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    Third Quarter 2019 Reading

    I blasted through all three books in Jack Vance's Durdane trilogy, which felt impressively fresh and rich in original ideas for something written so long ago, and reminded me that I need to read more classic SF/F. Then The Thief Who Went to War by Michael McClung, the most recent book in his Amra Thetys series. Nothing life-changing, but a fun, fast-paced read and a very welcome return to Amra's POV and foul-mouthed voice. Also Recursion by Blake Crouch, which I thought was a well-executed variation on themes earlier explored in Grimwood's Replay and North's Harry August.
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    Scott Lynch's Thorn of Emberlain is Completed

    Cool. This series still has so much potential.
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    First Quarter 2019 Reading

    My wife got a Kindle Unlimited subscription, so I checked out Michael McClung's self-published (?) Amra Thetys series. The first two books are perhaps not all that original but fun and very well written. Classic sword and sorcery, fast-paced and a little gory, with likeable characters. I will check out the rest of the series later.
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    The Books That Have Just Come Out: New Release Thread

    Looking forward to these two.
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    K.J. Parker (a.k.a.Tom Holt) - Part II

    I think the historical novels (not the fantasy novels) he wrote as Tom Holt are also fairly good if you are looking for something similar in style to but not quite as bleak as his K.J. Parker stuff. I liked Meadowland.
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    The Books That Have Just Come Out: New Release Thread

    I'm a third into City of Lies, which I bought on the strength of Robin Hobb's recommendation and it being about some young guy apprenticing to become a poisoner (an itch that somehow badly needed scratching). It has some interesting ideas but hasn't really gripped me yet. I think my problem is with the first-person perspective; the novel has two alternating narrators who are probably meant to complement each other (a girl with a frail body and a mildly autistic boy) but have very similar narrative voices. There’s also quite a bit of tell-not-show expository writing about the world and society that feels unnatural in the first person and drags down the pace. Also, unexciting combat scenes, and not nearly enough poisoning. The world building is interesting: a high-culture, low-technology patrician city state that gets caught up in a political and military crisis. Lots of actors and intrigues. The plot seems to be building up to something. I’ll keep reading to see where it goes.