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  1. I finally finished the second book. Man did it become a slog starting with the bandit hunting section. Feels like I read 500 pages devoted to that hand talk language. Not sure I could make it through a third.
  2. Pretty sure Salvatore himself just said "no comment" regarding future novels. The speculation was the Forgotten Realms line as a whole being axed, which didn't seem too unlikely outside of Drizzt given the demise of the other D&D fiction lines. I've thought for a while that Drizzt novels would outlive Forgotten Realms branding. Will be interesting to see if that's the case.
  3. I'm a few hundred into The Name of the Wind. I can see why it sold so well. Captures a certain coziness reminiscent of The Eye of the World.
  4. Wow, so no book three? Fall of Light was admittedly a mixed bag for me, but I thought Forge of Darkness was one of his best. Bummer. I knew Erikson wasn't a big seller, but I thought he did well enough not to go the way of Stover and Stackpole. All my favorites or one time favorites seem to be disappearing. Now I'm kind of worried about the final two books of Moorcock's Sanctuary of the White Friars trilogy.
  5. Reading Swanwick's The Dragons of Babel. Very good. I like the more consistent weird city atmosphere compared to Iron Dragon's Daughter, which focused more on the "mundane" coming of age material.
  6. Might be a knock off but I love Eye of the World. I spent the bulk of my time with books 2-10 hoping to replicate the book one experience, but it never clicked aside from a smaller section here and there. It's a series I wanted to love, I suppose.
  7. I would define "literate" here as kind of naturalistic, kind of not. Very readable, not bore fests: Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Murakami The Whispering Swarm, Moorcock Peace, Wolfe
  8. Glen Cook's Dread Empire. Epic fantasy in broad context, but as far as line by line execution it definitely moves like sword and sorcery.
  9. I liked the first season best. Felt a lot more "real" than two and three. For most of season three both the character drama and the supernatural elements felt really played out to me.
  10. Has he spoken of something new? I've been waiting for the final Crown Colonies as well. That and any news on the Talion sequel that was supposed to happen if the ebook sold well.
  11. Finally finished The Dragonbone Chair. Good, but I was a bit exhausted with it by the end. I liked the first 150 or so pages the best given the bit of Gormenghast influence going on there. A shame I didn't first read this fifteen or twenty years ago. Probably would've blown me away back then. Need something breezier next. So probably more Cornwell.
  12. I'm almost done with DragonBone Chair. It's good but the latter half hasn't quite hooked me like the first. Might be another series I just don't have the energy to continue with even though I mostly liked what I read.
  13. I find I'm a faster, more focused reader when using my Kindle. Maybe it's because I'm looking at a smaller portion of text head-on, maybe because the Kindle is easier to hold for long periods (especially compared to 600+ page books). That said, my physical backlog is big enough that I haven't even used my Kindle yet this year. And for my very favorite authors I like to have the real thing on my shelf.
  14. I'm halfway through The Dragonbone Chair. Really hits the sweet spot for what I'm looking for these days, not too gritty, not overly simplistic/throwaway or whatever you want to call it. Only ever read The War of the Flowers by Williams before, and that was quite a while ago. I forgot how good his prose is.
  15. Erikson wrote a hockey related novel called When She's Gone. I believe it's still on his web site for free.