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Re: Fantasy Series

Post by Svartalf » Thu May 03, 2018 4:27 am

well, the original Conan is rather easy to find nowadays, the trashy series lancer Published, 'edited' by carter and de camp and full of their trash, no longert is the authoritative edition. I may recommend the 2 volume edition in the Fantasy Masterpieces collection by Gollancz... Ballantine Books' Del Rey collection also includes a 2 or 3 volume edition of Conan, and is fairly recommendable if I judge by their work on other parts of the Howard corpus.
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Re: Fantasy Series

Post by JimC » Thu May 03, 2018 4:44 am

Thanks, Svarty, I'll bear that in mind... :tup:
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Post by pErvinalia » Thu May 03, 2018 5:48 am

I didn't realise that Conan was like King Arthur and other such famous characters that I can't think of at the moment. I can't help thinking it's like Jason Moama playing Conan instead of Arnie. Just not right. :nono:
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Re: Fantasy Series

Post by Svartalf » Thu May 03, 2018 6:13 am

neither movie was good, the john milius could have been a masterpiece, if it had been titled anything else than 'Conan'... as it is, it's a load of shit in the face of every Howard fan.
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Re: Fantasy Series

Post by JimC » Thu May 03, 2018 6:19 am

No movies ever do justice to the books they are based on...
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Re: Fantasy Series

Post by Svartalf » Thu May 03, 2018 6:43 am

it goes beyond that... the Schwarzie movie deliberately went against canon, if only by giving the main character biographical elements not conforming to those of the original (the secret of steel, having been a gladiator in the far east, whatnot...) or by including characters that have no place ther (Thulsa Doom is a Kull opponent, and he's a necromancer, not a serpent man; Valeria is a lady pirate from the story Red Nails, conpicuously not referred to in the movie)... that's great alchemical work, turning pure literary gold to utter dreck...
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Re: Fantasy Series

Post by Scot Dutchy » Thu May 03, 2018 7:08 am

JimC wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 4:16 am
I basically agree, Svarty. I haven't got any of the originals in book form at the moment - I think I might see if I can get 'em on Kindle...
Get them on Kobo no problem but then I am not stuck to Amazon.
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Re: Fantasy Series

Post by Animavore » Thu May 03, 2018 9:21 am

I think I remember now what I didn't like about The Wheel of Time. As far as I remember it was one contrived event after another. It's not unlike Tolkien (and Monty Python's; The Holy Grail), each chapter brings the travellers to a new place - a town, forest, cave, mountain pass - which they have to traverse and they meet some obstacle - assassin, sorceror, monster, poisonous swamp gas - along the way.

I'm not sure if the style has a name; I'd call it a beaded style, like a thread with beads, Rosary or anal or whatever. The style doesn't feel (ugh!) organic to me. I much prefer the narrative driven style of Malazan or ASOIAF which have events evolve over many chapters. It's closer to the way things actually work.
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Re: Fantasy Series

Post by laklak » Wed May 16, 2018 3:46 am

Stared the "Fatemarked" series by David Estes. It's OK, nothing to scream about but readable. Finished the first book last night and bought the 2nd. Some people are born with "fatemarks" or "sinmarks" that are not usually visible except under strong firelight, and they have various powers depending on the mark. Great strength in battle, healing, etc. There's a hundred year war going on between the 4 kingdoms, and now Bane, who is Deathmarked, rises to kill 8 kings and bring peace.

First book was a bit young adultish, but not too bad. If the 2nd gets better I'll likely finish the series, otherwise it's back to the search for something decent.
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Re: Fantasy Series

Post by pErvinalia » Wed May 16, 2018 3:54 am

I'm fatemarked to sit on the couch. I haz powaz!
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