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Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 18 December 2004 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by Gable, Candidate

Okay, what I mean by that is...what are your favorite parts in any books when something so unbelievably shocking happened it made you scream 'OH GREAT JESUS!!!"--or some similar blasphemy. And, of course, to get things rolling...here are mine:

1) Game of Thrones - Now..though I risk spoiling this for someone, if you haven't read all the GoT books yet...you deserve this, you freak, haha. Anyway.The part where Rob gets killed. I screamed and screamed. I couldn't believe it was happening. And also, later in the book, where the Red Viper fights the Mountain that rides, and has him beat...then gets brutally, brutally killed. Fantastic! Horrifying, but fantastic!

2) Wheel of Time - You may say you hate Wheel of Time, but you know in your heart of hearts that is not true. When Rand al'Thor faces the Dark Lord..if Matt Cauthon or Perrin ever died...don't fool yourself, my friend..it's okay to love those boys. ANYHOW. Book 6, I think, when the Aes Sedai came into Rands throne room with slaves carrying a chest of 'gold', then the slaves turned out to be Aes Sedai and they bound him and put him in the chest and walked past all his friends and his entire army with him inside, claiming that he'd 'gated' away. I was in a dentists waiting room and screamed 'Holy fucking shit!'

3) This one...this one IS too special to spoil. Perhaps the greatest, most bittersweet, tragic thing I've ever read or even known. The ending of Tigana, by Guy Gavriel Kay. Won't tell you if you haven't read it, but I will say this: as I read, I was like...Hmm...mmmm...okay..uh-hu......................what? what does that mean? who the? what could...(eyes boggle in realization)...NOOOOOOOOOOOOO---oh sweet god no...NOOOOO!!!!!!!! Actually--I was so distraught I made Luke Skywalker look calm and composed upon learning that Darth was his father. Tears of sadness and joy followed, my friends.

Anyway, just thought I'd share. And remember...don't hate too too much on Wheel of Time. Just be glad you're young, and will hopefully still be alive when it ends. More than many can hope for.

Let's hear yours. view post


Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 18 December 2004 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by AjDeath, Didact

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3) This one...this one IS too special to spoil. Perhaps the greatest, most bittersweet, tragic thing I've ever read or even known. The ending of Tigana, by Guy Gavriel Kay. Won't tell you if you haven't read it, but I will say this: as I read, I was like...Hmm...mmmm...okay..uh-hu......................what? what does that mean? who the? what could...(eyes boggle in realization)...NOOOOOOOOOOOOO---oh sweet god no...NOOOOO!!!!!!!! Actually--I was so distraught I made Luke Skywalker look calm and composed upon learning that Darth was his father. Tears of sadness and joy followed, my friends.
[/quote:1sctpken]Holy umm, yeah. The ending of that book almost made me cry, and I don't cry. Such a bittersweet ending. view post


Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 20 December 2004 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by Voland, Candidate

I have to say a Song of Ice and Fire as well.

In Game of Thrones (is the first book not the name of the series) when Ned bites it, and the Red Wedding in Storm of Swords. The Red Wedding had me up till 6 in the morning reading just to get as far away from the scene as possible.



Erikson has some really great scenes too, but I'll refrain from posting them due to spoilers. Oh well, in DhG when Icarium almost gets really pissed in Tremorlor, and the end of the Chain of Dogs.
There are too many to list.


Uther Doul fighting in The Scar. Anything with The Weaver in Perdidio Street Station.


Bakker obviously. view post


Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 07 January 2005 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by saintjon, Auditor

Spoiler for The Wizard

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when it hit home that Able was friggin dead. Didn't take long, but i ought to have figured it out at the end of the Knight really.




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I hear you on all points so far, I dunno if anyone's read Kate Elliot's Crown of Stars the part with the giant fire angels was pretty friggin extreme, not to mention the utterly amazing coolness of Alain's journey through a lost world in book 5 (I think it was book 5).

hmmmm what else.... that assassin war in Gardens of the Moon. Sweet. Vulgar display of power by Raiste was pretty kickass too.

Specific moments from Prince of Nothing for me would be that first battle against the Fanim in the Warrior-Prophet, and the part where those Scarlet Spires threw down against Akka. view post


Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 08 January 2005 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

The red wedding in ASOIAF for sure, ned losing his head was pretty powerfull too. I loved the end of Tigana also. view post


Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 19 January 2005 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by Da-krul, Auditor

Yea when I read that part about Ned, I was like "Wait....he died..... he can't die, he has chapters written about him! Naw he couldn't of died"

*Flips back to beginning of chapter and attempts to prove self wrong* view post


Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 21 January 2005 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by Edge, Peralogue

Yeah, definitely the Red Wedding in ASoIaF.

I had to read that passage two or three times over to make sure it said what I thought it said. view post


Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 22 January 2005 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by Epitaphs, Candidate

Definitely that last arrow flying Deadhouse Gates. I had to reread that section four or five tiems, and each time it hit me again.

Ned dying in A Game of Thrones is pretty close, though.

