But they're so pretty!
Originally Posted by KatG
I like Abercrombie a lot, but his characters are a little vexing. When I pick up a novel, I want to follow the trials and triumphs (or glorious failures) of a lovable character, but I didn't love any of Abercrombie's, although I guess Logen came close. This problem forced itself to the forefront of my thoughts as I plowed through Bakker's stuff; by the end of the trilogy I was clinging to my dear Achamian and hoping to God that he would
tie up Kellhus, put him in a sack, drop him in a trebuchet, and launch him off a very high cliff.
As for recommendations, I suggest Brust (yup, KatG, you've converted me, you sneak), who doesn't use exactly the same style as Abercrombie but coats much/most of his writing in sarcastic humor. The protagonist is morally ambiguous, but I find the fellow much more likable than, say, Jezal dan Luthar. And I second Scott Lynch (also very funny) and Bakker (best fantasy since Tolkien, IMO).