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    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    Ooooooo, ahhhhhhhhh. I'm a fan.
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    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    Well, he specifically says that they come from her knuckles -- "Her flaw-blades, six inches long and spiking from her knuckles". But your additional quotes do make it seem that Lawrence wavers from one to the other. Either he couldn't make up his mind, or the blades act differently depending on her will or circumstance.
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    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    I don't think they ever really "come from her fingers". But correct about the fists.. Because they're coming out of her knuckle area. Just like Wolverine's. They're energy-Wolverine blades, more or less.
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    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    "She flexed her fists and felt the flaw-blades form." "Nona flew, arms extended, and hit the man in the face with both fists. Her flaw-blades, six inches long and spiking from her knuckles" But also -- "Nona made a fist and extended one finger from it, sheathed in a single flaw-blade." -- which creates a slightly different picture.
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    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    No, I remember the fisted hand part. That's what really made me start ranting -- the blades came out of the backs of her hands when she made a fist.
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    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    I don't know Psylocke, but they came out of her knuckles, she made a fist when she used them, she had three per hand (I think), they'd cut through just about anything.... Color me rolling my eyes.
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    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    Is that the name of Baby Wolverine in Logan? I haven't seen it yet!
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    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    This is certainly farther towards the YA spectrum than anything else Mark has written, in any case -- considering both content and style. Apropos of nothing, I'm surprised that nobody has been commenting on the Baby Wolverine-ness that had me rolling my eyes repeatedly. Just sayin'.
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    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    I finished it -- and although I'll definitely be reading the sequel, I think I'm just over the whole magical-school thing. Just too tropey. And I did miss the humor of both the preceding trilogies, though I can understand why Mark would have wanted to change things up a bit -- but speaking of changing things up, I'd love to see him build a fantasy world that ISN'T a devolved high-tech society. On the good side, I thought some of the worldbuilding and magic ideas were great, and he threw some good misdirection/twists in there several times.
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    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    I'm a little over halfway through this right now.... and I'm not all that impressed. It's not awful, but it's awfully tropey. And I'm occasionally having to roll my eyes. I still like Lawrence's writing, and he's thrown in a bit of cute misdirection here and there, but so far I'm thinking it's a step down from the first two trilogies.
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    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    Well, that was just SEX, of course. The cooties only come into play where there's actual ROMANCE, doncha know.
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    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    So much this. It's those girl cooties. They transcend all.
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    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    Hey -- for an author who's actually not terrible, maybe Charles Gannon. I've only read one of his books, but it was okay -- but with a very pronounced male gaze. SF, though, not fantasy.
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    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    That may be because men in romance novels are usually portrayed in extremely flattering terms already. ;-) Seriously? I very rarely say this, but seriously, dude -- if you actually believe this, just go away. As someone else mentioned, Gor is probably the series for you. Since when does most fantasy depict "otherwise normal" men, much less women?
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    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    I will echo Darth -- wtf?? You are aware that there are several very strong female characters in Mark Lawrence's books, right? And that even a member of Jorg's band is female? And as for Abercrombie, do the names Ferro, Ardee, or Monza Murcatto ring any bells? And boy, will you be disappointed when you find out that the MC in the sequel to The Vagrant is a girl!
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