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Sometimes I wonder what I could get done if I was a Mormon with no vices. Then I realize I would be just as lazy without the bourbon and porn and just tip my hat to ole Sanderson.


His productivity is very impressive. He has a crazy amount of series that he is able to juggle.


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think the real question is - what all could you get done if you were paid very well to do something you are incredibly passionate about.



You underestimate my desire to do absolutely nothing Sally


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think the real question is - what all could you get done if you were paid very well to do something you are incredibly passionate about.



You underestimate my desire to do absolutely nothing Sally



Maybe one day we can live in world where we get paid handsomely for doing nothing


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I'm getting to the end of The Gap Cycle, this last book started off a little slow but I have been loving it from about 1/3 in. It is a phenomenal slow burn, intrigue where you keep trying to guess what the real underlying story is.

Definitely one of the slower and more difficult series I've read. Very dense prose with a lot of information coming at you, not a ton of action and I really enjoy fantasy a lot more than sci fi, but overall its been a good series - particularly books 3, 4 and 5.

Books 1 and 2 have a lot of really dark stuff, setting up just how terrible certain characters were and then in following books you start to sort of sympathize with these terrible people and even root for a few of them. It isn't an anti-hero book, but it does keep twisting around who you are rooting for throughout the series.

Definitely going to try and get through some less gritty books after this though.

Probably start the next Moist book in Discworld - Making Money. Through the end of the year I'll be looking to finish that, the next book in that discworld trilogy, the three Riyaria and the three WoT books by Sanderson to finish off my re-read of that series.


Also just got the 1st lighbringer on audiobook, I figure it is a good one for audio since most people say it takes a nosedive after 3 books or so
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iwyLSUiwy
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My books on deck after I read One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest are the stand alone books from the First Law series by Abercrombie. Those are some of my favorite books of all time and for whatever reason I never got around to reading the stand alone books.


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I need to get to the stand alone books as well, definitely coming up soon for me


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following books you start to sort of sympathize with these terrible people and even root for a few of them. It isn't an anti-hero book, but it does keep twisting around who you are rooting for throughout the series.



Yeah, it is probably one of the most extreme examples of that I've ever read. I bought the entire series at a used book store back when, and after I read the first one I was kinda like WTF was this and didn't read the rest for a long time. Eventually I went back and read the second and really enjoyed it about halfway through, and the last three are among my favorites for sci-fi that I've read. It's definitely a challenging read, but extremely well done.

I think you definitely have a good group of books planned as a palate cleanser.

I just did a reread of books 4-7 and 11-14 of WOT myself a couple weeks ago (skipping Faile parts completely outside of two rivers). I enjoyed the final book way more this time on reread.
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Those are some of my favorite books of all time and for whatever reason I never got around to reading the stand alone books.



I'm still kinda shocked at the number of people I've seen say this. I need to do a reread of all three stand alones, they are all amazing.

Some don't like Best served Cold as much as the other two (not liking the main character seeming be the complaint), but I'm a sucker for a good revenge story and thought the main character was fine and a badass. I'd definitely suggest reading them in the order they were written, as one of the main characters in Best served Cold is in all three and undergoes major changes from book to book.

Man, Red Country has probably the best fight scene in the series, and the Heroes has multiple fight scenes that are right up there with that one.
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I just did a reread of books 4-7 and 11-14 of WOT myself a couple weeks ago (skipping Faile parts completely outside of two rivers). I enjoyed the final book way more this time on reread.


I actually don't think I've reread towers of midnight or Memory of Light and I may have only read the 3 Sanderson's book one time each leading up to the Memory of Light release.


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actually don't think I've reread towers of midnight or Memory of Light an


This was the first time I'd reread either of them myself. I loved gathering storm, so I had read that twice before, but I was kinda let down by the last two books so I never reread them. I still thought towers of midnight was kinda weak on reread (he just never did learn how to write Mat properly), but I liked the ending 10 times better on reread.


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I'm still kinda shocked at the number of people I've seen say this. I need to do a reread of all three stand alones, they are all amazing.

Some don't like Best served Cold as much as the other two (not liking the main character seeming be the complaint), but I'm a sucker for a good revenge story and thought the main character was fine and a badass. I'd definitely suggest reading them in the order they were written, as one of the main characters in Best served Cold is in all three and undergoes major changes from book to book.

Man, Red Country has probably the best fight scene in the series, and the Heroes has multiple fight scenes that are right up there with that one.



I agree. All three are phenomenal. I need to do a reread because I really only remember the details of Red Country. It was easily my favorite and I think anyone who has read it can probably guess why.


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I still haven’t made it all the way through wheel of time. I made it to either the 4th or 5th book and lost interest.

I need to finish it but it’s been so long that I’d have to reread the books I’ve already read and it’s just so fricking many books.


