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Stephen Erikson's Books posted 17 May 2005 in Literature DiscussionStephen Erikson's Books by SEF, Candidate

I've noticed the only complaints about this series comes from the ones ironically that haven't finished Gardens of the Moon. C'mon, the book is farthest from bad just alittle rough around the edges but the second half simply kicks arse. And Deadhouse Gates, Memories of Ice, etc are nothing if anything awe-inspiring fantasy. Shock and Awe. Steven Erikson delivers in ways that surpass IMO GRRM. view post


Erikson? posted 18 May 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionErikson? by SEF, Candidate

Steven Erikson blows me away. This is not your mother's standard D&D, ooh boy that grates the nerves when people make such ill shortened anal retentive observances. There is purpose and prefabrication flowing through these books, what appears to be an errant thread is soon woven into the growing tapestry. As you progress through the series, the links begin to mend and take shape.

IMO, Erikson surpasses even the master Tolkien in this regard. Tolkien was elaborate but ... straightforward. And the characterizations are topnotch too, each drama touching and always engaging.

Steven Erikson beyond doubt is my current favorite even toppling my previous favorite George R R Martin. view post


What's up with Terry Goodkind... posted 18 May 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat's up with Terry Goodkind... by SEF, Candidate

Quote: "Alric":6adhlhpg
That's a very good question. It even has some very specific answers.

Goodkind is a mediocre author. He is capable, if he's willing to put the time and effort into a book, to write a decent enough fantasy novel. He's also proven that he can and will gladly write very bad fantasy. His plots are terribly derivative... even of each other. Nearly every book is a repeat of 2 or 3 primary plot points. Books 1 and 2, along with Faith of the Fallen show what Goodkind can do. Books like Blood of the Fold and Pillars of Creation show just how bad he can be. He writes very pointed political and philosophical opinions into his novels, which I don't agree with though some may.

Still, that isn't the primary reason why people dislike Goodkind. He is generally reviled because of his attitude, ego and the way he interacts with people. He quite vocally claims to be the best author working in fantasy. He claims that every one of his novels creates new levels of thought and understanding for his readers. He scorns the rest of the genre, including Tolkien and other foundational authors. He claims to never read fantasy while his stories clearly bear the evidence of that lie. He is rude and insulting to those who have questions about his politics, philosophy or writing style.

Goodkind is a mediocre writer with a few pretty decent books, along with a few pretty terrible books. It's his attitude and interactions with other people that make him generally disliked.[/quote:6adhlhpg]

One of the best descriptions of this author I've read on the net. view post


Erikson? posted 19 May 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionErikson? by SEF, Candidate

~minor spoilers~


Oh yes, definitely. When several forces were converging on Darujhistan. And the conclusion of Rallick Nom, Hairlock, Tattersail, Paran, Crockus, and Lorne. The T'Lan Imass blew me away (and still do). Anomander Rake's sword Dragnipur is teh shit. Awesome concept.

I would say the most pivotal book is Memories of Ice, you learn plenty more as if there wasn't plenty given in Deadhouse Gates (in said volume particularly Shadowthrone, Cotillion, Dassem Ultor, the Bridgeburners, Dujek, and Whiskeyjack).

But in Memories of Ice, more revelations are in the offing about legend histories of K'Rul, Kallor the High King, Dragnipur, the Great Ravens, and a extraterrestrial god known as The Crippled God. And some other stuff that would be too spoilerish to drop here. I don't think I gave much away with the little I wrote here either.

~minor spoilers over~


This series rocks, Erikson is a new master of fantasy. That goes without finishing TDTCB and TWP. view post


Now Reading... posted 22 May 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by SEF, Candidate

"The Darkness that Comes Before" by Bakker and "Dungeon, Fire, & Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades" by John J. Robinson.

