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  1. I know I say this every time the argument comes up, but I strongly disagree that "good worldbuilding" = "original ideas." For me it's much more about internal consistency, depth, breadth, history, etc. The idea that the story starts well before page 1...ASoIaF has a lot of groundwork laid out to ensure that everything works, with the various Houses and their motivations which are influenced by events going back centuries.
  2. I agree with the depth thing, but I apply it more to the characters than the world. There are plenty of other fantasy books that have characters with as much depth as the characters in ASoIAF. But it's usually just a few central characters. ASoIaF has dozens of characters that feel like real people. The worldbuilding is great too, but I'd but Tolkien and Bakker on the same level or higher.
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    First Quarter 2019 Reading

    I've read 9 books by Tchaikovsky, and I still haven't noticed any author quirks or anything like that. I can't describe his writing at all. I'm reading Children of Time right now and if I didn't know who the author was, I could not have guessed.
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    First Quarter 2019 Reading

    Another person reading Adrian Tchaikovsky here--Children of Time. I'm about a quarter of the way through and it's great.
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    December 2018 Reading

    Interesting that some people predicted that Jemisin's reputation would devolve to the level of Goodkind's.
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    December 2018 Reading

    I read The Scar over the summer, and it definitely took some time to hook me. It had a long setup phase. But after that, its almost as amazing as PSS.
  7. What's this board's issue with Traitor? I haven't read it but it's on my radar. It seems pretty popular on r/fantasy.
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    September '18 Reading - A Labor of Love

    I haven’t read John Gwynne yet but I see David Gemmell as the common comparison.
  9. This may have been addressed in the books, but where is there a giant library on the ass end of nowhere?
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    Scott Lynch's THORN OF EMBERLAIN

    I think he said that the even numbered books will have more recent flashbacks that fill in the gaps between books. Like RSURS did.
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    Scott Lynch's THORN OF EMBERLAIN

    Here is Scott Lynch's response to his post in a reddit thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/96st4i/scott_lynch_status_update/e44gpar
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    That's interesting. I remember there being some controversy on this board regarding Madness and Bakker, but the admins here usually delete any evidence of controversy before I can tell what's going on.
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    July '18 Reading - What We Read in the Shadows

    A book 5 title showed up on Wikipedia a few years ago, but no one knows where it came from. It's still there:
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    July '18 Reading - What We Read in the Shadows

    Caine's Law is excellent. Just prepare to be confused.
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    Persepolis Rising (Book 7 of the Expanse) - SPOILERS

    Pretty good book, but not the best. I'm here for the alien stuff, so I enjoyed it more than books 5 and 6.