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Old 02-16-2012, 10:30 AM   #651 (permalink)
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the eye of the world is pretty decent, I thought.the series as a whole is something I enjoy. not gonna try and sell you on it but eh, I mean gardens of the moon as a book as fucking all over the place too and erikson can't work a timeline to save his life. i think malazan is extremely flawed tbh but what it does well it does REALLY well.

comparing it to goodkind's series is remarkably unfair. also worth pointing out wizard's first rule is BY FAR the best of the SOT novels I've read they get progressively more retarded as he decides to plagarise other non robert jordan authors.
I compare only in that they are all large scale fantasy epic sagas. Goodkind and Jordan are two that I wasn't impressed enough by the first book to continue either series while Erickson's work I found intriguing in how different it was from most.

I'm kinda hoping someone will convince me about Jordan. Everyone I've talked to about it praises the series so I feel like I'm missing something. My problem with Eye of the World was that it seemed like a Fellowship knockoff. Some of the subplots looked to be heading in different directions but I never followed through with the series.

Goodkind did nothing for me and felt like a chore to read, therefore I have no interest in following up on that one, especially if the books only get worse.
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:09 PM   #652 (permalink)
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I've tried that! And probably got through about 8 in a year! Haha
100 books seems a bit steep, doesn't it!? I can't back out now, though. I finished 'Heart of Darkness' - it was an interesting read, dark and quite thought provoking. I'm going to start the next book tomorrow - either 'The Old Man & The Sea' by Hemingway or 'The Pearl' by Steinbeck.
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I've meaning to read some Hemingway, I don't believe i've ever read any of his work.
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I much prefer Steinbeck to Hemingway, but Hemingway is great too.

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you actually read them? I read them when I was like 16 or 17 and thought they were shit. i don't think i could stomach them now
No actually I threw them away this time. I should've done that years ago when I read them. The first few books weren't terrible, but that series flies off the rails into all kinds of terrible Objectivist philosophy and an even worse Jordan/WoT clone. I never got that far, as the chicken that wasn't a chicken but was pure evil killed me. I'm sure there's some idiotic metaphor here, but fuck trying to figure out what it is.

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I compare only in that they are all large scale fantasy epic sagas. Goodkind and Jordan are two that I wasn't impressed enough by the first book to continue either series while Erickson's work I found intriguing in how different it was from most.

I'm kinda hoping someone will convince me about Jordan. Everyone I've talked to about it praises the series so I feel like I'm missing something. My problem with Eye of the World was that it seemed like a Fellowship knockoff. Some of the subplots looked to be heading in different directions but I never followed through with the series.

Goodkind did nothing for me and felt like a chore to read, therefore I have no interest in following up on that one, especially if the books only get worse.
I loved the Wheel of Time up to a point. It just got too big for Jordan to manage. Eye of the World is one of the weaker first few novels. It really picks up after that book. Unfortunately it really bogs down under its own weight around book 7-8. I'm told it gets good again at some point, but I'm not sure I'll ever go back.
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You ever read any Jack Reacher stuff MrMister?
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I did buy Killing Floor but no I haven't actually read it yet. In time.
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Okay, was just wondering. I think you'll like it.

I give up on Crofty though haha.
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I compare only in that they are all large scale fantasy epic sagas. Goodkind and Jordan are two that I wasn't impressed enough by the first book to continue either series while Erickson's work I found intriguing in how different it was from most.

I'm kinda hoping someone will convince me about Jordan. Everyone I've talked to about it praises the series so I feel like I'm missing something. My problem with Eye of the World was that it seemed like a Fellowship knockoff. Some of the subplots looked to be heading in different directions but I never followed through with the series.
it's really nothing like LOTR, imo. sure there are similarities initially but don't forget that this was written a long time ago and people weren't as familiar with fantasy to introducing it similar to the LOTR was smart.

though the prologue was fucking awesome imo, so I think that would have at least shown there was potential with the storyline.
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Okay, was just wondering. I think you'll like it.

I give up on Crofty though haha.
She'll get to it too I'm sure, maybe around the time the movie comes out. She has to finish STORM OF SWORDS first though.
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I told her to read it in one sitting but no one listens to me.
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