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Duma Key is good for late King. Not among my favorites of his though.

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Speaking of Clive Barker, has he written anything decent recently?
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Finished Chris Wooding's The Iron Jackal a couple of weeks ago and picked up the third in the series, Ace of Skulls, today. 

Actually, THE IRON JACKAL is the third in the series.  THE ACE OF SKULLS is the fourth and final book in the series.

 

RETRIBUTION FALLS

THE BLACK LUNG CAPTAIN

THE IRON JACKAL

THE ACE OF SKULLS

 

I just finished ACE OF SKULLS yesterday.  Man, I love these books.

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Speaking of Clive Barker, has he written anything decent recently?

 

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.

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Well it looks like you're getting Harry D'Amour AND Pinhead! THE SCARLET GOSPELS will finally be published next year.

http://www.clivebarker.info/newsscarlet.html

I've given up on the Third book of the Art.
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Actually, THE IRON JACKAL is the third in the series.  THE ACE OF SKULLS is the fourth and final book in the series.

RETRIBUTION FALLS
THE BLACK LUNG CAPTAIN
THE IRON JACKAL
THE ACE OF SKULLS

I just finished ACE OF SKULLS yesterday.  Man, I love these books.

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 smile.gif
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I started with the Iron Jackal too.

Then I got to read the other two as prequels. Worked really well for me smile.gif

Ace of Skulls is a great capper.
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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)

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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.

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Snikt snikt, fnar fnar
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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.

 

Was in the library and couldn't remember this.  Picked up Joyland by SK instead.  But have checked online and they have this in stock, so will be heading back in 5 to pick it up :)

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Well, if NOS-4R2 was the best non-SK, SK book ive read in a while, Joyland is hands down the best real thing. More personal books like this would be appreciated from the man.

Onto The Red Knight.
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One chapter in and I know I'm going to love the Red Knight.


Some books I like to rip through, others I deliberately slow my reading down to savour the prose.  This is one to savour.


Thanks for the recommendation Arjen :)

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Yeah, if you're inclined towards fantasy literature, Red Knight should be a priority. Great, dense read, and yeah, the writing itself is quite lovely, which really stands out in this genre.

 

Speaking of which, I'm on a fantasy kick right now, and I couldn't help but take advantage of the free Audible download of the collection of RA Salvatore's Drizzt stories read by geek celebrities. The centerpiece of this is without a doubt the one Ice-T reads, because holy shit that's funny, but it's got a hilarious group. I've heard the first half or so, and I have to admit, I always assumed Salvatore was probably shit because he's writing licensed fantasy, but he's not terrible at all. It's all functional, he writes action well, and it moves quick and he doesn't overwrite, which is so unusual in this genre. It's no Red Knight, but it's fine for what it is. 

 

And the hilarious cast helps. I've never been a Felicia Day fan, but she does good goblin voices, and Greg Grunberg, of all fucking people, ended up doing a really good job. He seems like he's probably done books on tape before. The standout so far though was Dan Harmon, reading as Drizzt, the mysterious drow badass, in a first person story. As a Harmontown fan, this was absolutely hilarious. But really, I'm just waiting until Ice T shows up.

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The first three Drizzt books (Homeland, Exile and Sojourn) are actually quite good. There is a drop in the Icewind Dale trilogy (it's still good) but I haven't bought anything else of his.

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Check out @BBCRadio4's Tweet: https://twitter.com/BBCRadio4/status/507891343470104576

Cant post photo from phone. But BBC Radio4 is adapting Good Omens! smile.gif Cast photo in link. Serafinowitz as Death??

Edit: just properly checked the photo. Theres some talent in there. Serafinowitz as Crowley and Heap as Aziraphale would be brilliant.
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Tonight I had dinner at a local Sushi joint. I was enjoying my Sashimi when this Teen Couple came in and sat down, continuing a stream of conversation that no doubt had been going on for some time. The guy was quite, the girl was LOUD, so I expected an vapid inane conversation to go with my dinner.

 

Instead, they talked about the Science Fiction books they had read. The guy loved Vonnegut and asked the girl if she'd read Sirens of Titan. She had and loved it. Then she asked if he had read Asimov's Foundation Trilogy. He hadn't but both had read I, Robot.

 

And I paid my bill and left, knowing that all was right with the world.

