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So I’m all about the long epic stories. Cris had just made the comment the other day that I was reading a ton of Jim Butcher lately, which is true as I burned through three of his last four “Dresden Files” books in two weeks. Looking back on it I don’t think I could tell you where one book ended and the next began. They all just flowed one right into the next, and that is strange for Butcher as he normally writes stories that seem much more self-contained.
I think you're stretching it a bit... First of all, while merry and pippin were in their 20's, sam was in his 30's and frodo was 50; not really young adults necessarily, especially as the two youngest were not primary characters necessarily. Secondly, in the fellowship of the ring, the only magical member was Gandalf; not a fellowship of varied magical members. Thirdly, the old man in EoTW is a bard type character, not a magic user, and does not have Gandalf's place in the party; that place is given to moiraine, whose character isn't very similar to Gandalf. And, for the last part, young people traveling to defeat a great evil, discovering themselves, and eventually defeating said evil... pretty much describes 80% of all fantasy books.
I personally fail to see striking similarities to LoTR
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I thought you'd read those? The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and The Last Argument of Kings?
Just finished reading the Tawny man series, too. Also good; in some ways I liked them better, because Fitz wasn't as much of a wuss as he was in the last book of the Farseers. Among other things. Great wrapup to the first series.
I have *not* read the name of the wind yet, I'll get on that if I can find a copy.
I am also glad to see that you liked the warded man; it came as my science fiction book club book for last month, and I'm planning on reading it when I get home.
You haven't added the Eye of the World yet!
Just read the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb and very much enjoyed it; I suppose I was a little more lenient to the style and setting than you were, but I was also disappointed in the changes to fitz' personality in the third book. Still quite enjoyable
I finished the sword of truth series, by the way. I agree that the later books became far too preachy and repetitive, but the stories were still good. I actually ended up skipping the large sections of preaching in the last few books just because I'd read them so many times before. I do agree in some part with the philosophy of Objectivism, but I think it discounts faith a little too much. There are some things that can be arrived at through reason, but still require faith.
hey there. i found your review of Assassin's Quest and then looked up your review of The Name of the Wind. i gotta say, you've piqued my interest in it. hopefully i can pick it up soon.
and instead of looking through the rest of your reviews, i'll just ask.
how did you like A Game of Thrones? i got pretty wrapped up in that series.