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Bluehot Commoner | joined 28 October 2007 | 3 posts

Official Book Club discussion nominations posted 28 October 2007 in Book ClubOfficial Book Club discussion nominations by Bluehot, Commoner

For a book similar to The Prince of Nothing, you should read Glen Cook's A Cruel Wind, the Dread Empire Chronicle. The same type of non traditional Fantasy creation with real people in a world so real you want to spit the grit out of your teeth. He is better known for the Balck Company novels. The first 3 of those are excellant and highly reccommended, but the Dread Empire is something special. I also like a couple of series by nominal Sci Fi authors, CJ Cherryh and Lois McMaster Bujold. view post

Nothing against female Fantasy authors but... posted 28 October 2007 in Literature DiscussionNothing against female Fantasy authors but... by Bluehot, Commoner

I agree with the greenman Lois McMaster Bujold is a great author. Her fantasies are a bit romantic but they are original and compelling. Her Sci Fi is better though. I love the Miles Vorkosigan novels. CJ Cherryh has some great fantasy novels, very intense and engaing from a charachterization perspective. I have just started a couple of Sarah Ash's books and they are good as well. view post

What subgroup of speculative fiction do you prefer? posted 28 October 2007 in Literature DiscussionWhat subgroup of speculative fiction do you prefer? by Bluehot, Commoner

I am definately a Sci Fi fan first and foremost. There is just not enough good stories and authors out there though. The publishing world is running about 5 to 1 fantasy to Sci fi so in between Sci Fi releases I like fantasy. But there is too much epic quest stuff out there, and not enough like Bakker and Glen Cook. Game of Thrones was good for about the first 2 and a half books. Then it just got tedious. Fantasy seems like such a sellout right now. Everyone just writes it cause its where the money is right now. There is so little discipline to tell a good story, it seems its more aabout filling up inches of shelf space. Its so hard to find something good amoungst the mountains of dreck. view post


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