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Didn't know there was a new Ellroy out. Adding it to the list.

http://www.bookdepository.com/Perfidia-James-Ellroy/9780434020539
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Oh shit.

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I'm about halfway through The Girl with All the Gifts by Mike Carey, creator of Lucifer and the Felix Castor series. It's a post-apocalyptic tale as told from the POV of a little girl, saying anymore than that would be ruining it. I really cannot recommend it enough.

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I haven't read that yet, but I will.  I fucking love Mike Carey. 

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Just finished SHAMAN by Kim Stanley Robinson - the subheading says "a novel of the ice age" and it's pretty much that, story of an orphan becoming a tribe's shaman with some drama in between. No supernatural or fantastical elements (the odd ghost aside), just a tale of aboriginal life in the prehistoric age. Took a while to hook me in, but once it did, I was sold. 

 

 

Then again, I love pretty much everything KSR has done, so I'm not exactly a hard sell. 

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No tie-ins to any of his previous works?

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No, this one is off doing its own thing.
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I'm neck deep in Iain M. Banks' Culture books. Finished Consider Phlebas and Player Of Games and started The State Of The Art. This is exactly my style of sci-fi.

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Awesome. I re-read Consider Phlebas and Use of Weapons every year.

Still cant believe he's gone.

Enjoy your journey through The Culture, Stelios
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I am. I am.

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The Red Knight was so very, very good. Best I've read since the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. Infinitely preferred it to GRRM. I didn't share Arjen's misgivings about the ending as that was stock for me with Malazan.

But larger story aside this was just such a fantastic seige book. Real page turner.

Mr Mercedes next then I'm going to have to get The Fell Sword - follow up to Red Knight.
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Yeah, I just wanted more with either
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Thorne or DeVrailly. It's fine that they're both still active on the board, but I wanted more of a confrontation. There'e not all that much changed by the end of what feels like such an enormous, singular event.
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Man, I wanted someone to really, really fuck up de Vrailly. But I did like how nearly all the Albans were so dismissive of him and clearly thought he was a dick.In a way thats more of a slight to the pompous twat than being beaten in the field.
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Mr Mercedes wasn't my fave.  Pretty humdrum "thriller". 

 

Onto Ellroy's Perfidia.  Very excited about that.

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Onto Ellroy's Perfidia.  Very excited about that.
Report back. Interested to know if it's worth reading.

Loved the rest of The Girl with all the Gifts. Now onto Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City. Heard great things so really looking forward to this one.
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Report back. Interested to know if it's worth reading.

Loved the rest of The Girl with all the Gifts. Now onto Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City. Heard great things so really looking forward to this one.

The funny thing about DEVIL IN TJE WHITE CITY is that I know several people who found the building the World's Fair stuff more compelling than the serial killer stuff (not that the latter isn't interesting).
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The funny thing about DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY is that I know several people who found the building the World's Fair stuff more compelling than the serial killer stuff (not that the latter isn't interesting).


 I am one of those people. I read the book in my undergrad Literary Non-Fiction class and really enjoyed the World's Fair portions more than the killer.

 

In another note, I finished The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco last week. A great read, but dense. My Latin is middling, so, I had to translate a good bit of those parts. Adso is a great audience surrogate. 

 

Then, I read Gone Girl and loved it. I think Affleck is the perfect person to play the role, and only hope they can keep the ending the same, because it is great.

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I feel like I'm reading Harry Potter/Narnia fan fiction (except in this book, they fuck and do drugs!), but I have to admit, slowly but surely, it's gotten under my skin. There's an excellent cosmic horror sequence early on, and the creepiness continues to ratchet up.
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Report back. Interested to know if it's worth reading.

 

 

FIVE pages in (just five) and it's a veritable who's who of the Ellroyverse.  Sgt Dudley Smith, Bucky Bleichart, Lee Blanchard, Buzz Meeks and probably more that I didn't immediately recognise.

 

The prose seems to be an ideal straddling of the more verbose LA Quartet style with the nails hard Cold 5 Thousand.  As I say, first 5 pages but it's shaping up to be vintage Ellroy.

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I feel like I'm reading Harry Potter/Narnia fan fiction (except in this book, they fuck and do drugs!), but I have to admit, slowly but surely, it's gotten under my skin. There's an excellent cosmic horror sequence early on, and the creepiness continues to ratchet up.

