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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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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    I also recently re-read Neuropath. It was much more impactful to me in my early twenties, and now being in my thirties I can see some of the wonky writing/weird turns that stick out to me. Much like the end of The Unholy Consult, where a "twist" is force-fed in without feeling natural. However, still a pretty short and enjoyable/somewhat horrific novel that I still enjoy. As the others above, I'll still pick up whatever series comes out after, because the overall series (less the ending of The Unholy Consult) is still one of my favorites as far as world/scope.
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    I was dissapointed in the final book and ending, but I still enjoy the series as a whole and his writing. So, if I hear he's working on new shite, I'm happy Both sides can exist I spose.
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    Ok, that made me chuckle.
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    Your contributions to this thread are frequently low effort.
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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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    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.
  19. They could. My point was more directed around the first trilogy, where the Shanka were pretty much disregarded.
  20. I always felt like the Bloody Nine's scenes shows, if anything, he's an "earth" demon. Rides wind, finds little nooks and pushes roots into them (fighting The Fear big guy). Same with cutting through whordes of flatheads. Everything is very earth-elemental, even the rage is like lava. One of my favorite characters to read (I'll re-read those chapters just for fun). Speaking of Flatheads, I had a re-read of the first trilogy, and they just literally fell off of being a plot point mid-way through the books. I feel like Joe was going for a Bakker Sranc type theme, and just scrapped it. Its part of the North coming South for the first book, then, Logen and Ferro go through one of the flatheads camps, then Junes and whatnot discuss them at some point as being weapons, but thats a loose end that is annoying to me.
  21. My first re-read of the initial trilogy, I still feel it wasn't setup very well (writing wise) for Logen and Bays to be the "bad guys". I think most of his novels progressed better as he wrote more, so that is why I feel it was shoe-horned in, and/or not very mind-blowing. Still doesn't jive with the loyalty shown to Logan by his crew. Just a forewarning. I completely agree with this.
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