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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 30 Jun 2021 :  19:57:55  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Captain Grafalcon

Love Steampunk... it´s a shame there aren´t many novels of the genre. Read recently Boneshaker (Cherie Priest), a story involving a Steampunk version of a decadent Seattle. Thank you for the suggestions!



Been meaning to read that one, myself.

I would make some additional recommendations, if you're into the steampunk:

The Great Library series has some steampunk elements. It's an alt-history where the Library of Alexandria never fell, and where they mastered the use of alchemy to control the printed word and thus became the pre-eminent power of Europe.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074CF18JR

The Gideon Smith books are closer to regular steampunk, though there are some variant elements, like vampires and Atlantis having been a thing. There's also a nice oblique reference to Indiana Jones which quite amused me.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F7P18RM

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series is straight steampunk and a lot of fun.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B079B3TCHV

I'm also going to plug the Clockwork Dagger duology and the Blood of Earth trilogy, by my friend Beth Cato (link to her Amazon author page). Neither series is straight steampunk -- the Clockwork Dagger books focus on a young woman who is sort of a magical doctor, living in a steampunk world that isn't Earth, and the Blood of Earth books are alt-history with steampunk and elemental magic. The latter trilogy starts in San Francisco, shortly before the 1906 earthquake.

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Marc
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Posted - 30 Jun 2021 :  20:50:53  Show Profile Send Marc a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Right now reading Mortis, it's a Siege of Terra (Horus Heresy) 40k novel, not as good as the previous one Saturnine

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Captain Grafalcon
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Brazil
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Posted - 03 Jul 2021 :  14:08:51  Show Profile Send Captain Grafalcon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Captain Grafalcon

Love Steampunk... it´s a shame there aren´t many novels of the genre. Read recently Boneshaker (Cherie Priest), a story involving a Steampunk version of a decadent Seattle. Thank you for the suggestions!



Been meaning to read that one, myself.

I would make some additional recommendations, if you're into the steampunk:

The Great Library series has some steampunk elements. It's an alt-history where the Library of Alexandria never fell, and where they mastered the use of alchemy to control the printed word and thus became the pre-eminent power of Europe.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074CF18JR

The Gideon Smith books are closer to regular steampunk, though there are some variant elements, like vampires and Atlantis having been a thing. There's also a nice oblique reference to Indiana Jones which quite amused me.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F7P18RM

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series is straight steampunk and a lot of fun.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B079B3TCHV

I'm also going to plug the Clockwork Dagger duology and the Blood of Earth trilogy, by my friend Beth Cato (link to her Amazon author page). Neither series is straight steampunk -- the Clockwork Dagger books focus on a young woman who is sort of a magical doctor, living in a steampunk world that isn't Earth, and the Blood of Earth books are alt-history with steampunk and elemental magic. The latter trilogy starts in San Francisco, shortly before the 1906 earthquake.



Thnak you! Looking foward to read those!
Right now I´ve started The Adversary (Erin M. Evans). I think her books show the best version of what a Harpers organization would be like. Technical rigor, skepticism, the conflicts of an organization's bureaucracy with fieldwork. So far the first 100 pages have been pretty enjoyable.

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Marc
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Posted - 23 Jul 2021 :  14:13:19  Show Profile Send Marc a Private Message  Reply with Quote
haven't read a lot of steampunk, the best I could recommend are The Bas Lag novels by Mieville, Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds, The Ace of Skulls by Chris Wooding, Godless by Orrin Grey (Iron Kingdoms)

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Captain Grafalcon
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Brazil
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Posted - 20 Aug 2021 :  14:58:56  Show Profile Send Captain Grafalcon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Finished Shadowbane (The Shadowbane series book II, Eric Scott de Bie). I really like the author's storytelling. In this second book there was still a lot to be learned about the protagonist, without seeming forced. I like the descriptions of the fights (they are as good as Salvatore's). It's a shame I have just one more book of the series left.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 20 Aug 2021 :  15:50:59  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
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So my most recent reads...

Master of Djinn -- kind of steampunk, with djinn and related magical critters, set in early 1900s Cairo

Six-Gun Tarot -- my first time reading anything of the Weird West genre. I've picked up the next book in the series.

Blameless -- the third book of the Parasol Protectorate. Steampunk, but with werewolves and vampires, as well -- as members of polite society, at least in England. It's a really fun series. Steampunk action, high-society manners, and some great bits of humor sprinkled here and there. This is the one I'm reading right now.



Since this post, I've read the rest of the Golgotha books (the Weird West ones), the rest of the Parasol Protectorate, and now I'm re-reading the Custard Protocol books, which are twenty years later than the Parasol Protectorate and focus on the now-adult children of the characters from the first series.

