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Sep 24, 2014 08:48AM

1865 I'll second London Falling.
Aug 28, 2014 04:11PM

1865 Leslie wrote: "I rather liked the Dune "House" series. But to each their own I suppose. :)"

I did too, especially the first one.
1865 Jaclynn, I'll push a fantasy series that I'm currently moving through. I'm about to start the final volume. It's the Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan

Theft of Swords
Rise of Empire
Heir of Novron

As well as the prequel duology, the Riyria Chronicles:

The Crown Tower
The Rose and the Thorn

It's a pretty new series, all the books coming out since 2009. And a WoT fan should love it.
1865 Becky wrote: "We want it to be normalized that diverse characters exist and can be interesting and identifiable heroes, too...."

That's not too much to ask for. And in today's environment, I'm surprised there isn't more of it. Authors should capitalize on this demand while it's out there.

(Demand as in supply & demand, not demand as in IWANTITNOW!)
Jun 10, 2014 01:51PM

1865 Yes, The Godfather. I sometimes forget that was a book first.

Speaking of which, I'm surprised we haven't brought The Princess Bride into the conversation.
Jun 09, 2014 11:29AM

1865 Maybe they should have just gotten Morgan Freeman to play Dumbledore.
Jun 09, 2014 11:22AM

1865 c.o.lleen ± (... never stop fighting) ± wrote: "I do tend to "see" the actors in the roles, though, even when reading the books - which is odd when the character descriptions don't match the actors...."

Yes. I do this. I even did when re-reading Shawshank. Even though King said several times just how Irish and red-haired his character was, Morgan Freeman was stuck in my mind's eye. (and ear, for that matter)
Jun 09, 2014 11:03AM

1865 Oh, and World War Z. While it was a decent enough zombie movie on its own, it did very little to represent the source material other than generate movie tie in covers.

Then there was The Queen of the Damned, which did the same thing for vampires.
Jun 09, 2014 11:00AM

1865 Two that come to mind as excellent are Fight Club and The Prestige, which both might have been better than the books.

For worst, besides the horrible Battlefield Earth, I'd also consider the incredibly boring Da Vinci Code, and the mess that was The Sum of All Fears. I had liked the previous Clancy adaptations, but that one was bad.
1865 RachelvlehcaR wrote: "Books are books. I say why pick on people for the books they read. We should embrace the fact they are reading...."

1865 I guess I'm weird, because I'm currently reading Half a King and enjoying it. Oh, I'm a fan of Abercrombie, so do I become weird when he branches out to YA and I try it?

Thing is, I really wouldn't know this was YA if it hadn't been advertised as such. No, there's not a lot of cussing like you see in most of his books, but it sure doesn't read like "kids stuff".

I guess Joe remembered the "Adult" in Young Adult.
Mar 27, 2014 09:57AM

1865 Dresden and Dark Tower, certainly. The Sanderson volumes of Wheel of Time. Harry Potter. Discworld, from what I'm seeing so far.
Mar 10, 2014 09:55AM

1865 Guy Gavriel Kay is a nice blend of epic fantasy and historical fiction. He sets his novels in his own worlds, but takes much of his setting and backstory from our actual history.

Kay actually helped edit The Silmarillion before publishing his own work.
1865 Deadhouse Gates is brilliant. It's dense, but the payoff is big.
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Feb 10, 2014 05:50PM

1865 I'd say Dune.
1865 I didn't even like the first one! LOL.

I did love Lord of the Silver Bow though, and I need to finish up that trilogy.
1865 I'd want to throw Lord Foul's Bane and its series on that worst list...
Jan 04, 2014 06:45AM

1865 Get 'er, Kevin...
1865 Penny, I have something of a middle of the road opinion. Heh. It's the Libra in me.

I enjoyed this book, rated it as "liked it" and was actually close to giving it 4 stars rather than 3.

But I didn't like it as much as some of the other Gaiman I've read. I did like it better than some of the Gaiman I've read.

While I would say that this book does not fall into the short list of his all time greats, I don't in any way see it as Gaiman "slacking". He wrote a story that demanded to be written. As Nelly said, it started small and turned out bigger. It is what it is, no more and no less.

Gaiman felt it was of a quality to publish, so he did. I agree with him. It was worth my time and enjoyable in its own way. I don't think he's "losing it" or anything. This is just what he was writing at the moment he wrote it.

The dude is very diverse. So of course every work is not going to appeal to every reader.
1865 Yes, Laura! That scene wigged me out pretty good.
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