Brent Weeks - Lightbringer

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  1. Axis m'Troutilas

    Axis m'Troutilas Gaidin

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    I look forward to seeing what you think of Book 5 Stephen.
     
  2. Stephen Lightheart

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    Here's what I wrote on Goodreads:

    (Technically spoiler-free, but just to be safe.)

    So many endings!

    Okay, I was thinking I'd keep it at that, but let me say a bit more. About 85% into the book, I told my wife that, if Brent Weeks could nail the ending, this would be the best book ever. The climax is just so darn good. The entire book is a rollercoaster. Everything comes together in an absolutely masterful way.

    And then the story is done. It needs a nice, satisfying epilogue to leave us with a hopeful note for the future of the characters that yet live. Right?

    WRONG! Instead, Brent Weeks decides to give Tolkien a run for his money. After the story is done, instead of a short epilogue, Weeks gives us a ton of chapters of wrap-up. Followed by three (3!!!!!!!!) epilogues. Characters who got a meaningful death come to life, those who otherwise made meaningful sacrifices suddenly get everything magically returned to them.

    Dude, Mr. Weeks, you don't need to make everything happy in the end. This was a dark series, man. This was gruesome and awful and showed people and your world at both their best and worst. You should have just wrapped it up when it was over. Now all we'll ever remember is the incongruous drag at the end.

    Anyway, still an amazing book. I'll just pretend the last 10% never happened.

    Giving it four stars, but it could have been so much more. It literally could have been my favorite book of all time, with the only hope of ever being replaced being Sanderson living long enough to write Stormlight #10. But alas.

    I gave it four stars.
     
  3. Axis m'Troutilas

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    Yeah, I agree.

    I suspect the book could have used another round through beta-readers, or maybe even more honest beta-readers. Or maybe even less rounds through beta-readers, I dunno.

    Something tipped the end away from slightly sticking the landing.

    Great book, really great series, but there's some of the last two books that would have been stronger for doing slightly differently.
     
  4. Stephen Lightheart

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    So, I think what he should have done, was...

    ...Have Teia still on the roof with Andross. Then let that angry immortal dude find her there, during the fight. So not as an after thought, but as an actual part of the big, epic climax. Teia battles him. Andross gets involved. They loose desperately. The Karis/Dazen group arrives there, instead of with Kip, and Dazen remembers the otherwise completely useless scene in which Orholam shows him to use a bloody mirror to kill an immortal. They all kill the immortal together.

    Cut to the epilogue, where Kip gets his funeral and Andross makes a grab for power, but the people won't have any of it and make Dazen their Lightbringer/Prism instead.

    The end.
     
  5. Ephrem Elpidius

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    I'm so glad all of you use spoiler tags, haha I still have a long way to go. I probably won't finish the series until post-summer. I don't know why, but I just got in the mood to read about British history and also some various philosophy. I was sick for a full month with flu/pneumonia and got 0 read during that time. Now I am just not in the mood for it, but I will be again eventually. I was really enjoying it before I got sick. Currently reading English Society in the 18th century and I am loving it, fascinating to realize how in such a short amount of time the vast majority of us went from a terrible life to basically all having luxuries even the rich could not dream of back then.
     
  6. Axis m'Troutilas

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    Have you finished Book 1 at least Ephrem?
     
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    My bookmark is still in the book, about 60-70% in I'd say. I'm skipping Book 4 of Stormlight Archive this Fall, since Book 5 will be out in 2021, will do full read of Stormlight Archive in 2021 then. So I will have plenty of time to read Lightbringer this Fall. It's possible I will read Lightbringer this summer, but I will be in Finland and I really don't want to read them on my Kindle, I don't mind my Kindle, but I just prefer my physical books still. I like to light a candle, and settle in with a physical book.

    But I did love Book I, just taking a break is all, I will def go on a binge read this Fall and finish them all.
     
  8. Axis m'Troutilas

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    Now this is just me, but I’d finish book 1 before reading any other book.

    I don’t think you’re getting the best experience stretching it out like that for whatever reason you keep jumping around

    No offence
     
  9. Ephrem Elpidius

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    No that is what I mean, I will just re-read entire series this Fall, as of now I am not in the mood for fantasy or sci-fi as I mentioned above. Just in the mood to read history or philosophy at the moment. I just get different urges for certain genres sometimes. If it wasn't for being sick for so long and not reading anything during that period, then I probably would have finished book 2 even by now, haha