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  1. IronEmperor

    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    I'm glad you finished the series TheRevanchist, and seemed to enjoy it. He definitely left it off in an interesting place. I'm right there with you on the character deaths, but like you said, the format of these books are that they're basically annals from a mercenary band. No big sprawling death scenes that take pages and pages to right for the Black Company, regardless of character status ;) It was like that ever since the second book iirc. Here's my earlier post on "A Pitiless Rain" and "Port of Shadows" I was in the book store yesterday and saw a Baen anthology called Shattered Shields that came out last year with a Black Company story in it. I checked online and Cook is in another anthology from Baen, Operation Arcana which just came out in 2015. Looks like these are the latest serialized installments of "A Pitiless Rain" which takes place between the first two books, and is a tale of the north. If he's still writing "A Pitiless Rain", I doubt we'll ever see "Port of Shadows" which is the sequel to Soldier's Live and the series finale. If that doesn't happen, I guess I would be alright with it. Soldier's Live was a great book and I thought it had a great and fitting ending. According to ISFDB, so far the following portions of A Pitiless Rain have been released Tides Elba: A Tale of the Black Company (2010) [sF]Smelling Danger: A Story of The Black Company (2011) [sF]Shaggy Dog Bridge: A Black Company Story (2013) [sF]Bone Candy (2014) [sF]Bone Eaters (2015)
  2. IronEmperor

    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    Awesome! If you've gotten to Raven, you've already been through the opening chapter. Remember the feeling that Croaker had about the were-panther and not telling One-Eye about his suspicions regarding it.... That will come into play many books later.
  3. IronEmperor

    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    Ah, gotcha. Yeah besides the beginning of Shadow Games and The Silver Spike having some references to each other, The Silver Spike doesn't have anything to do with the Books of the South. And yeah, if you're going by publication order, definitely read The Silver Spike after Books of the North. You could read Shadow Games then The Silver Spike to maintain publication order, but for a fluid transition, I'd recommend reading The Silver Spike first. I think it's really weird that they put The Silver Spike last in the Books of the South Omnibus...when The Silver Spike takes place in the North and wraps that up. Really a weird decision, but what can you do? They couldn't have put The Silver Spike in the first one with the other three Northern books, would have been too big physically I guess. Also, on the Black Company front. I was searching for Glen Cook interviews on YouTube and came across this channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvH7KtVzyD4WEr3z-uswCcA How in the hell have these been up for a month and not taken down?
  4. IronEmperor

    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    No way, dude. The Silver Spike has everything to do with the first three books. The Silver Spike picks up in the North right after The White Rose. The Silver Spike is the true coda to the Books of the North. It puts it all to bed. Both old and new faces are featured. The Silver Spike actually takes place at the same time as Shadow Games, especially at the beginning of each book. I highly recommend finishing The Silver Spike and then traveling south with Shadow Games. You're going to have a lot more Southern lore to keep track of, you'll want to have the North behind you for it. Yeah Oldman Fish, he was a real bad ass. One of my favorite characters. Deadly in mind and body.
  5. IronEmperor

    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    You made it through Bleak Seasons? Congrats! Nothing, but good stuff from here on out. I disliked Bleak Seasons as it felt like too much of a retread, just the same overall story told from Murgen's point of view, rather than the...other chronicler. But it's definitely wroth reading, as you learn new information. She is the Darkness is pretty good, but IMO, the series really gets reinvigorated in Water Sleeps, and Soldiers Live is fantastic. You've come this far, keep on reading. It only gets better after Bleak Seasons. That's easily the one dud in what is otherwise a spectacular series IMO. The Books of the North and the South were amazing, but Cook kind of fumbled on the first book of the Glittering Stone (Bleak Seasons). No, don't read them in that order. You want to read The Silver Spike right after you finish the Books of the North Trilogy. So read The Silver Spike right after The White Rose. Then after the Silver Spike, rejoin your old friends as they march south in Shadow Games. Here's my recommended reading order: The Black Company: May 1984 Shadows Linger: October 1984 The White Rose: April 1985 The Silver Spike: September 1989 Shadow Games: June 1989 Dreams of Steel: April 1990 Bleak Seasons: April 1996 She Is the Darkness: September 1997 Water Sleeps: March 1999 Soldiers Live: July 2000 Not connected to the Black Company series, but once you're done with these, you're going to want more Cook fantasy. I recommend the Swordbearer: http://www.amazon.com/Swordbearer-Glen-Cook/dp/159780150X
  6. IronEmperor

