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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    The daimos being used as artillery shelling was a high point for me, Scarlet Spires just laying demons into the Ark. Pretty fun scene. All of your other questions are pretty well discussed in past threads.
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    March 2018 reads: share your latest books read

    I enjoyed Red Rising and the rest of the novels. Since I haven't read them in a while, should I look at a re-read before picking up Iron Gold, or were you able to hop right into it? Edit: Didn't see a Pierce Brown thread to peruse.
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    Goodkind 55: Back in the Dick Life Again

    I would love if those were intentional riffs on Goodkind. But lets be honest, chickens ARE evil looking assholes
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    Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

    Correct in that they are "flaw" blades. As far as your spoilers: I actually chewed through Red/Grey sister very fast. Loved the world building, even if some of Red Sister was a bit training-heavy, and had a few annoyances that others brought up (not notifying the Abbess of the shipheart being stolten is the big one). A liiiiiiiiiitle bit of deux-ex pops up every now and then, but overall it was super enjoyable. The changes of who is the "chosen one" back and forth was a fun straying from what I expected in a more "standard" fantasy progression story (that we meet our "heroes" and "chosen ones" right up front). I want a scene of Tarkis Spear Thrower dude going ham, which was sadly missed (goddamnit Clera!).
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    Goodkind 55: Back in the Dick Life Again

    "Ware the evil incarnate devil chicken." Perhaps a print out picture of such.
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    Bakker LIII - Sranc and File

    I was hoping to be gobsmacked a bit like I was with the ending of Neuropath. I believe many on here didn't enjoy the book, but the ending --edit: of Neuropath-- was amazing IMO.
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    Bakker LIII - Sranc and File

    I actually think in retrospect, while I was disappointed after reading, specifically with: I don't know if I actually felt that much of the emptiness and balloon-deflation until AFTER Bakker's AMA. Very good point.
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    The Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron

    Mark my words!
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    Bakker LIII - Sranc and File

    I didn't rage quit, it was just a flat resolution for me. I've re-read the entire series (outside of TUC) 6-8 times in ten years or so, and love it. But the book put to rest a lot of what made it enjoyable for me, which is philosophizing about what could be the meaning of so many different, and interesting dynamics/worlds/factions that Bakker created (hundreds of pages of discussion on forums, etc.), and having most of it, fall flat.
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    The Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron

    I took a few of your spoilers, and threw in some of my own thoughts. I ate through the series at a pretty fast clip. He did very well with increasing the scope of "epicness" without it becoming too cartoony (which I thought Malazan did towards the end to a degree). Very well done series, and I hope he comes back in some fashion to the world. Still a few editing issues would pop out randomly, but not as many as the first two books. Very fun adventure, lots, LOTS of fighting. Some of the seemingly over focus on what I considered bland characters resolved (for the most part). I do think he's poor at describing points of area's. I almost never understood the relation of where armies were relative to their opponents. Ridges, hills and the like, I couldn't visualize the movements or strategy at a top-down level.
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    The Unholy Consult post-release SPOILER thread IV

    "Fucking Aioni." always got me. Have to say that as a huge fan of Bakker (with 6-8 or so re-reads of both series, but not TuC), the last book was a bit of a let down for a lot of the reasons hashed out in the multiple threads. However, I did like the actual siege of Gilgoal, but it felt choppy (like most of the book did, choppy). One choppiness: the description of the Great Ordeal still being "the shining men" and how they girded up their faith, etc. It didn't jive with how poisoned the entirety of the army felt after the cannibalistic orgy. The book felt disjointed like it was cut/pasted quite a bit, and probably hurt the flow (didn't someone mention that an early draft had a LOT more internal Kellhus dialogue? I would have loved that, because then we would have actually seen how he ultimately failed despite his power and intellect, instead of having to piece together the God possessing vs (my initial thought), that Kellhus had possessed the god). I'll still check out the new series, but Kalbear had a good point of "it didn't feel like all of the theories and discussion mattered, because it ultimately came down to nothing." Paraphrased, though I think Kalbear tends to be more harsh then I agree with in almost every point*. *long time lurker/reader of these forums for the last 6-8 years.
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    china mieville

    Same. I remember being "not as awed" for the later stages of Perdido, but I still enjoyed it. Since this was a long while ago, I may have to try a re-read. I've got Embassytown on my list to read in a bit. Edit: would anyone recommend The Scar over Embassytown? I liked the jacket description of Embassytown, but wouldn't mind hearing from others.
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    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    So, I'm 3/4 through Dancer's Lament. I really don't enjoy it. I like some of the origin stuffs with Wu and Dancer, but, the plot is super strange. The sword dancers have no reason to be here, Silk the mage has more character development then Dancer, and the writing is way off. I don't remember disliking a Esslemont novel so much. Dancer is sort of becoming an actual character, but for so much of the first half, the novel reads like a smarmy narrator talking about how cool they are. Perhaps Esslemont was going for "smarmy character gets some development in the real world" approach, but it doesn't work for me [*]. I'm just burning through several pages at a time, skipping paragraphs to even out the story finally. Is Dancer's Lament comparable (worse, better?) to Night of Knives? I've wanted to pick up Night of Knives for the early-Malazan empire plot, but not if its similar in writing and pacing to Dancer's Lament. [*] Dancer/Darin seems to be confused about poverty, and abuse, even though he supposedly grew up in this environment. He has odd "honor" moments about not harming "innocents", then kills a bunch of city guards. Doesn't have the stoic/sadness I came to love from the Malazan series (in the brief time Dancer ever appeared). Wu's character has been great, however.
  14. They could. My point was more directed around the first trilogy, where the Shanka were pretty much disregarded.