I still need to buy the second and third books. Mine are all ebooks though. D: I have succumbed to the evil of cheap(er) books. I need to buy the seven realms. Maybe next paycheck.... but they're seriously awesome. You definitely need to try them. I know Ohio's ebook library has them if you have an Ohio library card.
Post by Warrior of Aror on Feb 3, 2017 20:45:17 GMT
There's a free book (in honor of Groundhog's day) on Amazon right now called "Thimblerig's Ark." I was interested in it, A, because it's free, and B, because it has a con-artist groundhog as the main character.
Groundhogs are some of the most underrated furballs alive.
Ooh, wow. I don't normally enter such things, but that looks really cool I won't post my luck link, because I already have a gazillion books I own but haven't read so my bookshelf is kinda full. Plus JJ's a cool kid and she should have aaaaaaall the extra entries
Post by Warrior of Aror on Apr 22, 2017 11:12:04 GMT
How many of you have heard that Wayne Thomas Batson's going to turn Mirror of Souls into two books? I'm sure Batson's got good reason for it, but usually that's a sign that you won't be satisfied by the end of the third book as you would because of a nasty cliffhanger for book four. Thoughts?
Post by Leilani Sunblade on Apr 22, 2017 11:24:17 GMT
I haven't heard it; where did you hear that?
At this point, though, I'm not surprised. But depending on what he means by "turn it into two books," it might not be bad. I mean, look at the Wingfeather Saga. Monster in the Hollows was supposed to be the last book, but Andrew Peterson split it into two because it was getting too long, and I still love Monster. Same thing with Inheritance and [Brisingr[/i] in the Inheritance Cycle. So if WTB is splitting it because he's realized it's going to be too long as-is and enough plot threads wrap up/come to a satisfactory stopping point midway through the book, I support his decision to do so.
However, if he's just splitting it because it's super long, and it's not going to have a satisfying ending . . . *sigh*
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Tbh though, I didn't like the first three books of the Inheritance cycle much. The first one wasn't bad, but I have never read the second one all the way through. It bored me so bad that I skipped half of it. The third kinda bored me too.
Idk though about Batson. It could be good, could not be. But anymore I worry about fantasy series bc they almost always have a cliff hanger and that's literally the most annoying. 95% of the time I won't finish a series that has a cliff hanger on principle.
Post by Warrior of Aror on Apr 22, 2017 15:07:30 GMT
I thought Eragon was the best in the series, hated Eldest (except for the Roran parts), found Brisingr to be readable, and enjoyed Inheritance, though I mainly read it because I'd already invested so much in the series. I read Eragon and Eldest both when I was pretty young, so I liked the battles and such, really hated the slow plot, but thought on the whole they were at least interesting books. But at this point in my life I wouldn't have read them.
In what cases do you think having cliffhangers would be acceptable, though? Like, I can forgive an author for having an extremely long book that is cut into parts because it's simply too long, even though it was meant to be one story (after all, this is what they did with Lord of the Rings). What I can't abide by is an author purposefully cutting the story in half and leaving you with a cliffhanger to try to force you to buy the next part.
This discussion also makes me think of the Green Ember series by S.D. Smith and the original Star Wars trilogy. The first Green Ember book had a fairly satisfactory ending, and Star Wars IV had very nearly a complete ending. Both trilogies have books with the sequel having a nasty cliffhanger at the end. But then the third part of the trilogy wraps them up. So in that case I will give the author at least a little more slack if it's a series with a definite end. A little more.
Tbh, I don't think there's ever an acceptable reason for a cliffhanger, I'm just willing to overlook them occasionally if I'm really really invested, it's a long series, and it's the first time. And it's not like the second or third book. Lol.
I do actually. I think they're not even worth the time it takes to read them. Like, I've found some for free that would have been amazing.... if they'd been an ACTUAL book. But serialized, not worth it.
Post by Dmitri Pendragon on Apr 23, 2017 21:25:09 GMT
If I had read the Eragon series when I was younger, I probably would have enjoyed them more, mainly because of the battles and suchlike. Battles don't really appeal to me as much as they used to. Often they sacrifice character for scope and stakes. Which is why Roran's story in Eldest was my favourite part of the series.
The main reason I dislike cliffhangers is because they tend to take away the story's closure. The most egregious offender I've read so far had a plot goal of finding a hidden spaceship to take the characters to the original world of humanity. At least three factions were competing for it. The book ended halfway through the battle to claim the ship.
Yeah. Don't do that. Feels like a cheap marketing trick. ("Oh, look! Let's put the climax in the next book! That will make readers RUSH to keep buying!")
Post by Warrior of Aror on Apr 24, 2017 1:35:50 GMT
Indeed, if the only way an author can get money out of you is by selling you an unfinished product, it's a sign that he doesn't have enough skill to write an actually satisfying book (which will make you want to buy the next one). Like a restaurant that sells you only half a glass of a milkshake.
Post by Warrior of Aror on May 16, 2017 19:03:12 GMT
Has anyone read Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton? I'm on the fourth chapter and have loved every bit of it so far. I'm also reading What I Saw in America and finding it almost as interesting, at very least for having a documented look at 1930s USA.
I'm also reading the Prose Edda. That book is a real hoot.
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