Mangler's awesome book thread.

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Vaen
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Re: Mangler's awesome book thread.

Postby Vaen » Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:11 am

Halfway through The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin and digging it a lot so far. The series (The Broken Earth Trilogy) is pretty well-reviewed and I'm stoked for the second book already.

Alaina
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Re: Mangler's awesome book thread.

Postby Alaina » Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:30 am

Since Islington's second book won't be out until June, I went and picked up the second book of the new Michael Sullivan series "The Legends of the First Empire."

The first book Age of Myth was really good, and the second is called Age of Swords

I just keep shuffling between newer fantasy series, so it's a waiting game for the subsequent books to come out.

Jael
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Re: Mangler's awesome book thread.

Postby Jael » Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:09 am

I got halfway through Feists Magician and decided it was a novel representation of his last D&D campaign. Unreadable imo.

Just started Prince of Nothing and immediately breathed a sigh of relief, even if his writing is slightly pretentious the plot line so far is far more engaging and characters seem better thought out.

I loved the first three Mistborn and was enjoying Stormlight Archive until the latest because by the end I was utterly confused as to how all the factions and competing interests interrelated to be honest lol.

Vaen
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Re: Mangler's awesome book thread.

Postby Vaen » Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:24 am

Jael wrote:I got halfway through Feists Magician and decided it was a novel representation of his last D&D campaign. Unreadable imo.


The first trilogy (which gets a little better by Silverthorn) is worth getting through just to get to the Krondor's Sons duology (A Prince of the Blood and The King's Buccaneer) and the Serpentwar Saga tetralogy which Krondor's Sons sets up. That six book stretch is far and away Feist at his best. The second book in the Serpentwars (Rise of a Merchant Prince) is up there as one of the best fantasy books I've ever read. He falls off pretty quickly after the Serpentwars though.

Also, funny thing about your D&D comment -- that's almost precisely what it was, and published in 1982, it may be one of the first still-around and still-read novels to do that.

From: Raymond E. Feist
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995

In 1975 or so, I fell into a game with some friends at an apartment off campus (UCSD). It was called "D&D" but it wasn't. By the time I came aboard, they'd already tossed most of the original rules as being "dumb" and replaced them with "house rules" which we got on xeroxed sheets. If you're old enough to remember the original white box of D&D, you'll understand how incomprehensible most of the rules were. Anyway, Midkemia was original a bunch of unrelated dungeons, but by the time I came aboard, they had started running overlands from dungeon to dungeon. We got into keeping "real time" and having the DM keep the character sheets. That eliminated a character being run in multiple-dungeons at the same time (common in D&D back then) or suddenly showing up with massive treasure and weapons while still in another dungeon (also common) and other irritating stuff along those lines. Cities were begun as a place to do stuff between adventures, and became environments of their own. It was Conan LaMont who coined the name "Midkemia" and he said he had no idea what it meant--he just liked the sound. The environment has evolved for over 20 years now, with tens of thousands of hours of creation by dozens of people.

From: Stephen Abrams
Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996

The first 'true' Midkemia game/campaign started in 1976. It was mostly composed of a group of University of California, San Diego, students and graduate students. At it's most active (early to mid 80's), there were as many as 12 active GMs, each controlling and developing pieces of the world, varying from single Cities (and 'dungeons') to entire continents (like Ray's Novindus). There are a handfull of groups out there that got seeded with rules (mostly by someone leaving San Diego and starting a new group). Local role-playing has unfortuneately taken a backseat to work and raising families but we're working on a new 'adventure' as we 'speak'. I guess I could be called the 'original GM' with Jon Everson #2 (you know, Abramsev and Evdem [no, we didn't make up the names, just got pasted with them]).


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Re: Mangler's awesome book thread.

Postby Arkan » Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:55 pm

Jael wrote:I loved the first three Mistborn and was enjoying Stormlight Archive until the latest because by the end I was utterly confused as to how all the factions and competing interests interrelated to be honest lol.


The fact that the last Stormlight also has appearances by people from a few other books in the cosmere is probably partly why you are thrown off. Also, even knowing all those other books well, it is easy to get confused. I've read most of Sanderson's stuff twice, so that helps, but even so, I might use google to help. It's actually pretty clear, it's just difficult to keep it all remembered and sorted in your head.

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Re: Mangler's awesome book thread.

Postby Ragyn » Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:02 pm

I liked the prince of nothing series a lot, though the ending left me wanting for something more, but all in all it was pretty good. Also will echo whoever mentioned Dan Simmons, best sci fi books I've ever read, really like how he draws on "real life" litterature and philosophy. Absolutely loved the whole Endymion/Hyperion/Illium(Olympus?) series.

Arkan
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Re: Mangler's awesome book thread.

Postby Arkan » Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:30 pm

Dan Simmons has some great stuff. Just don't read anything after like 2010 :-P He turns a little... disappointing.


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