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Werthead Candidate | joined 28 July 2006 | 14 posts


great reads in fantasy? posted 21 August 2006 in Literature Discussiongreat reads in fantasy? by Werthead, Candidate

Scott Lynch's debut novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora may be up your street then. A great book. Gritty in places, although there's a lot of good humour in there as well.

Guy Gavriel Kay's books have a reasonable amount of grittiness in them, but also some really great writing. I've seen people draw close parallels between Kay and Bakker's writing and I can kind of see what they're getting at (Kay is somewhat more optimistic though). Kay's best books (IMO) are The Lions of Al-Rassan, Tigana, A Song for Arbonne and The Last Light of the Sun.

Probably the closest author to your description though is the mighty Paul Kearney, in particular his series The Monarchies of God. A great series, but sadly out-of-print now. You may get lucky and find the books second-hand, and Bantam are planning an omnibus edition in the next couple of years. The first book is Hawkwood's Voyage. The series is reminiscent of Erikson or Martin, but with guns, cannons and massive naval battles. Great stuff. Kearney is also writing a new series called The Sea-Beggars which is possibly even better. The first two books (both in print) are called The Mark of Ran and The Earth That Abides. view post


Fantasy posted 21 August 2006 in Literature DiscussionFantasy by Werthead, Candidate

The use of magic in books is a difficult one to address. For example, as much as I thoroughly enjoy Erikson, the question of how the planet wasn't blown to pieces thousands of years ago given the powers some of these characters can wield does arise.

Martin does do it well, with the magic levels rising gradually. In fact, I think some of the choices he made in AFFC may have given us too much magic. Magic is a mysterious force when you're not sure how it works. Showing us a Valyrian magical telephone system somewhat diminishes that effect.

Jordan, despite his many sins, has a good take on magic. Thinking of it as a science and giving it extremely tight rules which also allow flexibility has given him a magic 'system' that is fairly impressive. Until Scott's introduction of the Gnosis, Psukhe and aganonic magics, the One Power was one of the more interesting and well-defined magic systems out there. True, it would be more impressive if the monolithic organisations that have studied magic for 3,700 years hadn't learned less than four 18-year-old girls had in less than two years, but there you go.

I think the worst thing a writer can do is make his magic so badly-defined that the characters can solve every problem they encounter through some hitherto unseen use of magic. Far more satisfying if you know that the sorcerer cannot escape from a trap as a dozen Chorae are aimed at his back, or because he's wandered into a dead magic zone, and he overcomes it through his own ingenuity rather than lazy deus ex machina. view post


Erikson Neophyte posted 21 August 2006 in Literature DiscussionErikson Neophyte by Werthead, Candidate

A good series with an original approach to how to tell an epic fantasy saga (not many sagas have three books you can start the series with, although starting with Gardens of the Moon is the best approach). Lots of battles, some great characters and a general over-the-top, swashbuckling atmosphere. The end of Deadhouse Gates and pretty much most of Memories of Ice are extremely powerfully written and I've had grown men tell me how they cried at reading some passages in those books (I think this is going somewhat OTT myself). Erikson can also be damn funny when he wants to be (this is more prevalent in the later books).

That said, the third book is the best and the law of diminishing returns kind of sets in after that. The sixth book is pretty disappointing, but ends on a cool cliffhanger and hopefully the seventh will be better.

Erikson is also laudable for the rapidity of his publishing schedule. Book 7 is out in March and Book 8 is out just a year later. view post


a song of ice and fire? posted 24 August 2006 in Literature Discussiona song of ice and fire? by Werthead, Candidate

There will be seven books in the series, according to GRRM:

5. A Dance with Dragons
6. The Winds of Winter
7. A Dream of Spring (formerly A Time for Wolves but GRRM changed it)

There will also be A Song of Ice and Fire Companion, co-written by GRRM and Linda and Elio from the Westeros site, likely out in late 2007 or more likely in 2008. view post


a song of ice and fire? posted 27 August 2006 in Literature Discussiona song of ice and fire? by Werthead, Candidate

No probs. Also, the companion book will be called The World of Ice and Fire. view post


great reads in fantasy? posted 27 August 2006 in Literature Discussiongreat reads in fantasy? by Werthead, Candidate

