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Which silkpunk novels would you recommend?
« on: October 15, 2019, 06:47:22 AM »
I’ve read the

Grace of Kings, it didn’t blow me away

The tea master and the detective, again didn’t impress me

Green Bone saga , quite like this one

Have got the Black tides of Heaven by J.Y Yang on my Tbr list
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Re: Which silkpunk novels would you recommend?
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2019, 07:57:25 AM »
*what* is 'silkpunk'?? :o

From some of your names it looks to be books set in an alternative Asia (instead of the usual alternative Europe), is that it?
Seems a strange name to call...
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Re: Which silkpunk novels would you recommend?
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2019, 08:13:52 AM »
Lol, silkpunk.  ;D As suggestions goes, I'd tossed you my novel, "When Crows Cawed".

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Re: Which silkpunk novels would you recommend?
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2019, 08:28:07 AM »
*what* is 'silkpunk'?? :o

From some of your names it looks to be books set in an alternative Asia (instead of the usual alternative Europe), is that it?
Seems a strange name to call...


 https://io9.gizmodo.com/author-ken-liu-explains-silkpunk-to-us-1717812714/amp
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Re: Which silkpunk novels would you recommend?
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2019, 09:44:13 AM »
Thanks, I get it now.
And I haven't read any book in this genre.
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Re: Which silkpunk novels would you recommend?
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2019, 11:50:17 AM »
I was going to link that article as well, hah. :D

Having heard Ken Liu talk a lot at the Melbourne convention this year (where he was a Guest of Honour) I am newly interested in going back to the Grace of Kings / Dandelion Dynasty world. But the books are just so massive! I won't do it for Sanderson, and I'm not sure I can persuade myself to do it for Liu either, even if he's an amazing renaissance man.

I'm very much looking forward to getting into the Tensorate series. So many books, so little time.

Jade Bone feels less "silkpunk" and more... urban fantasy? Gangster wuxia? But hey, labels are mutable, so why not!

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Re: Which silkpunk novels would you recommend?
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2019, 11:59:38 AM »
I’m not strict with my labels  :)

The throne of the five winds looks interesting but 750 page count ....
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Re: Which silkpunk novels would you recommend?
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2019, 10:50:44 PM »
Gosh yes, I'm looking forward to Throne of Five Winds (even at that page count - Priory of the Orange Tree was big too but SO worth it).

Though seeing the comparisons to K Arsenault Rivera in the description of ToFW made me wonder... why not include The Tiger's Daughter et al in silkpunk? And I guess the answer is because Asian as that setting it, the books are clearly fantasy, straight fantasy, no technology/sci-fi blurring. (Ditto Elizabeth Bear's Mongolian / central Asian fantasies.) So the silkpunk needs a bit of that "steampunk but Asian not Victorian" element to it.

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Re: Which silkpunk novels would you recommend?
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2019, 06:40:10 AM »
I was going to link that article as well, hah. :D

Having heard Ken Liu talk a lot at the Melbourne convention this year (where he was a Guest of Honour) I am newly interested in going back to the Grace of Kings / Dandelion Dynasty world. But the books are just so massive! I won't do it for Sanderson, and I'm not sure I can persuade myself to do it for Liu either, even if he's an amazing renaissance man.

I'm very much looking forward to getting into the Tensorate series. So many books, so little time.

Jade Bone feels less "silkpunk" and more... urban fantasy? Gangster wuxia? But hey, labels are mutable, so why not!
I’m reading Jade War the 2nd book of the Green Bone series and it’s closer to how @cupiscent describes it than how ‘silkpunk’ is supposedly described.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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