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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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I’m reading Empire of Silence now.  Amazon heavily pimped it to me and I bought it in a moment of weakness.  It’s like the background of Dune with a Name of the Wind storyline (except, at the moment at least, the main character gets beaten up and taken advantage of all the time). It’s ok.  The writing is decent and if you like slow moving plots with plenty of background info it might be a thing.  I’ve read about a third but I’m going to drop it for a bit to read the new James Oswald.

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A pretty poor year for epic fantasy thus far,but August looks to be a bumper month that could change that.

The Tower of Living and Dying (Empires of Dust #2) by Anna Smith Spark
Foundryside (The Founders #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett
Ravencry (Raven's Mark #2) by Ed McDonald - US edition
Darksoul (Godblind #2) by Anna Stephens - UK edition
Bloody Rose (The Band #2) by Nicholas Eames
Cold Iron by Miles Cameron - UK edition
The Fall of Gondolin by J. R. R. Tolkien

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Wasn't sure of a more appropriate place to ask but has anyone seen/heard any news on The Secret of Commonwealth lately? Have a sudden hankering for Lyra's Oxford...

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6 hours ago, Darth Richard II said:

Well I’m liking City of Lies a LOT.

I can't wait to read this one as the author actually lives in my city. My local bookshop is doing a launch of the book. Sadly, I can't go but, hopefully might be able to swing a signed copy.

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7 hours ago, Darth Richard II said:

Well I’m liking City of Lies a LOT.

I only read a few chapters before putting it down.The characters felt contrived.

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6 hours ago, AncalagonTheBlack said:

I only read a few chapters before putting it down.The characters felt contrived.

Gasp how dare you disagree with me about a book! WE MUST FIGHT TO THE DEATH

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19 hours ago, Darth Richard II said:

Gasp how dare you disagree with me about a book! WE MUST FIGHT TO THE DEATH

Ok.choose a weapon! :fencing:

Let us know how the book turns out after you're done with it.I might pick it up again.:)

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I like the look of this City of Lies also.  The problem is that I am currently helpless against my WoT reread.  I'll get to it eventually I hope.

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Anyone given Blackfish City a try? I'm interested but never read anything else by the author before (a quick search shows this is his first adult novel)

Realise this is somewhat late since the book was released in April so isn't exactly 'new'

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