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Reply #6510 on: June 04, 2019, 11:45:18 AM

So, the follow up to the Excellent Children of Time is Shit.

Awww... There go my hopes.

Though I did enjoy Dogs of War, from the same author. Sort of related in many of the concepts.
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Reply #6511 on: June 09, 2019, 04:33:22 PM

Hey Haemish, is the reverend's name Joseph, Fred, or Earl in your book Drowned?

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Reply #6512 on: June 09, 2019, 04:35:28 PM

Fuck's sake. It's Earl. I found 1 time where I called him Fred and no instances of Joseph. This isn't the first time my editing has fucked me years down the line.  why so serious?

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Reply #6513 on: June 09, 2019, 05:51:59 PM

LOL! I figured it was just oversight. It was Joseph when first mentioned, Fred when he introduces himself to Jack (where I'm at now in the book), and Earl at some point in-between. Enjoying the story so far quite a lot.

Figured it would be polite to note where :
Ch.3 - page 162
Ch.7 - page 190 (last line of the chapter)
Ch.8 - page 191

I'm reading the omnibus version from B&N if that helps at all.
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Reply #6514 on: June 28, 2019, 01:26:33 AM

I really enjoyed Noumenon, which is a sci-fi story about a multi-generational trip to visit a star "acting weird" - could be a Dyson sphere, could be a signal, who knows!

It was actually pretty good, fairly well written and explored the issues of a group of people originating from Earth but eventually being so many generations removed that Earth was a fairy tale - but to return was an original mission parameter the governing faction wanted to achieve.

Started to read the sequel, Noumenon Infinity, but so far it hasn't grabbed me like the original.

Finally finished Infinity, took awhile to grab but it was really interesting. The book spans many thousands of years but because the fleets use lines of clones, you have some continuity of characters across those years as you jump from major event to major event. Recommended if you like sci-fi with a bit of an edge, deals with sub dimensional travel, but also very long timelines.

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Reply #6515 on: June 28, 2019, 04:38:59 AM

I really enjoyed Noumenon, which is a sci-fi story about a multi-generational trip to visit a star "acting weird" - could be a Dyson sphere, could be a signal, who knows!

It was actually pretty good, fairly well written and explored the issues of a group of people originating from Earth but eventually being so many generations removed that Earth was a fairy tale - but to return was an original mission parameter the governing faction wanted to achieve.

Started to read the sequel, Noumenon Infinity, but so far it hasn't grabbed me like the original.

Finally finished Infinity, took awhile to grab but it was really interesting. The book spans many thousands of years but because the fleets use lines of clones, you have some continuity of characters across those years as you jump from major event to major event. Recommended if you like sci-fi with a bit of an edge, deals with sub dimensional travel, but also very long timelines.

.....and now I have the explanation as to why I have Noumenon sitting in my Kindle app waiting to be read.  Couldn't remember why I downloaded it.

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Reply #6516 on: June 29, 2019, 03:47:21 PM

Read another Max Gladstone Craft novel. They're very well-done. Great world-building.
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Reply #6517 on: June 29, 2019, 07:12:33 PM

Finished Becky Chambers The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. I liked it on the whole. The plot is a bit weak, the characters are good but almost trip over into being a bit too sweet/sentimental here and there.

I'm reading this now and enjoying it.  It's got a very strong Firefly/Farscape vibe.

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Reply #6518 on: June 30, 2019, 12:42:38 PM

For those of you still interested in my books, I've just released the last 2 novellas in my Cthulhu series, The Stepping Stone Cycle. As usual, available in eBook for $.99 cents each. I've also combined all 6 novellas into one eBook and paperback compilation. Whatever format you want, you can find the link for it on my "Buy My Books" page.

To try to promote these books, I've also started a Youtube channel that's navel-gazing commentary on each of the books and my writing in general. The first "Zero" episode is a bit long but the future ones will be chopped down into more manageable bits.
The Author Has Thoughts: Episode Zero

Teach me to not keep up with this thread!

I've enjoyed your Stepping Stone Cycle -- nice contemporary treatment of the Mythos.

Looking forward to reading the last two installments.
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Reply #6519 on: June 30, 2019, 09:00:34 PM

Read another Max Gladstone Craft novel. They're very well-done. Great world-building.

Recent?

I've read the first few and enjoyed them but the last one I read seemed like the quality was dropping off, but it was a few years ago now.

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Reply #6520 on: July 01, 2019, 08:03:02 AM

Saw a used copy of China Mieville's City and the City and picked it up. It was really enjoyable and his ability to craft interesting settings is definitely there, as well as his love of 'twist' endings . Definitely worth a read but I didn't get as into it as I have his New Crobuzon stuff. I'd been reading about possible TV adaptations but I have to say having read it that I can't really see how that would work.

I also had an issue with one of the earlier encounters he has with Breach as a kind of disembodied voice that doesn't really square with how he sees them work later nor with how other people react to them. I kind of feel it's one of his weaker works in terms of crafting a consistent world. I think he was a bit too focused on a message that power structures in the world are a matter of the paradigm within which we experience them rather than being immutable, real power that results in the earlier presentation not really making sense with how the 'big bad' forces actually work.

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Reply #6521 on: July 01, 2019, 09:24:53 PM

Saw a used copy of China Mieville's City and the City and picked it up. It was really enjoyable and his ability to craft interesting settings is definitely there, as well as his love of 'twist' endings . Definitely worth a read but I didn't get as into it as I have his New Crobuzon stuff. I'd been reading about possible TV adaptations but I have to say having read it that I can't really see how that would work.

I also had an issue with one of the earlier encounters he has with Breach as a kind of disembodied voice that doesn't really square with how he sees them work later nor with how other people react to them. I kind of feel it's one of his weaker works in terms of crafting a consistent world. I think he was a bit too focused on a message that power structures in the world are a matter of the paradigm within which we experience them rather than being immutable, real power that results in the earlier presentation not really making sense with how the 'big bad' forces actually work.

He likes to take a fun concept and then bash it over and over and over and over... I'm sure he's got a book out there where he manages to restrain himself enough to keep it enjoyable the whole way through, but for me it starts falling into a bit of a pontificating narcissistic swamp around halfway in.

Expect poison from the standing water.
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Reply #6522 on: July 02, 2019, 08:39:19 AM

The one book I read of his, Perdido Street Station, started off well but he drastically overwrites and yeah, about halfway in he disappears up his own ass.

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Reply #6523 on: July 02, 2019, 09:05:33 AM

Last First Snow was the Craft I read (published 2016); I've read the others. I think the only issue I see sometimes with the books is that the characters don't always interest me as much as the world-building and the plotting. The side characters like the King in Red are more memorable sometimes than the main protagonists of a given novel.
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