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Witness, the current trend in SciFi appears to be churning out as many books as possible in the shortest time possible. I gave Jay Allan a try after seeing rave reviews at a FB group. The man's written 49 books in 7 years and they're shockingly repetitive. I gave up two books into the Crimson World series, which is ten books long.

Gibson's produced eleven novels in twenty-eight years, two of which I've yet to read. His style doesn't change but at least the content does!

Apples and oranges.
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Some stuff by William hope hodgson, house on the borderland and the night land (the stoddard’translation’). Good horror/fantasy/sci-fi tales.

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Seveneyes by Neal Stephenson. I expect greatness.
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asthmatic camel wrote:
Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:07 pm
Witness, the current trend in SciFi appears to be churning out as many books as possible in the shortest time possible. I gave Jay Allan a try after seeing rave reviews at a FB group. The man's written 49 books in 7 years and they're shockingly repetitive. I gave up two books into the Crimson World series, which is ten books long.

Gibson's produced eleven novels in twenty-eight years, two of which I've yet to read. His style doesn't change but at least the content does!

Apples and oranges.
I got a few of the Bernie Cornwall books in the Sword Song/last kingdom series. After a few I realized that they were all the same. Makes you appreciate a Joyce all the more.
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ed wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:18 am
asthmatic camel wrote:
Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:07 pm
Witness, the current trend in SciFi appears to be churning out as many books as possible in the shortest time possible. I gave Jay Allan a try after seeing rave reviews at a FB group. The man's written 49 books in 7 years and they're shockingly repetitive. I gave up two books into the Crimson World series, which is ten books long.

Gibson's produced eleven novels in twenty-eight years, two of which I've yet to read. His style doesn't change but at least the content does!

Apples and oranges.
I got a few of the Bernie Cornwall books in the Sword Song/last kingdom series. After a few I realized that they were all the same. Makes you appreciate a Joyce all the more.
Bernard Cornwall is very formulaic action.his last kingdom and archers trilogy are especially bad for it. Some of his sharpe and Starbuck work can be good fun, if it is what you are in the mood for.

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Or you can delve into the Flashman series and learn something about history. . . .

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Flashman is great. As is GMF’s work in general (his macauslan stories, mr American, quartered safe out here).

Other good historical series (both readable and accurate, though a different feel to gmf) is Colleen mcculluchs First Man in Rome series. Give her the civic crown already!

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Actually, add Patrick O’Brien’s Aubrey-maturin series as well and you have the holy trinity of great historical series

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I, Claudius and Claudius the God by Graves.
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asthmatic camel wrote:
Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:07 pm
Witness, the current trend in SciFi appears to be churning out as many books as possible in the shortest time possible. I gave Jay Allan a try after seeing rave reviews at a FB group. The man's written 49 books in 7 years and they're shockingly repetitive. I gave up two books into the Crimson World series, which is ten books long.

Gibson's produced eleven novels in twenty-eight years, two of which I've yet to read. His style doesn't change but at least the content does!

Apples and oranges.
2/3 into Agency. (A kind of sequel to The Peripheral?)

Meh.

It's SF because there are parallel universes, humanoid drones, cars who cloak, &c., but these are just thin cardboard props. The main action is people sleeping, eating, phoning, taking a leak, traveling, playing with their kid, talking – which could happen in any setting and doesn't interest me much as nothing much happens. He better wrap it up nicely at the end.

He's also started citing existing contemporary social landmarks like Google or Twitter, which will age badly.

Admittedly the dialogues are better handled than John Ringo's, but that's not saying much. :twisted:

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Bummer. I've just ordered a copy.
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↑ Perhaps I'm just a grumpy reader. :P