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  1. On 4/23/2019 at 11:44 AM, Bronn said:

    You're saying you don't watch the show?

    OMG you don't know what you're missing!

    I stopped watching after s4 I think... at the time I still had a glimmer of hope that another book would come out, lol me.   Eventually Ill break down and finish the show


  2. On 2/21/2019 at 8:05 AM, Mother Grabber said:

    I got a little tired of teenagers doing teenager things. 

    That happened for me reading Realm of the Elderlings books, got insufferable at times, but that got better in the second trillogy.  Im still looking forward to KKC.  Been busy lately so my reading time has been cut quite a bit, still on Red Seas and still enjoying it.

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  3. 1 hour ago, Mother Grabber said:

    I just finished the first Mistborn book last week.  I thought it was well written, but a little thin.  It felt like Dune lite.  The characters were engaging, though, and I'll likely continue with it.  Starting with Kingkiller book one today.

    I've finished the first 2 Age books by Michael J Sullivan.  They are very good.  They are a prequel to his Riyria series, which I liked better.  I have read all of those, and they are a lot of fun.  Not going to give you deep insight into the ways of the universe, but very entertaining.  The Age series happens thousands of years before Riyria, so it doesn't matter which you read first.  Having read Riyira first, I can see him setting up certain elements in those books.

    I have also finished the first 3 books in the Spellmonger series by Terry Mancour.  They are fantastic, can't recommend them highly enough.

    Gentlemen bastards are on my list, so good to see confirmation that its good. 

    I'm planning on reading either Mistborn or Stormlight once I finish with the Bastards and then on to King Killer since its been on my list a while.  Let us know how you like Kingkiller once youre into it.

    So many books on my list, I need to get another kindle.


  4. On 1/18/2019 at 10:05 AM, Bronn said:

    Glad you liked it! I had to go back and wiki some of it because I couldn't remember some of the details.

    I do remember thinking that the Falconer is one of the coolest villains I've read. The whole Bondsmagi angle is more of a thing in book 3 IIRC, but it comes in a little in book 2 as well.

    Book 3 reminded me more of something political like GoT, so that might be more your cup of tea, too.

    Once you get through all three, though, you're stuck like the rest of us waiting for The Thorn of Emberlain!

    Took a little break, but I'm starting Red Seas Under Red Skies now.  From the opening chapter I feel like I'm about to read Oceans 11 set in Atlantis, should be interesting. 

    I figured the guild of Bondsmagi were going to be a significant factor going forward.  Don't think they'll appreciate the treatment the Falconer recieved.

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  5. Finished up The Lies of Locke Lamora.  Overall great book, definitely a page turner, the story never bogs down as happens often in fantasy.  The gangs schemes are fun to read and the plot kept me guessing at the villian and their motivation (And then cursing that I should have seen it.)  Anyone looking for somthing with Fantasy, Mystery, Schemes and Adventure should enjoy - even if not wanting to read an entire series, TLoLL is a complete story in itself.  I'm looking forward to the next adventure of The Gentleman Bastards.

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    * Spoilers for Lies of Locke Lamora *

    Don't read if youre planning on reading the book yourself

    So, I'm about 2/3's through the book now.  poo has officially hit the fan.  I hate to say, I saw a lot of this comming... Locke wouldnt heed my warnings and gtfo out though, Bastard!  When the Grey King had the first meeting with Locke I knew this had to about Locke, not the Capa.  Locke had that feeling of recognizing the GK but not being able to place him and knowing all about the hideout under the temple... gut said, they're getting con'd.  My first suspect: Sabetha.  Then what happened to Nazca... Ok, this is about more than robbing them, GK could have simply done that.  I don't know what went down between Locke and Sebetha but, she is out to utterly destroy the GBs. Or, I could be way off and its not her at all, but thats my going theory.  And I'll have to pour three glasses to air tonight.  Also, damn Capa Barsavi, a keg of horse piss.  I can't even be mad at him for it.  And I dont think Locke's luck changing soon, desperation is about to drive him right into the spiders web.  Any

    * End Spoilers *

     

    Looking forward to see how things pan out

    Edit: I was very wrong it seems

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  7. 1 hour ago, Bronn said:

    IIRC the fantasy elements do remain somewhat low key so far in the series. There's just enough of a taste that you know it is there.

    A lot of the time thats for the best, the fantasy setting has given the the city and world a very interesting feel but no magical cop outs for problems. 

    Also since Ive just been reading TLK books, Uhtred is always lamenting about how the Romans were such great builders and how his people could never hope to reproduce what they could do, and how people were even too superstisious to live in Roman ruins at times. 

    I was reminded of that with the description of the Broken Tower, they have this beautiful damaged glass tower and they can only patch it with wood and stone, showcasing just how crude their ability is compared to those that came before.  Its not a huge plot point or anything but it adds nicely to character and mystery of the world - it even apparently took centuries before the rulers of this city would move into those towers because they feared who'd built them.

     


  8. I'm about 2/3's through LoLL now and things are really heating up.  I'm worried for the Bastards.  Lamora may be too clever for his own good again, the heat is on with this Grey King and then Capa Barsavi's request regarding Nazca, all that and the mysterious person... or thing thats been shadowing them.  And I'm sure someone gave kid Locke the sage advice of clutch once and run, clutch twice and swing, but he's determined to continue on with the Don Salavari  job.  Just have a bad feeling the gang is going to pay a price.

    So far the fantasy elements have been very low key, but its made an interesting enough backdrop.  The elderglass, the towers etc, and the city being the work of some forgotten race.  Hope that all gets expanded on more.

    Anyway, Im hooked.  Anyone else thinking of jumping into a series, this one is worth a look.  So far its kinda like the Faceless Men from ASoIaF, Skyrims Thieves guild, Sawyer from Lost, and the Godfather blended up.

