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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #675 on: April 16, 2012, 07:09:47 pm »
I read it actually. It's in that weird area of being interesting enough to read, but overall, just not very good. A reverse The Great Gatsby, if you will. Also, the second book become laughably cartoonish almost immediately.

Well, its original title explains it pretty well: Men who hate woman.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #676 on: April 17, 2012, 03:53:04 pm »
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #677 on: April 17, 2012, 05:11:40 pm »
Currently reading 'The gardens of the moon' by Steve Ekison
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #678 on: April 21, 2013, 04:25:04 am »
I'm near the end of Clash of Kings in the Song of Ice and Fire Series (game of thrones) Basically everyone was really loving the tv series I was tempted to watch but then decided to go with the books 1st I read book 1 and watched season 1. Then picked all the books up for not much and working my way through.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #679 on: April 21, 2013, 09:09:53 am »
Storm of Swords is the best book I've ever read.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #680 on: April 21, 2013, 09:32:26 am »
Song of Ice and Fire is greatest series of books ever!

Right now I'm reading Grass for His Pillow(Tales of the Otori series)
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #681 on: April 21, 2013, 04:41:10 pm »
Is that the uh... series that Game of Thrones is based on?

What did you like about it and what kind of reader would you recommend it to? Because I wanted to read those before I started watching the show.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #682 on: April 21, 2013, 05:36:30 pm »
I like the books because they subvert and deconstruct swords and sorcery. I've found the author  doesn't shy from the blood and guts(So I would not recommend the book to a reader with a weak stomach).I would  recommend the books to a mature reader who  enjoys fantasy stories and is prepared for blood,and is prepared to read a story with no 'Good or bad' clearly labeled.


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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #683 on: April 21, 2013, 05:41:07 pm »
In what way is Song of Ice and Fire a subversion or deconstruction of anything?

I'm genuinely curious.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #684 on: April 21, 2013, 05:52:12 pm »
Read the books/Watch the TV series and you'll understand..I'm bad at explaining things.
 
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #685 on: April 21, 2013, 06:03:33 pm »
Is that the uh... series that Game of Thrones is based on?

What did you like about it and what kind of reader would you recommend it to? Because I wanted to read those before I started watching the show.

"ASoIaF" is a neat little fantasy book that's light on the fantasy and heavy on the politics. It's a good read for someone who either doesn't like fantasy, or is tired of the unashamedly tolkienesque fantasy of elves and orcs and the like.  (There are things like magic and dragons, though in the books they've been gone so long that they're basically myth.)

As Ultimatum said, there's not a clear distinction between good and bad (though the narrative very clearly labels the protagonists and antagonists early on.) What I like, though, is that the author, George RR Martin, seemed to try to stay on the more realistic side of medieval warfare, and medieval culture in general. The books focus thematically on things like class, honour, and family.

As the books go on, you get to see a war begin and progress, and it really feels like you're reading through some significant historical era in the fictional world. There are a lot of cool mysteries and the author really pulls no punches with twists.

The main problem I have with the books is that they are a huge investment of time, and they can often drag. Since they follow multiple third-person-limited perspectives, there have been many occasions where I've started reading a chapter about a character I'm not interested in, only to find that the next five chapters are also following uninteresting characters. It sometimes seems like the author has very different ideas of what makes a story and a character interesting than I do.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #686 on: April 21, 2013, 06:05:16 pm »
Read the books/Watch the TV series and you'll understand..I'm bad at explaining things.
 


I have watched a bit of the tv series.

I fail to see how it subverts or deconstructs anything. It just has more of a focus on politics and intrigue than something like Conan the Barbarian or Elminster or whatever the hell people read when they want Swords and Sorcery.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #687 on: April 27, 2013, 05:52:16 am »
The inverted deconstructed subversive literary qualities of the work are obviously just too subtle for you.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #688 on: May 28, 2013, 04:14:38 pm »
Right now I'm reading Son of Sedonia and..Gone with the wind,
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