The latter is written in terse but throrough blow by blow narration. Found the volume at my local Barnes & Noble megastore at a bargain price of under $10.00 HC. Kingdom of Heaven sparked an interest in the Crusades and the Templar Knights and Hospitallers. Ridley Scott bent history into a Sir Walter Scott romantic vision including a portrayal of the brave Templars as sinister villains. They were amongst the most courageous warriors representing the Christendom, from their inception in the 12th century shortly after the First Crusade to their persecution, trial and torture by the inquisition, and disbandment in the 14th century. Excellent, exciting read and a title consistantly included in lists of books to be read concerning this historical subject. view post


Help! (Erikson Books) posted 22 May 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionHelp! (Erikson Books) by SEF, Candidate

They're available at Amazon.com.

Click on "New and Used" underneath each book title as Amazon.com's marketplace partners usually have on hand brand new imported volumes of Malazan Book of the Fallen. I had satisfactory success and there is usually more than one booksellers with these three imported books -- Memories of Ice, House of Chains, and Midnight Tides.

P.S. save money and TIME by purchasing the books from the same seller if possible. view post


R.A. Salvatore mentions Scott in passing posted 23 May 2005 in Interviews and ReviewsR.A. Salvatore mentions Scott in passing by SEF, Candidate

I don't even bother with writers of Salvatore's quality, why read the bottom rung when you can read the top rung. view post


Some issues about chronology... posted 24 May 2005 in Author Q & ASome issues about chronology... by SEF, Candidate

Quote: "bovine_buddha":2rrwgll2
Awwww... But I like those disgusting and deranged parts! Makes me feel sick and like retchi.....

On second thought maybe they were best left behind <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P -->

Jokes aside, I think you're definitely not over the top compared to other authors on that point. Personally, I can't stand how GRRM always refers to the male genitals using the extremely ugly word "cock". I mean, how many people acually think of it like that when taking a piss? Makes me wonder about his sanity <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->

Oopss.. treading strange ground here. Just ignore what I said, and be a happier man for it <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->[/quote:2rrwgll2]

Literary prudes are not the most kosher people in my book. They seem to enjoy grossly misconstruing the fact people like GRRM and Bakker will depict explicit realism either in graphic description or dialogue. C'mon folks, get with it, nobody's complaining about King or Clive Barker or Martel or Khalil or McCarthy, why complain about it in epic fantasy. Reminds me of the censor nazis back in the thirties, forties, and fifties of American cinema.

From the Dark Ages back through ancient history, the most civilized peoples and societies were capable of the greatest savagery and merciless acts. I.e. the Romans, Mayans, etc. I love this material as long as the author doesn't saturate his books with it, thus degrade his work, then it can get a bit nauseous a la Brunch's The Seer King trilogy and let's not forget Goodkind's silliness. Please no more literary prudes (speaking in general terms, writers need to ignore a relatively small voice among readers). Welcome this creative license with open arms, open hearts, and open minds! view post


A few questions . . . posted 27 May 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions . . . by SEF, Candidate

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:17bxxidx
I'm already running into problems (of the groaning editor kind) with the sheer length of the Appendices to TTT. These past few weeks have been blowing my mind, world-wise. I sometimes find it hard to believe I took all that time to cook this stuff up!

When I write my Bio, I'm going to call it Confessions of a World-junkie....[/quote:17bxxidx]

Buy the editor a doughnut and coffee or tell him/her they have great taste in office decor ... hehehe *winks*. I am a reader that loves detail in appendices and I hope the editor isn't being too difficult and remains negotiable. Best wishes! view post


Some issues about chronology... posted 29 May 2005 in Author Q &amp; ASome issues about chronology... by SEF, Candidate

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:2i6nmr6m

As for graphic depictions, I think it clearly comes down to motivation. If it's graphic simply for the sake of being graphic, it simply becomes less effective, I think. And writing is all about using language effectively.[/quote:2i6nmr6m]

Could you elaborate on 'motivation', I hear where you are coming from, but still. I always loved the descriptiveness of GRRM, which I think has a different motivation than perhaps yourself. Some people have commented how the "graphic" sex life of Tyrion turns their stomache, a few reactions approaching profane of the sacred. Geez, it never bothered me, I love the gritty and coarse characterizations in Martin's books because they are so, so honest to his fantasy vision.

BTW, I've just about knocked out TDTCB, and love the theocracy and politics, tenets and factions, history and prophecy, combined with the differing ideas made for some refreshing fantasy reading. view post


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