Valor by John Gwynne. Probably shouldn't have waited almost two months to continue the series, but I'm sure a lot of the stuff from the first book will come back to me
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I haven't read that one, yet, although I have it ready to go once I'm done with some other stuff, but P. Djeli Clark is great. The book is set in the world that started with A Dead Djinn in Cairo and a few other stories before he expanded it to a full novel. Mrs. Match totally dug it.I just saw this in a bookstore, not having heard of the author at all before. How is it?
I'm sad to report that I gave it about 90 pages, but it didn't grab me at all. I liked The Haunting of Tram Car 015, and I loved Ring Shout (which I absolutely recommend), so I don't know why. It's not like it was bad, even! Just didn't click with me for whatever reason.I just saw this in a bookstore, not having heard of the author at all before. How is it?
I have read so many of Asimovs short stories, that I don't remember a lot of them (this sounds bad, it isn't, there are just sooo many, and so many of them good). The Last Question is one of my favourites of his. It's amazing, beautiful, and feels grandious and clever. Loved that one.My nickname is there for a reason I'm fairly sure I've read all of Asimov's short stories published in Spanish, and all the major novels and major compilations in English. I'm only including the solo ones, though, as I haven't read the extended NIghtfall novel he co-wrote. But I read both NIghtfall (short story) and The Last Question when I was young, and I think they shaped my tastes for literature a lot.
Some years ago, I read that Kafka would read his works to his friends, and was always confused, when they didn't love. He thought his books were funny. (Don't remember where I read this, maybe I just imagined it) I never saw this, until now. Having Gregor not caring at all about being a giant bug, while being way more frustrated and scared of his regular live is such an absurd situation, I couldn't help but laugh, when the guy from his firm appears, to find out why Gregor is late. Dunno, I find it hilarious, maybe because it feels so true.
I really enjoyed this series. Wished he wrote another oneRe-read Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer, which, at its best, feels like if Terry Pratchett took a stab at writing Something Wicked This Way Comes, and when it’s doing that it’s great. The back third shifts the focus away from that to the stories detriment.
Also, and I’m pretty sure this ain’t a component of the later books in the series, but there’s a point where “ironic racism” Kind of loses its sense of irony, particularly when your title character is a smug mid-century German aristocrat.
That's a shame. I just started playing the SNES games (a few hours into the 2nd game) and was curious about the original source.I read the very first Megami Tensei book. At least I think there are more. Not really worth it, except for academic curiosity. It has a nice mood, but elsewise, it's overly brutal and sexist. In the worst way, please don't read it.
If you are curious in finding out where the series came from, it might be worthwile. That's what I meant with "academic curiosity". It's just way too focused on (gross spoiler) Loki trying to get his dick into every vagina possible.. It is short, so even if one has a hard time with it, it's over soon. I think it is a light novel, and the likely simple language wasn't aided by the fact that I read a fan translation. So it probably was just some quick, simple read with a super cool idea.That's a shame. I just started playing the SNES games (a few hours into the 2nd game) and was curious about the original source.
Do any of the video games hew closely to the book?
It's so good.This Is How You Lose the Time War: I briefly posted an "I don't get it" in this thread before deleting the post and deciding to soldier on. And I'm glad I did, because I ended up really enjoying it, and the plot feels like it's meant more to be experienced than understood. This is a great book, truly unlike anything I've ever read, and it seems like it would get even better on repeat reads.
Is this the name? Wanted to look at it but can't find it: found another book that might be it thoughFinished Victories Greater Than Death. Which was a fine YA sci-fi yarn about a gal who realizes she’s borked up being a clone of a great space hero. Biggest complaint being that it felt really inconsistent; Generally felt like it was skewing a bit younger than I was expecting, but not always. The crazy space tech was inconsistent about what it could or could not do, one character swung wildly between speaking grandiose and casual in the same interaction. There’s a lot of stuff going on in the story I really liked, so my complaints just tampered down my enthusiasm rather than making me dislike anything in it.
Also, every character introduced themselves by stating their preferred pronouns which is a good policy when trying to make a friend, a weird policy when making first contact with an alien species and completely inexplicable when it’s coming from a space racist actively trying to murder you with torpedos.
Anyway; moving from lasers to wizards, I started reading Deadly Lessons, which was pitched to me as “If Lina Inverse was enrolled in a Magic School that actively tried to kill all its students”, and I fell in love with it before I got midway through the first chapter.