AncalagonTheBlack

K.J. Parker (a.k.a.Tom Holt) - Part II

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10 hours ago, garneac said:

Any news on upcoming Parker stories? Please, I'm jonesing. 

Did you read the latest: Mightier Than the Sword? Novella but classic Parker and really well done. 

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So the Two of Swords #16 just downloaded on my kindle. 

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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.

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On 9/5/2017 at 5:17 PM, Brendan Moody said:

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.

Agree. I enjoyed it. Felt like things may be coalescing. And it looks like the next few installments are coming out weekly! 

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2 hours ago, AncalagonTheBlack said:

They'd have to since the 3 omnibus collections are coming out in Oct/Nov/Dec.

I'll be interested in hearing whether there is any new content in the Omnibus. 

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12 hours ago, unJon said:

I'll be interested in hearing whether there is any new content in the Omnibus. 

I will be getting these,will let you know if any bonus content has been added.

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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.

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I've been really curious about learning more about the specifics of the Two of Swords books- although I plan in any event to buy the omnibuses when they come out.  I did wonder if there was some drop off in quality, because while I couldn't read the second review (not being a member), I noted that RT gave the first omnibus a glowing review and then rated the second at only two stars.

On another topic, Subterranean Press just announced/made available to order a new anthology that collects all of the other Parker stories to date- https://subterraneanpress.com/slider-tabs/just-announced/father-of-lies.  

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1 hour ago, Brother Longfoot said:

I've been really curious about learning more about the specifics of the Two of Swords books- although I plan in any event to buy the omnibuses when they come out.  I did wonder if there was some drop off in quality, because while I couldn't read the second review (not being a member), I noted that RT gave the first omnibus a glowing review and then rated the second at only two stars.

Funny as the switch in style should only be in the third omnibus. If the second omnibus got two stars it was probably due to it being just more of the same as in the first omnibus without moving along the overall plot. Which would be a fair complaint. 

I liked the final set of volumes and do think Parker had trouble trying to figure out how to bring everything together, necessitating the long break in volumes and the change in style. 

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The one that is going to be in Book of Swords?

And I suppose also missing is that novella "Mightier Than the Sword".

And come to think of it, there's also that Priest's Hole from that 5 stories, which I haven't read.  Surprised that one wasn't included.

Guessing in like a year or two there will be a "Swords" anthology from Subterranean that will include those and subsequent ones.

It's kind of interesting to me with the upcoming "Father of Lies" anthology that there were enough stories to support a "deal with the devil" theme.  Some more literally than others.  Granted, not all of them fit.  Like "The Dragonslayer of Merebarton" and "Safe House" really don't fit and are probably included for the sake of completeness.  I think they'd probably better fit in a hypothetical anthology that included the Book of Swords story that would be like "K.J. Parker does heroic fantasy".

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Yeah.  That seems obvious in retrospect.  

I guess part of Subterranean's business model is probably waiting a bit for people to purchase the individual novellas before including them in collections which are a better deal.

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