The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan

Haven

Became a Faceless Man
#2
IMHO, it's quite a generous review for this book.

Great cover art, great premise...terrible execution.

Still, it isn't like any series is beyond redemption
 

TomTB

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#3
Thanks Ben. Words can't convey how disappointed I was with this. It really is an awful book.

Although don't let that put anyone off reading it ;)
 

TomTB

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#4
IMHO, it's quite a generous review for this book.

Great cover art, great premise...terrible execution.

Still, it isn't like any series is beyond redemption
So I take it you wouldn't even give it 2/10?
 

Zajax

Possibly a Darkfriend
#5
3/10
Could have been so much better, with small changes.

why so much spanish? 10 different words for helm, only in spanish.
Why specify that this is not europe... when i constantly have a map in europe in my head when reading.
The best fighting force in the whole world are all homosecual peace lovers, who love flowers and art.... strange!

On the brigth side, that karyl guy is a interesting character, and should have a much bigger part in the book.
 

Haven

Became a Faceless Man
#6
So I take it you wouldn't even give it 2/10?
For all the hype and the GRRM tweets about this, it definitely failed to live up to expectations
 

Sparrow

Journeyed there and back again
#8
Thanks Ben. Words can't convey how disappointed I was with this. It really is an awful book.

Although don't let that put anyone off reading it ;)
That's too bad... I almost want to buy it for the cover art alone.
Though not being familiar with the writer I just looked him up on wiki... yikes, no go due to his association with Libertarianism and Cybernetics, which means he's a fruit-loop and not worthy of my time or money.
 

moonspawn

Journeyed there and back again
#9
no go due to his association with Libertarianism and Cybernetics, which means he's a fruit-loop and not worthy of my time or money.
I don't see how someone could dismiss an author simply because you think they're wacko (some of the deepest thinkers are wackos). Good writing is going to be good writing regardless of whether or not the author is a right-wing libertarian, socialist, anarchist, socialist-libertarian, communist, fascist, capitalist, progressive republican, PETA member, NRA member, occultist, Pagan, Mormon, it goes on and the same of course goes for bad writing. I mean its funny how many of my favorite novels are by authors who I probably disagree with politically on almost everything and some of these authors I would think are wacky on some things.
 

btkong

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#10
I don't see how someone could dismiss an author simply because you think they're wacko
I agree here. Some of the best writers were crazies.

Others have, to say the least, strident political stances.

  • Orson Scott Card, for example, is openly hostile towards gay people and has some serious right wing viewpoints he's posted (to seriously hard feedback, which is why I think his star has fallen reputation wise with critics the past few years). But, he's still a pretty damn talented writer.
  • Some of the Sad Puppies crew do write interesting science fiction but are pretty obnoxious online apparently (John Scalzi)
  • The Scientology Bible (aka L Ron Hubbard's science fiction book) is liked by some people. There's certainly worse out there if you ignore the creepy fact people actually believe this is the real story of the universe.
  • The new 'sequel' to To Kill a Mockingbird (Go Set a Watchman) by Harper Lee has pretty much outed her as a racist of some sort, though the circumstances of this book being published (with the famous author a complete invalid and unable to make reasonable choices about her estate in her current condition) are...questionable at this point. Still, the fact she may or was a racist doesn't take away from the brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird.
I'm sure you guys can pick out many more examples of crazy or 'bad' folks writing good books.

About the only authors I really took exception to with their political / personal views impinging on their literary efforts are Piers Anthony, because that guy is pretty much just a pervert; his obsession with young girl's panties as a recurring theme in his books is disturbing.

Terry Goodkind
is another author I can't stand who pretty much uses his (later) books to pontificate his version of Any Rynd.

Really, for me as long as the

1) Story is good

2) Writing is good (enough)

3) Weird political / personal views don't stridently manifest into the story itself

then, I don't give a damn about who the author is or what they believe.
 
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Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
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#14
http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/best-fantasy-books-of-2015#.cx8DGDrqN

P.S. Did Jim Butcher get a makeover or what? I don't remember him looking like that...

P.P.S. I think Sanderson is packing on the pounds...

P.P.P.S. I cannot take seriously any list that includes Terry Goodkind and The Skull Throne. Unless it is a list of bad books. Which this is not supposed to be.
 

Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
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#18
Book tours - not known for engendering healthy eating habits.
Yeah, and he writes like a book a week so I guess he is touring a lot...
 

Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
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#19

TomTB

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#20
Now it's obviously pretty clear that my opinion of this book is a load of crap, does this mean that you guys are going to take the plunge and experience Dinosaur Lords for yourselves?