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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    Interesting. What would you consider the best 'written' book?

    Mine would be (and also probably my favorite) something like 'Old Man and the Sea' - which is probably written at a fifth great level.
    Interesting question actually. Not sure I have an overall top choice in this regard. I'm reading the Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann at the moment (and have been for the best part of 9 months) and find the writing style very pleasing (though admittedly I'm reading the translated text), if a little wordy in places.

    Most things written by Kazuo Ishiguro are excellent in this regard also, I think.

    Also, I don't wish to say I don't enjoy things that aren't wonderful in a stylistic sense. Substance over style as a general rule for me, books like Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Jurassic Park aren't exactly triumphs in this regard, but that doesn't stop them being great etc... I just find the better written a novel is, the more thought provoking it will be, and thus enjoyable on more levels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Also, I don't wish to say I don't enjoy things that aren't wonderful in a stylistic sense.
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    Yea, I agree re: well written texts. But then I really enjoy Cormac McCarthy - and many people hate that writing style.
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    Haha, yes, I realised after posting, that sentence wasn't particularly well constructed, but it seems you got the jist of it

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    I watched the TV series first and liked it. But reading the book was a much much better experience because it filled in the gaps left by the TV series. It helped in understanding the characters better and the PoV style helps to keep the story interesting without getting stuck with a single character for too long.
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    wheel of time was excellent in the early books imo. finished the last book a few days ago and yes it ended poorly. had to read it though, started reading the stuff over 15 years ago ffs
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    read the last one a couple of weeks back. really don't give a **** about the series anymore but the last book was a decent yarn.

    GRRM and the occassional Harry Potter reread are pretty much the only stuff I read in that genre these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meridio View Post
    Yeah, I struggled a bit with it too, but eventually managed to get into it. Stick with it, and once you get your head around what's happening you'll probably enjoy it a bit more - it took me a while to make sense of it anyway. I think one reason might be that the entire book is more or less just characters talking about events that had happened, rather than things playing out as they occur, if that makes any sense.

    I read The Spy Who Came in from the Cold shortly after I finished Tinker Tailor, and enjoyed that a lot more. Think it might have been easier to get into Tinker Tailor if I'd read that first. Very bleak book though.
    That's interesting to hear. Thanks!

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    I've just finished the first to books of The Kingkiller Chronicles, alongside The Farseer Trilogy far and away the best series i have ever read, eagerly awaiting the third now and getting really annoyed with the lack of release date even though the book has supposedly been completed for over a year.

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    Very sad news this.

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    Reading Patrick Rothfuss's name of the wind.....I have read through about a quarter of it and for some reason haven't found it quite as compelling as maybe GRRM books but I haven't been able to put it down either.......the story is getting interesting though....

    Any thoughts on Patrick Rothfuss?
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