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Nicomo Cosca

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  1. I haven't even read a single word written by Bakker, but I greatly enjoy reading how weird and intense the discussions about him get on this forum. The vocabulary is part of the charm I guess I'll continue lurking from now on.
  2. I totally agree with these points. For me, Dark Souls 1 had a great story and Dark Souls 3 feels like a more standard sequel to 1 than 2. Playing Dark Souls 2 is a fun but flawed experience, but the way the story is told and how weird and surreal the worldbuilding is makes up for it. I would even suggest that if you only want to play one more DS after the first one, you should play Dark Souls 2 instead of 3. I still haven't played Demon's Souls nor The Ringed City DLC so I can't comment on them.
  3. I may try Bloodborne as a magic user. I was under the impression that playing as knight/warrior was going to be easier but I'll give it a shot! And yeah, I think I got the pattern of the enemy down. I just need to level up and maybe find some Estus Flasks to help me. I just need to find the mental energy to farm some souls first I'm honestly tempted on creating a FromSoftware thread on this forum, haven't seen that much discussion about them around here and I think it could be fun!
  4. The one in the main story. Haven't bought any DLCs but I'm tempted on buying The Ringed City because I heard it has connections with Dark Souls II. I find DS3 to be way more difficult than the other two so IDK if I'm ever going to get around to it though hahaha For some reason I've struggled with the bosses on DS3 way more than I did on any of the other two, especially this final ones. I've been stuck on this one for at least two months now.
  5. It looks fun! I'll have to get around on playing Bloodborne and Sekiro before this comes out I really loved playing the Dark Souls trilogy during the last year, although I still haven't beaten the final boss on III
  6. The event I'm actually looking forward to is getting back from work in the afternoon, making a cup of coffee, sitting in my chair and slowly opening the hardcover on page one so I can loose myself on Westeros as if I was 15 all over again. Yeah, I'm getting sentimental at the moment
  7. Thanks! I'm mostly fine right now and feeling normal again. Still taking care though. Now, to stay on topic. Another thing I enjoyed is having a main character that is gay/bi with Leo, and I was actually rooting for him to hook up with Jurand when they were in Styria, but then it all got Abercrombied so yeah, no luck there hahaha curious to see if this is the last we've seen of Jurand. Styria is just a wonderful setting for me. IDK if its just me being nostalgic for BSC but I greatly enjoyed the chapters there and how colorful the characters were. I agree with a few posts on the thread that Jappo could be a fantastic POV character in another novel/short story. I also agree with other posts that the Great Change does include magic, maybe on an Apocalyptic scale (?). So far, Abercrombie has always tried new genres with every new story set in TFL World. Maybe in book 3 magic makes a huge comeback and he has more tools to play with in other standalones set in this world (like a legit dark fantasy with monsters and magic, maybe a post apocalptic novel, maybe something in Ghurkul). But that is another topic entirely. I expect Bayaz to die on book 3, and it will probably be in an "anticlimatic" or ironic way. Let's see how this plays out... Oh, and look what Joe posted! https://joeabercrombie.com/the-wisdom-of-crowds-cover-copy/
  8. I’ve finally managed to read The Trouble with Peace! It took me week to read but that was mainly due to the fact that I’ve been recovering from Covid, if it wasn’t for that I would definitely had read it in like two days. I thought it was a definite improvement in comparison with ALH (which I overall liked but wasn’t mindblown). I liked the fact that this one didn’t seem as similar to any of the other Abercrombie books set in this world, which I think is a minor flaw of his other work. This one seemed bigger and more complex, as in I think this is the book with the most amount of factions at play than any of his other work (we had Orso et al, Leo/Savine, Isher, The Breakers, The Northern, The Styrians, Black Calder et al, Rikke). And it mostly felt organic to me. A few parts in the second “book” did remind me a bit of GoT Season 7 in regards to the pacing and the teleporting going on but it was ok. I like were the characters are right now, and I like all the POV characters except for Broad. He is just not clicking with me. The best ones for me were still Savine, Orso and Leo. I found all three to be tragic in their own way, and I’m amazed that this is only book 2, so there is still yet ANOTHER book with this set of characters so that we can see the fallout of this storyline for an entire novel. Vick is another character that was definitely a highlight. I was already attached to her on the first one but now I’m super curious to see were this goes. Rikke and Clover were perfectly fine. I felt that the secondary character were way more alive and fleshed out in this one than in ALH. I particularly enjoyed Leo’s friends, Jappo, the cast of characters in Westport, Pike, Zuri, Sholla, the witch that helped Rikke, Lady Wetterlant, Isher, etc. I sincerely hope that in the next one we get to see more of the ones that are still alive. I still believe that this infighting in the Union is being manipulated by The Prophet from behind the scenes. I believe Bayaz sabotaged him and that’s why Ghurkul collapsed, but this is him having revenge. And I still maintain that Zuri is an Eater, but wouldn’t Sulfur figures that out at the end of this book? I have absolutely no idea how book 3 is gonna play out but I’m excited for it! An overall solid book and I’m satisfied with it. If I were to rate it, it would be 4.5/5.
