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Attempting Wheel of Time series...

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13 minutes ago, Darth Richard II said:

Oh come now, one thing you can't say about the witcher is it's underhyped.

The books were translated a decade or so after they were originally written. Nobody reads translated Polish novels... at least not before the Witcher. It was completely off the radar of main-stream fantasy.

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Key word. Was. I mean, if you really think The Witcher is underhyped, I dunno, I want to come live were you do.

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1 hour ago, Darth Richard II said:

Key word. Was. I mean, if you really think The Witcher is underhyped, I dunno, I want to come live were you do.

 

Nobel Prize winner Salman Rushdie once said Game of Thrones was a piece of trash. I strongly disagree. I will also disagree with anyone who thinks The Wheel of Time and/or The Witcher series are trash. 

I really wonder if Salman Rushdie actually read A Game of Thrones. Incidently, have you actually read any of the Witcher books?

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Oh come now, one thing you can't say about the witcher is it's underhyped.

The first short story collection and the first novel were translated into English ten years ago and then there was a massive pause for the rest of the series, which was then published out of order (the second short story collection, which leads directly into the novels, was published between Books 3 and 4 of the novel series, which is weird and confusing). The books have sold very modestly, even with the much-vaunted "European superstar" reputation of the author (which translates roughly as "Joe Abercrombie had outsold him within five years of his first book coming out").

Pretty much all of The Witcher hype comes from the video games, particularly the third one (the first two being pretty mediocre, to be honest, but at least different in terms of structure and stakes). Apparently it really annoys Sapkowski if people mention that the video games have outsold the books by something like 20-1.

I do need to read the rest of the books, but I was holding out to see if they were going to retranslate the first two with the guy they recruited later on (who reportedly did a much better job than the person who did The Last Wish and Blood of Elves).

 

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Nobel Prize winner Salman Rushdie once said Game of Thrones was a piece of trash. I strongly disagree. I will also disagree with anyone who thinks The Wheel of Time and/or The Witcher series are trash. 

 

Rushdie was talking about the TV series. He added that the books had a much stronger reputation and he'd been recommended them by friends, but had not gotten round to reading them.

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I only read the first two, which I guess were translated very badly. Or..the first and 3rd? They really borked that thing up.

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Random fact: This thread caused me to start a reread, and I'm currently on book two. In the paperback edition I have, Maradon is misspelled Marabon on page 158. 

Edited by A True Kaniggit

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3 minutes ago, A True Kaniggit said:

Random fact: This thread caused me to start a reread, and I'm currently on book two. In the paperback edition I have, Maradon is misspelled Marabon on page 158. 

Huh, mine too.

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Edit: Blah, that was a dumb question.

Something that does bother me (and it probably shouldn't) is how Jordan completely ignores things from his first book like they never happened. Specifically when Moraine uses a plain wooden staff as a conduit for the One Power. 

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"Book 1isms". There's a few of these in WoT, just as there's quite a few in Gardens of the Moon (for Malazan). Authors develop their ideas as they go along and sometimes things that seem like a good idea in the flush of writing Book 1 seem to be a bit dumb five years later and quietly get dropped. AGoT has a few as well (like Tyrion's implausible tumbling antics).

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