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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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    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?
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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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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Read all three. I am an Andrews addict. Extremely entertaining light UF. I agree about the female friend part. Her world is basically her family (who are awesome) and Connor. She needs an Andrea
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    Guy Gavriel Kay

    Lions is an utterly awesome book. I think you will love it.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    I am not very good with judging age-appropriateness as I read everything i could find at that age, but while maybe ok, I would say that ideally Rook is a 15+ book
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Daniel O Malley's Stiletto is a pretty good book though not as good as Rook
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Oh right sorry about the wrong quote. I left that reply in a bit of a hurry. The odd thing about rape here is that the guy in question seems to have to constantly talk himself through not raping her. After the first bit he does not really seem to want to rape her, but rather he is extremely aware how easy it would be for him to rape her and thus has to talk himself through not raping her. - which is extremely messed up. Basically you could say that the characters as a whole don't seem to have much of a normal idea about sex. This Novella being an Ilona Andrew creation is quite disconcerting as the books usually have a different take on sex than the stock UF/PNR books.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    I had some spare time so I read through it. Several things 1. Its not part of Kate Daniels universe, I thought it was. Why she called it Alphas Origins is anybodys guess. 2. Its an extremely dark story, probably the darkest I have ever read from Andrews 3. This woman is basically in an impossible situation and does what she does for her daughter who is a hostage. There are very strong elements of Stockholm Syndrome here 4. There is actually no sex at all. There are situations that hint at it but there is no sex whatsoever in the story. 5. I would characterize her captors on a spectrum ranging from psychotic to disturbed. There is no normal mentality here, so I realized afte some time that expecting normal interactions was a bit futile in the context of the world 6. Since this is a novella the worldbuilding is hurried an not really satisfactory though she does get one infodump in. 7. The ending is very Deus Ex Machina and I didn't really like it. 8. I would dispute the Alphahole trope here. Two of her four captors are pretty near the psychotic sadist area. In any other Andrews novel they would be antagonists. The main male protagonist is a bit more complicated - if pushed I would say he is towards the darker spectrum of Alphaholes.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    I haven't read Alphas, but I wouldn't be surprised if this was traumatic backstory for current character development. I have read the first three books of Pax Arcana and I am very very impressed. This is genuinely good stuff I have also read the first two books of Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series. Softcore porn and violence. And weird smell descriptions. Fur and Diamonds. Go figure
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    I just finished Pax Arcana #1 Charming which I loved. I especially like Sig. Everybody seems to like Felix Castor a lot. How does it compare to Pax Arcana?
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Read the Pax Arcana short stories and they are really good. Really looking forward to starting this series. Also read The Rook by Daniel O'Malley which I loved. Pretty sure it counts as Urban Fantasy. Also read a PNR - Angel's Blood by Nalini Singh which is trying to get into the "So bad its good" category
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    The thing that fascinates me about the Innkeeper series is the concept of the Inns and breadth of worldbuilding they imply. Most of the action takes place in a very limited space but there are occasional excursions... I am going to spoiler the next bit Also love what she does with the main protagonist.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Oh I can't say anything about the Victorian books as I haven't touched that entire area at all. I was talking in context of the modern were/vamp/angel(?) style books. I know there are a lot of Victorian UF/PNR books and some of them are pretty good but I have never gotten around to reading them. Too many non UF/PNRs on my TBR I guess The one Victorian I did read was Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 1 by Pip Ballantine. It was quite good and more UF than PNR.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    I don't think Hidden Legacy 2 is coming out before 2017. I didn't like it as much as Innkeeper or Kate Daniels but its still better than most other books in the genre
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    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    Anybody else reading Fall of Light? 8 chapters in, quite fantastic so far
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    I agree totally about Innkeeper. The Inns are an awesome worldbuilding feature and the Innkeepers life as shown is very pleasant to read
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    Fantasy and SF Recommendations: Series

    Malazan will be huge and complicated. Erikson throws you into the middle of the action and explanations will not be easy to come by. Don't expect to understand everything. But the payoff is massive. It is the most rewarding series I have ever read. Black Company is super dark and gritty. It was the original inspiration for the military squad dynamics for Malazan. Cook writes a strange type of prose which I call Machine gun prose. Short staccato sentences. The first book may catch you off guard with its unorthodox approach to narrative. Haven't read more than one of Farseer. As far as I remember the protagonist is an idiot who also has absurdly bad luck. I did not like it. Those who did praise the characterization.
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