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  1. I pretty much agree. If you get even half of the references, it's a lot of fun. I was born in 1987 so I'm a little young for most of the things mentioned in the book, but certain things like the classic '80s movies and the music references were great. Plus, like you said, it's written in a very fast-paced fashion. Add to that the inherently addictive nature of the in-book contest/puzzle and it's a very quick, entertaining read, if a little light on depth. It's basically an extremely geeky popcorn novel. I completely understand why there's a film version in the works; as I read it, I kept thinking that it could very easily be a movie - the book is very visual , overall, and that would carry over perfectly into a film (obviously). With today's technology and effects, a movie version could be really awesome, actually, getting to explore a little more visually the OASIS, all of the different digital worlds, etc. The only main problem would be improving on the books flaws and maybe enhancing the characters a little more, for people like Sorrento and Art3mis, especially. I also wonder if there might be trouble getting all of the rights to use most of the things mentioned in the book, but I don't have much knowledge in that area.
  2. Honestly, I didn't find Rand and Perrin's conversation to be cheesy/odd at all. I could be a little biased, because I really want there to be a lot of "old characters reuniting and just plain talking about stuff that happened/reminiscing" scenes. I know they aren't exactly full of action and are often somewhat pointless and irrelevent, but I like them, dang it! Overall, great start to the book. It picks up right where ToM left off and makes me think even more that the FoM meeting will be the big opener to the book. I can see the first several chapters being the buildup/actual events/immediate aftermath of the FoM meeting, maybe mixed with some of the black tower storyline. Unless that's wrapped up in the prologue, but I really hope it gets more screentime than that.
  3. He may be "too pretty", but my first thought with the pics from the new covers that Alric posted in mind was Daniel Day-Lewis. He's like 6'2ish and has a pretty angular face, plus he's an amazing actor. I can see him as Lan, although Craig is pretty good too.
  4. I've read most of Sanderson's stuff (except Elantris and Alloy of Law, haven't gotten around to them yet). I really enjoyed Mistborn. All three were good, although the first was my favorite by far. Way of Kings was also quite good, although I felt it was a bit too long for what it accomplished. That said, the possibilities the series holds, and the characters... I'm really looking forward to more of the Stormlight Archive. Honestly, I didn't really like Warbreaker all that much. Definitely some cool concepts and ideas in it, but I felt almost bored near the beginning and rushed near the end, if that makes sense. In fact, one thing about BS that I've heard brought up that I agree with is that sometimes he isn't very good at giving events the weight and impact that they deserve. It's hard to define exactly how really important scenes are given weight, from a writing perspective, but some authors do it really well; RJ, for one, and Steven Erikson also comes to mind. I'm not saying BS always has this problem, I just think it happens sometimes, and I especially felt it in Warbreaker.
  5. While I can understand the disappointment from the point of view of "we expected the final book to be one novel and released in 2009", the fact is that we have known for AGES now (basically since ToM came out) that AMoL was expected to be released sometime in November 2012. Anyone who actually thought it would come out earlier than that was deluding themselves. Hence the "two freaking months" comment; it's only two months after we thought it would be released. Besides, what is everyone who is upset going to do about it? Protest the delay by not buying the book? I really doubt it, so just chill and relax. Honestly, just be a little bit patient. It'll be ready when it's ready.
  6. Basically what Mr. Ares said. I think Sanderson is a pretty good writer, but he is very different from Jordan. I think some of the noticeable differences between the two's writing are due to writing style, yes, but I think that a lot of the times that seem especially jarring in the two Brandon books are due more to lack of time to polish and refine than completely Brandon's fault. Honestly, now that AMoL is being given a bit more time to be properly revised, polished, etc., I think that most if not all of the especially "bad" scenes will be gone. There will still be differences, of course; Brandon isn't RJ, and he writes very differently, but I'm confident that more of the character problems and more major things like that will be much less of a problem in AMoL. Also, I know a lot of people think that ToM was better than TGS, overall, in terms of Brandon "getting the feel" of the WoT and the characters better (I agree). I think a lot of this is also due to Brandon having written an entire other book in the WoT universe already. He had already had his crash course, he has had fan feedback, critic's feedback, etc. This is another reason that I think AMoL will be even better, Brandon simply has more experience in the WoT world (writing-wise) and he has a better idea of what didn't work and didn't mesh well in the first two books he wrote.
