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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.

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Reply #6481 on: March 26, 2019, 12:51:37 AM

Woop woop. New Expanse book out tomorrow/today.  Down with Laconia!

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Reply #6482 on: March 26, 2019, 09:36:53 AM

I've been away from this thread for years, as I don't read much fiction anymore (hit me up for good drawing books, heh).

But the new Glen Cook Black Company novel is pretty decent. Feels more original trilogy-ish than the Books of the South, for some reason.

Erickson also wrote a sci-fi think piece that I found fun but people seem to hate.

See you in a few years!

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Reply #6483 on: March 26, 2019, 09:43:31 AM

Port of Shadows from last year, or is there a newer new one?
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Reply #6484 on: March 26, 2019, 11:41:33 AM

It must be Port of Shadows I haven't heard a word about a new book.
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Reply #6485 on: April 15, 2019, 12:21:44 PM

No more Black Company jokes to be had.  Wrong book series, my bad.

Gene Wolfe has died.
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Reply #6486 on: April 15, 2019, 01:25:04 PM

No more Black Company jokes to be had.

Gene Wolfe has died.

Glen Cook writes BC.

And yeah, Port of Shadows. Our 'new book' shelf has a year expiration on it. It got weird, but that fit the overall plot.

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Reply #6487 on: April 15, 2019, 02:49:51 PM

Doh!  You're right.  Wolfe work the Book of the New Sun series. 

Dang, and here I thought we were saved from having someone coming in to say you really should read the BC books.

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Reply #6488 on: April 15, 2019, 10:11:14 PM

In college, I briefly played in a metal band named after a sword from a Gene Wolfe novel.  RIP.
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Reply #6489 on: April 18, 2019, 12:04:28 AM

Woop woop. New Expanse book out tomorrow/today.  Down with Laconia!

Almost Finished it. I admire a lot of what they do/try to do. But whenever I finish a book I'm always left a little cold.
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Reply #6490 on: April 18, 2019, 08:25:59 AM

I began reading Dawn by Octavia Butler on a recommendation as classic sci-fi.

The protagonist is the second worst in any fiction I've read (the worst being Thomas Covenant, what a complete piece of shit). I stopped reading after around 50 pages (and it's a fairly short novel). The selfish, petulant, unreasonable, unlikable protagonist's unrelenting ability to choose the most annoying and childish way to deal with every situation that crops up was more than enough. There may be a good book in there, but I have a feeling it's a statement piece about rape.

And who the fuck likes to read rape books (see also: Thomas Covenant)? Apparently a whole lot of people. I don't need sunshine in my books (I mean, my favorite author is Lovecraft, soo...) but I can't abide characters like this.

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Reply #6491 on: April 18, 2019, 09:04:48 PM

And who the fuck likes to read rape books (see also: Thomas Covenant)?
In all fairness, he only raped someone the once. It's not like it was his hobby.
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Reply #6492 on: April 18, 2019, 09:34:19 PM

You’ve got to get into Donaldson’s other books for all the extra-rape-y stuff.  Ohhhhh, I see.
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