Shadows of the Apt

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  1. Rob B

    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

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    I am wondering if Pyr will be continuing the series. Book 5, The Scarab Path, is the most recent/last installment they've published and I haven't seen anything about books 6 and 7 coming out from them.

    I've only read the first one, liked it (but didn't love it) and plan on continuing with the series.
     
  2. Werthead

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    Yeah, it's out now in the UK in tradeback. I was leafing through it a while back and thought the new maps (of the Commonweal this time) were interesting. However, I'm unsure about getting the book in tradeback and breaking up the shelf organisation of the series, so I might hang on until March for the standard paperback (unless they've also switched the standard paperback size to the new B-class, which would really be annoying). Plenty of books to read in the meantime, including Books 5-6 of this series.
     
  3. PeterWilliam

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    Ugh, possible B-class format? Can't find out until March?

    I hate waiting, to quote the swordsman.

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  4. Loerwyn

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    Which size is B-Class, Wert/Peter/Rob? Is that the one Harper Voyager and Orbit tend to publish in?
     
  5. Rob B

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    I only buy US books, so I'm not sure.
     
  6. PeterWilliam

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    What most think of as mmpb is 'A' format (i.e. 178mm x 110mm). The 'B' format is slightly larger at 198mm x 129mm, and not used much outside the UK.
     
  7. Loerwyn

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    I see. So, to put this in I'm-an-idiot terms, is it like this?
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    Yes, I did use Dark Lady's Chosen on purpose, and also an omnibus ;)
     
  8. PeterWilliam

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    Yeah, Loerwyn, that looks about right. The only thing I have in 'B' format here (the middle of the US), is Abercrombie's First Law trilogy. Trade, mmpb and 'B' format....what the hell?! Hey, lets come up with at least four other pb formats and see if we can create total chaos and ruin everyone's shelves.
     
  9. Loerwyn

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    What's even more annoying is when you get variations in 'B' and 'A' formats. As you can just tell from my image, Among the Ghosts (On the right) is shorter than the others :p

    Should really get back to Shadows of the Apt one day, actually.
     
  10. Obtuse

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    Very annoying. I just bought what I guess is a MMPB the other day that is about a 1/4 inch taller (which I've come across before) AND thinner (which I have not) than a normal MMPB. Truly, one of the ugliest book, form-wise, I've ever seen.
     
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    Ditto. Trying to get some momentum going on Name of the Wind though. There always seems to be something more pressing to read.
     
  12. Werthead

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    My favourite A/B-class story is how Transworld Bantam suddenly switched to the B-class for the paperbacks of the Malazan Book of the Fallen with Book 8 of the series. However, because the format is apparently unacceptable in Canada, their international mmpb editions of the book had to remain in A-class. This has led to Malazan fans demanding bookshelf continuity ordering the British paperbacks from Canada to keep things the same.

    What's even odder is that Bantam haven't yet switched the rest of the series over, so if you're buying the series new in the UK, Books 1-7 are still in A-class and 8-9 (and presumably 10 in a couple of months) are in B-class, causing much confusion.
     
  13. Loerwyn

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    I did notice that, Adam. Well, as much as one can notice it in Waterstone's when they have about three of them :p

    Harper Voyager did it with the reissue of ASoIaF, I think. The tie-in edition of AGoT is B format, I think the rest are A.
     
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    Really? I'm only halfway through the first book and it already seems like he has something in store for Thalric besides being a generic bad guy. It's fairly obvious he is having second thoughts about the empire.


    BTW really like the book so far. At this point I find it better then alot of the mainstays around here like Abercrombie, Sanderson, Weeks, though I do have alot to read still.
     
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    Well, apparently Shadows of the Apt would take that path a book earlier - the seventh book in the series is going to be released as B-format. As are the new editions of the first 6 books with the new cover art.

    Sadly, there isn't a canadian edition that I could get to match my six books...
     
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    For the time being it doesn't look as if Pyr is continuing the series.
     
  17. Loerwyn

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    That's a shame, but I wonder if it's due to sales? Pyr released trade paperbacks behind the UK release schedule, which meant it was cheaper (and arguably quicker) for US readers to import the UK editions through sites like The Book Depository.

    Might be remedied in the future, though, we'll have to wait and see.
     
  18. PeterWilliam

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    I've been getting them directly from BD. It's a series that I'm just not going to wait around for, plus I already have the first 6 in the Tor covers, so....
     
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    I have ordered the first six books of this series from Book Depository. I want to order HEIRS OF THE BLADE from BD, but, at the moment, the book is unavailable.:( Does anyone know the reason it is unavailable there, but the book is available through Amazon.co.uk.

    I live in the United States, and I really do not want to order from Amazon.co.uk because I would also have to pay for shipping.:mad:
     
  20. Rob B

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    There's something more, I don't know epic and sweeping, about Dragonfly Falling than I felt was present in Empire in Black and Gold. Even though I'm only reading in rather short clips, Tchaikovsky is maintaining that grand, sweeping feel to the story.