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  1. I love the Garrett PI series pretty much 100%. I think it holds up wonderfully, and I also think there's a whole layer that's there for people who have read Nero Wolfe, Sam Spade, Mike Hammer, and other classic detective novels. This series is inverted urban fantasy, it's the noir detective in a fantasy setting, and it works!

    It's also one of the most re-readable series I've read. I can grab random books and read them no problem.

    The women are archetypes that you see in classic noir, but that template gets less as the characters grow.

  2. Finally got around to the 6th Eric Carter Novel by Stephen Blackmoore.  Other than his reference to Portland, Washington, it's been a good addition to the series.  Some excellent character development and some interesting things from the first couple books coming home to roost. 

  3. Best season in 10 years?  Hahahahahahaha.  Wow.  I can't believe there are people who are defending this season.   It is a blueprint to how to destroy a character piece by piece.  I've long been thankful that the Cartmel Masterplan never was fully realised, it was at best silly fanwank, but Chibnall took that idea and made it much much worse.  The whole concept of the Timeless Child is indefensible.  It makes zero sense.  The sheer amount of hand-waving about things that have been a part of the show for 50 years is mind boggling.  There's a reason the viewing figures are cratering.  

  4. On 11/12/2019 at 4:32 PM, ants said:

    Pax Arcana (Eliott James) – a much more traditional urban fantasy, but extremely well written with a knight/werewolf hybrid protagonist who has to negotiate a world where most creatures are hunting him, and a geas on him limits his choices.  Very well written, comes to a very good conclusion, and has strong plots. 

    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.

  5. 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. 

  6. Force Awakens e-book dropped the same day as the movie premiere.  Physical book was a few months later.  There was a lot more new-canon synergy with the Force Awakens, but there was relatively very little for TLJ.  Frankly I'm surprised the Star Wars story team went along with Rian Johnson since he jettisoned so many plot threads from the entire rest of the new canon, but maybe Kathleen Kennedy was the one who decided to roll the dice. 

  7. Not hate at all...just indifference mostly.  The movie left me cold, the book left me colder.  There's now a guiding intelligence in the Star Wars universe called "The Cosmic Force"  Rey got Jedi Training from mind-melding Kylo Ren.  These things are befuddling mostly. 

  8. I finished it.  They pretty much picked all of the subjects that the critics hit on during the first week or two of the movie and made sure they had explanations for them.  Some of them are very convoluted.  That pretty much solidifies in my mind that the delay in publishing was due to them trying to respond to the criticisms of the film.  Early in the book, for example, they explain repeatedly that the bombers are carrying "magnetic bombs" and in case you've forgotten, when you get to the bombing run, they still remind you that these are *magnetic bombs* that fly towards their targets...magnetically. 


  9. 10 hours ago, Darth Richard II said:

    There's actually a lot of stuff in T:J explained in books and other tie ins, you might want to check the entertainment thread if you havne't(I can't keep track of that one some days).

    Even as someone who loved TLJ to death it definitely didn't feel as tightly woven as it could have.


    I've read everything except the Thrawn book and the Phasma book.  There was nothing that tied in so I suppose it was mostly in those?  The ice foxes from the Rebels cartoon could count.  In Star Wars Battlefront II there were one or two things in the single player campaign and the Crait and D'qar missions, but I still say that the same amount of synergy was definitely not present this time around.

  10. On 1/10/2018 at 6:08 PM, IlyaP said:

    That said - with regards to the primary topic at hand: I suspect that the storygroup at Lucasfilm (e.g.: Pablo, Filoni, et al.) are playing the long game and providing readers little Doyle-like red shoes to make the larger narrative map feel consistent by having connective tissue, and also ultimately leading towards the development of a story. A kind of slow burn approach.

    All of the New Canon material that I had read prior to The Force Awakens (and after TFA) meshed perfectly with that film.  The Aftermath series, the two Leia books, various comics, etc etc, but where was the story group when it came to The Last Jedi? None of that synergy from the other published material that we had with TFA was present in TLJ. 

  11. This isn't to the level of a "Rant and rave" but I feel like Cersei shouldn't have nearly the military strength to withstand a siege by any of the factions out there.  With King's Landing in near complete anarchy by now, the sparrows all dead, the gold cloaks decimated, the Tyrells are enemies now, the Freys are dead, the Vale's in the North, the who does she think will back her?  Where is she going to get food?  I feel like the show is going to fudge things to make Cersei more formidable, where every decision she's made has made her own position a house of cards. 

    Either way, the season is off to a good start. 

  12. Aftermath: Empire's End heavily implies that Palpatine doted on Thrawn because of his knowledge of the unknown reaches, was there any further information on that in the Thrawn novel?  Feel free to use spoiler tags if you want.  I haven't decided if I want to read the book or not.  (Too many things in the book queue at the moment)

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