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9 minutes ago, Rhom said:

Is the hardback that rare?

I think it's a case of someone putting the decimal in the wrong place. Though even $100 would be too much.

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Adrian Tchaikovksy has been on my list for awhile, and the Guns of the Dawn discussion here nudged me into picking it up. What a great read! Thanks to everyone who suggested it. 

Super well-paced - didn't waste any time but still did enough world and character-building to not have the story beats feel rushed, unearned, or out-of-nowhere. Emily's arc was indeed excellent, and I'm not mad that it ended where it did (even though the fallout would've been fun to see). The prose was good and drew me right in. I liked the world and how natural the magic and fantasy elements felt, even though they weren't the focus. 

Overall a really great foray into his books. Any recommendations to follow up Guns of the Dawn? Anything else in that world? Not feeling sci-fi right now. 

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1 hour ago, Underfoot said:

Adrian Tchaikovksy has been on my list for awhile, and the Guns of the Dawn discussion here nudged me into picking it up. What a great read! Thanks to everyone who suggested it. 

Super well-paced - didn't waste any time but still did enough world and character-building to not have the story beats feel rushed, unearned, or out-of-nowhere. Emily's arc was indeed excellent, and I'm not mad that it ended where it did (even though the fallout would've been fun to see). The prose was good and drew me right in. I liked the world and how natural the magic and fantasy elements felt, even though they weren't the focus. 

Overall a really great foray into his books. Any recommendations to follow up Guns of the Dawn? Anything else in that world? Not feeling sci-fi right now. 

The Shadows of the Apt that I am reading is fantasy.

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I've read the novela Elder Race. It was fine. I liked it until the last act where apparently

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the "demon" was from another dimension, instead of space, but there was no time to explore that, just blow up the connecting gate and life goes on.

Is he intending to write sequels to it?

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19 hours ago, Underfoot said:

Overall a really great foray into his books. Any recommendations to follow up Guns of the Dawn? Anything else in that world? Not feeling sci-fi right now. 

He hasn't done anything else in the Guns of the Dawn world so far.

If you want fantasy then he's done two series, the Shadows of the Apt series and the Echoes of the Fall trilogy. There's a lot I like about the Apt books although compared to Guns of the Dawn they have some pacing issues at times. I also liked the Echoes of the Fall books (starting with The Tiger and the Wolf), they were written later and I think Tchaikovsky had learned a lot from writing his debut series.

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On 7/3/2022 at 12:51 AM, Corvinus85 said:

I've read the novela Elder Race. It was fine. I liked it until the last act where apparently

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the "demon" was from another dimension, instead of space, but there was no time to explore that, just blow up the connecting gate and life goes on.

Is he intending to write sequels to it?

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I did think it was interesting that Lynesse seemed to understand somehow that it was a threat from beyond their world and not from space (I can't remember the exact phrasing used) which is why she says they call it a demon rather than a monster, but Nyr doesn't really follow-up on it.

I also wouldn't be too surprised by a sequel, although I haven't hear anything about one.

Meanwhile, I see Tchaikovsky has found time to write yet another novel, called City of Lost Chances, coming out in December which will be at least the third this year. This is the blurb:

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There has always been a darkness to Ilmar, but never more so than now. The city chafes under the heavy hand of the Palleseen occupation, the choke-hold of its criminal underworld, the boot of its factory owners, the weight of its wretched poor and the burden of its ancient curse.

What will be the spark that lights the conflagration?

Despite the city's refugees, wanderers, murderers, madmen, fanatics and thieves, the catalyst, as always, will be the Anchorwood – that dark grove of trees, that primeval remnant, that portal, when the moon is full, to strange and distant shores.

Ilmar, some say, is the worst place in the world and the gateway to a thousand worse places.

Ilmar, City of Long Shadows.

City of Bad Decisions.

City of Last Chances.

 

 

 

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Been on a Tchaikovsky binge recently

Read Elder Race Ogre and The Doors of Eden, Ogre was underwhelming but both Doors of Eden and Elder Race were well done, I have noticed a political slant to the writing though which is a bit heavy handed at times, but as it generally aligns with my leanings I don't mind it so much, others might find it jarring though..

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On 7/2/2022 at 7:51 PM, Corvinus85 said:

I've read the novela Elder Race. It was fine. I liked it until the last act where apparently

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the "demon" was from another dimension, instead of space, but there was no time to explore that, just blow up the connecting gate and life goes on.

Is he intending to write sequels to it?

When I read it, I thought that it might be related to Children of Ruin. That is,

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The "demon" looks an awful lot like a confused version of the virus that can take over sentient life after it has learned the faster-than-light communication and travel at the end of the book.

 

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