@SaltMazZ: He also really loves cooking and Top Chef.
Interesting comment about Hobb as formative for adults. I've never really considered the idea. I mean, I would consider all fiction other than that geared for younger people to fall into that category to some degree. But, yes, Hobb does a tremendous job of it.
As for the podcast with Sam and I... well... that's why we do these quasi-regular Samisodes. I'd launch a podcast with ol' Sykes in a heartbeat if someone else did all the booking and editing. I just ain't got time for another one. I barely manage this one. So yeah... internets... help us out!
I wouldn't call this... scathing.
@Demetrios DAMNIT. This reminds me of Glokta. The first couple weeks way back when I kept typing Glotka. It's weird. I say Janelhorm in my head and thus, that's how it types. I will pay attention to it!
@Xena - Do we have any evidence to support a magus who isn't affiliated with Bayaz or Khalul?
@2 and @3: Oh, I get it. It all makes sense within the context of the story. And you're right, we have almost no sympathy for Terez and her ladies. But, isn't that uncomfortable? It's deeply disturbing to me that the whole conflict has been framed that way. Shows how good Abecrombie is, but also how I don't think he'd ever thought about how something like this might be read?
@1 -- It's unclear. But, yes... Abercrombie definitely changes the naming convention. There's no moment of transition like normal. But, it's also clear Logen can't really talk, even at the end as they declare him King. Is that a result of the transition not complete or just because his mouth is fucked up?
I'm keeping my powder dry and making any sweeping commentary on gender and/or unconscious bias until I write my wrap up at the end of the series. But, generally speaking, I think there's a theme of putting women in the role of victim in these books. Part of that is because there just aren't that many women other than ones serving plot purposes. There are no women in leadership roles in Adua or the North, or, from what we've seen, with the Gurkish. The only woman with some measure of agency is Carlot. Anyway, I promise to dig into it a lot more when I get down to wrapping things up. I'm also willing to be wrong :)
@8 Who knows? Dozens? How many of his OWN men did he kill?
I did my best to never pronounce a name.
Who's your first favorite? Severian?
I always wondered if Severard was an homage to him.
I'm here. I apologize. Life slapped me in the face for a few weeks. I'll have a new post this week. I hate missing, but sometimes things get nuts on the ponderosa.
Maybe Ferro is like Bruce Willis in the Sixth Sense!!
MAYBE SHE DOESNT REALLY EXIST AT ALL AND IS A FIGMENT CREATED BY EATER SUGGESTION.
Haha. Surely! Things always turn out good for Abercrombie characters!
It's weekly. I miss a week here and there, apologies. As for the guests, ken Liu is on next week.
Sure, West is the best choice politically. But, given his lack of experience leading armies, he may not have been the actual best choice. Right? Makes you wonder.
First of all, excellent name.
Second, you're totally right. I have a US bias, and it's extant for two reasons. The first I live in the US. Second, recording with people outside the US is an absolute devastating process for my life due to time zones. However, I do try. We've had Sarah Lotz from South Africa, quite a few people from the UK, Mavhesh Murad from Pakistan, and tomorrow we'll having Marc Simonetti from France. It's an ongoing effort, and I appreciate you asking me to do more. All I can do it try.
As for the Hugo Award... you might be right. I don't honestly know. I do know it's the award that the online community gets most bent out of shape over. Surely that's because it's the most arcane in its rules and processes. The Nebula, Clarke, Kitschie, and others are all very straight forward in how they come to decisions. Although, the World Fantasy Award probably gets a free pass more often than it should.
I'll note that we did an entire show on the Kitschies last year, with Jared Shurin and Anne Perry. I'll also note that I try not to belabor any award talk on the show. The Coode Street podcast does a lot more of it, and they're better at it. I'd suggest checking them out!
As for Mr. Marv73. I enjoyed your comment. Where can I subscribe to your newsletter?
Thanks for the comment. Always tough to decide how much to talk about a book that isn't out yet. Hopefully the interview gave an idea of the kind of writer Polansky is and the kinds of things he likes to do in his writing.
I think Christian Bale could do an incredible Glokta. Or even Daniel Day Lewis if we're ok with aging him a bit.
Shit! Cosca! Great call! He's totally gluttony.
I, for one, welcome our new podcast overlord.
DAMNIT. You're right. I suck.
@Puff -- Not really. There's some snark, but this is not a laughs book like a lot of his previous work.
- er... yeah... I meant this is one well adjusted torturer! Oxymoron. Or something like that. I'll let it stand for comedy's purposes.
I actually think Cosca in RED COUNTRY is a fundamentally different Cosca than we see in this series. The characterizations feel inconsistent to me. More on this later when we really see more of Cosca.
@DrFrink -- Uh yeah. It's in the works.
@Raskos - No idea. I used a pronoun 3 times. Just picked her and stuck with it. Both he and her have been used for Parker in bios.
I haven't read Tawny Man at all and didn't feel like I'd missed a ton. And I last read the first series five years ago.
I assume you mean where I say "what Parker writes is true"?
No, I don't mean that as Parker's stuff should be read at face value. Rather, the work speaks the truth. The narrators are often full of shit.
Pretty sure all the essays are available online. Some of the stories are only printed in limited editions prior to this though.
@Demetrios -- I'm also struggling to get past the idea that West is capable. More and more I feel like Abercrombie is giving us the ILLUSION that West is capable, just like he gave us the illusion he was a good person. Isn't it possible West is a total hack who has risen through the ranks thanks to being a good fencer and a lucky survivor?
