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  1. 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/
  2. 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.
  3. Well, let's hope that by then going to the cinema won't be a risky situation. F*ck this virus honestly. But yeah, it's a small thing all things considered. I may re read the novels in compensation for this Let's wait and see how this impact the possibility movie 2 though.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. I think it was in November or December of 2010 after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 came out that I started looking for other fantasy series I could read and I googled "top 10 fantasy book series of all time" and ASoIaF came up The other one I remember from that article was The Wheel of Time, but something about the concept of The Wall, the character of a dwarf that wasn't a fantasy dwarf, and the name Jon Snow just totally appealed to me. The idea of having multiple POV characters and that there weren't any good guys or bad guys sounded great. I was 14 at the time, and my favourite books were LotR, Narnia, HP, HDM and Percy Jackson, so ASoIaF sounded completely wild, epic and free (?) Unfortunetly, at the time the books weren't available in spanish in Latin America (at least were I live, they were translated between June 2011 and December 2012 I think), so I couldn't buy them. At some point between December 2010 and April 2011 I became aware that it was going to be adapted and that Sean Bean and Natalia Tena were going to be on it, but I didn't much care for it because what I really wanted was the books. Then in around May 2011 the first episode was going to premiere on HBO Latin America (they aired the episodes two or three weeks after they aired in the US during the first season) and I caught one of the behind the scenes videos on TV and it reminded me of the behind the scenes videos of LotR, so I decided to watch the first episode when it aired and it was great! I loved the Cersei/Jaime twist and I became completely invested in the characters of Ned, Dany, Tyrion, and Bran (I was SHOCKED because I thought he died). Then a week later after being heartbroken by the death of Lady but becoming attatched to most of the main cast I decided to buy the 4 book box set on Amazon in English A Game of Thrones has the honor of being the first book I read in English in my entire life. But because the box set had to arrive to my country first, I continued watching the TV Show until episode 5. Then I got the books and after reading like two hundread pages decided that I loved it and preordered ADWD It took me until January of 2012 to finish reading them but I loved it.
  7. This is just painful to watch tbh I can't wrap my head around the fact that one of my favourite childhood author is just being horrible to a vulnerable group of people. It is one thing if her books have problematic elements in them (the house elves, the goblins in Gringotts, etc), but this is just on another level of bad.
  8. The weird thing is that I also enjoyed the Letheras/Edur storyline in book 5. If I were to pick a favorite book of the six it would probably be that one. I was even excited when I started this one! I looked at the map and the character list and saw how many places and characters of book 5 and 6 were going to crossover and I was pumped! The impression I'm getting is that the amount of story to cover after book 6 was probably for two more books and I'm reading the stretched out version (it reminds me of The Hobbit Trilogy). This storyline has potential for greatness but it just isn't there for me. I was even enjoying the amount of navel-gazing in the previous books lol That facebook post was very frustrating to read. I find his characters to be perfectly fine and they work for the story and thats it, but I don't think they are anywhere near the greatest character I've read. They are diverse and unique (which I appreciate) but I don't think they are deep or multilayered. That doesn't mean I wasn't invested in them though. I was invested in them in the same way I'm invested for any characters in any blockbuster which I think its fine. And I would love to hear if you enjoy John Crow's Devil! Marlon James seems like a great author and I'll be reading more of his books in the next few weeks. He is even writing a fantasy trilogy right now, the first book being Black Leopard, Red Wolf. But I haven't read that one yet
  9. I've been struggling with book 7 of Malazan for the last 2 months at this point lol It's weird because I really liked the first three books and loved books four through six even more, but for some reason this one just isn't clicking with me. I'm tired of the story and I WANT to know how it plays out but omg why is it so loong. Just finished part 2 and IDK if I'm going to continue. On the plus side I have read and enjoyed Anna Karenina and John Crow's Devil and both books have been fantastic. I think Abercrombie fans could really enjoy JCD because of how brutal and raw it is. And it has great characters! Just be aware that it does have a bit of magical realism if you're not into that. Either way it's short and it makes for a nice weekend read. I find it to be a weird mixture of García Marquez, Abercrombie, Tarantino and religious extremism. Anna Karenina broke me.
  10. http://novelnotions.net/2020/08/10/book-review-the-trouble-with-peace-the-age-of-madness-2-by-joe-abercrombie/ Book 2 review! It sucks that I can't preorder a copy of book 2 from Amazon UK right now, they say they can't send it to my region (South America) right now weird, because I have been buying things from the US and I haven't had so many problems with them (only way more delays than usual). It's probably because of Covid, but I really wanted my copy of book 2 to match my copy of A Little Hatred. Oh well, things could be worse. I may end up buying the Kindle version though.
  11. https://joeabercrombie.com/progress-report-june-20/ There's this juicy tease for book 3: "Felt that I had to rework a few things for a more nuanced view in response to recent events – there’s a lot of stuff about popular revolt, demonstration and riot, even (I kid you not) the toppling of statues which was written a couple of years ago but now looks like almost too on-the-nose commentary about the present moment." I feel (and hope) that this refers to Bayaz's statue that was mentioned at the start of The Blade Itself. Super excited for book 2 either way.
  12. I don't know if its just me but I've seen alot of hype surrounding Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. I've personally haven't read it yet, but it does sound interesting though! I'm interested in reading the author's previous books before commiting to an ongoing series though (even if he hasn't written any fantasy before).
  13. Yeah, I think a good ending could be when Paul gets named Muad'Dib and I think thats at the same moment we learn Jessica is pregnant. Then part 2 can start in the time jump that happens after that chapter. So basically film 1 covers parts 1 and 2 of the novel, and film 2 covers part 3.
  14. Just out of curiosity, is the FFVII Remake worth buying right now? I have never played any of the FF games and this one has caught my attention, but the fact that it only covers a small part of the original story makes me hesitate to buy it now or just wait until the full game is released.
  15. I like it! It looks like that could be the Atreides home planet and it does look similar to the way I pictured it. I like the costume aswell. It definetly gives me an Arrival vibe. Cant wait to see how Arrakis Will look like!
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