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Official Recommendation Thread: Books

Discussion in 'Books and Anime Discussion' started by Marguerida, Apr 5, 2005.

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  1. Erandil

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    Yeah when it comes to prose I would either suggest something from Guy Gavriel Kay (my personal favourite is Under Heavens but I think most of his books should easily qualify for a recommendation) or indeed Name of the Wind, which I admittedly no longer view as positively as I once did but still think as one of the better books in the genre, especially in regards to its prose.

    Red Sister is in my opinion the best book of Mark Lawrence and it is one of my favourite books of last year but I am unsure if I would call its prose exceptional. Plus, I feel like the second book in the series, which came out this month, doesn't match up to its predecessor in most aspects so while it is something I would certainly suggest to any serious fantasy fan it might not be the best fit for you. Joe Abercombies work is definitely worth trying out, especially the First Law trilogy.

    Other suggestions I would have are The Tiger and the Wolf (Iron/Bronze Age shapeshifters) which surprised me with a very unique and interesting concept and of course something written by Christian Camero, also known as Miles Cameron who while maybe not having the most executional prose is in my opinion one of the best current authors in the field when it comes to world building and large scale "action"-scenes. He mostly writes some of the best historical fiction available (as Christian Cameron) but his five book fantasy series "The Traitor Son Saga" is in my opinion one of the better works produced in the genre in the last decade (and more importantly it is finished...) though in my opinion the later books are sadly unable to match the first two entries.

    Huh, I have to admit that I feel completely the opposite way. I found the first book to be best one in the bunch with every additional addition becoming successively worse ^^.
     
  2. Mutton

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    The first sequel book of solid, but the latter two are meh
     
  3. Lamora

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    So, I searched DLP high and low and couldn't find any reference whatsoever to the awesomeness that is motherfucking Goblin Slayer.

    To give you a summary - imagine if Berserk were spliced with OD&D, and centered around a single munchkin-crazy murderhobo who really, really hates goblins.

    It's a light novel, and there's certainly anime themes and shit (tiddies), but the world has surprising depth besides that in that it actually examines the cultural consequences of a world where adventurers are a sort of society staple, and why people would hire them at all vs. keeping a guard force (having to pay death benefits, upkeep vs contract). It's dark as hell too - the first couple chapters goes extremely in depth into what happens when a group of well meaning freebooters runs into a group of rapacious, evil goblins.

    To give you a reference for how fucking good this is: I found it 12 hours or so ago. I have since bought and read all 4 of the current english-translated light novels, and the manga. It also has an anime coming out sometime this year.

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    Do yourself a favor, DLP.
     
  4. BTT

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    I dunno. I read a couple of chapters of the manga a while back and it seems like nothing more than a bad LN, except the protagonist isn't a weak-willed overpowered idiot but a Hard Man Making Hard Decisions While Hard. Edgy shlock, in other words. Very little changes, it seemed. I won't derec it but I definitely wouldn't rec it either.
     
  5. fire

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    I still have no idea how it got an anime tbh. Episode 1 will be a glorious grimdark orgy that's for sure.
     
  6. KHAAAAAAAN!!

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    Aye I got through the first two or three arcs of the manga and then promptly dropped it after seeing that the unchanging main selling point of each was "badass kills goblins in truly gruesome detail, occasionally rescuing helpless naked damsels people as a side effect." Maybe the LN was better I dunno.
     
  7. CareOtters

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    Mark Lawrence's Grey Sister just dropped a few days ago, the sequel to Red Sister.

    Some of it is excellent and new, despite the somewhat stale setting of vaguely mystic combat school. At first it appears to be a fantasy novel, but as things go on it's revealed that the (square) moon is actually a satellite reflecting the sun to warm a band around the equator - the setting is a frozen ice ball with only this relatively narrow strip of habitable territory in the middle. We didn't see a huge amount yet, but the geography alone promises potential conflict in the future.

    The protagonist fits into the delightfully murderous child category which seems to have been getting popular recently. It's done fairly tastefully here, and only as a tool of necessity rather than the excessive wannabe grimdark of Lawrence's Prince of Thorns series.

    Will check back after reading, but the first is definitely worth a look.
     
  8. KHAAAAAAAN!!

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    This is roughly third in my backlog. I'm excited though. I enjoyed Red Sister far more than Fools/Thorns.
     
  9. Erandil

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    I really enjoyed Red Sister but found Grey Sister to be something of a let down that didn't match its predecessor, failing to really make use of the plotthreads and characters the first book introduced. It isn't a bad book, even if the whole "dystopia" approach is getting more than a little old in my opinion, and I would perhaps even go so far and say it is his best series yet but Grey Sister really reduced my expectations and hopes for the series. And I am really no fan of the central plotwist/character that dominated the early part of this book so heavily, in my opinion it really destroyed a lot of the tone/feeling that made the first one so special.
     
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    Now that I've finished reading Grey Sister, I have to agree.

    In a lot of ways it's emblematic of the traditional pitfalls of the second book in a trilogy. There are no bones to the story, just cartilage. Weaker connecting tissue and gristle.

    Keot was a wholly unnecessary annoyance. Many of the vivid characters explored in the previous book existed primarily off-screen. A series of unrelated events happened, one after the other, with no connection to the plot, and then in the last quarter of the book some plot snapped back into being.

    For the most part, the first two-thirds of the book accomplished absolutely nothing. I did really like the disguise test with the puzzlebox hidden in the tree. That was an excellent moment with a clever solution.

    I haven't been this disappointed by a sequel since the follow-up to Anthony Ryan's Blood Song.
     
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