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  1. Reccomend recent debut spec fic. authors

    Hi, Apologies for asking for a reccomendation but I've searched and come up empty handed. I mad a New Year's resolution to stop reading the same authors and to branch out to new debut authors. I found myself in a rut reading the newest Daniel Abraham, Robin Hobb, Brent Weeks, etc book and wanted something different. I've recently read the following and enjoyed them all, but I've rated them on how much I liked each: 1) The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins ***** 2) Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel **** 1/2 3) The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden **** 1/2 4) The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood **** 5) All the Birds In the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders **** 6) The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet *** 1/2 Some of my favorite reads of the past couple of years have been: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Uprooted by Noami Novik, Station Eleven by Emily St John Manuel, The Flight of the Silvers by Daniel Price, The Rook by Daniel O'Malley, and The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. I did not enjoy A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall, The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu, or The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson. I'm a huge fan of the Forever War, the First Law Trilogy, The Expanse, The Warlord Chronicles, Snow Crash, Ready Player One, the Bitter Seeds trilogy, and R Scott Bakker but am looking for something different than the normal recommendations that are often seen on the board. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for the wall of text!
  2. The books coming out in 2017

    I've tried googling it but was not really able to find anything about the most anticipated speculative fiction debuts in 2017. Can anyone point me in the direction of a blog or website where this might be discussed or, if not, does anyone know which debut novels are generating any buzz?
  3. The books coming out in 2017

    On Daniel Price's The Song of the Orphans, the follow-up to The Flight of the Silvers: Found here: You may also want to add the following titles to the first page: The Ember in the Ashes (The Book and The Sword Book 2) by Antoine Rouaud (Gollancz) UK Release Date - November 16, 2017 Amazon Link This is the sequel to our fabulous 2013 debut, THE PATH OF ANGER. Antoine Rouaud is a fresh voice in the genre, telling stories of revenge, grudging love, and the fall of an entire Empire as a result. This story is packed with flashbacks, revelations and story-changing concepts; a gripping fantasy noir thriller at heart, it's a must-have for fantasy readers. The City of Miracles (Divine Cities Book 3) by Robert Jackson Bennett (Jo Fletcher Books) UK Release Date - January 12, 2017 Amazon Link Sigrud je Harkvaldsson is back, and this time he's out for vengeance. Shara Komayd, once Prime Minister of Saypur, has been assassinated. News travels fast and far, even to a remote logging town somewhere northwest of Bulikov, where the silent, shaven-headed Dreyling worker 'Bjorn' picks up the newspaper and walks out. He is shocked and grieved and furious; he's been waiting thirteen years for Shara, his closest friend, to reach out to him - to tell him to come home. He's always believed she was running a long operation, that there would be a role for him at the right time. Now he has no one else in his life, and nothing to live for - except to find the people who did this. Sigrud wasn't there for the death of his daughter Signe, and he wasn't there when his old comrade Shara was murdered. Now Bjorn is dead and Sigrud is back. And he will find answers, for Shara, and for himself. He's made a promise . . . The Master (Masters & Mages Book 1) by Miles Cameron (Gollancz) US Release Date - February 16, 2017 Amazon Link Aranthur is a student. He showed a little magical talent, is studying at the local academy, and is nothing particularly special. Others are smarter. Others are more talented. Others are quicker to pick up techniques. But none of them are with him when he breaks his journey home for the holidays in an inn. None of them step in to help when a young woman is thrown off a passing stage coach into the deep snow at the side of the road. And none of them are drawn into a fight to protect her. One of the others might have realised she was manipulating him all along . . . The Thousand and One by Saldin Ahmed (Gollancz) UK Release Date - September 21, 2017 Amazon Link
  4. Wild Cards Reading Order - Dazed and Confused

    The question is simple but, alas, the Wikipedia and other articles make it confusing...what is the reading order for the Wild Cards series? Do I only read Tor's re-release of Wild Cards anthologies (Wild Cards I, Aces High, Jokers Wild, Aces Abroad, Down and Dirty)? How do Bused Flush, Fort Freak, Inside Straight, and Lowball tie-in..or are those covered in the anthologies listed above? Do the re-releases cover all of the original novels or do I need to read those as well. Consider me thoroughly confused.
  5. 2015/2016 Debut Authors

    I've been struggling to find good speculative fiction debuts of late. I looked over my bookshelves and realized that I have been reading the same group other authors pretty much exclusively over the past few years. I think we talk about Bakker, Martin, Abercrombie, Erikson, Rothfuss, Lynch, Hobb, Abraham, etc. a lot on this website but I was hoping we could focus a few posts on some of the up-and-comers. Trust me, I've tried Googling this subject but to no avail. Maybe I'm not following the right blogs or website, but who are/have been the best speculative fiction debut authors for 2015 and 2016 (so far)? Feel free to talk about the stinkers as well.
  6. Web toons / Web Comics recommendations

