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GRYPHON
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Posted - 18 Apr 2008 :  16:07:16  Show Profile  Visit GRYPHON's Homepage Send GRYPHON a Private Message  Reply with Quote
From the choices offered...The Wyvern's Spur...

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DragonReader
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Posted - 18 Apr 2008 :  17:23:22  Show Profile  Visit DragonReader's Homepage Send DragonReader a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Can I vote for a book not in the poll. For me it is Dawn of Night by Paul Kemp. This book not only kept the action and story line moving forward but the ending was one of the best I have read...
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Dart Ambermoon
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Posted - 21 Apr 2008 :  20:04:01  Show Profile  Visit Dart Ambermoon's Homepage Send Dart Ambermoon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Gee, thatīs a tough one, as always when "favourite novels" of any kind are concerned...from the choices given I picked "The Wyvernīs Spur", which added a completely different point of view to the trilogy and was a key requisite for a possible redemption for Finder in the final tome. Apart from it being a heck of a novel in itself, featuring the awesome Giogi and Cat (and the heartbreaking series of Daisyeyes), it really strayed strongly from the content and plot of the first part, but filled in many things to provide a complete picture. (Plus...cīmon, itīs to do with Finder...Iīm biased.)

If it hadnīt been on the list, my vote would have probably gone to "Under Fallen Stars" as it just added tremendous story-depth to a plainly awesome trilogy, closely followed by "Beyond the High Road" for much the same reason, and "Dragonwall", because that one provided a most interesting glimpse into realms beyond the "Realms" and had an extremely logical and consequent build-up, as well as featuring that "different point of view", this time how the Shou viewed Yamun.

As to what makes a great "middle" book...depends on the trilogyīs style of course, but for me personally, I want the plot to get deeper (answering some questions, but adding a lot more...more information on backgrounds and what makes characters tick, etc.)and the story to be true and logical in regards to following up on the first part. The "middle" book is there to set most of the pieces into place already for a furious finale. If there were sub-plots introduced in the first novel, do NOT forget about them, just to spring them at the reader before the end, but evolve them constantly. If it is possible to introduce new elements to the story in a sensible manner (be it new characters or a different pont of view), thatīs fantastic, but if it isnīt sensible, itīs critical miss and can kill a whole trilogy. Futhermore, the midle book should never just be "there", to simply cover the events between the beginning and the end,it has to feature key elements of the plot, too.

~ In Finder I trust, for danger I lust ~
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Baldwin Stonewood
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Posted - 22 Apr 2008 :  16:22:32  Show Profile  Visit Baldwin Stonewood's Homepage Send Baldwin Stonewood a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I tend to agree with DragonReader's suggestion: Dawn of Night by Paul Kemp.
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J D Dunsany
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Posted - 16 May 2008 :  13:38:06  Show Profile  Visit J D Dunsany's Homepage Send J D Dunsany a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Of the ones I've read, I would actually have to go for Black Wizards, which expands what is laid out in Darkwalker... - both geographically and in the sense of character development.

"How content that young woman looks, don't you think? How content, and yet how flammable." - Lemony Snicket, The Unauthorized Autobiography
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Quale
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Posted - 20 May 2008 :  11:14:52  Show Profile Send Quale a Private Message  Reply with Quote
in this order probably

The Wyvern's Spur
The Coral Kingdom
The Floodgate
Dragonwall
Giant Among Us
Black Wizards
Shadowstorm
Dawn of Night
Dangerous Games
Under Fallen Stars
Beyond the High Road
Tantras
Faces of Deception
Streams of Silver
Exile
Viperhand
Crown of Fire
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Danny Glick
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Posted - 26 May 2008 :  03:54:59  Show Profile  Visit Danny Glick's Homepage Send Danny Glick a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Holy heck, Quale, that's in depth. I was torn between Exile and Wyvern's Spur. Then I read the above post and remembered how great Dangerous Games was. Voted for Wyv Sp. And just to knit-pick, Faces of Deception was a stand alone, although it certainly did suck.
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 26 May 2008 :  05:04:12  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Danny Glick

And just to knit-pick, Faces of Deception was a stand alone, although it certainly did suck.



That's one of those odd cases where people either love the novel or hate it -- there doesn't seem to be a middle ground on it.

I personally disliked it.

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Edited by - Wooly Rupert on 26 May 2008 05:04:33
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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Danny Glick

And just to knit-pick, Faces of Deception was a stand alone, although it certainly did suck.



That's one of those odd cases where people either love the novel or hate it -- there doesn't seem to be a middle ground on it.

I personally disliked it.

While I didn't quite enjoy the actual plot of the novel as such, I did like the brief bits of "Utter East" info that was part of the story itself.

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