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  • In fact I recently came across a photo I took many years ago. The walls of the Roman fortlet can be seen at the crest of the foreground hill. (Image)
    in 7. Gaming Comment by Apocryphal April 5
  • Whoa - that's a serious link. Thanks @clash_bowley !
  • Sure, but what are the rules?
  • If accessing by phone and you're getting the 'mobile view' then try scrolling to the bottom and switching to 'full view' - this opens up new options. Otherwise, I think I can easily do it for you. Did you want to change the date from April to April-…
  • (Quote) I've often wondered this myself.
  • Ok, I ordered mine from Indigo - supposedly will come by Mid April.
  • Grant is more someone that things happen to, rather than who makes things happen, don’t you think? He’s guided by Nightingale (or his teachings) through the whole book. So I would agree in one sense he’s not strong. But he does have a strongly affab…
  • This is not the kind of setting I've ever wanted to game, so I have to admit I've never really thought about it before. I'd tighten the focus - police and spell-casting would be more than enough. Police and ghosts is enough. Maybe I'd do spell-casti…
    in 7. Gaming Comment by Apocryphal April 2
  • Yes, I like the narration and the writing. I even chuckled at the Doctor Who references, some of which I got before he said 'that was a doctor who reference'. So yes, that worked for me. I found it much easier to relate to Grant than, say, to Essun …
  • I liked the idea in concept. I would have been more convinced had they been ancient beings - maybe more along the line of the deities we saw in American Gods, which would certainly have been a home, here. I think it would have been very cool to see …
  • I don't think I could tell a bad police procedural from a good one. Everything I know about how the police work comes from TV, and for all I know that's a consistently terrible representation. This felt adequately like TV, so I found it convincing. …
  • True - but are "maverick loners" a feature of the British cop story? I suppose Cracker was - but isn't that kind of rare? I did quite like the police aspects and characters. I think that if the author had lighted up on the D&D monster…
  • Somehow, Wodehouse could write a short novel that had as many plots as this, and we'd call it intricate. But here, yes, maybe too many. Plus I found the main plot about the murders to be quite convoluted - in fact I lost track of exactly who was who…
  • The London setting definitely worked for me - very strong sense of place - London is very nearly a character in the book. I didn't get all the references - there were some turns of phrase I didn't recognize - but less than 5, probably. I've been to …
  • @clash_bowley or @NeilNjae - any thoughts here? If people are good with this, I'll order a copy. Deliveries are delayed these days, so it'll take a while to get.
  • Let’s see what people think. 525 isn’t too bad. Would it lend itself to a midpoint discussion and an end discussion? Like a quasi slow read?
  • Hmm this over 800 pages. By the time I get a copy and read it it’ll be about June. Is everyone Ok with making this an April+May book? By all accounts it’s a masterpiece.
  • No figurines? Oh, Ursula. Always squandering the marketing possibilities.
  • I’ve got mine already. In fact, I just opened it randomly to page 166 looking for inspiration and... no, I better not quote this at this point. Remind me about when we get to Chapter 10. 😜
  • Just to pick one and make a thread to introduce it, please. And ideally double check to make sure it’s readily available Online in 🇨🇦 🇺🇸 🇬🇧 (I.e. not just in used bookstores or so new it’s only in hardcover.) People won’t be able to go hunting is s…
  • @BarnerCobblewood Can you take April?
  • I read Wearing the Cape and did my best to participate fairly and accept the book in its context - so I can do it. I also wasn’t overly excited by Rivers of London for similar reasons to why I don’t like Superheroes. In this I suspect I’m the onl…
  • I don’t dislike it as much as my comments might let on. I’ve spoken at length about my dislikes mostly because I feel they need to be justified considering we’re talking Hugo Books here. I really don’t mind to continue reading, so obviously I don’t …
  • I would add to the list that characters are all archetypes. They are Orogenes, Guardians, Stone Eaters, or Leaders. Those are the only kinds of people that exist here. There are no schoolteachers, road workers, linesmen, farmers (or even farms, it s…
  • (Quote) Definitely not my preference. I really don't like the idea that people might feel they need to censor themselves because they don't like something, and all your comments have been well reasoned and constructed and, I think, perfectly fair (a…
  • (Quote) I know he wasn't planning to re-read it, but I didn't know that also meant he didn't want to discuss it. I just assumed he was busy with other things (which I know he has been).
  • That's a tough call - if I was just reading this for myself, I'd probably bail on the series (and the author, I think) here. Bit it's not like I actively dislike the book - it's not hard to read or anything, just not that compelling. In a pro-con an…
  • (Quote) What kind of books warrant 1 and 2 stars in your system?
  • 9 PM GMT will then be 4PM EST - 5 hours being the usual difference.
  • Good questions, overall. Is this a good book? I gave this 3 stars on Goodreads, which means 'I liked it' according to their ranking system. I only gave it three because I'm projecting forward to a point where all this is done and looking back on th…