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    The Books That Have Just Come Out: New Release Thread

    Also in May Sylvain Neuvel - Only Human (Will this end the Themis series?) Martha Wells - Artificial Condition (Sequel to Murderbot) Robyn Bennis - By Fire Above (I really liked the first book) Julia Fine - What Should Be Wild (Debut, but I find the premise interesting)
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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    My point was that after so many books in which she was exposed to the evil and treachery of the world, you would think that she would know this was a particularly bad idea.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Just read two books by Lilith Saintcrow - one featuring Dante Valentine and one featuring Jill Kismet. Really liked both.
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    NK Jemisin - any good?

    Oh yeah, reading order definitely matters, but the story itself is quite detached from book to book. BTW Discworld does have something like an internal reading order logic though. If you consider the sub-series like the City Watch or the Witches books.
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    NK Jemisin - any good?

    Of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms series (It's not really a trilogy as they are separate stories in the same world rather than the connected stories of a trilogy) I loved the first two, the third was a bit of a letdown. I didn't really mind the romance, I usually don't unless it becomes the single dominating feature of a story. The Broken Earth trilogy is absolutely outstanding - worldbuilding, character construction, writing technique - I loved every aspect, and I usually don't read or enjoy postapocalyptic stuff. There's also the Dreamblood duology, but I haven't read those, so I can't comment.
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    Oathbringer: Stormlight Archives 3 (Spoilers)

    I rather liked it, principally for Dalinar and Shallan's character threads. Shallan in particular was quite surprisingly good especially compared to the previous books. Also this book got in a lot of worldbuilding and loreconnecting. It also made me feel very excited for more Szeth and Nightblood. Odium was your typical cartoon supervillain - take over the world/destroy the world... bla bla bla, but the champion fight being Dalinar against himself via the Thrill was interesting. Also I loved Jasnah. She was the low key badass in the background, getting work done. Also she made the best use of the explosion of Stormlight. Weaponised Soulcasting is awesome to read and there should be more of it. The Bridge 4 PoVs were great. More could have been done with Moash. A quick PoV switch when the Parshendi die and he killed Elhokar would have been perfect. I was never really worried that Kaladin was in physical danger, I was terrified that he would lapse into depression again after the end of part 3.
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    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    You didn't read Vor Game? I skipped Barrayar. Regarding your point about the smallfolk, I suggest you read the novella - At the Mountains of Mourning, which was included in the novel Borders of Infinity. It is about this particular aspect. For me the best book of the series was Mirror Dance, and the funniest was A Civil Campaign. When reading Miles,I don't mind admitting that I often suspend critical thought and disbelief for a bit as following Miles into one of his peculiarly vertiginous capers has an euphoric feeling.
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    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    Are you reading in publication or chronological order?
  9. The problem with Seveneves was that Stephenson randomly decided to write a sequel novella and then squish it in as the last part of the book. Seveneves should have ended with part 1, and Stephenson should have released a separate follow up. Unfortunately, he tried to cram in an entirely new world with requisite worldbuilding and character work in too small a space. Also it felt totally alien from the rest of the book.
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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    Oh yeah! My blunder!
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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    Oh I didn't know about the publisher's decision. I haven't really played the games, I just started off with The Sword of Truth Destiny which has a very very cool opening story. I understand what the author wanted and I totally respect that. I just hope that maybe oneday he will publish some stuff like those stories.
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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    He is titular if you consider the series title. And yes the series mainly became about the misadventures of Siri and the politics of the various kingdoms, but having started the series with the short stories I was greatly disappointed with the sidelining of Geralt.
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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    I hold the possibly unpopular opinion that the Witcher stories were at their peak in the two short story collections. They were beautiful and thought-provoking. Then the series went downhill with the novels. I got the distinct impression that the author was either not familiar with the standard novel structure or was working towards a totally different one. Several books did not have proper endings. The titular Witcher did not really get a starring role. And the last book was particularly bad.
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    The Books That Have Just Come Out: New Release Thread

    Is there any news about what Daniel Abraham is working on next? I know one Expanse novel is due in December of this year.
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    What are Favorite Dark Fantasy Books and Series?

    1. A Land Fit For Heroes by Richard Morgan - Unapologetically grimdark, set in a very unusually imagined world with snarky protagonists (I love the snark) It has excellent action sequences and a very comfortable pace. 2. The Prince of Nothing and The Aspect Emperor by R Scott Bakker:[ I have not yet read The Unholy Consult, but will do so very soon. ] What started off as a fantasy crusades, became a very imaginative and philosophical take on LotR along with lots of extremely original writing. I think the storytelling in the Prince of Nothing was better - The Warrior Prophet is stunning, but the scope of the story told in the Aspect Emperor is awe inspiring. Moreover this is a series that actually has almost no likeable protagonists, and its still a pleasure to read. Bakker's magisterial prose is another attraction. 3. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins - One of the most WTF books I have read. The best I can describe it is grimdark Gaiman on steroids. It continuously shocks and intrigues, and has a very unusual ending. 4. The Black Company by Glen Cook - Only read the first three books. Once you get past Cook's staccato machine gun prose and tendency to just skip over major events with one sentence allusions, it becomes a supremely engrossing series with one of the more startling character arcs I have come across..
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