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  • captainkcaptaink TexasRegistered User regular
    Actually Neverwhere is a good suggestion too.

    Drood too.

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  • hatedinamericahatedinamerica Registered User regular
    Drood is fucking incredible, but I could see a lot of people bouncing off it.

    It spends...a lot of time in shady opium dens and disgusting, dripping sewers and catacombs.

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  • ChicoBlueChicoBlue Registered User regular
    I liked a lot of Drood.

    I liked the opium dens and Dickens being a dick but at a certain point I just felt, "Man... this just keeps going, huh?"

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  • KhraulKhraul Registered User regular
    Drood is Dan Simmons, right?

    I found Hyperion and it's sequel a bit of a plod. Does Drood differ stylewise?

    Also I've read neverwhere and quite enjoyed it. The Marquis de Carabas from that book has a short story featured in Rogues... the short story collection edited by George R. R. Martin.

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  • WassermeloneWassermelone Registered User regular
    edited February 17
    Vandermeer and KJ Bishop are good suggestions.

    Michael Swanwick is an absolute trip. Iron Dragon's Daughter and the Dragons of Babel.

    I would throw Max Gladstone into the ring as well. His books are a rather strange brew of creation mythologies, a fantasy world grappling with becoming a modern society after having thrown down their oppressors (the gods themselves), and law procedurals. Literally the first book is about a necromantic law firm that is investigating a public utility that runs on faith. The second book is about a professional risk manager doing a deep dive into a merger between two water utilities in an alt magic Aztec.

    Oh and Felix Gilman too. Some really neat books about an endless shifting city.

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  • JedocJedoc Registered User regular
    Max Gladstone's books keep catching my eye on the shelf at the library, but I've never bothered to figure out where the series starts. I guess I'll be picking him up!

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  • captainkcaptaink TexasRegistered User regular
    Khraul wrote: »
    Drood is Dan Simmons, right?

    I found Hyperion and it's sequel a bit of a plod. Does Drood differ stylewise?

    Also I've read neverwhere and quite enjoyed it. The Marquis de Carabas from that book has a short story featured in Rogues... the short story collection edited by George R. R. Martin.

    I think Dan Simmons adapts himself to different styles and genres pretty well, but if you found one to be a plod, you'd probably think that about all his work. Brief he is not.

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  • HermanoHermano Registered User regular
    edited February 17
    Khraul wrote: »
    Drood is Dan Simmons, right?

    I found Hyperion and it's sequel a bit of a plod. Does Drood differ stylewise?

    Also I've read neverwhere and quite enjoyed it. The Marquis de Carabas from that book has a short story featured in Rogues... the short story collection edited by George R. R. Martin.

    If you found Hyperion a plod I'd stay well clear of Drood

    The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers might be worth a look, fits that old London weirdness of sunless sea

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  • Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    I wasn't crazy about Neverwhere, to be honest

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  • Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    edited February 17
    Last night I bought more books
    I pre-ordered the final Witcher translation (Lady of the Lake), A Song for Quiet (the follow-up to Hammers on Bone) and not one but TWO Star Wars novels, because I'm a trash person
    I also bought So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

    I'm also still reading The Twenty-Year Death, The Simple Art of Murder and Wyrd Sisters, and also have yet to read Norse Mythology, which I bought last week

    I'm drowning on dry land here, folks

    edit: hey speaking of The Simple Art of Murder
    Raymond Chandler is rightly hailed as the master of that form but TSAOM is a prime example of how even great writers sometimes gotta crank out some garbage for a paycheck
    Most of the stories in it are pretty insubstantial

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  • PeenPeen Registered User regular
    captaink wrote: »
    Khraul wrote: »
    Drood is Dan Simmons, right?

    I found Hyperion and it's sequel a bit of a plod. Does Drood differ stylewise?

    Also I've read neverwhere and quite enjoyed it. The Marquis de Carabas from that book has a short story featured in Rogues... the short story collection edited by George R. R. Martin.

    I think Dan Simmons adapts himself to different styles and genres pretty well, but if you found one to be a plod, you'd probably think that about all his work. Brief he is not.

    I still would take a look at Song of Kali or The Terror before you give up entirely, both of those books are dripping with atmosphere and I wouldn't say that they plod like some of the others.

    Which I don't think plod at all honestly but I can see where that criticism would come from.

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  • hatedinamericahatedinamerica Registered User regular
    Khraul wrote: »
    Drood is Dan Simmons, right?

    I found Hyperion and it's sequel a bit of a plod. Does Drood differ stylewise?

    Also I've read neverwhere and quite enjoyed it. The Marquis de Carabas from that book has a short story featured in Rogues... the short story collection edited by George R. R. Martin.

