2017 reading highlights / lowlights

Derk of Derkholm

Journeyed there and back again
#21
Hi Alice. Does Fitz come out of the closet and admit being gay and in love with the Fool? I always thought that was where Hobb was heading.
Hmm. Always thought about the fool more being a trans person, so Fitz does not actually have to be gay to fall for them...
 

Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
Staff member
#22
Hmm. Always thought about the fool more being a trans person, so Fitz does not actually have to be gay to fall for them...
Yeah, if you read all the previous books, that is the sense I get, too. Or maybe "gender fluid" or something is the term? I may be misremembering but sometimes the Fool presented as a man and sometimes as a woman, rather than consistently presenting/living as one gender. (I have not read anything from the new series, and I am blanking on the names of some of the series, but the original trilogy, Liveship Traders, and Tawny Man at least present that picture of the Fool. Granted, I seem to recall in interactions with Fitz, the Fool was mostly acting in a male role. But it has been awhile and I may be forgetting something.)
 

paul james

Firsthanded the newest Caine adventure
#23
The best I read this year was Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny.

No real lowlights for me as I did not read much. The death's in Memories of Ice were probably the lowest.
 

Alice Sabo

Knows how to pronounce Kvothe
#24
No. I would actually have been good with that. And there is a bit of yearning in that last book that sort of feels romantic-y. I just thought she didn't serve her characters well. Her solution didn't feel like a win to me. It felt almost damning, but maybe that's just me.
 

Alice Sabo

Knows how to pronounce Kvothe
#25
Yeah, if you read all the previous books, that is the sense I get, too. Or maybe "gender fluid" or something is the term? I may be misremembering but sometimes the Fool presented as a man and sometimes as a woman, rather than consistently presenting/living as one gender. (I have not read anything from the new series, and I am blanking on the names of some of the series, but the original trilogy, Liveship Traders, and Tawny Man at least present that picture of the Fool. Granted, I seem to recall in interactions with Fitz, the Fool was mostly acting in a male role. But it has been awhile and I may be forgetting something.)
Yes, the Fool was a woman in the Rain Wilds. I always thought s/he was trying to be a bit sexless and non-human, or not fully human. I didn't mind the fluidity of her/his gender while the relationship stayed platonic. There can be deep love without sexuality. Somehow I got the feeling that the Fool wasn't interested in sex. That didn't seem to change.
 

Andrew.J

Hired Nicomo Cosca, famed soldier of fortune
#26
Highs
  • Sword of Destiny (Witcher #2) by Andrzej Sapkowski - enjoyed the short story format and the Slavic influences very much. Made it into my favourites list.
  • Dresden Files by Jim Butcher - I was listening to the entire series the first half of 2017, really loved it. Small Favour (#10) and Skin Game (#15) I enjoyed the most. They've also made it into my favourites list.
  • Skirgaila by Vincas Krėvė - not fantasy and not English, but wonderful nonetheless. I'm putting it here for future reference.
Lows
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman - not a good introduction to Gaiman for me. Makes me wary of checking out any of his other books.
  • Prince of Thorns and King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence - rather disappointing. I quit reading the 2nd book halfway through.
  • Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher - not the same level of quality as the Dresden Files, didn't work for me as well.
 

jo zebedee

Journeyed there and back again
#27
I had planned to read Wind Through The Keyhole once I see a deal (too short to pay full price). Like you, I really enjoyed the Dark Tower series. So why was this one crappy?

Also, I MAY read Slow Regard after Book 3 comes out (I know it takes place earlier). Why didnt you like that one?
Slow Regard is just about my favourite fantasy book ever - I think you would really like it. Very thought provoking (and heart rending)

My highlights The Goddess Project by Bryan Wigmore (although I beta read it a few years ago), Jodi Taylor's St Mary's Chronicles, Ian McDonald's Luna:Wolf Moon, Peadar O'Guilin's The Call.

No real lowlights
 

TomTB

Super Moderator
Staff member
#28
Slow Regard is just about my favourite fantasy book ever - I think you would really like it. Very thought provoking (and heart rending)

My highlights The Goddess Project by Bryan Wigmore (although I beta read it a few years ago), Jodi Taylor's St Mary's Chronicles, Ian McDonald's Luna:Wolf Moon, Peadar O'Guilin's The Call.

No real lowlights
I'm thoroughly addicted to the St Mary's books right now. Just about to start #5!
 

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
Staff member
#29
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman - not a good introduction to Gaiman for me. Makes me wary of checking out any of his other books.
Give American Gods a try. I think you like mythological fantasy same as me, and AG is still my favourite Gaiman book, and I've read a few.
 

Khartun

Journeyed there and back again
#30
Highlights:

The Abject God, Kings of the Wylde, The Wool trilogy, Greatcoats, The Zero series by Sara King and Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.

Lowlights:

The Dreaming Void by Peter Hamilton