Yeah, y'all are right about Jezal being skilled, but Abercrombie has never really shown it. All we've seen is the arena combat which is glorified dance. When a real FIGHTER shows up (Gorst), Jezal is totally overmatched. I think it's significant to find out that he can actually get the work done.
What I struggled with from a believability stand point was how quickly he conquers his fear. First fight he's pissing himself, second time he grips and rips. From a story telling perspective I get it, but a little urine leakage would have been well received I think.
This is a good starting spot Stefan. Very digestable.
Personally, I think AJ is a lot more accessible than LEFT HAND, which is all to the good.
@1 -- Fair enough, Andre. I won't debate the point. I will say that's not the "cultural memory" (however inaccurate it is or isn't) I'm familiar with.
The days I regret leaving the east coast.
- Sorry! That was unclear. THe novel was released in both English and Finnish. Not translated from one to the other. It was written in both languages independently.
- I like that idea about Bayaz! We have no real insight into whether or not there are disciplines within the Art.
Well, Kermit is only like 2 WoR's tall, so... clearly not him!
KJ Parker turned down my request for an interview on Rocket Talk, which led to my print interview with Parker on my own site. Alas. I'll consider a KJ Parker appreciation episode at some point. Maybe when SAVAGES starts getting talked about.
As for the rest, some of those folks are already booked (Like Kate Elliott and Nora Jemisin and Kameron Hurley). I'm sure we'll be having everyone on eventually. Alas, one episode a week makes it tough to get to everyone. Unless Irene wants to go to two a week! haha
Jesus this shit makes me cry. 501st, Katie, and Aliison are awesome.
, Which is probably the point right? But the whole can't target an organ thing is a fun/good point. Why isn't Bayaz more precise? Does he not practice maybe because
it's so dangerous?
Yeah, it's a mistake. I won't say it was a typo though. Should be decry or deride.
I want to prove they're brothers. That would be great. Dogman's keen sense of smell is from devil blood!
I can dream.
This is a FANTASTIC quote.
"She leaned forwards, into the wind, pushing at it, as if she hoped to hurt it with her face. More fun to trade jokes with the plague than with her, Logen reckoned"
@Questionable -- Yes! Totally agree. I think that's exactly what he's getting at and its artfully done I think.
- I would consider what he did communicating with the other side, but what do I know? Quai certainly thought so if I am remembering things correctly.
@Questionable - Sure, if you want to be LITERAL. You're probably right. Grumble.
Eh. Anyone has a problem with the reread can email me personally. [email protected]
Happy to get yelled at there.
In other news, I don't agree that because the reader is OK with it and the chapter needs to happen means that it's a good chapter. Does it serve a purpose? Sure. But, it's a weak chapter that should have done something else too. Just as Longfoot is ultimately a weak character because he's more a plot device than an actual character. I think that's always a problem.
Tragically, I've not read Tad Williams. I don't mind a good slow build up, but only when it's necessary. I just didn't feel it was terribly necessary here. Felt like the story suffered because Canavan starts too far away from the tension.
@Dr Batman: Totes! I remember reading Red Country and saying I KNOW WHO THIS PERSON IS... wait... who is this person?
: I've bounced between two chapters and one, Kirshy. It just depends on whether I have a lot to say or not. I'll give two chapters a go next week.
I hope everyone has their suspenders on... YOUR BETTER HAVE YOUR SUSPENDERS ON.
I really turned up the trebble on those. I like my guests to be exceptional.
I feel like Trudi Canavan's work fits pretty well here. I have some disagreement about whether Abraham's should be here, but if it is here, then certainly Long Price Quartet should be too. Howard Andrew Jones. Guy Kay.
@4 -- Yes, we had some irrelgular podcasters on! Easy to forget how ambient nose gets picked up. I was also recording in my office and the air conditioner kept coming off. ANNOYING.
My recording rig at home makes me a happy panda.
Yes, I actually edited that out at first, but then had a critical failure and had to start all over. And ran out of time to edit all the foibles out given the time sensitive nature of the topic.
-- I think it's part of it, but there's no doubt authors with big-5 publishers suffer from the same struggles. You hear a lot of my publicist did nothing for my second and third book.
-- Heh. Proprietary information. But, I've written extensively about how I believe making Bookscan and other data streams publicly available would greatly enhance understanding about what sells and what doesn't and why.
What a great story. I'm stoked we're doing fiction on the podcast because I rarely make time to READ short fiction. Car ride commute length short fiction is amazing on audio.
It went up today! http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/04/rereading-joe-abercrombies-first-law-trilogy-the-blade-itself-the-bloody-nine-and-the-tools-we-have
Apologize for the delay. Getting the podcast out the door got me all distracted the first week.
-- Yet another reason Carl deserves the lashings... er... not that kind... the other kind. The kind that hurts.
Yeah, we should fire Carl for that. TO THE PIT OF HELL WITH YE!
This Abercrombie bloke is pretty confident generally.
The feed should be up really soon. Apologies for the delay.
@Dr. Thanatos -- Yeah, still working out the kinks on the Feeds. I'll leave the timing question to the production staff. But, soon I think!
See this week's chapters for a boat load of that, Mayan. I love it. He does the meta thing better than anyone else. It's so obvious and so subtle at the same time.