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    Underwhelmed by Tolkien

    I think this is a common and understandable reaction from most new readers of fantasy, but what cannot be denied is that LOTR has aged incredibly well, and while the majority of current faves will be a dim memory 50 years from now i will go out on a thin limb and predict that LOTR will still be relevant then.. I can remember my first time reading these books and the Silmarillion vividly, i am talking about time and place, thats the impact that they had on me.
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    R,I.P. Thread

    This one hurt.
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    KJ Parker recommendation

    Just read KJ Parker story in Book Of Swords and quite liked it, problem is I think I tried a full length novel way back and bounced hard off it.. So what would boarders who recommend who have read that short story? I know there is threads existing, but this is more focused..
  4. Mahalia Jackson Aretha Whitney Amy Winehouse Cindi Lauper.. Very subjective as these things must be.. So I would say these are 5 of my favorites
  5. Add me to the Fandom of Hobb, honourable mention to Abraham's Long Price Quartet
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    June '18 Reading - Something something witty.

    Read the first Dresden book, was underwhelmed, will read the next two to see if there is improvement.
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    June '18 Reading - Something something witty.

    This.. Was nice to be back on barrayar.. Expected more than a retake on Mountains of Mourning
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    March 2018 reads: share your latest books read

    You might be forced to go the ebook route if physical copies are unavailable, small price to pay for not being spoilt.. These books will reward you for any investment of time you make..
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    What type of laugh do you have?

    Ahhh, my ex had this laugh, one of the things i remember most fondly about her, made my day when i could get her to laugh like that, good times..
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    The books coming out in 2018

    Tchaikovsky"s output is ridiculous, he writes faster than i can read.
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    The Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb

    yeah, i agree with you there, i will go back and reread.
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    The Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb

    This thing of sacrifice is a idea that resonates with me, i love the idea, and its one of the reasons why i thought Assassins Quest had the perfect ending, Fitz doing all he did and to be not acknowledge, just fading away, it was excellent.
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    The Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb

    Loved it, i was ambivalent about the series when it was first announced, i though tawny man had left Fitz in a good place, but Hobbs went an did it again. i am on record as saying the first fitz trilogy had the perfect ending, so i doubted tawny man, same thing again. she nailed it.
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    The Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb

    I quit the Rain Wilds half way through book 2, its then only thing Hobbs have written that i have not devoured, i am minded to revisit since finishing Fitz and the Fool
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    The Barbed Coil by J.V. Jones

    damn werth, you just reading this I hated the Book of Words trilogy, but Barbed Coil convinced me to give Sword of shadows a try, i am so glad i did