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May. 17th, 2017 12:15 pm
jazzfish: Owly, reading (Owly)
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What are you reading?

The ebook of Max Gladstone's first five Craft novels was $13, and I've been meaning to read them for ages, so I picked that up. I'm about halfway through Three Parts Dead so far.

It's very good, as expected. Like Walter Jon Williams's Metropolitan / City On Fire, it would be "urban fantasy" if that term hadn't been co-opted first for punk-rock elves and then for werewolves and vampires. Secondary-world fantasy, set in a city that's decidedly post-medieval. It's detective-ish: a failed wizarding student and her mentor come to town to find out why the god who powers the city seems to have died, and what if anything they can do to fix things. Neat stuff, neat characters.

It's also hitting the exact tone and close to the exact feel that I was going for in my own partially-begun novel. This is mostly frustrating: someone already did the thing I want to do, now if I do it I'll be ripping him off. It's also kind of validating: hey, I had a pretty good idea, there, maybe I ought to stick with it.

What did you just finish reading?

The Skill of Our Hands, by Steven Brust and Skyler White. Took me forever to get through this, for reasons that are not necessarily the fault of the book. It's disconcerting to read a book set in 2014 about how the immigration nonsense in Arizona was clearly a threat to decency, while living through 2017 as it's enacted. So that threw me. More, I think these are just not my kind of book, at least not on first read, and I'm not sure why.

What do you think you'll read next?

At the Gathering, Jason Holt, one of the guys from Czech Games Editions, handed out copies of his Galaxy Trucker novel to everyone who got something at the prize table. Emily's read it and was highly amused, so, probably that. Along with the second Craft novel in ebook.

Date: 2017-05-17 07:23 pm (UTC)
tbonejenkins: (Reading Izumi)
From: [personal profile] tbonejenkins
Hey, I just picked those up too! Will definitely read. Also, yeah, feeling you with the tone of book done by someone else. But you just keep on writing your book. Just think of it as another spin on the topic.

Date: 2017-05-17 09:18 pm (UTC)
reedrover: (Default)
From: [personal profile] reedrover
I just got the Gladstone series as a part of my Hugo packet. Thanks for the help prioritizing my reading list!

Date: 2017-05-17 11:49 pm (UTC)
reedrover: (Default)
From: [personal profile] reedrover
Um. She just took the guy's face off. I may not be the right audience for this.

Date: 2017-05-18 03:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] reedrover
Yay? The casual cruelty of the Craft is really not making me happy. Ho-hum, let's knife a guy in the stomach, peel his face off, then tuck the face in a book for later

So far, I'd give the world-building a B+, the plot hook a solid B, and the make-me-care-about-characters a D. So I might go on, but if the characters can't get me invested, I'll probably finish the first book and call that enough.

Date: 2017-05-18 05:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] davidgoldfarb
They're Tor, and Tor has consistently been really supportive of the Hugo packet. (See for example the inclusion of the entire Wheel of Time.)

If you've been considering reading Seanan McGuire's October Daye series (I quite like them), that's also in there.


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