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  1. The gods are the same, but I don't believe that the settings or characters appearing in the Chalion books re-appear in the Penric stories.
  2. GRRM's The Pear-Shaped Man is creepily weird.
  3. I also recommend the Jack Vance works including the Lyonesse trilogy, and of The Dying Earth, Cugel's Saga and Eyes of the Overworld. If you enjoy them, you might also seek out The Last Castle and The Dragon Masters. Lyonesse! Lyonesse audio book! Cugel's Saga audio book! Further, based on the books you enjoyed, I would also recommend Elizabeth Moon's Deed of Paksenarrion, an extensive series of books with strong writing, fine world-building and a good story line along with sympathetic characters. If you enjoy Lois McMaster Bujold's Curse of Chalion, I recommend to you Harry Turtledove, writing as Dan Chernenko, and his books in The Scepter of Mercy series. If you like Poul Anderson's The Broken Sword books, I recommend The Hammer and the Cross by Harry Harrison and John Holm, a pseudonym for the Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey. There are two sequels that continue the story, One King's Way and King and Emperor. If you liked ASOIAF, I recommend Glen Cook's The Black Company books. If you liked Dragonlance, I recommend Raymon E. Feist's Riftwar Trilogy, The Riftwar Saga. I also strongly recommend the Empire Trilogy he wrote with Janny Wurts. I do not recommend anything else either of them wrote. If you liked the Elric series, I recommend to you The Cingulum series by John Maddox Roberts. He also wrote a Dragonlance mystery, A Murder in Tarsis. If you seek a good female writer, try Kage Baker, especially her books in The Anvil of the World series. And of course, another female writer who has a large bibliography of fantasy as you have described is Tanith Lee. Finally, you might also consider Celia Friedman's Coldfire Trilogy. Boocoo Magic!
  4. In one of the later books, the answer of why the forvalaka was different in appearance is implied. I don't want to suggest that it is a complex answer, but it isn't an answer that a first-time reader approaching the first book would be able to foresee or predict. One-Eye is not a truly intelligent character. He is crafty and cunning, but as we learn more about him, we learn that he probably would not figure out the reason for the difference on his own.
  5. The Secret of Terror Castle by Robert Arthur, Jr. - The first of the Three Investigators books. It was scary and exciting and set in an exotic locale (California!) and had three interesting characters who formed a cool club and solved tremendous mysteries. Also, who can resist the free use of a gold-plated Rolls Royce chauffeured by the stalwart Worthington?
  6. The Malazan troopers certainly reflect the Black Company in tone and style.
  7. SRD has a couple of novellas called The King's Justice that came out in 2015. I just finished it, and he certainly hasn't lost his ability to portray wounded characters or moral ambiguities. This is an author that could make me feel disquiet while reading the phone book to me.
  8. Here is an excellent graphic that best illustrates how Tolkien should have done a better job of incorporating more non-patriarchial, non-racial characters and plot situations into his work. http://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/58d8c66761316_nd4UQsfr__880.jpg
  9. Fragile Bird, will you take up the Gene Wolfe re-read again some time in the future?  Without your impetus, the rest of us won't move it along.

  10. Fragile Bird, where art thou? This series is a central, foundational touch point to literary 80s science fiction or fantasy - we need to finish it off, like a spoonful of castor oil or sugar, depending upon your taste.
