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Took me a bit...l posted 02 Jul 2006, 03:07 by FizbansTalking_Hat, Commoner

So, I'm new to the site, hello. I registered for this site a couple of months ago, when I picked up the trilogy, but I haven't had time to really get into the book. Basically I wanted to comment on the fact that it took me a bit to get into this story. I picked it up a few months back when I had time and read the first 70 pages and then put it down b/c it was a lot to take in at once. I'm used to complex story lines, as some of my favorite authors and worlds are: George R.R. Martin (ASOIAF), Steven Erikson (Malazan), so it's not that I didn't understand what was going on in the book or what was being told to me. Alot of it was a mystery that I can tell you have to put together yourself, but for some reason it took me a few tries to get into this series properly. I'm now past page 100 and it's starting to pick up, I'm seeing threads being formed. Just something I wanted to say, don't know if you felt the same way at all, and I look forward to posting here more often. Cheers. view post

posted 02 Jul 2006, 13:07 by FizbansTalking_Hat, Commoner

I am enjoying the novel very much so, finding it hard to put down. The characters are very rich, and the ebst comparison I have is that it has a feel like Erikson's Malazan series. The characters are very real in their confusion in teh face of so much change in their world. And it's not all black and white good standard fantasy. You have good guys doing bad deeds for justified reasons in their eyes, and thats very real, b/c we all do that. Very good book, glad a friend of mine told me about it, cheers. view post

posted 06 Jul 2006, 08:07 by Danforth, Commoner

I'm also new to the site. hi. And have waited until I finished the first book to post here. But also as fan of Erikson and Martin I had a completely different experience, I found the book very easy to get into partly because the first section concentrated on Akka which was fairly easy to follow. I finished tDTCB last night and it was very good, I still cant understand why it captivated me so much but I found it very difficult to put down. I'm now very much looking forward to tWP. view post

posted 06 Jul 2006, 16:07 by FizbansTalking_Hat, Commoner

Now that I'm into it, I am loving this book, but for some reason it was a struggle to really want to finish the first few chapters. He has a similiar writing style to that of Steven Erikson I find, cheers. view post

posted 06 Jul 2006, 18:07 by Legion, Commoner

New to the site as well. Just dropped by for the first time yesterday. Anyway, I had a near identical scenario to the one FTH had. I bought the book around the new year but after reading the first 40 pages or so put it down and went on to other things. Took a beach trip two weeks ago and determined to finish tDtCB. I didn't re-read those 40 pages but just hoped right in where my book mark was. I found it infitinetly easier to get into this time. Funny, that. view post

Re: Took me a bit...l posted 14 Aug 2008, 21:08 by Cnaiür, Peralogue

When I first purchased The Darkness That Comes Before in mid-2003 I was sucked into a world and writing style like no other I've ever experienced. Just the prelude alone took a few days and a handful of reads. Such exquisiteness I wanted to laminate and frame each paragraph. Such depth of character I could smell their liver and pancreas. I was trying to savour every word and sentence strung together. I was flipping pages with such delicate care in fear they would crumble just by the intensity of what was written (or what was resonating throughout all of me). This sentence alone on pg. 5, "The mountain breeze was bitter with the smell of bruised pine." rabbit-holed me into memories of Europe where all I remember of the smells there were cow shit and bruised pine. Bruised pine! It was then and there I knew I was holding onto something incredible. Even with a full-time job, the grind of daily responsibilities, and gf issues (vivid images of Scylvendi discipline flashed before my soul's eye) I always found some space and time to submerge myself in-between those pages. Chapter 12 is when I put the book down. Not because I lost interest. No. It was because that entire chapter struck profound blow after blow within me. I reached a point I became so overwhelmed I could no longer proceed any further. I recall spending the next 2-3 weeks in a hypnotic state thinking about nothing else except those words, those sentences, those paragraphs. And placing them in the context of life, my life. I felt like I was [i:1vq2pcn2]awake[/i:1vq2pcn2]. Like an intense yearning was spiraling within me, through me. It was like living in a dream within a dream within a dream, like being more awake then I've ever been, and like standing outside myself and everything else. But, then an even more strange thing occurred. The gf issues were solved and I was getting laid again. That dream-like wakefulness all ended days after having non-stop make-up sex, so much I was left yoked and braindead. I swear, it was like all that profoundness and wakefulness blew out of my cock and into warm oblivion, leaving me cold and hollow. I began thinking about living the Ghandi life. The life of celibacy. If nirvana ends with spilling the seed, then I will never spill mine when I reach nirvana. I was sacked. I felt raped of something wonderful. But I digress...... Now, over 5 years and 100 books later, I have finally picked up TDTCB to absorb it once again, this time determined to read it the whole way through. I've started from the beginning and its still as fresh and new as ever. Still as profound and moving. I'm still feeling those waves of sensations in my body from time to time. This is how stories should be! I've reached pg. 500 and still going strong! It took me a bit.... a long bit... but after my experiences through and in-between reads I just might mark my arm with a swazond after I'm done with this one. Even go as far as a swazond for each book! :mrgreen: view post

Re: Took me a bit...l posted 15 Aug 2008, 00:08 by Harrol, Moderator

Wow that was well said. I processed the information differently than you. Every time I read the series it is like reading it new and I really enjoy it. view post

Re: Took me a bit...l posted 19 Aug 2008, 00:08 by Cnaiür, Peralogue

Well... I [b:3h8dvii4]finally[/b:3h8dvii4] completed reading The Darkness That Comes Before the other day! Woo-hoo! :D What an exhilarating read! A great way to end the first book. I never expected Skeaös to be a Consult spy. Its got me thinking about all the other characters in the book, even the Mandate ones, like Nautzera. I'm already edgy to begin The Warrior Prophet, which has been sitting on my bookshelf still crisp, new, and virgin tight for over 2 years. :lol: Unfortunately, I passed by the library the other day, cuz I had time to kill before an appointment, and walked out with 2 Philip K Dick books. I've already plowed through A Scanner Darkly, and just started Valis today ( :shock: :!: ). This man is one of a kind! Once I'm done Valis I'm going to begin The Warrior Prophet. I just hope it doesn't take me over 5 years again. :lol: Sometimes I read certain books at a slower rate than normal, and some I read quicker, and at the rate I've been going with Scott's book he might have the 3rd trilogy already released before I've even finished reading the first trilogy. :mrgreen: He probably writes them faster than I read them. Actually, he does! :lol: Truly, I already consider Scott's writing and story (so far) as one of the best out there. Almost worthy of being king in my heart. Its incredible for a first book. I hope Scott can keep the books coming. 8) Definitely worthy of a swazond. :mrgreen: view post


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