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October 4th, 2002, 10:35 AM
It's a strange coincidence but last week I bought a paperback (second hand) copy of this book. Cost 3 but looking at the posts above could be a bargain. I assume it's not part of a series?


October 4th, 2002, 12:05 PM
No huge plans for the month yet, but yesterday picked up (and finished) Neverwhere. Fun but shallow.

I'm looking for something offbeat, maybe a little darker and/or crazier. If I read another formulaic fantasy I'm gonna do something naughty.

What's this Ash everyone's on about? Would it qualify as the above?

[Watches nervously to see how far Hobbit will open the floodgates...]

Rob B
October 4th, 2002, 12:22 PM
Originally posted by jfaustus

What's this Ash everyone's on about? Would it qualify as the above?

Yes ASH would qualify as the above, it is Science Fiction, Fantasy, Alternate History, History, Mystery all rolled into one huge mutha of a book (or 4 here in the States)

Buy it so Hobbit can get his quarterly commision fees bumped up! :)

Seriously though, there is a helluva lot in this book(s) to enjoy.

A Review of the Whole book (http://www.sfsite.com/10b/ash91.htm)

US Books 1 & 2 - A Secret History and Carthage Ascendant (http://www.sfsite.com/04a/ashus78.htm)

October 4th, 2002, 03:57 PM
Look - I'm being good! I'm saying nothing! :D :D

42 - sounds like a bargain!


PS - FF - that's a good review on the Sf Site. I like their reviews a lot.

Try also:

John Clute's review:
and Infinity Plus's review:


For words from the lady herself (probably to be read after the book):


...and I haven't said anything! :D


October 4th, 2002, 06:21 PM
Well primarily I am on a sci-fi diet this month but I hope to squeeze in time for the start of two serious. The First is Jordan's start to The Wheel of Time, while the second is Magicians Apprentice, by Fiest. Seeing as I haven't read either author, I am rather eager to dig in.

October 4th, 2002, 06:49 PM
Go Feist first, Shef!

October 5th, 2002, 12:55 AM
Well, I just finished the seventh installment of the Wheel of Time (The Crown of Swords), and was utterly amazed. I don't understand what was so bad about it. Sure, there were some cheasy moments with Min and Rand, but hey, the action scenes were spectacular.

SPOILER(don't say I didn't warn you)

And Rand finally killed Sammael in that riveting battle in Shadar Logoth. That was awesome! And when the Seanchan invaded Ebou Dar, and when Mat fought that gholam thingamabob, and the fight between Rand and Padan Fain. I mean, it was pee-in-your-pants-excitement. It was one of the best yet, right next to The Fires of Heaven.


So I'd like to ask you guys if The Path of Daggers is any good, because I haven't heard many great things said of it. I'm kind of scared to read it......
I am deciding to take a break from WoT, and just started Eddings' Belgariad series. That shouldn't take me too long, so after that I'm reading The Dragonbone Chair, and then The Path of Daggers.

October 5th, 2002, 02:05 AM
I'd say books 7 and 8 are probably the least inventive of the lot, but I enjoyed all of them. His plots get back to their very best in book 9 IMO.

October 5th, 2002, 02:57 AM
Nero, most people say "Path of Daggers" is the weakest book but most people think "Crown of Swords" is the second weakest. As you loved CoS you probably wan't have a problem with it. Lots action in it with some good battles.

October 5th, 2002, 03:23 AM
I just finished Wizardborn by David Farland, which I enjoyed. Although the series isn't great, I have enjoyed each successive book more then its predesessor.

Since everyone here is busy reading Ash by Mary Gentle, I feel compelled to read the only book of hers that I own; Golden Witchbreed. This was recommended to me by a friend whose taste I mostly trust, so I guess that's next. Golden Fool would have been next if a) it were actually here and b) it wasn't missing a chapter. *l* How does one determine if the edition is the faulty one anyway?