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February 1st, 2012, 02:09 AM #1
Shadow Ops: Control Point
Has anyone else got an ARC and read it? Want to share your thoughts?
Military + urban fantasy is an unusual combination, but one I can get into. Cole is a debut author as well and those are always fun.
Oscar Britton, the hero, is a black man, which is nice in a genre that tends to skew toward white women dating sexy vampires/werewolves.
Whatever had a Big Idea with the author of this book.
Sffworld has an interview with the author, and Rob has done a review of the book.
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February 1st, 2012, 08:25 AM #2
It's very good. I read in back in like October and have been raving about it ever since. I can't believe they only released in MMPB. I think it's got big hit written all over it.
February 1st, 2012, 08:26 AM #3
I caved to peer pressure and picked this up yesterday. Having only read the first few pages, it's clear that Cole has a pretty slick style. He draws the reader in quick. That's a good sign.
As soon as I finish the last little bit of Kadrey's, Aloha from Hell, I'll start Control Point in earnest.
February 1st, 2012, 10:15 AM #4
reading it now. So far, it's excellent. This is getting a lot of buzz and it should. I agree with Justin that it'll probably be a big hit.
February 1st, 2012, 10:41 AM #5
February 1st, 2012, 10:47 AM #6
edit: also, my understanding is that bookstores are also more likely to order more copies due to the lesser investment on their part - which means more total book sales, if less money earned.
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February 1st, 2012, 10:54 AM #7
Also, I think Weeks's release schedule had a ton do with the success of the Night Angel. MMPB, but with immediate massive shelf presence.
February 1st, 2012, 11:04 AM #8
The same can be said for Naomi Novik, and lots of other recent series. Pyr's been employing such a schedule with the US reissues of Mark Chadbourn's novels, Orbit does it very often with their trilogies.
As to Shadow OPS: Control Point, I've already tagged it in goodreads as a best of 2012 novel for me, I doubt that status will change in December. Here's an interesting post from Myke Cole's agent.
February 1st, 2012, 11:24 AM #9
The hype got to me. I have it on order. Look forward to reading it.
February 1st, 2012, 11:57 AM #10
February 1st, 2012, 12:14 PM #11
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I thought it was well done, very entertaining. Should have broad appeal and do very well.
I read four debuts last year and they were all good. Some had really excellent writing and a powerful, engaging story, but for pure FUN without sacrificing depth to the point where I lose interest, this was the one. It's a good balancing trick. Won't work for everyone, but it'll work for plenty.
February 1st, 2012, 02:52 PM #12
I really enjoyed Control Point. The magic is just really cool and well utilized and it's seriously impossible to stop reading. I'm sure it will stay in my top debuts list as well.
February 2nd, 2012, 01:33 AM #13
Anybody know if this is getting a UK/Commonweath release?
February 2nd, 2012, 08:00 AM #14
February 2nd, 2012, 08:27 AM #15
Thanks, Justin. Out of interest, do you know who bought the rights?