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    It's September 2018: What fantasy book are you reading?

    I'm on the second Malazan book, Deadhouse Gates, and found myself struggling a bit. A lot of the names (characters, cities, etc) are fairly similar and/or completely foreign, so trying to take the story in small bites (like I have been doing) makes it a little challenging for me to...
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    It’s July 2018: What fantasy book are you reading?

    Finished Gardens of the Moon yesterday. Pretty good. I ended up having a good grasp on all the characters and their associations, but if I had to do it over again, I probably would have made a list/tree of characters as they came along with who/what they were/did and relative associations, lol...
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    It’s July 2018: What fantasy book are you reading?

    Going through Malazan for the first time. About 70% of the way through. It took a little bit for me to get a good grip on everything going on (the different groups of characters, their relations, how they are moving geographically, etc). I enjoy it so far, though. I have heard that the first...
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    A Song of Ice and Fire question

    IMO, this is such a huge and rich world, that you could quite literally remove just about any single group/aspect/family/whatever and the story/potential would still be insanely strong. I mean, the Starks, as huge as they are, you could remove them and just have Lannisters vs Dany very...
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    A Song of Ice and Fire question

    This is an interesting question and, I agree with Peat, a hard question for me to answer. Jon Snow, along with Arya, is my favorite character and obviously his story is largely tied to the wall/the Others. I certainly like the story as is, but I have found myself caring about, and being...
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    Have you ever intentionally avoided reading a top 10 fantasy book? If so why?

    Yeah, that guy can't even formulate an argument or enter a discussion (that he started, no less) aside from insulting everybody who gives an opinion that differs from his own, lmao. He's not really seeking understanding or honest discourse, but rather waiting for responses to give canned...
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    What would you like to see more of in fantasy books?

    This is an interesting thought that I had not really personally considered, something like sports. That is definitely something very cool about the Harry Potter series with the creation of quidditch. I feel/see both sides of the argument, as far as going away from the medieval stuff. I...
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    Would you continue a fantasy novel if it made you feel nothing?

    I have sort of been doing that with The Darkness That Comes Before. I'm definitely more into it now, but the first 100-200 pages I really debated quitting. The story seems like it has potential and some of the characters I am finding myself at least a little interested in, but I'm nearly 400...
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    What would you like to see more of in fantasy books?

    Personally, I would like to see more epic fantasy series with: 1) Political games, ala Game of Thrones/ASOIF. This is a really underrated part of the series, IMO. It's a game of sorts and trying to figure out who is trying to do what is exciting and fascinating to me. Of course, I enjoy this...
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    Have you ever intentionally avoided reading a top 10 fantasy book? If so why?

    You started this thread asking a question. I'm answering that question and I'm answering it thoughtfully- not just saying, "Oh, cuz it sucks." It seems that rather than reading what I wrote, you just read what you wanted to because you were simply looking for things to cherry pick to get pissed...
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    Have you ever intentionally avoided reading a top 10 fantasy book? If so why?

    Yeah, iirc, their problem was more that they felt it wasn't an elegant way of doing it at all. Like he shoved it down your throat rather than elegantly weaving that information in throughout the story. I could be remembering incorrectly, but if I'm not, that sounds like poor writing, IMO. Taking...
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    Have you ever intentionally avoided reading a top 10 fantasy book? If so why?

    What: Books I haven't read on that list with no intention of reading them: The Name of the Wind The Way of Kings Why: Game of Thrones/ASOIF has made me much pickier about the type of fantasy (really all of fiction) I can enjoy. I simply don't find the black/white characters with the...
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    Dark/Gritty (Game of Thrones) series recommendations?

    I finished Last Argument of Kings (Book Three) Rating: 8.5/10 Things I liked: There was a lot of people/groups to shift and storylines to advance and it was really well done considering. The battle at the end with all of these different mini-battles within the great battle and how many...
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    Maps in Fantasy

    Big fan of maps. It won't prevent me from reading a book/series, but I massively appreciate one. It can be nice to have one to reference back to while reading the story. A lot of places with fantasy names and it can be easy to forget where cities are in relation to each other. It helps with my...
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    Have you/would you quit a series 3 books in..

    How strict are you with this rule? I can't really think of too many series where there is not at least some boring/less interesting parts, so reading the way you put it, I don't think I would finish very many series, lol. Any examples you can think of?