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Captain Grafalcon
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Posted - 27 Aug 2021 :  20:35:16  Show Profile Send Captain Grafalcon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Finished Crypt of the Shadowking (The Harper series 6, Mark Anthony). After the previous book in the series, The Ring of Winter, one of the best books I've ever read from the Realms, I was afraid that the next book would be a lot worse. Fortunately, Crypt of the Shadowking is a very interesting story that surprises for the narrative, without having many descriptions of fights and action. Another pleasant surprise is that it takes place in Iriaebor, a place I knew little about.


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Artemas Entreri
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Posted - 14 Sep 2021 :  15:56:16  Show Profile Send Artemas Entreri a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Finished Fire in the Blood. Wow 600+ pages is a bit long for a Realms book.

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Captain Grafalcon
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Posted - 14 Sep 2021 :  20:31:06  Show Profile Send Captain Grafalcon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Artemas Entreri

Finished Fire in the Blood. Wow 600+ pages is a bit long for a Realms book.



Have you like it? I want to read it soon.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 15 Sep 2021 :  01:21:06  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Since this post, I've read the rest of the Golgotha books (the Weird West ones), the rest of the Parasol Protectorate, and now I'm re-reading the Custard Protocol books, which are twenty years later than the Parasol Protectorate and focus on the now-adult children of the characters from the first series.



So, since that post, I've finished off the Custard Protocol books, read the new Star Wars novel, and now I'm working on David Weber's The Excalibur Alternative. I think I'm going to read the next Maradaine trilogy next; I've been meaning to get to it.

Also, I'm reading The Mwangi Expanse for Pathfinder, and an older Shadowrun sourcebook, Dragons of the Sixth World. I'm almost done with the latter and will be putting it up on eBay once I'm done -- I wound up with two copies, and judging by the asking prices I see on there, I can easily get my money back.

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CorellonsDevout
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Posted - 15 Sep 2021 :  01:47:26  Show Profile Send CorellonsDevout a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I recently read Soulstar, last book in the Kingston Cycle, which is getting a tv adaptation, and am almost done with the second book in the Mage Winds trilogy. The Valdemar books are something I wish I had gotten around to reading a long time ago, but I didn't start them until...2018, I think, and i haven't been reading them consistently.

For nonfiction, I have been reading the Tale of Idolized Boys, which is about the chigo system in medieval Japan.

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Captain Grafalcon
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Posted - 23 Sep 2021 :  21:12:37  Show Profile Send Captain Grafalcon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Starting The Last Mythal trilogy (Richard Baker). I saw that some members of the group liked this series, I have good expectations.

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Captain Grafalcon
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Finished The Last Mythal trilogy. I believe it is one of the best novels in the FR universe.
When it comes to elves in FR, a lot of emphasis is placed on drow, and so far I haven't had significant contact with elven culture. Evermeet (or any high elven city) appears in timid references throughout the novels.

The story features many well-developed characters, and Baker did a good job of narrating the dilemmas an elf faces: ambition/personal commitment conflict and relationship with different races.


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ericlboyd
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Posted - 15 Oct 2021 :  18:56:44  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote


quote:
Originally posted by Captain Grafalcon

Finished The Last Mythal trilogy. I believe it is one of the best novels in the FR universe.
When it comes to elves in FR, a lot of emphasis is placed on drow, and so far I haven't had significant contact with elven culture. Evermeet (or any high elven city) appears in timid references throughout the novels.

The story features many well-developed characters, and Baker did a good job of narrating the dilemmas an elf faces: ambition/personal commitment conflict and relationship with different races.






If you haven't read Elaine Cunningham's books, you should definitely do so. Elfshadow / Elfsong / Silver Shadows / Dream Spheres / Thornhold. Also Evermeet. Then there's the Starlight and Shadows trilogy.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 15 Oct 2021 :  20:32:42  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Right now I'm reading The City We Became. Not bad, but it's got more than a little of the surreal in it, and I'm not the biggest fan of surreal.

I grabbed this one to read because it was on top of my pile of most recent acquisitions. The next one in that pile is The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind (that's how it's spelled on the cover, asterisk and everything), so it'll likely be my next read.

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Captain Grafalcon
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Posted - 16 Oct 2021 :  14:12:43  Show Profile Send Captain Grafalcon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Captain Grafalcon

Finished The Last Mythal trilogy. I believe it is one of the best novels in the FR universe.
When it comes to elves in FR, a lot of emphasis is placed on drow, and so far I haven't had significant contact with elven culture. Evermeet (or any high elven city) appears in timid references throughout the novels.

The story features many well-developed characters, and Baker did a good job of narrating the dilemmas an elf faces: ambition/personal commitment conflict and relationship with different races.






If you haven't read Elaine Cunningham's books, you should definitely do so. Elfshadow / Elfsong / Silver Shadows / Dream Spheres / Thornhold. Also Evermeet. Then there's the Starlight and Shadows trilogy.




Yes, very good works! I like the mature tone and character development that Elaine Cunningham brings to her stories. I still need to read Evermeet.

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