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Has anyone read any of the following?

Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio

Space Unicorn Blues by TJ Berry

The Robots of Gotham by Todd McAulty

City of Lies by Sam Hawke

The World Is a Narrow Bridge by Aaron Thier

The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

The Traitor God by Cameron Johnston

Any of these good?

 

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7 hours ago, Garlan the Gallant said:

Has anyone read any of the following?

Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio

Space Unicorn Blues by TJ Berry

The Robots of Gotham by Todd McAulty

City of Lies by Sam Hawke

The World Is a Narrow Bridge by Aaron Thier

The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

The Traitor God by Cameron Johnston

Any of these good?

 

 

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.

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13 hours ago, Garlan the Gallant said:

Has anyone read any of the following?

Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio

Space Unicorn Blues by TJ Berry

The Robots of Gotham by Todd McAulty

City of Lies by Sam Hawke

The World Is a Narrow Bridge by Aaron Thier

The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

The Traitor God by Cameron Johnston

Any of these good?

 

I have read The Traitor God and it's a decent noirish high magic fantasy set in a city.Finished it in 6 hours ,so a quick read.

I'm reading City of Lies at the moment (first chapter so far).I like the writing, but can't tell you more than that right now.

 

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