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I just finished The Crippled God, 10th of 10 in the epic fantasy series The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson. I started this series for the first time several years ago, and got to about book 7, which was the most recently available one, then swore off finishing the series until the last book was out, in case Erikson "did a Jordan" and popped his clogs before finishing his oeuvre. I finally got round to starting again a while back, some time after we actually acquired book 10 because I hadn't realised that it was done.

 

Really glad I did. Some of the best sword-and-sorcery fiction I've read. Sufficiently engaging that there was the occasional time that I had to take a break because it was all so intense. Laughter and tears; joy and despair. I have no idea how many characters get dealt with in such fascinating detail. Heroes and villains, and villains who are heroes... I'm a sucker for military fiction, and there's that in spadefuls, along with mystery and intrigue and world-shattering plots.

 

The background was, I'm given to understand, created as the setting for Ericson's GURPS game...

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HEROINE COMPLEX by Sarah Kuhn. I bought it because the cover art jumped out at me in Barnes & Noble and picked it up to look it over (never say cover art can't help sell a book), and the description and skimming a page here and there sold me. It's the story of Evie, an Asian-American young woman, who is the long-time best friend and personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, San Francisco's only superhero (also Asian American). While technically Aveda has a superpower (extremely low-STR telekinesis), it's all but useless, so she fights demons* with her martial arts skills. She's fanatically dedicated to training, and to being a diva.

 

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The Moons of Barsoom. Professional writers write John Carter fanfic. A couple of them were interesting, particularly for showing how others perceive John Carter. But the Tarzan versus John Carter one was just obnoxious. John Carter was not a modern Confederacy apologist.

Do you mean Under the Moons of Mars? I picked that one up for a quarter a while back and only made it through four or five stories before I gave up in disgust. The story by Joe Lansdale has some interesting concepts even though it's generally lackluster in execution. The other stories I read are clichéd and horribly written. But there's a story in it by Garth Nix that I'm holding out hopes for because he's one of my favorite writers. So is Tamora Pierce, who I wish had written a story for the anthology rather than just the introduction.

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 Just finished "Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm A Supervillain" by Richard Roberts. Lots of fun about a group of adolescent (middle school I think) kids with super powers who become, sort of by accident, super villains. Some interesting ideas and fun characters and , while I may not read the next book in the series for a while, I quite enjoyed this one.

Fun series. 2nd book feels like should be third or fourth. Third book is a transition. But well worth reading.

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I just finished The Crippled God, 10th of 10 in the epic fantasy series The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson. I started this series for the first time several years ago, and got to about book 7, which was the most recently available one, then swore off finishing the series until the last book was out, in case Erikson "did a Jordan" and popped his clogs before finishing his oeuvre. I finally got round to starting again a while back, some time after we actually acquired book 10 because I hadn't realised that it was done.

 

Really glad I did. Some of the best sword-and-sorcery fiction I've read. Sufficiently engaging that there was the occasional time that I had to take a break because it was all so intense. Laughter and tears; joy and despair. I have no idea how many characters get dealt with in such fascinating detail. Heroes and villains, and villains who are heroes... I'm a sucker for military fiction, and there's that in spadefuls, along with mystery and intrigue and world-shattering plots.

 

The background was, I'm given to understand, created as the setting for Ericson's GURPS game...

I have read a lot of them but I'm not sure exactly how many and I'd probably have to go back and reread the whole series. not that this is a problem but the time, oh the time...

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Then Everything Changed by Jeff Greenfield.

 

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On 3/15/2017 at 3:52 AM, Clonus said:

The Moons of Barsoom.  Professional writers write John Carter fanfic.  A couple of them were interesting, particularly for showing how others perceive John Carter.  But the Tarzan versus John Carter one was just obnoxious.  John Carter was not a modern Confederacy apologist.

I think that that is the book I am reading at the moment ,except that my copy is titled "Under The Moons Of Mars" John Joseph Adams (editor). Stories by such writers as Peter S Beagle,S M Stirling and Chris Claremont. I agree with you about the John Carter/Tarzan story.

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Card Sharks edited by George R R Martin. This is a Wildcards anthology book, the overarching theme being a conspiracy to kill all those with the Wildcard virus. It goes back decades and features appearances by Marilyn Monroe and several other virus stalwarts like Mr Crenson.

 I have had the book for a long time but had not read it. Caught up now. And this was the first of a trilogy.

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