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Where do you pick these from, Eclipse? Never heard of any. Unfortunately none of the blurbs really interested me.

I'm always fond of comedies, so I'll recommend Reincarnation Blues. Don't blame me if it turns to be squib.

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Bartender, a drink to every member, this round's on me 8)

A medium dry martini, lemon peel. Shaken, not stirred.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 06, 2020, 06:34:45 PM »
Now starting, Hero Forged (Ethereal Earth #1) by Josh Erikson

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 06, 2020, 06:26:20 PM »
Harrow the Ninth
by Tamsyn Muir

Overall: +7

A book of two halves that deserves to be read more than once to appreciate it fully. If you had any notions of how the plot may progress after finishing Gideon the Ninth, be prepared to suffer disappointment....followed by realization that a new wonderful book is waiting for you. For me this falls a shade below Gideon the Ninth...but still a very good read. And I'm eagerly awaiting Alecto the Ninth!

Writing/Plot/Pace: +7

As I said, it's a tale of two halves. First half (more like 75%) is all about Harrow. It's flush with prose and lean with plot. Looks like TM has gotten carried away with the prose a bit. It's fascinating, it's rich and it's frustrating after a point. There's only so much I could take about Harrow's misery monologue where her every emotion is described in just way too many words (nice words but still!). The plot sags but the author keeps throwing nuggets in just to keep you pushing through. The worldbuilding is also a bit static and we get the feel of a dark gothic drama all through.

Then we get to the last section, which ironically despite its names has less of Harrow and we get to the rollercoaster ride we got in book 1. The prose (rightfully!) takes a backseat to the plot. Events move at blitzkrieg pace and revelations hammer you one after other and you just up trying to anticipate where the author will take you next and just roll with it. Your impressions of characters get torn to shreds as they unveil other facets and as the book says you are "immersed into the river" gasping for breath.

The writing becomes a bit more confusing as it's written from a second person perspective which takes some getting used to.

Characters: +7

Nothing special here. We get to see many of the cast from earlier book make an appearance providing continuity and get to see new Lyctors and other plot movers. Lead character of Harrow spends most of book trying to adapt to her Lyctor-hood, but not much in way of character development. The Lyctors are interesting bunch and the socio-political dynamics between them make for a very interesting read.   

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What Should I Read Next
« on: August 05, 2020, 02:29:21 PM »
1. Red Sister
2. Riyria
3. Elantris

I haven't read Red Rising and wasn't really impressed with Sixteen Ways and Sins of Empire.

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Paternus covers all your needs, except it happens in real world.Though the realworld aspect is kept to a bare minimum and fantasy runs galore!

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 04, 2020, 02:58:47 PM »
Harrow the Ninth is out today. Am on it already!  ;D

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What did you read in July 2020?
« on: August 03, 2020, 01:24:27 AM »
High Planes Drifter (Merkabah Rider #1) - Edward Erdelac
Jewish gunslinger hunting supernatural evil. Lots of explicit violence purely for shock value. Not really invested in either story not protagonist. Meh.

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1) - Jay Kristoff
Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2)

Book 1 was a darker and more adult version of red Sister. Taut and gripping. Very good.
Book 2 was a rehash of Book 1 in different setting without furthering the plot. Meh.

A King's Bargain (Legend of Tal #1) - JDL Rosell
Picked up from SPFBO. Decent read, though characters and plot need to be refined more.

Dart - Dale Renton
An enjoyable sci-fi light read. Story, characters are all well above average. Liked it.

Peace Talks (The Dresden Files, #16) - Jum Butcher
A placeholder for next book. Just so so.

Lord of Light - Roger Zelanzy
Brilliant sci-fi book. Very novel, refreshing and really entertaining. Highly recommended.


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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Bill & Ted 3
« on: August 01, 2020, 01:55:52 PM »
Awesome movies.

Have to check if trailers are out for this.

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I've been debating between Ancillary Justice and Revelation Space for some time now.

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Giants are a curious race who can be on both the good and evil sides with equal ease. Portray a good troll and it'll be called subverting the trope, but somehow Giants seem to be above those tropes. Good, evil, cunning, helpful...they are probably the most versatile race other than Humans and Dragons.

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And welcome back @Eclipse !

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Yup. Make a nice hot cuppa tea, sit down by the window to read with the pleasant background of rain splatter. Bliss.

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Shadow of a Dead God - Patrick Samphire.

Picked this from the latest SPFBO. Started off well, light hearted and a bit of humour running through. Fingers crossed.

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Conan books
Mists of Avalon maybe.

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