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still haven’t made it all the way through wheel of time. I made it to either the 4th or 5th book and lost interest.



The 4th and 5th books are the peak of the series, so if you got bored with those books the series probably just isn't for you anyway honestly. And while I still dug the series on reread, all the parts that frustrated me back in the day were way more pronounced now. It made me really appreciate how most of the really good fantasy authors these days don't waste my time with as much repetitive description and pointless subplots.

Have you read any of Mcclellan's Powder mage short stories? I've been reading them this week and one I just finished (Ghosts of the tristan basin) is a prequel with Taniel fighting in the Fatrastan revolution, and he teams up with Ben Styke and the Lancers during a battle. Was pretty good, and made me want to read the second powder mage trilogy again.


auyushu
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need to do a reread because I really only remember the details of Red Country. It was easily my favorite and I think anyone who has read it can probably guess why.


I've read best served Cold twice, but only read the other two once.

And yeah, Red Country is far and away my favorite by Abercrombie. And that fight scene I was talking about is with your reason why you like it so much having the town duel. When the guy that is being fought comes to the realization and figures out just how fricked he really is the best moment in the series to me. The way Abercrombie wrote that scene is just phenomenal.
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Sneaky__Sally
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I still haven’t made it all the way through wheel of time. I made it to either the 4th or 5th book and lost interest.


you probably shouldn't try to read it all then - Books 4, 5 and 6 are really the high water mark so if you lost interest in the middle of that stretch I probably wouldn't try and get back through the whole series, especially now that you can watch the show (hopefully they get the whole story done).


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Sneaky__Sally
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And while I still dug the series on reread, all the parts that frustrated me back in the day were way more pronounced now. It made me really appreciate how most of the really good fantasy authors these days don't waste my time with as much repetitive description and pointless subplots.


Its interesting because while he definitely overdoes this stuff some, I actually get more frustrated with current authors as they always seem to undershoot the description for my tastes. I feel like I can rarely picture a city or feel like I know what it would be like to walk through there - sometimes despite having spent several books in the same place. McClellan's PowderMage trilogy is one example where sure, I can name a few places, picture a few buildings where some events take place but I don't feel like I have a real familiarity with the place.

And, once I have found a series/author and some characters I really like, I am totally fine with slowing down and exploring a few things that may not be directly associated with the main plot. With Malazan and WoT as my two favorite series that I consistently go back and reread, I guess I sort of gravitate to that sort of deep immersion in a world - probably influenced by me growing up being enthralled with WoT.
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iwyLSUiwy
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I'm still kinda shocked at the number of people I've seen say this. I need to do a reread of all three stand alones, they are all amazing.

Some don't like Best served Cold as much as the other two (not liking the main character seeming be the complaint), but I'm a sucker for a good revenge story and thought the main character was fine and a badass. I'd definitely suggest reading them in the order they were written, as one of the main characters in Best served Cold is in all three and undergoes major changes from book to book.

Man, Red Country has probably the best fight scene in the series, and the Heroes has multiple fight scenes that are right up there with that one.




I recommended this (im sure there were plenty on here that had read the trilogy but it hadnt been mentioned yet) probably 15 pages ago, and by now probably everybody has passed me up.

Which one is based on Logen Ninefingers? He's easily my favorite character and I was hoping one of the stand alones picked up where the trilogy ended.

Also, I guess he has a new trilogy set in the same universe and the 1st book is already out. Where have I been.


BloodSweat&Beers
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I recommended this (im sure there were plenty on here that had read the trilogy but it hadnt been mentioned yet) probably 15 pages ago, and by now probably everybody has passed me up.

Which one is based on Logen Ninefingers? He's easily my favorite character and I was hoping one of the stand alones picked up where the trilogy ended.

Also, I guess he has a new trilogy set in the same universe and the 1st book is already out. Where have I been.


The second book of the new trilogy just came out.

Stand alones are the best books


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I'm more Glotka fam


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The 4th and 5th books are the peak of the series, so if you got bored with those books the series probably just isn't for you anyway honestly. And while I still dug the series on reread, all the parts that frustrated me back in the day were way more pronounced now. It made me really appreciate how most of the really good fantasy authors these days don't waste my time with as much repetitive description and pointless subplots.


Hell I may have stopped on book 3 I don’t really remember.

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Have you read any of Mcclellan's Powder mage short stories? I've been reading them this week and one I just finished (Ghosts of the tristan basin) is a prequel with Taniel fighting in the Fatrastan revolution, and he teams up with Ben Styke and the Lancers during a battle. Was pretty good, and made me want to read the second powder mage trilogy again.


I’ve listened to most if not all of them. They were all entertaining but the one you’re talking about was easily my favorite and really the only one I thought was as good as the two series


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