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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: November 14, 2018, 01:28:52 PM »
I finished Crucible of Gold by Naomi Novik last night. I enjoyed it, and must try to read the last two in the series before I forget everything again.

Next up, though, is Judas Unchained by Peter F Hamilton, the second half of the Commonwealth Saga. I've been trying to make some room for this mammoth space opera since I read part 1 last year, but it's over 1200 pages long so I kept putting it off until I'd met most of my other goals for the year. I'll be surprised if I can even get this book into the What Did You Read in November thread, but I'll give it a shot.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Active members with novels
« on: November 09, 2018, 04:13:29 PM »
Well, I have written 8 or 9 short novels (for NaNoWriMo, over the years), but no-one will ever see them.

I did get a couple of people to read the YA SF novel, when I was thinking of self-publishing it just to see how the system worked, but the feedback made me realise it needed more revision than I was willing to do.

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General Discussion / Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« on: November 09, 2018, 01:19:32 PM »
I kind of feel that US-English is more in the right on this one.

In British English, pants is an abbreviation of underpants, but surely the name underpants implies that they* are garments that go under pants?


*And let's not get started on the fact that pants and trousers are both plural for some reason.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: November 09, 2018, 01:15:18 PM »
Finished my spy thriller interlude*, and I think I'm going to read Crucible of Gold (Temeraire #7) by Naomi Novik next. I fell off this series some time ago, as the later books went into diminishing returns, but I have the last 3 and feel in the mood again now.


*A Gentleman's Game by Greg Rucka - a spin-off from the Queen & Country comics which I sort of needed to read before I could carry on with volume 3 of the collected comics. There are a couple more prose novels, but I don't think any of the others interact with the comics in the same way.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: November 07, 2018, 01:14:16 PM »
I'm almost certain I've heard Joe recommend The Long Ships in a podcast, or seen it in an interview article, or something. I have the ebook, and I'm pretty sure that's why.

Edit: I'm not sure this is what I was thinking of, but: https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/may/28/joe-abercrombie-top-10-viking-stories-grr-martin

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: November 03, 2018, 08:25:41 PM »
I read almost half the book to finish Nightmare Keep this morning, and immediately borrowed book 3, Killer Dungeon (although I'm not planning to start it right away). Enjoyable and snappy.

Taking a break for a bit of spy fiction next, and then I'm not actually sure what I want to read after that.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What did you read in October 2018
« on: November 01, 2018, 01:18:40 PM »
Nine books read, eight books acquired. I clawed one back, but over the year I'm still down by twenty, so it looks like I have no chance of getting back to evens. At least I'm ahead of the purchases.

Teranesia - Greg Egan - SF about weird wildlife appearing in remote parts of Indonesia. Didn't really stick the landing, for me.

Death March - Phil Tucker - Enjoyable LitRPG. I've just started the sequel.

A Calculated Life - Anne Charnock - Engaging short SF about comercially-created geniuses in a run-down future UK.

The Tethered Mage - Melissa Caruso - Quite an interesting idea, but two of the three most important characters didn't work for me.

After the Funeral - Agatha Christie - A mid-range Poirot.

The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle - Lovecraft-inspired novella. Pretty good.

The Traitor (Baru Cormorant) - Seth Dickinson - Well-liked administrative fantasy that I didn't like as much as I expected.

Memesis - Keith Brooke - Decent short collection by an underrated SF/F writer.

Dauntless - Jack Campbell - Another one I didn't like as much as I expected. I'm normally a sucker for military SF, and the Lost Fleet series is popular and lengthy, but it just didn't click with me. I think I just found Geary a bit annoying.

Not a tremendously strong month, but I managed to finish 3 sub-challenges (my long-running chronological SF challenge, my annual target for Morningstar nominees and a small challenge for military SF/F (where I also cheated and reduced the target)).

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: October 31, 2018, 04:45:40 PM »


I've started Dauntless (Lost Fleet #1) by Jack Campbell now, which I'm expecting to be a by-the-numbers bit of military SF, which I kind of always like.

Campbell is one of my top SF authors. He does tend to repeat information, but if you like space battles and military SF, he's a pretty safe bet.

On the topic of military SF, my next read is lining up to be The Lost, the third Gaunt's Ghosts omnibus. Looking forward to getting cracking on that.
I finished Dauntless last night, and it didn't really click with me, for some reason. It's a bit of a relief to be able to abandon the series given how many volumes there are including all the spin-offs. That's the second book in a row that I've been expecting to like but not really got on with. I wonder if I'm suffering from SAD or something.

Anyway, Nightmare Keep by Phil Tucker next, the second Euphoria Online book. This series seems a bit like one long book split into three - the story is pretty much continuous, and doesn't resolve much at the end of book one - so I'm probably going to read it faster than I usually would.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: October 27, 2018, 03:57:00 PM »
Finished The Traitor (Baru Cormorant) by Seth Dickinson last night. I don't know if I was just not in the right frame of mind, but I didn't really get on with it, and found it a bit of a slog. Nice to see something a bit different, but I felt at arm's length the whole way through, and couldn't seem to get engaged.

I've started Dauntless (Lost Fleet #1) by Jack Campbell now, which I'm expecting to be a by-the-numbers bit of military SF, which I kind of always like.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Not Aye again
« on: October 22, 2018, 08:50:01 PM »
Isn't "yes" a relatively modern word? Maybe it's just trying to avoid anachronistic language?

I know from reading Patrick O'Brian that "aye" and "yes" have different uses in a naval context: "Aye" is acknowledging an order, and "yes" is answering a question; but that's probably not what's going on in a typical fantasy novel.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: October 18, 2018, 01:19:11 PM »
I finished The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso. It was so-so. I thought the narrator and the main male character were a bit wet. Zaira - the mage of the title - was by far the best character. It finished strongly, but I'm not sure I'm likely to read the next book.

Having had a brief Agatha Christie break, I've moved on to The Traitor (Baru Cormorant) by Seth Dickinson, to coincide with a book club read over on reddit.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: October 11, 2018, 01:52:56 PM »
I finished A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock last night. A good short SF novel. I now find out there's a semi-sequel novella I'm going to have to look up.

I'm planning to read The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso next, mainly because I have it in paper and want to make some progress on my physical book stacks, and also because it was a Morningstar nominee and my only remaining long-term challenge is to read all the books that have ever been shortlisted.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: October 08, 2018, 01:17:35 PM »
I don't even remember it. I must be desensitized.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: October 07, 2018, 04:09:23 PM »
I've finished Death March without even giving anyone else chance to post. :) I might get the second one as this month's KOLL loan.

For now, though, I've gone on to another short book, A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock. This is SF. It seems to about a genetically-engineered statistician.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: October 05, 2018, 01:17:19 PM »
I finished Teranesia by Greg Egan last night. A mostly good SF tale about mysteriously mutated wildlife in remote parts of Indonesia, but I didn't think it stuck the landing.

That was the 50th and last book in my chronological SF challenge (1950-1999), which I've been working on for 4 years, starting with Galactic Patrol by EE "Doc" Smith back in early 2015. It's nice to be done with it, and I now have no remaining SF commitments at all, having finished my other long-term challenge (BSFA winners) a couple of months ago.

I've moved on to Death March by Phil Tucker. His entry into the newish LitRPG subgenre. It's kind of light, but I'm really motoring through it.

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