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    Raymond E. Feist’s The Riftwar Saga

    Haven't read the whole thread, but I remember loving Magician a couple of decades ago. But it and the rest of the Riftwar Saga felt too juvenile for me when reading them some years ago. So IMO good entry level Fantasy, but would probably be rather boring if you have read lots of fantasy before.
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    The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

    Well, I've only read the first Dying Earth book by Vance so far, which is a collection, not a novel, by the way. Early Vance was more quantity than quality, so I guess his reputation rests on later works (later than Big Planet at least). He wrote the stories while still in the navy in the mid '40s, but couldn't sell them to magazines, and it was not a hit when published in book form by a small and indifferent publisher in 1950. Young Robert Silverberg was apparantly crazy about it, though. The shorter stories of the collection are good, and one can see the first traces of the D&D magic system, but the two longer stories are more routine pulp action with the second story following the same formula as the first one. Overall a bit over average and weaker than CAS' stories IMO. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of his Dying Earth stories.
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    The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

    How easily we forget Clark Ashton Smith and his Zothique stories.
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    References and Homages

    In one of the first Jon chapters in Clash of Kings - when they are at Craster's Keep - Samwell Tarly says to Jon "Oh, hullo, Jon". This is the first instance of "hullo" I've seen on my current re-read, and I can't rememember it ever being use by other characters. But it was often used by the hobbits in Lord of the Rings. I hope this is not a homage to LOTR, though. I hate the idea of fat Samwell Tarly being in any was based on Samwise Gamgee. No matter what Peter Jackson would have you believe, Sam Gamgee was not fat.
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    The Game of Thrones TV Adaptation FAQ

    When can we expect the series to be available on DVD?