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  1. There's been some debate on this forum about what "good worldbuilding" actually means. A lot of people think it means interesting ideas. I think it means complexity and consistency, where ASoIAF excels. GRRM especially did a good job at creating the history so that it naturally leads into the current story.
  2. I must enjoy terrible prose, then. So there's no need for me to contribute to this topic.
  3. I honestly thought The Grace of Kings was one of the best books I've read. But the style is different, sort of a historical approach. Reminiscent of the Iliad from what I remember. It seems to be as divisive as Bakker and Erikson. I'm not sure I get the D&D comparison though. It's very low magic.
  4. I haven't read the recent AMA yet, but I've only seen Bakker act cordial towards his readers. Maybe he has a high opinion of his own work, but I mostly do too. And I think his mind is in a totally different place than everyone else's...reminds me of John Lennon's line, "no one I think is in my tree."
  5. Would he hire an editor if he self published?
  6. I'm not that far yet (only in the middle of Fionavar book 2 at the moment). But I've seen several people say that Ysabel is his weakest book.
  7. Didn't someone say that the False Sun doesn't make sense unless you read the color coded version that a fan came up with? Does anyone have that? I googled it but couldn't find it.
  8. Wasn't Ben Peek's series one of them? I haven't read any of these yet but I have City of Stairs and the others look interesting too.
  9. I see people on Goodreads complaining that this is a disappointing end to the series, and giving it low marks for lack of closure. It's funny because I remember people saying the same things about The Thousandfold Thought. It shouldn't be so confusing that the Second Apocalypse is not over yet. Other complaints are probably valid though (haven't read the book myself).
  10. Is there an engorged phallus count?
  11. Oh I know, they're putting the focus on GRRM for the clicks, because he's way more famous and they want their money. Publications do the same thing with J.J. Abrams whenever he attaches his name to a TV show, even when he has little to do with it. I'm not saying it's not a dick move to leave out the author's name and image in favor of GRRM. I just won't jump to the conclusion that it's race or sex related.
  12. I don't know, to me it just looks like a very hasty crop to get the image to fit. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and say that they might have still cropped it that way if the author were a white male.
  13. To each his own. I never got the Hunger Games hype, but loved the hell out of Red Rising.
  14. Shadow in Summer was probably my favorite in the LPQ, but I'm in the minority there.
  15. Anything is fair game for rereads. For The Two Towers, I don't see anything wrong with reading both books concurrently.