    Did you not read the Endymion books after the Hyperion books?

    Because Hyperion/Fall of Hyperion are basically just the prelude to the "real" story. Much less plodding, I'd say.

    Also yes to the above about Song of Kali and The Terror.

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  • captainkcaptaink TexasRegistered User regular
    Hyperion/Fall of Hyperion are the better books, though.

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  • supersporksuperspork Registered User regular
    Jedoc wrote: »
    Max Gladstone's books keep catching my eye on the shelf at the library, but I've never bothered to figure out where the series starts. I guess I'll be picking him up!

    https://www.fantasticfiction.com/g/max-gladstone/

    Here's the publication order of the series. Some of the books take place before others and others after. I need to go back and start and just read straight through them as I got hung up partway through Full Fathom Five and it wqs a bit since I had read the others so it was hard to pick up on which characters had appeared in others and who were new.

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  • KhraulKhraul Registered User regular
    Khraul wrote: »
    Drood is Dan Simmons, right?

    I found Hyperion and it's sequel a bit of a plod. Does Drood differ stylewise?

    Also I've read neverwhere and quite enjoyed it. The Marquis de Carabas from that book has a short story featured in Rogues... the short story collection edited by George R. R. Martin.

    Did you not read the Endymion books after the Hyperion books?

    Because Hyperion/Fall of Hyperion are basically just the prelude to the "real" story. Much less plodding, I'd say.

    Also yes to the above about Song of Kali and The Terror.

    I didn't... after fall of Hyperion I needed to move on to something a little more energetic.

    I found Hyperion and Fall peaked my interest enough to keep me reading because I wanted to reach the conclusion, but not because I really enjoyed them.

    I'll take a look at Song of Kali and The Terror.

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  • JedocJedoc Registered User regular
    I'm about midway through Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. It's piecing together the story of a team of scientists and military folks uncovering alien artifacts on Earth, told through a series of World War Z-style interviews. The story itself is interesting, but there's a dry humor in the interactions between the nameless interrogator and the interviewees that has provided some of the funniest moments I've read recently.

    The story might screw the pooch before the end, but I'm enjoying the writing very much so far.

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  • UrielUriel Registered User regular
    I think I'm going to start dune tonight.

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  • AstharielAsthariel The Book Eater Registered User regular
    I consider both Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion a masterpieces, and it's really hard to understand for me how can anyone consider them slow. It's obviously possible, but I simply love them too much to think about it.

    Endymion and The Rise of Endymion meanwhile would be better to never exist. The second one is pretty good I admit, but Endymion is just so frustrating to read that Im not sure if I ever want to repeat that experience, while I read both Hyperion and Fall 4 times each.

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  • ChicoBlueChicoBlue Registered User regular
    I've been reading and enjoying Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror and last night I came across this bit about naughty sick medieval burns:
    ...a story of a game of truth-telling played at court before a tournament. A knight, asked by the Queen if he has fathered any children, is forced to admit he has not, and indeed he "did not have the look of a man who could please his mistress when he held her naked in his arms. For his beard was . . . little more than the kind of fuzz that ladies have in certain places." The Queen tells him she does not doubt his word, "for it is easy to judge from the state of the hay whether the pitchfork is any good." In his turn, the knight asks, "Lady, answer me without deceit. Is there hair between your legs?" When she replies, "None at all," he comments, "Indeed I do believe you, for grass does not grow on a well-beaten path."

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  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
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  • SnowbearSnowbear Registered User regular
    City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff Vandermeer

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  • SnowbearSnowbear Registered User regular
    I sped read Parable of the Sower this weekend. damn that good, had really interesting ideas about the nature of God in an oddly prophetic image of a declining America.

    Also been working my way through The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu

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  • UrielUriel Registered User regular
    I read the firt chapter of dune.

    It was good I'm going to read more.

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  • JedocJedoc Registered User regular
    ChicoBlue wrote: »
    I've been reading and enjoying Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror and last night I came across this bit about naughty sick medieval burns:
    ...a story of a game of truth-telling played at court before a tournament. A knight, asked by the Queen if he has fathered any children, is forced to admit he has not, and indeed he "did not have the look of a man who could please his mistress when he held her naked in his arms. For his beard was . . . little more than the kind of fuzz that ladies have in certain places." The Queen tells him she does not doubt his word, "for it is easy to judge from the state of the hay whether the pitchfork is any good." In his turn, the knight asks, "Lady, answer me without deceit. Is there hair between your legs?" When she replies, "None at all," he comments, "Indeed I do believe you, for grass does not grow on a well-beaten path."

    I loved that book so much. People in the fourteenth century were such bitches.

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