I found Irvine's first series to be okay, but nothing special. The writing was really quite poor in places, but the more steampunk setting and his great descriptions of geography nearly made up for it. After finishing the fourth book I think I can say I did not find the time wasted, but at the same time felt no urge to move onto the sequel series. view post


a song of ice and fire? posted 16 September 2006 in Literature Discussiona song of ice and fire? by Werthead, Candidate

Yes, Dabel Brothers are working on an adaption of The Sworn Sword as we speak and plan to start work on A Game of Thrones soonafter. There has been a hint that the AGoT adaption may strictly be graphic novel format only (no monthly release) due to its sheer size, but nothing has been confirmed as yet. view post


Who is most offensive. posted 16 September 2006 in Literature DiscussionWho is most offensive. by Werthead, Candidate

I'm not getting the Bunch-hate, either. The Seer King Trilogy has a fair amount of sex in it, but most of it is consensual, merely,erm, over-described. Take out the sex, though, and you have a perfectly reasonable cod-fantasy take on the Napoleonic Wars. Some reasonable battle scenes as well.

Hubbard is by far the worst on that list though. Mission Earth is simply the most jaw-droppingly misogynistic, homophobic, elitist, racist pile of steaming cack I've ever read. It was even worse than Eddings' The Tamuli (merely out of writing skill, not comparing the amount of homophobia and racism in the two works, which in Eddings is indeed much milder), which is really saying something. The only good idea in the whole series was that it was narrated from the POV of the bad guy, and Hubbard even cacked that up. view post


Aspect-Emperor status posted 05 December 2006 in Author Q & AAspect-Emperor status by Werthead, Candidate

Orbit Books said on the SFX Forum that their date for Aspect-Emperor is May 2008, regardless that it will come out in Canada and the USA 6 months or more beforehand. They did the same thing with The Thousandfold Thought.

And I am from the ASoIaF board. 2011 is what the optimists are saying, but 2013 sounds about right.

When Bakker does return, triumphant but probably bloodied, it would be interesting to find out if 'Aspect-Emperor' is the book title, the series title (and the book has a different title) or both, and if he's sticking with the duology route or going to a trilogy (which he said was a possibility at a signing in September). view post


Neuropath posted 07 December 2006 in Author Q & ANeuropath by Werthead, Candidate

Orbit have looked at Neuropath but have not decided yet to pick it up or pass on it, I know that much. I also know that Orbit have given Aspect-Emperor a provisional release date of May 2008 in the UK. But that's about it. view post


Neuropath posted 09 December 2006 in Author Q & ANeuropath by Werthead, Candidate

Pat5150 from Pat's Fantasy Hotlist emailed Scott recently about Neuropath. [url=http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?showtopic=14386:3g5rvorf]The reply[/url:3g5rvorf] was as follows:

As for Neuropath, there's really not much that I can say at this point, except that exciting things are afoot both in Hollywood and New York.
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A Song of Ice and Fire to Become TV Series posted 14 June 2007 in Literature DiscussionA Song of Ice and Fire to Become TV Series by Werthead, Candidate

(coming in a bit late but still...)

No, they're starting work on it now (although it's not formally comissioned yet, they're writing scripts and starting to look for locations to film in). GRRM himself doesn't expect it on air until 2009 at the earliest. Book 5 should be out in early 2008, so he's got seven years from now to finish Book 6 and eight years from now to finish Book 7, more or less.

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Neuropath out in 2008? posted 23 June 2007 in Off-Topic DiscussionNeuropath out in 2008? by Werthead, Candidate

Someone at Westeros.org just pointed out that Amazon.co.uk are [url=http&#58;//www&#46;amazon&#46;co&#46;uk/Neuropath-Scott-Bakker/dp/0752891510:2a4j8yni]now listing[/url:2a4j8yni] Scott Bakker's Neuropath as coming out from Orion Books in May 2008. Interesting news, if accurate. view post


Rome posted 24 June 2007 in Off-Topic DiscussionRome by Werthead, Candidate

Season 2 is the best season of television I've watched in the last decade. It is a masterclass in how you write and pace a television drama. view post


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