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  1. In Topic: Reading at t'moment?

    27 August 2020 - 04:05 PM

    Read a bunch of stuff recently - Declaration of the Rights of Magicians - loved this book!
    My Valdermar read - Finished By The Sword and Exile's Honour
    I am reading Michelle West now, I have finished Hidden City and City of Night - I absolutely loved both books, one of the best character writers at the moment.
  2. In Topic: Gideon The Ninth

    27 August 2020 - 04:02 PM

    I loved Harrow and I loved it a lot more than Gideon. Its a more complex book and I can't wait to reread both books back to back. I think I might do that when book 3 comes out
  3. In Topic: What's messing with your groove?

    27 August 2020 - 04:00 PM

    Hope the damage is not too terrible BK
  4. In Topic: Reading at t'moment?

    08 August 2020 - 11:37 AM

    View PostAbyss, on 04 August 2020 - 03:04 PM, said:

    View PostAbyss, on 24 July 2020 - 03:07 PM, said:


    Resumed EMPIRE OF GOLD yesterday...

    Yknow that feeling when even tho you're familiar with an author and are 100% certain the crash is coming, they do it in a way that knocks you sideways... and then they do it again, and again.

    Well, that. Chakarabortay has this lovely talent for steadily engaging the reader in the characters and then abruptly catapulting us kicking and screaming back into the bigger fantasy story to blow our minds.

    Just Finished EMPIRE OF GOLD, and thus, Shannen Chakarabortay's DAEVABAD trilo.

    The whole trilogy was really, REALLY, good. Satisfying conclusion to each book and the whole story, great cast, main and supporting, in real jepoardy, so much cool magic and epic fantasy goodness.
    A few things really sold me on this series... the Egyptian / Arabic based mythology and setting is beautifully done and nicely original. The author never retreats to 'standard' Euro/NorAm tropes... sure, there are common elements, but it never feels like a North American author writing what she thinks is Arabic lore... Chakarabortay is Muslim (i think), and did her homework, and she knows her setting. Her mystic beasties are nicely not human. Her 'humans', are Djinn, not Elves, her humans might as well be the Elves (possibly Dwarves), there are no dragons but a whole pile of other interesting powerful beasties... i loved her Marid, inhuman water spirits prone to dropping entire lakes on people who piss them off. The story generally follows three key POVs... Nahri, an Egyptian thief with a connection to the Djinn world, Dara, a millenia old Djinn warrior who really should be dead, and Ali, a Djinn prince and warrior who is entirely too noble and naive for the mess he's about to get involved in. These characters change a LOT through the story and it's easy to become engaged in their povs and they weave in and out of each other's stories. The supporting cast is superb, a whole host of characters who jump out and have their own moments as the story moves along.

    Chakarabortay tends to have at most 2-3 main action sequences per book, the rest largely focusing on character conflict. This isnot generally a style that works for me, but her pacing is so good that i hardly noticed how much time passed before the flaming agic swords or massive explosions happened. She's also realy REALLY good at lulling the reader into a sense of security and then pulling the rug out from under the characters and reader both.

    I enjoyed the hell out of this. The author's next work is supposed to be some for of fantasy pirate story... elements of that show up in this series and are enough to sell me on whatever she does next.

    Next up... HARROW THE NINTH... i think... audible is doing silly-buggers...

    That sounds really cool, will look it up. As far as I know Chakravarty married a Muslim person, I am not sure if she is Muslim herself.

    View PostTiste Simeon, on 08 August 2020 - 07:56 AM, said:

    Finished the audiobook of 16 WAYS TO DEFEND A WALLED CITY and it was fantastic. Really great narrator both in the literary and actual sense. Great fun story.

    Onto Harrow the Ninth. I've forgotten a lot about this story.

    Walled City is fantastic
    On that note, I am reading Devices and Desires, Book 1 of Engineer, by KJ Parker and its very promising.

    Also reading Hidden City by Michelle West. Absolutely excellent book.
  5. In Topic: Reading at t'moment?

    02 August 2020 - 08:49 AM

    View PostCyphon, on 01 August 2020 - 06:45 PM, said:

    View PostAndorion, on 01 August 2020 - 05:57 PM, said:

    Started The Hidden City by Michelle West
    Its an excellent read so far

    Intrigued to hear the final verdict. Have you read other books in that world. I was put off picking this off because I heard mixed things on where to start.

    3 chapters in, I really love it so far.
    yeah its a very complicated reading order for the entire series which encompasses 3 different series but I found a reading order from some one who had done it all.

    Michelle West: Essalieyan Series Reading Order

    House War

    • The Hidden City
    • City of Night
    • "Warlord" (short story)
    • House Name

    Sacred Hunt

    • Hunter's Oath
    • Hunter's Death
    • Huntbrother (novella)

    Sun Sword

    • The Broken Crown
    • The Uncrowned King
    • The Shining Court
    • Sea of Sorrows
    • "Echoes" (short story)
    • Riven Shield
    • The Sun Sword
    • The Black Ospreys (novella)

    House War Continued

    • Skirmish
    • Battle
    • Oracle
    • Firstborn
    • War

    In-Universe Short Stories Not Connected to Book Timeline

    • "The Weapon"
    • "Memory of Stone"



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    27 Jan 2020 - 07:37
    Happy birthday dude
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    11 Aug 2019 - 09:34
    Ha! Looks like I helped you off the devil's number. You're welcome ;)
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    28 Jun 2016 - 10:33
    I don't know of any research on this particular area, but I'm not exactly well-versed in musical psychology. I think that little research has been done on correlations between musical preference and anything at all, though. It's the kind of research I think there needs to be more of. Sorry it took me so long to reply; it got lost in the hype. :p
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    14 Oct 2015 - 05:07
    Specialist knowledge doesn't necessarily amount to much when you're making recommendations; it all depends on personal taste. But I'm happy to make recommendations all over the board, even for things I wouldn't listen to regularly myself. Tiste might actually have a broader range of taste than I do.
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    14 Oct 2015 - 05:03
    Thank you for bringing it to my attention. :)
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    14 Oct 2015 - 04:32
    Probably because my PMs are full. I can't see a music subforum. I only see Movies, TV, and Music, and I don't see a thread about classical music. Could you link it for me?
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    14 Feb 2015 - 20:17
    What is "hard" science fiction?
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    03 Dec 2014 - 00:00
    Did you dislike my answer? Just curious since you didn't have anything to say about it.
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