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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #780 on: May 16, 2016, 01:05:51 PM »
You get an email telling you to expect a book in the next 4-6 weeks. It's usually quicker.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #781 on: May 18, 2016, 06:32:23 PM »
whoa.  just saw this collection of short stories mentioned today.

unbound, edited by shawn speakman:
https://www.amazon.com/Unbound-Shawn-Speakman-ebook/dp/B0167S4L5S

holy author collection, batman.

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- Small Kindnesses by Joe Abercrombie (Shev & Javre)
- An Unfortunate Influx of Filipians by Terry Brooks (Landover)
- Mr. Island by Kristen Britain
- Jury Duty by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files)
- Madwalls by Rachel Caine
- The Way Into Oblivion by Harry Connolly
- Uncharming by Delilah Dawson
- All In a Night’s Work by David Anthony Durham
- Son of Crimea by Jason M. Hough (Zero World)
- Dichotomy of Paradigms by Mary Robinette Kowal
- A Good Name by Mark Lawrence (Broken Empire)
- River and Echo by John Marco
- Seven Tongues by Tim Marquitz
- The Siege of Tilpur by Brian McClellan (Powder Mage)
- Fiber by Seanan McGuire
- Stories Are Gods by Peter Orullian (Vault of Heaven)
- Heart’s Desire by Kat Richardson
- The Hall of the Diamond Queen by Anthony Ryan (Raven's Shadow)
- The Dead’s Revenant by Shawn Speakman (Annwn Cycle)
- The Farmboy Prince by Brian Staveley
- The Game by Michael J. Sullivan
- The Ethical Heresy by Sam Sykes
- The Rat by Mazarkis Williams


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Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #782 on: May 18, 2016, 06:35:59 PM »
Newbie. ;)
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #783 on: May 19, 2016, 01:35:23 AM »
@m3mnoch there is a similar earlier anthology called Unfettered also edited by Shaun Speakman which was the best fantasy anthology I've ever read.

I searched for Unbound on audible, but that only introduced me to yet more erotica. Sigh........
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #784 on: May 19, 2016, 11:04:04 AM »
I enjoted Unfettered but there were a couple of Tales that didnt work for me and one that was possibly the best short story I have read.

My Goodreads copy of Sharp ends arrived today. I have a terrible problem every time I get all my Joe Abercrombie books signed I win another one.  ;D ;D ;D ;D (ok so its only happened twice)

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #785 on: May 19, 2016, 11:21:57 AM »
*mumble mumble*

 ;D well done, anyway
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #786 on: May 19, 2016, 11:27:28 AM »
@m3mnoch there is a similar earlier anthology called Unfettered also edited by Shaun Speakman which was the best fantasy anthology I've ever read.

I searched for Unbound on audible, but that only introduced me to yet more erotica. Sigh........

Awkwarrrrrrrrd. Can you imagine being the voice actor for "Unwrapped: The Candyland Diaries"?
Subtitled: There's a sucker born every minute.  :o
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #787 on: May 19, 2016, 03:10:41 PM »
@m3mnoch there is a similar earlier anthology called Unfettered also edited by Shaun Speakman which was the best fantasy anthology I've ever read.

I searched for Unbound on audible, but that only introduced me to yet more erotica. Sigh........

Awkwarrrrrrrrd. Can you imagine being the voice actor for "Unwrapped: The Candyland Diaries"?
Subtitled: There's a sucker born every minute.  :o

or "Unhorsed: Riding is Hard"

or "Underhanded: Morals are for the Limp"

or "Unannounced: Sprung on Him Again"

jmack -- i think we're on to something here.  @Lady_Ty should probably search audible for all those titles too.  you know, just in case.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #788 on: May 19, 2016, 08:17:51 PM »
Ok Unfettered is an anthology that is very cool. As a collection of stories I have read better but It has some gems in there.

The reason it is so cool is all those authors donated their stories after Shaun was diagnosed with cancer for second time. Being American of this is either bankruptsy or death or possibly backruptsy then death as the medical insurance had already paid for one cancer they were not obligated to pay for a second (you need to sort this shit out) so a lot of people gave time, stories and editing to make unfettered happen. Shaun is not dead or bunkrupt and has published since.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #789 on: May 19, 2016, 11:07:05 PM »
Go search for yourselves, not sharing my secret vices. ;D

Do you think we could could start a sticky thread just called Anthologies?  A lot of us like a short story alternative and there are several around that get mentioned in different threads. It may be useful to have it for reference. None as good as the writing contest of course, that will always reign supreme.
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #790 on: May 21, 2016, 03:19:58 PM »
Hmm this thread seems to have a lot of posts about my (lack of) self-control at the library ;D
I went there earlier just to return 2 books.
Just to return.
Yep, you guessed.
I brought back Hunter's Kind (Rebecca Levene, I enjoyed book 1) and Emperor's blades (Brian Staveley, because it gets mentioned a lot on F-F)
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #791 on: May 21, 2016, 06:41:58 PM »
Hmm this thread seems to have a lot of posts about my (lack of) self-control at the library ;D
I went there earlier just to return 2 books.
Just to return.
Yep, you guessed.
I brought back Hunter's Kind (Rebecca Levene, I enjoyed book 1) and Emperor's blades (Brian Staveley, because it gets mentioned a lot on F-F)
 ;D

I have quite mixed thoughts on Emperor's Blades (aside from the ridiculously irrelevant title). Much much that I liked, and a bunch I didn't. Still, I liked it enough to go on to the second, and the third is in my TBR.

Will be interested in your thoughts.
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #792 on: May 21, 2016, 11:48:11 PM »
I read the free chapters on Tor for Emperor's Blades and was half "This is pretty cool" and half comatose snoring. Which is odd. I'll be listening out for the Bea's thoughts.
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #793 on: May 21, 2016, 11:53:42 PM »
I thought The Emperor's Blades was decent. Think I gave it 3/5. But it was overhyped and just too similar to other things I was reading at the time. Never picked up the sequels. Having said that, I might try the  standalone prequel next year and then get books 2 and 3 if it's better than Emperor's Blades.
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« Reply #794 on: May 22, 2016, 08:22:18 AM »
Our @Arry recently posted an article about character development in the Emperor's Blades on tor.com.
It's full of spoilers so maybe only read it when you've already read the books. ;)

-> http://www.tor.com/2016/05/16/masters-level-character-development-in-brian-staveleys-chronicle-of-the-unhewn-throne/
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