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  1. @Use the Falchion Thank you for that very detailed answer. The new translation definitely seems leaner and that would seem to build momentum faster. I’ll definitely have to check it. Fangles or Wilson we have come a long way from the Pope translation and it’s nice to see new life breathed into such a old work. The question of translation has been on my mind recently. After spending most of my life trying occasionally to read the King James Bible I finally admitted to myself that I could hardly understand a word of it. It was basically gibberish to me. Perhaps I’m just not smart enough *shrugs*. So I have been reading/comparing the ESV and CSB and sometimes to really dumb thing down for me I consult the NLT. Everything became clear to me and I finally was able to see the power and the beauty of this book. It’s kind of like (I imagine) of suddenly being cured of really bad dyslexia. But I digress...thanks again for the response.
  2. @Use the Falchion Have you read the Fangles translation of the Odyssey and if so could you please compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of the two translations?
  3. @Orlionra Glad you liked it! I’ve heard mixed things about the final book of this series. It’s still a bit of a pipe dream for me to actually read this series (only read the first 50 pages of book one). I also have the same goal for Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire as well. Have you heard if he plans on writing more books in this setting? There was talk of more books when the Unholy Consult came out but it seems like book sakes weren’t as good as hoped for so I don’t know if that changed or not.
  4. @Dannex Sorry to hear that. Sounds frustrating. For reasons I will not get into on here I have also experienced frustration with the designs of church leaders and their decision making process over the past year or so. I’ve used this last year to really come unto Christ and the Father who will never disappoint you and not to rely of the arm of man. I’ve learned prayer is not about telling God about all your wants and demands but conforming yourself to Gods will and trying to understand what He would have you do. I now fill much more happy and at peace. Anyways sometimes change can be for the best! Even though it’s scary at the time. God bless! 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
  5. Cover art available for new Karsa book. I absolutely love it! One of the strongest of the series I think if not my new favorite! One of the many contributors to the Kharkanus books poor sales was the boring cover art but this just really pops! I have no idea who the women in it is. Perhaps a character we haven’t seen yet? I’ll include the link where I found this info:
  6. Deadly Quicksilver Lies by Glen Gook. This is a reread for me and this series is so funny! Even though the author is most well known for the Black Company he writes a great paranormal urban fantasy detective series. Even though Glen Cook has some of the oddest prose ever. He is the only author I know of the writes in phonetic grammar. For instance, he uses periods instead of commas and some of his sentences are just one word long.
  7. I imagine the title will change or be tweaked. I actually think, “The Road the Nowhere” would be a nice name for the book. Excited to see where the story goes!
  8. I saw this post from another website and thought it was fun to see Skyward covers from around the world and wanted share it with everyone here. My personal favorite was the French one.
  9. -“Do you not wish to know my name?” -“No. I will call you Dayliss.” (ch 1 pg 66 mmpb HoC) Cold Karsa. Just cold. One of the harshest retorts in the series IMO. Almost forgot how much Karsa changed throughout the series. He’s a completely different character then he was when first introduced. Skipping MoI at the moment because I wanted to stick with the seven Cities storyline for the moment and check out the new narrator.
  10. @Hoiditthroughthegrapevine I loved the Malazan reread of the fallen. I thought the hosts were fantastic and Bill was very knowledgeable and really helped my understanding of the story. Amanda was really sharp too. I also thought they did a great job of being fair and critical where it’s needed but also praising it when this series deserved it. I’m still kind of bummed it was canceled because I think they could of shed some light on some of the more obscure parts of the Kharkanus books. haha yes about Wot. This latest one they decided to “shake things up” and have a new host and have it be their musings and thoughts with this being their first read. I think they are somewhere in Fires of Heaven As a matter of fact I do know what that dice roll decided.
  11. @Hoiditthroughthegrapevine I do know that the first Witness book is finished and being edited. Hypothetically Fall of next year for Witness but with Covid ruining the publishing world who knows. On the Malazanempire website it says that the Esslemont book The Jhistal is finished and I believe that while these books are money makers for Tor let’s face it: it’s a niche audience and publishing dates are being pushed back for these lesser series and given the priority to more profitable ones. I know these books are niche because Tor refused to fund more Malazan reread posts and bailed on Forge of Darkness. They are literally on their fifth (I think) read through blog posts on Wheel of Time. Also I do know the sales for Kharkanus has been abysmal while the new Esslemont books a been fairly decent.
  12. Finally listened to @Hoiditthroughthegrapevine and started listening to the original ten Erikson Malazan audiobooks. Currently on Deadhouse Gates. I have found them enjoyable but I cannot even imagine going through these books the first time with the audiobook route. Even though I’ve read these books twice of my attention wonders even for a second we’ve already switched characters and I’m lost on a scene. Although this may be because of my learning style because I learn best by doing something and then next reading. I’m not a good audio learner and for most books the plot is simple enough it doesn’t matter. One thing I always enjoy on the Malazan rereads is the amount of foreshadowing. In hindsight the true identity of Moby and “Servant” is obvious but went completely over my head on the initial read. Just got to the part where Stormy, Gesslef etc are trapped in the Nascent. Malazan veterans will know this scene will not make since until book five although parts of it are explained in book four. I actually had to look up on the Malazan wiki about heboric. I had completely forgotten what was going on with his Ghost hands and one being green the other orange (it’s a long complicated story). What a crazy, crazy series (in a good way). Pretty sure I could read only these books for the rest of my life and continue to pick up new things and understand things better.
  13. To a certain extent yes, but it depends on your expectations. For me I am thrilled if a author can publish a book a year. Even the most fast and dependable author have occasional lulls and multiple years between books. For example: Joe Abercrombie, James Corey, Jim Butcher, Steven Erikson, Glen Cook. I could go on but you get the point. As long as Brandon can publish one book a year I care about whether it by Skyward or Cosmere I’m very happy.
  14. He didn’t answer the question everyone wants to know. How is his adorable kitten (that he found) continuing to adjust to everything?
  15. Call of the Wild and White Fang are easily his most famous books but my personal favorite is The Sea-Wolf. It’s about a literary critic who survives his ship going under and finds himself onboard a ship captained by basically a Nietzsche spouting tyrant. The protagonist has a completely opposite philosophy on the goodness of people and the world. I like it because is shows how shallow the veneer of civilization can be and also the clashing of those opposing ideologies. I definitely recommend it if you are in the mood for more London and want to try something a little different from White Fang