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10:01 am: A Thank You to the Evil League of Evil

I realize me signal boosting the Evil League of Evil is a bit like a dingy trying to draw attention to the ginormous aircraft carrier that is pulling it, but…I cannot think of another way to express my thanks.

In case anyone missed the cause, on October 22nd, the Evil League of Evil blogged about my newest book. The book reached some of the Amazon Bestseller's Lists. So did the first book. — AND they are still there! So, a thank you is due.

Normally, when I post a Signal Boost, it is not a recommendation. It is just me doing a favor for another author. 

These, however, are recommendations. I've read all of these books…or am reading them. I recommend them all.

 

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HARD MAGIC by Larry Correia

This is just a delightfully fun book. I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of the early stories in the Wild Card series, only better. I loved Wild Cards, but the quality was spotty because the authors changed. This has the same mood but maintains the quality across the story. It reminds me of the parts of Grapes of Wrath that I liked crossed with superheroes. (The story is so much fun, that I joined a Hard Magic game with some friends. I'm playing a Weatherman (girl?) named Belle Weather.)

I've recommended this series to several people and most of them have really enjoyed it and are now big Correia fans.

 

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WITCHFINDER by Sarah A. Hoyt

If you are ever in the mood for a fantasy novel crossed with a Regency romance, this is the book for you! A delightfully fun story done in the style of a Regency but with lots of magical action and a character from modern earth to boot. Ladies, how can you resist a duke named Seraphim! Particularly, when he's noble, misunderstood, bearing up under the heavy weight of duty, rescuing persecuted wizards, and falling-in-love! And there's a trip to fairyland! If I had any complaints about this book, it would be that I would have liked it to be longer. (Full disclosure, includes a sub-plot of elf-boy on elf-boy romance)

 

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One Bright Star To Guide Them by John C. Wright

This is possibly my favorite thing of everything John has written. Certainly, one of my favorites. Many people compare it to Narnia, but really it was meant to be a sequel to a whole genre of children's books where magical things came into the life of children and then left again. (Narnia, The Dark Is Rising Series, Carbonel, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, and many others.) In particular, the characters in this story are not meant to be grown up versions of Lewis's characters.

In this story, a man is leaving work when he comes upon the talking cat who had been his animal companion during the magical adventure of his childhood. Now, decades later, the cat wants him to do one last thing. But Tom has a life, a job! As the story goes on, we are granted a glimpse of the otherworld and the adventure that young Tommy and his friends underwent, and it is among the most magical and wondrous of stories! (I have seen people ask for that story to be written. Beautiful as it is, I think something would be lost if it were seen up close. It is partially that we are seeing it through the nostalgia of time that makes it so beautiful.)

A really lovely and uplifting story.

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A THRONE OF BONES by Vox Day

I have not yet finished this one. It is quite long, and I have a minimum of reading time. But I am at least half way through and am quite enjoying it. Who would not enjoy seeing Romans fight goblins!

In a world where ancient Rome is surrounded by goblins, dwarves, and elves, churchmen quarrel while gladiators battle goblins and dwarves steal from dragon's hoards. There are charming barbarians who have come to the civilized world to seek help against the wolf-men, and huge battle scenes between armies of humans and non-humas. And a really good portrayal of an elf girl watching some sorcerers try to bind up a dragon. The writing style is cool and intellectual with a great deal of care taken to the depicting of the world at large, reminding me a bit of John's writing. So far, very intriging!

 

 

 

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From:Josh Young
Date:November 18th, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
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Vox sent me One Bright Star To Guide Them when I signed with Castalia... Guess it was my signing bonus, lol. I need to read it. (I had to do Awake in the Night Land and Metachronopolis first.)

Hard Magic gets a second recommendation from me. Fantastic book.... With an unexpected Fullmetal Alchemist vibe.
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From:arhyalon
Date:November 18th, 2014 03:49 pm (UTC)
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;-)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 18th, 2014 04:48 pm (UTC)

I'm enjoying the Dresden Files that you mentioned before!

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I have not kept up with fantasy much, but decided to read a Dresden novel after you mentioned it in the "Christian Magic" entry. I am so enjoying the hard boiled detective-fantasy angle! I suspect I'll probably enjoy The Grimnoir Chronicles also.

Iris
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From:arhyalon
Date:November 18th, 2014 04:57 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm enjoying the Dresden Files that you mentioned before!

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Both of them are really excellent hard-boiled magic! Though they are quiet different in mood.

The Superversive bits don't show up in Dresden until Book Three or Four (when Michael shows up), but it is a terrific series.
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From:yamamanama
Date:November 18th, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
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Vox Day does not need signal boosting, he needs signal dampening.
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From:yamamanama
Date:November 18th, 2014 10:14 pm (UTC)
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The scene with the elf riposting evolution?

That might be the single worst thing I've read in my lifetime. And also, I have never wanted to beat a fictional character to a bloody pulp with a blunt and rounded shovel more than Lithriel Everbright, and that includes both Miles "Tails" Prower and Gabrielle from Caliphate.

Edited at 2014-11-18 10:15 pm (UTC)
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From:arhyalon
Date:November 18th, 2014 10:27 pm (UTC)
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No. The scene where the elf was laughing while the dragon was killing the sorcerers. I liked it because I thought it caught the otherworldliness of a being who did not understand human emotions. Kind of like those old fairytales about a man who marries an elf maiden who laughs at funerals and cries at weddings.



Edited at 2014-11-18 10:27 pm (UTC)
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From:yamamanama
Date:November 18th, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that one. I swear there was a riposte to evolution right before that happens.

And she didn't come off as otherworldly, she came off as annoying, petty, and generally unbearable, and since I'm pretty sure she was based on Vox's wife, that wasn't intentional.

I've met people who come off as otherworldly.
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From:arhyalon
Date:November 18th, 2014 10:35 pm (UTC)
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The scene reminded me of something that once happened in real life.

She didn't seem annoying to me. She reminded me of some of my favorite takes on elves...but I guess we all come at these things from different angles.

What kind of quality would you look for in an otherworldly character?
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From:bojojoti
Date:November 19th, 2014 12:31 pm (UTC)
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I bought John's story in a sci-fi magazine several years ago, if I remember correctly, but it got misplaced and never read. Thanks for reminding me I need to find a copy.

Have you read any Dean Koontz? His Catholicism shows in his writing.
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From:arhyalon
Date:November 19th, 2014 12:34 pm (UTC)
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The current version of John's story is a bit changed from the original...improved. So, for the best!

I have not read any Dean Koontz. I should ask people who have read these books I've missed if they want to write book reviews to appear as a gust blog.
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