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The Thousandfold Thought (The Prince of Nothing #3)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  6,188 ratings  ·  180 reviews
510pages. 23x15x5cm. Relié.
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published February 2nd 2006 by Overlook Books (first published January 20th 2006)
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Terry
This review applies to all three volumes of Bakker's 'The Prince of Nothing' series. First off, let me say that I'm really impressed with what Bakker achieved here. I'm reminded of something Guy Kay said when asked why he wrote The Fionavar Tapestry about wanting to prove that there was still life in the old tropes of high fantasy, as designed by Tolkien, and that new things could be done with them as opposed to mere slavish imitation. I think Bakker succeeded admirably in this (whereas Guy Kay' ...more
Mark
From the very first book, I suspected that I would reach a point where I could no longer stand the parts that I don't like about Bakker's writing style. I was surprised that I made it through two books, actually, with the second book being excellent in spite of its raging Kellhus-ness.

I plugged away at this third book over several weeks and I still only made it halfway through. I have abandoned the pursuit. I cannot take it any more. I cannot stand the pretentious philosophical stuff that permea
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D. Eric
What a disappointing ending to an otherwise promising trilogy. Bakker almost abandons the Holy War until the very end then wraps it up in a somewhat disjointed and confusing finale that lacks any depth of understanding. Instead, the reader is subjected to a cerebral cacophony of redundant "mumbo-jumbo" that really seems to beg the question of the story, especially the importance of Khellus' father. By the end of the story, it seems Bakker is more interested in setting up his next series rather t ...more
Lee
I feel like I have finished reading the bible. That was huge. I need time to put my thoughts together on this.
Raja
The first book didn't sell me, but the latter two had me absolutely enthralled. This is a fantasy series that is unabashedly dark -- if you like authors who shy away from the harsh realities of violence, war, and the periods in human history that most fantasy series draw inspiration from, then stay far, far away. If you don't mind that stuff, or if, you find it helps draw you further into the world, I haven't encountered a better dark fantasy series in my lifetime. Glen Cook's Black Company is a ...more
BookBandit
Disappointing end to the trilogy. As a whole the trilogy is good and Bakker creates a wonderfully rich setting. The series was a bit of a roller coaster for me, the first book I gave 4 stars, the second book a 5 stars and regrettably, 3 stars here. The first 1/2 of the book abandoned the Holy War and it wasn't till the 2nd half did it return to it. I guess I just didn't find the character Kelhus compelling enough to warrant moving away from the events of the Holy War. I will say the 2nd half has ...more
Logan
Oh...this book. Not only did it take me forever to get through it, but it also left me entirely unsatisfied. About halfway through the book I decided it was only getting two stars (a fantastic final scene in which Achamian finds within him the strong, vicious man I always knew he could be made me consider giving it three, but it just doesn't deserve it).

Three books ago, I stumbled upon The Prince of Nothing and was immediately intrigued by its promise of wasted kingdoms, dark history, sorcery, l
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Robert
Bakker's work continues to constitute the best new fiction I've read in years. The man is a master. It is writing of this caliber that makes life more interesting -- epic fantasy through the filter of philosophy, "Lord of the Rings" for the 21st century adult, sorcery written with the imagination and gift of language to do it justice.

UPDATE: Even better the second time through, in part because I wasn't rushed by the need to know what was going to happen. I got to savor the depth more this time a
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GY
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Outis
More of the same rapey fare. This time with a broken plot. And Gary Stu dialed to 12 (book two had it at 11 already).
While we are predictably treated to more porn and melodrama, now it's even more obviously sexist.
The trend established at the end of the previous book continues as the plot makes less and less sense.

Worse, the bizarre events of the end of the second book are not explained here (as I hoped). Quite the contrary, their strangeness is underlined (at least they're not retconned away or
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Daniel Roy
Ah well, so much for "The Prince of Nothing" trilogy. I loved the first book so much that I suffered through the vastly inferior second, then still forged on with this one. It's not as frustrating as the previous book (for one, the rape has been toned down), but it perpetuates a lot of the same problems.

