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Cowl by Neal Asher

A random grab from the Lizard Library Pile. I was surprisingly
pleased with it. It's an ambitious post-cyberpunk time travel novel
with some extremely cool antagonists. The wrap-up at the end has, I
think, the right amount of detail - it leaves a lot unsaid, while
still ending the story satsifyingly.

Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

I was entertained by Butcher's Harry Dresden books, but this
series has me well and truly hooked. I like the world and the
characters, and the plot's good enough to stand up to the other two.
Also, unlike certain other fantasy series that are enjoyable, The
Codex Alera doesn't seem to be targetted for volume creep, and so has
a chance of ending. Butcher does one of the best post-Roman medieval
settings that I've seen in a while, and I find it particularly
engaging since I've been thinking along similar lines myself lately
for my own crap.

Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher

More awesome goodness. I devoured this one.

I liked Furies of Calderon enough that I skipped over my scheduled
serious book to read Academ's Fury. I'm waiting to read the third
book, Cursor's Fury, until it comes out in paperback, so I'm back on
schedule with Disinformation's Everything You Know is Wrong,
which at least seems to grab peoples' attention when I read it. I'm
already getting sick of the various articles using the word "facts" in
scare quotes, though. We shall see if I make it through the book.


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 23rd, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked the Jim Butcher books -- I can tell you there are 6 planned books in this story arc. I've read the 4th one and outlines for 5 and 6 and based on your comments above, I think you'll enjoy them.
Oct. 23rd, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
Given my experience with Bishop, Butcher and Bear, I'm starting to think thatI should just read any spec fic author you have ever represented, since I keep ending up really, really liking them. Or maybe just the ones who's last names start with "B"...
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