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    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    Just got my Gray Sister copy, but realized I don't remember any of the characters names - at all, I'm getting all the plots screwed up. By gods, will need to do a Red Sister read through first.
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    The books coming out in 2019

    I enjoyed the Red Rising books. Fun, Warhammer 40k esque to a degree. The latest novel Iron Gold reminded me of why his writing can be dull sometimes though. The characters tend to blend together, or not be engaging at all. The plots are fun, and I always want to see what comes next, but understand why some people can't get into him.
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    Bakker LV - Nau's Ark

    Nah, I'm thinking of The Great Ordeal, during Achamian/Mimara's journey, they are discussing his dreams, and arguing whether Kellhus "sent" Mimara. Eventually, Mimara thinks something along the lines of: "She could see her stepfather, standing in Achamians room, seeing the scattering of maps and scratchings" or something of that nature. Edit: found on Google Books, and I was wrong. This is Achamian thinking Kellhus came into his tower, Mimara is skeptical. https://books.google.com/books?id=YAAuDAAAQBAJ&pg=PT11&lpg=PT11&dq=mimara+bakker+"prophet+of+the+past"&source=bl&ots=iPieWpc_1U&sig=Mpsh4NJnXCShI-Pg3oqmvKirAds&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjrpqLC95fdAhVdHDQIHR6EA7MQ6AEwAXoECAkQAQ#v=snippet&q=tower&f=false
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    Bakker LV - Nau's Ark

    Building on the last closed thread on why Kellhus didn't kill Achamian, I thought the potential inference of Achamians dreams going wonky/prophecy oriented was why Kellthus was keeping tabs on him. Perhaps watching his dreams via teleportation and all that, which would have been a fun side-plot to see where those led. However, it was probably just Mimara rationalizing why Achamian wasn't killed by Kellthus.
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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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    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    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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    The Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron

    Mark my words!
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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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    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.