October 26, 2020, 03:44:42 PM

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I'm not normally very up-to-date, but I have read Andrew Hunter Murray's slightly disappointing debut which is a 2020 book, although it's SF rather than fantasy.

I really enjoyed this one. I've managed to stay up-to-date with SF this year and have found some real treasures (and a few disappointments), but Fantasy I've definitely fallen behind on. looking at my records, I see that less than 20% of what I've read has been Fantasy, and that's almost entirely keeping up with existing series.
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Finished (and loved) Demon In White. This series might just be edging out Three-Body as my favorite modern SF, and I really wish more people knew about it. Halfway between Dune and Malazan, if that make you want to pick it up.  ;D

Reckon I'll head back into Star Trek for the end of the month.
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Cate Glass is Carol Berg, so I'm not sure how much they should count as debuts.

I'm not normally very up-to-date, but I have read Andrew Hunter Murray's slightly disappointing debut which is a 2020 book, although it's SF rather than fantasy.
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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2020
« Last post by ScarletBea on Today at 10:34:15 AM »

The Bone Ships – RJ Barker (Orbit) --> want to read
The Migration – Helen Marshall (Titan) --> haven't heard
The Poison Song – Jen Williams (Headline) ---> this is GREAT, hurrah!
The Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E Harrow (Orbit) --> want to read


@jakepaulo32 , welcome to the forum!
Jen Williams' trilogy is very good, this is actually book 3 and the other 2 have won in the past years!
R.J Barker's book above is number 1 in a new series, but his other trilogy is also really good, I read it all this year.
But of course, this all depends on what you prefer! If you create a thread with the general types of books you like, we'll be able to give you recommendations from recent books.
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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2020
« Last post by jakepaulo32 on Today at 10:11:59 AM »
Has anyone read any of these books? Recently I'm more into old classics and Polish fantasy, but I haven't heard of these books. Are they actually worth reading?
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Self Publishing Discussion / Re: SPFBO 2020
« Last post by matthewsylvester on Today at 09:39:05 AM »
Yeah, it was nice to see :) Just need to finish writing the second (I got a publishing deal so switched focus :))
Just wanted to say thank you for the review, and good luck to those still in the competition!
Oh just noticed that!
That was in a way a good result, with a few of the judges wanting to continue the series :)
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I've also really enjoyed Cate Glass's first two books - An Illusion of Thieves and A Conjuring of Assassins - which came out last year and this year. Very Italian-city-state magical-heist character-driven stuff.

I already have 13 books on my to-read list coming out next year, oh gosh...

Ohh those sound good! How do they compare to Locke Lamorra?

Hmm, not at all the same kettle of fish. Glass's books are much less rip-roaring wise-cracking wild adventure, and much more a quiet heist of paper and politics and hidden, heretic magic. Our main character was the mistress of the Prince - who is very much a Prince that Machiavelli would be proud of, in both methods and intentions - and the first book is as much about her reconciling her life as using her long-quashed powers to continue protecting him and the city.
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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by cupiscent on Today at 04:22:00 AM »
I am told that the sequel - Paladin of Souls - is even better. I have such trouble believing this, due to The Curse of Chalion's perfection, that I have yet to read it despite having had it on my ereader for about ten years now. Though, I mean, if anyone can manage it, it's Lois McMaster Bujold.
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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by Peat on Today at 03:16:22 AM »
I have finished Curse of Chalion and have a mini review

Pros: Its perfect

Cons: There are two. One, it may not be as perfect to someone else. I have sorrow for those people.

Two, this is a book I have long wanted to write, and someone else has gone and done it first and far better than I could hope to. Which is frankly just rude and, when I come to power, shall be a crime leading to a long prison stay.

That is all.
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