Brendan Moody

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  1. The way Gollancz and Lynch announced the September 2016 date in May of that year made it sound like the book was done and would have been out even earlier if not for the opportunity to time it to coincide with Lynch visiting the UK. But they never actually said it was done, and Lynch said later that the ending was outlined but not written and earlier material needed substantial revision. They were evidently trying to do what GRRM did with A Dance with Dragons, setting a final date and starting the push toward publication while the author finished up the final draft. If so, it obviously backfired in the worst way possible.
  2. It’s kind of ironic that as The Two of Swords finally shifts from slow-burn preliminaries to conflict and action, the format changes in a way that makes the world-shaking events feel much less meaningful. I assume Parker had some trouble figuring out how to structure the conclusion— that must be why the series took a hiatus of a year and a half— and this was what he felt worked best. But it loses a lot of what made the series unusual and interesting. The last four parts are basically the final third or so of a more conventional Parker novel. Which means they’re funny and dark and thoughtful, but still there’s something of a damp squib effect compared to the promise of parts one through fifteen.
  3. It's been so long since I preordered #16 at Amazon that the order was glitched, asking for an update on my payment method and refusing to accept anything I tried to use. Fortunately I could just redo the order from the product page. Interesting change in format for this installment.
  4. Yes, Merry played a role. There's a passage in Appendix A about it:
  5. When the pub dates were changing Amazon sent notifications of a delay. These say outright canceled. And at this rate further delays would have individual installments coming out after the omnibuses. I guess they just decided not to bother, or Parker needed more time to finalize the text than installment releases would have allowed.
  6. So Trump told the EU leadership that the Germans are (depending on the translation) "very bad" or "very evil" because of their trade surplus with the US, and that he would stop the sale of German cars in the US.
  7. This was a team from the national Fox News Channel, not, as early reports suggested, a local Fox affiliate. They were doing an interview for Bret Baier's show.
  8. The reporters in the room with Gianforte and Jacobs were from Fox News. Their account confirms Jacobs' version:
  9. Members of Congress aren't subject to any form of local or state recall. Only the House itself can remove a member, by a two-thirds vote. In the past the process has only been used for disloyalty to the country (mostly Confederates during the Civil War) and abuse of the office, rather than for "ordinary" crimes. There's also been a reluctance to remove people elected or reelected after the crime became public, though most of the vote already being in would complicate that question. Not that Republicans these days would risk losing a vote under any circumstances if they could possibly avoid it...
  10. I'm getting emails from Amazon canceling my orders for the remaining e-installments of The Two of Swords because the titles were canceled by the publisher, so at this point I dunno.
  11. It's "only" the first half of the book that takes place over a single day; the rest of it covers three weeks or so, which is about average for one of Jordan's later WOT novels. A Crown of Swords spans nine days, and the whole first half of Winter's Heart is two days. But when you foreground the fact that so little time is passing, it's just going to heighten readers' frustration with how slowly the plot is moving. If Jordan had kept the "everyone reacts to the (spoiler thing)" scenes to a prologue, and left the chronology of the different plot strands in the background as he usually did, I think Crossroads of Twilight would be less hated. Still hated, though, because almost nothing happens in it. (Ignore the spoiler box below; it's empty and I can't figure out how to make it go away. This may be a metaphor for The Wheel of Time.)
  12. I would guess it was a pseudonym for business rather than personal reasons. Booksellers order copies of new titles based on the sales of an author's previous work, so pseudonyms are sometimes used to get away from the cycle of low sales and low orders associated with the author's earlier books. If the stuff published under Volsky's real name sold too poorly, or if the publisher thought the new series had a chance to do significantly better, they might have asked for the change. That was what happened with Sarah Monette. Tor picked her up after Ace dropped her, but on the condition that she use a pseudonym for her new work, which is why The Goblin Emperor says Katherine Addison on the cover even though Monette has always been open about being the author.
  13. Hachette's website shows eight more parts (which would be about right for the third volume) releasing two a month from June to September. Of course, there have been other release dates for them that have slid by. But that schedule would end just in time for the paperbacks to begin, so they may be rushing them out finally. They should all be written by then for a December print release, anyway.
  14. I think fans tend to have some interesting ideas about what the editor/writer relationship is typically or optimally like. Quite aside from the fact that Groell is obviously using exaggerated PR-speak in that interview, enjoying the work one edits is not really a professional failing. I think ADWD is a flawed end product and that Groell gave GRRM some bad advice that made the book worse, but not because she's fundamentally wrong for the job.
  15. Yeah, you can't make tax cuts permanent under reconciliation unless you can claim they won't add to the deficit. That's why the Bush tax cuts were set to expire after ten years and Obama was able to let some of them die (after a two-year extension). The AHCA reductions in government spending were part of the shell game to make new cuts seem revenue-neutral. So that's an add-on benefit to this, although they'll probably still find some way to fudge the numbers.