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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2925 on: October 24, 2017, 01:25:40 am »
Just finished cryptonomicon.  I love stephenson, but his endings are always so unsatisfying.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2926 on: October 25, 2017, 02:51:09 am »
Done with the 3 in-between-trilogies Mistborn novels starring Wax and Wayne. Some people were disappointed, I thought they were were good, if a little smaller in scope (didn't even involve the end of the world, pfffft). Anyway I'm taking a break from Brandon Sanderson for now.

On to The White Tree/Cycle of Arawn book 1. So far I like the writing style, even if it jumps around in time a little too much.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2927 on: November 19, 2017, 04:49:53 pm »
Ok, done with all the Cycle of Arawn and Cycle of Galand books. The last one drove me all the way up the wall and back down again 6 times. Robertson insists on spending 3 chapters in a row saying "the party is having a hard time advancing to the next level of skill". To his credit, he manages to do so without repeating the same words in the same order too often, but it's still annoying. Also, he has a tendency to traipse off on rabbit trails in the middle of battle sequences to reiterate recent events or explore the inner philosophical meandering of characters who are about to be sliced into bits by magic or swords. I get the feeling he does it on purpose to force the reader into a sense of impatience and suspense, but that feels like cheating.

ETA: There are parts where it's clearly evident what the protagonists need to do in order to solve some puzzle or problem in order to advance the story, but a third of the book is spent waiting for them to figure it out. That seems to happen more frequently the farther in the series you go, and it's intensely frustrating. Hopefully, Robertson fixes this bug in his program.

Anyway, next is Oathbringer, which looks like it's about 900 pages long so maybe it'll wash enough of the taste of this one out of my brain to let me read the next one when it arrives next spring.
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Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Reply #2928 on: November 22, 2017, 05:50:09 am »
I liked Oathbringer, but I think the whole reveal about the Recreance was way too...neat for my liking.  But Dalinar's backstory more than made up for that, so I'll let it pass...for now.

Also the Szeth-Nightblood team seems to be working out surprisingly well, even though that sword is a goddamn menace.  You. Do. Not. Make. Sentient. Magic. Swords. That. Kill. On. Every. Plane. Of. Existence. And. Tell. Them. To. "Destroy Evil." Without. Specifying. What. Evil. Is.  Goddamnit Vasher.  Still, I reckon Nightblood might be able to kill a Shard, so having it around might be useful.