Theft of swords built momentum nicely...started off pretty light, soon developed into a complicated, fast paced story. From a basic sword and sorcery heist caper it soon for me felt like Lord of the Rings + Name of the Rose + Game of Thrones but a bit lighter with more humor. Plot is very clever and clearly thought out well in advance. I found it perfect for long runs where a gripping story takes your mind off the pain...I bought the second one as soon as I was done. Highly recommend if you like the genre.
I thought I was getting an interesting analysis of long tail risk issues. I got an incoherent rambling set of anecdotes that are fiction (but not clearly disclosed as such) in some sort of pseudo-Socratic philosopher format. I loved books like "The Big Short" and "The Greatest Trade Ever"...this was not like those books. This was one of the very few audible books I have ever not finished. To be clear, I listened to most of it. The concept is great: unexpected events happen more often that you would think. However, that is the extent of the insight of this book. It is not about finance.
I don't understand why this is so popular. I found it painful - characters you couldn't really care about, glacial pacing, basically a sprawling mess with a "twist" on the fantasy genre that there are spider-thingys. Boring...
Read "Theft of Swords" if you need something smart and entertaining. Or read this if you thought the problem with Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series was that it moved along too quickly and the plot was too well thought out.
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