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Old 20-06-2007, 17:07   #161
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To be honest, the third is big enough to take you until the end of the year to read anyway!
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These series of books are certainly some of the best out there. Now if anyone here is interested in reading fantasy of this callibur but from a different author, I highly recommend Steven Erikson's - Malazan Book of the Fallen.

I don't normally recommend things - but such are the quality of these books that I just had to mention it (even if it is in a Song of Ice and Fire thread...)


Gardens of the Moon - A Malazan Book of the Fallen
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Old 20-06-2007, 17:38   #163
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Got the first two of them, not started yet though.
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Old 20-06-2007, 17:50   #164
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These series of books are certainly some of the best out there. Now if anyone here is interested in reading fantasy of this callibur but from a different author, I highly recommend Steven Erikson's - Malazan Book of the Fallen.
Tempted, but then I noticed the series isn't finished yet - not getting caught in that trap again . . .
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Some people are a bit put off with Erikson's style - and the first part of the first book is slightly confusing.

But keep with it - because the pay off really is worth while!
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Tempted, but then I noticed the series isn't finished yet - not getting caught in that trap again . . .
It's got about 3 more books. But Erikson releases one book a year more or less like clock work. And there are only 3 left.

No fears of him going past 10 books with this series because all the titles are already announced.

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Old 20-06-2007, 18:05   #167
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I really want to read through this thread but I am scared of seeing any spoilers etc because I have just finished reading A Game of Thrones! Hopefully the rest of them shall arrive from Amazon soon and I will catch up!

Anyway - fantastic reading, I found it hard to put the book down and really got attached to the characters....very interesting to see what road he takes this down and it is refreshing to see that he isn't afraid to kill off important people as we go along!
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Old 20-06-2007, 18:33   #168
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I think the thread is fairly spoiler-free, anything serious is blacked out.
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Old 20-06-2007, 18:41   #169
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just picked up the three books, after reading this thread
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Old 21-06-2007, 07:15   #170
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I started book 3 a couple of days ago.

The first two were truly awesome, but one slight problem I'm running into is visualising (and therefore remembering) the many characters: The 20-odd main characters are okay, as many of them I visualise as particular actors (with some help from a useful list earlier in this thread).

Kevin Spacey as Littlefinger is perfect, although my own idea of a bald Chrisopher Biggons as Varys is a little left-field

However, when you get to some of the minor characters (where you don't know if they'll be hanging around or not) it can become a bit of a blur.

I was also a little sad that
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Old 21-06-2007, 07:20   #171
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I picture Varys as the corrupt priest from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves!

I know what you mean about getting your head around all the characters. For the most part, it's not too important when you are talking about minor characters; but I found most of them well-written enough to have distinct personalities and be memorable.
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Old 21-06-2007, 08:33   #172
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I picture Varys as the corrupt priest from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves!
Yeah that seems about right actually!

Another author who's royally ****** me off is Robert Jordan and his wheel of time!

I got hooked after the first damn book and then rapidly read through the first 10, waited ages for 11 and theres no blooming sign of the next one, GRRRR
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Old 21-06-2007, 13:07   #173
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Yeah that seems about right actually!

Another author who's royally ****** me off is Robert Jordan and his wheel of time!

I got hooked after the first damn book and then rapidly read through the first 10, waited ages for 11 and theres no blooming sign of the next one, GRRRR
You think your annoyed?!

I read the first Wheel of Time book back in 1990 when it was first published. So that's 17 years later and still no conclusion

I'm assuming you read 1 through 10 after they were all published btw.

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Old 21-06-2007, 14:03   #174
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Read through 1 to 9 in one big go, then a short wait for 10 and then 11...

11 wasn't so great either kinda dragged things down a bit :-(

Anyone read the temeraire books? I think they were pretty good!
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Old 14-08-2007, 08:44   #175
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Have read through them all now and was very upset to see the next book in the series isnt due till next year!

Dont think I've ever read books so quickly and will have to find something else recommended on this thread to see me through.
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Old 14-08-2007, 09:02   #176
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I still have a feast for crows to read - its sat on my bedside but reports of it being a let down put me off. Is it as bad as I fear?
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Old 14-08-2007, 09:04   #177
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It's not awful, it just doesn't live up to the previous books. Most of it feels like setup for what is to come. It can be argued that it's just half of a story though, since it was originally intended to be one book with the next in the series.
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I still enjoyed Crows but it was slightly frustrating that a lot of the major characters do not appear and you have yet more new ones to remember!
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Crows was a bit of a disappointment relative to the rest of the books, but still damned fine if you ask me (and stands head, shoulders and armour-clad torso above most fantasy). I'm hopeful the new book will mark a return to form and that he'll knock the remaining volumes out in short order, but if not then to be honest I'll forgive him - the first three are some of the best reading I've done.
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There's an interview with the man himself available from itunes, free - not sure if it's available elsewhere for non iTunes readers. Started listening to it last night but fell asleep so I'm not sure if there's any Ice and Fire info.
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