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Soulflame
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Reply #6475 on: February 04, 2019, 05:43:37 PM

re: Stross, I thought the Mo viewpoint book was not-good, but I enjoyed the Mhari viewpoint book, which is the latest.

Merchant Princes, I read the first one, maybe the second, and stopped.

Rule 34 is, in my opinion, a fun read.  I need to dig that up and give it another go.
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Reply #6476 on: February 05, 2019, 10:07:57 AM

I finished reading Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files book 2). I don't think I want to continue the series. This one was WAY too meta for me and yes, I do realize that was kind of the point. There's some interesting stuff in the series and then there's just some things that are meh that kind of bore me. I felt like the story just kind of dropped you into the middle, faffed around for a very long bit without ever feeling like it was moving, and then things happen that sort of explain the faffing and then it just kind of ends. The action in the climax of the story was confusing and not very satisfying.

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Reply #6477 on: February 05, 2019, 12:43:02 PM

If you're looking for some reasonably well written, action heavy and occasionally funny Sci-Fi you'd do a lot worse than the Nightlords Trilogy by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. It's 40k but actually pretty well done. If you know something about the setting you'll probably get a bit more out of it but even if you don't it's pretty entertaining. Especially so if you like your protagonists 2m tall psychopathic sadists who find most people in the setting as ridiculous as you.

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Reply #6478 on: February 06, 2019, 12:21:33 AM

I finished reading Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files book 2). I don't think I want to continue the series. This one was WAY too meta for me and yes, I do realize that was kind of the point. There's some interesting stuff in the series and then there's just some things that are meh that kind of bore me. I felt like the story just kind of dropped you into the middle, faffed around for a very long bit without ever feeling like it was moving, and then things happen that sort of explain the faffing and then it just kind of ends. The action in the climax of the story was confusing and not very satisfying.

That was the book that made me quit, too.  My wife, however, has read the rest of the series, and she said the rest of the series was much more enjoyable to read.  [shrug emoticon]
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Reply #6479 on: February 06, 2019, 12:24:38 AM

If you're looking for some reasonably well written, action heavy and occasionally funny Sci-Fi you'd do a lot worse than the Nightlords Trilogy by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. It's 40k but actually pretty well done. If you know something about the setting you'll probably get a bit more out of it but even if you don't it's pretty entertaining. Especially so if you like your protagonists 2m tall psychopathic sadists who find most people in the setting as ridiculous as you.

Those are great books, but not an ideal starting point for someone who isn't already very familiar with the setting.
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Reply #6480 on: February 06, 2019, 02:28:43 AM

Those are great books, but not an ideal starting point for someone who isn't already very familiar with the setting.

I'm actually kind of curious on that front. They're well written but obviously there's a wider universe going on with some of the impact of things (Blood Angels trying to claim back their relics) not really registering if you don't already know who the Blood Angels are. Is there enough meat in the explanations for that to not to matter though? I kind of feel like it's an unusual but pretty good introduction to the setting, with the caveat that readers might expect similar quality from other writers and be massively disappointed.

Any non WH40k nerds want to be a guinea pig? awesome, for real

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