The Magicians does initially come off as a play on Harry Potter and Narnia, but it really develops into its own amazing thing fairly quickly. Just wait until you read the following two books...
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Perfidia was fantastic. Perfect amalgam of the LA quartet and Underworld USA trilogy.

And for a very good reason:



I love that this is going to become a sprawling alt history of 20th century US.

I was also amazed at how many of the "characters" were real life people. And not just the obvious ones like Hoover, but a ton of "minor" characters who weave through the whole thing.

Also, combining this with David Peace's Red Riding quartet GB84, Year One and Occupied City is a phenomenal dark trip through the century that crosses continents.

Awesome stuff.
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Hmm. Do we get a young Jack Vincennes? I loved him in the book.
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Not so far. Dudley Smith, Pierce Patchett, Preston Exley (Ed's dad), Sid Hudgens, Buzz Meeks and a lot of other bit players.

I wouldnt be surprised if Hollywood Jack appears in the next books though.

A quarter of Perfidia is from Dudley's POV and its great to get in his head, knowing what his future holds.

It really made me want to re read LAQ as its been years since I read them (literally decades in the case of The Black Dahlia)
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Yeah, Perfidia is next on my list. 

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On to Assail by Ian C Esslemont. Last book in the Malazan Empire series. These have become better as they've gone on so I'm looking forward to it.
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I am reading The Circle by Dave Eggers at the moment and it is chilling. About a woman who joins The Circle, a Google like company, with the beautiful, unique campus  and all the tech and social media. And everything they do is for mankind, but feels so cultish. Then weird things start happening.

 

I really would love to see this as a movie, but who is going to make a movie against Google?

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Just finished Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and absolutely loved it.  I was hesitant to read it since I'm kind of over post-apocalyptic/post-superflu/post-global breakdown books, but it wound up being an enjoyable read.  Right now I'm reading The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell.  I loved Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks, so was wanting to check out one of his more straightforward novels that wasn't a connected collection of novellas.  Been waiting forever for my library to get a copy of Wolf in White Van, so in the meantime I figured, once I'm done with Thousand Autumns, I would read the LA Quartet based on the comments in this thread.

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Finished the second Magician novel by Lev Grossman, The Magician King. I think I'm kind of in love with this series, now. So smart, and so emotionally brutal. I'm very interested to read the trilogy capper.
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I am reading The Circle by Dave Eggers at the moment and it is chilling. About a woman who joins The Circle, a Google like company, with the beautiful, unique campus  and all the tech and social media. And everything they do is for mankind, but feels so cultish. Then weird things start happening.

 

I really would love to see this as a movie, but who is going to make a movie against Google?

 

Erg.  I was very happy to start reading that book, and generally very disappointed with it as a whole by the end.  I expected better writing from Eggers.... everything was so goddamned telecasted and foreshadowed.  

 

Um, sorry, I'll shut up now.

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Erg.  I was very happy to start reading that book, and generally very disappointed with it as a whole by the end.  I expected better writing from Eggers.... everything was so goddamned telecasted and foreshadowed.  

 

Um, sorry, I'll shut up now.

 

Yeah, I am near the last 60 pages or so and I am afraid I am about to be disappointed. I loved Zeitoun. Loved What is the What. Liked Hologram for the King. I plan on reading You Shall Know Our Velocity.  But the review for his newest book is not kind, and I am wondering if he has lost that spark. Is success killing Dave Eggers?/

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I picked up Guy Gavriel Kay's UNDER HEAVEN, though I was kinda Kay'ed out - "yeah, I get it, everyone is impossibly noble and witty and smart, etc etc" Notice came from the library that it was due, I figured "well, I'll read it a bit and if it doesn't click with me early on, I'll return it." 

 

 

By early in the second page, I was HOOKED. Holy fuck can this guy create a world. Everything is plausible (well, there are varying degrees of the supernatural in his books - sometimes a hint, sometimes explicit) and, as I think has been mentioned above, he out-George RR Martins A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE - less bloat, less embarrassing sex scenes. 

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Finally got some work out of the way to get some fun time.  Reading Collision Low Crossers, about a year with the New York Jets.  I'm not the biggest NFL fan but it's a very good book by a pretty literate fellow.  George Will, here's how an Ivy Leaguer writes about sports.

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