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don't tell me life gets better

See, the problem with this writer gig is that nearly every book I read these days is written by somebody I know and like, and it makes me want to like the books as well.

Book #5, John M. Ford, The Last Hot Time

What a weird, brilliant little book this is. I think the end is a bit rushed and muddled, and I think Doc could have protagged a bit more (he does an awful lot of go-and-dying, and I would like him to have more agency), but it makes up for it in sheer WTF and gorgeousness.

Book #6, Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

I feel like I should get credit for two books for this one. It's a doorstop. I was also, alas, somewhat disappointed by it, because it starts off rather promisingly with beautiful writing, snarky demon sidekicks, and silicon spiders as big as cartwheels, for which I was willing to forgive the redhaired wizard bard assassin protagonist. (At least this one was male.)

But then the silicon spiders turned into a frame story for 600 pages of backstory and bildungsroman, and by the time I got to the end of it, I realized that I really didn't like the arrogant son of a bitch very much, and I didn't actually care about his travails as the most brilliant student ever because I wanted to hear about the snarky demon and the silicon demon spiders.

On the other paw, Pat can really rub words together, and I am glad this thing is selling like hotcakes, because I like Pat and you should send his beard your money. The average epic fantasy reader is probably more tolerant of 600 page flashbacks than I.

...too many novels. Send nonfiction.

(Actually, I have a book of Marlowe criticism lined up next. Win!)


Sent non-fiction. So there.
You did!
You did!
Ooh, I absolutely loved Name of the Wind. It's one of my favorite fantasy novels of all time, but - and this might sound odd - I like that you weren't crazy about it. It just reminds me that not every book is for every person, even when the books are absolutely brilliant! ;-)
Its funny, how books talk to people differently. I disliked the beginning of Name of the Wind so much I let it sit for a week before I got back to it - and once the flashback started, I loved it.
I had a similar reaction to Name of the Wind. I think I would've liked it more if we'd gotten the present-day story first, and then gotten the 600 pages of backstory as a prequel once I was invested in the character.

Still, I'll read the next one when it comes out.
Yes. Exactly. My reaction was like yours.
I'll try and remember to grab something interesting next time I'm in free bookistan.
I loved Last Hot Time (just got around to reading it a few months ago) and the only thing I wanted from it was more.
John M. Ford

While I was never a very active participant on the old Pyramid chat forums, I always looked for his posts.

They were usually insightful to the topic at hand, and funny as well. His forum sig was always crafted to the topic as well.
His presence is sorely missed. :(
I haven't finished The Name of the Wind because the main character is so annoying. I liked the beginning frame. But between the overly idealistic start, the overly exaggerated tragedy and the just plain stupidity of his school years, I don't really care anymore how he got to the place he is in the frame.
Actually i read that "Name of the Wind" That was my present for the **** editor guy losing my MS.. I think they wanted me to write like that.

I did not like it much, nobody seemed to want to actually do anything, and the flashbacks were annoying, but then again, that book was published, and my book was not, so there.

Edited at 2009-01-26 04:59 am (UTC)
Now I want to re-read TLHT. Which, inevitably, leads to my hunting down his poetry and postings on Making Light and then it is dawn and I really should not-

Who am I kidding? I bet I even know which shelf it's on.
Yes. That.
Name of the Wind had some purple prose and some great prose, but the main character made me nuts (honest to God Mary Stu) in all his perfection. Even his character flaws were caused by his brilliance. But then I'm not typically an epic fantasy fan either.

(largely a lurker at your lj, hope it's okay to just jump in.)
Always okay. *g* Unless you plan to say mean things about my mother.
I've been meaning to read The Name of the Wind since it came out. I wonder what's holding me back.
I loved The Last Hot Time. (I just read it last summer.) In many ways, I think it's even better than The Dragon Waiting, his acknowledged masterpiece. I love that there's a "destroy the evil one" fantasy story unfolding, but all we see is on stage is our protagonist's glancing involvement with it.

Yes. this. It gives me happy.
I did not find TNoTW as engaging as maybe I should have, either. Things started off so well, and then seemed to get so sidetracked...and sidetracked...and even more sidetracked. I kept hoping we'd get back to the roller derby, and there was not any roller derby at all, just teasing hints that we might get some roller derby someday. Maybe. If we held still for all the rest of it long enough, and didn't whine from the back seat about How Much Farther?

I couldn't even complain that there was too much boygirlfriend to go along with the lack of roller derby.

I'm glad this is someone's book (several someones from what I hear and see), but it is not mine.
Last Hot Time is one of my favorite books. I agree with your assessment about the ending. I just love the characters and the world.

Makes me sad every time I read it, since I know John is gone.
Those are pretty much my feelings on TNotW, too. I plan to read the second installment, but I'm going to be reading the library copies, unless things change, like more snarky demon involvement. I am glad other people are buying them, and I have high hopes for future books.
Ooo, sounds neat. Thank you!
Oooo, doorstops are my favorite type of book. I was actually pissed that Accelerando didn't last longer, and I could've stood for River of Gods to be twice as big. I love storylines so convoluted they take several books' worth of dead trees to tell...unless they're written like the writer was being paid by the pound, where you can almost hear the author stuffing pages of random text in amongst the storylines and it takes 150 pages of deeply introspective narrative for Blorghon the Brave to travel from one end of camp to the other (I'm so staring at you, Terry Goodkind).

That said, I can see both sides of the discussion about TNoTW. I loved the spiders and demons tease, and I really enjoyed the backstory. I, too, could have stood a great deal more spiders and demon and a lot less Mary Sue, but I am told that at some point the evil nasties will be reappearing, so I'm willing to read the next book to see how it goes.

OTOH, holy crap the Mary Sue thing. Ididn't realize you could actually buy her in bulk. OTOOH, I read it as a sort of Conan-like archetype fantasy, so the series gets a probationary pass on metric assloads of authorial autoeroticism, provided it can pony up the demonic/spidery goods.
For non-fiction I can highly recommend Steve Martin's memoir Born Standing Up. It's a strong autobiography but it's also full of analysis of his craft. Cool stuff.
Thank you!