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Brendan Moody

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  1. Brendan Moody

    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    The Devi/Goldberry cage match is no longer online at its original home as far as I can tell, but the link below seems to be a full repost. https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3836768&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=39#post490921889
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    Amazing Book Deals: The Third

    K. J. Parker’s Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City and Alex Marshall’s A Crown for Cold Silver are both $2.99 on US Kindle for today only.
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    Scott Lynch's Thorn of Emberlain is Completed

    Warner Bros optioned the series around the time the first book came out, but their option lapsed quite a while ago. Phoenix Pictures then optioned it in January of this year.
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    K.J. Parker (a.k.a.Tom Holt) - Part II

    It’s kind of ironic that as The Two of Swords finally shifts from slow-burn preliminaries to conflict and action, the format changes in a way that makes the world-shaking events feel much less meaningful. I assume Parker had some trouble figuring out how to structure the conclusion— that must be why the series took a hiatus of a year and a half— and this was what he felt worked best. But it loses a lot of what made the series unusual and interesting. The last four parts are basically the final third or so of a more conventional Parker novel. Which means they’re funny and dark and thoughtful, but still there’s something of a damp squib effect compared to the promise of parts one through fifteen.
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    K.J. Parker (a.k.a.Tom Holt) - Part II

    It's been so long since I preordered #16 at Amazon that the order was glitched, asking for an update on my payment method and refusing to accept anything I tried to use. Fortunately I could just redo the order from the product page. Interesting change in format for this installment.
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    K.J. Parker (a.k.a.Tom Holt) - Part II

    When the pub dates were changing Amazon sent notifications of a delay. These say outright canceled. And at this rate further delays would have individual installments coming out after the omnibuses. I guess they just decided not to bother, or Parker needed more time to finalize the text than installment releases would have allowed.
  7. It's "only" the first half of the book that takes place over a single day; the rest of it covers three weeks or so, which is about average for one of Jordan's later WOT novels. A Crown of Swords spans nine days, and the whole first half of Winter's Heart is two days. But when you foreground the fact that so little time is passing, it's just going to heighten readers' frustration with how slowly the plot is moving. If Jordan had kept the "everyone reacts to the (spoiler thing)" scenes to a prologue, and left the chronology of the different plot strands in the background as he usually did, I think Crossroads of Twilight would be less hated. Still hated, though, because almost nothing happens in it. (Ignore the spoiler box below; it's empty and I can't figure out how to make it go away. This may be a metaphor for The Wheel of Time.)
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    The sale lasts through the 20th, according to a Facebook post by an Open Road employee. I was at 277 "bought" by the time I got through the full list. Some other authors with at least one book, and sometimes a dozen or more, included: May Sarton, Fritz Lieber, Hortense Calisher, Pat Murphy, Iris Murdoch, Greg Keyes, Mary Gordon, Rick Moody, Francine Prose, Fred Kaplan, Denton Welch, James Jones, Tariq Ali, John Shirley, Barbara Hambly, Tanith Lee, Jane Yolen, Carol Shields, Andre Dubus, John Ashbery, Alice Walker, John Brunner, Bel Kaufman, Poppy Z. Brite, Anne Perry, Paul Monette, Frank O'Connor, Joe Haldeman, Peter Dickinson, James Beard, Lawrence Durrell, Clifford D. Simak, Patricia C. Wrede, Mary Renault, Theodore Sturgeon, John Gardner, Roger Angell, Harlan Ellison, George Steiner, Alison Lurie, and Samuel R. Delany.
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    K.J. Parker (a.k.a.Tom Holt) - Part II

    Looks like it has-- I just got an Amazon notification moving it to March 2017. Which means almost a full year between installments.
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    The US Kindle omnibus of the Harry Potter books is $14.99 (about $2.14 per book) at Amazon right now.
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    Gregory Maguire's Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West is free at several US e-tailers for the day. Here's an Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Life-Times-Witch-Years-ebook/dp/B000FC14JY/
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    Some Robin Hobb e-book deals, presumably to promote Fool's Quest. I imagine these will be US-only, but it can't hurt to check. I've linked to Amazon, but the deals seem mostly to be good at multiple sites:   The Rain Wilds Chronicles are discounted, to $0.99 for the first book and $1.99 for the other three. Amazon links:  www.amazon.com/Dragon-Keeper-Rain-Wilds-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00338QEUG [url=http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Haven-Rain-Wilds-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B003H4I5SU/]2[/url] [url=http://www.amazon.com/City-Dragons-Three-Wilds-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B005LC1N6M/]3[/url] [url=http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Dragons-Rain-Wilds-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B0089LOD6Y/]4[/url]   Also, the e-omnibus of the entire Soldier Son trilogy is $2.99:  www.amazon.com/Soldier-Son-Trilogy-Bundle-Renegades-ebook/dp/B007Z4SH5O   And, while this isn't a new discount, Assassin's Apprentice is still $1.99: [url=http://www.amazon.com/Assassins-Apprentice-Farseer-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B000FBFMG6/]Amazon link[/url].   Edit: OK, no idea why two of those links wouldn't format right, but I've left them in as plain text.
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    Ken Liu's The Grace of Kings is $1.99 in the US Kindle Store for the month of August. Not matched at other e-book sites so far.
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    K.J. Parker (a.k.a.Tom Holt) - Part II

    Part Five of The Two of Swords is out today. It's the shortest part yet, but it does a lot for the overall story, and ends on a vicious cliffhanger.
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    K.J. Parker (a.k.a.Tom Holt) - Part II

    The Invincible Sun does come up in the fourth part, but not in a way that makes it seem like this could be the series that was supposed to start with a book of that title. Even so, I think it has to be: the descriptions are generally similar, and something as big as The Two of Swords doesn't just come out of nowhere.
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