Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake
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[books] Recent reading

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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