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Writers' Corner / Re: Need a Title!
« on: June 24, 2019, 07:15:47 PM »
The Incredibly Preposterous Adventures of Arnold Chuzzlkingwittingfton, Monster Slayer Extraordinaire.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 04, 2019, 08:24:50 PM »
The Poppy War.

A very good start. Can't wait to see what all the hype has been about!

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Black Leopard Red Wolf
« on: March 04, 2019, 08:23:56 PM »
The Guardian were pretty damning, I think? Will give it a try at some point.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Adventures in Writing
« on: February 23, 2019, 08:22:41 AM »
Very exciting times, Cameron. Well done!

I look forward to picking it up.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 22, 2019, 08:38:59 AM »
The Hod King.

Such a different series and I love it so much. Bancroft's voice is a delight.

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Another thumbs up for Monstress.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Adventures in Writing
« on: January 17, 2019, 03:38:14 PM »
Good stuff, all.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 02, 2019, 06:22:02 PM »
Middle England by Jonothan Coe. Not sure when the Hobbits are supposed to turn up. It's largely been set in Birmingham so far, which is as quintessentially unShire-like as you can imagine.

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Read Alongs / Re: The Traitor God, part 5 - chapters 27 to 35
« on: December 26, 2018, 11:02:33 AM »
Hmm.

Really looking forward to the sequel at the moment. The book has stayed with me.

That's all.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Active members with novels
« on: December 26, 2018, 10:57:20 AM »
Am I active? At times! Only have short stories to my name as things stand... But maybe I'll finish a book in 2019...

Maybe!

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Read Alongs / Re: The Traitor God, part 5 - chapters 27 to 35
« on: October 13, 2018, 08:39:08 PM »
To be clear - The character was very well crafted but I found his snarkiness off-putting. Very much an individual thing.

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Read Alongs / Re: The Traitor God, part 5 - chapters 27 to 35
« on: October 13, 2018, 08:37:52 PM »
Polished this off a few days ago and have mulled it over for a bit of time.

I enjoyed it a lot, despite finding my reading of it broken up more than I would like due to LIFE. I found the second half particularly strong and the monsters & magic visceral in all the best ways. The world building was excellent and I'd happily visit it again.

I never really warmed to the MC, sadly, which makes the fact the story and world building pulled me on even more impressive. I found Edrin irritating early on and though learning of his history helped, it didn't ever get me fully behind him.

A very solid debut and rightly nodded at for awards. Kudos, Cam.

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Read Alongs / Re: The Traitor God, part 4 - chapters 22 to 26
« on: September 23, 2018, 02:28:33 PM »
Great stuff. The pace is really flying now and ILIKEMONSTERS.

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Read Alongs / Re: The Traitor God, part 2 - chapters 8 to 14
« on: September 16, 2018, 05:57:03 PM »
And what do you know, 3-4 chapters further in and I am absolutely loving it!

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Read Alongs / Re: The Traitor God, part 2 - chapters 8 to 14
« on: September 16, 2018, 12:45:47 PM »
Oof.

Despite pre-ordering this (FF Writers <3) I bounced off it quite early and have only just managed to re-engage with the story. This is no reflection on any weakness is Cam's writing as I've struggled to Get Into both Novik and Becky Chambers in the same time - I've just had a reading slump, I guess.

Anyway, I find the world enthralling. There's a visceral and grubby physicality to the magic that appeals greatly and the MC is well realised. I don't particularly dig Walker as a protagonist - why I bounced off it, I guess - but I'm liking him more and more as we reveal more about his past. The set-up in the Boneyard was excellent.

The mysteries regarding his leaving Setharis are intriguing and bubble along nicely in the background.

In short, I'm enjoying it a lot now, with the setting in particular proving very rich.

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