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has anyone here actually read the Last Dark?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Omg!

Is it a worthy finale?

How many marks out of 5?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmmmm 4 out of 5. I liked the pace. I like how elements were resolved. I liked the ending - but can't wait to hear our group describe other "endings" that felt the same.

Also, there is one scene in the climactic battle with Foul - we knew there would be one - that made me LAUGH!!

Finally, Spoiler:
not EVERYTHING is answered ... and while this is the Last Chronicles of Thomas Convenant the Unbeliever, I will be interested what people think of this being the last work in the "universe" SRD has set up!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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hmmmm 4 out of 5. I liked the pace. I like how elements were resolved. I liked the ending - but can't wait to hear our group describe other "endings" that felt the same.

Also, there is one scene in the climactic battle with Foul - we knew there would be one - that made me LAUGH!!

Finally, Spoiler:
not EVERYTHING is answered ... and while this is the Last Chronicles of Thomas Convenant the Unbeliever, I will be interested what people think of this being the last work in the "universe" SRD has set up!


How do you rate TLD as compared to the other books in the Last Chron's?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Endings that felt the same.

Not sure I like the sound of that.

Feeling a real sense of dread
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

4 out of 5 reads as 'was not up to speed so can't give it 5. Should have been 3 but that seems a bit tight so will go for 4'. The book will clearly not satisfy those of us who are already disatisfied with the final series; for those who are it will be a passable ending, neither world shattering or completely dissapointing. This is as I would have expected. As I've said before, it was the journey that was the star, not the end point.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that is a VERY good summary!

Spoiler:
There was a little deus ex machina -- but he has done that with the insequent and it was done amusingly enough that I didn't mind.


The largest personal annoyance is that he hasn't really explained the physics ... or metaphysics ... of his universe. So those of us who wanted a reconcilement of "Creator" vs. the "Worm" won't be satisfied. I haven't spoilered this, because SRD has already told us that such reconcilement or precise "world building" is not important to him. He feels comfortable in the contradictions! Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished it yesterday, and I'm not sure what I think. I don't think I can say much even generally without spoiling things.

I have a lot of issues with the Last Chronicles, in general, TLD included, but I'd rate it as my favorite of the four books, for whatever that's worth.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah.

That sounds a bit more hopeful.

Some of FR and AATE is really good IMVHO and worthy
Of the chronicles as a whole.

That's all I want really is a worthy ending.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:33 pm    Post subject: Linden Reply with quote

I have just started and to no surprise, Spoiler:
by the end of the first chapter Jeremiah doesn't want to talk to his mother anymore.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spoiler:
Teenagers. What did you expect? Rolling Eyes

Keep reading. You ain't seen nothing yet...
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha, I should not keep reading new posts in this thread. The young-boy-who-skipped-to-the-ends-of-books is trying to come out of me and read the redacted text!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smile I nearly posted (well, in fact I did, but removed it) a begging post for someone to lend me an arc. Didn't seem fair on peeps who had sprung big time in order to sate their unrestrained impatience. (mine being equally unrestrained of course, but just welded to a mean streak as wide as the freeway!)
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://kevinswatch.ihugny.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=23524

An ARC is floating around here... hopefully it will continue to be passed down the list? *begs* *pleads*
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fear not. It will be passed on, once Menolly and I have read it. I hit the halfway point last night.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

(Peter squats on his haunches ala dog in begging mode, all scraps of dignity lost!)
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished TLD over the weekend and passed it to Menolly. She let me know a few minutes ago of a major event she had just read that tells me she is reading at a good clip, but has still much to read.

I've been asked in other threads for a rating. Can't quantify a rating. Agree with the assessments given above by Creator and starkllr (who is the source of the ARC I read), to which I will add that my frequently-expressed faith in SRD is justified.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Savor Dam wrote:
Finished TLD over the weekend and passed it to Menolly. She let me know a few minutes ago of a major event she had just read that tells me she is reading at a good clip, but has still much to read.

I've been asked in other threads for a rating. Can't quantify a rating. Agree with the assessments given above by Creator and starkllr (who is the source of the ARC I read), to which I will add that my frequently-expressed faith in SRD is justified.


Alright then. Now, how about some spoilers...

or an ARC.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Admittedly, those who read ARCs of AATE provided lots of spoilers in the hidden preview thread four years ago.

There seems to be a different vibe going on this time. Creator, starkllr and other ARC readers have been quite circumspect, saying only that they've liked it, have reserved their opinion, or shared minor non-spoiling details like the fact that the Giants shared a risqué joke.

I am following that lead. No spoilers here. I absolutely encourage you to read this book...but I am not sharing what happens. RAFO!

As for an ARC, I fully intend to pass forward the ARC I received from starkllr once Menolly has finished it. The mechanism is not yet certain. I may emulate starkllr's lottery method...but there may be another method used. Win Wayfriend's Money is another model that really appeals to me...but I do not necessarily want to weight the odds in favor of those like Wayfriend and myself who have semi-comprehensive Chrons knowledge. This is for the fans, not just the scholars.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have only a few chapters left. So far I have enjoyed it much more than AATE. I read through the first part the day I received my copy. But have been rationing myself in the final part. It is the end, I want to make it last.

IMO, AATE could have been condensed into a few chapters split between FR and TLD.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Savor Dam wrote:
Admittedly, those who read ARCs of AATE provided lots of spoilers in the hidden preview thread four years ago.

There seems to be a different vibe going on this time. Creator, starkllr and other ARC readers have been quite circumspect, saying only that they've liked it, have reserved their opinion, or shared minor non-spoiling details like the fact that the Giants shared a risqué joke.

I am following that lead. No spoilers here. I absolutely encourage you to read this book...but I am not sharing what happens. RAFO!

As for an ARC, I fully intend to pass forward the ARC I received from starkllr once Menolly has finished it. The mechanism is not yet certain. I may emulate starkllr's lottery method...but there may be another method used. Win Wayfriend's Money is another model that really appeals to me...but I do not necessarily want to weight the odds in favor of those like Wayfriend and myself who have semi-comprehensive Chrons knowledge. This is for the fans, not just the scholars.


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