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  1. Much, much better than the generic castle of the first. Hopefully this one has more meat on the bone.
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    Rothfuss XIV: The Slow Regard of Luna Lovegood

    Yes, this is fascinating and not really surprising. The 2nd book was obviously a patch-up job, with a near-repeat of book one school hijinks for 40% and a discordant series of adventures that do very little to advance the main plot (to say nothing of basically entertain) for most of the remainder. Zorral, do you know the 'state' of the series as a whole / if the third and/or conclusion was ever even drafted? It's telling that Betsy Wolheim claimed to have not read the material beyond book one. As for the "Kvothe not being a dude to look up to," that might fly, except Rothfuss has very explicitly encouraged his fans with hero-worship and the elevation of Kvothe-as-cool-dude. This is very much a having cake n' scarfing it down situation.
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    Thin Air by Richard Morgan

    Is this book as hyper-detailed as the previous SF volumes? It makes re-reading Morgan's work rather tedious... I couldn't get through a 2nd go on Altered Carbon because everything is so glacially described, a trait that seriously affected the pacing of his later Kovac & fantasy novels.
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    Rothfuss XIV: The Slow Regard of Luna Lovegood

    Ya know, I have a newfound respect for Robin Hobb. Won't crack her fiction again, but that entry should be mandatory curriculum for writers in freshmen college courses.
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    Bakker LV - Nau's Ark

    It's terribly overrated, and I wouldn't compare it to Bakker at all -- sort of like going from a burlap sack to a wet diaper.
  6. I agree with Pat. Felt second-rate compared to the many novels that explore similar dynamics from the past twenty years. I will say the writing itself was pretty good, and much, much, MUCH better than The Heart that Was Lost, which I could barely finish.
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    Rothfuss XIV: The Slow Regard of Luna Lovegood

    Great list, I would look forward to the book if even a quarter of it was reported to happen. Here's what's likely to happen: Kvothe will dick around the Uni for half the book, antagonizing Ambrose Ambrose will become a king Ambrose will use Denna to lure Kvothe into his reach Kvothe, meanwhile, will open the Door of Stone and release Iax Kvothe will go to save Denna. She'll die in his arms, telling him she only loved him. Much tears. Auri will act all twee Bast will show up at some point. Kvothe will kill Ambrose, setting off the war. Iax, meanwhile, will be summoning the fell beasties we saw at the beginning of the first novel. Upset at all he's done, Kvothe will lock his name up and become Kote. The Chandrian will hardly show up, if at all. There will be lots of sniffles by the end. Poor Kvothe! You could'a been a contender! You coulda been Harry Potter! Rothfuss will make lots of "Kvothe lives" swag to hock on his website, and talk big about the next series, to which this is a million word prologue. He'll never write more than a handful of pages, crippled by his awareness that deep inside he's longlong college GenXer that managed to cobble his high school wish fulfillment into shape and sell it to Hollywood. Rothfuss's son will release a twelve volume series forty years from now about the world building and development of the Kingkiller fiasco.
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    Goodkind 55: Back in the Dick Life Again

    I used to wonder about this, until I realized that Tairy fills a big void in SF/F - he is an unabashed conservative writer, and there are many SF/F fans that I assume hove to the Right. He fulfills their narrative of being "right" about Everything and gives them their wish-fulfillment secret taboos proper society wouldn't tolerate -- e.g., slaughtering peace demonstrators with a big sword, banging blondes in skintight red leather, and generally strutting around like an asshole and getting praised for it. His childish, four-grade writing style coupled with 'adult' themes and the general doorstopper size of his novels, plus the 'philosophy', gives the uneducated the nice feels that they are intelligent cause they read Big Books with Important Themes. That audience hasn't really diminished, and with SF/F championing more and more diversity, Tairy and others (like the Baen crew) obviously become a safe haven in a world where even the Fantasy genre--traditionally a conservative genre--are polluted with librul poltiks and revisionism.
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    Mental Wellbeing Thread

