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Author Topic: The Book Thread  (Read 32217 times)

Spike

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« Reply #780 on: December 03, 2016, 08:22:26 PM »
Fine, I'll keep it fresh.

Just finished 'Reading' Dan Abnett (Again!), this time a non-40k book called Embedded.  Slightly Sci-Fi Military fiction, with a twist, which I will now reveal (since its in the blurb and is essentially THE PLOT, rather than a spoiler...), that a hapless reporter type is mentally riding that bad-ass soldier into combat to get the scoop, when said Bad Ass Soldier dies, and the non-soldier on board has to take over the not-quite cooling meat.  

Its pretty good, but not great.   Abnett tries too hard to sell his near-ish future with things like 'Scotch-effect', and 'chicken-effect'... by which he apparently means 'fake scotch' and 'fake chicken', because real scotch or chicken would be too expensive for normal people to eat... or something.  On the other hand, it was very nice to see him come up with a plausible alternative to normal greetings, and not spend pages explaining it.   He's usually pretty good at minor cultural details like that.
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« Reply #781 on: December 03, 2016, 11:20:09 PM »
I'm currently reading STAR WARS: DARK DISCIPLE, which is just PAINFUL if you're a fan of Quinlan Vos.

I'm also reading Rob J. Hayes TO CATCH A THIEF. It's a steampunk fantasy.

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« Reply #782 on: December 04, 2016, 05:40:11 AM »
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I'm currently reading STAR WARS: DARK DISCIPLE, which is just PAINFUL if you're a fan of Quinlan Vos.

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I have no idea who Quinlan Vos is, I assume a character. So what I have to know is: Is it painful becuase lots of bad things happen to him, or is it painful because its so badly written and untrue to the character as established?

Grammar Nazis want to know.
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« Reply #783 on: December 04, 2016, 03:25:18 PM »
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I have no idea who Quinlan Vos is, I assume a character. So what I have to know is: Is it painful becuase lots of bad things happen to him, or is it painful because its so badly written and untrue to the character as established?

Grammar Nazis want to know.

Being a Star Wars novel, likely both.