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    Authors who vanished from the face of the planet

    Kurtz? Real easy. The King Kelson timeline had the books based in a castle, swords armor setting and then by the time he was getting married the whole culture/world suddenly had all kinds of Renaissance feel to it that was never in the first Deryni trilogy or even the first King Kelson trilogy. As for Jones? We'll have to agree to disagree. Maybe not quite the same but the stuff Tom Doherty handed to me along with his little spiel about hopes for Sanderson to go on and write added works to the Wheel of Time world before Harriet said "hell no" says to me otherwise. Jones was even promising appearances at the time. Again. Different takes. But promised sample chapters and murmurs of taking part in the Legends III anthology that fell apart and later got revamped by Dozois and Martin also had a very similar tone to "it's a comin'....maybe" that I find in her dipping the toes in social media as an author. Again. My take. Doesn't have to be yours.
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    Authors who vanished from the face of the planet

    Glad to hear Cornish is alive and still dabbling in writing. I'm not holding my breath for Jones. I really would to see her finish the series and have it print but I think she came out of the woodwork a few years back with similar tone and, well... Janny Wurts keeps dangling another segment of her exercise in character induced masturbation in the Chronicles of how Perfect Arithon Is or whatever the publisher made her call it for consumers. But its been a couple of years hasn't it? She probably doesn't count in this thread per se but she comes close. But if Joane Bertin can do a comeback like she did there is always hope for everyone else. Katherine Kurtz seems to have finally stopped beating the dead horse that was the retcon'd Deryni series but what happened to her writing as a whole? In the spirit of the thread, since Ian Graham finally jumped back in last year, is there any word of US releases of his book that came out last year set in the same world as Monument? Andrew Davidson never followed up on Gargoyle, which had some flaws but was still a decent enough read to see what he would do next. Before publishers found "guess the author's other nom de plume' trick, there were authors that tried other 'names'. I wonder if some of the disappeared are now writing under another name and even another genre. James Clemens comes to mind. And someone who would return to his unfinished series.
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    The Great British Bake Off 2016

    In the Us and in Australia there was/is a show with four competing couples who each take a turn hosting a party for the others as well as a set of judges. 'Come Dine with Me" maybe? I didn't like it because the format let the other couples just get nasty to drag down the competition more than naught it seemed. I keep hearing horrible things about the possible structure of the channel 4 version including a two night split episode format with the elimination from the tent not happening until the second night. Also guest celebrity judges each week is something that has been floated either to the sponsors or by the sponsors. Both ideas sound horrible. I think if BBC takes the core elements of the GGBO they can easily do their own version with Mel Sue and Mary with an addition that stands more likely to succeed than the channel 4 effort. Whether they can keep from trying to do it better the second time around is the key issue to me. Part of me thinks BBC should wait to see how the other turns out. But Mary is not getting any younger and they have seven seasons to look back on and figure out the key ingredients and the proper mix. I was definitely happy with the winner of this season though I was hoping a certain charming laid back contestant would make it past the semi-finals and even perhaps take it. Would that have been the first a winner would not have won star baker had that contestant been able to stay it through to the end? A lot of fellow co-watchers said that this season's lot were not as good as last season's. I tend to disagree because I think this season saw some odd and even silly themes that didn't seem to have the progressive growth in skills and difficultly. And i thought the show stopper in the finals proved how skilled the final three were. All had some really strong components though i do think the winner had an distinct edge.
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    The Great British Bake Off 2016

    I was trying to figure out the whole babka thing. Hollywood has odd affectations that regularly get denounced by the professionals on another board I visit for Bake Off. I haven't gone too far into the whole babka issue but I did find it off since those were what I have always seen and eaten in a babka -- enriched yeast-based risen dough. So I guess non-"bread" babkas are more normal? I even checked Obstfeld's and they just looked at me funny when I asked if Babka wasn't basically a "bread" than what is it. Mama Ruth even shook her finger at me and asked just what I considered a brioche if their babka wasn't a bread.
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    The Great British Bake Off 2016

    Annoyed about no Sue and Mel but now thinking that if they have an entirely new cast it might be easier to enjoy anything they stay true and adjust as needed going to Ch4. I've read that the prohibit is only a year but that Ch4 says it will only do a aid relief celebrity special next year which is why there will not be a GBBO full season until 2018. Both the Independent and the Mirror have that in their newsfeeds.
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    Scott Lynch's THORN OF EMBERLAIN

