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battousai

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  1. Mistborn is very good, its a bit cliche in some areas, but still good. I know what you mean when you say a female character as the lead, but I think if it's done right, then you won't be able to tell the difference.
  2. Just recently finished Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson. Taking a break from the series, since the books require a lot of my time. I usually dont get to read leisurely all that much, and reading a 1200 page book can take a while. Now starting up The Windup Girl. I'll probably read another standalone novel before diving back into House of Chains. Somewhere in between Ill read Towers of Midnight. :D
  3. Hey Guys, I'll be heading to New York City for the weekend (for some intense shopping), and I thought I'd pick up a bunch of books that are on my reading list. Prices of books in Canada when compared to US are always higher, so I'm gonna take this opportunity to stack up on as many as I possibly can. Since I don't know any good bookstores, I was hoping the people here could suggest somewhere I can pick up SFF novels. As long as its within New York City I should be able to head there. Thanks for the help!
  4. Thought I'd ask since I'll be looking to pick up this series as soon as I finish The First Law Trilogy and TGS (i'm saving it for Christmas break when I actually have time!). As I'm going to be picking up the Mass Market Paperbacks, I was wondering if there are boxed sets of the books? Also, I see two versions in Canada, one seems to be cover art from Tor and the other from Bantam. I wanted to hear opinions on which version I should buy. I'm not sure how accurate the cover art for Tor is vs Bantam's so I wasn't sure which one to pick. Since I'm going to be buying all 9, I'd prefer if they
  5. GRRM's work is excellent, and is loved by all. The only bad thing about picking up the series will be the wait between the books. I read MST by Tad Williams, and I agree with a previous post that it is a bit cliche, but overall as a whole, it is still an interesting read. I had heard about the Prince of Nothing series, but I didn't know it was known to be gritty... Other series I've read include Mistborn and Elantris, which was basically to get to know Brandon Sanderson's work. I liked Elantris more than the Mistborn series, since to me it was a complete breath of fresh air, and the city
  6. haha my guess is you're still bitter about the book :P. Just pass it off and read other fantasy. You'll always have your opinions. Remember also that despite her popularity, JK Rowling is no comparison against fantasy authors such as Martin and RJ. But the fact is that's just how it was written and nothing can change that. I know you just wanna debate the topic, but its probably not all that worth it. Read other fantasy to clear your mind and get a fresh perspective. After I read WoT, I personally saw the league in difference between the HP books and "real" fantasy. But for what its worth, th
  7. Ya I guess, I found it much too aimed at the younger age group, which to be honest is also kinda fair, since that is the primary age group of her readers. Its just for people that started reading her books when they first came out (1997) to when they finished (2007), would have aged by pretty much 10 years at maximum. So most people that stuck from the first book would undoubtedly be over the age of 18. And at that age, you expect a bit more maturity. That's why I liked the 6th book, since it had the right amount of elements of darkness and solid story telling. The 7th book just didn't h
  8. I actually didn't mind the deaths, like what others have said, its to show that the good guys aren't always victorious and come out unharmed. Also, I was strongly expecting Harry to die, but I was really disappointed to see he lived, and gave those ridiculous names to his kids. But to be honest after thinking about it, I came to this conclusion: JK Rowling's Harry Potter fanbase consists of generally young kids. Her books are credited to have encouraged some of the youngest kids to begin reading. These kids are what have created so much hype and love for the book. So I think, she wa
  9. Again great review Werthead! I thought that the last book did a great job by tying up all loose ends. The ending IMO is one of the few endings in the genre that wrap up everything so comprehensively, that after reading the last book, I definitely felt that a complete story was told from start to finish. A couple of things that annoyed me in this book were for example Sazed and his constant whining. Yes, I understood it was necessary and very logical, but I got annoyed by it. The Kandra story was very interesting but similarly to what you said, I felt that it was kinda rushed and uncl
  10. Nice review Werthead! I kinda found that the ending was almost rushed. Similar to your review, I agree that suddenly at one point all hell breaks loose and the pace of the book doubled. Unfortunately, I found that a bit messy and felt in this one, he could've made the overall pace even, since at times it was dragging for me. Looking forward to the review for Hero Ages.
