law,I'm liking it more than the original Mistborn stuff so far, the dialogue feels a lot better.
I read Mistborn and I was wondering if Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series is better than Mistborn? Does it improve upon Sanderson's bad points?
I liked the magic system in Mistborn and the world, but I didn't like how characters were either good or evil. No gray zones. It felt a bit like young adult fiction and I'm not interested in reading a plot of that level again.
I don't have the most informed opinion on this, since I'm only halfway through the first Mistborn book, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. I've read both of the Stormlight Archive books and I thought they were much better than what I've read of the first Mistborn book so far.
Good vs evil fantasy is all Sanderson writes. There are elements of sympathetic villains or antiheroes, but this is not gritty fantasy where you're not sure who the good guy is.
That's probably why he's so popular considering how flooded the market is with grimdark Martin imitations.
Vacuum Diagrams is all short stories. I've read it, and I think it's a good introduction to the Xeelee material. If there's a particular short story in there you like, there's probably a novel written in that time period.
To be honest I thought Xeelee had some interesting ideas but ultimately left me a bit underwhelmed. Baxter wrote it before transhumanist ideas really took off, and LOL NERD RAPTURE shit aside I find it hard to believe that baseline humans are going to be tooling around in FTL ships millions/billions of years into the future. Maybe at this point '90s SF just goes in the "retro" category.
I just finished reading pic related. Honestly better than I thought.
At the end was some essay Lovecraft wrote about the history of weird fiction. Pretty dry, but he kept making the point that his writing and "weird" stuff in general just didn't appeal to most people (HPL blamed it on a lack of imagination/"sensitivity").
He's definitely right. I was also totally entranced by The Night Land, which most people can't even read ten pages of. I had always blamed modern impatience with Lovecraft et al on horror cinema--which is fundamentally much more sensually engaging than literature--but I guess people have always been plebs.
It has to change, will you keep asking about dragons every thread?(are you autistic by chance?)
You can make your own thread if you like, people have the general on page 9 and no new thread is made.
>Why are the OP questions so shit lately?
>implying the rape thread wasn't the best
Then what's first?
Surface Detail isn't that good. It's just another one like Matter(Which is the most based of them) and the Hydrogen Sonata. The Use of Weapons is an undeniable 1st. Player of Games is the only one that comes close.
Any hear anything about ebooks floating around for the new Red Rising book?
I think it's out officially in 2 days, but I'm sure it's leaked by now.
Post your top three fantasy novels (if series, trilogy at most). I want to see what the veterans here consider great and add some to my to-read list.
1. Mervyn Peake – Gormenghast
2 .Neil Gaiman – American Gods
3. Susanna Clarke – Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
lol already defensive because you're scared to defend you're shit taste.
I'm provoking you.
If Rubio wants to come back in the race he should bring some motor oil to the next debate and make the whole robot thing into a joke.
That's the #1 way to do a comeback.
Use of Weapons felt just like some random war memoirs plus a twist at the end. Sure, I WAS surprised, but still it didn't really strike me as the best Culture book. Player of Games as a whole felt so much better, especially since the main character, compared to that one of Use of Weapons was basically an Average Joe in all regards except for his game playing ability, and there was actually some proper interaction within The Culture itself, which was quite engaging for a change.
I read the first two but gave up on the third as it was released so much later that I'd totally lost track of the plot and could no longer remember the difference between a gubernya and a q-dot. They're definitely worth a go.
The war memoirs and story built up the main character as a classic war hero in the culture vain. The twist completely shattered that and, in a non-preachy way, offered a pretty poignant comment about our societies relationship with war.
The Player of Games didn't quite pull off the aliens as well as I felt it should have, but I can see why people dig it.
So who here has read Vampire Hunter D? I just started reading it and although the prose can be awkward at times it's still enjoyable.
>just finished Count Zero
>have to keep my pattern of reading 2 fantasy books for every william gibson book I read
>order The Emperor's Blades because it might be cool
I love this series so much already, holy shit. The cover of the book didn't make it look too interesting, but I learned not to judge the proverbial book by its cover when I first read Legend by Gemmell.
Anyway, the books:
Three different POVs, each one following one of the (ded) emperor's children.
One son is in a training camp for the empire's medieval airborne special forces that drop from giant birds and blow shit up on their tropical training island. So far, the book mainly focuses on his POV.
The other son is the actualy heir to the throne but is locked away in a mountain monastery, where they beat him bloody and bury him alive and shit to teach him some zen stuff while he is busy not being assassinated.
