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  1. Possible Name of Jon's First Chapter in Winds

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

    Haven't read his books, though I've heard plenty.
  3. 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".
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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)    
  10. Will we see any other sample chapter?

    She murdered Meryn Trant in the show, not Polliver.
  11. Martin's Prose

    It may be beautiful, but I've got to say I'd much rather read Martin's prose than any of those. All four examples are way too fancy for my liking. The long sentences and fancy words may look nice, but mostly they make it hard to get immersed in the text.
  12. Martin's Prose

    Nothing wrong with it IMO. He might describe stuff a lot, but Robert Jordan did it even more and even he doesn't over do it IMO. Martin doesn't over philosophize which bugs me quite a bit in the later Malazan books. He stays in 3rd person limited all the time, the lack of which prevented me from ever finishing the first book in The Wars of Light and Shadow, a series I really wanted to like.
  13. I kinda liked ADWD, but AFFC could've been cut entirely apart from the Jaime chapters (Not that they were that important either, but at least Jaime is an entertaining character) IMO. Quentyn should have been cut also so the ending could have been included.
  14. Seriously? Awesome! Thank you. I like your name by the way.
  15. Haven't read the books (Well I read the first two chapters IIRC so I got through Allanon's first info dump) but I think I got it pretty well what's happening. The Elcrys is dying, & the demons imprisoned in the other world are escaping one by one. Furthermore, I enjoyed the hell out of it. There might still be some "initial reaction hype" going on, but if it continues like this it might find itself at the very top of my all time favorite TV shows by the end of the season. Personally I found the first two episodes of Shannara to be better than the two first episodes of GOT. As it's only two episodes long at the moment, I remain a bit cautious with it. The characters were good and quite funny, the CGI and magic looked great and the setting was beautiful.