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Can anyone recommend any good books about Alexander the Great and his campaign in Persia? There are enough of them to fill a library but none of them jump out at me a reviews are all pretty mixed. I'd appreciate any opinions if you have read one. 

 


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This one has just left me speechless: https://spectator.us/writers-blocked-fantasy-fiction/

Fantasy fiction is now offensive and must be banned!

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― Henry David Thoreau

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Half way through. This happened in my lifetime but I knew nothing about what really happened. 

 

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I finally caved in to peer pressure, here and elsewhere. I usually hate fantasy but I don't hate this one... yet. Still on guard for the cliche parade though. 

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“I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.” 
― Henry David Thoreau

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Stormlight Archive is the only Sanderson I've read and now, I guess, the only Sanderson I will read. I want to see where he goes with the rest of this series and I don't want to burn out on him.


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halfway through first mistborn novel is as far as we ever got with sanderson. weren't sooper terrible, but characters were theatrical, predictable and flat. were set up as a series, and we couldn't see our self reading another thousand or so pages o' same characters. 

the guy is prolific and popular, so clear he is doing something right. perhaps we didn't give him enough o' a chance, but we don't actual regret stopping halfway through first mistborn.

with dark materials becoming the new hbo epic fantasy series following got, perhaps gd gives pullman's books a try. can be the snooty know-it-all at the water cooler on monday morning who infrequent slips in an observation 'bout how books did such-n'-such different than the tv episode.

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"Those who won our independence by revolution were not cowards. They did not fear political change. They did not exalt order at the cost of liberty. To courageous, self-reliant men, with confidence in the power of free and fearless reasoning applied through the processes of popular government, no danger flowing from speech can be deemed clear and present, unless the incidence of the evil apprehended is so imminent that it may befall before there is opportunity for full discussion. If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."--Justice Louis Brandeis, Concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)

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I enjoy fantasy, even quite a bit of trashy fantasy, and I've never been able to get into Sanderson.

I've been reading these Monster Hunter International books. Silly fun, for sure.

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OK, I'm done with Sanderson. I see no point in reading any more of that series. It's not that it's bad, it's unoriginal. I think some of Kaladin's lines were later cut and pasted into his WoT books for Mat Cauthon. Good fantasy writing is rare IMO and stands out when you find it. This ain't it. 


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― Henry David Thoreau

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Reading Hue by Bowden.  Not a bad recollection of events.  Sort of funny to read how both North Vietnam and the US militaries were in some fantasy land in some respects and how middle level officers felt when dealing with the realities of it.

 


Why has elegance found so little following? Elegance has the disadvantage that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it. - Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

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Nothing from the man himself but multiple sources say Rothfuss's Doors of Stone will be out 8/2020: https://lrmonline.com/news/third-kingkiller-chronicle-book-gets-2020-release-date/


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“I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.” 
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.” 
― Henry David Thoreau

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Hue is a bit of a slog, is funny to read about some arrogant Marine officer ignoring the troubles the ARVN had, leading his men to get torn up and then try to cover his ass by saying the ARVN commander lied to him.


Why has elegance found so little following? Elegance has the disadvantage that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it. - Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

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So, say you have this really big and important job that you just HAVE to do. But it's a very hard job so you keep making yourself busy with smaller and easier jobs. You tell yourself "I'll catch up to the big one later, as soon as I do the small ones". But you keep "finding" more and more small ones to enable you to put off the big one. It's called Industrious Procrastination. Doesn't this strike you as a perfect example of that???? https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/9/18658839/elden-ring-george-rr-martin-fromsoftware-game-of-thrones-e3-2019-microsoft

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“I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.” 
― Henry David Thoreau

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Going to start Voices from Chernobyl, the show gave me the idea to perhaps read a book on it rather than TV documentaries.   After Hue, that might be a bit too depressing though.


Why has elegance found so little following? Elegance has the disadvantage that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it. - Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

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3 hours ago, Guard Dog said:

So, say you have this really big and important job that you just HAVE to do. But it's a very hard job so you keep making yourself busy with smaller and easier jobs. You tell yourself "I'll catch up to the big one later, as soon as I do the small ones". But you keep "finding" more and more small ones to enable you to put off the big one. It's called Industrious Procrastination. Doesn't this strike you as a perfect example of that???? https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/9/18658839/elden-ring-george-rr-martin-fromsoftware-game-of-thrones-e3-2019-microsoft

He's also recently gotten involved with Meow Wolf, which is a thing


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