His daughter is left in the capital as minister of finance, where she tries to get the apparently immortal priest killed that stabbed her father.
Fuck me, that series has so much stuff that I miss in other fantasy.
I'm almost finished with the first book and there's already been more assassination badassery, man-eating monsters, blown up taverns and mutilated corpses than in most of the stuff I've read so far.
What I especially like is the very pleasant lack of Mary Sue and Gary Stu characters. No invincible fedora tipping edgemaster assassins, no beautiful princesses charming their way through all problems. Just people who are in way over their head.
After reading the prologue I thought it was going to be some long winded Malazan tier stuff, then I read the first chapter (monk finds goat with its brain eaten) and the story picked up in pace. When I made it to page 24, finally the "special forces" section kicked in and I knew I was going to love this shit. So far, I haven't been disappointed. Also, nothing of the above really spoilers anything, it just sets the premise for the entire plot.
For me, that guy is easily on one level with Cook and Cameron, definitely above GRRM (maybe because I cant stand his shit anymore, don't know) and well worth a read if you like military fantasy, magic, political intrigue, character development and those moments where you look something up 80 pages back and suddenly go AHA!
Also a good books if you're tired of sparkling wonderboys covered head to toe in fucking plot armor.
PS: I ordered the book used on amazon through a marketplace seller. I wanted to order another book from the SAME seller and they wanted to charge me witch 2 fucking shipping fees. Is there a way to avoid paying 2x shipping fees if it's ONE order from the same seller containing two books?
>PS: I ordered the book used on amazon through a marketplace seller. I wanted to order another book from the SAME seller and they wanted to charge me witch 2 fucking shipping fees. Is there a way to avoid paying 2x shipping fees if it's ONE order from the same seller containing two books?
I should add that we're talking about overseas shipping fees here.
Not that I would have made a bad deal even IF I ordered both books at once, but I still thought it odd to pay twice for shipping when I bet my ass they would've put both books into the same parcel.
What are some good modern works that stick to one POV? Preferably standalone
I noticed the latest trend is having a billion POVs but the quality is always rather sporadic. Quality over quantity.
Thinking of checking out the Temeraire series.
can anyone tell me if it's shit or not?
I really enjoyed the Night Angel Trilogy. I was put off by the CVS romance tier cover art originally but I really enjoyed it.
Not standalone but Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies are single POV. So is almost everything Gene Wolfe has written.
Just in case you haven't already read it, I have to mention Hobbit as well.
>Is there a way to avoid paying 2x shipping fees if it's ONE order from the same seller containing two books?
They get the envelopes in bulk, they're not going to take time out of their day to stuff a bigger envelope just to save you money.
im reading Consider Phlebas by Iain M.Banks, Assassins Quest by Robin Hobb, i just finished Starship Troopers and started Horus Rising. Starship Troopers is hugely over rated but it was still ok.
Powder Mage - Brian McCellen (trilogy)
The Rigante - David Gemmell (quadrilogy)
Greatcoats - Sebastien de Castell (trilogy, ongoing)
honourable mention for the Macht by Paul Kearney as well
>>PS: I ordered the book used on amazon through a marketplace seller. I wanted to order another book from the SAME seller and they wanted to charge me witch 2 fucking shipping fees. Is there a way to avoid paying 2x shipping fees if it's ONE order from the same seller containing two books?
they always do that because that's their only way to gain profit. I regularly order over marketplace and have the alternative to order from one of the big shippers there directly (medimops). at their regular site they basically have the difference (€3) already included in the price. when one of their books costs €1 on marketplace it costs like €3.75 at their own site. and some fee goes to amazon as well of course, they want to make some profit of offering the marketplace at all after all.
don't get angry about it, you'll have to accept it because that's how every single marketplace trader deals, you won't get a better deal except for luck-sales on ebay or a used bookstore around the corner.
and yeah, doesn't matter if you live in a town next to them or overseas or on the moon, it's always those €3 or whatever they charge you.
>another person who logically dislikes Hyperion shows up to tell you why it is awful in my place
Elantris is a quick read.
He's a lazy fuck, is all.
>introduce intriguing concept(s)
>don't bother to explain the WHY or HOW behind nearly any of them
For what purpose, Simmons? For what fucking purpose?
Which books do Lightbringer copy? If you're talking about Warbreaker then they actually don't.
Seventh Tower was wonderful.
>your face when
Nix could write some good shit.
Wax and Wayne have great chemistry.
