I've just bought Empress by Karen Miller. We're also on attempt the second to read The Wheel of Time Books. I've had them sat on my shelf for quite some time now, but never got round to it - so off we go again.
Erikson is a fantastic writer, his Malazan books rank among my favourites. I'm counting down the days until Toll the Hounds is released, thankfully I'm going to be in the UK then so I can save myself a bit of international shipping
Hmm......I've never been able to get into Erikson's books. I've tried, but for some reason I just find no enjoyment in them.
That said, I had another book thrown at me at the weekend. Yes, my dad frequently throws books at me when I complain of having no new books to read and been too much of a pauper student to afford them. *grin* And the book he threw at me was 'The Magic of Recluce' by L. E. Modesitt Jr.. I haven't read much, as I'm busy reading books on doom and gloom for my university essay, but it's different; the whole "Dark is good, Light is bad" had me puzzled for a while. lol.
It appears that the Tor edition of Toll the Hounds is being published in September, 2 months after the British edition.
Yes, the opening of Deadhouse Gates is rather gruesome. Not sure which was worse, the flies or the bloodletting.
'The Magic of Recluce' sounds interesting. Thanks Zoranna.
No problem Neil. It's the first of many in that Saga apparently; so I've got some reading to do!
I've been having a gander through the archives, and I'm quite surprised that 'Elantris' by Brandon Sanderson seems to have had little mention. It's a standalone novel and very good.
Thanks much for the info on US pub of "Toll the Hpounds". I truly enjoy all of Erikson's works and have read the first 7. Most were purchased from tyhe UK. Will now wait the two months and purchase from Tor US.
You're welcome Frank.
I've now read 7 chapters of Deadhouse Gates. It reads quite differently than the first book. Still quite a dark book... probably has to do with the nature of the world... but Erickson truly has a 'knack' for the unusual horrific element.
Just finished reading C.S. Friedman's "Feast of Souls" and it is truly an outstanding piece of Fantasy work. I had put off reading it for a few months because the lead-in on the back gave me the impression that it would be cold hearted and full of drudgery. Was I ever wrong and I should have realized that it wouldn't be as she is such a fantastic writer.
The plots within plots kept me enthralled until I had finished. My wife challenged me that I had to sleep sometime. Well, now I can.
Her descriptions are such that you never doubt that you are among the characters as the story unfolds. And the suspense is killing.
I thought I had guessed the ending, but was I ever surprised. It made the story that much more compelling.
Really will have a very difficult time waiting for book two of the trilogy.
Get it; you'll definitely like it.
Greg Bear has a duology out called 'Darwin's Radio' and 'Darwin's Children'. Really excellant stories if you can get beyond the science. Alot of scientific jargon had me looking up alot of stuff in the dictionary. And also I have recently discovered Patricia Briggs' books which are fun because there is nothing to not understand!! Good stories and on the lighter side and strict sword and sorcery. Now if Janny's SF would just come out in America, I would be a very happy camper. I wouldn't mind ordering from Amazon, but have no idea how.. [grinning at ya]