It's easy to capture all the trilogy's problems in one word, and that word is "Kellhus." This character is so bad, he sucks the fun out of the supporting cast. This was painfully true in Warrior
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Bryan
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Bakker's style has a number of strengths which I felt were brought to the fore with this, the last book in the first of three planned trilogies in the world of Earwa. Firstly, the Homeric large-scale battles were depicted quite well, as in The Warrior-Prophet (although toward the end, I was a little tired of the phrase "death came swirling down"). Secondly, Bakker's non-Kellhus characters kept developing in real and believable ways, even though I was a trifle surp ...more
Jon
Wow. I cared more about Seswatha than Achamian, and Achamian was by far my favorite character. Kellhus is interesting in the way my Philosophy professor was interesting in College. Then, about half way through the course, the new and fascinating aspects of philosophy fall away and I realized philosophy is eerily familiar to religion. It takes a lot of faith to believe what philosophers are saying and they speak in such a convoluted way that I don't think they fully grasp half the ideas they are ...more
Michael
Alright, this was pretty badass. But it was only PRETTY badass. It could've been DIZ-AMN! Yet it was in fact just, OH, SNAP.

Book 1: 600 pages with some fairly dramatic moments, but mostly setting the chess pieces.

Book 2: 600 pages. Some very cool dramatic moments, a lot of suffering, some very startling discoveries. Still felt somewhat slow.

Book 3: 300 pages more of buildup. Then, 100 pages where everything goes crazy, and bodyparts fly all over the place, and with a flourish, it's over.

I gues
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Terence
May 25, 2009 Terence rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of epic fantasy
Shelves: sf-fantasy
I've now read this book twice: The second time around I enjoyed it much more than before though I agree with the opinions of a few other readers here on GR that it feels rushed toward the end. I rarely say this about modern SF/Fantasy but the novel could have used 50-100 pages of narrative.

The third entry in Bakker's series wasn't as good as the first two but the appendices alone are worth the price of the book (in my opinion).

Hopefully, the projected sequels (The Great Ordeal, The Horns of Golg
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Bartek
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David
3 Stars for this book, 4 for the Prince of Nothing series.
Bakker’s Prince of Nothing trilogy is the chronicle of a holy war between many nations of Earwa. It follows many characters in their journey as part of the war. It is a huge, sweeping storyline in an expansive and detailed world. The underlying journey follows Kellhus, a prophetic figure who takes control of the Holy War through his stunning intellect and emotional manipulation of those around him. The Thousandfold Thought, the conclusio
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Newton Nitro
A saga Prince of Nothing encerra de maneira apocalíptica e brilhante o esforço monumental de R. Scott Baker na criação de uma Cruzada sendo sequestrada e manipulada por um messias impuro. Esse é mais um livro contemporâneo de fantasia que rompe com os limites desse gênero de literatura, e ambiciona entrar em discussões filosóficas sobre a natureza da realidade e sua relação com a complexidade da psique humana.

CENÁRIO:
Ness terceiro livro descobrimos mais sobre o mundo de Eârwa, com o avanço da Gu
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Pietro
Despite the lower rating I don't think this was really much worse than The Warrior Prophet.
The difference is that while the previous book took advantage of the momentum of the excellent "The Darkness that comes before", this one suffers from the flatness of its predecessor.
I started reading this already fed up with the numerous faults of The Warrior Prophet and all I got was another 500-pages-long serving of them.
The characters are stil flat, Kellhus is still awesome in everything, everyone is
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Ward Bond
Product Description

The conclusion to the groundbreaking epic Prince of Nothing fantasy trilogy.

From the Publisher

Will Kelhus be able to rise to claim his role within the ascendancy, or will he be overtaken by his enemies--both within and without? Will he reach the ancient city of Shimeh and reunite with his father? Upon the apocalypse, will there be survivors left to write the history of the Holy War?