  9. That was one of my favorite books from last year! I liked it a little bit better than Stories of Your Life, so I hope you have a great time with it. I’ll look forward on reading your thoughts after you’re finished.
  10. Since the last time I posted on this thread, I’ve managed to read the following books: The Castle by Kafka. Didn't care for this one that much. I was hyped to try a Kafka novel but this one completely threw me off. I found the characters to be forgettable and the plot was super slow/not that interesting. IDK, I was expecting something more atmospheric or inmersive. Did someone else have a similar experience? Should I try another Kafka novel in the future? The Book of Night Women by Marlon James. Now this one I DID enjoy. It's the second novel by MJ that I read after reading John Crow’s Devil a few months ago and it was fantastic. I love the characters, the setting and how it was mainly written in Jamaican patois. It tells the story of Lilith, a slave in 19th century Jamaica as she comes of age in a brutal and violent enviroment, filled with complex and interesting characters. I was hesitant to start this one because I was afraid it was going to be hundreds of pages of people suffering, but MJ takes his time developing many characters and giving each one complex motivations, so when stuff is going down you feel completely tense and on edge. Not a single character (slave or slave owner) feels like you can narrow down to “good guys” or “bad guys”, everyone is shades of grey on this one. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. After finishing TBoNW I NEEDED to read more MJ and this one was even better than the last two books. It’s a weird mixture of crime, drama, thriller and historical fiction. On top of that you have a cast of hundreds of characters and many POV characters, in which all of them are written in a distinct language. It reminded me a bit of Abercrombie but way more experimental. We are talking about sentences that go on for three pages and a chapter written in verse. But it works because every time something like that happens it’s because the characters are going through a very specific situation (they may be drugged or in a life and death situation). It was a great read and as someone who lives in a third world country, it was fascinating reading how the Cold War affected Jamaica. As someone who grew up living with the consequences of Operation Condor, I couldn’t help being moved by the story of the Jamaican characters in the novel, and being frustrated (in a good way) by all the political machinations going on and how that affected the entire population of the country. The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin. This one was a disappointment for me tbh. I liked the characters and I enjoyed the twist even if you could kind of see it coming, it was fun to figure out. But IDK, I just don’t feel like picking up the next two books. I liked the setting and the premise, but I think I just didn’t like the writing. Not that I had a problem with the second person narrator, but I just wasn’t as “into” the story as I was hoping ? Don’t know if that makes sense, it’s like I was always aware that I was reading a book and it never really came alive for me. Still haven’t decided if I’ll pick up the other ones, I really wanted to like this one. Now, I plan on reading Giovanni’s Room over the weekend and next week my copy of The Trouble with Peace will FINALLY arrive. After that I may read the only other novel by Marlon James I haven’t read (Black Leopard, Red Wolf). I’m excited on trying how MJ does in fantasy after being a huge fan of his other work! All three books I’m excited for, so I hope I’m not disappointed.
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