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  1. Kenneth2

    Kenneth2 Published Novelist

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    Hi, actually I posted a few months ago, but I'm essentially new. Allow me to introduce myself.

    I'm Kenneth Eng, a well-known sci fi writer. I'm here because I want to hear about other people's books instead of just reading my own like I normally do.

    Right now, my favorite is Ringworld. Does anyone else know of any pro-Asian sci fi/fantasy books out there?

    Also, how do I create a signature?
     
  2. Loerwyn

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    Hi Kenneth,
    Currently there's no facility to have a signature and I don't think that'll change any time soon.

    If you wish to advertise your own books, as I'm sure you do, then we have a Promotion Zone just for that and whilst it's open we ask that you keep any and all adverts for your own books there (although there is some allowance for suggesting your own or talking about them in other topics).

    As for your question, well - that's a toughie. All I can really think of are the Chung Kho books (as a series), but you'd have to define "pro-Asian" for anyone to really be able to suggest books.
     
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    Davis Ashura Would be writer? Sure.

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    Hi Ken,

    There is also the Initiate Brother by Sean Russell.
     
  5. Contrarius

    Contrarius You talkin' to me??

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    It doesn't really count as "pro" Asian, but the protagonist Takeshi Kovacs from Richard Morgan's books is part Japanese (was part Japanese -- the characters exchange bodies many times throughout the stories), and there are relatively frequent mentions of the Asian-flavored culture of his home world throughout the books.
     
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  6. Kenneth2

    Kenneth2 Published Novelist

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    Thanks, guys. I'll be sure to get those books when I have the chance.
     
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    Carlyle Clark Registered User

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    Kenneth,

    What exactly do you mean by the part of your statement I put in bold?

    As for books:

    Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, Book 1) by Lian Hearn
     
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    Obvious troll, surely ?
     
  9. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Now, now. Let's not read anything into this.

    If you have books to recommend, please do.

    I'll second Across the Nightingale Floor, but the story didn't capture my heart enough to follow the rest of the series, but I did like the overall world building Mrs. Hearn accomplished.

    I've been really wanting to try out a book I saw and read a review that got me interested, but then I promptly forgot about it.

    It's relatively new. It has an Asian-looking warrior on the front looking to the side. I believe there are tall buildings or mountains in the background and it appears the wind is whipping around his robe and/or belt. I can't remember much of the story line, but it seemed epic. Any clue?
     
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    Jon Sprunk Book of the Black Earth

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    The Paladin by CJ Cherryh
     
  11. Contrarius

    Contrarius You talkin' to me??

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    Oh dang. I don't know this one, but you've reminded me of a different new one (last year, I guess) that has cherry blossoms on the front, and I think a woman in some sort of kimono. Dangit. Hope I think of it!
     
  12. Mister

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    I believe you're talking about Stormdancer, maybe?

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    Contrarius You talkin' to me??

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    Yes! Jeez, I didn't get any part of that description right, did I?? But that's the right book anyway! LOL!
     
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    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Hmm, Stormdancer looks interesting. Anyone know if it is good?

    The artist who did Stormdancer's cover looks somewhat similar to the other cover. I'll look it up that way, maybe I'll find it again. :)

    EDIT: Sorry for any derailment... :eek:

    EDIT: Found it! Son of Heaven by David Wingrove
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    It's not actually out yet, but advance reviewers say it's a great setting -- steampunk samurai with chainsaw katanas! -- yet a lot of people have trouble with overdescribing and unnecessarily dense prose.
     
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    Never stopped GRRM, did it? ;)
     
  17. Mister

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    Can you find a GRRM passage that matches this? --

    "A five-sided fist of yellow stone amidst a growth of hunchbacked, abandoned slaughterhouses, the great nest of pipes and tanks and vomiting chimneys that must be the refinery, a rusted length of intestine spilling from its bowels and leading off north toward First House." The reviewer claims it's sentence after sentence like that.
     
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    See, now, I guess it is how one is built to read. I don't mind GRRM's prose at all. I actually like it. And I wouldn't call it dense nor over-describing.

    Now, that sample from Stormdancer looks like something that should have been edited for clarity and readability, but (shrug) each to their own.

    Anybody know anything about Son of Heaven? The review site praised it. I noticed there wasn't an ebook option, which is why I hadn't gotten it when I first saw that review, and which means I won't be running out to get it now (because I read almost exclusively on my iPhone). But when an ebook does come out, should I flag this to get?
     
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    GRRM over-describes in the sense that he hits you over the head with descriptions repeatedly. I lost count of how many times we're told Brienne is ugly.
     
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    Guy Gavriel Kay's Under Heaven.