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Ryan Dean
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posted 23 October 2006 02:12 PM      $post_id   Author's Homepage   Email Ryan Dean   Send New Private Message    Reply With Quote 
So, I started rereading KoD yesterday. I had forgotten how much fun there was in the book. Perrin's negotiations with the Seanchan (esp when he shows Suroth's letter), Mat taking an Aes Sedai over his knee and spanking her... so many great moments.


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mashiara
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posted 25 October 2006 12:20 AM      $post_id   Send New Private Message    Reply With Quote 
Why would you want to subject yourself to that?

I'll reread the book when I know the next one is on the way, no sooner.

Any idea how Jordan is doing, anyway? Is he any better, is he still in treatment? Any news at all?


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Ryan Dean
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posted 25 October 2006 12:10 PM      $post_id   Author's Homepage   Email Ryan Dean   Send New Private Message    Reply With Quote 
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[originally posted by ma'shiara]:
Why would you want to subject yourself to that?

I'll reread the book when I know the next one is on the way, no sooner.


It was reread Knife of Dreams or reread Executive Orders, and I had just finished rereading another Clancy (Debt of Honor).


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posted 26 October 2006 10:54 AM      $post_id   Send New Private Message    Reply With Quote 
Personally, I prefer re-reading all the books of a series one after another, but I guess it can become pretty tiresome, especially if we're talking about books that big, or a long series.. (e.g Terry Pratchett.)

I didn't think anybody else in this board read Clancy. I have all his Jack Ryan books, I don't care about his other series. Pretty good books, although they can get very technical at times. I don't always agree with his point of view, but I enjoy reading him. Or rather I enjoy Ryan as a character. I remember when 9/11 happened one of the first things that crossed my mind was that I had read this scenario before, in Clancy's books.

edited by ma'shiara on October 26th, 2006


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Ryan Dean
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posted 27 October 2006 04:21 PM      $post_id   Author's Homepage   Email Ryan Dean   Send New Private Message    Reply With Quote 
Yeah, I'm a big Clancy fan. I've read the entire Ryan universe as well. I did get a little into the NetForce and OpCenter stuff, but... it wasn't Clancy. Sure, his name was on the cover, but it seems most of the work was done by the other name(s) on the cover.

I did read the SSN book, though, and that left... I dunno. That one single sub pretty much won an entire war.

His book on WWIII was really good, and I plan to reread that when I visit the folks over the holidays.

On the whole series comment... sometimes I do that (ie, I just read all of Eddings work in one go, the Belgariad, the Mallorean, Belgarath, Polgara, then changing universes the Elenium, the Tamuli, and then changing universes again the book about the war of the gods, don't remember the title at the moment), and sometimes I'll read several series side by side, one book in one series, jump to another series, jump back to the next book. It all depends.

Unfortunately, I've never read Pratchett, although I've always meant to. Maybe next time I go to the book store...


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I've just finished reading Thud, which is the 30th (!!!) in Pratchett's Discworld series. I'd certainly recommend the series to anybody who enjoys reading, you'll find yourself laughing out many times. My personal best is being at the train going to work one day, and reading something SO funny I got the giggles and couldn't stop, while all the people around me looked like they thought I was crazy.


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posted 20 November 2006 11:36 AM      $post_id   Send New Private Message    Reply With Quote 
OK two posts in one.

1) Book recomendation...

Been there with Pratchett and Eddings is a good back to back read. But I can't do it with RJ anymore, the books all read so different.

If you are going to start anywhere with Pratchett, I'd go with Small Gods, its interesting, a little light on the humor, and very self contained. Other books are enriched by a little knowledge of the universe, but Small Gods really stands on its own very well. I also think the Sam Vimes series is great if you like detective novels.

And, if you've got the Tor collection Legends (it had the short-story New Spring in it) then you've got a really nice short story from Pratchett that makes a great intro to the Witches stories.

2) I have a problem with whole series RJ...

There are sort of Ages of RJ's books, if you know what I mean.

The writing and the storytelling have changed across the years so that it is weird for me to read them all in one go. I think that 1 & 2 stick together and 3-5 and maybe half of six.

But by then the narrative has slowed down and we're getting deeper into the Seachan and pretty soon Rand's not ruling the world so much and his sanity is on the decline (that sounds weird because I think Rand is completely sane throughout the series).

The series changes when Moridin comes to be. It changes when MPR separate and Moraine goes through the doorway. When we get past the Aiel. When we introduce uber AS and we stopped thinking about a sisters of the light cabal. When Lan gets happy. When Rand cleanses the OP. When the Black tower develops politics in tandem to the white tower.
When the Lord of Chaos truly rules.

To me KoD is enjoyable because it starts cleaning things up. And I have reread it.

It's just hard to read the whole series over again because it doesn't seem like much of a whole to me anymore. The series is sweeping but none of the characters from EotW would recognize their future counterparts and rereading reminds me of that.

And maybe that's part of what RJ is trying to do, maybe that change and even the time it has taken to write all these books are important to understanding the story as a whole.

I've read them back to back and over and over and it was fun, I guess I don't get what that adds anymore.

Maybe the next book will fix some of that for me.

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posted 22 October 2009 06:26 AM      $post_id   Email dalThor   Send New Private Message    Reply With Quote 
I'm rereading it right now in preparation for tGS next week.

I'd actually forgotten how good it was compared to the prior three books. I'm really looking forward to see how Sanderson does with it.

Renowned Internet reviewer pat5150 (at asoif.org) has a copy and he'll release the review on the 27th. So far (without spoilers) he's said it's good but involves many, many side plots and one or two big happenings.

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I have read WoT books 1-9 three times, and last fall read 1-7 a fourth.

As far as Discworld is concerned I was told I should start with Nightwatch; which I did. I will definitely be buying more of those.

My recommendation string is usually: The Book of the New Sun, Good Omens, The Night's Dawn trilogy (thank you dsworn), and almost anything written by Charles Stross.


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Ryan Dean
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posted 02 December 2009 07:54 AM      $post_id   Author's Homepage   Email Ryan Dean   Send New Private Message    Reply With Quote 
Pfft. I just read the entire Discworld saga, from start to finish, in the order Pratchett published in, including the Young Adult books. Took a bit, and I was done a couple of months before Unseen Academicals came out (which I just finished btw, had other things on the stack before it). My verdict is: A+, would read again. Will read again, even.


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