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  1. Glen Cook's Dread Empire. Epic fantasy in broad context, but as far as line by line execution it definitely moves like sword and sorcery.
  2. I liked the first season best. Felt a lot more "real" than two and three. For most of season three both the character drama and the supernatural elements felt really played out to me.
  3. Has he spoken of something new? I've been waiting for the final Crown Colonies as well. That and any news on the Talion sequel that was supposed to happen if the ebook sold well.
  4. Finally finished The Dragonbone Chair. Good, but I was a bit exhausted with it by the end. I liked the first 150 or so pages the best given the bit of Gormenghast influence going on there. A shame I didn't first read this fifteen or twenty years ago. Probably would've blown me away back then. Need something breezier next. So probably more Cornwell.
  5. I'm almost done with DragonBone Chair. It's good but the latter half hasn't quite hooked me like the first. Might be another series I just don't have the energy to continue with even though I mostly liked what I read.
  6. I find I'm a faster, more focused reader when using my Kindle. Maybe it's because I'm looking at a smaller portion of text head-on, maybe because the Kindle is easier to hold for long periods (especially compared to 600+ page books). That said, my physical backlog is big enough that I haven't even used my Kindle yet this year. And for my very favorite authors I like to have the real thing on my shelf.
  7. I'm halfway through The Dragonbone Chair. Really hits the sweet spot for what I'm looking for these days, not too gritty, not overly simplistic/throwaway or whatever you want to call it. Only ever read The War of the Flowers by Williams before, and that was quite a while ago. I forgot how good his prose is.
  8. Erikson wrote a hockey related novel called When She's Gone. I believe it's still on his web site for free.
  9. Reading The Sundered Worlds by Moorcock. Didn't realize he ever did something so obviously "sci-fi" as far as window dressing.
  10. I'm quite aware that Stover is not a big seller. I would think that most of his fans are aware of that. And yeah, I remember he had issues getting his last Star Wars novel in on the schedule they wanted. I vaguely recall him mentioning an unnamed tie-in in the last few years, though. Obviously, nothing has yet come of that.
  11. I don't have an official link from the publisher, but Paul S. Kemp said in his most recent AMA that it looks like the line is going on hiatus. Salvatore won't comment on more Drizzt, but said his next book is a new DemonWars. Also reading through the Amazon reviews of the latest Drizzt book many seem to believe it's the last one. So at the very least the rumor has gotten around.
  12. One year of radio silence for Stover, but it's been five years since Caine's Law now. At least some other writers in the shadows have books theoretically supposed to come out. A few former Star Wars writers seem less visible than they once were. Stackpole doesn't seem to talk about any new fiction projects. Greg Keyes is still getting tie-in work, but it's coming up on almost a decade since his last original novel. I believe Karen Traviss is self-publishing her latest novels. Apparently Drizzt/Forgotten Realms novels are on hold, so perhaps you could even add Salvatore to the uncertainty list these days.
  13. Hmm, Stover recently updated his facebook for the first time in a year. He's still working on stuff! All in the developmental stage, though. He said he tried a neo-noir that didn't work out.
  14. Only The Stand for me in the top ten. In series I'm up to date with all Malazan aside from the novellas. Finished Caine, Covenant, and the Solar Cycle, and will finish Ice and Fire of course. Generally, though, I'm rather burned out on really long novels and series. I wish there were more one and done epic fantasy works.
  15. Finished October's Baby by Cook. Didn't like it as much as the first Dread Empire novel. I thought the smaller scale of that one meant more room for characterization. October's Baby was a lot more sprawling, with a lot of pages devoted to a detached narration style throwing out a constant string of character and place names and troop movements. So much going on, but not much emotional depth or dramatic flow.