Stormlight has more shades of grey, especially regarding the different Orders. It wasn't all black and white in Mistborn either although that likely ends after the first book and then you only really find out who the real enemy is around the end of the second book.
>anyone who disagrees with me is a contrarian
I'm that guy who was shitting on Hyperion's ending.
Just wanted to clarify that I consider the first to be one of the finest pieces of science fiction around. The ending is shit and it's hard not to retroactively hate it because the sequels are so terrible, but I can't deny how enjoyable it is.
Royal Assassin is one of the few books I wish I could forget and read again. Which reminds me, why is Hobb so bad at titles?
>>introduce intriguing concept(s)
>>don't bother to explain the WHY or HOW behind nearly any of them
Jesus Christ, you're one of those fags. You ever stop to think thay not including fake-science gobbledygook enhances a story, rather than being a detriment? Does your autism not allow you to enjoy something unless you know exactly why or how something functions?
the first one was similar plotwise. It skews a bit older, but is still classified as YA though.
I read the first two out of boredom and feel the need to finish the trilogy. They're good page turners imo.
Robert E Howard has some decent weird fiction/horror, but you're probably already aware of that.
I'd be interested what else is out there too, REH, Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and Lord Dunsany are pretty much my 4 favorite authors.
Especially Dunsany, there's just the poetic, literary quality to his works that I find lacking in much of the more modern stories I've read.
Some faggot praised this book left to right, and zealously suggested that I should get it.
Well I did, and I'm going to read it after the new iron druid chronicles. It better be the superhuman slugfest with implied gay, rape and incest like the anon said... or there will be consequences.
Just some Dunsany. Anyways, the dude was very convincing. His list segregated stuff like
>terrors from the unknown
and other stuff, with authors and their specific works all before Lovecraft even started writing. He was basically lit horror hipster.
Just finished pic-related. It was a surprisingly fun read, made for a very relaxing weekend. Moving on to Castle in the Air, also have been meaning to buy the newest Mindscape Investigation novel on Amazon to see what Mr. Ward is up to.
It's pretty easy to pretend you know a lot by naming some older authors that get some praise on the internet.
It's like somebody bringing up some older vampire novels than Dracula so he looks smart.
(Carmilla is actually pretty good)
Hyperion itself was fun. Many enjoyable story arcs, many interesting concepts that were introduced. It was gripping; something different.
I think a lot of people read Hyperion but somehow do not ever become aware that there are three more books in the overall series/'universe', and think that Hyperion alone is everything so they adamantly defend it.
I'm not talking about hard sci-fi. Regular sci-fi can explain important plot elements. Even Fantasy can do that. Any decent story worth anything can, and will, do that.
But you'll call me autistic again because that is all newfags can do.
Some people will say otherwise, but it's definitely worth reading all the way through. Only thing to really watch out for is Bleak Seasons, which covers events you will have already surmised by then and not a lot else. Don't skip it, obviously, but it can definitely be a bit of a slog at times. Once you get through that the last three books of the series are fantastic.
Book 1 of Pic related
Ms. Palm from Discworld
Anyone read any of Sara Douglass' works?
Axis Trilogy/Wayfarer Redemption Series, Darkglass Mountain, Threshold, Beyond The Hanging Wall, etc?
I read them as a teenager and quite liked them, was wondering if anyone else liked them (or thought they were utter shit)
Just finished this book and I really enjoyed it.
I also didn't like the movie. Any books similar.
Also how are the books 2001: Space Odyssey, Revelation Space, and the Culture series?
>2001: Space Odyssey
Essentially a movie novelization, easily Clarke's worst.
Long winded shit that baits you with a mystery and by the time you finish it you realize you wasted your time.
>the Culture series
Ranges from fantastic to boring. Try Use of Weapons and Player of Games, if you like them then Excession and Surface detail. Someone will probably tell you to read Consider Phlebas, but don't listen. After setting the plot up in the first 30 pages Banks proceeds to make meaningless diversions for 300 pages, making two thirds of the book feel like a bunch of Star Trek episodes of no real consequence. Also take note that you can read the Culture series in any order, but preferably Consider Phlebas before Look to Windward and Use of Weapons Before Surface Detail because of muh references.
I listened to all of The Wheel of Time books. Took me like two months as I listen while I work full time. Robert Jordan burnt me the hell out after like book 12 or some shit. He really seemed to stumble and not advance the plot in the later books he wrote in the series. Sanderson did a pretty good job finishing it all up. You're in for the real long haul if you want to read these. My favorite character ended up being Mat. The whole series should have revolved around him. There were some real memorable moments like
when Rand gets captured by the Red Adja.I'd recommend them with someone with A LOT of time on their hands.
