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09-02-2012, 01:38 PM #561
Not really fantasy but I've been reading Rivers of London and Moon Over Soho, by Ben Aaronovitch, recently. They're good fun, managed to get a reference to Wong Kei's and System Shock 2 on the same page. They're about a special branch of the met who deal with magic users in London. Not very deep, what fantasy novel is, but good fun and some funny moments. The author also clearly loves London so really makes it shine.
10-02-2012, 11:16 AM #562
10-02-2012, 11:18 AM #563
I'm a sucker for well written battles where you can visualise the scale and locations of the battle - and this sold it in spades, with maps and all sorts of goodies.
10-02-2012, 11:19 AM #564
10-02-2012, 02:25 PM #565
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Would the Eisenhorn Trilogy be a good starter for those uninitiated to the Wh20k universe(yes, we are more than a myth)?
10-02-2012, 03:01 PM #566
I think Cain would be a better place to start, but Eisenhorn will probably do ok. Actually, 15 Hours is pretty good and fairly short and accessible, so I'd start there- it was my first 40k book, I think.
10-02-2012, 03:11 PM #567
Cain or Gaunt's Ghosts will be best, but if you want to read about the SPAYSE MAHREENS then you want the Ultramarines trilogy.
11-02-2012, 06:06 AM #568
I found some of you mates' recommendations very interesting. Unfortunately the only English book store in my area refuses to stock them, say they dont expect those to popular here. They offer to order them for me but prices are very expensive. They charge USD30 for a novel. I understand their cost and risk, it's just those price tags are not affordable for me.
The only way I can order myself is probably through Amazon.com, but it's shipping costs are way too high. I wonder if the shipping cost is really that high or if Amazon.com profits directly for internationally shipping.
11-02-2012, 10:47 AM #569
Distribution costs are high, more so for small packages. Remember that as well as Amazon having to make a profit on your order (after all they are a business), the distribution companies also have to make their buck and the high prices of fuel are cutting into their profit margins.
Remember that ordering from the US means that your parcel is travelling airfreight, so your shipping costs have to pay for:-
Amazon packaging up your goods
Someone driving your parcel to the airport
Someone loading the plane
The plane flight
Someone off-loading the plane
Sorting of the parcel through customs and in a regional distribution centre
Delivering the parcel to you.
And it may be more complex than that. I doubt Amazon.com profits directly from the international shipping, maybe indirectly with cheaper rates due to volume, I know the company I work for don't, we expend effort trying to make sure we are getting stuff to the customers as cheap as possible.
Could you order them in electronic form, surely that would work out cheaper in the long run?
11-02-2012, 01:15 PM #570
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Or just freaking download them off warez sites.
11-02-2012, 02:04 PM #571
12-02-2012, 09:47 AM #572
I want to order electronic versions too but I am so concerned about DRM. I can't tolerate "purchasing" sth. I cannot truly own, as for games, and as for books.
12-02-2012, 12:14 PM #573
Persevere, though, the series is a nice set of interlinked stories with the narrator as the fulcrum but not always the focus.
12-02-2012, 05:23 PM #574
Mostly I've been rereading the preliminary synopsis for Joe Abercrombie's forthcoming book...
“Shy South comes home to her farm to find a blackened shell, her brother and sister stolen, and knows she’ll have to go back to bad old ways if she’s ever to see them again. She sets off in pursuit with only her cowardly old step-father Lamb for company. But it turns out he’s hiding a bloody past of his own. None bloodier. Their journey will take them across the lawless plains, to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feuds, duels, and massacres, high into unmapped mountains to a reckoning with ancient enemies, and force them into alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, a man no one should ever have to trust…”
Second thing: Who's the bloodiest man we know? (rhetorical question, it's quite obvious who it will be). Expected publication is Autumn in the UK. Can't wait!
Aside from that, I have recently given up reading Feist's Riftwar Saga... I got through Magician, and a few chapters into Silverthorn, but it really typifies the reasons I shunned fantasy for much of my life*: It's twee, it's sanitised, it's cliched, it's generic. I might go back to it, when I have absolutely nothing else to read.
Instead, I've picked up The Judging Eye (part 1 of Bakker's Aspect Emperor trilogy) and ordered White Luck Warrior. After them, I'll probably read books 12 & 13 of the Wheel of Time... Then I'm at something of a loss. Scott Lynch's Locke Lamora books seem appealing, but I know there are only 2 out of 7 planned books published, and I much prefer to consume entire series in one go.
*I was given the Hobbit by an English teacher when I was ~12 years old. I despised it. 16 years after, I got into Fantasy through ASoIaF, and in the last year have read that, first 11 books of Wheel of Time, Joe Abercrombie's 5 books, all of Erikson and Esselmont's Malazan books, the Complete Tales of the Black Company and The Prince of Nothing Trilogy.
15-02-2012, 10:27 AM #575
Was wondering if anyone could help me in a couple of ways.
Firstly, does anyone have any recommendations for good cyberpunk stories (be it short story collections or novels) past the obvious like Neuromancer?
Secondly, the reason I'm asking is i'm researching for my final creative writing assignment at uni and I'd quite like to know if my idea is in any way original. Essentially it's about a near-future story about a man-made afterlife, where human consciousness can be replicated in electronic form and are able to inhabit articifial environments, exploring ideas like the monetisation of the afterlife, religious reactions and terrorism/hacking. Does this sound familiar to anyone? (i'm sure it's been done before but my search results have been inconclusive)
15-02-2012, 11:36 AM #576
Jockie - For your second point, there has been some authors that have written about this in their works, Peter F. Hamilton in the latest the Void series has a sort of government made up of post-existence humans, not really the focus of the series though.
Iain m. Banks has touched up against this in several of the culture novels, most extensively (I think, haven't read all of his books yet) in Surface Detail.
Tad Williams uses something similar in his Otherland books, although the focus is initially on it as a sort of videogame. This is also written in a near-future setting.
15-02-2012, 11:52 AM #577
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15-02-2012, 12:51 PM #578
15-02-2012, 01:06 PM #579
The Red Men by Matthew De Abaitua kind of covers this from a different angle, the titular red men are simulations of living people maintained digitally to enhance the productivity of their living counterparts and part of the book explores the differences of how a digital person isn't bound by the physical or moral laws of the real world, inhabiting a world of back-ups and resets.
15-02-2012, 11:17 PM #580