Esa1996

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  1. Is ASOIAF a story about dynasty reconstruction?

    Never seen or heard of this. I'd say, in a broad sense, it's a story about saving the world just like all the other fantasy stories out there.
  2. 10/10. Probably the best episode in the entire series which would make it my all time favorite episode of anything. Hardhome might have been even better IMO, but it's hard to say.
  3. Most of my friends seemed to think he was dead for real, and weren't quite convinced when I told them that he'll be resurrected.
  4. This book is quite boring....

    To be honest I found all things Dorne (Except the Darkstar chapter which was awesome) to be worse than Brienne.
  5. A book needs either good POVs or interesting events. Preferably both. AGOT - ASOS have both. AFFC has neither. ADWD has some of both. If the POVs are good I don't mind if the pace is slow. I've got through many books where nothing happened but I cared about the POVs so I didn't mind (eg. Crossroads of Twilight). I've also gotten through some where I didn't really care about any of the characters but the events were interesting enough to keep me going (eg. Gardens of the Moon). The latter kind tend to be harder to push through, for some reason. Now for AFFC and ADWD. AFFC: 1. Nothing happens? Check. Apart from the very end there is nothing interesting in the book and even the end is pretty lame considering it's an ending. 2. I don't care about the POVs? Check? Jaime was great as usual. A few others were okay. Roughly half were plain boring. ADWD: 1. Nothing happens? Check? Some stuff happened and some more stuff was about to happen in the end but it got moved onto TWOW. Again the ending was lame for an ending, but at least it would've probably been pretty good had it not been cut. 2. I don't care about the POVs? In ADWD I actually did care about quite a few POVs. There were still POVs like Quentyn whom I consider totally needless, but at least we had Jon, Tyrion and Dany. As can be expected, I rate ADWD far above AFFC.
  6. This book is quite boring....

    65 days for the entire series.
  7. Possible Name of Jon's First Chapter in Winds

    This would be awesome!
  8. Which one of these series should I read next?

    Haven't read his books, though I've heard plenty.
  9. Which one of these series should I read next?

    We shall see if I avoid those arguments this time. After all, I didn't compare anything to ASOIAF in my post, at least not in terms of overall "goodness".
  10. Which one of these series should I read next?

    As for series that are not on the list? (In order of my preference) Wheel of Time: This one has loads of magic in it and some violence but not anywhere near as much as in ASOIAF (Wouldn't call it gridmark), however otherwise it has many similarities with ASOIAF. Both series have really complex and long plots, both series are really long (ASOIAF 5 890 pages, WOT 14 600 pages), both series have loads of named characters (ASOIAF 2 303, WOT 2 782), both series have extremely detailed worlds... Oh, and this one is also finished. Stormlight Archive: This one again has loads of magic in it and again some violence but not anywhere near as much as in ASOIAF (Wouldn't call it gridmark either). Slightly smaller in scope than ASOIAF and a slightly less detailed world (At the moment that is, there are only 2 out of 10 planned books out at the moment). When ready this one will be really long too, possibly even longer than WOT. Has some of the best characters in fantasy, and is tied with Malazan Book of the Fallen for the best action scenes I've ever read anywhere. Malazan Book of the Fallen: Once again, loads of magic. This one, however, can most definitely be called gridmark. ASOIAF is light compared to this. I don't remember ever thinking "Holy f**k, did the author seriously write this into a book?" when reading ASOIAF but it happened multiple times with Malazan. Tied with Stormlight Archives for the best action scenes I've ever read anywhere. Really long (11 000 pages + loads of prequels and sequels, which, at the moment, amount to around 6 000 pages), with a very big scope (The story takes place on 3 different main continents, but another four are visited too). Really hard to get into as the characterization starts out quite weak (It gets better with time though) but pretty damn good once you do. Each book is somewhat independent (Something I don't particularly like), but it ensures that each book also has a seriously kick ass ending. Kingkiller Chronicles: Really good characterization although there is only one POV so it's to be expected. The plot and the world are decent, but nothing spectacular. The Second Apocalypse: Tied with WOT, ASOIAF and Malazan for the most interesting and detailed fantasy world. Lots of magic and violence (Definitely gridmark). Somewhat predictable, unfortunately. The quality of action scenes varies somewhat, but at his best Bakker is very much equal with Erikson (Malazan Book of the Fallen) and Sanderson (Stormlight Archives).
  11. Which one of these series should I read next?

    To be honest, I agree. I'm just being careful. I've gotten into loads of arguments here for saying that something is better than ASOIAF.
  12. Which one of these series should I read next?

    Of the series you listed I've only read The First Law, but it's really good. Pretty close to ASOIAF. Smaller scope, but IMO better characters on average (They may not be quite on par with Martin's best, though they are close, but Abercombie's worst are FAR better than Martin's worst).
  13. Personally I don't mind it. He's fucked up yes and I occasionally go a bit "Holy f**k Martin, did you really write THIS?", but I have no problems with it being in the book. I've read just as bad stuff in Malazan and The Second Apocalypse both, and wouldn't want them altered either. Personally I think that if an author can make me go "Holy f**k ... did you really write THIS?" without making it seem like it's forced, its just a good thing. For example, Wheel of Time. There are many parts in it where I absolutely hated something that happened, to the point where I didn't want to read on but was regardless unable to keep away from the book for more than five minutes (Yeah, it really happened Was an interesting experience), but I wouldn't want them removed from the series. Wouldn't be the same without them.
  14. I think Jon vs Dany is the real dance of dragons

    I really hope you're right. Would be an interesting situation when the two arguably most important POVs in the series are at war with each other. AFAIK the same idea is used in War of Light and Shadow, but I have not read the series so I do not know for sure.
  15. Fantasy books

    Here are some series that I've read and enjoyed, in order of preference: Wheel of Time (My all-time favorite book series) Malazan Book of the Fallen (Really hard to get into but really good once you do) Stormlight Archives (Action scenes only equaled by Malazan) The First Law (ASOIAF on a smaller scale) Kingkiller Chronicles (Only one POV character, but he’s probably the most complex character I’ve ever read about in a book) The Second Apocalypse (ASOIAF with lots of magic on a smaller scale)