The startling and far-reaching answers to these questions, left hanging at the conclusion

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Manuel
Starker Abschluss der Trilogie. Das Tempo im letzten Drittel ist atemberaubend, die Umschnitte nahezu meisterhaft. Macht absolut Lust auf mehr. Glücklicherweise ist in diesem Fall ja nach der Trilogie auch direkt vor der Trilogie! ;)
James
For the first time in recent memory I did not finish a book. I really struggled through the first two and just couldn't take it any more. There was so much potential for a great story but in the end the flaws were just to much. I never could get into any of the characters. I thought the story wandered, very slowly, around pointless diatribes. The author clearly has some major sexually issues. I don't mind that kind of writing but it is just endless and mostly pointless. This guy was clearly over ...more
Terence
I feel a little cheated. I thought this trilogy would be able to stand on its own, and it really doesn't. The end here is abrupt with major story elements, which were carefully built through the series, left to dangle in the wind. Reading this on my Nook I actually didn't realize it was over until I turned the page and found an appendix. I'm still a little shocked as I write this. There is a lot to like in this series, but the "conclusion" is anything but and leaves a bad taste in one's mouth. I ...more
Robby
The Thousandfold Thought was an excellent finish to the Prince of Nothing trilogy. The culmination of the Holy War was very interesting and many of the ideas I had about where the plot was going based on the first two books were thrown aside or changed, but in very interesting ways. Without giving anything away, the book definitely leaves itself open for sequels (but since there's an entire sequel trilogy that doesn't really spoil anything). Overall a very good book which I would recommend to an ...more
Kirsty Bassett
Found myself bored throughout this book, it was shorter than the last two but such a drag to get through.

By this point I just didnt care about the holy war. I mean it was just being used by so many different factions, honestly who really cared if they got all their shrines back?

Thought the ending was pretty predicatable, I mean Kellhus was never going to get taken out, no matter how much I wanted Cnaiur to kill him.

It says something when a woman beating insane rapist is the closest thing to a h
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London
The series plot kept me going, mainly to find out how things went for the mage Achamian, who was a recognizably human character. But every flaw of the previous books is magnified here, with a plot that turns on the super-human powers of the most annoying character ever written, Kellhus the ponderous. I reached the point where I hated so much about the book that I would read a few paragraphs every 50 pages to keep up with the plot, and skimmed for sections where the one character I could stand at ...more
Dev Null
The subtitle for this book should really be "Diary of an Arsehole Messiah". The villains of the piece are such demonic, world-destroying, moustache-twirling, violence-gives-them-a-hardon, one-dimensional sterotypes of puppy-kicking evil that it's silly, but that's almost necessary so you can tell them apart from the "good" guys. Who are, almost to a man, violent, manipulative, amoral rapists. This book has a cast of thousands, and there are basically three characters I feel any sympathy with at ...more
Жанна Пояркова
Священный город Шайме пал под натиском айнрити. Но войска - лишь пешки в руках Келлхуса, который играет людьми, заставляя их любить себя. Он познал Тысячекратную мысль.

Чувствую, пора завершать свой фэнтези-марафон, потому что последний том Бэккера показался излишне фрагментарным. Финальную битву он строит, совмещая небольшие куски текста о происходящем с разными ключевыми персонажами. Что-то вроде параллельного монтажа. Однако из-за такого разрыва, когда "камера" писателя скачет от одного к друг
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Marshall Vandegrift
Bakker more than recovers from his stumbles in The Warrior Prophet, concluding The Prince of Nothing with an even better book than the first. The plot arcs of the primary characters all reach satisfying and interwoven conclusions, some surprising, some inevitable, and some both. Bakker deftly expands on Kellhus’s character, contrasting his amoral dispassion with Conphas’s sociopathy and showing subtle hints of remaining humanity. The structure and plotting unfold with solid workmanship, building ...more
Bbrown
Despite a promising beginning, this series botched the characters, plot, and story structure so badly that it isn't worth reading. Whether you're looking for good writing and deeper meaning or just an entertaining fantasy story, you'll find neither here.

Let's start with story structure: despite ostensibly being a series, none of the three books here stand by themselves, instead each abruptly ends and then immediately starts up again in the next volume. Thus, The Prince of Nothing is a single boo
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Richard Scott Bakker, who writes as R. Scott Bakker and as Scott Bakker, is a novelist whose work is dominated by a large series informally known as the The Second Apocalypse which Bakker began developing whilst as college in the 1980s. The series was originally planned to be a trilogy, with the first two books entitled The Prince of Nothing and The Aspect-Emperor. However, when Bakker began writi ...more
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The Prince of Nothing (3 books)
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  • The Warrior Prophet (The Prince of Nothing, #2)
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