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  1. The problems with this theory is that 1) the Magi are so, so, so much more powerful than anyone else we've met in these books (Teleportation (or invisibility, unclear), mind control, etc... ) and 2) the rest of the exceptionalists were wiped out at the end of Book 3 so I'd say the Falconer is a one man band. He got Patience by surprise I guess (still a bit iffy, IMO, how she died so easily) but there are other 4-5 ring Magi who were her allies who survived - he's weaker than them and can't surprise all of them. My guess is the Falconer tries to harness/team up with the dark forces Patience is afraid of, opens up a Pandora's jar* of ills and that's the end showdown of the series. Shout out to How Did This Get Made for that fact.
  2. The Falconer I guess. A one man Visgoth horde.
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    Best Sitcom Episodes Ever

    Party Down 'Pilot' or 'Celebrate Ricky Sargulesh' HIMYM - 'Slap Bet' Seinfeld - the Bookman monologue. Just kills me every time. Community - 'Modern Warfare' (first paintball episode) Flight of the Conchords - 'Sally' (or really any of them) Love 30 Rock, Parks & Rec and the Good Place but I'm not sure what the best episode was. Dennis from 30 Rock might be my favorite terrible character from any sitcom.
  4. See: LoTr vs. the prequel stories of Tolkien.
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    Top 10

    Where's 'The Wise Man's Fear' on this list of top ten erotic novels? I call BS.
  6. Curse you for posting in this thread without new info. You got my hopes up... I'm looking forward to (I think) another non-flashback story. That was the stated plan, right? Every other book reveals past stories through flashback? While I do like the additional info about the past, I'm more interested in the 'main' timeline unfolding. What's people's interest in the Eldren? I like them as a weird background element, but I don't really care to have it all fully explained. I am assuming that they will become a bigger and bigger plot point given the speech by Patience about why the Bondsmages were disappearing, etc... though. I also wonder how much time the overall book series will cover. Locke, Jean and Sabetha are what, mid/late 20s? Yet the prophecy about Locke seems to cover a lot of ground. If Lynch stays on plan, there are four more books I believe. I assume Jean and Sabetha survive the series and Locke doesn't, mostly because I can't see him becoming some settled adult with a stable life.
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    Tolkien 3.0

    I just read the Children of Hurin and reader, I did not care for it. Just endlessly grim and depressing and not really fleshing out the history in a more interesting way which was disappointing. I knew it was a tragedy from reading the Simarillion of course but it was a drag like reading 'the Pearl'. My basic problem is the fact that all these sagas and deeds, all these heroes and kingdom are essentially pointless because in the end, only the Valar could defeat Morgoth, so the Noldor were just wasting everyone's time trying to get revenge and failing. And even then the Valar fuck up and let Sauron escape so the whole mess kicks off again on Numenor then Middle Earth until one plucky hobbit sorts it all out. All a bit fatalistic in the end.
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    You should reach out to Neal Stephenson then. You could probably save him a LOT of time in getting his books out.
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    Top 10

    Top 5 sci-fi/fantasy Dune Lies of Lock Lamorra LoTR Neuromancer The first five Amber books Top 5 'literature' category Master and Commander, O'Brien Watership Down The Yiddish Policeman's Union, Chabon (or Kavalier + Clay) 100 Years of Solitude The Long Goodbye, Chandler These are favorite books - I've read many great/'better' books which were also kind of depressing and so while I appreciate the greatness, I'm not dying to reread 'Things Fall Apart' and the like too many times. Perhaps that's lame of me, but my leisure time is more for my mental renewal vs. getting sad or stressed out (see also not watching movies like 'Requiem for a Dream', etc...)
  10. The first book I found pretty engaging and I'll certainly read the rest of the series but at book 4 of 5, I'd give the series a B. Structurally, they're more similar to GoT than most series I've read in that the books hop around from one perspective to another, often leaving a character thread on a bit of a cliffhanger. Also like GoT, there are perhaps 2-3 too many plot threads but interesting world building. There are perhaps less distinct story arcs being wrapped up to mark the end of each book - it really reads like one very long book issued in 5 chunks.
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    Fall, or Dodge in Hell- Neal Stephenson (spoilers)

    More so than the Seed or 1000 year long clock cycles, 'progressive libertarians' are his most speculative concept.
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    Fall, or Dodge in Hell- Neal Stephenson (spoilers)

    Is that any worse than the Duncan Idaho reboots? Etc...
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    Fall, or Dodge in Hell- Neal Stephenson (spoilers)

    Yeah, as I've noted previously I find his earlier stuff eminently re-readable and diverting but as he's seemingly earned the right to write whatever books he wanted, he's unfortunately turned out inferior work. I sat out the last one and this one is pretty unappealing too. Which is a shame because I just re-read the Diamond Age and that's a fun book (although like all of his stuff, there's a lot of stuff I skim on rereads.) I wonder who could write the best book given a 300 page limit - GRRM, Rothfuss or NS. All of them seem to suffer from an excessively light editorial touch. To paraphrase Ian Malcolm, 'these authors were so preoccupied with whether or not they could (write pages of logic puzzles / describe gruesome tortures / write pages of elf sex), they didn 't stop to think if they should.'
  14. That's part of the charm to me though - Locke is taking Ls every book and isn't ever quite as smart as he thinks.