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April 20th, 2014, 05:02 AM #1
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Gemmell Award Shortlist announced.
Discussion time: what do you think?
April 20th, 2014, 05:28 AM #2
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I really hope Mark T. Barnes will get the Morningstar Award. I loved his debut and am now almost through the second book. Can't wait for the third (should be coming out in may).
Can't say much about the Legend Award. I never could get into Brett's story (tried to read the first book) and Lynch also never succeeded in capturing me with his writing. So i guess those two are overhyped for my taste. Never tried Lawrence as he writes his books in first person narrative and i just can't connect with that. I guess my vote would go to Jordan/Sanderson (but only because i have fond memories of the beginning of the WoT...after book 6 it got worse with every following volume...stopped after book 10).
April 21st, 2014, 01:50 AM #3
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I'm not impressed by the Legend award candidates.
As for the Morningstar...
The Path of Anger won't be out here until mid-August, so I can't comment on that. Headtaker might be good, but I know nothing of Warhammer books.
I have read The Grim Company, Promise of Blood, and The Garden of Stones, and the latter is clearly the best imho. For that reason I'm a bit surprised it's on the list at all, and I'm sure that it has no chance of winning.
April 21st, 2014, 05:05 AM #4
It seems a reasonable list: at least they are books I recognize and that people are talking about. I'm not very up to date in my reading, so I can't really give an opinion beyond that. I have read Emperor of Thorns (I enjoyed it and admired its originality, even if I did not love it unreservedly). I have read the two previous Scott Lynch books and enjoyed them (although I loved the first more than the second), but I haven't read this one yet.
April 21st, 2014, 09:32 AM #5
my money's on emperor. though, given the nature of the voting, it could go anywhere. but emperor was a crowning achievement on that series and fully deserves my yeehaw of endorsement. maybe even a double-yeehaw.
okay, three. but i'm getting old and that's all i can manage.
i'm not sure how many people will be discussing the books online at the end of the day, though. i think a lot of it's on the bumpy and rather controversial build-up to the night. it's certainly been an exciting year for the snaga.