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  1. Brother Longfoot

    The books coming out in 2019

    Long time no see. Been a while since I posted, but wanted to share something which I don't think was posted yet. So, I had recently seen that K.J. Parker's upcoming book had a synopsis posted on Amazon and now that it has a title too, wanted to share: It's called Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City and is set to release on April 09, 2019 Sounds interesting and that's a seemingly humorous title even though the premise and Parker's other things dealing with sieges suggests something grim. Not sure what I think about the reverse racism aspect of the premise. It's been pretty common in Parker's novels and stories for the aristocratic/Imperial group to have darker skin than outsiders/main characters, but it's always been more of an implicit thing than part of the premise. So, curious where he's going with this...
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    Pessimism vs Cynicism in fantasy

    This is a very interesting thread. Trying to think of other authors who fit various categories. Regarding Abercrombie though, while I think this is true of the First Law Trilogy, I don't really find it the case with the stand alone novels in the series (especially Red Country) or ultimately with the Shattered Sea series. One of Abercrombie's big ideas in subsequent books is how when characters make easy choices/opt not to do the right thing, they ultimately wind up miserable. Whereas while doing the right thing is generally difficult, the characters who follow this path ultimately wind up better off. Fundamentally, the theme of Abercrombie's books is that everyone tends to get exaclty what they deserve for better or (more often) worse. So, I'd lean more toward calling him a cynical optimist.
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    The books coming out in 2018

    That's interesting. An expansion of her story in that "Starlit Wood" anthology. Will be interesting to compare the two.
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    Scott Lynch's THORN OF EMBERLAIN

    I'm a bit hesitant to post this, since I was "fooled" before, but another update from Scott that seems legit. There was just a new episode of a podcast called "Unreliable Narrators" where Scott was interviewed along with Elizabeth Bear. It's quite amusing and informative, so I'd recommend a listen in any case- http://unreliablenarrators.net/2017/11/120-author-spotlight-scott-lynch-and-elizabeth-bear/. However, on the specific point of Thorn, Scott says on the podcast that it is definitely coming out in 2018, and the way he discusses that and other current involvements (short stories and a secret project), it seems legit and something I'd take stock in (but see previous comment on being fooled before).
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    K.J. Parker (a.k.a.Tom Holt) - Part II

    Yeah. That seems obvious in retrospect. I guess part of Subterranean's business model is probably waiting a bit for people to purchase the individual novellas before including them in collections which are a better deal.
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    K.J. Parker (a.k.a.Tom Holt) - Part II

    The one that is going to be in Book of Swords? And I suppose also missing is that novella "Mightier Than the Sword". And come to think of it, there's also that Priest's Hole from that 5 stories, which I haven't read. Surprised that one wasn't included. Guessing in like a year or two there will be a "Swords" anthology from Subterranean that will include those and subsequent ones. It's kind of interesting to me with the upcoming "Father of Lies" anthology that there were enough stories to support a "deal with the devil" theme. Some more literally than others. Granted, not all of them fit. Like "The Dragonslayer of Merebarton" and "Safe House" really don't fit and are probably included for the sake of completeness. I think they'd probably better fit in a hypothetical anthology that included the Book of Swords story that would be like "K.J. Parker does heroic fantasy".
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    K.J. Parker (a.k.a.Tom Holt) - Part II

    I've been really curious about learning more about the specifics of the Two of Swords books- although I plan in any event to buy the omnibuses when they come out. I did wonder if there was some drop off in quality, because while I couldn't read the second review (not being a member), I noted that RT gave the first omnibus a glowing review and then rated the second at only two stars. On another topic, Subterranean Press just announced/made available to order a new anthology that collects all of the other Parker stories to date- https://subterraneanpress.com/slider-tabs/just-announced/father-of-lies.
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    Scott Lynch's THORN OF EMBERLAIN

    So, I saw earlier today a sort of actual update in an interview Scott gave during Worldcon- http://www.helsinkitimes.fi/culture/14975-worldcon-75-interview-with-author-scott-lynch.html. Basically, he thinks that he can complete it within the next 2 months and gives some details about the story and new characters. From the description, I'm wondering whether Locke and Jean (and Sabbatha) will still be the most central characters. Also, while I agree with a commentator on Reddit Fantasy (where I saw the story) that it was probably not the greatest idea of Scott to just abandon updating his Tumblr when he had promised lots of news, evidently the lack of updates is because of NDAs involved with the different things he alluded to. So yeah, I'm still taking things with a grain of salt, but this makes me relatively optimistic that the book will be out by next year.
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    Upcoming Cover Art VII

    Cool. Thanks. Also. Not sure if/how to best link to it, but I noticed on Amazon the other day that the covers are posted for the 3 volume collection of K.J. Parker's The Two of Swords. I recall a cover being shown in a Gollancz catalog but I think this version is the completed one.
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    Upcoming Cover Art VII

    Wow. That's a beautiful/awesome cover for The Book of Swords. Maybe the best yet of the Dozois/Martin collaborations (granted, Martin didn't edit this one, but I still consider it part of the same "series"). Edit- Where did you find the cover posted? I don't see it up on Amazon.com yet.
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    Scott Lynch's THORN OF EMBERLAIN

    No worries. Malicious was probably too strong on my part and I don't mean to go "leave Scott alone!". I guess in terms of authors who have schedule slips, I cut him a lot more slack than I do Rothfus (or Martin for that matter) because of the reason behind it. And because he is receptive to giving updates. A few years back, I had a fairly negative opinion due to all of these hypothetical books Lynch was imagining when only I think two were out at that point. But I came around after learning more about the guy and his situation and I don't think he's really promoting those hypothetical books anymore anyway. I could be wrong that one of his announcements will be the completion of "Thorn", but I don't think it's totally out there (I forget how much was left when he made his last announcement).
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    Scott Lynch's THORN OF EMBERLAIN

    Yes. That's not actually the update (nothing new is posted yet at Lynch's tumblr). Although kind of funny, I find it kind of in poor taste though, because while I wasn't happy with the reveal that Thorn wasn't going to be published this past September, with his struggles with depression, Lynch has a pretty good reason for the schedule slip of that book, and so it kind of rubs me the wrong way to parody his updates concerning things going well for him in his personal life. Although, I am sensing a possible Garfield joke so maybe I'm reading too much in terms of seeing a malicious sentiment.
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    Scott Lynch's THORN OF EMBERLAIN

    Reminds me of a certain other author, especially in terms of an infamous New Years announcement... Actually though I think it's fairly likely one of the details is announcement of completion/release date for "Thorn". I'm guessing one of the things are details about his story in the Book of Swords- which I think he tweeted something about but hadn't posted details yet on his blog. And another is probably some information about this Dusk City Outlaws Kickstarter I've vaguely been hearing about that's somewhat based on the "Lockeverse". No idea about other announcements.
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    Scott Lynch's THORN OF EMBERLAIN

    I felt like I should post b/c I was the one who asked that question (have been following the news on the anthology for a while). I had debated asking whether the story was set in the Gentleman Bastard-verse, but I kind of figured that 1) a sword and sorcery story would likely be in the "Theradane setting" and 2) he'd be more likely to provide details on a non-Emberlain related question.
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    Upcoming Cover Art VII

    Cover reveal of The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear