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Jon's comments from the Fantasy Book Club group.

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May 01, 2009 09:15AM

10915 I'm so jealous! Connie Willis! Wow!

It's really hard to live in the Heart of America - people like Willis and Wheaton just fly over us and don't stop to smell the flowers. :)

10915 Libby wrote: "Jon - I know that Sword of Truth is a pretty popular series but I didn't like it at all. I only got through the first two books. I'm interested to know why you quit the series?"

Faith of the Fallen left a very bad taste in my mouth. I went digging and determined that Terry Goodkind was proselytizing objectivism through his fantasy work and it just didn't jive with my worldview. So rather than donate my hard earned money and free time to a cause I'm not thrilled about, I opted to stop reading his works.

This is just my opinion. :)
10915 Tracy wrote: "Well you get lucky with some of us....there is almost nothing that will keep me from finishing a series, once I start it. I was completely frustrated when Janny's Mistwraith series was interrupted..."

I'm just like that Tracy as well. In fact, there's only one series I've started that I now have no intention of ever finishing ... Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth ... I stopped after reading and barely finishing Faith of the Fallen.

Apr 20, 2009 07:57AM

10915 I finished Blaggard's Moon yesterday but didn't get a chance to start my next adventure to Grimspace because my daughter bought a piano and found a small army of young men to move it home for her. :)
Apr 11, 2009 06:39AM

10915 Laurel wrote: "they just go to Chad and ask for his advice. He hasn't had a complaint yet. It just seems like an un-tapped resource for online sellers"

Sounds like Chad needs to migrate here to GoodReads. :) But that's just me being selfish.

Almost all the books I've read for the last year have been recommendations from friends and reviews here at GoodReads. And I've never had a more enjoyable reading experience in over forty years of reading.

Apr 07, 2009 06:34AM

10915 pete wrote: "so stories that have a lot of religeous content have a tendency to bother me as well. a good example of this are the 'camber' stories by catherine kurtz. they're well written but thinly veiled catholicism."

I've read many of Kurtz's Deryni books and take them with a grain of salt. I asked her once, in a letter, why the Pope never appeared in her series. She responded that the church in the Deryni world is based on the Anglican church, where the monarch is head of the church, defender of the faith, etc. etc.

I read Kurtz's stories more as alternate historical fiction than fantasy. The "magic" in them is more like psi powers than true magic. She even goes so far as to explain the genetics behind the gift in her appendices.

I don't remember that blind faith was much of a plot factor in Kurtz's work, but I could be misremembering. Since the work is roughly analogous to the 11th-13th centuries, the world is rife with hypocrisies, political intrigue, power struggles between church and state, race prejudices and discrimination (similar to the Inquisition) and all the elements that make for a melodramatic medieval tale.

I actually like to read novels that touch on religion and faith, even those very far from my own beliefs. As an example, I recently read Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny. I struggled with some of the mythology only because I'm unfamiliar with the mythology and theology of Hinduism. It was still a good read and very thought provoking.
Apr 07, 2009 04:43AM

10915 Has anyone else seen this article?

Amazon and Sony may have a new headache to deal with on the ereader front - intellectual property attorneys
Apr 05, 2009 04:26AM

10915 Tracy wrote: "See, this is something that I know many people do, but I just don't. I don't really visualize characters that much. (My girlfriend finds it very strange.)"

I'm one of those as well, Tracy. Unless an author spends an exhaustive amount of time describing the character during the introduction, I just have vague impressions of them in my mind's eye.
Apr 04, 2009 03:10PM

10915 Henry wrote: "The tower! Everybody loves the tower. And that dwarf.

Also, when the party meets the wizard and Hadrian says "Neat trick". Soon after the wizard picks up the word and says "I teach her some neat ..."

I'm not "everybody" then because I didn't like the tower or the dwarf. Sorry. :P

While my favorite scenes included Myron, the prison, the wizard and the escape rank high as well.
Apr 03, 2009 06:19PM

10915 The Restorer by Sharon Hinck - "Meet Susan, a housewife and soccer mom whose dreams stretch far beyond her ordinary world. While studying the book of Judges, Susan longs to be a modern-day Deborah, a prophet and leader who God used to deliver the ancient nation of Israel from destruction. Susan gets her wish for adventure when she stumbles through a portal into an alternate universe and encounters a nation locked in a fierce struggle for its survival. Now stranded in a strange culture filled with poisonous enemies, Susan must overcome tremendous odds to deliver a desperate people and restore hope to a world far from her own. Author Sharon Hinck presents a unique blend of fiction written with a woman's sensibility. Female readers will uncover a story of empowerment that encourages a personal pursuit of destiny."

A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay - "This panoramic, absorbing novel beautifully creates an alternate version of the medieval world....Kay creates a vivid world of love and music, magic, and death." (Publishers Weekly)
Ask the Author (23 new)
Apr 03, 2009 08:35AM

10915 Michael wrote: "Lastly, I personally don't care for profanity in novels. In modern contemporary stories, where the author is establishing a character, I can see its place, but in a fictitious world I don't feel it adds to the work."

At last someone who sees the light! :)

I recently read The Blade Itself and while it was a great gripping gritty fantasy tale, it had way too much modern profanity in it. Since I enjoyed the story so much, I just skimmed across the obscenities. But it still left a bad taste in my mouth.

Thank you for not following the crowd and succumbing to the profanity band wagon. :)
Esrahaddon (10 new)
Apr 02, 2009 05:00PM

10915 Chris wrote: "I think it would be cool if he turned out evil as all hell......but then retire to a country estate"

Apr 02, 2009 02:01PM

10915 I'm trying something new for myself this month - a reminder personal event to keep me on track:

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny- in progress
A Song for Arbonne by
Guy Gavriel Kay
Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie
The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
Blaggard's Moon by George Bryan Polivka
Armor by John Steakley
Grimspace by Ann Aguirre

and possibly Avempartha if I can squeeze it in.

Apr 02, 2009 01:08PM

10915 Leslie wrote: "I noticed a lot of passive voice, which as an American writer, schooled by other American writers, I've been taught to avoid like the plague--OK, not like the plague, but as much as possible! ;-)"

My daughter and her boyfriend, still in college, are always harping about passive voice. I don't remember learning anything about it twenty-five years ago - and was a straight A student!

I went searching for some guidelines and ended up at Wikipedia (of course) and chuckled when I read this:

In a sentence devoted to explaining why it should be avoided, The Elements of Style itself employs the passive voice[7:], concretely showing the utility of this grammar feature, despite prescriptivist ideals.

Apr 02, 2009 04:34AM

10915 Leslie wrote: "I also really liked the final scene. The archdukes's head in a box--aaacckk!! Those big, dripping letters on the wall--double aaackk!! It made for a perfectly delicious ending."

That scene gave me the shivers. One of the best most satisfying endings I've ever read.
Apr 01, 2009 08:39AM

10915 The scene where Myron discovers that horses come in different colors.
The farce (14 new)
Apr 01, 2009 08:11AM

10915 I was pulled right into the sham. I went so far as to start searching at libraries around the country for the unabridged version. Eventually I saw the light and had a good laugh at myself and at the author's ability to fool me.
Apr 01, 2009 07:34AM

10915 There were only a couple of places where I felt the scene was forced. In particular, the scene between Arista and her uncle, somewhere around page 175, seemed forced or staged.
Apr 01, 2009 07:32AM

10915 I felt the pacing was just right for the type of story; it was similar to a heist or action-adventure movie. While I would have preferred more in depth character background and development, that's probably just my bias towards epic fantasy leeching forth.

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