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post #31 of 45
not really no,
unless the book is not very good book, then i may skip stuff.
post #32 of 45
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Originally Posted by Duchess15 View Post
If a book is just too slowly developed, I will just stopped reading it all together. Such as Robert Jordan.
Right now I'm reading George R R Martin. He is very good.
Jordan bothers me, I couldn't even read his last book. My friend loaned me the last two and I couldn't remember which one was supposed to be first. Ugg. I have a good memory, but not for that stuff.

I love Martin, but he makes me mad!! All his books are such cliffhangers, and then he's not very nice to some of my favorite people....

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Jordan is good, but his story crawls because he has too many characters. Eddings is funny. Weis and Hickman make a good writing pair.

Terry Goodkind is a good fantasy author.. with a very long series.
There's C. J. Cherryh, who has a ton of books. Some better than others and she also writes sci fi fantasy.
If any one is intersted in meeding Cherryh in person she shows up at the Missoula Miscon over Memorial Day weekend every year. :P

Goodkind bothers me... by the time I got to his last few books I thought his writing style went completely downhill.


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But if you gave up on Stephen King before you read "Bag of Bones," you missed his all-time best, in my opinion! Just read the first paragraph here...
Bag of Bones was Creepy!!!!!

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Cats, have you read Tailchasher's Song by Tad Williams? I can't remember the exact writing style as it's been too many years, but the characters are cats. Kind of neat.
I liked Tailchaser quite a bit.

For the fantasy folks, try Sara Douglass... she's got quite a bit now and a rather nice writing style. Her best series so far (that I've read) is the Troy Game, but she's got the Crucible series and the Wayfarer Redemption series out too, and a couple of single books. Kirsten Brown (Green Rider) is another fun new author.

If you are in the mood for an adventure, Jaqueline Carey's stuff is really good too.... although her heroine is... different, to say the least. Also, there's a bunch of new vampire stuff coming out, don't remember who the author is, but it's in the same section as Carey.

You know, there's one big name author that I'm really surprised hasn't been mentioned on here... Mercedes Lackey. Some of her stuff is really good too.

And Dennis McKiernan is worth giving a shot too.... he's got some fun stuff. Hmm, other authors, Sarah Zettel and Elizabeth Hayden.

Also for a non-fantasy book, Sushi for Beginners was absolutely hilarious.
post #33 of 45
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Tolkien has been mentioned a few times in this thread so I'll add my two cents worth about someone that I consider to be the greatest author of the past 100 years. TLOTR and The Hobbit (especially so) are much easier reads than some of the other works published after death. While they are interesting reads when it comes to learning about how Middle-earth and TLOTR came about, the books that make up what is known as The History of Middle-earth series can be rather hard to read. When I started reading other Tolkien works I was told that The Silmarillion is a tough read but I found it to be less daunting than The Book of Lost Tales 1 & 2, which contain many revisions but they are the earliest manuscripts containing visions of "his world". No matter how many times I read one of his books or stories I always pick up on something that I missed before. I think this because of the great amount of detail he provides with his stories.
that cause tolkien never really ment for those books to be released to the public they where more for him. It was his son that released those.

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Jordan bothers me, I couldn't even read his last book. My friend loaned me the last two and I couldn't remember which one was supposed to be first. Ugg. I have a good memory, but not for that stuff.

I love Martin, but he makes me mad!! All his books are such cliffhangers, and then he's not very nice to some of my favorite people....
i stopped reading jordon wheel of time, after book 7 or 8, when it seemed that he no longer was the ones writting the books. They did not even sound like him anymore.

Martin books are good also, if you notice my id? theimp i started using after reading the first books
post #34 of 45
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Martin books are good also, if you notice my id? theimp i started using after reading the first books
*laugh* I didn't realize that. He's an awefully good story teller... it's just that I waited forEVER for Feast for Crows to come out. I'm sure I'll be in my 100s before the next book comes out... and then the question... will he finish in 5 books? Will he go on to become Jordan and Goodkind like?? I hope not, but on the other hand he's a good author! Maybe he can carry it off.....

It is funny how some of us tend to adopt fantasy names... I chose mine a long time ago because I identify with elves....
post #35 of 45
i am reading book 3, from david e cole i beleave the name is.
the books are not great, but they are not bad to read.

lol i kinda wish david eddings would try something again, his books made me laugh plus was a good story.
post #36 of 45
I really liked Belgarath the Sorcerer, but I didn't care much for the series connected to it. It seemed like the writing was really childish... then again, perhaps I should try again? I haven't seen anything of his other than that series.

