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Sneaky__Sally
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re: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendation & Discussion Thread
Also, has anyone read Rivers of London? A friend told me to read it and I saw it on a list of must read fantasy books - lust was a little suspect due to some notable omissions


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Just finished the last Lightbringer novel.

Really struggling with what to read next. I haven't read the latest Red Rising/Darrow book, but I forget everything that happened in Iron Gold.

I was thinking about picking up either Powder Mage or a Django Wexler novel. I'd like to read a little more flintlock fantasy.

I don't know. Need something new and exciting.


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I'd like to read a little more flintlock fantasy.



Sounds like Powder mage should be your call then. Wexler's shadow campaigns is very good too, but not quite as good as powder mage. And I think I like the second powder mage trilogy a bit better than the first.


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I really liked the first 3 Shadow Campaigns, need to finish that series off soon


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Silmarillion - it takes some serious focus/memory OR pauses between segments to absorb what you read. To me it is by far more epic (thus far) than the main lotr trilogy.

Shannara series (despite its obvious first book being a copy/paste of fellowship)


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I'm a few chapters into Powder Mage.

It is EXCELLENT. Honestly very impressed. I'm sort of jealous of his worldbuilding and thought processes here.


auyushu
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Yeah, I was impressed with McClellan across the board really. He managed solid world building, solid plot, solid writing, and really interesting characters. Taniel and Ka-Poel are awesome.

He's definitely one of the top few new authors I've read over the last decade.


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I'll have first 3 powdermage, last 2 of shadow campaigns, lord of light and moon is a harsh mistress delivered here in the next couple weeks to get me through quarantine. Hopefully shipping is still going - looked like a few got packaged last night per my emails.

Also just started broken empire last night and ordered 2nd two in the series should be able to knock those out pretty quickly without much going on.


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Sneaky__Sally
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Funny how he took Sandersons writing course I think. I remember Sanderson talking about him when I listened to the ones they put up on youtube from like 2016.

Just saw they have a more recent version up on youtube now


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Funny how he took Sandersons writing course I think


You can kinda see it in the attention to detail with his magic system (not on the same level as Sanderson of course, but nobody is really). McClellan's writing/characters are more on the level of wax and Wayne Sanderson rather than early Sanderson.

Sounds like you have a good batch of books coming to tide you over. I should read moon is a harsh mistress at some point, only Heinlein I've read is starship troopers a long time ago.


Sneaky__Sally
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You should read Stranger in a Strange Land too - only one of Heinlein i've read. Really weird but really interesting.

Get the normal one probably, they have an unedited version which my friend got and said it was really slow. Its already more of an old school, slow sci fi thing anyway so I think editor probably did a good job of cutting out the unnecessary stuff and moving the story along.


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I love old fashioned slow sci fi things. Millions dead on the first page turns me off. I prefer adventure well described stuff. The death of one character that you know a bit about elicits more of a response than the death of a world you know by name only. Thats why I read and write ole school space opera.


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Steven Erickson’s “Willful Child” books are hilarious space parodies and quick reads. Never was able to through many Malazan books, but these are fun.


Sneaky__Sally
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Just finished Prince of Thornes by Mark Lawrence, looks like amazon is backed up and wont be delivering the next two in the trilogy until may or so.

I'll have to take a look at the willful child books, love Malazan and have been meaning to get into some of the other books in the malazan world - saw one of his sci fi on the shelf last time i went to Barnes & Noble but didn't look at it too much


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Just finished Prince of Thornes by Mark Lawrence, looks like amazon is backed up and wont be delivering the next two in the trilogy until may or so.


That stinks. I got through that trilogy pretty quickly. I just did Audible for it though. The second book was my favorite.


Sneaky__Sally
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I ordered a bunch - just got in Crimson Campaign, but its the 3rd book of Powdermage trilogy so doesn't help much but at least they will be trickling in.
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Sneaky__Sally
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Finished the last book in Shadow Campaigns. Really really liked this series - I thought all 5 books were really well done. No slow points or anything like that.

Also about to finish Broken Empire trilogy - author does a great job of making a pretty terrible group of characters somewhat sympathetic and using them as a protagonist.

Already got 5 books finished since corona quarantine started, Powdermage Trilogy up next.
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auyushu
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Also about to finish Broken Empire trilogy - author does a great job of making a pretty terrible group of characters somewhat sympathetic and using them as a protagonist.



Yeah, Jorg is one of the more interesting characters in fantasy due to that. Lawrence does a great job with him and having a really great backstory for why he is the way he is. It's like the crew of the Black Company ramped up to 10 and without Croaker glossing over the negative details. The only other character I can compare to Jorg to in terms of having so many scenes of being a terrible person and still being sympathetic is Angus Thermopyle from Stephen R Donaldson's gap cycle series.

Have fun reading Powder mage, I just got done reading two newer urban fantasy books by McClellan, his new Valkyrie collections series, which were quite good. I'd recommend them to anybody who likes Dresden Files or the Iron Druid series.
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Sneaky__Sally
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I've also heard great reviews about Lawrence's newest trilogy or story.



auyushu
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Yeah, Lawrence's book of the ancestor trilogy and his most recent impossible times trilogy (sci fi set on Earth) are both very good.

He was already pretty much there already, but reading the impossible times trilogy moved him into my immediate buy when his books come out category no matter the topic/setting.


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