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57. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 20, 2012, 09:56 Verno
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 20, 2012, 07:18:
Oh yeah, someone mentioned the "Prince of Nothing" series. I cant praise it highly enough. Really. A lot of the worldbuilding is taken from real world history, even more so than Martin's Ice and Fire but I consider that a good thing, especially given the context of the books.

I honestly consider the "Prince of Nothing" and the 20 year later sequels better books than anything George Martin wrote. People have been comparing Bakker to Martin a lot, but Martin could learn a thing or two from the younger author...especially something about pacing...

Bakker's stuff is full of geo-political claptrap and dumb shit like demon rape though. He's the most disturbingly misogynistic writer I've seen since Terry Goodkind. It's a shame because his prose is beautiful but the man cannot write a character worth a damn. Every single one is the same geo-political schemer cutout who has out loud revelations and yet is ridiculously introspective at the same time. Kellhus is the worst character I've read in ages, a Mary Sue of epic proportion, literally every man to every situation.

There's stuff I liked about it, his take on a fantasy themed middle east was intriguing for example but I struggled to finish it due to the aforementioned stuff and will never revisit him again unless I hear hes dialed down the insanity.
 
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