Duma Key is good for late King. Not among my favorites of his though.
Current reading - Page 105
Actually, THE IRON JACKAL is the third in the series. THE ACE OF SKULLS is the fourth and final book in the series.
THE BLACK LUNG CAPTAIN
THE IRON JACKAL
THE ACE OF SKULLS
I just finished ACE OF SKULLS yesterday. Man, I love these books.
Not that I know of. Of course opinions may differ. Either way I'm not getting anything of his until he gets off his ass and finishes the Books Of The Art. Though I may submit if the next novel is about Harry D'Amour.
Interesting. I read (and enjoyed) the Iron Jackal and don't feel like I missed a book in the series. Either I wasn't reading that closely or that's a mark of a good writer
Back to reading the Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes.
Stopped after 900 pages to move onto other things. Back into it.
Lot of "snigger" worthy stuff because of the time the prose was written, essentially a lot of "ejaculations" rather than "exclamations", because I have the mental age of a 12 year old this amuses me immensely.
'"Good God!", he ejaculated.' (teehee)
I finished a couple fantasy books I first heard of in this thread. First off, The Six Gun Tarot. I should have loved this, as it is so clearly influenced by a bunch of things I loved. A big fat mixture of the Dark Tower, HP Lovecraft, Deadwood and Preacher. All that stuff in the hopper should result in some genre pulp that was right up my alley, but unfortunately, the writing wasn't up to the level of its ambitions. It introduces a dozen or so fun character ideas (a native american deputy that talks to coyotes, a closeted gay mayor that collects all the most precious religious artifacts of the Mormon church, a housewife trained since childhood by a secret society of pirate assassins), and then they all remain as surface level as your average Saturday morning cartoon cast. The plotting is almost nonexistent, and the writing itself kinda sucks. Disappointing.
The Red Knight, on the other hand, was really good. Terrific writing there. It strikes me as the best fantasy novel I've read in the last twenty years or so (that didn't take place in Westeros, anyway). It actually feels very reminiscent of Martin, and though it doesn't have quite the knack he has for characters and plot, the prose is even better. In a nutshell, it's an epic Medieval siege between men and demons. On the one hand, it's incredibly huge in scope, dealing with dozens of characters in dozens of places, but on the other hand, it's telling one very specific story about this one siege, and everyone and everything more or less converges right there. If there's a flaw, it's that I was really engaged in it as a singular story, and in the end the book hedges its bets and lets certain plot threads trail off into the next book in the series. I would have been happy to read another book with these characters (and I will - the sequel's already out), and I didn't need the dangling narrative, especially when there was a clear ending available. Regardless, a strong recommend.