  11. Based on your criteria, may I suggest some of the following authors' works? While not all of the books listed fall directly within the specific time period you indicated, the authors were all formed by the society you describe, and the Austerity Britain of the 1950s is much more closely linked to the post-Victorians than the 1980's, despite the similar distances in time. Some light, humorous works include the following. George & Weedon Grossmith: The Diary of a Nobody Jerome K. Jerome: Three Men in a Boat Maybe you want a little Great Game espionage, or British Socialist professionals thrown into Middle European intrigue? W. Somerset Maugham: Ashenden: Or the British Agent Eric Ambler: Film - Journey into Fear and novel of the same name. Graham Greene: Stamboul Train Enjoy some black British humour? Evelyn Waugh: Black Mischief R.S. Surtees: Mr Sponge's Sporting Tour Kingsley Amis: Lucky Jim How about some other mysteries? R. Austin Freeman: The Eye of Osiris Margery Allingham: Police at the Funeral G.D.H. and M.I. Cole: Mrs. Warrender's Profession Emma Orczy: The Old Man in the Corner Victorian Science Fiction? G.K. Chesterton: The Napoleon of Notting Hill Adventure stories! John Buchan: The Thirty-Nine Steps E.W. Hornung: The Amateur Cracksman Edgar Wallace: The Four Just Men Manning Cole: Drink to Yesterday Sax Rohmer: The Quest of the Sacred Slipper http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2126 Geoffrey Household: Rogue Male Nicholas Blake: Head of a Traveller (Adventure / mystery story written by the British poet Laureate) Dornford Yates: Blind Corner Novels made into many different versions of films and plays? P.C. Wren: Beau Geste Ouida: Under Two Flags Authors born too late, but writing about that period of time: Antonia Fraser: Quiet as a Nun Timothy Findley: The Wars
  12. Paula Volsky! I thought she had passed away until her story in the Songs of the Dying Earth Jack Vance tribute collection, called "The Traditions of Karzh" came out. It was a pretty good story, but seriously, I didn't know she was still writing. For some reason the library in the Seoul Grand Hyatt club level had a large number of her 80's or 90's novels, and I used to pick them out and read them when I was there over a weekend. I literally never saw her books anywhere else.
  13. I agree, and as you mentioned, Preston Jacobs' finest analysis is in his 1000 Worlds reviews. Actually, until Preston Jacobs' videos came out, I had not previously understood that much of GRRM's science fiction was set in a common universe with a shared history. And he particularly points out the thematic positions that GRRM has taken in his work over time, and how those same themes show up in ASOIAF. Once you see the same set of issues crop up in story after story, and then think about the plot of ASOIAF, the probable outcomes or meanings of some of the episodes in the book change pretty significantly - or, they did for me, anyway. His 1000 World videos to date are in this playlist: Most of the videos include links to either the electronic text or the audio of the book under discussion. For example, he provides links to "Frank Decker", whose audio book versions of GRRM works are pretty good: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG4e_b4DwFxnL4cnV6-N97g He also includes some other neat sessions, such as: A hilarious short summary showing that George's work is incredibly freaky: He reads the awesome prelude to Tuf Voyaging: (This prologue never made any sense to me until the 1000 Worlds review came out. Now it is seriously frightening, given what we know about the rest of the universe, and what is probably happening to the POV character. George's horror work is a delicious seasoning within his science fiction.) ASOIAF is a work of Science Fiction: Good stuff.
  14. The comments from the forum participants were also great in the Tor re-read, as well as the Q&A from ICE and SE. The whole re-read forum helped me improve my reading experience by 94.1%.
  15. I don't think of M.R. James as a conveyor of cosmic horror, and Old Man Willow fits in to a James piece very nicely. The artifacts of doom in a James story are very specific in their being and application. If you become a bishop of the haunted church, the statues will be creepy. If you purchased the haunted book, the hairy man will be attracted to you. If you buy the haunted picture, you will be able to see a terrible historical deed. If you find the Roman coin, you will end up in a haunted well. If you drink from the five jars, you will be able to talk to the owls. If you sleep in the bedroom with the haunted ash tree at the window, spiders will bite you. If you go stay with your weird cousin, he will try to cut your heart out because reasons. If you try to find the Hebrew will, a smelly man will show up. If you read books about alchemy, your name will appear in lights. If you inherit a haunted mansion, best not explore the spooky garden maze at night. Etc. These aren't cosmic horror, they are more like the Home Depot of Horror, selling you the specific tools you need to do the job. I think Tolkien uses the same sort of Implement of Doom in his stories, with Swords of Destiny that will either be re-made or slay an important bad guy; and Cursed Rings that will control all or slay the important bad guy (and leads to a ride on some eagles); and the Crystal Ball of Despondency that makes people depressed when they look into it and leads to the self-slaying of an important bad guy; and the Jewel of Stupid Decisions that makes people greedy and leads to the slaying of an important bad dragon (and a ride on some eagles); and the Diamond of Horny Mortals that makes people wrestle with werewolves and leads to the slaying of an important bad guy (and a ride on some eagles).