Migey

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    Forever chasing that slice of pie.

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  1. The Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron

    If you take it in terms of the overarching narrative some stuff could've been cut, but I feel that everything was in some way related to the main narrative, and if you take it in terms of the narrative of the book itself then no time is wasted. There's almost no fluff, no time spent with characters more than is necessary to show us something happening or some important character development.   [spoiler]In terms of how the book related to the main series narrative I think it was all quite important. The events in Harndon are all obviously relevant, with the stories relating to Pye's workshop, Jarsay, De Vraillys influence, the war of slander on the Queen, etc, all being done relatively succintly but setting up major narratives for the next book. Everything the Red Knight did was directly related to his efforts in Morea, which in turn are important as, at the end of the book, he is now the Duke of Thrake with control over the armies of a unified Morea, with the gratitude of the emperor and leverage over the princess, which will be of great help if he wishes to try and claim Alba and bring it into the empire which he has a massive amount of power and respect in, and these events also led to Harmodius obtaining a new body, and he will obviously end up being a major player on one side or the other. The Morean storyline also served to introduce and show us the relatively quick progression of Mortirmir, who will likely become an even more important character related to Gabriels story. Same with Kronmir; relevant first to the immediate story of the conflict between Gabriel and Andronicus, and perhaps will stay around as a character to assist him later. The events in the northwest with the Wild were all relevant, with various powers realigning in preparation for the coming war, with the stories of Bill, Nita, Ota, Tapio, and Thorn all being important to this narrative. De Marche and Hartmut in the north were important insofar as setting up the Gallish aggression in Nova Terra and the conflict that will arise there, and the very small amount of stuff in the Gallish court was important in setting up tensions within Galle and the possibility of civil war, or at the very least, incredibly strained relationships between the king and some of his more powerful subjects.    I really can't think of anything in this book which didn't achieve something important or wasted time, to be honest. In fact, in retrospect I feel it tried to be a little too concise where it could easily have used another 50-100 pages or so, to flesh out one or two characters and to show us the aftermath of the story. For example, I would have very much liked to know the specific directions that Kronmir and Mortirmir are going in, as well as what happens with the Emperor restored to power and between Gabriel and the Princess (considering the fact that he knows that she was one of the original betrayers), and exactly what status Gabriel has with being both the Megas Ducas, and also heading off to Alba with his own private company.   Edit: Talking of conciseness, there were a few things that stood out to me that made me realise how short this book was compared to what it could've been, or would've been in the hands of a worse author. For one, the incredible brevity of some of the small chapters relating to minor characters: when dealing with Clarissa, Kronmir, Andronicus/Aeskepiles, or that Morean riding officer in the wild, the sections would often barely be 2 or 3 pages, sometimes less than a page, just enough to tell us what we need to be told and no more. The second thing was noticing storylines and subplots that other authors probably would've spent so much more time fleshing out and wasting time on when no time needed to be wasted: Mortirmirs aethereal progression, minor romances between various characters, the personalities/development of some of the more minor characters who were only there for the window they provided us into events (ie, Clarissa), and so on. Sure, if I went through it I could find some more bits that we didn't need and that could've been cut by a page or two, but the amount of stuff that happens in this book would likely have taken at least several hundred more pages in the hands of many other authors.   [/spoiler]
  2. The Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron

    Just finished The Fell Sword.   I really, really liked it, having already been very enamoured with The Red Knight. I found myself amazed and continously impressed at how damn efficient Miles Cameron's writing is while still being fun to read: barely a page of the book was wasted, absolutely everything was there that needed to be with no wasted time. In the hands of lesser authors this book could've been well over twice the length, or else not been able to fit so much in. While it was perhaps easier in TRK, due to all of the characters being in roughly the same place and all their actions relatively directly effecting each other, it must have been harder to sufficiently deal with all the characters he'd set up (as well as many new ones) so concisely. Great book, really looking forward to the rest of the series.
  3. Here's Sanderson's recent update to Stormlight #3

