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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Gunny, Jan 9, 2006.

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  1. Gunny

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    I can't read Eddings, I tried but i just couldnt get into it.

    Tolkien is way too descriptive for me, it is too dry for my tastes.
  2. titanbuoy

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    I find fantasy has become a completely derivative genre. In my now somewhat limited experience I find they're either ripping off Tolkien, Asimov or Phil Dick. I haven't read anything that could be called truly original Sci-Fi / Fantasy since Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronicles of the Unbeliever stuff back in the late eighties (man they were great books). This is why the thought of reading some of Rowling’s work interests me. Sci-Fi / Fantasy when penned by someone who is capable and inspired is a fantastic genre, but generally it’s shelves are cluttered by the works of useless hacks who are just trying to cash in on the pulp fantasy market. I swear every second book my ex-wife read had a dragon on the cover… Harlequin Romances with a reptilian twist.

    I think it was that popular hack Terry Brooks who opened my eyes to this. I was attempting to read his book "The Sword of Shannara" when about 30 pages in it dawned on me that the book was just a complete Tolkien rip job. His follow-up "Elfstones of Shannara" in turn ripped of Stephen Donaldson’s Unbeliever series.

    I actually still have my original copy of "The Sword of Shannara"; it's a little worse for wear though, it doubled as a dart board for five years. It's tattered remains collect dust on a shelf in my den... a cautionary tale... a reminder to use a little more critical thought prior to making my purchases at the local bookstore.
  3. Mac Attack

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    I tried to read Brooks too. Even my buds who love the genre diss that guy.

    There was another guy who wrote a bunch of series. I tried to get into that too. My bud described it as "Eddings on steroids". I can't remember his name...he wrote a few series. Damn it's driving me crazy.
  4. Gunny

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    Fiest is a good fantasy author.
  5. Gunny

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    Reading Goblet of Fire, just finished the chapter on the First Task in the Triwizard (Quadwizard?) Tournament.

    Excellent so far.
  6. Bobo

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    Heh good one :winker:
  7. Gunny

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    just finished Goblet of Fire, the books just get better and better (and longer and longer).

    Gonna start on Order of the Phoenix tomorrow.
  8. Bobo

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    Is it me or do you read fast Gunny?
  9. LazyManJackson

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    I can read a 600 page book in over 3 hours
  10. Bobo

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    My problem is I usually read the same paragraph twice to make sure I catch everything. And then sometimes I just take time to let my imagination work with a scene. I'm sloooooooow :sleepy:
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