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  1. The first book did OK, but the reviews were def. mixed. This created a "wait and see" mentality, and when the 2nd book became "more, much more of the same," well...
  2. The first book of Erikson's Rake trilogy did not review well and was not received well by the fan-base, the second book more so. The change of style, Erikson doubling down on the type of material his general fans tend to struggle through to get to the convergence, etc. It's not a surprise it tanked. Same with Donaldson - the 2nd Covenant trilogy was released in the early 1980's. That's a huge stretch of time for a follow up. It didn't help that the third Chronicles were ... not very good. Tad William's is a bit of a stranger case, as he's been pretty consistent in releases, but his tendency to ramble and a very basic plot structure, coupled with several unengaging new characters and plot threads, certainly put a damper on the release of the 2nd Osten Ard series. Abercrombie's released four books in the last seven years, so he hasn't exactly been non-prolific. Of this particular genre, he's probably one of the more consistent authors in terms of releases and consistency in his writing. Moreover, he's pretty well liked in the community, probably for the reasons stated above along with the material itself (I'd say he's substantially improved as an author across his books, though I personally found the last volume of Shattered Sea to be a bit boring and predictable). With proper PR, this new trilogy should do fine.
  3. No, no big role. About the same as the first. He didn't grow on me, and that's one of the huge disappointments with the series. I do get the feeling he's going to strap in and so something in the third, but I'm not sure what. Mostly, he's hamstrung by having a psychopath for a court advisor.
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    There's a fine line between implementing too much research in one's novel, and too little. Rothmusk flopsweats all over this line, rendering his novels both painfully inauthentic in certain details and in other places laughably long-winded. Rothmusk had this lame "If you've never experienced this [blank] before, you probably don't know what I'm talking about" intro scattered across the first novel whenever he was going to drop some knowledge, like how horses tire out if you ride them too fast, but thankfully he stopped doing it in the second novel. Of course, that lame line was simply replaced 10x with other lame stuff, sooo....
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    I suppose that's one of the issues that triggers me -- this is seen (and constantly iterated across the infosphere) as a hallmark of the genre, the best of the decade, etc. Even with my issues with some of the other Big Names continually bandied about 'round these parts and others, I would prefer they received more attention/kudos, if nothing else than that Lynch, Sanderson, Erikson et al. don't contain (as much) problematic material and/or, for some, seem to be striving higher and pushing harder to move the genre forward to more interesting areas. To say nothing of the unfortunate trend of procrastination enabled through fame, and the tension fame then situates upon the unfinished work. Of course, this is also the genre where Goodkind and Brooks remain Big Names, so......
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    chill out, I'm just having fun, if the tone itself wasn't obvious. I like to make fun of the extremes on both sides, dwellers as they are in tightly-controlled fantasy zones of RightThink, continually supported by clickbaiters triggering the ire for monetization... or worse, gamed by sociopaths donning sheep's wool and subsequently discrediting progressivism by stoking ideological culture conflict to their own ends, be it for lulz or to establish corrosive ingroup bullying networks, as YA twitter is currently experiencing. In all seriousness, though, the last point stands. Rothfuss is being tip-toed around because he's friends with some Big Names and there's still the uncertainty as to whether book 3 will address the underlying issues. Naturally, book 3 won't be coming out anytime soon, because in all likelihood Kingkiller was a wish-fulfillment project cobbled together by DAW editors (according to gossip from this forum, by those apparently "in the know") and one of the central tensions is the wish-fulfillment quality that attracts the core fan-base, vs. the rather disturbing slippage ("women are instruments," etc.) on the surface celebrated as "good prose" and, all in all, revelatory as to the underpinning geek immaturity that seeps across the genre's history.
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    "Woke" denotes privilege, to possess the time, inclination, wealth or supportive resources, intellect and/or connections, to not be "asleep." It implies elitism, exclusivity; a vaguely dubious measurement of implied and attained virtue (but "measure is unceasing"), alongside an explicit othering of those "unwoke." In the very least, one who is woke has the privilege to spend time on the internet, describing these tenuous lines. The keepers of the Woke dwell at the usual loci of online social congress, continually redefining and redistributing the wages of virtue to those worthy and those to be scorned. What's of much more interest, though, was the fact that wokekeepers like Lindsey Ellis are frightened to deliver exposes of the Kingkiller, in that doing so might damage their cachet among the stern hordes of the Rothmusk fandom. Censorship and self-doubt ever nips at the heels of the over-woke.
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    The man is a philistine. Cormac McCarthy also disdains semi-colons, an attitude that strikes me as odd, as they help give prose variety and are useful for emphasizing details without an over-reliance on dashes, or, God Help Me Bakker, italics.
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    why? it's handy as a summarizing phrase and it's not meant to be insulting. I came up with it because "semi-gatekeepers / trendsetters" was a bit long and overly elaborate. Unless, of course, you take extreme identitarianism very, very seriously, and the phrase 'woke' cannot, repeat, cannot be used in jest. The twitter thread itself was awesome/hilarious, tons of people being exposed to the Hobbit comparison for the very first time in 2019.
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    There's a pattern. https://jezebel.com/bestselling-fantasy-author-writes-icky-sexist-blog-post-5942221 And if you've read the books, the above Rothmusk post starts to make eerie correlation to his main character, a virgin who tames a Sex Goddess Succubus 'cause he's just so.damn.good the first time he gets into sexytime (oh, he sings to her too, so don't ha-rumph at me, Scott. The whole sequence is eye-rolling redonkulous.) Tongue in cheek or not, Rothmusk is hilarious with all the other stuff in mind.
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    So, on Twitter a couple days back, there was a fairly detailed conversation among some wokekeepers discussing how little blowback Rothfuss gets for his, er, problematic elements, with the conclusion drawn that 1) Rothfuss has a lot of friends/support in the industry, and 2) some -- Lindsey Ellis was mentioned -- tiptoe around the subject because of the spammy assholishness of Rothfuss's hardcore fans regarding any criticism. In any case, this blog here was brought up -- https://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2013/04/punctuation/ ...and has it never come to light here? My god this man is a goon. Kvothe is a complete insert, folks. "...To understand her statement, you have to realize that I am the next stage in human evolution. My pheromonic musk is developed to the point where it’s practically a weapon. In the best of circumstances, I smell masculine. And on a day when I’m staying home and have skipped my morning shower… Well…. suffice to say that you know there’s a man in the house, even if you can’t see me. On top of that, I’d been writing. I don’t know why, but when I’m writing, my man-smell gets particularly strong. It’s like my body is trying to establish its dominance over reality itself. The effects of this pheromonal cocktail vary, but with a select section of the female populous it has two profound, complimentary effects. 1. It delivers a message directly to the woman’s hindbrain, saying: THERE IS A MAN NEARBY, AND YOU MUST MATE WITH HIM. 2. It immediately drops the woman’s intelligence anywhere from 10-50 IQ points, which makes it hard for them to realize that mating with me is *obviously* a bad idea, while at the same time rendering them more vulnerable to my not inconsiderable charm." Da girls become stupid and drop their panties when Rothfuss and his B.O. stroll into the room, yo. OMG. This goon is the gift that just keeps on.... giving.
  12. Speaking as a male who grew up in the 80's, lesbians were much more accepted by homophobes (at least, male ones), with the implied idea that a threesome might be in the picture. hardcore homophobes would sneer at the closeted-but-everyone-knows male gays and then turn around and chat amiably about girl on girl porn.
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    Where's Light, Truth, and Gravity???????????????
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    Pretty spot on, we should put that in the Goodreads quote section
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