Where are you in Fantasyland? December, 2019
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I just departed from Spinning Silver's Lithvas and I'm curious where everyone else is currently.
Recently finished The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a beautifully written and powerful book whose main topic is slavery in the US, but the protagonist has a magical power -- he and some others can teleport under certain circumstances -- so there's a strong fantasy element too. Very strong insights into the societal and interpersonal suffering inherent to a slave-based society.
Finished House of Chains, the fourth installment of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. The whole series has been maddening, because there are times when my eyes glaze over from the multiple storylines and characters and incomprehensible magic and relationships between gods...and then Erikson pulls me back in with some excellent characters and strong climaxes/set pieces which tie a lot (but not all) of the threads together. House of Chains is probably ranked 3 out of the 4 that I have read. The Karsa storyline is my favorite, along with the Malazan army. I kind of got lost with the Imass/Tiste xxx threads and all of these alternate worlds/warrens. The Sha'ik storyline is somewhere in the middle.
>6 drmamm:, good job; now you're ready for my two favourites, Midnight Tides and Bonehunters.
>1 Kanarthi: I had similar reactions to you about the romances (I've just read your review). Irina's especially bothered me, and its resolution didn't even seem plausible to me. I too was disappointed that Wanda was sidelined towards the end as she was my favourite character. Novik's prose is lovely and her settings are wonderful, but there are just those annoying flaws.
I'm currently reading An enchantment of ravens.
I had a blast in alternate faerie-influenced Paris as the protagonists of Les Enchantements d'Ambremer by Pierre Pevel stumbled upon a long-buried secret, and trouble.
>8 Sakerfalcon: Haha, I actually think that Irina's story could be separated and fleshed out to a decent full-length novel. I mean, the story would need a lot more ... communication, repentance, and character growth. But I think that the bones are decent. Like, a good version could be delicious. Imagine:
Meanwhile I am happy to sink back into Fledgling.
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