  7. I love this series! Rothfuss' writing is just fantastic. I've heard some people find it to be a bit boring, with too much emphasis on everyday things like "Kvothe needs money", "Kvothe deals with things at school" etc, but to me this really makes me get into the story more. These are things that Kvothe would really worry and think about in real life (if he existed), it makes the story seem much more accessible and adds a touch of humanity and realism I don't often find in fantasy. That and Rothfuss is one of those writers that is so good I think he could write about ANYTHING and make it fascinating.
  8. I agree about the series being boring at times. Especially in books 7 onward, it felt like there were just too many musings on philosophy, life, existence, etc., by basically EVERY character in the books. Some of that was fine, I just think SE included a bit too much and it really bogged down the story. That said, I think part of why the Malazan series is so well-liked by a lot of people is, as has already been mentioned, the payoff. Even though I'd say some of the books take longer than they should to get there, the payoff for all of the more boring sections and build up is amazing. In fact, different as they are, one of the things RJ had in common with SE is that no matter how overlong and boring the book, he (almost) always managed to have an incredibly awesome, big, amazing ending. Just thinking about the finales to Gardens of the Moon, Memories of Ice, Bonehunters, etc. makes me want to read the books again, the endings are that good. One thing to point out, though, is that starting in book 6 (The Bonehunters) SE's writing style changes a bit. Books 1-5 (excluding possibly House of Chains) felt very self-contained; even though there were continuing plotlines and a ton of unexplained details, the overall plot of each book was reasonably clear and resolved within the scope of that book. Starting in book 6, though, the narrative jumps between viewpoints a bit more, it's often not as clear where the overall plot is going, and the books feel much less self-contained than previously. In fact, I've even seen several people refer to books 1-5 as the "intro" to the series proper, which really begins in book 6. Also, from what I've seen with the people I know, the biggest stumbling blocks with the series are usually in three places: 1) Getting through Gardens of the Moon (mostly the beginning) 2) The Karsa section of House of Chains, as well as the book in general. House of Chains is often called the worst (or close to it) book in the series. That combined with the intro portion with Karsa often make it a difficult read 3) Getting into Midnight Tides, since it features all-new characters, plots, etc. from those already established. After already putting in such a big commitment to the series just to get to this book, a lot of people have difficulty with learning about new characters and places. I've noticed that often the difficulty is simply in deciding to start the book, though, as most people I know say that once you get into Midnight Tides it's one of the better books in the series, and definitely has one of the tighter, most contained storylines. So, overall, the series has its flaws and certainly isn't for everyone, but for me the good definitely outweighs the bad.
  9. What I most want to see is unlikely, since it's the last book and there's not much time left for a whole lot of extra, given all that needs to happen, but what I would most like to see is some really great quiet character scenes. Like, some character reunions (like Rand/Moiraine), except that some time is really taken to have a good long conversation between them, and maybe other characters as well, etc. Or even some more low-key "everyday life" moments with some of the characters. I realize that this isn't really the time for that, but I really enjoyed that aspect of a lot of the books. RJ was really good at mixing action and high-powered events with those calmer, more thoughtful scenes to create great contrast. That, and I feel like Brandon has sort of rushed or not made enough of a deal out of a lot of the scenes where characters who haven't seen each other in a long time meet up again. The scene where Rand apologizes to Tam and cries felt REALLY chopped; I mean, it's like the last paragraph of a chapter. And the whole reveal/fallout of Morgase being recognized/etc. seemed very... underplayed. Not bad, I suppose, but I would have liked a lot more to have been made of it. Minor stuff, really. Overall, I just want to read the book!
  10. I live in Golden, CO, USA (it's just west of Denver)
  11. To throw in my personal experience, I usually see "x" to indicate displacement. And usually an initial anything (velocity, displacement, etc.) isn't given a new letter at all, but simply a subscript of the same one. For example, an initial velocity, with velocity denoted as "v", is often denoted "vo". I've also often seen the equation being discussed as "D=RT" (Distance=Rate*Time). To be picky, though, the equation is really Velocityaverage=(Locationfinal-Locationinitial)/(Timefinal-Timeinitial). To find velocity at a specific point in time, or instantaneous velocity, you use the fact that velocity is the time derivative of position, or v=dx/dt
  12. I agree with whoever said that they tend to favor what they're currently reading, so since I'm reading the Malazan books, I have to go with Anomander Rake. He just has that amazing ability to totally capture every scene he's in and keep you thinking about him, even though he's very rarely in the books (at least, as far as I know; I'm currently reading Toll the Hounds). Honorable mentions go to Kruppe and Quick Ben, because they're awesome. In other series... hmm. Tough one. I love all three of the WoT boys, but I have to say that I'm a bit of an oddball in that Perrin is my favorite; I think he has been ever since TDR. I think it's because I see a lot of myself in him. I admit that he gets less enjoyable to read during the Faile plotline, but I still love him. Also, Kvothe from Rothfuss' Kingkiller books is a great character, and I'm very interested to see where Pat takes him in the next book and how it all plays out with the past self vs. future self aspect (won't say more due to spoilers).
