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    I wanted to get into WoT but the author died. It would just bother me reading an incomplete series.
    Jordan's wife deputized another famous author to finish the series for him, turning over all his notes and plans for the end in the process. The series won't end incomplete.

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    Really stupid question: How would you describe the Wheel of Time series after experiencing it for yourself. I've never actually read even part of one of them before.

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    Epic. It does slow in-around-book six but the series as a whole is remarkably... unbloated and keeps you reading. I've found though that you'll discover one or two characters as your favorites, and ocassionally end up blazing through other characters sections, missing out parts of the storyline. Really only happens around the 9th or so book onwards. Besides that, no complaints. Really a masterpiece.

    Its not my favorite series of all time, but its definitely up there in the top 5 or 10 for Fantasy/sci fi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martyr3810 View Post
    Epic.
    QFT. I actually don't have the favourite-character problem; while I do enjoy reading the chapters for some characters more than others (or rather, everyone's over Perrin's), I always find every single chapter to be enjoyable to the point where I read things carefully and care. ._.;; Of course, people who have difficulty keeping track of a large number of characters should probably avoid this... or, better yet, learn to keep track of 'em. God I love this series.
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    ITs not until the 9th book or so... and its usually because its a really unecessary or overly bloated chapter. There are some wasted paragraphs for sure. You don't need to tell us what they're thinking - when its the same thing as before - three times in a row.

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    I thought it might come to this. I've said this before and I imagine I'll say it again like the dirty little fanboy I probably am, but if you enjoyed the Wheel of Time, please do yourself a favour and read the series A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen (first book is Gardens of the Moon). Honestly the most absorbing books I've read; the intricate and interwoven plot is on such a scale that the word epic doesn't do it justice. Not to mention the depths of characters he creates. Not to demean Jordan's works (which I am a big fan of), but Erikson really outclasses him.

    Anyway as for the topic, I'm not really that bothered about owning books for the sake of collecting them. I'll generally only buy a book if I can't get it at my library, or if it's that detailed that you really need to read it more than once to appreciate it fully.

    That being said my cupboard has a fair few books that I've borrowed from my dad or been lent by friends. Mainly ones that are considered must reads, like 1984, Brave New World or To Kill a Mockinbird etc. Then theres some that I've got because I've repeatedly heard them referenced now and again, such as Faust, Crime and Punishment, The Prince (which was incidently a bit of a letdown) etc. But yeah as I said, I've no real interest in having a personal library.

    Edit: ^ I swear book 10 is the worst for that. It's been a while since I've read it, and thinking about it this has to be some sort of hyperbole I've made up, but I seem to recall like 2 or 3 whole fucking pages being devoted to Elayne deciding what dress to bloody put on.
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    Edit: ^ I swear book 10 is the worst for that. It's been a while since I've read it, and thinking about it this has to be some sort of hyperbole I've made up, but I seem to recall like 2 or 3 whole fucking pages being devoted to Elayne deciding what dress to bloody put on.
    I think it was paragraphs not pages, but yes, thats an example of why I started glossing over a good deal of certain characters chapters.

    I'd have to disagree with you about Malazan though, its on par with Jordan, not better -and thats with me giving it the benefit of the doubt, based on what I've heard. I personally didn't like them.

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    holy crap martyr, that's a lot of bought books. are they all fiction ? and what would you recommend as the best fiction (most people on this forum seem to consider WoT the best, i haven't had a chance to dive into that yet).

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    there are a lot of books that I would recommend, is there a specific direction you wanna go for? classics, sci fi, thriller, mystery, romance (including contemporary romance like Nick Sparks)... etc.?

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    holy crap martyr, that's a lot of bought books. are they all fiction ? and what would you recommend as the best fiction (most people on this forum seem to consider WoT the best, i haven't had a chance to dive into that yet).
    They're pretty much 100% fiction in those pics... the textbooks and technical manuals as well as history books are on bookshelves in another room.

    As for best fiction... God thats hard.

    In Fantasy? Sci Fi? Modern? Stand alone or series?

    For standard Fantasy Stand alone... ugh. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold or The Redemption of Althalus by David & Leigh Eddings.

    For standard Fantasy Series... God this is hard. Kind of a toss up between Glen Cook's Dread Empire series and Robert Jordan's WoT... The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind I would give honorable mention, if the last books didn't depart so drastically from his previous style.

    For Sci Fi stand alone... either of Zelazny's works: This Immortal or Creatures of Light and Darkness.

    For Sci Fi series... Jack L. Chalker's the Quintara Marathon or Asimov's Foundation series. Honorable mention goes out to both of Frank Herbert's series: Dune series (THE ORIGINAL PARTS) and The Whipping Star/Dosadi Experiment (that series was never formally given a series name so I'm giving you the titles) as well as to David Drake's Northworld series.

    For Modern Stand Alone... .... Actually, I can't really think of anything that qualifies, I usually stick to Fantasy or Sci-fi.

    For Modern Series... Gonna have to go with the original Sherlock Holmes tales as well as any of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series novels.

    For Fantasy/Sci fi Humor: Glen Cook's Garrett P.I. series as well as Piers Anthony's Xanth series are great for laughs -WITH- a good read.

 

 
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