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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 12:21 am    Post subject: New Member Reply with quote

Hello all.

I realize I'm a bit late to the game, but I have enjoyed Kevin's Watch Forum since I started the Last Chronicles in October.

I first read the First and Second Chronicles in the early - mid 80's. I reread the First Chronicles about 12 years ago. But I have been putting off the Last Chronicles for quite some time--partly due to their length, and partly due to the fact that when I first attempted "Runes" in 2009, I gave up during Linden's escape from Mithil Stonedown. Too much time had passed, and I realized I'd need to reread the Second Chronicles before reading the Last. Seven books seemed too long.

But I took the plunge this past summer, and averaged 1 book per month until this past Tuesday, when I finished TLD. I'm so glad I did.

I've also read Mordant's Need twice. These are probably my favorite SRD books, although choosing between those and The Chronicles is a bit like choosing between homemade apple pie and homemade cherry pie.

I read the Gap series. Enjoyed them well enough, but not enough to read them again.

All in all, I've read 17 of SRD's books.

Now I'm in withdrawal!

Anyway, I'm glad I found my way here.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be Welcome to the Watch, Tim.
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Have you read SRD'S two new novellas?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard PastorTim. Very Happy (Are you really a pastor?) Very Happy

You didn't like the Gap well enough to re-read them? Laughing I think the Gap is better than the Chrons.

Anyway, good to have you here. Join in anywhere and everywhere. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hail and welcome, Pastor Tim!

I'm a huge fan of Mordant's Need, and consider it my favorite SRD work, truth be told. But I love the Chronicles and SRD's short story collections a lot, too. The Gap? Well, I was taken aback by the brutality in the first book, but members such as Savor Dam, Avatar, StevieG, and others were good enough to talk me into continuing reading them, and I'm glad I finished it, because it was certainly worth it! Thumbs Up

Pastor Tim wrote:
All in all, I've read 17 of SRD's books.

Now I'm in withdrawal!


There are still the following SRD books you can delve into, just in case you didn't know about them:

Daughter of Regals and Other Tales
Reave the Just and Other Tales
The Man Who Killed His Brother
The Man Who Risked His Partner
The Man Who Tried To Get Away
The Man Who Fought Alone (my personal favorite of SRD's mystery series)

and SRD's relatively new release (came out last October): The King's Justice (which contains the fantasy novellas mentioned above by Menolly--I've bought it, but haven't got around to reading it, yet).

All these works are discussed in the forum General SRD Discussion and Other Works (but beware looking into the threads concerning these books if you haven't read them yet, for you will likely encounter SPOILERS!!! Shocked Eeek You don't want THAT, lol).

As for the basically non-Donaldson parts of the Watch, here's some other areas you may be interested in:

The Loresraat - science/technology Eureka
The Galley - cooking/beverages Cheers
Vespers - music appreciation Head Banger
Doriendor Corishev - history Reading
The Close - religion/philosophy Hail
The Hall of Gifts - creative writing
Hile Troy's Think-Tank - politics/current events Soap Box (arguments here may be a bit more rough-and-tumble than elsewhere on the Watch, but that's politics for you Razz )

Of course, there's also the games to play while In Pursuit Of Mallory Banana, and try to stop by The Chronicles Art Gallery--I think you'll be glad you did! Mr. Green

Anyway, good to meet you, Pastor Tim, and welcome aboard!!! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the responses! In answer to some queries from above:

Yes, I actually am a pastor. Have been for about 16 years now; 8 months with a new congregation.

I've read "Daughter of Regals" and "Reave the Just." But it's been a while. If memory serves, I really enjoyed some of the stories, and was lukewarm on some of the others. But people certainly view my sermons in the same way!

I may reread the Gap series sometime. I enjoyed it well enough when I read it, but haven't felt the need to go back. It was a bit dark in places for my tastes, as I recall.

I think I will take the plunge into some of SRD's other works, especially the old "Reed Stevens" novels. But maybe I'll start with The King's Justice, just to be reading something somewhat "hot off the press," which I haven't done since volume 2 of "Mordant's Need" was published. I read that one as a Sophomore in high school, and it's the only SRD book I've ever read in hard cover. My parents gave it to me for my birthday.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome! And haha, yes, most of us here suffer from SRD withdraw as we wait for the next book. The King's Justice / The Auger's Gambit was good, but I'd like to see a new full novel from him.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome (again) to the Watch, Pastor Tim! Set a spell. Maybe we can set you up with a good book. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cord Hurn wrote:

Hile Troy's Think-Tank - politics/current events Soap Box (arguments here may be a bit more rough-and-tumble than elsewhere on the Watch, but that's politics for you Razz )


It isn't that way any more--I personally guarantee it.

Welcome to the Watch, Pastor Tim.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+JMJ+

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Watch Pastor Tim!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hashi Lebwohl wrote:
Cord Hurn wrote:

Hile Troy's Think-Tank - politics/current events Soap Box (arguments here may be a bit more rough-and-tumble than elsewhere on the Watch, but that's politics for you Razz )


It isn't that way any more--I personally guarantee it.

Welcome to the Watch, Pastor Tim.


True, that. Still pretty rough and tumble (as is life), but a lot better then I've seen in the past.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you wish to plunge into non-SRD books, lots of people hereabouts have read Dark Tower, Malazan, or Song of Ice and Fire serieses. You could find some discussions on those.

The Riddlemaster series, by Patricia McKillip, is more in the vein of sharing similarities with the Chronicles. McKillip dedicates one of the books to Donaldson, and Donaldson discusses this series a bit in his paper Epic Fantasy in the Modern World (available on his website). Donaldson seems to feel that they share the same fundamental idea of what fantasy should be. Anyway ... there's some threads about it, and some fans around.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wayfriend wrote:
If you wish to plunge into non-SRD books, lots of people hereabouts have read Dark Tower, Malazan, or Song of Ice and Fire serieses. You could find some discussions on those.

Not too mention the Harry Potter series...
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pastor Tim wrote:
I've read "Daughter of Regals" and "Reave the Just." But it's been a while. If memory serves, I really enjoyed some of the stories, and was lukewarm on some of the others.


Ah, so you have read 19 of SRD's books, then!
I love most of those short stories, but a few of them ("The Lady In White", "The Conqueror Worm", "The Djinn Who Watches Over The Accursed", "The Kings Of Tarshish Shall Bring Gifts", and "What Makes Us Human") I didn't like very much.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, what WF said...there's more to the Watch than just Donaldson, although there is of course plenty of that too. Very Happy

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Menolly wrote:
wayfriend wrote:
If you wish to plunge into non-SRD books, lots of people hereabouts have read Dark Tower, Malazan, or Song of Ice and Fire serieses. You could find some discussions on those.

Not too mention the Harry Potter series...

I was trying not to mention it. Wink
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wayfriend wrote:
If you wish to plunge into non-SRD books, lots of people hereabouts have read Dark Tower, Malazan, or Song of Ice and Fire serieses. You could find some discussions on those.

Not too mention the Harry Potter series...

I was trying not to mention it. Wink

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