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Liberty's Edge

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Kirth Gersen wrote:
Downloaded the new Incrementalist book, by Brust & White, last night. Can't wait to read it!

I'll have to check that out. The first one was well-written and interesting, and I'm not sure how they're going to resolve the profound ethical dilemmas. I have confidence in Brust, given how he's handled ethical questions in the Vlad Taltos books.

I'm currently pushing through Republic of Thieves, speaking of ethically-challenged protagonists.

The Exchange

Readerbreeder wrote:
After reading several of his one-shots (Elantris, The Rithmatist, Warbreaker), I'm diving head-first into the Cosmere with Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn. Near as I can tell, this is where the Allomancy books start, right? For those of you who've read them, can you tell me if this is a good spot to begin on his series writing? He's reached a point where trying to figure the best place to begin can be daunting.

First, good news: you already had a taste of the Cosmere - Warbreaker and Elantris are a part of it. In general, so far the Cosmere books have very strenuous connections. You can basically read any of them independently of all the others and not miss a thing.

As for the choice of Mistborn - yes, it is an excellent series and a great starting point. Admittedly I have yet to try the Stormlight Archive, his only other major series, so maybe it's better - but be cautious as it is many years away from completion at this point.

The Mistborn books offer a truly epic story with one of the best magic systems out there, incredible twists and some innovative concepts. Characterization is not incredible but you'll definitely care about the main characters and have a favorite or two. Mistborn is not perfect, but in some aspects it is nothing less than awe-inspiring.


memorax wrote:
I bought the latest Dragonlance trilogy from both authors awhile back the one thay begins witn Dragons of the Dwarven Depths and ends with Dragons of a Hourglass Magr. I hsve held off reading it. As i want yo read the War of Souls trilogy first. As well o heard from many a reviewer thst the ladtest trilogy no longer has the magic of the previous Dragonlance series as well as being badly written. As in the quality of the writing is written by someone who is just starting out. Not veteran writers.

Some people, such as SmiloDan, will disagree with me on this point, but I would recommend Dragons of the Dwarven Depths. I feel that it DOES have the right magic and good, quality writing, and makes a nice supplement to the original Chronicles by filling in a vital chapter in the saga... not seamlessly, but well enough. Admittedly, the editing could have been better, but that shouldn't discourage anyone from reading it.

I hated Dragons of the Highlord Skies and Dragons of the Hourglass Mage, though.

Dark Archive

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I've just noticed this thread.

It's only taken 11 years.

I'm reading:

Eon, by Greg Bear,
Islam, the Essentials, by Tariq Ramadan,
and this thread.

Richard


memorax wrote:

I bought the latest Dragonlance trilogy from both authors awhile back the one thay begins witn Dragons of the Dwarven Depths and ends with Dragons of a Hourglass Magr. I hsve held off reading it. As i want yo read the War of Souls trilogy first. As well o heard from many a reviewer thst the ladtest trilogy no longer has the magic of the previous Dragonlance series as well as being badly written. As in the quality of the writing is written by someone who is just starting out. Not veteran writers.

Add my vote with those who were not impressed with the War of Souls trilogy. Too much of it felt like it was trying to repeat story elements from Chronicles, right down to certain character deaths. I won't say any more to avoid spoilers, but in my opinion you are better off reading one of the companion trilogies (Heroes, Tales, etc.).


TarSpartan wrote:
...in my opinion you are better off reading one of the companion trilogies (Heroes, Tales, etc.).

Yeah, some of those later Dragonlance books, while not up to par with the original 6, made for enjoyable reading. Some of the short stories in Tales were priceless gems... although those gems made up a small minority of the stories in those books. The main character of Weasel's Luck by Michael Williams made me laugh, and got me hooked on that book by the time I had read the first four pages! Flint the King by Mary Kirchoff and Douglas Niles made for some fun reading, although I can't accept it as part of Krynn continuity. The Kinslayer Wars by Douglas Niles impressed me, and I CAN accept that one as canon. And if you insist on sticking with Weis and Hickman, I should mention that The Soulforge by Margaret Weis made an interesting character piece, and the last part of it helped me to understand a certain aspect of Raistlin's character.


I'll go one step further and say that the only 'core' trilogy you should read is the Chronicles. Legends, while it had some good scenes, was kinda meh. DoaSF again had some good scenes, including probably my favorite homage to Sturm, but was on the whole not good. Everything after that is not worth your time.
I haven't read a lot of the other books but I really enjoyed
"Vinas Solamnus", far more than I liked "The Legend of Huma". "The Oath and the Measure" was just a retelling of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight", so I'd stick with the original. Some of the short story collections were OK.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

Aaron Bitman wrote:
memorax wrote:
I bought the latest Dragonlance trilogy from both authors awhile back the one thay begins witn Dragons of the Dwarven Depths and ends with Dragons of a Hourglass Magr. I hsve held off reading it. As i want yo read the War of Souls trilogy first. As well o heard from many a reviewer thst the ladtest trilogy no longer has the magic of the previous Dragonlance series as well as being badly written. As in the quality of the writing is written by someone who is just starting out. Not veteran writers.

Some people, such as SmiloDan, will disagree with me on this point, but I would recommend Dragons of the Dwarven Depths. I feel that it DOES have the right magic and good, quality writing, and makes a nice supplement to the original Chronicles by filling in a vital chapter in the saga... not seamlessly, but well enough. Admittedly, the editing could have been better, but that shouldn't discourage anyone from reading it.

I hated Dragons of the Highlord Skies and Dragons of the Hourglass Mage, though.

DON'T DO IT!!!!!!!!!!

RAISTLIN SAYS "YOU BET YOUR BISQUITS!!!!"

DON'T DO IT!!!!!!!!!!

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

I'm so distraught I misspelled biscuits....

Liberty's Edge

Thank you for the feedback. Always good to hear it from those who read the books. Interesting that Aaron feedback mirtos almot exacty the same i heard from a friend today over lunch. The editing left much to be desired. He enjoyed thr Dwarven Depths book but not the rest of the trilogy. .

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

The Dwarven Depths kind of ruined DL for me. :-( It has A LOT of whiny bickering--and it's kind of obvious it's being used as filler. I'm pretty sure I'm never reading another Dragonlance novel because of it. And I'll probably never re-read the first 2 trilogies, either. :-(

Also, RAISTLIN said "You bet your biscuits!!!!"

WTF?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

But to each, their own.

Good Luck.

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