    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    It looks like Glen Cook is going to be a guest of honor at the 2015 World Fantasy Convention: http://www.wfc2015.org/
  7. IronEmperor

    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    I was in the book store yesterday and saw a Baen anthology called Shattered Shields that came out last year with a Black Company story in it. I checked online and Cook is in another anthology from Baen, Operation Arcana which just came out in 2015. Looks like these are the latest serialized installments of "A Pitiless Rain" which takes place between the first two books, and is a tale of the north. If he's still writing "A Pitiless Rain", I doubt we'll ever see "Port of Shadows" the sequel to Soldier's Live and the series finale. If that doesn't happen, I guess I would be alright with it. Soldier's Live was a great book and I thought it had a great and fitting ending. According to ISFDB, so far the following portions of A Pitiless Rain have been released. I added Bone Eaters, as ISFDB isn't including that under the Black Company header yet. According to Amazon.com it's a Black Company story, which makes sense given the title and the title of the previous short story released in 2014. Tides Elba: A Tale of the Black Company (2010) [sF]Smelling Danger: A Story of The Black Company (2011) [sF]Shaggy Dog Bridge: A Black Company Story (2013) [sF]Bone Candy (2014) [sF]Bone Eaters (2015)
  8. IronEmperor

    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    Anyone hear anything about the sequel to Soldier's Live? Or ANYTHING relative to Mr. Cook. All the interviews I'm finding online are a few years old, nothing recent. I'd love some more Black Company.
  9. IronEmperor

    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    Well, the one that is set in the early days of the Northern Campaign has been coming out a few chapters at a time via Sword & Sorcery anthologies. The last interview I saw him talking about it was dated in 2011 or 2012. I have confidence we will at least see that way. The sequel to Soldiers Live, I'm not so sure about. Cook has said he was more productive when he had a full time job along with writing.
  10. IronEmperor

    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    The Silver Spike would be less cynical if Smeds was not introduced with the "music lessons", in which case his character (once developed) would not be much worse than many of the others in the books. As it stands, his part of the story leaves a pretty sour taste, although the rest of it is not bad (given the usual 50%+ casualty rates on all sides). The other Books of the South are OK. I like that the love story at the heart of the series finally comes out into the open, but they also tend to end with cliffhangers which take a long time to get resolved. The Glittering Stone books are a mixed bag. Bleak Seasons is really, really depressing (for a while there I was questioning the sanity of the narrator). It gets slightly better when The next two are better and the last one (Soldiers Live) is quite good. If we ignore the usual casualty rate, the ending is almost positive. I'm glad you finished the series and came back and shared your opinion on them. It seems like most people are on the same page when it comes to their feelings for the series. Especially when you get into the later books. What did you think of the big twist? In regards to I believe Cook is writing a book that takes place during the early days of the Northern campaigns, as well as a direct sequel to Soldier's Live. So we have more Black Company to look forward to.
  11. IronEmperor

    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    Yeah I kind of grew attached to Smed's though throughout the book. I started out being revolted by him due to his behavior at the start, but the jerk grew on me I guess. What did you think of Old Man Fish?
  12. IronEmperor

    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    Awesome, be sure to read the Silver Spike next and check in with your thoughts. I think you'll like it.
  13. IronEmperor

    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    The Lady is a very interesting character. It was smart for Cook to kind of keep her off limits so to speak for the first few books, then slowly build her into an actual character. Yeah she is a true queen of darkness though.
  14. IronEmperor

    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    That's awesome and I'm glad you bought the Omnibus. I bought all of the Omnibus editions on the Google Play store in Ebook format. They were FAR less expensive than buying the individual Ebooks. There are four omnibuses: Chronicles of the Black Company: The Black Company, Shadows Linger, The White Rose The Books of the South: Shadow Games, Dreams of Steel, Silver Spike (though you should read Silver Spike right after the White Rose It wraps up that story line far better) The Return of the Black Company: Bleak Seasons, She is the Darkness The Many Deaths of the Black Company; Water Sleeps, Soldiers Live Glad that you picked it up and are enjoying it. Keep reading if you are enjoying it. Read the White Rose, then read the Silver Spike. Some very good stuff there. The Silver Spike may be the best book in the series, but its close. Yeah all of the short stories he has published since Soldiers Live take place between the first and second book of the series (The Black Company and Shadows Linger). Cook has said these short stories will be expanded upon as the next Black Company novel set between the first two books. It will be called A Pitiless Rain. A final book that takes place after Soldiers Live is to be called Port of Shadows.
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