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  1. On 1/11/2023 at 6:44 PM, Zorral said:

    This stated, the author-narrator is outright wrong with her/his footnote regarding slavery -- stating slavery was invented by Europeans, nobody else.  This just is not true, as even the most cursory of cursory google will reveal. One presumes then, the author, being Chinese, is thinking 'China.'  Nevertheless, China too kidnapped and enslaved in both ancient and medieval and later periods.

    To be fair, the book is factually wrong about lots of things. As somebody who can speak Irish and has an MA in Italian linguistics, I spotted a lot of errors in these areas. I'm sure that people here who are experts in other fields will find issues too. However, it's a big book with such a wide scope that it would have been (in my opinion), impossible to research everything to sufficient depth to avoid making mistakes. Such is the fate of an author!

  2. I ended up really enjoying Paul M. Duffy's Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound. It came from a small press I'd never heard of, but it's so rare to see this setting in fiction, I took a risk.

    Set in Medieval Ireland at the time of the Norman invasion, it is written by an archaeologist who really knows the period well. At one point -- not a spoiler -- there is a scene where the hero comes upon a woman washing bloody clothing in a stream. This is an image straight out of Irish mythology (the goddess of war is always doing this).

    The novel is wonderfully poetic; full of fascinating characters and a love story that is everything you expect, until it becomes something very different -- and no, not that other thing you were expecting.

    It's not really a battle book, though there are a few battles and many action scenes.

    And TW for violence, including of a sexual kind.

  3. Lots of great suggestions here!


    I would recommend The Quincunx by Charles Palliser. Lots of it does not take place in winter, but it feels wintry and brutally cold.


    Also, in an SF vein, there's probably no future city I'd love to live in more than David Zindell's Neverness. You have to skate everywhere! Furs obligatory. Hot chocolate. Oh, and wonderful, mind-blowing worldbuilding.

  4. I used to read them all the time -- back when I wrote them more often. These days, unfortunately, I tend only to look at the ones on the Hugo list every year or, if one of my favourites, like Ted Chiang or Adam Roberts has a collection out, I might get that.

    However, I agree with you that Beneath Ceaseless Skies is a great little website.

  5. 8 hours ago, Wilbur said:

    If Harry Turtledove is not to your taste, beware that this book has all of the hallmarks of his later work.  Characters re-state the same set of facts or situations to each other multiple times throughout the story.  He must be dictating his stuff, and it would be good if his editor would assign someone the job of chopping some of those repetitive conversations out.  

    That's why I eventually gave up on the series. After a while, I just couldn't take any more of the repetition, even though the "worldbuilding" was so convincing.

  6. 17 hours ago, Wilbur said:

    Pretty dark stuff beneath the witty writing, isn't it?

    Oh yes! 

    Speaking of wit, I love the way many of the authorities he quotes from are mangled versions of his fellow writers' names. Although, so far, the only two I'm sure of are Frank Herbert and Poul Anderson.

  7. On 6/9/2022 at 4:03 PM, hauberk said:

    I was a little puzzled by the sequencing - started Three Kings and within the first few pages, there is a reference made to Joker Moon, so stopped Three Kings and read Joker Moon first.  They can really be read in either order.

    Congratulations, though, on another successful entry into the Wild Cards world.  Will we be seeing future contributions?

    Well, when we were writing Three Kings, we knew Joker Moon would be coming and roughly what it would be about, hence the reference!

    Thanks :) And yes, I have written something else for the WC universe that I'm not allowed to talk about. But I can say that it deals with a whole new set of characters in a brilliant (I didn't come up with it) setting.

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