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  1. I though the illustrations were more ripped off from Samurai Jack but I liked them nonetheless.
  2. I'll be interested to see how this season of the Magicians goes given that they've already used up a good chunk of book one and two. I am looking forward to edge of the world bit - I hope they keep that.
  3. I agree with this. The subtext at the end is that reign Aragorn is the beginning of a new era where the ancient magic of the elves and the West fade from the world, leaving it to be just a mundane world of men. The world is going to be fine but the peaks of beauty and art and wonder are diminished forever. like you can still get pizza, but it's only Pizza Hut pizza now. This is kind of what happens in the 'Taran' series too, right? All the magical beings leave at the end?
  4. Touching the Void by Joe Simpson - mountaineering gone very wrong A Voyage for Madmen by Peter Nichols - amateur global sailing circumnavigation race gone wrong (for some) Also a documentary. A Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger - so much more compelling that the dumbass movie. into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer - another mountaineering disaster classic. (side note - his book 'Into the Kingdom of Heaven' is great but also super depressing, about the fundamentalist 'Mormon' cult)
  5. I like to reread favorite books and series from time to time. While I don't think an author is under any obligation to me to finish a series, I do think that in say 10 years time, I'd be way more likely to reread any of these unfinished series (GoT, Lynch, Rothfuss) if they are, you know, complete stories. Something which has additional books in the same universe like 'Dune' is different because complete stories are being told in each book. As they stand now, the Lynch books are the most complete for me as the general swash-buckling adventure aspect of his series lends itself more to the 'Buckaroo Banzai' type 'stay tuned for more adventures' ending than the other two.
  6. Well he did go from being a penniless, friendless, unloved orphan to being a rich hero so...
  7. Jayne Poole? Anyways, I'm interested in reading a Grossman take on Arthurian legend. I find it weird that people seem to criticize his Fillory stuff as being too derivative like it's a completely worthless piece of pastiche like 'Ready Player One'. We shall see.
  8. You're hilarious - isn't this a GoT message board? Rape, torture, sadism and bestiality are just part of the rich fabric of Westeros but, but, but that's different because of reasons? I like the warlord books and Magicians books both BTW. Cromwell is a good writer in general but his work to me suffers from narrative flatness. I enjoy reading his stuff but it just doesn't stick with me after reading. It might be the historical accuracy - the warlord books in the end describe something smaller in scope and more mundane than stories like the Once and Future Kind, Mists of Avalon, the Crystal Cave, etc... Whatever Grossman does is, I suspect, going to be more fantastical than what Cromwell does with the same topic. As ever, YMMV.
  9. I was hoping for a 5 tome sequel to the Baroque Trilogy, each book coming in at 2000 pages, called the Rococo Trilogy, which details the adventures of Timmy Shaftoe, orphan and math savant, who is the real inventory of the steam engine and also a world class violinist, as he fights the Barbary Pirates to free his true love, a poorly characterized concubine. Spoiler alert- the third book mostly takes place on a space station orbiting Alpha Centauri for reasons detailed in a 530 page footnote.
  10. It follows the journey of the charming young Ambrose as he tries to convince his domineering father to send him to the University. Hijinks ensue. Or it's actually the story of drifter/serial killer Deena who aimlessly drifts through the world leaving a trail of murdered would-be suitors in her wake.
  11. These books are a perfect example of how to me written violence isn't as impactful as filmed violence. I like these books a lot as ripping yarns. I recommended them to a friend who was surprised at how violent they were. And on reflection they really are but the narrative flow just glides over people getting stabbed, etc... all the time. So a filmed version would either have to strip a lot of that detail out or go premium cable. What's funny though is unlike GRRM books, I feel like a PG version of these books would still be pretty great. Glad he got paid. I'd be as shocked if these made it to series as if Amber does.
  12. I wonder how this works economically for him. Does a writer at his level get sufficient advances from his publishers to largely support him while he works on the book and then he gets more when the book is eventually published? Or does delayed publication mean he has to spend more time going to various cons to get paid by those to augment the GB income stream?
  13. Maybe some of these fantasy authors should just follow William Gibson's lead. More than once, he's written a second and third story set in the same world as an initial book. But the key thing is that when you finish the first book, there is never any reader expectations that there would be future books with those characters. If Gibson's not interested or inspired to keep mining that creative vein, he can just move on and the reader has no unmet expectations. But these fantasy guys seem fixating on writing a book and then immediately avowing that they will need 2-6 more books to fully tell their stories. I'd have to think that would increase the pressure on their creative process immensely. Or is this a business thing where the publishers like to hear that they can get 3-7 books in a series from the author (in theory) and that makes it easier to market to the work? No way to know but I wonder if Lynch (and Rothfuss) would already have published some new books if they didn't have to fit it into their self-constrained limits of their respective sagas.
  14. Yes. Unlike other stuff in the same retro-prose vein, I could never gin up any interest in the characters to make the prose worth slogging through. Other authors have managed the trick of old time language without dulling their story but not Clarke (IMO, YMMV, etc...) Liked 'Gone Away World' though. Does 'A Dream of Spring' count? Because that's never coming out.
  15. I just finished rereading 'Diamond Age'. The difference between Diamond Age and everything post Cryptonomicom is that in Diamond Age, he just states that there are matter compilers and nano tech and he assumes (correctly) that the reader can grasp the basic concept and go along for the narrative ride. In his books including and since the Baroque Cycle, he assumes the reader needs every. last. thing. explained in detail. His 2nd, 3rd and 4th books are all time favorites of mine. I've read Anathem, the Baroque books and his crap attempt at a Ludlum book once each with little interest in going back. To bring this back around to the main topic, I've read the Lynch's books a few times each as they are enjoyable to read. I would say the hints about mystery of what happened to the Eldren has been a little clunky but I think that's going to be a key detail in future books which will be fleshed out. Side note- I just realized both the Expanse Books and the GB series have the same undercurrent of 'what happened to the unknown entities that make this amazing thing' (protomolocule/stargate/glass towers).