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auyushu
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Am I the only one that can't get into The Name of the Wind? I'm about 300 pages in and bored as shite.

I recently finished The Way of Kings and it was 10x better imo.


No, you are definitely not alone, though I think it's a solid book overall. I caught some grief in a thread on here a while back for saying it wasn't close to being one of the top 5-10 books of the past 10-15 years.

The prose is fantastic, but the story and characters are pretty run of the mill. And Wise Man's Fear is garbage.

And yeah, The Way of Kings is tremendously better.


Centinel
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Wait, are you saying you can't appreciate almost 100 pages of fairy porn?



auyushu
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Wait, are you saying you can't appreciate almost 100 pages of fairy porn?



I think about a third of that book is probably author wish fulfillment porn.


Josh Fenderman
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Anybody read the broken earth books?
I just saw this morning that all of them won a Hugo award so I would think it would be good. There’s a lot of reviews on amazon saying otherwise though


TigerNutwhack
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Am I the only one that can't get into The Name of the Wind? I'm about 300 pages in and bored as shite.

I recently finished The Way of Kings and it was 10x better imo.


The Name of the Wind and A Wise Man's Fear are much better, in my opinion, in audio book form. I couldn't really get into Name of the Wind on the kindle either, but once I got the audio book I couldn't "put it down".


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auyushu
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re: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendation & Discussion Thread
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Anybody read the broken earth books?
I just saw this morning that all of them won a Hugo award so I would think it would be good. There’s a lot of reviews on amazon saying otherwise though


I assume you are talking about N.K. Jemisin's broken earth trilogy? If so, that is a fantastic series. It's extremely well written and has one of the more unique plots I've read in fantasy in a while.


Sneaky__Sally
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Just finished words of radiance. I liked way of kings better overall - words of radiance certainly had a wild and satisfying ending.

Probably going hit a few other things before going to oathbringer.

Gonna start with Dune and maybe broken earth later.
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boxcarbarney
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The Raven's Shadow Trilogy - Anthony Ryan


Man, this series started great, then just fell flat on its face by the third book.


Nguyener
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I started reading The Crimson Queen by Alec Hutson. I am loving this book. Can't put it down.


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CelticDog
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Briefing for a descent into hell.

Doris Lessing.

Creative writing at it's finest. Sex scene of the alien creatures at beginning is all time.
Slow at times. Clever ideas.

Library is your friend.
Her stuff is all difficult but full of surprises.
Best on a rainy weekend.



brian_wilson
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i just finished the calculating stars. I found it pretty thin in terms of a plot and a book. Not sure I will read the others.


Sneaky__Sally
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Has anyone noticed that it is getting harder and harder to find mass market paperbacks?

I feel like Sanderson and a few others are the only current authors who put them out regularly. Maybe it is only series / authors with big following who can put out multiple editions like that.

I like the size of those much better and I hate when my books don't line up in height.


Captain Ray
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I really enjoyed Anne McCaffrey's Pern series has anyone read of her dragons?


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LoveThatMoney
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Man, this series started great, then just fell flat on its face by the third book.


He had too much left to wrap up in book 3 and introduced more. Was still, overall, one of my favorite fantasy series.


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LoveThatMoney
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I think about a third of that book is probably author wish fulfillment porn


Rothfuss is a fricking hack in love with his own legend. Like you said, Name of the Wind is beautiful prose, but other than putting a run of the mill story in a frame tale, it's just that: run of the mill. A Wise Man's Fear is a complete mess. I skipped whole chapters of that thing. Just fricking awful.


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dcw7g
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Anybody read the broken earth books? I just saw this morning that all of them won a Hugo award so I would think it would be good. There’s a lot of reviews on amazon saying otherwise though


Great series, really unique. Once you get used to the 2nd person style, it’s hard to put down.


Sneaky__Sally
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re: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendation & Discussion Thread
Finishing up night angel trilogy and I've enjoyed it a good bit - almost follows a video game style storyline with lots of action.

Going to start broken earth trilogy next week.


Sneaky__Sally
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NightAngel was a good trilogy. The third one was solid but not my favorite. I Just wasn't as invested with some of the storylines as much but it is a worthwhile read for sure.


Sneaky__Sally
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About halfway through Broken Earth right now - It has a cool magic concept, one which somewhat mirrors some things in something I've been sort of outlining over the past year or so. I also like how she does the introduction - you essentially see how the magic system / organization is viewed from three different perspectives as the story gets moving.


Captain Ray
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While perusing the free nook books at B&N I came across the Niseyen Galaxy series by Maxine Millar. I read the first 4 of them and going back for the other 2 they are pretty good reads, a lil verbose but that dont bother me I like to read. Interesting sci fi and worth every penny ya dont pay for em.


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