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    Evil and Dark Lords in fantasy

    Ah, no one mentioned Gerald Tarrant from the Coldfire trilogy. The books make the argument that if the collective unconscious of humanity was backed by a magical force, in this case called "the Fae" then Dark Lords would inevitably be produced.
  2. Finished it two days ago. Overall, great stuff. I particularly enjoyed the first half but the second half was a bit boring. Some random thoughts about it: Main cast was great except for Reileen Ortega had so much screen time but she did almost nothing except follow Kovacs around. All the detective stuff was passed off to her two fellow policemen. I'm not a fan of that. If you're gonna make her a main character, at least make her do something. It seems she was just there for eye candy and for Kovacs to have a relatable romantic interest. Having said that, I understand why they went for Ortega as Kovac's main love interest instead of Miriam. IIRC, in the books Kovacs was more into Miriam than Ortega, right? Kovacs drooling over hot Miriam like he did in the books would probably be a turnoff for TV viewers The brother sister plot was bizarre. Quell was actually okay for me at first even though they mixed her up with Viduara. The only problem was when they made her into the main love interest. Their romance fell flat for me. Loved the visuals of the city, the casting was mostly great, and wow, that one actor who was the grandma and two other characters was great CTAC are just soldiers in this setting? Hmmm, they didn't seem to do anything very Envoy-like at all I hope there will be more psychological manipulation and Sherlocking next time. Just having Kovacs kick ass physically doesn't do it for me. I prefer the way Envoys would mess things up via manipulating people I loved the part I look forward to the next season.
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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    Really? Ciri is the protagonist? Hmmm I read The Last Wish and Blood of Elves but she hasn't done anything so that seems strange to me.
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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    I saw two of the books in my local bookstore and snapped up The Last Wish and Blood of Elves. Alas, I had no idea there was a book in the middle of those two that I missed. I had already read some fan translated English work around ten or so years ago. The Last Wish was what I had read before and it's pretty interesting. The Blood of Elves was super confusing since it started in the middle for me (since I accidentally skipped a book, lol) and it's the first time I read about Triss. I was like "um Triss what? Isn't the witch Yennefer?" at first but gradually I realized that I had missed a chunk of the story... I loved the parts where they went back to the Witcher's stronghold/home. This was the first time I had read about a witcher who isn't Geralt. So Triss said that Geralt seemed aged? I always thought of him as pretty young-looking (what with him sleeping with 17-year-olds). How strange to think he might look like an old man now with facial wrinkles and all. BTW I have not played the video games. I also have not read the entire thread this time since I am afraid of spoilers. Just wanted to put my two cents in. I'll be back once I've finished the series.
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    Pratchett II: The Wrath of Om

    Gosh, yes. I won't read any more news about that since spoilers seem to be everywhere and I haven't read it yet.
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    The Books That Have Just Come Out: New Release Thread

    I read Jemisin's first book and liked it but having said that, I totally understand it has a ton of flaws and weird content. We hashed that book over extensively in 2011. Robin Hobb's Fool's Quest - Very good stuff in it but it is the 2nd in a trilogy so it doesn't have an ending yet. This trilogy is also the third trilogy in the series so it's probably best to read the other 7 books first. Django Wexler's The Price of Valour - a fine book that continues the story with a great deal of action. This is a Naploeanic (guns and swords) fantasy army books series with lots of magic, too.   Thanks to everyone who posted, I have been looking for more good books to read.
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    Stephen R. Donaldson

    TLC was just too boring which surprised me a lot because I have never been bored by Donaldson before and I have read Mordant's Need, The Gap series and all of the TC books. Nonetheless, I will probably read it to the end just so I know what happens. IIRC, in interviews before TLC was published, Donaldson said that: ~ Have only read up to The Runes of the Earth and some of Fatal Revenant before I got too bored to continue.
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    Pratchett II: The Wrath of Om

    I cannot believe that I actually know the answer to this question. From The Annotated Pratchett: http://www.lspace.org/books/apf/good-omens.html - [p. 19/3] "[...] all tapes left in a car for more than about a fortnight metamorphose into 'Best of Queen' albums." In an interview in Comics Buyer's Guide with Terry and Neil, shortly after the American release of Good Omens, Terry proposed the theory that, when you're driving through the country late at night, and there's nothing on the radio, you find yourself stopping in at an all-night gas station and looking through the tape rack; the only thing there remotely tolerable is a Best of Queen, so you buy that. Two weeks later you can't remember how the thing got there, so you get rid of it, only to go through the same process again. Neil's theory was that tapes really do turn into Best of Queen albums.
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    Pratchett II: The Wrath of Om

    I rather liked Unseen Academicals! We finally get a glimpse of Vetinari and his... his.. um er... friend. I also liked the evil race featured in it. The parts with the dwarf fashion world were also hilarious.
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    Pratchett II: The Wrath of Om

    I don't particularly like Vimes but the story sounds great. I can't wait for the Pterry English murder mystery.