    Unsounded is actually a really legit webcomic. The story is great IMO, the worldbuilding is top notch, but the art is the highlight here. Gunnerkrigg Court is also an amazing webcomic that I have been reading for years. The cartoonist has a publishing deal with Boom to print each volume in a nice hardcover. The Meek is also pretty solid, though it suffered from a really long hiatus. Freakangels by Warren Ellis was great: To name off some others: Dresden Codak Everblue: All of Evan Dahm's comics: Gone with a Blastwave: Lady Sabre by Greg Rucka: Lackadaisy Cats Super Effective All of Faith Erin Hicks' old webcomics: Warbot in Accounting: Turbo Defiant: Stand Still, Stay Silent: JL8 The Firelight Isle Crimson Dark: The Fox Sister Hinges
  7. [BOOK & TV SPOILERS] The Expanse on SyFy

    Noami is described as a mix of Asian, South American, and African. She has typical belter features and is described as being nearly two meters tall. I'm pretty sure this would make her the tallest on the Rocinante, with the exception of possibly Bobbie. She is also described as having black curly hair. So no, not really. They got the African and curly hair. They skipped on the rest. Amos is repeatedly described as tall, meaty, burly, stocky, and broad shouldered. He is pale-skinned with receding red-brown hair, but is mostly bald.
  8. [BOOK & TV SPOILERS] The Expanse on SyFy

    I am in the camp that both Amos and Naomi were miscast, but I can live with it if they couldn't find a competent enough actor/actresses that had the physical characteristics that the characters have in the novels. That being said, just for the sake of it, I was wondering if anyone had any casting suggestions for these two characters that they think could have worked better (i.e. more truthful to the physical characteristics in the novels)? If not, I don't think I could find any real reason to complain...
  9. The books coming out in 2016

    Will the movie adaptation also start Tom Hanks and Halle Berry :/
  10. I thought the second book was pretty great.   Question for people that finished the book. Note, the question includes a spoiler.   [spoiler] I missed the significance of the last chapter reveal of Marius. I think he's a magelord. Am I wrong in assuming so? What was his significance; I can't remember from the first book. I did pick up that he was the mentor to the twin necromancers but other than that, I don't have a clue. [/spoiler]
  11. Andrzej Sapkowski II

    I'm half way through the Time of Contempt and I have never played the video games before. Can someone please explain to me what a Chosen One is? Thanks.
  12. Top 5 favorite fantasy series?

    Not sure how this is supposed to go, but if we art talking simply about my personal enjoyment of the series then: 1) A Song of Ice and Fire - For me, this is the series that has most interested me. The theories, prophecies, and back story is what takes it to a different level. His characterization is great; most characters are like Shrek, they have layers. 2) The First Law Trilogy - This series is a terrific bit of fun. The humor in it is great. Abercrombie also has this theme where people try to change themselves but ultimately don't. Again, I like the back story/ ancient history here. 3) Bitter Seeds - This could be argued to be science fiction but I view it more as fantasy. The author did such a great job of weaving everything together. Masterfully planned. 4) The Kingkiller Chronicles - Although I did not enjoy the second novel as much as I enjoyed the first, I don't think anyone can deny that Rothfuss is a truly great writer. I think his first page and last page of each of the novels are some of the best wordsmithing I have personally read. I like the idea of stories within stories within stories. Again, I really enjoyed the background and ancient history here. I also think that Mr. Rothfuss is an exceptionally great and likeable person from reading his blog and the charity that he puts on. It's always easier to like a book when you know the author is a legitimately good soul. 5) Looking at my bookshelves, I'd guess I'd have to give first place to Sanderson's Adolnasium universe, particularly the Stormlight Archives. I have many gripes about his Sanderson's writing. I don't think its near as good as the four series above. I also understand that he doesn't want to cuss (that it's against his religion) but I find his use of substitution cuss words particularly annoying and jarring. I do enjoy his magic systems though. Some are better than others but they most are pretty cool to read about. I also like the story behind the story here. Looking at the above, I noticed that I tend to like series with rich back stories / world building. Sometimes, I wish I got to read those "origin" stories instead but I think that might take the magic out of it, so to speak.
  13. The Books That Have Just Come Out: New Release Thread

    Has anyone read Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley. I was underwhelmed by the first book in the series but it has good reviews on Goodreads...
  14. Any news on the audible release of Sword of the North? The non-audible version is like $100 something...