The ending to Steven King's Dark Tower, when I realized how much it was going to suck. I haven't seen anyone else's reaction to this, but just the fact the author steps in, literally, to say "Do not enter here, ye of taste". Jesus was that disappointment. view post


Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 23 January 2005 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by saintjon, Auditor

LOL never thought of it that way. view post


Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 24 January 2005 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by Da-krul, Auditor

hehehe I know! Like anyone who actualy reads taht warning will head it, or pay any attention too it, though I did like the actual ending though view post


Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 24 January 2005 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by ilana richardson, Candidate

yeah i'm not sure if George Martin killing off main characters like Ned and Rob is good or bad. I mean its a nice difference to the usual bouts of fantasy but its so frustrating when an author creates a character that you slowly grow to like and admire then destroyes him. So yeah, Rob at the wedding was great in that it made me feel emotion, which is i guess what authors are after.

...i don't know. Maybe i'm just a sucker for a happy ending. Thats why i never watch reality tv or jerry springer. view post


Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 26 January 2005 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by Epitaphs, Candidate

I just like surprises, whether happy or not. Unexpected storytelling, done well, doesn't have to have death around every corner--it just works for Martin.

I can't even imagine how different his story would be today if he had let Ned live. The North wouldn't have seceeded, the red wedding wouldn't have happened, and some other stuff. Yeah. I need to re-read that series.

And honestly, how you could have enjoyed the ending to the Dark Tower, the Dark fuckin' Tower, is beyond me(though the only other person I know who has read all the books enjoyed it, so it's very possible I'm in the minority). I mean, I remember reading Wizard and Glass oh so many years ago, and that moment when Roland travels in to the ball, and finds himself at the Tower, and he shouts out how it will not stand, in the voice of a King.

And then he gets there and he has the mute draw the bad guy away. 'Cept his big flaming eyes.

That was a bigger disappointment then the VERY end. And I thought that sucked too. view post


Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 28 January 2005 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by anor277, Didact

While I enjoyed ASOIAF, the truly gobsmacking moment for mine in recent literature was in Philip Pullman's Northern Lights when Lyra finally learns what the Gobblers are doing to the children they have kidnapped. I was jumpy for a week afterwards. view post


Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 04 February 2005 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by Aesmael, Candidate

I find science fiction stories to be good for that sort of thing. Most recent example that springs to mind is the end of Reynolds' Diamond Dogs. Also time travel, anytime an author decides to write about time travel that seems to be taken as their chance to make the reader to feel as though they have been kicked in the gut.

The soiaf, yes, a number of good examples there. Malazan not so much. Plenty of times I felt sad (that arrow, for example), but no events events where I felt gutwrenching shock.

Best example for me is Miura's Berserk, which I seem to be spending an excessive amount of energy to promote here. As someone on another forum said just recently, the ending of the television series comes close to doing emotional damage to those who watch. In my opinion, it is easily a more horrific event (for the viewer, let alone the characters) than the Red Wedding. Perhaps I have said too much.

As far as the dark Tower goes, I enjoyed the ending, agree with King that it was the 'right' one. Only disappointment comes from the fact that the story I had hoped to read is the one that follows on from it. But I can live with that. view post


Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 14 June 2005 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by azdahak, Candidate

The opening of Memories of Ice, where we meet Kallor for the first time and find out that the most utter bastard and evil person in the Malazan univers is a human and not only that he defies the gods!!! <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: -->
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Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 17 June 2005 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by Arkmam, Candidate

The end of Memories of Ice (Malazan book 3). The attack on Coral (I think that was the name). I was in a "WTF?!?" state for several chapters. Especially when

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The end of Midnight Tides (Malazan book 5), in the throne room.

And the red wedding, of course. view post


Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 31 August 2005 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by RedShift, Candidate

I just want to agree totally with Aesmael in that the sad thing about the Dark Tower was that I really wanted to read the follow up series... Of course, this way, it gets left to your imagination.

I think I should look into Tigana... view post


Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 23 January 2006 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by Random, Commoner

Regarding Tigana... I'm sure you're talkinga bout the part where... Hm, how should I say this without a "spoiler"... ? Ah, the part where he says "What a harvest!...." I assume this is so, man, that certainly was a kick in the nuts. view post


Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 24 January 2006 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by xhaldur, Candidate

After I finished the GoT, almost everything thats happened in the series since then I've been able to predict to some degree. the Red Wedding I saw coming a mile away because Martin loves to just butcher lead chars... view post


Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 09 February 2006 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by Rellion, Candidate

Best 'Oh crap!' moments for me were --

1: ASoIaF Game of Thrones - The death of Eddard Stark. This had me grinding my teeth and going 'you bastard!' but it's also when I knew the series was going to be damn good. The Red Wedding I could feel coming several pages before it happened, so I wasn't near as surprised and it doesn't make its way onto this list for me.

2: 1st Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Book 1 - The rape of Lena by Thomas Covenant. I still refer to it as 'Page 86' due to where it is in my edition of it. I tossed the book across the room when that happened and didn't pick up the book again for a week. I finished the series and it is still one of the greatest trilogies I have ever read. After reading it, I could never bring myself to read Robert Jordan or RA Salvatore's novels again. view post


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