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  1. In Topic: Dan Simmons Facebook rant...?

    08 December 2019 - 02:47 PM

    View PostDolmen 2.0, on 14 October 2019 - 06:10 AM, said:

    I'd much rather read Asimov or Clark and even they had a few wobbles as far as time and literary trends go. It's best just to let the old-timer make his way out stage left. Gretas doing great just ignoring the naysayers and keeping the momentum of the movement. I was nowhere near as "woke" at 16 or even 30 and I am thoroughly impressed.


    Asimov was a serial sex pest (especially at conventions) and Clarke had an unhealthy interest in considerably younger (and sometimes underage) men. Both are dead though, so by reading their books now you're not contributing to their lifestyle, which is not the case for Simmons.
  2. In Topic: Warhammer Books

    08 December 2019 - 02:44 PM

    View Postamphibian, on 05 December 2019 - 01:45 PM, said:

    I finished Anarch, the final (as in the end of the series) book in the Gaunt's Ghost series. It was terrific. I can't say too much because of spoilers, yet it has a great conflict and the characters are superb.


    There's more books and at least one more story arc to come, so no, it's not the final book in the series. It may be the last one for 2-3 years though as Abnett is busy working on the last few HORUS HERESY books (some rumours that he'll be writing he very last book in the series, as he wrote the first) and then wants to prioritise finishing the INQUISITOR books with the last two in the BEQUIN trilogy.

    Next week a deluxe, illustrated companion guide to GAUNT'S GHOSTS comes out, the SABBAT WORLDS CRUSADE, along with a deluxe map of the entire sector. It looks pretty fancy.
  3. In Topic: GAME OF THRONES Spin-Off Series News

    08 December 2019 - 02:40 PM

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    How completely unsurprising that they would dump something completely new in favour of something else that has a lot of GRRM and friends writing to back it up. Especially after the misfire of season 8. Although maybe the word on the Bloodmoon pilot was that it tested badly and couldn't be redone. Or rescued.


    It appears to have been more to do with internal HBO politics. A new team came in and wanted to do their own GoT project and dumped THE LONG NIGHT (BLOODMOON was only ever a code name, probably the working title of the pilot episode) in a hurry as it was the creation of the old regime. This happens a lot in TV.

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    This is more in line with what I was thinking. Whatever F&B ends up being, I doubt we'll see hide nor hair of it till at LEAST a few years buffer from GOT S8. If they tried to drop this next year, it would probably pull a CAPRICA (Translation: It might be good, but it's too soon).


    The F&B series isn't really Fire and Blood, although it takes bits from it. It's the story of the Dance of Dragons, the civil war that takes place between two branches of the Targaryens 170 years before the vents of the main series.

    They're shooting the pilot next year, will wait for HBO's approval and then will go into production, so the earliest we'll see it is mid-to-late 2021, probably after LORD OF THE RINGS: THE SECOND AGE, WHEEL OF TIME and WITCHER Season 2.

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    Sidebar: Did everyone know that BSG was 100% a Mormon thing? Just found that out.


    The original 1970s series was, yes. The 2000s reboot, not as much. Although Mormons in space is an oddly common thing (it's also a subplot in THE EXPANSE).
  4. In Topic: The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski

    28 November 2019 - 10:57 PM

    The Witcher #5: Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski

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    The Northern Kingdoms continue to skirmish with the armies of Nilfgaard along the Yaruga. Rumours have reached Geralt, the witcher, that his ward Ciri has been kidnapped by the Emperor of Nilfgaard, who plans to marry her against her will. Geralt, reluctantly, joins forces with a band of heroes and companions to rescue her.

    Baptism of Fire is the third novel (and fifth book) in The Witcher saga by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, following on from Blood of Elves and Time of Contempt. The previous books established the basic plot: the Empire of Nilfgaard is warring with the Northern Kingdoms and absolutely everyone wants to get their hands on Ciri, the princess of fallen Cintra. For some, Ciri is a political prize, through whom one can claim the vacant throne of that kingdom. Others are more interested in her formidable magical skills. For her former mentors, the witcher Geralt and sorceress Yennefer, they just want to protect her from those who would abuse her for their own ends.

    The Witcher books have always been a bit oddly structured - starting with two short story collections before segueing into novels which have felt more like parts of books and not whole ones - and Baptism of Fire continues that trend. From the plot synopsis, you might be expecting a grand adventure in which Geralt traverses half the Continent to rescue Ciri. That doesn't even remotely come close to happening. Instead, Geralt doesn't seem to get more than fifty miles from where he started off, accumulating a bunch of companions along the way. The book then becomes much more interested in exploring these characters and their various personality quirks then in moving the main plot forwards. We do get brief cutaways to Yennefer, Ciri and the political machinations between the kingdoms and the wizards, but mostly the action focuses on Team Geralt.

    This has the makings of an entertaining storyline. Geralt's companions include the redoubtable bard Dandelion (aka Jaskier), the nobleman Regis who is more than he seems, the dwarven mercenary Zoltan Chivay, Nilfgaardian turncoat Cahir and the skilled archer Milva. Their adventures include helping refugees, trying to feed themselves and dealing with superstitious peasants eager to burn strangers as suspected vampires. The characterisation of the party is fun and Sapkowski writes some witty banter between the group.

    After a while, though, it becomes clear this story isn't really going anywhere fast. Our cutaways to Yennefer and the newly-founded Lodge of Sorceresses, or to various political groups scattered around the Continent, mostly give Sapkowski an excuse to drop huge info-dumps on the political situation. For an author who wrote such skilled, focused short fiction in the first two books in the series, Sapkowski is much less assured at novel-length narratives and becomes embodiment of "tell, don't show." Sapkowski does make some cutting points about the morality of war and how innocents pay the price for the decisions of kings and so on, but by this point these are fairly stock tropes.

    As a serialised chunk of a longer narrative, Baptism of Fire (***) is fine. As a novel in its own right, the book doesn't really work, with inconsistent pacing and a reluctance to push forward the main storyline with any urgency or tension. Very solid characterisation and some fun dialogue do keep things ticking over though. The book is available now in the UK and USA.
  5. In Topic: Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton

    13 November 2019 - 04:09 PM

    View PostTiste Simeon, on 10 November 2019 - 05:10 PM, said:

    Wert, do you know how many books there will be in this series? He's quite a quick writer so if it's a trilogy I may wait for the third one before getting into the first...


    Three. The last one is done and should be out next year.

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    Tsundoku 

    22 Jan 2019 - 11:51
    Dun dun dunnnnn ...
    Forty! YAAAAAHHHHHH!
    Have a good one.
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    Tsundoku 

    22 Jan 2018 - 08:24
    Same as below. Better make it a good one because it's 40 next year.
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    Tsundoku 

    22 Jan 2010 - 15:32
    Happy Birthday, now go out and get wrecked :)
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