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Old 19-09-2012, 05:44   #121
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After recommendations posted here months ago, I finally got around to reading Abercrombie's The Blade Itself - enjoyed it an lot, great characters, a sense of humour, carefully developing sense of doom, not just about a disparate yet neatly complementary group of characters going on a quest, etc.

I'm definitely going to carry on with the series - for a something different, I'm reading Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall at the moment, but back to First Law afterward.
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Old 19-09-2012, 06:18   #122
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Good to hear Mike. You're right about the characters - they are what make the trilogy (in fact all of Abercrombie's books). The plots are good enough, but it's the characters that makes his books (IMO) the best read of the last decade.

I remember reading "The Lies of Locke Lamora" by Scott Lynch several years ago and thinking how am I going to match that? Next book up was "The Blade Itself"!

Enjoy the rest of the trilogy.
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Old 14-10-2012, 22:30   #123
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new books out..

The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M. Banks & Red Country, Joe Abercrombie.

Anything else I've missed come out recently (I think there was a peter F Hamilton book)?
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Old 15-10-2012, 09:10   #124
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new books out..

The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M. Banks & Red Country, Joe Abercrombie.

Anything else I've missed come out recently (I think there was a peter F Hamilton book)?
It was "The Great North Road" from Hamilton I think.
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Old 17-10-2012, 17:37   #125
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Just finished reading The Hydrogen Sonata, and if you're a fan of Bank's Culture series, then you'll love it.

It's not as thrilling and explosive as some of his more prominent Culture books, but it provides a very detailed incite into the normal running of the Culture.
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Old 22-10-2012, 22:01   #126
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Neil Gaiman's fantastic (and fantasy) novel for adults AMERICAN GODS is currently 2.99 on kindle:
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (kindle)

I was a huge fan of Gaiman's Sandman - an attempt to weave together the mythologies of the world and tell a modern story as a long series of graphic novels. I think American Gods is another attempt at the same idea - this time in prose. It takes the idea that the USA is a land of immigrants, and those immigrants brought their gods, who still exist, out there, living among us....
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Old 22-10-2012, 22:15   #127
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It was "The Great North Road" from Hamilton I think.
Cheers, picked it up so far so good but only onto chapter 2.

I will get the Culture/IMB book but not at $15 lol
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Old 13-11-2012, 02:26   #128
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Great North Road is a very reasonable £2.40 on Kindle at Amazon.co.uk currently, if anyone's interested. Not a 20p mega-bargain, but if more books were that price I'd buy plenty of 'em.
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Old 22-11-2012, 19:05   #129
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Heritage Universe Series by Charles Sheffield.

Gateway ( Heechee saga ) by Frederick Pohl
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Old 23-11-2012, 10:09   #130
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Our book club book for December was The Man in the High Castle I was looking forward to it since it's supposedly a bit of a classic from what I'd heard. Well, I was very disappointed, not impressed at all rambling nonsense for most of the time!
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Old 07-12-2012, 16:03   #131
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If anyone fancies dipping into Peter F Hamilton's stuff for the first time, his short story collection Manhattan in Reverse is 99p on Amazon here
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Old 10-12-2012, 20:26   #132
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If anyone fancies dipping into Peter F Hamilton's stuff for the first time, his short story collection Manhattan in Reverse is 99p on Amazon here
I noticed thats back upto £3.99 now, was it deal of the day or something? Anyway his lastest novel Great North Road is still only £2.40 on Amazon currently.

Also The SF Gateway has reduced all their titles down to £2.99 a christmas sale which runs through till Jan 10th next year. The lineup includes many classic authors including Phillip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Silverberg & Harlan Ellison.
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Must have been, I guess, not sure. I only noticed it as it was at the top of the listings, presumably due to the price drop. I got the first Mongoliad book for 99p as well, that's back up to 3.99 as well. Sneaky buggers.
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Wow, no replies since last year and that was me.

Anyway, came looking for this post to mention Prince of Thorns - hard-bitten fantasy type stuff, not as good as Joe Abercrombie, but worthy of the comparison. First in a trilogy, and the other two are out already so you could rattle through them if you wanted. First two are 1.99 and 3 quid something on Kindle at the moment - I polished off the first in a few days, and have bought the second.
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Got a bit bored of fantasy recently but am excited about the new Scott Lynxh on October.
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Got a bit bored of fantasy recently but am excited about the new Scott Lynxh on October.
Just finished Republic of Thieves. Enjoyed it and it's good to have Scott Lynch back after a 6 year absense. Lacks the "twisty turny-ness" of the first two, but as ever the characters and descriptions of the locations is very effective. Sets up the series nicely for the upcoming books.

Jon, you say you've become a bit bored with fantasy recently? I'll assume that you've either tried or heard of the recent big-hitters such as Joe Abercrombie, Patrick Rothfuss and Peter V.Brett?

Also, I'm immensely enjoying the ongoing series by Daniel Polansky ("The Straight Razor Cure") and Daniel Abraham ("The Dagger and The Coin"). If you like Scott Lynch, you should like one or all of the above.
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Mentioned in the general thread but better suited here.

Just read ‘The Darkness That Comes Before’ followed by ‘The Warrior Prophet’, Books 1 and 2 of The Prince of Nothing trilogy from Scott Bakker. Really impressive dark fantasy novels, much like Game of Thrones etc where the threat is very much played down and it’s gradually building through the series.

Only downside is the typically monumental cast of characters. Think there’s a handy list of them in the back of the book but it’s trickier to keep track on a Kindle.

Probably jumping straight into the next one The Thousandfold Thought while it’s still fresh and I can just about remember who everyone is
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Also, I'm immensely enjoying the ongoing series by Daniel Polansky ("The Straight Razor Cure") and Daniel Abraham ("The Dagger and The Coin"). If you like Scott Lynch, you should like one or all of the above.
Abercrombie got a bit blah - enjoyed the first two books but it was a bit samey - his torturer was a great character though! Worship Daniel Abraham - more for his first set of books, the Long Price Quartet, though I did enjoy the first Dagger and Coin and must read the next ones.

Also really enjoyed Scott Bakker, though I seem to be in the minority in thinking the main protagonist is a monster, rather than a badass.
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Abercrombie got a bit blah - enjoyed the first two books but it was a bit samey - his torturer was a great character though!
Yes, Glotka is just about the best character that I've read.
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I really liked Enders Game, so advanced for its time and I didn't realise till after I read it that they have made it into a film.
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