    I really wish the publisher had someone, even a lowly intern, to vet their forthcoming book catalog they have submitted to Amazon. Amazon isn't going to take down a book the publisher had scheduled unless the publisher tells them to and submits as changed listing. At least for the US there is a lot less duplicated and long out of date entries. I forget how many different ways Melanie Rawn's Captal's Tower would show up. On the UK site I notice Gollancz still has a penchant for cluttering up the their forthcoming catalog on Amazon with the whole "untitled" by such and such and even "untitled book 3 of 4" stuff. Amazon has shown down a better job of vetting their catalogs but they still have shown it is not a huge priority as a whole and that they aren't going to vet their prior catalog and just input the new one as it is given. Which makes sense dollar wise. amazon only puts in what the publisher gives them and only takes down what the publisher tells them. They aren't going to hire someone to do what is essentially a publisher's job. But it is frustrating that they are still slow on finding a program that cross vets and that they have told Gollancz (and the other publishers guilty of this) that they will no longer just let fill their catalog with hypothetical books. I get that things like this happen with books scheduled. I have no real problem with that. But I would like the publishers to stop listing books that have to wait for a prior book to be published before they are even written. Everything I have read says that the novella discussed above was not going to be written until at least this book was finished. So why list it and give it a publication date? Yes it might create interest but it also creates disappointment and greater annoyance among the consumers and I can't think that is good business at the end of the day. Looking through the US site is seems that much of the better vetting is due to a stronger and more active response to customers submitting entry reports. So that's good of Amazon to be a bit more active in that regard. But it is funny that once again it is the customer essentially doing the work for the marketplace that the marketplace should be doing as simple customer service.
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    The Books That Have Just Come Out: New Release Thread

    I just got Spiderlight and definitely am eager to get The Obelisk Gate. Infernal is on my radar but I might be waiting to see what others think first. Also eager for Guns of Empire and was hoping for another novella by Wexler as he used to bring one out when the next novel came out in hardcover. Also out is Lian Hearn's Tale of Shikanoko series, Lord of the Darkwood that I plan on reading when it comes out. Sergei Lukyanenko continues with his Watch series with Sixth Watch. I probably will jump into Behind the Throne by K. B. Wagers because it is getting some good reviews and it looks to be another Orbit series that they are going to push fast and strong with subsequent releases every few months which, if solid enough, makes for some enjoyable reading. Kind of on the fence with The Gate of Sorrows by Miyuki Miyabe. It is billed as a sequel to one of her young adult books. It sounds interesting, but I have never read the kids' book and I'm not sure how much depends on reading it. The premise for the upcoming book though sounds appealing. A slightly different pace than the norm for me is The Gentleman by Leo Forest. It looks like it could be fun. The last book I have on my high interest list for this month is The Forgetting Moon by Brian Lee Durfee. A new author from Saga Press which alone makes it interesting as they have had some varied success in authors with me and my shelves.
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    K.J. Parker (a.k.a.Tom Holt) - Part II

    Yeah I definitely get that an amazon listing is hardly near the end all to be all. However it was part of an addition made when parts 13 on were listed for the exact date with correct cover work. So Orbit had to have plans to sell those parts and still do since they since updated their listings with Amazon. It wasn't some overreach in their forthcoming titles dept that never got addressed. Point being Orbit has been at work to list episodes past the 16 mark well before they changed the dates for all them. So the sixteen parts seems to have been thrown out before the change in releases. But seems correct since with the changing of the dates they also added even more episodes.
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    K.J. Parker (a.k.a.Tom Holt) - Part II

    As early as the end of last year, the series went to Part 18 with a scheduled July release. I know this because I have a little problem when it comes to releases. I have a wishlist devoted to each month of the year at Amazon to make sure I keep up on purchasing etc by month so I don't miss anything. What is he working on in terms of full length novels? There was talk of a series or at least a duology that got pushed back for Savages? Or was that the Two of Swords and it got serialized? I have a hard time keeping up with all his irons let alone the state of the fire.
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    K.J. Parker (a.k.a.Tom Holt) - Part II

    There is a new story by Parker at Beneath Ceaseless Skies: Beneath Ceaseless Skies #192
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    SFsignal is pretty much a US site. So I wasn't really thinking about anyone else. Sorry, I'm just so self-needy after all The cut-off price point is $4.99. There are several that are less. And as pointed out anything above but still a good deal is not going to be listed.
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    SFSignal put up another of their massive lists of ebook bargains. It is always well worth a look but this one is pretty huge for someone looking to fill their digital shelves. For me, sadly it ends up being more of a check off list of what I already have. But with Daniel Abraham, Jacqueline Carey, Gene Wolfe, Robert Jordan, Max Gladstone and others it is something I think is well worth a look.
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    Beyond Redemption by Michael J Fletcher is 0.99 on Kindle in the US today
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    The Books That Have Just Come Out: New Release Thread

    I found Jemisin's first series okay but had some issues with it.  Loved the duology The Killing Moon was part of.  Agree the second book was a bit weaker than the first but still prefered it over the entire trilogy.  I am weighing in on whether to get the ebook today or not.  I have not read any of her ancillary work that is in ebok only form but I think it is all related to the trilogy so might wait to do that if it ever gets a promotional drop to .99 a pop.   By the way, is there a thread that is devoted to only ancillary works?  I.E. those that are associated with a series but can stand on their own and are in short form?  I looked but could not find it.  Bujold's recent work is an 'for instance'  .  I know Brian McClellan has a bit offered as does Django Wexler. 
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    The Books That Have Just Come Out: New Release Thread

    I was lucky enough to get e-galleys of both and Hobb lives up to all expectations.  The House of Shattered Wings I am having a little effort to get through.   Not sure it counts as it is a novella and ebook form only, but I saw no mention of Lois McMaster Bujold's Penic's Demon.  Set in the same world as The Curse of Chalion just came out recently and is quite good.  Frustrating though as just a bit over 100 pages and I want her to go back to writing in that world.  Now.  No.  Two years ago so I have a nice fat brand new full length novel to read right now.
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