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  1. Maybe you should try and read some of sapkovsky’s work. The witcher is not always right but still pretty heroic. If this does not suit your taste, i would then highly suggest reading Raymond Elias Feist’s riftwar saga.
    Magician : apprentice
    Magician : master
    A darkness at Sethanon

    We follow the main character in his childhood and through his trial and errors, his failed romances and he gets kidnapped in the middle of the first book to only reappear in the second one in a very disappointing manner. I felt so frustrated by his weakness at the time i almost stopped reading. But then the author surprised me with very unexpected turns of events that made me forgive the whole ordeal we went through.

    I believe Feist is by far my favorite fantasy writer, followed by Robert E Howard and Sapkovsky.

    I believe Feist a master of his craft, being able to write three pages long about two persons who can’t say a word facing one another, silenced by strong emotions, because something succeeded but turned out bad, in such a way that you could not drop the book and never feel like it is too long or boring. (The main story hook for Silverthorne)

    People in his books are heroes, but they are believable and feel true. I saw more people die from frostbite walking in the snow, than fighting actual ennemies. All of this to actually prevent an all out war.

    If you want characters with a spine, that do fail once in a while and feel true, Feist is the way to go.

  2. Desperately selfish, privileged white boys (and/or people who like them) have more time to read books? I just don’t know.

  3. Yeah, just finished reading the wikipedia article & I too found myself wondering: WTF?! I’m stunned that Alice would ever touch him again with a 10′ pole! Actually, I’m also stunned all three books received such critical acclaim. Don’t we have anything *better* to read about than yet another self-centered Chosen One? Are desperately selfish, privileged white boys *really* that popular?

  4. The wikipedia entry doesn’t seem to have been written by people hostile to the book, but it sounds exactly like every other The One fantasy book out there. I suppose it could all be in the execution, but it really doesn’t sound as if Quentin bought any kind of clue, ever. And like the story rewards him to the end…and beyond. It’s just stunningly…typical.

  5. Huh! I was just talking to a friend about the books — it didn’t occur to me to read the wikipedia entry. Thanks for that (time and angst-saving) tip! ;)

  6. I haven’t read the book (and don’t want to), but it sounds like it’s not just that Quentin is a literary character in a fantasy The One story, but the story is still basically treating him as if he IS The One. He’s flawed and annoying and awful, but he still survives and the universe still shifts itself around him to make sure he’s fine. (Right down to having what sounds like a geek-dream job – he gets away with slacking off and having fun while still getting the bills paid. He doesn’t, you know, actually get FIRED for farting around playing video games in his office. At least not from the sound of it.)

    Which is why I don’t actually believe this “From what I’ve been told, by the end of the third book Quentin does finally buy a freaking clue and realize he’s not the charmed center of the entire multi-verse”. (Also, I read the wikipedia description of the third book. AHAHHAHAHHAHAHA NOPE)

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