Steph Swainston anyone?

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  1. flurgledurfel

    flurgledurfel The Snuggler

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    Hey everyone, first post... Love the site, been lurking at work for about 2 weeks and compiled a very nice "to read" list thanks to you guys... I figured I'd throw out a more obscure author for my first post.

    Any Steph Swainston fans out there? My reading tastes normally gravitate towards male authors, but a couple years ago a Neil Gaiman blurb on the cover of Steph Swainston's "The Year of Our War" grabbed my eye, so I decided to give it a shot. Very, very original, gritty fantasy. I loved it. About to pick up the 3rd novel "Dangerous Offspring", but wish I'd waited b/c they've released "The Castle Omnibus". Anyways, just wondering if anyone else had read her work and what your impressions were...
     
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    I have no idea if there are other similar threads and we will get merged from here but I am a big time fan and hew new novel due at the end of the month Above the Snowline is an asap that i will get on publication

    The main reason is Jant Shira's voice which I find very appealing and very entertaining, while her world-building has some great, great stuff (check The Hunt chapter in Dangerous Offspring that was reprinted in the New Weird anthology too for pure imagination)

    Overall though I think that her trilogy which has a sort of ending though I would love more (Snowline is a prequel) is strongly voice-dependent
     
  3. flurgledurfel

    flurgledurfel The Snuggler

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    I agree that Jant's character, with his shady background and surly, irreverent attitude, really adds so much to the series. I loved how she described his drug addiction. The alternate world (The Shift) he was transported to when he got high was mind-bendingly creative. I can't remember the last fantasy novel I read where the main character was a hardcore (yet functional) junkie. Her writing has a definite Mieville flavor to it, but she definitely has her own style. But based upon all of the reviews I've read, you either love it or hate it. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone.
     
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    I enjoyed the first book and have the second. Cheers for reminding me about it, I might bump it up the review queue :)
     
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    I wasn't even familiar with her work previous to the post. :(

    Her work sounds interesting and I have added it to my list of books to read. This site has tripled my list in the few months I have been here.
     
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    She's always disappointed me. Her writing, characters, and settings are original and interesting, but she never quite pulls her story off. Its good enough that I keep expecting her to blow my socks off but her books never quite manage to. I'll keep reading her because one of these days I expect she'll manage to hit a homerun.
     
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    Hit the nail on the head for me there Psylent.

    I keep reading her books though, because at least they have some originality.
     
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    How ironic I just started the Castle Omnibus last night. Did not get very far as I am a bit under the weather but I liked what I got through last night. Has a lot of potential. Time will tell though. I did order her next book in the series. I just hope that I like the series at the end to continue with it.
     
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    I found these very original when I read them. It was a nice change of scene for me. I kinda seen some of the characters as fantasy/super hero mixtures. I thought the whole thing with the shift was a nice touch too. I'm looking forward to the next one.
     
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    I just finished the first book in the Castle Omnibus The Year of Our War. This book just isn't for me. It was all over the place. A lot of great ideas that when woven together were either over my head or over the author's head, she was everywhere and nowhere at once. I had planned to read the entire omnibus but have decided to put it down and move on. Maybe someday I will get to the point were I can read it but at this point it just wasn't for me.
     
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    I've read all the books in this series so far. I really enjoyed book 1 & 2

    The Year of Our War
    No Present Like Time

    Brilliant ideas, loved the Jant character, feels really different :D

    Book 3 - The Modern World - I thought the plot had lost it's way a bit. Not a patch on the previous books at all

    Book 4 - Above the Snowline - This one delves into Jant's mothers people, and their traditions - a bit. I liked some aspects of this book, better than book 3 for definate. A little slow again though, not as tight or as interesting as the first two books

    I do hope this author hasn't lost her focus
     
  13. Werthead

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    I eventually did get round to reading the second book, almost five years after reading the first :)

    Book 1: The Year of Our War

    Book 2: No Present Like Time