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Old 27-11-2013, 12:28   #141
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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.
I was about to read it, but reading the author's note at the start put me off. He comes across as a loon.
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Old 27-11-2013, 13:08   #142
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The book is brilliant Rusty. Not been to seen the film yet but I am certain to be disappointed
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Old 27-11-2013, 19:09   #143
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The book is brilliant Rusty. Not been to seen the film yet but I am certain to be disappointed
OK I'll give it another go... And skip the intro.
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Old 27-11-2013, 19:41   #144
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Yeah it was written largely before Card become objectionable/let his politics influence his writing - it is a genuinely great award-winning novel. The first sequel, Speaker for the Dead, is also great, but after that I'd avoid.
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Old 23-04-2014, 20:16   #145
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Just finished Blood Song by Anthony Ryan. It's the first book in what promises to be an excellent fantasy series.

I always use Joe Abercrombie and Scott Lynch as a measure of how good a modern fantasy author is and whilst it's not up to their standard, Blood Song is as good as anything else that I've read in the past few years (and that includes Rothfuss and Peter V. Brett).
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Old 24-04-2014, 12:57   #146
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Just finished Blood Song by Anthony Ryan. It's the first book in what promises to be an excellent fantasy series.

I always use Joe Abercrombie and Scott Lynch as a measure of how good a modern fantasy author is and whilst it's not up to their standard, Blood Song is as good as anything else that I've read in the past few years (and that includes Rothfuss and Peter V. Brett).
Will put that on my to-read list. Reviews sound promising - he really needs to get a better cover artist though (very by-the-numbers 'brooding warrior' stuff! )
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Will put that on my to-read list. Reviews sound promising - he really needs to get a better cover artist though (very by-the-numbers 'brooding warrior' stuff! )
Yes, pretty generic stuff on the cover, but it is a good read.
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I also have just finished blood song (today infact) and also enjoyed it. Nothing ground breaking or earth shattering but just a really good read and would recommend it too.
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New Dresden Files book out 27th May - Skin Game. Looking forward to this immensely. I'm going to get a few of the books mentioned in the last few posts too, see what I'm missing!
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I also have just finished blood song (today infact) and also enjoyed it. Nothing ground breaking or earth shattering but just a really good read and would recommend it too.
Am reading it now and enjoying it.
Style reminds me alot of Rothfus' Name of the Wind
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Right then. I have nearly finished this.
I am at a loss as to what I can find as a summer / airplane read given nothing imminent from:
Sanderson, Martin, Weeks, Brett, Rothfus....
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Right then. I have nearly finished this.
I am at a loss as to what I can find as a summer / airplane read given nothing imminent from:
Sanderson, Martin, Weeks, Brett, Rothfus....
Have you read any or all of Joe Abercrombie's or Scott Lynch's books? If not start there, otherwise ....

Daniel Polansky - Low Town trilogy
Daniel Abraham - The Dagger & The Coin series
Douglas Hulick - Among Thieves & Sworn in Steel
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Yes to Abercrombie
I have also read The Lies of Locke Lamora (Lynch)
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I read Abercrombie's The Blade Itself, he is an excellent writer but after reading it I just felt like I needed a shower. I like heroes, I like anti-heroes but there is not one character in the entire novel that had any redeeming features at all, they didn't have flaws as much as fault lines.
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Just finished the left hand of god trilogy by Paul Hoffman which was an excellent series.
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Cibola Burn: Book Four of the Expanse series by James S. A. Corey was released a few weeks ago.

Absolutely loved the first 3 and the end of the third sets this up to move in a slightly different (Peter Hamilton-like) direction....

Added to the ever growing list of things to read

Cibola Burn
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Have you read any or all of Joe Abercrombie's or Scott Lynch's books? If not start there, otherwise ....

Daniel Polansky - Low Town trilogy
Daniel Abraham - The Dagger & The Coin series
Douglas Hulick - Among Thieves & Sworn in Steel
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Cibola Burn: Book Four of the Expanse series by James S. A. Corey was released a few weeks ago.

Absolutely loved the first 3 and the end of the third sets this up to move in a slightly different (Peter Hamilton-like) direction....

Added to the ever growing list of things to read

Cibola Burn
Right Gents help me out here.
These 2 trilogies look fantastic.
Then there are the 3 series Rob kindly listed too.
All in your opinion of course, anyone who has read one of more of them which recommendation-order would you put them in.

I like the fact that we have at least 2 genres here.
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I've not read the James S.A.Corey series (more of a fantasy than sci-fi man) but it's worth pointing out that James S.A.Corey is actually two people ..... one of whom is Daniel Abraham.
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I red that in the Amazon review Rob - cheers.
BTW of the 3 series you listed would you suggest that order (in terms of "best first")?
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I'd say Daniel Polansky - I'm yet to read the 3rd part (got it for holiday next month) but the first two are excellent. It's a bit different, written in the first person and kind of a "crime on the streets" take on fantasy.

The Dagger & The Coin series by Daniel Abraham is also excellent (3 books out of 5 published so far, 4th out in August) and is more traditional fantasy.
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