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"That's all you have to say? This is a momentous scene, you fat fool! This is where everything really, truly, finally begins! So squeeze the ale from your brain, mortal, and say something worthy of your kind. You stand before a god! Speak your eloquence for all posterity. Be profound!
This is not war. This is... what? Errant save us, I have no answer, no way to describe the magnitude of this slaughter. It is mindless. Blasphemous. As if we have forgotten dignity. Theirs, our own. The word itself. No distinction between innocence and guilt, condemned by mere existence. People transformed against their will into nothing more than symbols, sketchy representations, repositories of all ills, of all frustrations.
Is this what must be done? Take the enemy's flesh and fill it with diseases, corrupting and deadly to the touch, breath of poison? And that which is sick must be exterminated, lest it spread its contamination.
"I doubt," Buruk said in an empty voice, "there was time to suffer."
True. Leave that to us.
Terrified screams echoed as Shurq Elalle walked down the wide, high-ceilinged corridor to the Master Chamber of the Tolls Repository. Guards, servants, clerks and cleaning staff all succumbed to perfectly understandable panic. There was nothing worse, she reflected, than the unexpected visitations of dead relatives.
"What happened to the legs of my bed?"
"We needed the wood, master."
"Yes, but why only three of them?"
"I was saving the other for later. I found a bag of something that might be tea."
"Well." Tehol sat up. "I'm just amazed I slept through it."
"You were clearly very tired, Master."
"Yes, which is very understandable, given how busy I've been. I have been busy, haven't I?"
"I could not say, having been too busy myself to take much notice. But I have faith in your proclamations, master. You certainly slept like a man who'd been busy."
"Seems proof enough, I would say. I'm convinced. Now, while I've been working myself senseless, you make claim to having had many things on your table. Let's hear about them."
19 Orc Hunter
loved the Sharpe books
Jim Butcher's Dresdin files are a lot of fun. I would recommend him has well.
The Deed of Paksenarion trilogy by Elizabeth Moon
Elizabeth Moon is writing a followup series now - covering Dorrin Verrakai and Kieri Phelan's struggles with running duke/king-doms: Oath of Fealty and Kings of the North, with Echoes of Betrayal out this Feb. Includes some action with Paks too.
More Fantasy recommendations: Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy + the two standalone books (as someone on reddit's /r/fantasy posted in their AMA with Abercrombie; "it's like reading about a middle earth where Gandalf used the ring"). Or there's Richard Morgan's The Steel Remains. Give Jonathon Stroud's Bartimaeus trilogy a go too.
Sci-fi: Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon, Broken Angels and Woken Furies are awesomely rough-edged cyber-techno-punk dystopian spy/milporn crimestuff. Thomas Harlan's Wasteland of Flint, House of Reeds and Land of the Dead make for excellent space opera.
Edited by Shimmerglade on 2/2/2012 6:09 AM PST
This is a harsh judgement on a series that helped push Fantasy out of the geek realm into a more popular genre :-(
It's more that they are two different sub genres. High Fantasy (Eddings) versus Epic Fantasy (Martin). Sort of like the difference between Lewis and Tolkien. These days most refer to one as children's and one as young adult, but at the time they were written that distinction wasn't there. Lewis was focused on the struggle of good against evil, whereas Tolkien explored the insidious good/ evil in everyone. Ditto with Eddings versus Martin.
Unfortunately people like to be deep and spout interpretations of a Picasso rather than enjoy the reproduction of reality in a Michelangelo. They don't see the beauty of both.
Edited by Rauri on 2/4/2012 5:29 PM PST
Eddings died in my heart with the dreamers trilogy. the belgariad, the elenium and the tamuli were right up there with anne mcaffrey's pern novels in my early teens. sparhawk was the shiznitz.
Yea I never even finished the first one. But David Eddings dies in '09, so I don't blame him a whole lot. For the 4 series he wrote before that I'll forgive him the last one lol.
A Song of Ice and Fire-George R. Martin
There is this relatively new guy named Brandon Sanderson. His new series, "The Stormlight Archive", has only one book so far, but it's really, really good. His "Mistborn" trilogy is excellent as well. Read his stuff, read it I say!!!
90 Blood Elf Paladin
I know this sounds sketchy but a i started writing my own lore. My inspiration is from WoW and seeing that you like all these books i was wondering if you wanted to read my first draft/sketch of some lore i have been putting time into. I call it Eldgar. If you are interested please reply back to this as i have been wanting to share my lore for some time now.
Read Brandon Sanderson's books. The dude that finished the Wheel of Time. Mainly "The Mistborn Trilogy", and his new series "The Stormlight Archive". I have never read anyone who was as good at coming up with new systems of magic than this man. I truly believe this guy is part of Fantasy literature's future.
To those recommending the Malazan series. I tried the first book in this, and...well...I found the story to be interesting and all, but it's very difficult to understand. The author explains nothing about...well...anything really. Like the Warrans that people use magic from. What the heck are they? It is a series I am considering reading more of, I am just unsure. Does he ever start explaining these things?
The Dark is Rising, The book of three series is really good. The series goes - The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, and The High King. Hunger games too.
You are my hero for suggesting the Prydain Chronicles. Lloyd Alexander is a very under appreciated writer, and that series remains one my favorites. It has a very special place in my heart.
The Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.
- Dragon Wing
- Elven Star
- Fire Sea
- Serpent Mage
- The Hand of Chaos
- Into the Labyrinth
- The Seventh Gate
The Night Angel trilogy by Brent Week:
- The Way of Shadows
- Shadow's Edge
- Beyond the Shadows
The Dragon Prince and Dragon Star trilogies by Melanie Rawn.
- Dragon Prince
- The Star Scroll
- Sunrunner's Fire
- The Dragon Token
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