    I have had some issues for the past couple years, on the surface stemming from some chronic pain I began experiencing a little over 2 years ago. Hands and feet feel sensations of pain / excess warmth. After tons of tests, I was sent to a neurologist who told me that I didn't have neuropathy (damage to peripheral nerves), just an excess of stress ultimately screwing up my nervous relay system -- my parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems are out of wack and I need rest / less stress to eventually fix the issue. So, I've been working at it. Limiting diet to healthy foods to not overstimulate system. Haven't quite got there with caffeine yet -- it's hard as a teacher to work with middle school kids all day long without an occasional boost (or 3), but I'm working at it. Deep diaphragm breathing has really helped to mitigate the pain when it flares, and to calm myself down. I had massive, massive anxiety about this for a year and a half-- not sure what was screwed up with me--to the point of suicidal contemplation, the nerve irritation was so consistent and mentally affecting. I've managed to mostly get over that period (end of last summer), when my stress was at its worst. The thing, though, is that through analyzing the various stresses in my life and bringing them down to manageable levels, I've realized my wife is one of my biggest stresses. She is verbally, psychologically, and occasionally physically abusive (when enraged she strikes out). We've been married for 10 years and have two children, and while I manage to intervene enough to keep her temper from going overboard on my daughter (7), it's still very painful and stressful when she shouts and begins badgering. There is little love and basically no intimacy in the relationship at all, from the conception of my son a little over two years ago; we are both exhausted from raising two children, juggling life stress, etc. Part of the reason it took me a year and a half to receive a diagnosis is that she is such a cheapskate she had us off insurance, and it took a year+ to get on my work insurance due to the enrollment process. Whenever I'd talk about the issues, she didn't want to hear about it, and complained about the money I did spend attempting to locate its source. This really affected my psychologically, and I've been dominated/abused to the point that I fear spending money due to the stress I have to deal with at home (buying a coffee could be the source of an argument, in the past, to give this some perspective). At this point we are nearing my leaving our current area to move to a different place, where we can afford to buy a house. My dilemma is that part of me respects what she does to raise our children -- teaching them other language, how to play piano, general housemaker stuff -- and I don't want my children being raised in a broken home. On the other hand, the stress of living with an overly critical, at times abusive person has led me to experience chronic pain on a daily basis, and it's hard to imagine living with this person another year, much less 10 or 20. Not sure what to do. I've mostly tried to just focus on keeping myself healthy and deep breathing to mitigate anxiety & nerve pain. But certain decisions will have to be made at some point, and that point is approaching.
  10. I liked Kawahara mostly because I liked the actress. She came off as a viable threat in the last couple episodes. Overall, despite some niggles, (like the status of envoys, and the "resolution" that is straight out of detective noir but felt unrealistic given the worldbuilding to that point), I really enjoyed this show, and look forward to future seasons.
  11. Really liking this so far, up to episode 8. I don't remember a whole lot of the book, but can sense there have been drastic changes. Wasn't Kovacs in an African American sleeve in Broken Angels, or am I mistaking that with Thirteen? They've established enough information to carry this into several seasons. As I felt the trilogy went downhill with each book, I hope they branch out and do other things, perhaps cribbing a few of the better ideas from book 2 and 3 on the way.
  12. Dunno, these last few impressions seem to hoving towards pat's assessment.
  13. Good thing you and ylvs aren't Bakker shills. Your heads would have long since exploded. And my comment stands... Posting a couple reviews in contrast to pat's is fine. This ongoing campaign feels like marketing spam. I write this as a fan of MST and a member of the board from the ez boad days (around 2000). Stuff like the Reddit chat are more appropriate ways of promoting the author/book.
  14. Hopefully we'll be able to soon shift from the marketing tactics employed by a select few to actual conversation regarding the novel's flaws and virtues. I know this is all to counter the early bad buzz of pat's, but it's annoying nonethless--if every upcoming release had this sort of shilling, this forum wouldn't be worth visiting.
  15. 99% of the goodreads reviews are all squee and no real detail. worthless. I'm hoping to fall somewhere in the middle. Tad lost me some time ago but I do hope he can bring something interesting to the table. If not, well, there is TUC coming out this summer...
  16. Good review. I disagree that lots of POVs can kill a novel (and c'mon, you're an Erikson fan); what truly matters is the skill in which those POVs are written, inform other plot threads, and are woven to establish exposition, conflict, and climax. It seems Williams's skill was lacking for this volume.
  17. Hmm, not really into it. The exposition-via-conversation is a bit too on-the-nose, and as usual, ten words are used where five will suffice.
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    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    No. Many people are alienated by SE, including myself (I managed to get through the first four). Even many of his hardcore fans are quick to point out the issues of the series. For me, SE is trying to do what Bakker manages, but because everything is so over the top, it often comes off melodramatic and cartoonish. I've contemplated resuming the series, but as the things I did not like about the series apparently become magnified to an incredibly degree in the later volumes, I've never mustered the endurance.
  19. Are you going to review the book, or let it slip gracelessly into the night? The other review was so, so fan-oriented squee--along with the comparison to Storm of Swords (which worked so well because it had 2.5 books building it up) -- that I'm generally more inclined to trust Pat's impressions, at this point. Williams also lost me with Otherland, so it's pretty easy to assume the flaws of that series informing this one.
  20. To be fair, Osten Ard is really just a Europe pastiche. Original world building wasn't really the charm of the first series. The alternative-historical approach came off pretty good in the late 80's, but a lot has changed since then.
  21. Geez, the drama. Who's got an ARC? Who's gonna review? Kirkus means nothing to me, they trashed River of Blue Fire (probably the best of the Otherland cycle) and luved them some early Goodkind. This book is pretty low on my radar, just a blip before the awaited juggernaut that is TUC... but I'll definitely check it out even if the reviews such, as MS&T was my gateway into 'mature' fantasy way back in the day.
  22. Pacing is relative to the reader, of course. If the world/story/characters are interesting or immersive, then I personally don't care if it's "slow." The Dragonbone Chair was my favorite fantasy novel when I was 13, because the world felt much realer and tactile & the prose was much better than other serials at that time (late 1980's). From what it sounds like, TWC is lacking the strengths of the original series, and potentially the mystery. Question: is this treading old ground, or offering anything new? Otherland kind of killed TW for me -- I like a lot of it, some of the prose was exceptional, but it was so bloated that I started to lose interest by around the mid-point of the third novel. Sounds like bloat is an issue with this one as well.
  23. flat out abandoning for a while it is probably the worst kind of 'review' possible at this point. especially as you're almost finished and have no motivation to slog through to the climax. Are there new problems that are making you hit a brick wall, or is it the same you've already informed us of?
  24. Chore? Is it boring -- glacial plot -- underwhelming characters -- lack of tension -- uninspired prose? I haven't read a TW book since Sea of Silver Light, but was curious about this one.
  25. How is the prose? Does it feel like a forced-return or fairly natural? The Dragonbone Chair moved very slowly for its first third -- it was a major, major complaint among the fantasy-nerd circles I traveled in during the late-80's--but I really liked the world-building and the writing itself -- for a 13 year old it felt very rich compared to the Bog Standard Serials at the time. I burned out on TW with Otherland's over-writing, though... is this much in the same style as that?