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Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« Reply #435 on: July 14, 2015, 12:43:04 AM »
I think we did have a sort of quotes thread once, but it was for opening lines. Having said that I've got one, and this is from The Lies of Locke Lamora: At the height of the long wet summer of the Seventy-seventh year of Sendovani, the Thiefmaker of Camorr paid a sudden and unannounced visit to the Eyeless Priest at the Temple of Perelandro, desperately hoping to sell him the Lamora boy.'
Now that is an opening line that immediately poses a bunch of questions, draws the reader in and has them wanting more. At least it did for me. I don't know if that was always the opening line before the manuscript went through revisions and edits, but if it was it's really no surprise that Simon Spanton of Gollancz saw it on the 'net, contacted the author and asked for more than the 30 or so pages that he'd seen and then signed him.

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« Reply #436 on: July 14, 2015, 07:29:19 PM »
Quote
I think we did have a sort of quotes thread once, but it was for opening lines. Having said that I've got one, and this is from The Lies of Locke Lamora: At the height of the long wet summer of the Seventy-seventh year of Sendovani, the Thiefmaker of Camorr paid a sudden and unannounced visit to the Eyeless Priest at the Temple of Perelandro, desperately hoping to sell him the Lamora boy.'

This should be a game but I suspect google has ended that.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« Reply #437 on: August 02, 2015, 03:00:45 PM »
I bought 4 books today :D
Books 2 and 3 of the Tawny Man trilogy, as I'd bought 1 a few weeks ago.

And just look at the new covers, they're so good:



And then as I was leaving the shop I noticed that Half a King and Half the world were on the 'buy 1, second half price', and bam, there you go.
3 stamps on my loyalty card.
Using a £10 voucher given by my energy suplier.

This is where I spend my money (better than clothes ;) )
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« Reply #438 on: August 02, 2015, 05:44:00 PM »
And just look at the new covers, they're so good:



wow.  no kidding.  those are amazing!

i predict much copying of that style.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« Reply #439 on: August 02, 2015, 07:16:12 PM »
Yep, my Farseer trilogy has the same style, but not the Liveship Traders (which are still miles better than the american covers, sorry).
Harper Collins has been reissuing all the old editions with these new covers since 2013/14, maybe just as the new trilogy was starting to be published.
There had to be an advantage to me arriving *very* late for the Robin Hobb train, hehe
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« Reply #440 on: August 02, 2015, 07:29:20 PM »
Yep, my Farseer trilogy has the same style, but not the Liveship Traders (which are still miles better than the american covers, sorry).
Harper Collins has been reissuing all the old editions with these new covers since 2013/14, maybe just as the new trilogy was starting to be published.
There had to be an advantage to me arriving *very* late for the Robin Hobb train, hehe
Which ones are which?  :P

I hate these:



and think these three sets are good to okay:



We have a mix of the hideous ones and the first of the second trio. At least they're all the same size though, except for the first two Rain Wilds, which are hardcover versions of the hideous ones.  ::)

The new ones that you've got are marginally better than the best of those three sets, but I'm really picky in general...
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« Reply #441 on: August 02, 2015, 07:35:31 PM »
'good to okay'?? 'good to okay'??!! Really? :o
I hate those! Sorry...

I found an image with the 6:


And my Liveship ones are in the style you say you hate:
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« Reply #442 on: August 02, 2015, 09:14:42 PM »
'good to okay'?? 'good to okay'??!! Really? :o
I hate those! Sorry...

I found an image with the 6:


And my Liveship ones are in the style you say you hate:

Yeah as a group those six are pretty nice, but I'm still not convinced by the little illustrations. I'm being picky though, would have no reservations buying them.  :)

Those liveships ones you posted aren't that bad, but some of the others are horrible. The buck on the one I posted is awful...

On the old ones, it depends on which one but some of them aren't bad. Liveships in particular is fairly decent:



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Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« Reply #443 on: August 03, 2015, 01:29:48 PM »
We just bought these, which have nice covers too - though the main reason they're nice is that they're so tactile.



Neither of us have read any Abercrombie before, and we only have the vaguest ideas of what to expect, so that should be fun! The number of physical books we have that I haven't read is getting ridiculous. Must buy more.
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« Reply #444 on: August 03, 2015, 02:03:24 PM »
We just bought these, which have nice covers too - though the main reason they're nice is that they're so tactile.



Neither of us have read any Abercrombie before, and we only have the vaguest ideas of what to expect, so that should be fun! The number of physical books we have that I haven't read is getting ridiculous. Must buy more.

Those are lovely covers to touch, they're the ones we have.  :)

In regards to unread physical books, between @Elfy and myself, there's probably about a hundred in the main library (these include ones that either of us have read, but the other hasn't).  And we bought another 3 books on Friday - it's a sickness  ;D
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« Reply #445 on: August 03, 2015, 02:12:03 PM »
We just bought these, which have nice covers too - though the main reason they're nice is that they're so tactile.



Neither of us have read any Abercrombie before, and we only have the vaguest ideas of what to expect, so that should be fun! The number of physical books we have that I haven't read is getting ridiculous. Must buy more.

Those are lovely covers to touch, they're the ones we have.  :)

In regards to unread physical books, between @Elfy and myself, there's probably about a hundred in the main library (these include ones that either of us have read, but the other hasn't).  And we bought another 3 books on Friday - it's a sickness  ;D
Haha that's a huge amount, I think we're at about a quarter of that at the moment.

We have a ton of empty space on our shelves now that we've bought new ones, after years of having only one bookshelf and having to be really picky about what we buy due to lack of space. At least we have an excuse to buy more now!  :P
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« Reply #446 on: August 03, 2015, 04:24:47 PM »
We have a ton of empty space on our shelves now that we've bought new ones, after years of having only one bookshelf and having to be really picky about what we buy due to lack of space. At least we have an excuse to buy more now!  :P

I bought two new bookshelves for my new office area.  One of them is already filled up with my non-fantasy fiction books, some non-fiction books, and some of my wife's books.  One I am reserving for all fantasy (still waiting on getting a replacement piece for the part that broke in the initial transit) and I think I'll have it over half full with the stuff I know I want to buy.  I've been working on getting hardcovers of Malazan and then I have the last few WoT books in hardcover so I might work on that whole collection as well.  Just with those that's 2 of the 5 shelves pretty much gone already not counting what I already have.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« Reply #447 on: August 03, 2015, 11:07:41 PM »
Speaking of covers, this arrived today:




That is one bad cover, if I had never heard of the book no way I would have picked it up.   The book is also smaller in size than I expected, hopefully it matches everything else I'm ordering.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« Reply #448 on: August 04, 2015, 08:13:27 AM »
Oh.my.gawd :o
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« Reply #449 on: August 04, 2015, 10:02:52 AM »
Speaking of covers, this arrived today:




That is one bad cover, if I had never heard of the book no way I would have picked it up.   The book is also smaller in size than I expected, hopefully it matches everything else I'm ordering.
He's also got one of those back scabbards which are meant to be impossible to use well.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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