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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-08-23 06:03
Subject: [books] Recent reading
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I recently read bram452's A Betrayal In Winter Powell's | Amazon ], the second book of his Long Price quartet. (The first is A Shadow in Summer Powell's | Amazon ].) Daniel Abraham continues with his amazing, elegant fantasy which reads like a stiletto slicing. As I said recently to someone in comments, this is fantasy with a non-traditional setting &mdash second world, and aeurocentric. The core fantasy elements of the series are very innovative, impressing me deeply. And bram452 writes with such a lovely voice. It's literary but not intrusively so, highly original and a very good story.

I also finally managed to read scott_lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora Powell's | Amazon ]. That was a real page-turner for me. The frenzied explosion of plot and character contrasted well with the Abraham's elegance of world and prose. Locke Lamora owes a great deal to the tradition of caper books and movies, but carries a gripping sensibility all its own. Lynch has also done a fantastic job of rendering the sympathetic antihero.

If you're at all interested in what fantasy is doing these days outside the Big Book/post-Tolkien tradition, get these titles onto your reading pile.
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Paul Weimer
User: princejvstin
Date: 2007-08-23 13:40 (UTC)
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Thanks for the reviewlets. I do appreciate book views and reviews precisely for the reason that I can't keep track of everything released, and having someone point toward books I've missed is a good thing.
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markbourne: escape key
User: markbourne
Date: 2007-08-23 14:54 (UTC)
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I've read other hoorahs about The Lies of Locke Lamora, a book I otherwise would ignore simply because high fantasy has rarely moved me and I'm feeling particularly burned out on it -- and traditional genre plotting generally -- these days. Do you recommend it for a reader as jaded as myself? (For a point of reference, my hot reading ticket lately has been T.C. Boyle.)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-08-23 14:57 (UTC)
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This is plotted a whole lot more like a caper/crime novel -- maybe Elmore Leonard -- than a fantasy novel. That's part of what I find so engaging about it. The surface is definitely urban swords-and-sorcery.
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markbourne
User: markbourne
Date: 2007-08-23 15:08 (UTC)
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Strong caper/crime plotting can certainly overcome my gradually accumulating distaste for swords-and-sorcery. And the buzz about the book's prose and plot/character quality is very good, building up its rep as a strong "writer's read." So I should set aside my prejudices and leap into it. Besides, I do try to keep up with the Books Everyone's Talking About This Year. Thanks.
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markbourne: escape key
User: markbourne
Date: 2007-08-23 15:46 (UTC)
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the Books Everyone's Talking About This Year

Which naturally includes Mainspring, btw.
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Jay Lake: writing-Mainspring
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-08-23 15:47 (UTC)
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More of that fantasy crap. Trust me, I know the author.
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markbourne: escape key
User: markbourne
Date: 2007-08-23 15:51 (UTC)
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Heh. Yeah, I've seen him passed out in the SFWA suite a few times. Remind me to tell you about the time Connie Willis had to hold his hair back.

More of that fantasy crap

Ah, yet by all accounts not that "same old same old" fantasy crap. (Hmmm, "same old same old" ... I now dub SoSo as its own subgenre.)
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Lawrence M. Schoen: LEGO
User: klingonguy
Date: 2007-08-24 01:29 (UTC)
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I am very envious that you've already read the Daniel's new book. I'm guessing your early possession of it had something to do with your NM workshop trip? I'm really envious of WJW who apparently has read the third book already.

I met Daniel earlier this year at a Boston convention (we had a signing together) and bought a copy of his 1st novel. Wow! Great stuff. The new book just arrived in the mail yesterday (it's official debut date is tomorrow). There's no room in the luggage to bring it to Japan, but it's the first thing I'll crack open once I get back.
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