I listened to The First Law books a while ago. I remember them being pretty mediocre.
Enjoy! Note that while there are quite a few sequels, and they are entertaining, they're not as good as the original trilogy. Read them in publication order if you continue past the original trilogy.
Also try The Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun, if you enjoy a SF-detective-story with robots.
This 100%. I really thoroughly enjoyed the first book, even went to a signing session by the author. Was pretty pumped for the sequel coming out, but it was so disappointing. I haven't even finished it, everything from the point after he leaves school and goes on his magical sex adventure was both boring and cringe-worthy at the same time.
>This 100%. I really thoroughly enjoyed the first book, even went to a signing session by the author. Was pretty pumped for the sequel coming out, but it was so disappointing. I haven't even finished it, everything from the point after he leaves school and goes on his magical sex adventure was both boring and cringe-worthy at the same time.
I heard the third book was rejected by the editor and needs to be rewritten. The whole sex fantasy thing was kind of weird. When I read it I really liked the whole hand language dude at first. I hadn't listened to many fantasy novels then and thought the idea was pretty neat (then I listened to the whole Belgariad series after and realized that it really wasn't original at all.) Then Kvothe goes to his homeland which was really kind of long and stupid. I hope the last book is better.
Don't read anything by "Famous Author AND Someone You've Never Heard Of." If it's not Niven and Pournelle or to a lesser extent Weis and Hickman do your research first. Card sold out a long time ago, he lets the other dude sell crap with his name on it. Read the first four and maaaaybe Ender's Shadow, and a lot of people aren't sold on Xenocide and Speaker for the Dead, but I liked them.
Just finished this.
I don't know why I bothered finishing it as I wasn't really engaged with it. I just needed to get it off my list I guess. If nothing else, it's a lot better than some urban fantasies that have cropped up lately.
The middle books are worse than the first and last three books. And I liked the first book the best.
I wish Cook would write a book about the Black Company that just dealt with random shenanigans and problems they encounter during their contracts.
I read The Swarm, because it was posted in one of these threads.
It was over all enjoyable, but I really found it odd how many different flavors of scientist had "revenge for pollution" as their first, or one of their first, theories for why it was happening.
At just the whales even. My first thought was rabies, brain cancer, psychosis, toxic spores like with ants.
It seemed very odd, I don't know.
tsunamiscene was fantastic though.
Can't say I enjoyed the guy being completely autistic over being Inuit, either. I understand why, but just tell people you don't like talking about it instead of glaring at them like a moody five year old.
I just finished the Lost Fleet and started reading Beyond the Frontier. I really like this series, It's very utilitarian, there's very little exposition, but it's fast paced enough that it doesn't matter. I also really like how it handled the
Aliens. I can tell just by reading it that the author plays EVE Online though, it's got a lot in common with the EVE fluff (which is surprisingly good at times).
>I heard the third book was rejected by the editor
That can happen?
I know for a fact that LK Hamilton (author of the Anita Blake books) was published without a proof reader, that's the only way to explain how shit kept repeating themselves.
Directly copied from reddit:
You don't need Writer's Market unless you just want to subscribe because you're a publishing nerd, IMO. Most of the things you need to find are on the Internet for free.
Is the piece in question a work of fiction? Or poetry? If fiction, you need to find an agent. The smartest place to start is to find books that are similar to yours--the ones that would sit next to it on the shelf--and look up who reps those authors. You can find out either via Google or sometimes by seeing who they thank in their acknowledgements.
Go-to (free) website for lit agents: Querytracker.net & AgentQuery. You can cross check agents on Preditors & Editors & also on the AbsoluteWrite forums. Query, rinse, repeat.
Poetry is a whole other ballgame. As far as I know there are no traditional markets, at least not in book publishing, for poetry... someone who is a poet would need to tell you about how that works.
I want to get my teenage sister into actual literature, figure some decent YA fiction (an oxymoron, I know) would be a good segway to get her to read something with substance. Any recomendations?
>Card sold out
I assumed this when they made the movie. Has anyone seen it btw? Any good?
Do you like Star Wars good enough that you aren't bothered enormous flaws?
If you have a scale of readable-unreadable with Star Wars EU novels being the most unreadable at 100.
Gardens of the Moon would score a 7.
