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    The Artist Formerly Known as Dagger
  • Birthday 09/11/1957

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    Guy Gavriel Kay

    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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Digital copy of Small Gods is currently on sale at Amazon US (I presume UK as well)
  6. 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.
  7. Wow, 18 months. At this rate I expect to have a copy of Winds of Winter before this and yes, I am serious.
  8. RIP to a grand master of fiction. I reread Le Carre now and then; his brilliance never ceases to astound me.
  9. I use an iPad. It's about seven years old now and pretty heavy but it can hold hundreds of books in both my Kindle and iBook apps. It's so old that Apple no longer updates and iTunes won't recognize it (then again, iTunes is a bloated piece of shit). Some day, when I feel extraordinarily flush I'll buy another one. Right now any extra cash goes for guitar gear, books, and hoarding toilet paper.
  10. (Because I am as old as dirt) I saw them on the Women and Children First tour. Dave was a little too pandering to the audience for my taste, the long drum and bass solos were tiresome, but when they locked in on a song or when Eddie did his solo bit, that was special. I wish they'd release some live shows from those early tours, when they were young and full of piss & vinegar. Rest in power, Eddie.
  11. K J Parker (Tom Holt) is 59. Robin Hobb is 68. And of course, our exalted champion who brought us all together is 72. Good health and long life to ye all.
  12. 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.
  13. Like so many others, this sits in the to-be-read pile. Maybe after I finally finish Ruin of Kings (which also strains under a split narrative).
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
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