    I still feel like Warbreaker is his most underrated work. Has less of a lot of what makes his other works annoying to some (or at the least it feels like it's more self-aware), and is no less imaginative and interesting than his best.   I may be remembering it as being better than it is but I never see anyone really talk about it in Sanderson discussions, which dissapoints me.
  4. I've always thought that characters modelled on real people are the best, simply because it gives them a massive headstart in actually being and feeling human. That more than anything else is why this series is so great for me; the characters all feel very real (some more than others, but still).
  5. Yeeahhhh I don't think ordering a city to be burnt down could be considered an 'extreme lapse in judgement' based on the specific circumstances. And no, we're not supposed to hate all nerds now. Geder is kind of a special case.
  6. I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up being something like Cithrin lying to him, telling him that she loved him and only conspired against him because of the influence of the Timzinae or something. Exactly like Geder wants to hear.
  7. The Acts of Caine by Matt Woodring Stover

    So I finally got around to reading Heroes Die, and just finished it. I don't know how much I liked it. I feel it didn't quite live up to the hype from this thread. The story is based on a really amazing premise, which is really all that carries it for the first third of the book until things started get interesting, which they did. However, what gets me is the disgusting abuse of cliches and stereotypes. It's strange, because this is a mostly well written book and the author obviously has experience and talent, yet he somehow manages to use about every single narrative cliche I can imagine, and just about every character feels like he stepped out of a handbook on stereotypes. He's paradoxically good enough to keep the characters at least semi-interesting, barely. Enough that I was able to keep reading, but only just. A lot of things do get really wearying, such as the fact characters who are supposedly invincible due to their insane martial prowess are practically crawling out of the fucking woodwork. A lot of things are really not well explained either (including the total wtf borderline deus ex machina with Pallas and the totally random, unpredictable river god thing), such as Berne and Caine. Yes, we do get some small justification of why they're such intense enemies, but it isn't enough for just how insanely passionately the two hate each other. Given no information you'd assume that one raped and murdered the others mother and entire family in front of their eyes, or something. It ultimately feels like they only hate each other so that Caine can have an insanely omgwtfsoamazinglytalentedfighter rival, who of course has to be an absolute asshole and oh god, it's too much. I feel like I could comfortably familiarize myself with the entire cast by finding a list of stock fantasy archetypes and reading through it. What baffles me is how unoriginal Stover so often is after the truly fascinating and awesome premise. It gives you a lot to think on and adds some really cool and interesting dynamics to the whole standard fantasy story which make the thing worth it, but the actual standard fantasy story really did dissapoint at times. I kept expecting curveballs to come and things to play out unexpectedly, like Berne maybe being killed by a lesser character in any of the fifteen or so chances he has to do so, but they rarely do. Also, what is with Caine? I find this guy hard to get invested in. He's obviously a despicable human being and all round asshole (despite some very sympathetic circumstances, admittedly) but the author never seems to use or realise that, except with Pallas who has to hate him so that they can have broken up. Somehow we're still supposed to root for him though, because he defies the dystopian world back on Earth (one of the most interesting aspects of the story). But he's also a complete Mary Sue, blessed with standard protagonist invulnerability and ability to overcome and ignore crippling wounds and injuries, insane skill and ability, yet also amazing intelligence and charisma. But of course Pallas, who is actually a good person (although even more boring as a character) who has had a long time to get over him obviously falls for him again because omghesjustsoawesomeandhandsome and he sacrificed himself to save her (despite killing enough people to repopulate a country after a bout of plague). So yeah, a potentially interesting character who despite a lot of development manages only to not be the least interesting thing in his own story simply due to the characters around him being even more dull. Yet for some reason, I still actually came away having enjoyed the book, or at least not regretting the experience. I place this mostly in the hands of the whole Earth/Overworld dynamic, and the mixture of dystopian sci-fi and fantasy is the most interesting thing to come out of the whole endeavour. The fantasy story too is at least somewhat interesting, despite aforementioned issues. I was hooked enough (especially at the end by the potentially interesting dynamics of Ma'elkoth being on Earth now... that could be used in some cool ways) to maybe read the sequel someday, but I doubt I will unless I can find a used copy under 10 pounds which doesnt seem likely, and I doubt I'd ever recommend this book to anyone.
  8. Scott Lynch’s The Republic of Thieves.. SPOILERS

