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  1. nickg

    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    cleared up in the next 2 books
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    I would possibly put it there myself but I also know a few people who hate the books ( my brother for one, and we generally agree on books ). If you are still interested in Cook after TBC, I would suggest some of his standalones like Passage at Arms or The Dragon Never Sleeps. Solid books that don't get mentioned much.
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    Fantasy and SF Recommendations: Series

    The Tower and Knife series by Mazarkis Williams. The Emperors Knife was another excellent debut from Nightshade last year ( probably my favorite after Gods War ). It has a compelling plot, great characterization and prose, an intriguing ( but vaguely described ) magic system, and some well done intrigue/politics. What worldbuilding there is works well, and there are intriguing hints at more but book is a bit short for too much to be covered in great detail. The next book, Knife Sworn, is out in November.
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    Fantasy and SF Recommendations: Series

    Going kind of YA with this, but definitely not a bad thing. The Hero and the Crown The Blue Sword both by Robin McKinley. Both have good female protagonists, and are very well written. Read both of them numerous times. They are also relatively short at under 300 pages.
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    Fantasy and SF Recommendations: Series

    Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear. Book one of the Eternal Sky trilogy. Only the first book has been published, but it's my favorite of this year so far. Also, her Edda of Burdens series consisting of All the Windracked Stars, By the Mountain Bound ( prequel ), and The Sea Thy Mistress. A post apocalyptic trilogy based on Norse mythology. Can't go wrong with that.
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    <p>The Dragon Never Sleeps is awesome. If you like it, give Passage at Arms a shot. Hell, read it even if you hate it. Starfishers is some good space opera as well.
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    The Silver Spike really stands out compared to the other two books in the omnibus. I agreed that it isn't a pleasant read, but it was awesome, especially after Dreams of Steel which was a bit weaker than the others in the series.
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    Good stuff. I would be interested in your opinion ( if you do ever get to them) on most of his stuff, but on his Garret series in particular and how it stands next to other books similar to it. They are releasing these in omnibus form as well. I believe the second omnibus will be released in the next couple of months.
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    Do you plan on reading/reviewing any of his other works ( some of his stanadlones maybe ) or are you sticking with The Black Company?
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    I have only read the first three Garret books ( picked up the omnibus that came out last year, the next omnibus is coming in a couple of months and I will get it also ) and I liked them alot. I think Cooks prose fits well with this type of story, and I love the setting. I actually prefer them over Dresden ( only read the first three ). If you like Cook, I would suggest at least picking one up from the library, or used.
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    Great review!Im assuming you're going to continue reading and am interested in seeing your take on the rest of the series. I know I've said it before ( I think in this thread) but Cook's prose works extremely well when your reading from the pov of the annalist.
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    That is exactly how I feel about it. Telling it from the perspective of an annalist is perfect for that type of story. I do enjoy the Garret series. Quite a bit actually even though I have only read the first three. It is definitely a different style.
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    I love the way glen cook writes. Its almost unique in the fantasy genre. Whether he rapes the English language or not, I can't get enough of it.
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    My wife has developed the knack for making sure I "misplace' my phone when im drunk for this reason, among several others ( I read with the kindle app on my phone ).Gotta love late night/early morning kindle sprees that I never remember. Its almost like a second birthday when you find out
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    I love The Black Company and would probably out Dread Empire just above it. Personal preference though, I don't know too many people that would agree. Dread Empire certainly isn't as widely known. He has some great Sci Fi too. DE is definitely worth reading though, and now is certainly a good time to dive in seeing as it will finally be finished pretty soon ( beginning of 2012 I believe )
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