  13. I think the reason that I like Sanderson's writing so much is that he seems to be able to create plot twists that are both believable (after you discover them, I mean) and yet also not obvious. This is a fine balance to achieve. I mean, no one likes incredibly obvious plot twists, but at the same time I've seen movies/books try so hard to make the plot twists unforeseeable that they end up making no sense, and this also is annoying. As an example with Sanderson's work: MISTBORN 2 SPOILERS!!!! Anyway, I really enjoyed Way of Kings, although I did have a few issues with it. Mainly, it did seem to be a bit too long. A lot of the chapters with Kaladin seemed to similar and too repetitive. I think I get what Sanderson was doing, trying to emphasize Kaladin's plight, the hardness of life, the endless, pointless bridge-carrying and monotony of Kaladin's life, etc., by also making some of the chapters repetitive and monotonous, but I think that he may have overdone it a bit. Also, at the end of the book, I couldn't help buy feel like not nearly as much happened that was truly important as I had expected. I kept wanting more, which I guess is a good thing, but I found myself most interested in the least talked-about events and the characters that were given the least screen time. Kaladin's story dragged a bit, I felt, and Dalinar's kind of did as well; Shallan's took awhile to get interesting, but just when it was starting to become REALLY interesting, it ended. I also really want to know more about the original knights, the world origins, and shards, etc. Granted, this is the first book in a long series, so I can't complain too much; you can't reveal much backstory in the first book after all. That and all of these complaints are really very minor, I did really like the book. Although, I also don't buy the Voidbringers being the Parshmen; it seems too obvious and simple, and also I feel like something that big and important wouldn't have been dropped this early in the series if it were really the whole story.
  14. Despite the flaws I might have to check this out. I've read two of Willis' books before (Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog) and thought both were rather enjoyable. Doomsday was a little depressing and dark at times, but then again it is about the black plague. To Say Nothing of the Dog, however, was very funny in places, and much more lighthearted throughout. Overall, I think Willis just has a writing style that tends to be a little verbose and overlong; The Doomsday Book felt like it dragged a bit at times. I think it helps if you're really into history :) As a side note, I feel I have to recommend Connie Willis since she lives in my hometown (Greeley, CO) and I've actually met her before, at a high school function there (she's very nice). That and the fact that I very rarely hear much of anything about her in the SFF community despite the fact that she's won a couple of Hugo awards. Alright, plug over.
  15. Most books in the Wheel of Time seem to be pretty well-liked, except for POD and COT, and even those are defended by most fans, at least to some degree. I think the ones that seem to come up most often in "Best of the series" polls are the first six, generally with 4-6 being (roughly) the most popular, especially TSR and LOC. Of the two, I think I have to jump on the LOC bandwagon as being more overrated. TSR, I feel, really deserves its place as top 1 or 2 book in the series; just everything about it is very close to perfect. Perrin's arc is one of the best in the entire series, IMO, and Rand's group learning about/living with the Aiel is very well done and interesting, not to mention the awesomeness of the Rhuidean scenes. The girls plotline in Tanchico isn't quite as interesting, I didn't think, but it's still well written and overall enjoyable. I think the biggest strength of TSR is its pacing: It has three main plot arcs that all start at the beginning of the book, are well-paced throughout, and all come to great conclusions by the end of the book. It's just... well polished. The only complaint I can think of against TSR is that the beginning in the stone of Tear drags a bit before all of the plotlines really get moving, but that's very minor. LOC is a great book, I'm not saying it isn't, but I don't think it's top 1 or 2 material. It has a lot of great scenes in it: The Salidar scenes are very good, and the ending is fantastic, but I didn't find Rand's scenes to be nearly as interesting. I think the reason LOC is so praised is just as has been stated: It contains a lot of the best moments in the series. However, as an overall novel, I don't think it's as good as TSR, or even FOH or TDR (I always liked TDR a lot; I think I'm a bit biased towards it). It just doesn't have the plot arc symmetry/simplicity that some of the earlier books do, and though some plots move along nicely, I've always felt that the ending (well, the parts leading up to the ending - before Dumai's Wells) felt a bit uneven and unfocused. I think it's just that, as a whole, TSR is the best well-crafted SINGLE novel in the series, whereas LOC really relies more on the rest of the series, if that makes sense.
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