It's basically trash worse than trash and basically an insult to trash
This reminds me of how much I adored the return of
Croaker as analystsince it brought back the idea of the different perspectives being stories conveyed through the analyst from other protagonists rather than Murgen just ghostingeverywhere. Mogaba'sjournal was one of the best parts of Soldiers Live imo.
What's the consensus on uhh... It's a fantasy series. Protagonist begins as a poor child in a steet gang and is taught to become the greatest theif in the city. Listened to it a while back and thought it was decent. Don't think I've seen it mentioned here.
This is for scientific reasons.
>That's more than an oxymoron
If you're talking snotty lit-professor tier lit, yeah. Patricia C. Wrede and Diana Wynne Jones are top-class if you're talking fun to read and messes with more ideas than a normal high school conversation.
>Has anyone seen it btw? Any good?
Absolutely terribly stupendously not.
The twist in the book depends on the speed of light being an insurmountable barrier, Ender actually commanding fleets being totally impossible. In the movie they load him onto a ship and just warp to another star system. I'm still mad.
>people picking the last two
this is what i get for including meme options
Mistborn was planned for nine but is now on course for thirteen, and that's if he doesn't do a cyberpunk Mistborn 2.5. The main narrative and all the problems in it will be solved in ten, and those ten, that's for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if he wrote a few Stormlight side projects.
This Honor Harrington series seems to be getting worse with each book. I'm about to go into Book 4: Field of Dishonor, should I just drop this series and move on or does it get better again?
>Blue Sword duology
You are an absolute gent. Those books are awesome.
>British India-themed sword and sorcery
>Victorian girl does the Lawrence of Arabia thing
Most of what I remember. But I did enjoy them immensely at the time. The time was 2002.
What do you guys like to see in original races and what don't you like to see in them?
Personally, I like it when authors go all out in creativity if they decide to go for original races and don't just do "Elves but smarter and animal ears" or "Dwarves but slightly taller and good with magic". Even if it's something totally out there in a Fantasy novel that would look more at home in a Sci-fi novel, it's still better than the previous examples.
>/lit/ prefers John Carter over Tarzan
shit tastes, family
I think stuff like how the look and so forth isn't as important as how they interact with the story.
You could just make them humans but purple but it'd be fine as long as you make their role in society interesting and well-thought out.
Whether or not they're human doesn't matter, yes. I love strange new human ethnicities like in
Stormlight Archive. Pink slime authors put in elves and dwarves because D&D does, not understanding the linguistic and cultural background they had in Tolkien.
Having a nature-loving grace race and a proud weapon-loving warrior race? Oh and they are at each others' throats, how cute. That and an astronaut that hates exploring made me drop Farscape in one episode.
Oh well in that case I'm not really sure why you wouldn't just call them Elves and Dwarves then. That book series about Dwarves by that foreign guy was literally called Dwarves and full of Dwarves doing Dwarf things but it was still interesting enough.
C'mon, farscape was alright. Though, I'll admit it was a little low-budget, and Crichton's actor was mediocre, but he was mediocre in such a way that he seemed like a real person.
why do people fawn over sanderson so much? his work is pure escapism, which isn't so bad in itself but with sanderson you're tipped headfirst into a world of wooden characters, arbitrary worldbuilding and magic that tries to be different but ends up dumb.
or maybe I'm just salty because I picked up mistborn a while back, didn't like it but felt compelled to read the rest of the series because I can't leave a story unfinished.
it's a guinea pig, amigo
south americans like to eat 'em
For this book I've been writing, I ended up creating human subspecies that are divided mostly by lifespan. There's four of them and "regular" humans (not actually called that in the story itself) are the second-shortest-lived.
I thought it'd be interesting in terms of interaction because it's not really something you can surmount with time, you'll always have differences in perception of events and deaths will be spread far apart.
They mostly killed each other a long time ago. There's only a handful left. They're able to interbreed with other subspecies but the genetics for long life are recessive, so their kids die long before they do.
Not really, they don't live in forests or use bows or care about nature or dislike humans or anything like that. The ones in the story are quite lonely and want to fit in with society but it doesn't work out for them.
Wheel of Time - Fantastic, until I hit book 6. I cant finish it :(. Such a great start too.
Storm Light - Great replacement for WoT, 2 books, and had some great "OH SHIT WHAT!" moments
Powder Mage Trilogy - Finishing the last book, it pulled me in. Its not the best, but its such a cool/interesting time period to do it. Tamas FTW!
How the fuck am I supposed to read these fucking tiny as recommendation pictures?
>if I post this question every thread no one will notice