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    I read "Dragonbone Chair" again recently after a long interval, and happily fell under its spell all over again. It's the first of Tad Williams' fantasy trilogy "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn", a richly realized fictional world vaguely resembling mediaeval Europe though with an endlessly fascinating mix of cultural and historical influence including the Celts, Norse, Anglo-Saxons, Tartars, Christianity, and ancient Rome. It draws strength from a Lord-of-the-Rings-like framework (complete with the equivalents of elves, hobbits, and a supremely evil being behind the scenes), it is by no means an imitation. If you haven't read this, you're in for an absorbing experience. Though Williams has gone on to write other major series such as Otherland and Shadowmarch, all very good indeed, it's possible that Memory, Sorrow and Thorn may still stand as his finest work. To my mind, what makes this series stand apart is not just the diverse cast of characters from all these cultures that you are eager to root for, but the sheer investment in detail, context, character development, and deep history behing the scenes: this is clearly a work from the author's heart and one he spent years lovingly constructing. Right from the opening chapters, his implicit message is -- "Dear reader, sit back and enjoy. I have a long story to tell that will be worth your time -- but if you're not patient enough, this is not the book for you." The next two -- "Stone of Farewell" and "To Green Angel Tower" -- continue on at just the same almost impossibly high level. Forget Game of Thrones with its dull violence and political scheming. This is fantasy the way it should be.
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    Wearying to read but good story

    It's a mix of every fantasy trope you can imagine - especially Lord of the Rings. Pretty good. The profusion of typos in this version is very VERY annoying, at least one on every page as if the entire thing was scanned and the resulting OCR was never checked. It's plainly crap editing.
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    GRRM inspiration

    The saga that influenced the Song of Ice and Fire origins. Highly recommended high fantasy by a well regarded master of the genre. Read it before the new saga comes next year, as it's being written now!.
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    The Dragon Bone Chair

    It is one of the best books in the fantasy series I have read, this is the third time I've read this book and will be saving it to read again in a few years.
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    Echoes

    Enjoyed. many influences evident from fantastical to biblical. would appeal to many age levels of those with an interest in fantasy literature...such as the Tolkien or Martin fans.
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