LT: Wasn't there a literature/book thread? Or was it bombed, too? *Edit: Neat. Also, has anyone read the Raven's Shadow series? I see good reviews for it, but I'm wondering if it will scratch my particular medieval fantasy itches. I like 'em gritty, but not grimdark. It can have elves and fairies, sorcerers and giant leviathans in them, or very few or subtle magical elements in them. The stories can be optimistic and adventurous, too. That's fine. But corpses still rot. People usually shit at least once a day. Steel rusts. Wounds inflame and can fester. All that good, realistic grit. If the pretty elves aren't at least inferred to be squatting behind their glittering trees every once in awhile to take a dump then the whole book can just fuck off! Intrigue and scheming plots on top of it is also right up my alley. Preferably with the viewpoint characters being responsible for a lot of the scheming. Stories where characters only thwart schemes aren't as fun, unless schemes get thwarted with more schemes. Just finished the first book in the Night Angel Trilogy. Scratched that itch well enough, even if it did veer on grimdark sometimes. I try to avoid gorging on a whole series at once, though, so I tend to start a new series once I'm done, or start on the sequel of some other one I was reading previously. Remembering who is who usually isn't much of a problem. Thinking of starting The Way of Kings next. That's some good 40-damn hours worth of listening to do on Audible. Really looking forward to the eventual release of the third book in the Kingkiller Chronicles series, though. And I guess I should continue on the next book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, too, though that's a lot of books, and each one pretty darn long it seems.