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Old 11-26-2010, 04:01 AM
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By Baggage do you mean Luggage? Or is Baggage another Discworld character I haven't heard of?

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eh, yes it's a translation thing, I read it first in Estonian where Baggage and Luggage is the same word.
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Old 11-26-2010, 08:21 PM
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Robert Jordan gives a third recommendation, for Guy Gavriel Kay.
Awwww...It's true. And, one of my favourite inter-author moments, after RJ died, GGK delivered the Toastmaster Speech at the World Fantasy Awards, which I've linked. Quite touching in my opinion.
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The only authors in fantasy I'm currently following are R. Scott Bakker and Guy Gavriel Kay. I hope Scott Lynch finishes his next book, too, and while I've read Abercrombie I'm honestly drawing a blank right now. There are a few others who haven't published anything I like in a while–Wolfe, Hobb, Martin, probably others I can't recall–but who I won't snap up immediately. I don't feel a real inclination to read more Sanderson, and Pratchett is not to my taste. I'm perpetually surprised that Goodkind and Erikson are to anyone's taste.
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wait... what? you haven't read Pratchett? not even one? Although, to be honest it really doesn't matter in which order you read Pratchett.

also, am grumpy because I still don't have the book. no time to go get it *sigh* maybe tomorrow though
I've never read Pratchett either.

I will again submit my claim that the Book of the New Sun is the greatest series ever composed.

Be warned, you need patience and a dictionary to appreciate the brilliance. Its downright riveting.

Going forward, gonna keep an eye on Stormlight Archive (though I'm having some trouble seeing that plot play out for another 9 books, though I suppose I could say the same about WoT after EotW).
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I know Under Heaven just came out in April but does anyone know if GGK is currently working on a new project? If so, is there any word on what it is?
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Penguins.

It's the running joke on brightweavings.com. He never reveals what he's working on until it's done. He won't even hint at a time period or a geographical location beuace it's too easy for people to identify what he may be working on.

Also, his process is research-based. So he'll start by reading a ton of books on different things until he finds a thread he likes and then follow that thread reading more non-fiction books on the topic until he works something out. He's always said he doeesn't necessarily write his stories with a solid idea of what happens throughout to everyone. he lets the characters have their heads, so to speak.

Maybe South America next? Maybe Russia? There are som MANY fascinating things he could do with so many interesting places/ time periods!
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Penguins.

It's the running joke on brightweavings.com. He never reveals what he's working on until it's done. He won't even hint at a time period or a geographical location beuace it's too easy for people to identify what he may be working on.

Also, his process is research-based. So he'll start by reading a ton of books on different things until he finds a thread he likes and then follow that thread reading more non-fiction books on the topic until he works something out. He's always said he doeesn't necessarily write his stories with a solid idea of what happens throughout to everyone. he lets the characters have their heads, so to speak.

Maybe South America next? Maybe Russia? There are som MANY fascinating things he could do with so many interesting places/ time periods!
Russia would be interesting...or maybe something a little later historically in W. Europe (say 14th-15th century) building on what he's already done there.

Thanks Ishara...I had googled it, dug through a bunch of stuff on Brightweavings and couldn't find anything so I figured I'd ask.

Good enough for me.
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their forums hurt me a little - so disorganized!
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Has anyone read the Shannara books? I used to have 1 (The Elfstones of Shannarra I think?) It's been the better part of a decade since I've read it, but I knew there was a lot of other books in the series.

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As far as I'm concerned, reading one Shannara book is plenty. That's quite a nice read, but after that it became repetitive. Other people have a different view of it, though.
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Goodkind's Sot series is on my Ban list for my boys. My 10 year old is starting to get into fantasy.. and I'm easing him in slowly.. about ready to start him on Xanth. I know, I know.. Anthony has a boob fetish.. but it's better than Goodkind's horrible S&M craziness that manifested in the "Stone of Tears". I had to put the book down after Richard escaped.. and then I threw it in the trash. It's one thing, to watch Rand go crazy with a male a'dam on... or even struggle within the box.. but it takes a warped mind to use your book series to flesh-out your perverted bondage fantasies like Goodkind does.
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As far as I'm concerned, reading one Shannara book is plenty. That's quite a nice read, but after that it became repetitive. Other people have a different view of it, though.
The first trilogy was good. Brooks should have stopped there, twenty-some years ago.
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Which raises the question: where did Goodkind steal the bondage and sadism parts? He got everything* else from other people's books, so it seems unlikely that he came up with these BDSM scenarios on his own.

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I have to say, though, that most villains I've ever read aren't quite... lame.

While Jagang's perversions were too graphic (and repetitive), they did serve to illustrate a true villain who has no care for human life. He did things that most authors don't, well, dare to do with their villains. The most evil things they do are kill your, or kill your family, and maybe torture you a little.


I got tired of reading about those things, but it did put in your mind that the Empire was evil and disgusting.

Whereas, the Forsaken might be killers... But Semirhage is the only one I can think of that really seemed sadistic. The others just give me the impression of petty and selfish, but with great power. And at this point, most of them are whipped by either Mor, SH, or the DO himself.

I think Fain is the only evil in the character in the books that really seems evil, continually, to me.
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Its basically the same book over and over and over again.

Also, his "world" was so ridiculously small. The main characters could basically walk from elf land to dwarf land in like 3 days. His "world map" was maybe 100 miles across in all reality.

But like WH stated, the first trilogy was decent.
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Which raises the question: where did Goodkind steal the bondage and sadism parts? He got everything* else from other people's books, so it seems unlikely that he came up with these BDSM scenarios on his own.
That's a good question. Until I came across it in Sot, I really hadn't read anything quite so graphic before. It's basically porn.
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I'd say that some of Anthony's books display a pretty obvious tilt towards the misogynistic world view as well...but not mostly in Xanth.
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GRRM=Sexual relations, sometimes excessive, done well and are part of the story

TG=sexual (and I hesitate to use the word relations as he's just a sick perv with woman hating issues) relations are ridiculous, perverted and very disturbing.
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I liked Shannara as a kid, but they really are just the same book over and over. Brooks had this thing going where he'd make one character really, really likeable and then kill them off 2/3 of the way through to heighten the emotional impact. It got to the point where I'd know who was gonna die 20 pages in.

Goodkind's work is pure exploitation, and complaints of misogyny are dead on in my opinion. The only female characters he treats with any decency are the ones who act just like men.

Piers Anthony is a strange one... at times he seems very misogynistic, and at times he's incredibly perverted, but he presents the whole mileu with such a wide-eyed innocence, like he couldn't imagine anyone would possibly object to a story about a man who has sex with shape-shifting horses or whatever, and that innocence is so disarming that it's easy to overlook his bizarre take on sexuality.
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