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Magician by Raymond E. Feist
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it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, 2018-shelf, worldbuilding-sf
Read 2 times. Last read December 25, 2018 to December 27, 2018.

I'm SO happy to realize that my original love of these books in my youth remains as bright in my middle age. :)

As a matter of fact, now that I've had a lot of time to read and process a very large assortment of fantasy novels both epic and derivative and sometimes both, I can confidently say that this may very well be as good as the WoT series that I have been known to put so much store by.

Impressive, no?

So Much Happens. Pug gets kidnapped in the previous book and sent to an alternate world across a rift in space and time, spends years as a slave, gets discovered by the powerful mages there as one of their own, gets trained and indoctrinated. What a change from his past life! But while this is all fondly remembered from before, what becomes a real treat for me is life back at home.

Harrowing sailing, intrigue and politics in cities, and 9 years of a long, long war with the peoples across the rift. Unforgettable characters, immense battle, tactics, strategy, and mindblowing magic at all the very best instances. :)

Fondly remembered? Oh yeah. But now it's firmly enshrined. :) I cannot WAIT to dig into all the rest. :)

I sincerely hope to call this one of my absolute favorite fantasy series. We shall see! :)
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
March 25, 2013 – Shelved
March 27, 2013 – Shelved as: fantasy
December 25, 2018 – Started Reading
December 27, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-shelf
December 27, 2018 – Shelved as: worldbuilding-sf
December 27, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Vintagebooklvr It is wonderful to visit old friends and discover they truly as great as you remember. It is one of my all time favorites.

Bradley I'm getting there. :) Agreed. :)

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Peter Tillman So you were born around 1980? (I think, from a passing remark re the Gerrold sex-with-selves book). Digression: do you recall that UKL did this one too? "Nine Lives", a nine-clone on planet Limbo ( a name borrowed from Andre Norton, I'm pretty sure). One of her best SF stories. I shd reread it. As I have, many times.

Anyway, circa 40 y.o., well, I guess that 's *technically* "middle age". But it seems awfully young to me, Sonny.... ;-]

Bradley Yeah, yeah, I'm a young whippersnapper, snapping whips and being embarrassed for the sake of everyone who lived through the seventies and VERY happy I was too young to care. :)

You know, I have never read any Andre Norton? *gasp*

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Peter Tillman > You know, I have never read any Andre Norton? *gasp*

Now, that is genuinely shocking.... I mean, for a "young whippersnapper", you're quite well read.... ;-)

Born 1912, in Cleveland OH as Alice Mary Norton
Also wrote as "Andrew North"
Let's see what I can suggest. Forerunner stuff! What space-opera fan could resist?You can take these recos with the appropriate caveats, as I read A.N. in my personal "Golden Age," she wrote YA (aka"juveniles"), and I haven't read any of her stuff in *decades*. Still:
You could do a lot worse than to start with "Forerunner Foray", which was the first of her books I actually remember reading. Try that one, see what you think. Decent copies around for around $4-5. Check your library first, of course.....

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Peter Tillman Here's a good review:

The scene I remember was underground, in the Forerunner tunnels. They are lit in a dim gray light by Forerunner {light tubes?}, which are VERY old. The team is deep in the tunnels when the lights start to fade....


Genuinely scary moment, when I was 14....

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Peter Tillman Hmm. Did GR lose a post here? Before the last one?
Bradley, is it on your feed? The one where I went into Andre Norton's life and work in a bit of detail. I'll be annoyed if it vanished into the ether.....

Bradley The wikipedia one? I got that.

I've looked into her works before, slightly, but the descriptions just didn't grab me. Still, I should start with Forerunners? I may schedule it. :)

Melissa Sullivan Seriously. I am now totally addicted to this series. It’s totally your fault (be proud 😉). I love that each book is better than the last, a hallmark of a great series. Thanks again for the intro!

Bradley I'm so glad you love it! I do, too! I'm gonna do the trilogy with Wurtz next and then keep on going. :)

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