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    Top 10

    - The Wizard Knight, Wolfe - Mother London, Moorcock - Collected Fictions, Borges - The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Murakami - The Spine of the World, Salvatore - The Goldfinch, Tartt - Blade of Tyshalle, Stover - Cugel's Saga, Vance - The Etched City, Bishop - The Dark Glory War, Stackpole
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 803?

    Pretty much what I was going to say. I was really disappointed, especially since I went back and watched the first episode a few nights back. Tonight really solidified my belief that it feels like a completely different series than what it used to be. The whole show was building to this but it just felt so weightless and thrown together to me.
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    Popular Book series you’ve tried and failed to get into:

    I stuck with the First Law trilogy but didn't think it improved much from the first book. Bailed on the Tawny Man trilogy after the first book. I found the Fitz POV exhausting.
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    Horror - As the days get shorter

    I read The Sorcerer's House upon release. Honestly I don't recall much about it, which is a very rare thing for me as far as Wolfe novels go. I haven't heard the greatest things about An Evil Guest either, but its "Blade Runner meets Lovecraft" marketing tag would've probably sold me on the book even if it wasn't Wolfe.
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    Horror - As the days get shorter

    An Evil Guest by Wolfe is the only horror(ish) book I have sitting around unread. I guess I'll go with that.
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    What’s your all time favorite book series?

    Kind of hard for me to name a favorite these days. The Caine books were my obvious answer for a long while, but I'm not sure if that brand of in-your-face grit would appeal to me in the same way now. Ice and Fire was up there but the TV show kind of took something away from the special appeal of the books (unfair view maybe, but it is what it is). I was big into Malazan for a while until Fall of Light--that was like hitting a brick wall. Probably have to go with Wolfe's Sun books (Long Sun if I'm picking one).
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    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    Wow, so no book three? Fall of Light was admittedly a mixed bag for me, but I thought Forge of Darkness was one of his best. Bummer. I knew Erikson wasn't a big seller, but I thought he did well enough not to go the way of Stover and Stackpole. All my favorites or one time favorites seem to be disappearing. Now I'm kind of worried about the final two books of Moorcock's Sanctuary of the White Friars trilogy.
  8. I'm almost done with DragonBone Chair. It's good but the latter half hasn't quite hooked me like the first. Might be another series I just don't have the energy to continue with even though I mostly liked what I read.
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    The Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb

    I actually thought Malta was more interesting in the beginning of the trilogy. There she kind of reminded me of Undine Spragg in Wharton's The Custom of the Country.
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    The Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb

    Ship of Magic is my favorite Hobb. Although Liveships kind of lost some steam by the end of the trilogy. One of these endings that felt a bit too tidy for me.
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    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    Yeah, the dialogue could be a bit on the exhausting side, but like I said before despite finding the book a difficult read in some respects, in others I thought it was some of Erikson's best writing. Wreneck's journey was amazing, anything Rake made me wish we had a whole book focusing on him, and FOL had tons of powerful imagery throughout.
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    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    I doubt you'll like Knives if you don't like Dancer's Lament. Been a while since I read the former, though. DL was my favorite Malazan since Midnight Tides. The smaller scale of the story was something I've been wanting to see in the series for years. I thought it did a lot to aid the characterization and the development of a stronger sense of place in the setting. I agree that Silk stood out--definitely picked up on some subtle poignancy regarding his relationship with Shalmanat. All in all the less is more approach really worked for me, especially after Fall of Light.
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    The Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb

    I remember Assassin's Quest being my favorite of the trilogy. Don't remember any specifics, though. It's been over a decade since I read it. But yeah, Hobb sure does take her time. I noted that in Fool's Errand, where Fitz is pretty much just chilling in his cabin for the first two hundred pages.
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    The Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb

    The cat at the end of Fool's Errand was my favorite character in the whole Elderlings setting thus far.
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    The Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb

    I think I'll probably try Soldier Son before going back to the Elderlings. Don't think I'm up for five more books of Fitz. And if I understand correctly, the Rain Wild books only feature cameos from Liveships? Not sure about that series either.