One more author I thought of... R.A. Salvatore, sort of along the lines of the Dark Sun novels from Weis and Hickman, but the actual writing is I think much better.
post #37 of 45
oh the books where not great, but the people eddings created where funny.
i could really see a movie coming from those books some day. However i only really like the first books.

now see that funny, I have never really been able to get into Salvatore or Weis and Hickman(accept for the war of the twins i liked) i think mostly cause of the way they do the dwarf and hobbits or kenders? Its kinda like the way they did the dwaves in lotr movies they played them for jokes, and that is not the way i see them. if that makes sense.
post #38 of 45
Yes, I am guilty of doing that also.I get to a boring part.....or a very exciting part and have to read ahead and see if it is worth the wait.
post #39 of 45
I am a very quick reader. When I was younger, I tended to read then end then go back to the beginning. Now I tend to read from start to finish (occasionally skipping a few pages of boring description eg Plains of Passage by Jean Auel)
post #40 of 45
I don't usually read ahead, although with some scenes (like repetitive sex scenes, a la Laurell K. Hamilton, or endless battle scenes) I tend to sort of skim over the information. Like, does any character development happen here? No? Okay, I don't need to read it. (Don't get me wrong, I like sex scenes and battle scenes. But over and over again? With more or less the same stuff every single time? Yeah. Don't need to read it.) There are also some subjects that I just can't read about -- like child abuse -- and so I'll skim through those scenes (such as in John Irving's Until I Find You) because as good as the book is, as a whole, I can't handle some of the details.

With some authors, though, I flip to the last few pages of the book just to see if my favourite characters survive it or not. Take George R. R. Martin, for example: the man is absolutely ruthless when it comes to getting you to care about and invest in his characters, and then, just like that, he kills them off! So I'll skim ahead a bit to see if the people I love make it through the novel. (I read the book regardless -- I just like to brace myself for the painful inevitable.)

If the book is so boring that I feel like I have to skim through or speed-read the entire thing, it's not worth my time and I just don't bother reading it. It takes a lot to lose my interest, though.
post #41 of 45
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Vampire novels
- I read all of Anne Rice's "The Vampire Chronicals" and really enjoyed them
Hm, too many of those to really list off the top of my head, that really seems to be the in thing lately. I don't know if you've seen it, but Blood Ties - based on Tanya Huff's series is on LifeTime... they've messed it up sooo badly She's not an amazing author, but she is entertaining, she also writes fantasy.
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If any one is intersted in meeding Cherryh in person she shows up at the Missoula Miscon over Memorial Day weekend every year. :P

Goodkind bothers me... by the time I got to his last few books I thought his writing style went completely downhill.

You know, there's one big name author that I'm really surprised hasn't been mentioned on here... Mercedes Lackey. Some of her stuff is really good too.
Supposedly, according to her bio, Cherryh lives in Oklahoma? sometimes her books drag a little, never could get into The Dreaming Tree. Goodkind has started to drag, he's trying to hard to keep the story going.
I never could get into Lackey. I've always liked a lot of her books coverart though.
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I really liked Belgarath the Sorcerer, but I didn't care much for the series connected to it. It seemed like the writing was really childish... then again, perhaps I should try again? I haven't seen anything of his other than that series.
I think his writing is a bit better in later series, and his jokes are certainly not for younger age groups. ... one scene of a book will always stick with me, a part where it talks about chopping a person in half and the upper half hanging from the battlements... only it was a bit more descriptive.
post #42 of 45
BTW - I love Lackey - her series with the dragons (Joust, Alta and Aeyrie) is very different then a lot of dragon books. I own almost everything she has written. I have already preodered the next book in the Outstretched Shadow series. Has anyone read anything form her 500 Kingdom series? Based (tongue in cheek) on fairy tales.
post #43 of 45
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
I think his writing is a bit better in later series, and his jokes are certainly not for younger age groups. ... one scene of a book will always stick with me, a part were it talks about chopping a person in half and the upper half hanging from the battlements... only it was a bit more descriptive.
i liked the joke in the first book where two people are fight on top of a tower,
the one winner walk back over, to belgrath,

silk i just say, joe
belgarath what was he doing
silk trying to learn to fly
belgarath well he does not have long to learn.
crash,, pause, crash
silk does bouncing count.
belagrath, no not really


lol i was teen back then and i can still remember lots of the first 3 book,
hmm that could be sad.
post #44 of 45
Anyone read any Brad Meltzer? I picked up "The Book Of Fate" in desperation the other night (it was late, I had nothing to read, WalMart was the only place open, and everything else had a half-dressed heroine with a heaving bosom on the cover), and it's just excellent! Really enjoying it...
post #45 of 45
Golly, never! That ... that would be cheating!

No, I don't. However, my mom does it all the time even with books written in the first person. (Dick Francis is one of her favorites.) I try to tell her its highly unlikely for the narrator to die, but she doesn't buy it!
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