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  • Birthday 09/11/1957

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  • The Artist Formerly Known as Dagger
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    a lonely, distant corner of North Dakota
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    Reading (Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Mysteries/Thrillers, Historical Fic, general literature), writing, exercise, music, complaining about Minnesota sports teams.

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  1. Does purchase come with a noble goat or an evil chicken?
  2. Joe Abercrombie should be in this group. Two complete trilogies, a few standalone novels, and one collection of short stories. If you want a road trip/quest, the first trilogy has a whopper. Another one to consider is Daniel Abraham's The Dagger and the Coin series - five books and he stuck the landing perfectly. Good prose, excellent dialog, some epic road trips, and oh, such scheming. And last but in no way least, Robin Hobb's the Farseer Trilogy. Grit and heartbreak aplenty, you'll never forget it.
  3. Halfway through the book and am loving it. I'll be back to this thread once I'm done. Joe is indeed our GrimDark Lord.
  4. I just got a promotional email from Amazon offering $5 off River of Stars (because I bought Under Heaven back in July). There's a lot on the virtual and actual book reading piles. Is it worth adding it to the pile?
  5. I'll cross my fingers for Scott to finish Emberlain and perhaps even release those short stories. My wife suffers from clinical depression and anxiety - it's a never-ending torment I would wish on no one. Well, maybe on Trump but that's beside the point. I hope the anxiety meds make a difference for him.
  6. Will someone please refresh me on how Karsa became a god? Erickson's rules of ascending are kind of vague at best but I thought one had to die.
  7. I just finished Harrow the Ninth. I barely have an idea of what the fuck happened but the last third of the book was highly entertaining. Also, God is a dick.
  8. Digital copy of Small Gods is currently on sale at Amazon US (I presume UK as well)
  9. I think the first one I read was Mort, then Going Postal, then just picking and choosing. I probably never will read the first couple books but ye gods, the man could deliver wisdom in such entertaining ways.
  10. Wow, 18 months. At this rate I expect to have a copy of Winds of Winter before this and yes, I am serious.
  11. Scott Lynch used to live in Wisconsin as well. He has since moved to the Massachusetts when he married Elizabeth Bear. Gaiman moved to Boston when he got in a relationship with musician/performance artists Amanda Palmer. They moved to Australia and then New Zealand. He split with Palmer this year and last I heard moved to the UK, where he hasn't lived for a long time. He had a monstrous reference library built up during his time in Wisconsin. I wonder what happened to it.
  12. It does sound like like entire R/L/and maybe B thing sounds like a round of terrible choices. In my cubicle farm job in the 00s I had two people making serious plays for me (married person with no history of pursuing others). One was in a position above me, the other was a mentee. I could tell that both of these people were not exactly emotionally healthy. I just ignored the advances and thankfully both of them ended up in different areas. It was just a difficult area to skate through and in retrospect I so dodged a couple of serious bullets by just being a good spouse and not going for a fling. Whew.
  13. I LOVED the first book and can't wait for the second. There are some faults but considering this is a debut it is steps above the work of many experienced writers. I had very little idea of where the book was going, even less of where the series is going and I want more!
  14. I usually find the trope of "vanished race/people of technical superiority" to be fascinating but I understand if others mileage varies. It just seems that living in the shadow of former greatness is more compelling than being in the peak of that civilization.
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