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  9. On 1/9/2019 at 3:02 PM, Bronn said:

    Supposedly this prequel will involve the story of The Long Night. Should be pretty cool.

    I agree about Dunk and Egg. I was hoping that was one of the things being tabled when they were talking about multiple series, but IIRC it was shot down by GRRM that that would be one of them.

    Probably best that they didnt go with D&E.  One, he's not finished the story and two, I feel like they may be better suited as a set of movies. 

    The long night seems like a great idea, should be interesting, the only things we know of it are vague legends so they can get ceative with the story telling without backlash of having major changes to characters and plot.

    Finished up s3 of TLK, enjoyed it, think they did a great job overall of mashing up the two books it covered into a compelling season arc.

    Lastly, The Lies of Locke Lamora came, just read the prolouge, get the feeling I'm going to enjoy this.

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  10. 2 hours ago, Bronn said:

    oof on the MIA books. Hope you get them soon!

    I just saw that the guy that plays Aethelred in TLK, the one betrothed to Aethelfaed (lol this was one of the more confusing things in TLK tbqh, all the "Aethel's") has been cast as a character in the GoT prequel series.

    Good for him! But, I can't stand that dude's face, now. I absolutely loathe his character in TLK, so I don't know if that will impact how I view him on the new GoT.

    I checked the tracking, half my order took 2500 mile detour to AZ...

    All those damn Æthelings are hard to keep track off even having read the books lol. 

    I binged through 8 episodes of s3, they went with a much different format and shuffled books 5 and 6 quite alot, did a lot of combining different plots, glad I finished before starting.  Finan has really nailed his character.  Aethelwold man, I loved you when you groveled about tits, now you cut me deep. Ill watch ep 9 and 10 tonight.

    I havent checked in on what the GoT prequel is going to cover - around s4/5 GoT started to have too many things bother me and I quit watching.  I'd love a series of Dunk and Egg.


  11. First two seasons were BBC, then Netflix bought the show and produced season three, upped the budget and took it from 8 to 10 episodes a season.  There are probably more cringy lines, but I cant say its somthing Ive took much notice of.

    Leofric and Finan are great, hope they bring Steapa in more too, hes great in the books.  The actors playing Alfred and Beocca do a good job too.  I just finished another one of the books last night so should be good to binge through s3 now no matter how far it takes it.

    And those GB books I ordered, one came the rest are MIA,  the one that came is the 3rd though so I cant start yet

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  12. 19 minutes ago, Lumps said:

    I assume the poster who say roll with Allen are ok with tanking the season for a high pick. 

    From what we've seen (admittedly small sample vs team not goin at 100%) I'd say he MAY be the guy that could lock down the backup spot, certainly not our future, but thats fine.  I could see him comming in and doing enough to win some games, especially if we solidify our Oline, we have weapons to lean on to carry the load.  And if we were able to get the D straight so we dont need to win shootouts.  Say Cam isnt ready until mid season, I could see Allen winning 4 games maybe and keeping us in the running for when Cam could step back in.


  13. 7 hours ago, Bronn said:

    I actually just finished season 3 of The Last Kingdom last night, lol.

    It is a very good show. I have several characters that, because of the good acting, I really really liked. I'll second the recommendation for this, and I am probably going to try and get the books, too.
     

    The show does very good justice to the books, though it moves very fast, 2 books per season covered.  I haven't binged through s3 yet but will soon.


  14. By the way, if yall have interest, I'd suggest checking out the series Ive currently been reading, The Saxon Tales, by Bernard Cornwell.  Its not fantasy, but its got plenty if battling and even a bit of 'magic'

    Its basically a loose telling of how Wessex survived the Viking invasion and how England emerged.  All this told through the eyes of the (fictional) son of a Saxon lord, raised by danes, who ends up in service to King Alfred, but is torn between the two cultures and also on a quest to reclaim his usurped home.

    The books are short and fast paced, make for quick reads and its been fun for me in becoming more aquainted with the different regions of England.

    And as a bonus, theres a show with three seasons thus far on Netflix, The Last Kingdom, its worth a watch.

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  15. 3 hours ago, SOJA said:

    I'd enjoy if we had a good fantasy book and sci fi book threads on the huddle. trying to read more this new year 

    Enough suggestions in this thread to keep busy reading for a year or more, so hitting that goal will just take finding the time.  I used to read scifi when I was younger, mostly Star Wars, wouldnt mind reading some other scifi.

    I just ordered the three Gentleman Bastard books, will dive into those when they get here.  Now that Sanderson has two votes, Ill dive into one of his series after GB.

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  16. 1 hour ago, Arroz con Panther said:

    Have you read any of Brandon Sanderson's stuff? I thought his Mistborn Trilogy was good. I'm reading Elantris (his first published book) now. Now, that he has multiple series out, people are finding out that they're all connected in that they take place in the same universe, but different worlds. Apparently, if you dive into them you'll discover how they all connect or something.

    Of course, if you want to spend two years reading a series, you could read The Wheel of Time. There are 13 books in the series, I believe. The author passed away before finishing it. He designated Brandon Sanderson as the author to finish the series (2 books?) and fans were very receptive. I think I gave up in book 6. I wish I hadn't. The setting and magic system was really fun, but they're really, really long books and there are slow parts. I've heard if you make it to the final books that it's worth it.

    I have not read Mistborn but have heard before that its a good series, I should have said it was also one I was considering.  As for Wheel of Time, I'm not sure if I want to start, its a hell of a commitment.  Ive heard good and bad about it - that some of the books are great and that some are worth skipping.  I do love world building and getting immersed in the authors universe so it has that going for it.  I had that entire series on my kindle and was actually going to read it, unfortunately I lost the kindle several years ago.

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