AncalagonTheBlack

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

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On 6/19/2017 at 11:01 PM, Darth Richard II said:

Ignoring arguments of what is and isn't awesome and definition of grimdark, you got a link to that list or group or whatever? The only thing my search turns up is a website that hasn;t been updated in over a year.

Thankfully, we don't sweat the details too much there.

Grimdark is anything suitably gritty and dark among fantasy and sci-fi.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/grimdarkfiction/
 
To also give a sense where its politics lay, the group is celebrating Gay Pride right now.

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Still reading so i've avoided the rest of the posts, am i supposed to be able to tell who any of the characters are, it seems like they are all completely forgettable and interchangeable.

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10 hours ago, Let's Get Kraken said:

So, Lawrence is dropping some pretty strong hints via Facebook that we're going to be getting a new Jalan story...


Ooooooo, ahhhhhhhhh. I'm a fan. :D

 

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23 hours ago, BigFatCoward said:

Still reading so i've avoided the rest of the posts, am i supposed to be able to tell who any of the characters are, it seems like they are all completely forgettable and interchangeable.

I guess the plus of the audiobook is that the narrator gives all the characters very distinct accents which maybe masks this?

21 hours ago, Let's Get Kraken said:

So, Lawrence is dropping some pretty strong hints via Facebook that we're going to be getting a new Jalan story...

The fourth one, if not Jalan, sounds very much like him.

 

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On 7/9/2017 at 0:39 PM, red snow said:

The fourth one, if not Jalan, sounds very much like him.

 

Indeed it does. :lol: 

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20 minutes ago, Rhom said:

Indeed it does. :lol: 

I mean he came out and said we'd met the person in scenario #4 already. I cannot imagine who else it could be :D

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I was weak the other day so I ordered the signed/numbered illustrated hardback omnibus of the Broken Empire Trilogy.  Had a Jorge short story in there.  I have yet to take time to read that, but I should.  I have put all novels on hold for now while waiting for Unholy Consult so I don't have to put something down mid-stream.  Now that I think about it, that's the perfect time to revisit Honorous Jorge.

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5 hours ago, Let's Get Kraken said:

I mean he came out and said we'd met the person in scenario #4 already. I cannot imagine who else it could be :D

I like ot call a spade a spade :)

It says a lot for his writing/characterisation for it to seem like Jalan before the second clue pretty much sealed it.

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Read that Jorg short story last night.  "No Second Troy"

Its set after King of Thorns and before Emperor of Thorns and details the conquest of a walled city in the middle of a river in Orlanth.  It was really good and everything still fit within the narrative without seeming gratuitous.

 

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Finally got round to reading this. I love a magic school story so it worked for me. It was basically a (much better imo) version of Blood Song...


It did get a bit predictable in places- there's only so many ways you can subvert a magic school story- but there were some nice touches, like how

the obvious Malfoy/Ambrose figure turned out to be perfectly fine and normal, or how the Potions- sorry, poisons- master had a scary front but ended up being fairly reasonable and more of a comedy figure from the reader's perspective than anything.


Also: the world is great.

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