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  1. Spaßvogel

    Good Omens, Mort and The City Watch

    Aharhgh, the more they publicize this, the worse it gets. Vimes looks like a Sons of Anarchy extra who wondered onto the Game of Thrones set by mistake. Cheery isn't even a dwarf. Lady Sybil is now a hot thin vigilante with a fondness for burning people alive? If they were truly bravely casting they'd portray Sybil as written. Even if they'd stuck with a more hybrid steampunk aesthetic to save money, they still could have portrayed the books as written and it would have been fine. One less show I'll need to watch, I guess.
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    First Quarter 2020 Reading

    Apparently there were three Secret History books that have been published by Simon R. Green since the last time I looked. I went ahead and read two. I'm now in his Green-verse crossover book NightFall and I'm not really caring for it too much. Will press through until the end and see how I feel, but it's a bit of a bummer so far.
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    Maybe that was another reason he didn't want people recording? He didn't sound malicious or snotty when he made the reference, I think he was just going for a laugh with the overflow crowd at the reading. In hindsight I wish I'd just left the camera rolling and set it down to at least get sound.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 4.0

    I loved this series, and Elliot James seems to have evaporated. Social Media accounts have no updates. Website has no updates. I think there's more story there to be told.
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    Haha...that's an excellent point too. I went to a WMF reading. [Side Note: I usually bring a video camera to readings, but Rothfuss stated that he'd prefer nobody record because he re-uses anecdotes and jokes. I decided to keep rolling and eventually got what I can only call White-Knighted by people who at first made sure to block my view and finally started l alerting bookstore staff. It was at that moment that I felt like my neighbors were informing on me to the KGB. End digression]. Anyway, at this reading, Rothfuss said that the book had been written, and endlessly revised and still didn't quite feel right. Then he decided to create the framing story of Kvothe telling his own story to the scribe. He then said "So I had to do one more revision to this giant story, using the framing story as the way to break it into volumes. The first two you have in your hands, and the third one is almost there." Then he actually took a jab at GRRM and said something like "So you won't be waiting five years for A Dance With Kvothe" and we all laughed...boy did we think that was funny...
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    He did ape the naming conventions for the various acts. Kvothe "recreated" with a ninja and sex goddess in the same book didn't he? It's all a blur. Pretty soon in my head the Adem will turn into the Faceless Men and Felurian will turn into Ayla from Clan of the Cave Bear. Rothfuss will merely be, The Bear. Edit to add: Wise Man's Fear and A Dance With Dragons were both published in 2011. Fun fact!
  7. Couldn't find an unlocked thread. Delete this if it's wrong. While I kill the time between the last Alex Verus and the next Harry Dresden, someone suggested I read the Craig Schaefer-verse books. (Luckily he has a handy dandy reading order on his website). Starting with the first few Daniel Faust books, then over to Harmony Black, then back and forth a bit until we get to the spinoff of the spinoff...anyway... Has anyone else read these? It's sort of the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of world building, and it works...mostly, but it really seems a bit overly planned out and inorganically written. It's possible this is another series that's not served by binge-reading (inconsistencies are more noticeable, writer-tics more obvious...etc), but so far nothing has caused me to *stop* reading them. Okay but not great? So far I've read about two-thirds of what is available.
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    You'll have to remind everyone what you're talking about. I think we've all forgotten most of these books by now. I remember some ninjas and some skinny woman in the jungle who was the living embodiment of the Kama Sutra, but that's about it.
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    Third Quarter 2019 Reading

    I've been reading Glen Cook's Garrett P.I. series. I'm up to book 7. There is a sort of background meta-plot concerning the main character's country's nearly perpetual war with a rival that is woven into the story brilliantly, and causes the fortunes of the city to ebb and flow along with it, even though it's just in the background. Amazingly well done. This series is pretty much Sam Spade in a Fantasy setting, and I can't help but think it influenced what we now call Urban Fantasy, especially in the tone and actions of its narrator.
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    Mieville made me feel empty

    OP is not alone. I appreciated Perdido for its prose and a couple of its concepts but when I finished it, there was no momentum propelling me to read the next book. My favorite of his, strangely enough, is King Rat, but it also helps that I was very much into the music scene that it's partially set in. I got to meet and hang out with CM when he was on the book tour for The Scar. In conversation he expressed a disdain for Tolkien and was trying to create a world that was completely the opposite. He was also greatly influenced by M. John Harrison who isn't known for his upbeat tone. (If you've read the Viriconium series, it starts off as a sort of pessimistic Space Opera/Space Fantasy series and soon devolves into a surreal and depressing fog). When he signed my copy of PSS he signed it "Read M. John Harrison...read him now." I started a couple of his other books and didn't finish them. He's currently on my "try again someday" list. I have a good pile of his books in my library. I guess it means something that I haven't sold them. It's funny that when I hung out with him 16-17 years ago he said that even after his first couple books RPG companies and TV producers had made overtures. I always thought there'd be a Bas-Lag RPG. I was surprised when I saw his name on a Pathfinder sourcebook from Paizo.
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    The first two volumes hint that there is a magic that alters reality by writing down the story you want to tell. I have just figured that Kvothe was turning himself into the person he wishes he could be and that the next books would be the "real" story, but at this point, who knows.
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    I forgot all about Rothfuss. I've even stopped getting the Heifer International mailings. Hmm.
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    Major Problems with Show's WW Plot

    Could they cross the plane of the wall itself, or did they just immediately veer back? It's all a bit fuzzy to me. I wonder if they don't cross because someone knows that they're the only thing that can bring down the wall and Brandon The Builder built that aspect of the wall's magic too.
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    Arya and the Horse

    I think D&D just ripped off "Miracle" from Mel Brooks' History of The World Part 1.
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    Second Quarter 2019 Reading

    Some of them are very intense. Vachss is a fascinating character, and he freely admits that Burke is an analog of himself for the most part. Burke is a criminal through and through and while he has a code, he also is very flawed and fallible. The first book or two are a bit pulpy tonally in places, but they get more hardcore realistic after that. There is one book about midway through the series that has long, almost academic explanations of a lawyer's theories about false abuse claims by adults and it drags on and on. Some novels contain non-fiction essays after the story concludes. One thing I admire about this series is that continuity and consequences are huge. Stuff that happens in early books resonates through the others. Some of the things even fade away as the character finally moves on. It's a bit fascinating to binge read them because you can really notice it happening. Anyway, I'm up to the 13th book in the series, and it's been interesting ride. Another long crime series I'd read was the Matthew Scudder series by Lawrence Block. It started in the late 70s and continued up until 2011 (although a new book may be coming out). Vachss is about 50 times as gritty.