The Long Price Quartet
Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:50 PM
I remember hearing someone say something about this series, and thus, when i was in a bookshop today, and i saw it, i picked it up and looked at the back. It looked interesting, and then i turned it over and saw GRRMs stamp of approval, and bought it.
I've just started reading it, and it seems intriuging, (if confusing. But im sure that wont be a problem for long). But is it worth continuing to read?
Posted 26 June 2010 - 02:22 PM
Posted 26 June 2010 - 02:28 PM
Posted 26 June 2010 - 02:33 PM
Posted 26 June 2010 - 02:43 PM
I should add to the chorus - it's an above-average series and worth reading. Keep in mind, though, that is is quite different from most epic fantasies, focusing on a somewhat different culture and with few flashy battles or magic (though there is some of that) and more on the characters and politics and trade. It may be one of the first or few "economic fantasies" out there.
Posted 26 June 2010 - 02:56 PM
Also, considering what you shared of your likes and dislikes on this board, I will go out on a limb and disagree with most of the others, I think you might find the story boring, full of stupid intricacies and overall not very interesting: it's definitely not like a Sanderson book, at all. (Even if, speaking for myself I love this serie.) Plus, there has got to be something bothering you, when you start to wonder if you should continue reading something, and it probably won't go better.
Posted 26 June 2010 - 03:12 PM
Posted 26 June 2010 - 03:36 PM
Also, since i have so many books to read, i like to know from proper readers if its worth commiting myself to a series.
And just because i like Sanderson doesnt mean i wont like this book. I dont really care what kind of book it is, to be honest, as long as its well written, has good characters, and a plot that doesnt feel like it was inspired by a 3 year olds crayon drawing.
Also, i like to know other peoples opinions about any book i read. I like to know if i like a book everyone else hates, or if i dislike a book that everyone else loves, and if so, then why. Etc.
And yes Errant Bard, i found the prologue (although in my version it spells it 'Prolog', intended???) interesting, but from what little ive read i can tell that in the hands of a marginally unskilled author, you have a book with enormous potential to go wrong and end up being confusing. From what people are saying, it looks like Daniel Abraham knows how to write, so il go ahead and see if i like it.
Sorry for the rant
I just like to know peoples opinions.
Edit : Also, while i do like Sanderson, il be the first (well...) to admit that he has alot of faults, but there are some authors who manage to keep me interested despite mediocre prose, somewhat irritating protagonists, etc.
Sorry if im going off on a tangent here...
Edited by Migey, 26 June 2010 - 03:40 PM.
Posted 26 June 2010 - 04:22 PM
Posted 26 June 2010 - 04:26 PM
It seems to be some sort of formalised body language - presumably mostly hand gestures. Evidently quite complex, since even foreigners who've been there for years can't get the hang of all the subtleties.
Posted 26 June 2010 - 07:17 PM
Posted 26 June 2010 - 07:37 PM
Great series. Love it to bits.
I think the poses are meant to be left up to the readers imagination, but milage seems to vary. Personally I had no problems with them and felt they added a distinctive feeling to the culture he'd created.
Also the series isn't a huge timesink if you're worried about the time investment. All of the books combined aren't too much longer than one of your standard epic fantasy doorstops.
Posted 26 June 2010 - 09:11 PM
Posted 26 June 2010 - 09:12 PM
Posted 26 June 2010 - 09:43 PM
It's an absolutely amazing series - partly because it is so unique (like Bellis said it could be classified as an "economic fantasy").
Posted 26 June 2010 - 09:55 PM
You have no idea how momentous this decision is. I've been rereading and rereading the Dune series and Bakker's PoN, et al. just waiting for something new.
/insert Snoopy Happy Dance smilie.