  11. "battousai" refers to "Hitokiri Battousai" from the anime Rurouni Kenshin. Basically the easiest way of defining it is a manslayer. No reason for having it really, just liked the anime I guess...
  12. thanks Ares for the help! I think I'll definitely take your advice. I really wanna start the series, so I think I'll take up the first novel after I finish the first law series. I guess you make a good point, if worst comes to worst, I can always come back to it if it proves difficult to keep track of. Thanks for the help!
  13. I guess that is a good idea. I know I always referred back to WoT encyclopedia, I'm not sure if there is anything similar for SE's series.
  14. I have a question or actually a concern really. This series has been on my mind for a while, especially since the author is Canadian (i think?), but mostly because I've seen it mentioned countlessly before, and I know I'll enjoy it. So here's the deal, my schedule barely allows me to read much. I usually read on Fridays and Saturdays, unless I'm off from university with a break. The thing is, I know the books aren't an easy read and will probably require some dedication, but I'm scared that with my frequent gaps in between reading, I might lose track of the plot. What do you guys think? R
  15. From what I see, Werthead knows what he's talking about :). For all of you looking to read GRRM's A Song of Ice and Fire, do yourself a favour and wait it out. The series is extremely popular for a very good reason. It is an excellent fantasy series, and 99.9% of WOT fans will love it. However, the wait between books is killer. It will take less than a year to finish the four books that are out right now, but you will end up waiting almost 2-3 years for the next book. I made the mistake of picking it up too early, and now I'm stuck waiting for each book for god knows how long. I would s
  16. Give Memory, Sorrow and Thorn a try. You might have to be a bit patient with the storyline, but I guarantee that by the last book, you'll be definitely hooked. The characters are wonderful, and its an excellent read. If you liked WOT, you will definitely like M.S.T. by Williams.
  17. Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy is pretty good. Its a bit slow, and has some downtimes, but overall its an enjoyable read. The first book is called The Dragonbone Chair. I've also heard Raymond E. Feist has some good books, but I haven't read any of his books yet.
  18. Thanks for the tip! :) Might as well move to the Seanchan board, since it seems more suited to be discussed there.
  19. I'm not even sure if this topic is allowed, but if you don't know "Legend of the Seeker" is the live-action mini-series for Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule. I'm not going to provide any links but google it and you can go on its official website and see a trailer. I wanted to know people's thoughts about this AND PLEASE don't make this a Goodkind vs. RJ thread! I just want to read people's reactions about this.
  20. Play WOW myself, unfortunately not on the server that you're making the guild. :(
  21. Well said. That's exactly what I was hoping for, an author who shares the same passion for WoT as we all do. I'm going to see if I can pick some of his books up as well. From the interview he sounds like the man for the job. :) Plus he's a member of Dragonmount!!!! ;D
  22. wait whats the deal with Perrin and Gawyn? Why are they fighting? Its been such a long time, since I've read the books. ???
  23. I'm guessing a book will be released. I don't think the notes will be published. Just doesn't seem very likely. Either way, it's going to be a very long time before either is done.
  24. Whatever the case, technically speaking the movie/mini-series CAN be made. BUT they won't, be logical, it's simply extremely unlikely that someone is going to devote so much time for a movie/mini-series that is going to cost on immense proportions. If for example one season is devoted per year for each book, that's 12 years! Even if the season is only for half a year that's still 6 years! Way too long... Honestly, I don't even thing grrm's aSoIaF will be made into a mini-series. Call me pessimistic, but when thinking about it logically it's not gonna happen.... ...and probably
  25. Wow thanks for the info. I dont think I wouldve been able to read WOT more than once, so good thing I found out now! :D Another question. Since channeling slows down aging, I'm guessing this is also true for males as well?
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