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  1. Someone will have to fill me in on the joke here. As a rec though, some parts of Hilary Mantel's excellent Wolf Hall involve Thomas Cromwell's flashing back to his time as a mercenary in Italy and it's quite evocative.
  2. Cool. Thanks. Also. Not sure if/how to best link to it, but I noticed on Amazon the other day that the covers are posted for the 3 volume collection of K.J. Parker's The Two of Swords. I recall a cover being shown in a Gollancz catalog but I think this version is the completed one.
  3. Wow. That's a beautiful/awesome cover for The Book of Swords. Maybe the best yet of the Dozois/Martin collaborations (granted, Martin didn't edit this one, but I still consider it part of the same "series"). Edit- Where did you find the cover posted? I don't see it up on yet.
  4. Just found this thread and had a random thought. So although it's a sculpture rather than a painting, the description of Illyrio's statue reminded me of Caravaggio's various paintings of beautiful young men/boys and it also struck me that the younger Varys might have been considered a good subject for the same type of work, so maybe that had some role in their meeting? In any event though, it seems reasonable enough that the handsome and poor young Illyrio made for a good artist's subject and then the fat and rich older Illyrio later bought the work which depicted him. The sculptor probably wouldn't even have recognized him/made the connection between the two, unless Illyrio brought it up himself.
  5. Thanks for the reply. Good synopsis. Thinking about it, I wonder if there's some kind of dominatrix aspect going on. Because while the torturer's outfit is probably intended to evoke a Medieval headsman (although from the most well known of the book covers I also get a bit of a Luchador feel), it also comes across as looking like "bondage gear". And it would kind of make sense if the counterpart of the Torturer's Guild was also about inflicting pain, but in a pleasurable/ non-harmful way.
  6. Thanks for sharing that. Glad to see some info about the collected/print editions of K.J. Parker's "Two of Swords". The new Ann Leckie also sounds great. I had seen a while back that she had signed with Orbit for an additional novel but I had no idea that it was actually coming out in the near future (here's hoping). Not clear from the description if it's in the Radach 'verse. Doesn't sound like it, although it could be within the same setting but in a place outside of the Empire. As a general thought, kind of amusing to see it outlined how publishers and booksellers should promote various titles.
  7. Just noticed this thread. It's been a while since I've read the books (and not sure I ever read the full series), but something I've always wondered was what exactly the Witches were. Is that clearly spelled out somewhere? Appreciate if someone could clear this up for me.
  8. No worries. Malicious was probably too strong on my part and I don't mean to go "leave Scott alone!". I guess in terms of authors who have schedule slips, I cut him a lot more slack than I do Rothfus (or Martin for that matter) because of the reason behind it. And because he is receptive to giving updates. A few years back, I had a fairly negative opinion due to all of these hypothetical books Lynch was imagining when only I think two were out at that point. But I came around after learning more about the guy and his situation and I don't think he's really promoting those hypothetical books anymore anyway. I could be wrong that one of his announcements will be the completion of "Thorn", but I don't think it's totally out there (I forget how much was left when he made his last announcement).
  9. Yes. That's not actually the update (nothing new is posted yet at Lynch's tumblr). Although kind of funny, I find it kind of in poor taste though, because while I wasn't happy with the reveal that Thorn wasn't going to be published this past September, with his struggles with depression, Lynch has a pretty good reason for the schedule slip of that book, and so it kind of rubs me the wrong way to parody his updates concerning things going well for him in his personal life. Although, I am sensing a possible Garfield joke so maybe I'm reading too much in terms of seeing a malicious sentiment.
  10. Reminds me of a certain other author, especially in terms of an infamous New Years announcement... Actually though I think it's fairly likely one of the details is announcement of completion/release date for "Thorn". I'm guessing one of the things are details about his story in the Book of Swords- which I think he tweeted something about but hadn't posted details yet on his blog. And another is probably some information about this Dusk City Outlaws Kickstarter I've vaguely been hearing about that's somewhat based on the "Lockeverse". No idea about other announcements.
  11. I felt like I should post b/c I was the one who asked that question (have been following the news on the anthology for a while). I had debated asking whether the story was set in the Gentleman Bastard-verse, but I kind of figured that 1) a sword and sorcery story would likely be in the "Theradane setting" and 2) he'd be more likely to provide details on a non-Emberlain related question.
  12. I really enjoyed both books, although I do have a qualm with the extent to which they track to Chinese history- so much so that in general, once you figure out who everyone's equivalents are, you can pretty much guess the story. It does strike me that while Liu does add a lot to that background (I like the style and worldbuilding), part of the reason the series works/is popular is because Westerners probably aren't familiar with the history being riffed off. I mean I know that there are other writers (i.e. Guy Gavriel Kay) who have written fantasy novels with a very obvious historical inspiration, but I feel like this series tracks closer than most. Maybe it's paradoxically because the characters "seem" original to someone unfamiliar with the history but are so closely based on historical people (or at least legendary accounts of them) and their fates are bound by the fates of those people.
  13. Darth Richard, speaking of the Bear book, the cover was just revealed on Enjoy. (Crossposting from the cover art thread)
  14. Cover reveal of The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear
  15. Yep. That's one of the stories that's been announced and I'm looking forward to it (as well as the novel coming out the same month).