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Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “Authority” and “The Circle”

Welcome back to the reread of the First Law Trilogy. It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, fight fans: Fenris the Feared and the Bloody-nine go toe to toe this week. Two men enter the Circle; one man leaves. If you’re not excited for this, I question your aptitude as a fan of Joe Abercrombie.

There’s also another kind of fight—one that makes me deeply uncomfortable as a reader.

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Rocket Talk Episode 57: Linda Nagata and Marko Kloos

Welcome back to the Rocket Talk podcast! In this week’s podcast episode, Justin invites military science fiction authors Linda Nagata and Marko Kloos to the show. The conversation talks about their shared, non-traditional roads to publication, military science fiction as a genre, and some of the mysteries of fiction writing.

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Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “The Number of the Dead” and “Leaves on the Water”

So begins the end of the First Law Trilogy, Part II of the Last Argument of Kings. I’m doing the reread on my Kindle Voyage (which by the way is a tremendous reading device light years beyond the early generation stuff) and it still says we’ve got 50% left, which hardly seems possible.

Logen is about to fight the Feared and Ferro is out killing the Gurkish. Surely this book is almost over? It seems my memory of the “conclusion” of the trilogy is actually not at all. This is great news! Many more weeks of rereading! Huzzah!

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Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “Sweet Victory” and “Rude Awakenings”

This week marks the end of Part I of Last Argument of Kings. Each part of Abercrombie’s books begin with a pithy quote, and this part began with Paul Gauguin’s: “Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge.” Thus, it would seem, that Part I is about how crappy life is and how our characters might want to take revenge on fate for making things so shitty. Pretty accurate summary I’d say.

All of our characters have seen a down hill trend in their life. Logen has become the Bloody-Nine in truth once more. Jezal is trapped in a loveless marriage. Glokta is being squeezed between two powerful factions. Perhaps Collem West has seen an improvement, but really he’s just been asked to take on a responsibility he isn’t ready for. Will Part  II give them the revenge on life they desire? It remains to be seen. In the meantime, let’s finish up Part I with this week’s chapters.

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Rocket Talk Episode 55: Aidan Moher

Welcome back to the Rocket Talk Podcast! This week, Justin invites blogger and author Aidan Moher on to discuss his new self-published book, Tide of Shadows and Other Stories. The two discuss the state of self-publishing and why Moher chose that route. Afterward, they have a frank discussion about the state of blogging and a few books coming out later this year.

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Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “The Seventh Day” and “Too Many Masters”

Abercrombie rereaders, thank you for your patience. I’ve been traveling for work the last few weeks and trying to get these written has been a challenge. I have a particularly hard time writing while in a hotel room. I find them to be one of the Circles of Hell. And I’m like Brother Longfoot. You can’t shut me up when I’m comfortable, but torture me a little and I’m a gibbering mess!

Anyway, the first chapter this week is terribly sad as we lose one of the few characters who seems to have a heart. The second chapter we watch Glokta squirm under the thumb of Valint in Balk. Unfortunately, we’re no closer to finding out what the hell the bank is all about.

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Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “The Fourth Day” and “The Perfect Couple”

As you may have noticed, the reread went on a brief two week hiatus. Apologies! Things got a little crazy for me professionally and I simply couldn’t keep up. The good news is that we’re back now, and hopefully won’ t be rudely interrupted again as we race to the finish like in Last Argument of Kings and the entire First Law Trilogy.

Some long awaited events happen in today’s chapters. Well, one happens and the other almost happens, promising that it surely will in the coming days. For the former, Jezal gets married. For the second, Logen feels the Bloody Nine creeping up behind him. As it turns out, Jezal should dread the coming of his wife as much as Logen dreads the overpowering need to kill. Comforting, right?

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Series: The Joe Abercrombie First Law Trilogy Reread

Rocket Talk Episode 53: Renee Williams and Shaun Duke

In this week’s podcast episode, Justin talks with Renee Williams and Shaun Duke, editors of Speculative Fiction 2014. Available now from Book Smugglers Publishing, SpecFic ’14 is a survey of the years best online reviews, essays, and commentary. The conversation covers the contents of the anthology, the year’s themes, and the mechanics of identifying what makes a piece of non-fiction “the best.”

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Remembering the Future in Ken Liu’s The Grace of Kings

There’s a famous quote from George Santayana that says, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It’s often used to emphasize the importance of cultural history. If you don’t know where you come from, how can you know where you’re going? It’s a powerful, if exceedingly trite, message. But, it rings true.

Unfortunately, the past also possesses deep nostalgia, which is too often seen through rose colored glasses. How often have we held up some period in history as the ideal? And how often do we see this reflected in fiction? It’s interesting then when something like The Grace of Kings comes along, in which Ken Liu attempts to reflect on history, to almost wallow in it, while at the same time confronting all of its baggage and remembering it not as it was, but as he would like it to be.

Although that’s rather getting ahead of things a bit.

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Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “Prepared for the Worst” and “The Habit of Command”

Well, last week I lamented Ferro’s absence and although we don’t see her this week, we get some suggestion that she will soon be back on screen. So, with that in mind, take the following statement for what it’s worth: I really can’t help but be frustrated by the lack of Hulk Hogan in Last Argument of Kings.

Alright? Everyone see what I did there? Let’s see how powerful this reread really is. In the meantime, I wrote up some chapters.

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