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Old 01-07-2014, 18:20   #161
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Great, many thanks.
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Old 14-07-2014, 08:04   #162
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I picked up Guy Gavriel Kay's River of Stars thanks to a post by Jon in the Bargain forum, and I'm loving it. Could maybe be described as a less brutal and cynical Joe Abercrombie?
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Old 14-07-2014, 08:58   #163
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I picked up Guy Gavriel Kay's River of Stars thanks to a post by Jon in the Bargain forum, and I'm loving it. Could maybe be described as a less brutal and cynical Joe Abercrombie?
I'll have to give that a go. I really liked Kay's "Fionavar Tapestry" series and "Tigana" but I wasn't so keen on the next couple I read.
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Old 14-07-2014, 12:08   #164
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I read some of the reviews for his other books on Amazon. While they sound good, they also sound similar, and I can imagine them getting a bit samey. Quite fancy the pseudoVikings one.
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Old 14-07-2014, 19:45   #165
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I think Kay writes a more literary kind of fantasy, really character-based stuff. Sometimes i just want swords and violence, but sometimes I want a really immersive epic intelligent story and that's when I reach for the Guy Gavriel Kay. My favourites are "Lions of Al-Rassan", "Sailing to Sarantium" and "Last Light of the Sun"
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Old 17-07-2014, 01:18   #166
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So Richards Fords first 2 books of the Steelhaven series are absolutely awesome. They're possibly the best books i've read since the Locke Lamora series, just utter genius. They have some derivitive stuff but they are utterly brutal, especially the second one which is at times hard to stomach. Fabulous stuff and can't wait for the next one.
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Old 22-07-2014, 06:13   #167
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Just finished Dark Eden, which is in Amazon's Summer Sale. Enjoyed it a lot and ended up sitting up half the night to get through it.
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Can someone recommend me a book that's about space travel/discovery of a new planet etc, not sure what i'm really after but something that isn't about space wars and more of an adventure with alien worlds and creatures or something.

Am I making any sense?
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Old 18-08-2014, 11:37   #169
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I've heard good things about Alistair Reynolds. His science is good too, in the aspect that it's not made up.
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Old 18-08-2014, 12:14   #170
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I've heard good things about Alistair Reynolds. His science is good too, in the aspect that it's not made up.
Ok cheers, think i will try Revelation Space and The Dreaming Void by Peter F. Hamilton.
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Hmm. They;'re both more of the action-packed space opera variety than the discovery of new worlds. I do really enjoy Reynold's stuff mind you. Maybe Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars?
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Ok, that's sounds good too, added it to my list, no harm in trying lots of books and finding a few new authors to work my way through!
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Just finished Off to be the Wizard by Scott Meyer. Thought it was a fun idea and was a good read. Managed to borrow it on Amazon prime as well. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...w_bottom_links
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Can someone recommend me a book that's about space travel/discovery of a new planet etc, not sure what i'm really after but something that isn't about space wars and more of an adventure with alien worlds and creatures or something.

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Proxima, by (I think) Stephen Baxter might suit.
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Just finished 'The White Luck Warrior' by Scott Backer - excellent fantasy, something between a darker Lord of the Rings combined with game of Thrones. Incredible scope and think it's probably the best fantasy series I've read. unfortunately it's not a wait until he releases the next book in the series

Notice Joe Abercrombie's got a new one out - 'Half a King'. Don't know if anyone's read it? I loved Joes first couple of books but drifted off him after that, but this is apparently the start of a new series.
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Notice Joe Abercrombie's got a new one out - 'Half a King'. Don't know if anyone's read it? I loved Joes first couple of books but drifted off him after that, but this is apparently the start of a new series.
It's on my new Kindle ready to roll when I've finished my last paperback!

Apparently it's a Young Adult/adult crossover with a single protagonist and it's getting good reviews.

If you're stuck for something to read in the genre, see my Daniel Polansky recommendations above.
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On a bit of a sci-fi binge at the mo -

Reread:
John Scalzi's 'Redshirts' which is great fun. Star Trek gone meta.
Ernest Cline's 'Ready Player One' - video games, dystopian future, packed full of 80s references - loved it!

Just finished:
Claire North's 'The first fifteen lives of Harry August' - a man relives his life over and over - much more gripping than it sounds! Recommended.

Currently reading:
M R Carey's "The girl with all the gifts". Only about half an hour into it (I got the audiobook) but it's certainly intriguing.

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John Scalzi's 'Lock In'
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If you're stuck for something to read in the genre, see my Daniel Polansky recommendations above.
Cheers - I did, and it's one of the next on my list
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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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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

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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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I have finished the Lowtown trilogy and that really was great.
Just now finished the Left Hand of Gog trilogy. The first book was ace. I found the writing style a bit cumbersome so I was skim-reading loads of the 2nd and 3rd books especially all the battle details and admittedly was a little disappointed with the ending but all in all a good read.

I started the expanse book but I realise I have read at least book 1 in the past (it was becoming increasingly familiar as I read it) so will see whether to return to it.

Will hunt out the Dagger in Coin first perhaps
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I have finished the Lowtown trilogy and that really was great.
Glad you enjoyed it. I'm really looking forward to his new series next year because I'd imagine his writing style for Lowtown was a one-off, purely based on the requirements of the Warden character. It will be really interesting to see how the "voice(s)" of his next book is handled.
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