    Who say's we let you in? Maybe we don't want you. Have you even sacrificed a virgin goat yet? No? Didn't think so.
  9. Scott Lynch’s The Republic of Thieves.. SPOILERS

    I also like that theory of Sabetha's parents. It would also explain the redhead in the picture: her mother. That could be the likeness referred to, in that its obvious that she is Sabetha's mother. Maybe instead of recognising Lamor, she recognised her mother?
  10. Scott Lynch’s The Republic of Thieves.. SPOILERS

    @Snowborn Jean is older then Locke...
  11. Scott Lynch’s The Republic of Thieves.. SPOILERS

    Ser Greguh... They can't be 25 in the present storyline, can they? That seems way too young. I got the image of them as maybe around 30-35... 25 seems way too young for A, Jean to be the massive and unstoppable force he is, and B, them to be old enough to be able to pull off half the respectable roles they need to.
  12. Scott Lynch’s The Republic of Thieves.. SPOILERS

    Yeah, that's what I feel. I'm hoping it was. It just feels so irritatingly standard and boring and stuff to have him have this extra significance and shit... I mean sure, it's a fine twist and everything, and I can't really think of much against it, but I'm just... hoping, that it's false.
  13. Scott Lynch’s The Republic of Thieves.. SPOILERS

    This is a spoiler thread MinDonner, no need for spoiler brackets... I did enjoy seeing them all again, I just found the whole consistent storyline in the flashbacks uninteresting, in a way. I loved the old system; we'd leave at an appropriate break or cliffhanger in the normal story to see a little subsection of the lives of one of the characters, or just as good, a little piece of flavour about the city and surroundings. Each one was usually interesting in it's own right, a little mini-story that wrapped itself up and gave the world and characters infinite flavour. Even better was how Lynch usually tied them in to the main story somehow, either by the actual events that happen in it having a direct effect on the current story (mostly in the second book), or through revealing something about a character that comes to bear in the real story at the same time or showing us an important relationship at a time it is important to us to know it, informing us at the times we need to be informed. It just wove beautifully into the story. In this book, it was just a totally seperate and removed storyline, with no real relevance aside from showing us Locke and Sabetha, but it didn't do so very, well, efficiently. I feel the whole thing could have been handled much better in the traditional Lynch format. It got to the point where interesting bits in the main story were broken off to a TOTALLY UNRELATED and usually quite long chapter of the alternate story. I mean, with the flashbacks in the previous two books, if you removed them the whole book would be missing something vital and valuable... in this book, you could remove every single flashback and the book would still make sense, would still work without losing much. It feels almost as if the whole Espara storyline should just have been a tiny little seperate novella. Sure, it was great to see Sabetha in action and to see the whole gang, and the Sanzas... but it didn't seem worth it. It wasn't helped by there being virtually nothing in the main story for anything to tie into either. I dunno. Just, compared to his previous two outings, this one seems a serious drop in quality and complexity. He could have done all the same major things and taken the major storyline all the same places and made the main bulk of the story far more engaging and worthy.
  14. Scott Lynch’s The Republic of Thieves.. SPOILERS

    Am I the only one who didn't like the revelation about Locke's true nature? I really kind of liked it when it just an ultimately normal dude against the powers of the world and the bondsmagi, who had no investment in him past the fact that he's the only normaly human alive ever to have defeated and destroyed a Bondsmage and lived to tell the tale. I dunno. I have a lot of feelings about the book, but I don't want to go into them too much, other then I'm a little confused and don't know what to expect. I'll wait for the next book to decide, but this was easily the worst in the series for me. I hated how the interludes here handled in this one, and the whole main story and particularly the climax were absolutely nothing compared to the incredibly intense and insane climaxes of books 1 and 2.
  15. The Acts of Caine by Matt Woodring Stover

    Yeah; if I saw this in a bookstore I'd not even give it a second glance (except maybe to appreciate how impressively awful that cover is...) I tend to find that when browsing for books I'm attracted to the least elaborate covers first, and automatically look away from the artistically cluttered or overdone ones. Some exceptions, of course.