The best thing I've read for absolutely ages is.....

Pedro Del Mar

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Mar 18, 2010
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......... The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. Albeit I only began the final installment last night, but if the first two are anything to go by it's going to be immense. What a truly great series. A big Thank You to Mr Sanderson.
Paul Kearney's Monarchies of God. Fabulous books. Absolutely fabulous.
....The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I have read a lot of great books this year but this was the best by a mile.
American Tabloid by James Ellroy

It's been a long time since I felt so sucked into a story. The pages flew past and the way he made guys like JFK, J Edgar Hoover, Jimmy Hoffa, and Howard Hughes jump off the page, yet still seem uninteresting compared to the anonymous low-lifes doing their dirty work (Bay of Pigs), made for one of the best novels I've ever read. It's GRRM-esque in its sweep with constantly shifting alliances and a near complete lack of sympathetic or innocent "good" guys.

I finished this book a few weeks ago and I'm still thinking about it all the time.
Have to agree with you there Ratsy The way of Kings is definitely the best thing I've read in a very long time as well. Though I am also reading the Mistborn trilogy for the first time as well almost finished the last installment that is a fantastic series as well, however the last book i am finding somewhat lacking.
Dornish - have to agree with you on that one. The final installment (Hero Of Ages) didn't quite live up to the exceptionally high standards of the first two parts for me either.
The first two were unputdownable! The third I found very good but didn't have the same amnount of excitement and didn't grip me quite as much. Difficult to put my finger on exactly why but by the end of the book I had guessed well before the end how I thought it was going to, so maybe this is why. Whereas, in the first two the action and the way the story develpned had me engrossed.

Still, congrats to Sanderson for a thoroughly entertaining read and I'm looking forward to The Way of Kings but won't be buying it until he's published a few more in the series as I hate waiting (victim of GRRM)
Peter V Brett's Painted Man, every now and then a book grabs me by the throat and I have to devour it. Only reason I put it down was because my eyelids were turning to lead and I had to be up at 6.

Something is niggling me though. The demons coming out at night remind me of another book but for the life of me I can't think what.The book I'm thinking of isn't that similar but the demons made me think of the wraiths.
To remain save from the wraiths you had to travel by water, an island could be used as refuge but the wraiths were starting to reach the islands.The wraiths only appeared after sunset.
Rather annoying its floating in my sub conscious but won't surface. Strangely the only thing that is pushing through is Thomas Covenant but I'm pretty certain its not. Likely more to do with the fact that I'm itching to start the 3rd book in the Last Chronicles.
I'd agree with The Painted Man - 'twas brilliant. At first you thought "This just isn't going to be believable", but you get swept along, and the depth of characterisation (apart from one or two) was so engaging. It's a shame that is lacking in the sequel...

And (at the risk of being repetitive): The Name Of The Wind - the slow pace of the 1st person narrative is absolutely spot-on, and you know you're in for an incredible ride, by what is so cleverly introduced in the first few chapters. Masterful. I have read it about 8 times, now, and seem to get something new out of it every time.
...the two books of the Ketty Jay series, by Chris Wooding. It somehow brought me back to childhood in a way, giving me adventure like I had read in some of Louis Stevenson's books while very young, or as I've seen in old cartoons. The story is relentless, the characters have a fascinating chemistry between them and the pace is fantastic. Definitely one of the best reads I've had in recent years.
I've been revisiting some David Gemmell this year.

I actually read the Troy trilogy for the first time in May, and absolutely loved it. That left be eager to start with Legend and re-read all Gemmell's work in order.

I've been loving it, with highlights including Waylander and Waylander II.

This thread is so weird that I've looked at both The Way of Kings and The Painted Man and wanted to get them (but have not yet) and I have just started reading The Name of the Wind.

The First Law trilogy - Joe Abercrombie, Night Angel Trilogy - Brent Weeks, and The Painted Man - Peter V Brett. These so far have blown me away and it was goooooood!!! :D
Either "Living with Ghosts" by Kari Sperring or "Hush, Hush" by Becca Fitzpatrick. Just depends on my mood.

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