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  1. So, I read WoT before ever reading Sanderson's works, and I enjoyed the last three immensely (they were my bridge to Stormlight), however... Mat Cauthon. He is and was my favorite character before Sanderson took over the series. I liked the honesty of his selfishness combined with his reluctant honor/integrity. He was sneakily competent even before he got all the battle memories stuffed into his brain. Jordan always managed to balance the aspects of his character in which he was a deflecting, recalcitrant brat with his own brand of honor and leadership. I feel like, in the last three books, Mat was made into the near constant comic relief. A buffoon that more often than not needed a laugh track to accompany him and rarely as grim as I knew he could be. There were times when Mat was serious and intent during Jordan's run, and I feel that Sanderson used Mat's foreign-ness to the Seanchan and the loyalty of the Redarms as an excuse to let him get away with being near constantly quippy and flippant, even when he was quite literally gambling with the lives of men. Like, "oh that's just how he is. His competence makes up for it." The whole... Making up back stories for himself and others especially irritated me. It made him seem oblivious and childish, and I reject it entirely. Anyway. Just wondering at my fellow WoT lovers' take on this.
  2. I. AM. EXCITED. I mean yeah, we'll probably only see it in like 2-3 years, but YASSS
  3. I really prefer the publication order, for most things. The ICE books do have their own internal storyline that I think will get lost when it's broken up with the main ten book series. But I suppose I shouldn't knock it until I try it! My school district is closed until 4/14 at least so I might start up a reread.
  4. Nice!
  5. 100% honesty, I did the 30 sec skip forward during the parts that were super philosophical and came back during the next POV. Really helpful. Most of FoL is pretty neat, gets into the origin of Divers and there's this cool parallel with the Shake and what happens in Crippled God/Dust of Dreams.
  6. Oh good. XD I was worried there for a minute.
  7. Oh man. Lightbringer was the best thing I listened to, last year. It's AMAZING. You haven't listened to the first four? Weeks is also really aware of how popular the series is on audio and worked closely with Simon Vance to make sure it was the best it could be.
  8. Oh man. I need to finish my second listen before I really pick a favorite, but probably Turn Coat, or Changes. Quotes? So many. Any time he and Marcone are talking. I recently read Blood Rites so when he called Trixie a , self deluded, half witted schlong jockey" was pretty amazing. I found "Parkour!" at the end of Skin Game a particularly salient moment. I gotta start keeping a list.
  9. Y'ALL it's been a dime since I've been around. I'm currently rereading The Dresden Files because anybody who knows me could have predicted I'd be obsessed with it and start it over as soon as I finished it, but I'm getting that Malazan Itch. Unrelated: I posted this question in a Malazan Facebook group, but who are the best/worst dads in Malazan? Ones who actually had some presence in the books and aren't like, a mysterious backstory, and spent time as a parental figure.
  10. Finished KR, and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. Esslemont's style is very different from Erikson's, but in this context it works. I thought that the way some of the side character arcs ended was a bit abrupt, but I'm still digging this prequel stuff. Spoiler below.
  11. Ringil being gay AF was my favorite part, actually. I loved it.
  12. I am intermittently listening to DF as the titles become available from my library. I'm on a five week wait for book 8, I think. I listened to Richard K. Morgan's Land Fit for Heroes (which was HELLA GOOD), then the newish Darkness Within trilogy by JD Franx, which was actually amazing, and I can't wait for more of it. He's a Canadian author and it looks to be the first three of a larger saga spanning years, like Robertson's Cycle of Arawn/Galand. So, six Vance books back to back.
  13. FINALLY started Kellanved's Reach. After six books of Simon Vance, hearing John Banks is refreshing!
  14. I totally forgot about that! I've only read FoD once. It's entirely possible the quote or variations of it show up more often than three times, even.
  15. @Ammanas RG and DoD. It's one of my favorite of the opening poems.
  16. FIGHT ME (I'm always too tired to read actual books these days; I fall asleep.)
  17. I'm only on book two, as they're coming through my library and the waiting list is beastly. I am LOVING Marsters, though. A great fit for the first person narration. And yeah, I don't remember who those people are by name.
  18. Double post, sorry! But yay Kellanved's Reach! When I finish up my Dresden Files book I'm going in.
  19. Here it is! About to read it.
  20. After reading his blog post about how book one is going to go, I'm hoping we'll maybe get a familiar point of view!
  21. This just in, a Karsa preview forthcoming!
  22. Agreed on the hopes for Karsa. His "I do what I want" with regard to hard facts and lore just... Doesn't mesh with my obsessive need to know things. As for the height of the Malazan brow... I don't mind if it reads mostly like popular fiction. The style of most literary fiction often strikes me as just... disingenuous. It certainly sounds cool, but it leaves me feeling outside of the story, which is really what I'm here for. I did enjoy it really just depends on what you love most about reading.
  23. Re: Kharkanus. Overall I enjoyed the books, especially for the insight on Draconus, the Tiste... diaspora?, the Jaghut, and the Azathenai. However, there were parts I totally zoned through because it was your typical Erikson pontificating. Agreed on his occasional lapses into philosophical maundering. As for Midnight Tides... wasn't there a quote in there somewhere? I know there is, I just can't for the life of me remember when or where. I think the big stone thing may be a representation of the god pillar at the bottom of the ocean that Brys Beddict touched.
  24. @TheOrlionThatComesBefore I totally see what you're saying, and it truly is a massive eye roll, ESPECIALLY when anyone dares to bring up or mention another series like the Wheel of Time. I lurk on the Malazan Facebook group and occasionally share pictures of Silchas Kitty. Speaking of which...