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Joe Abercrombie: summary plans & Sharp Ends cover/contents
« on: December 06, 2015, 04:01:09 PM »
Are you guys going to pick up Joe Abercrombie's Short Story Collection or will you be waiting until 2017 for the next First Law novel?

http://fantasy-faction.com/2015/joe-abercrombie-update-and-sharp-ends-cover-reveal

Also, do you think Joe will continue playing about with genres and go towards the Flintlock type fantasy or do you think he'll maybe drop that trend now he is returning to trilogy writing?

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Re: Joe Abercrombie: summary plans & Sharp Ends cover/contents
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2015, 04:36:10 PM »
I think having guns in the First Law world would be really cool. Definitely looking forward to this collection and the next trilogy, regardless.

In the meantime, got to read those standalones (along with way too many other books to count...)
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2015, 04:45:15 PM »
I'm not sure yet honestly. I might pick up Sharp Ends, because it looks like it's filled with stories he's really good at writing.
The original trilogy was awesome, and so was Best Served Cold. the Heroes was alright, and I gave up on Red Country. The western thing wasn't doing it for me, especially the thing that happened with the dragon.
Then I tried his YA trilogy, and just couldn't get into it either. Everything was just too typical for me. Gave up a third of the way through the first book.
I seem to be in the minority though. People seem to love what he's been doing. I just want him to go back to the genre that I enjoy reading more than anything else. Epic Fantasy.

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Re: Joe Abercrombie: summary plans & Sharp Ends cover/contents
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2015, 05:40:07 PM »
I will pick up anything Abercrombie, I like short stories a lot, I love the blue cover, so it's sold for me. :D

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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2015, 06:12:05 PM »
I will be picking it up. I am counting on it being available at the next Grim Gathering along with Joe to sign it?

Not that I am trying to wheedle information out of Marc

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Re: Joe Abercrombie: summary plans & Sharp Ends cover/contents
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2015, 06:16:47 PM »
I will be picking it up. I am counting on it being available at the next Grim Gathering along with Joe to sign it?

Not that I am trying to wheedle information out of Marc

And when is the next Gathering? [looks at bank account and vacation days for hopping across to jolly old England; considers Mrs. JMack might threaten divorce and at least withholding of... hugs]
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Re: Joe Abercrombie: summary plans & Sharp Ends cover/contents
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2015, 06:18:50 PM »
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And when is the next Gathering? [looks at bank account and vacation days for hopping across to jolly old England; considers Mrs. JMack might threaten divorce and at least withholding of... hugs]

Well I can offer you somewhere to stay if you can make it across.




BTW Some desperado was first published in the Dangerous Women anthology and is well worth a read.
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Re: Joe Abercrombie: summary plans & Sharp Ends cover/contents
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2015, 07:26:31 PM »
I'll be picking up Sharp Ends.  I'm not huge on short stories, but I do like that I can at least compartmentalize them when I don't have much time to read.  They take much less of a commitment.

I haven't read any of his off genre stuff, so I can't comment.  I do hope he returns to the First Law world, because he did such a fantastic job of it.  The Heroes, for what it's worth, was probably my favorite of all the books, although the original trilogy tops it when viewed in totality.

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Re: Joe Abercrombie: summary plans & Sharp Ends cover/contents
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2015, 08:23:46 PM »
It's not that it's off genre, it's just different. The Heroes, for example, was more of a war book. All of his stuff is still fantasy.

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Re: Joe Abercrombie: summary plans & Sharp Ends cover/contents
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2015, 10:50:26 PM »
It's not that it's off genre, it's just different. The Heroes, for example, was more of a war book. All of his stuff is still fantasy.

Agree with this. Although his other novels pull their tropes from other genres they never stop being fantasy... that said, I don't think Joe tries to write fantasy novels, really. I think he likes challenging himself to write novels in the image of things he enjoys or admires and putting his own spin on them - the books as we get to read them are the outcome of this self-set challenge.
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« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2015, 11:12:40 PM »
Apologies.  I meant "off genre" to describe his young adult novels.  I realize they're fantasy too.  I've read everything within the First Law world, and I love his ability to shift in between different styles.  The man has a gift.
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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2015, 11:16:25 PM »
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Agree with this. Although his other novels pull their tropes from other genres they never stop being fantasy... that said, I don't think Joe tries to write fantasy novels, really. I think he likes challenging himself to write novels in the image of things he enjoys or admires and putting his own spin on them - the books as we get to read them are the outcome of this self-set challenge.

BSC & Red Country would support that theory very well.

Now about the Grim Gathering and will Joe be there?
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Re: Joe Abercrombie: summary plans & Sharp Ends cover/contents
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2015, 12:40:24 PM »
I'd love to see Abercrombie's take on an early 19th century "Napoleonic" Circle Sea personally.

If I remember rightly (I read it a couple of years ago so I'm probably completely wrong) the guns in Red Countryseemed more like medieval hand guns than muskets so I reckon we will still see a lot more of the usual swordplay.

Either way, I'm sold.

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« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2015, 09:32:44 PM »
Definitely going to take it. Joe is the best fantasy writer there IMO (Martin doesn't count anymore cause he doesn't write anymore).

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Re: Joe Abercrombie: summary plans & Sharp Ends cover/contents
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2015, 12:31:08 AM »
I'll read Sharp Ends. I admittedly kinda suck at reading anthologies for some reason, but a compilation of stories from an author on my must read list will get read.
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