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I'm reading a couple of books right now. The first is Horus Rising by Dan Abnett. Nephew liked it and knows I used to be a GW fanboy. Just not getting into it. Normally I'm a pretty fast reader but this one is taking time. Just looked the series up on Wikipedia and see that it's 50 books now. At the speed I'm reading this one I'll die of old age before getting through the series. The other book is David Drake's The Way to Glory from his RCN series. I've read all these books a couple of times and really enjoy them. I'm reading it out at the farm in my little periods of downtime just for something to do while waiting.

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Read "Bloody Rose". Apparently it is the 2nd book in that world, but eh, whatever, it looked fun. 

 

It was fun. Mercenary-centric world has bards that travel with merc bands so that the mercs can have stories and songs written about them. Mercs have absurd fan clubs. Most just go to do arena battles all the time, but some go out in the world fighting monsters. A novice bard gets recruited by the most badelf merc group and goes on an adventure. There is love, there is violence, and there is much cursing. Solid romp of a book. I enjoyed the way it mixed humor in when things got serious. 

 

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On 10/5/2018 at 9:21 AM, Rob Dean said:

The Martins that left a lasting impression on me were Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle), Tuf Voyaging, Armageddon Rag, and Fevre Dream...

Fond of his shared universe series Wild Cards.

 

Which began as a session of the old Superworld RPG, many years ago....

 

The Auld Grump - there are a few RPG superhero characters that have snuck into novel form, with one of my favorites being in the web serial Curveball. (The writer is C. B. Wright - the main character is called C B. From back when you were supposed to play yourself in Villains & Vigilantes.)

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I just finished Paranormal Nonsense - which features a Paranormal Investigator unlike any I have seen in recent novels.

 

He does not believe in the paranormal.

 

And he's right.

 

Think first season Scooby Doo, not Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

 

The Auld Grump - also, his dogs are stuuuupid! Loveable - but, well... overweight dachshunds, not talking great Danes.

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Just finishing Hawke, by Ted Bell. It might be the stupidest book I've ever read.

 

Think a James Bond movie where the protagonist is a British billionaire (whose money seems to have no provenance), who was orphaned by murderous pirates. But in your mental construct, make sure to conceive the script as written by a bad romance writer. Lots of military details, but the details seem to be badly remembered from '70s comic books. These details are not unique.

 

If there's a cliched character, it's probably here, though maybe in the form of a mashup with some other cliche (Stepin Fetchit X John Rambo, for instance).

 

Unless you like trainwrecks, this is one to miss.

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Ah, the pleasure of finding a new author that you like.

 

Recently finished a book titled "Reckless: The Petrified Flesh" by a German authoress called Cornelia Funke. An adolescent boy from a broken family finds his way into an alternate Europe where magic works and he leads a much more satisfactory, (but dangerous,) life as a treasure hunter. He revisits his "normal" home periodically, where he has a younger brother who he has to protect from various problems. Life gets very difficult when this young sibling manages to get into the parallel world and get into trouble there.

 

Things I especially liked: Non-obvious problems that had unusual solutions. Elves that are alien and very dangerous, not just Hollywood cuties.

 

Inevitably this is part of a trilogey, but I'm half-way into the second book, ("Living Shadows"), and it is shaping up well.

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On 9/18/2018 at 3:08 PM, HolkDiggity said:

In The Vorrh, there's a character who makes a bow and arrow out of his dead love's body.

 

We have an OLD song about a minstrel that makes a harp out of a drowned woman's bones and hair. :zombie:

 

Because that's the FIRST thing that comes to mind when I find a dead body in the millstream. <_<

 

Then the minstrel pulls out the harp IN HER FATHER'S HALL and it starts playing itself.

 

I betcha the minstrel was thinking AWWWKWWWARD! :wacko:

 

Nice and creepy, but, oh, come ON!

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10 hours ago, PaganMegan said:

 

We have an OLD song about a minstrel that makes a harp out of a drowned woman's bones and hair. :zombie:

 

Because that's the FIRST thing that comes to mind when I find a dead body in the millstream. <_<

 

Then the minstrel pulls out the harp IN HER FATHER'S HALL and it starts playing itself.

 

I betcha the minstrel was thinking AWWWKWWWARD! :wacko:

 

Nice and creepy, but, oh, come ON!

I read a remake of that were the minstrel get tossed in the dungeon for desecrating the princess' corpse. I thought it was fitting.

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