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Everything posted by Sirayn

  1. I would sacrifice a member of my immediate family for this book. Huge fan, especially after the rampage of awesome that was BEST SERVED COLD.
  2. Tempted to try out Gaunt's Ghosts, since I tore through the Ciaphas Cain novels in about a fortnight and hugely enjoyed them. :D
  3. Yep - that's why the sequel is called Rise of a Merchant Prince. :D
  4. Oh, I missed a trick here. What you really need is David Eddings' Belgariad series, starting with Pawn of Prophecy. It's a cracking series for a new fantasy reader, showcasing all the classic Hero's Journey tropes in action. It also ticks all your boxes: starts off with the protagonist clueless about the world; trickster characters; young protagonist; inns, cities and action. There's a whole subgenre of Hero's Journey stuff out there (farmboys discovering they're the secret heirs to thrones and being whisked off on adventures by wizard mentors) which now seems derivative to me because I've read so much of it, but might seem new and exciting to you.
  5. Try Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars series. Characters start off young and naive - check. Cities and action - check, though I don't remember any inns. It also has something of the sprawling scope of the Wheel of Time, except this series is (wait for it) finished.
  6. I loved all of Hobb's first three trilogies, and I was so excited for the Soldier Son trilogy that I bought the first book in hardcover. Big mistake. I hated that book, and I resented spending that much money on a complete dud. I'm now very wary of buying another Hobb book.
  7. Quick quibble with your second theory - I totally don't see Rand being reincarnated as one of Elayne's children. He'd be a child with memories of being intimate with his own mother. Creepy as heck.
  8. I love that you can communicate entirely in the specialised language of Goodkind-mocking. You death-choosers. :D
  9. I thought it was excellent, and it revived my interest in the series.
  10. I like to imagine that a hypothetical conversation between Robert Jordan and Tom Doherty of Tor about Goodkind's plagiarism might have gone something like this. RJ: Goodkind is plagiarising my work. TD: Yes. And the more he sells, the more we can pay you. RJ: Make him stop plagiarising me. TD: How? The first book has already been published and it's selling well. We can’t pull it. We can’t make him rewrite it and publish a new edition. We can’t make him cut those elements out of the next books because there would be major continuity issues. RJ: But he’s plagiarising me! TD: You explicitly made the opening of The Eye of the World as similar to the opening of The Lord of the Rings as possible. I’m just saying. RJ: Do something or I’m taking my bestselling series to another publisher. TD: Have fun with your new reputation as a contract-breaking ingrate who abandons his friends and supporters. Or you could stay with Tor. Would you like another stratospherically huge advance? I hear the smell of crisp new money is soothing to the ego. Kind of a no-win scenario for everybody, in other words. :D
  11. I only skimmed the last few posts, so my apologies if anyone said this already, but one key distinction: plagiarism is not illegal and you can't sue for it. Plagiarism = stealing someone else's ideas = unethical = not illegal. Copyright infringement = stealing someone else's words/text = illegal. If Goodkind was passing off huge sections of the actual text as his own, then there might have been cause for a copyright infringement lawsuit. But there's one compelling reason why there was not and never would be a lawsuit: Goodkind and Jordan share the same publisher. You know how publishers send C&D (cease and desist) letters to people who infringe their authors' copyright? Tor would be sending C&D letters to themselves. Authors with the same publisher don't sue each other. That's not to say that there is no plagiarism, ie unethically stealing someone else's ideas and passing them off as your own, going on.
  12. I'm kind of sad. Now that I'm either past or over the bad parts, I was getting to like that show.
  13. And several Forsaken. It's not like there's a limit on the number of resurrections per series.
  14. Personally I like stories where the heroes die permanently, but I'm confident (because Rand is the Messiah figure, the Jesus of the setting) that Rand will die and be resurrected. The only part I don't know is whether that death will be physical, emotional, symbolic, metaphorical, etc.
  15. You only feel that way because you hate freedom This is a thing of genius. :D
  16. Crazy in love with this series.
  17. The Law of Nines, the so-called thriller that actually incorporates heavy elements from his fantasy series. Hint to Goodkind: a novel set in the real world but with magic is called an urban fantasy, however much you despise fantasy.
  18. JV Jones beat her previous work hands down with the Sword of Shadows series. I enjoyed the Book of Words trilogy and the standalone Barbed Coil, but her Sword of Shadows series is pretty damn awesome. That's high on my list to read when the series is finished. (I read the first two when they were first published and lost track before the third came out.)
  19. Sam Sykes' "Tome of the Undergates" was touted to me as the second coming of Joe Abercrombie, so despite Werthead's mixed review (and I generally find that we have similar tastes in fantasy) I'm going to give it a shot. Couple of other good recent fantasies: Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora, and Chris Wooding's Retribution Falls. edit: Since you enjoy the other doorstopper epic fantasies, you might have a crack at Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars.
  20. As I understand, the problem is that the authors of Left Behind aren't writing a story based on the Book of Revelations in any way that we would recognise. They have a very specific and peculiar set of beliefs, which they call a "literal" (read: non-literal) reading of the Bible. The Left Behind series depicts what they actually believe will actually literally happen in the very near future: God will personally intervene to prevent Russia and, uh, Ethiopia nuking Israel. The nukes will detonate harmlessly in the atmosphere. The UN will become a One World Government led by the Antichrist. All world religions will happily come together to form the One World Religion. The entire world will be at peace. Shia and Sunni, Israel and Palestine, India and Pakistan will all be friends. Jesus will personally walk the earth, nuking and destroying like Godzilla. And when all this happens exactly as the authors predicted, everyone will be sorry for mocking them. ::)
  21. There's nothing to expound on. I tried to read it but it was too overwritten for me.
  22. Had a crack at it, but failed to get past the purpleness of the writing.
  23. For serious? That's beautiful. I knew the publisher was a Christian publisher, something we don't have a lot of here, but I didn't put two and two together. Having followed Slacktivist religiously for ages, I know just how apocalyptically terrible the series is. :D
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