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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3210 on: September 02, 2016, 01:48:41 PM »
"The Thousand Names" by Django Wexler.  The first in a low fantasy series of four books (I'm actually on book 3 now) complete with muskets, sorcerous goings on, assassins, dark priests, well fleshed out fantasy kingdoms immersed in geo-political and military struggles.....pretty much everything a grog/geek could ask for in a novel. It's much easier reading than "Game of Thrones" (which I love) and the musket era of the novels caused me to fire up Pike and Shot again as I'm reading them  :smitten:
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3211 on: September 02, 2016, 01:50:24 PM »
MD was mocking me because I may have mentioned, once or twice, that I knew and gamed with Bill Forstchen some years back. Not quite the same as hanging out with Stephen King, though Forstchen was a character. And anyway, I opted to ignore MD's snark :P
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3212 on: September 02, 2016, 01:51:41 PM »
MD was mocking me because I may have mentioned, once or twice, that I knew and gamed with Bill Fortschen some years back. Not quite the same as hanging out the Stephen King, though Forstchen was a character. And anyway, I opted to ignore MD's snark :P

I liked Fortschen's Rally Cry series. I don't think I read more than the first two or three and they weren't amazing, but enjoyable enough.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3213 on: September 02, 2016, 01:54:55 PM »
Several characters from the Rally Cry books are based on people I know. Keane, Malady, Rossignol - those are all friends of Bill's that I knew well back in the day.

And now I'll never hear the end of it from MD.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3214 on: September 02, 2016, 02:00:20 PM »
Several characters from the Rally Cry books are based on people I know. Keane, Malady, Rossignol - those are all friends of Bill's that I knew well back in the day.

And now I'll never hear the end of it from MD.

So which one is you? Or is that a secret?

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3215 on: September 02, 2016, 02:10:31 PM »
I didn't make the cut. Those other guys were his peers. I was just one of the young pups he liked to beat up on in whatever game we happened to be playing. He could be a sneaky bastard.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3216 on: September 02, 2016, 03:16:15 PM »
Steelgrave that series sounds awesome. There goes the self control I was trying to instill on myself on Amazon.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3217 on: September 02, 2016, 05:11:44 PM »
Several characters from the Rally Cry books are based on people I know. Keane, Malady, Rossignol - those are all friends of Bill's that I knew well back in the day.

And now I'll never hear the end of it from MD.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3218 on: September 02, 2016, 05:41:41 PM »
MD was mocking me because I may have mentioned, once or twice, that I knew and gamed with Bill Forstchen some years back. Not quite the same as hanging out with Stephen King, though Forstchen was a character. And anyway, I opted to ignore MD's snark :P

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3219 on: September 02, 2016, 06:20:32 PM »
Several characters from the Rally Cry books are based on people I know. Keane, Malady, Rossignol - those are all friends of Bill's that I knew well back in the day.

And now I'll never hear the end of it from MD.

Did someone call me?

Bill Forstchen.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3220 on: September 02, 2016, 07:51:05 PM »
Hey now, the Rally Cry series is easily one of my favorite fiction series, ever.

Admittedly by the fourth and fifth books it was starting to get a little old, but the first three at least are nothing short of epic. They'd make GREAT big-budget movies.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3221 on: September 03, 2016, 06:40:52 AM »
Hey now, the Rally Cry series is easily one of my favorite fiction series, ever.

Admittedly by the fourth and fifth books it was starting to get a little old, but the first three at least are nothing short of epic. They'd make GREAT big-budget movies.

The first four were by far the best.  I would like to seem them each done as a 6 episode TV series.  I think a movie would cut too much.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3222 on: September 03, 2016, 08:08:43 AM »
Steelgrave that series sounds awesome. There goes the self control I was trying to instill on myself on Amazon.

That's what friends are for, Gus, breaking down your self control and leading you astray. It is a good series though and I think you will enjoy it!

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3223 on: September 03, 2016, 08:08:07 PM »
How far in to the series are you?
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3224 on: September 03, 2016, 08:31:35 PM »
How far in to the series are you?

I'm about a third of the way into book three. The first book was the best but that's not to say there was a letdown afterwards. Book one, "The Thousand Names", had a lot more combat as part of the story; book two "The Shadow Throne", was more focused on the homefront and comparable in some ways to Game of Throne's first season, i.e. political intrigue, etc.... book three, "The Price of Valor",  is so far a mixture of a grand military campaign and political struggle. All three books do a great job of character development, in particular the main characters: the intriguing new regimental commander, Colonel Janus;  the tired Captain Markus, leading the dregs of the Army known as The Colonials in a dusty and hostile land and a private named Winter who has a very interesting secret.  The supernatural aspect of the novels is.....rather unique and very well done...."The Penitent Damned", now there's an RPG class you won't see elsewhere, ha!!! Not typical swords and spells fare to be sure. 

The novels aren't as grand in scope as GoT but you also have fewer characters to keep track of and there is never a time when the story isn't being driven forward. So in that it can be considered superior in execution at least. I'm really enjoying the books, Gus, and I think you will too.
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