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Hey all.  Just a notice that my ongoing series, The War of Memory Cycle, has all four current books up for free/cheap from Dec. 7-11th.

The War of Memory Cycle is a high-magic dark fantasy series that takes place in an animistic world of grasping imperialists, god-directed cults, spirit-touched shapeshifters, manmade monsters, suppressed (and suppressive) magic, chemical and arcane mind-control, and the civilians and soldiers trapped in the middle of it all.

It mainly follows an escaped military slave, Cob, as he tries to navigate a conquered but unbroken land while coming to terms with the ancient spirit that has possessed him.  In pursuing him and his motley allies, the Empire finds that it has overreached itself — and it’s just a matter of time before its army, its faith, and even its god reach the breaking point.

Series is here:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0776YN3KL

Thanks for reading.

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Trying desperately, again, to get through Darkest Dungeon without losing the two intro characters (Reynauld and Dismas).  I want that achievement!  Damn but this game is unforgiving.  Just finally got the Crimson Court DLC so I imagine I'll be cursing even more of a storm soon enough.
Getting through Darkest Dungeon would be a start. I only managed to get through a second tier level once. I almost have all facilities fully upgraded, so maybe it's going to be a bit easier now.

Gear and skills are seriously important -- as well as party composition for the dungeon type.  It's a harsh learning curve at first.  I've only just really started to use guard-skills and buffs/debuffs as opposed to trying to straight kill everything, and it's much more survivable, but still seriously difficult.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Which author you most read in 2017?
« on: November 24, 2017, 07:22:07 PM »
I read the entire Vorkosigan Saga this year (SO GOOD), plus Curse of Chalion, so Lois McMaster Bujold is my top of the year with 19.

After her probably comes...hmmm...  Susan R. Matthews' Jurisdiction series, the first 6 books, since I found the first two in the garage while cleaning out my mom's dusty trove of sci-fi.  The first one is from 1997 and the seventh was just published this year, so hope to grab that soonish.

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Trying desperately, again, to get through Darkest Dungeon without losing the two intro characters (Reynauld and Dismas).  I want that achievement!  Damn but this game is unforgiving.  Just finally got the Crimson Court DLC so I imagine I'll be cursing even more of a storm soon enough.

For relaxation, there is Oxygen Not Included, where my clone colonists may die en masse but at least I learn something in the process.  Usually.  (Some of those lessons might be that I'm a bad resource manager.)

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I'm just about the start reading volume 1 of Constantine: The Hellblazer.
Now, I am a huge fan of the original Hellblazer series by Vertigo. I have it all. I tried the Constantine reboot sticking him into the DC universe properly and it was watered down beyond all but lip service. Awful. This new series has been recommended to me as more like the originals, so we shall see.

Is this any good?  We have a couple volumes where I work, but I haven't wanted to touch them because I was so disappointed by the end few volumes of original Hellblazer, and just disgusted by Justice League Dark and the like...  Sure the old times can't come back, but when even John Constantine is transmuted into schlock, what's the point in continuing?

Meanwhile in comics, I recently finished Exlibrium by Natalya Devova (interesting ideas -- wizards who track down rogue literary characters -- but a mediocre translation), Welcome Back v.1 by Christopher Sebela (again, interesting -- constantly reincarnating destined-enemy assassins, IN LOVE! -- but I don't know if I'm hooked), and The Witcher: House of Glass, by Paul Tobin, which despite never having played The Witcher, I really enjoyed.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 21, 2017, 04:15:19 PM »
Just finished Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold (Shards of Honor and Barrayar in one book), and feel like this is another series I should have started reading 20 years ago, like C.J. Cherryh's stuff.  Well, just have to make up the time now.

Or, well, slightly later, because I have Zen Cho's Sorcerer to the Crown awaiting me at the library.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: November 12, 2016, 04:24:21 PM »
Just finished The Complete Short Stories of C.J. Cherryh, which is probably not-so-complete now since it was published in 2004 with the most recent story in it from 1992 -- but my arms couldn't have taken anymore.  It's a big book, and I'm out of practice with really big books since I quit with the Wheel of Time.  Good stuff though.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: October 17, 2016, 10:13:44 PM »
Currently reading The Wizard Hunters, by Martha Wells.  Compared to The Death of the Necromancer, which I loved, I'm really disappointed -- I have little attachment to the characters here, and I feel like I've read the basics of the storyline in many other series but done better.  I'm mostly skimming it at this point, and plan to finish it but not read the rest of the series unless something astonishing happens.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: September 18, 2016, 05:08:30 PM »
Finished the Doctrine of Labyrinths series, have a hellacious book hangover, so am going through Sarah Monette's Somewhere Beneath These Waves short story anthology to try to clear it.

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Ruins by Peter Kuper

@Arry Did you find a new comic book series to read?

Found out my library really sucks for graphic novels. :( I did buy Rat Queens, but haven't read it yet.

Spoiler for Hiden:

Mine has it in the corner of the kids area....

A selection of which features things kids should definitely not be reading, such as V for Vendetta. Shows how much the librarians know about comics frankly :P

Feel very uncomfortable wondering in there as a beardy twenty something.

Ouch.  Does your library have comment cards or comment-by-email?  Graphic novels being a pretty big thing these days, they're missing out on a large slice of potential circulation.  My library system has kids, teen and adult graphic novel sections (all in different areas), plus manga, plus a ton of digital comics through Hoopla, and they're constantly in use.  A lot of libraries accept purchase suggestions from patrons too.

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The Doctrine of Labyrinths series by Sarah Monette (Melusine, The Virtu, The Mirador, Corambis) has a gay protagonist and various gay/lesbian/bi minor characters.  High fantasy.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: September 13, 2016, 09:22:52 PM »
Just finished Sarah Monette's The Mirador and will be picking up Corambis from the library today.

This series has got me on its damn hooks.  I read for characters over anything else, and I want to shake the main character until his teeth rattle, while at the same time protecting his brother like he's a day-old puppy.  Dammit Felix!

It's sure as hell not a series for everyone, but I have to know how it ends.

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Posting this for a friend of mine, Ereika Collins.  She's just started the IndieGoGo campaign for her small press's first anthology of fantasy, sci-fi and horror short stories by, about and for people of color.  The stories are already collected, the artwork and editing done -- but she'd like to push it further, expand the anthology and gather a community of writers and readers to contribute to further publications.


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Still working on Anansi Boys, but also picked up The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales.  Bavarian, 1850s, collections lost until just recently.  Always interesting .

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Dropped a couple non-starters, now moving on with Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.

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