Rocket Talk Episode 75: ESPN’s Keith Law

@SaltMazZ: He also really loves cooking and Top Chef. 

Rocket Talk Episode 66: Sam Sykes on Formative Fiction

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!

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

@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!

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

@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?

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

@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?

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

@Xena

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 :)

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “Picked Up a Shadow” and “Questions”
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.
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “Picked Up a Shadow” and “Questions”
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.
Rocket Talk, Episode 49: Peter V. Brett
It's weekly. I miss a week here and there, apologies. As for the guests, ken Liu is on next week.
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “The Trap” and “Horrible Old Man”
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.
Rocket Talk, Episode 47: Renay Williams and “The G” Talk Hugo Predictions
@HugoHiggenBottom 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?
Rocket Talk Episode 43: Daniel Polansky
@Wrecker 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.
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “The Abode of Stones” and “Back to the Mud”
I think Christian Bale could do an incredible Glokta. Or even Daniel Day Lewis if we're ok with aging him a bit.
Unlocking John Scalzi’s Lock In
@Puff -- Not really. There's some snark, but this is not a laughs book like a lot of his previous work.
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “Heading North” and “Scant Mercy”
@NumberNone - er... yeah... I meant this is one well adjusted torturer! Oxymoron. Or something like that. I'll let it stand for comedy's purposes.
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “Heading North” and “Scant Mercy”
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.
It’s All Academic: Reviewing KJ Parker’s Academic Exercises
@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.
Pastoral Family Drama: Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb
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.
It’s All Academic: Reviewing KJ Parker’s Academic Exercises
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.
It’s All Academic: Reviewing KJ Parker’s Academic Exercises
Pretty sure all the essays are available online. Some of the stories are only printed in limited editions prior to this though.
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “Among the Stones” and “The Fruits of Boldness”
@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?
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “Among the Stones” and “The Fruits of Boldness”
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.
Why I’m Voting for Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice
Personally, I think AJ is a lot more accessible than LEFT HAND, which is all to the good.
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “Prince Ladisla’s Stratagem” and “Until Sunset”
@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.
Lyrical Empowerment: Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta
@Bluejay - 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.
Rocket Talk, Episode 15: Joe Abercrombie
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
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “And next… My Gold” and “Fear”
@Jorge, 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?
The Quick and the Dead: Lauren Owen’s The Quick
Yeah, it's a mistake. I won't say it was a typo though. Should be decry or deride.
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “Bloody Company” and “Long Shadows”
I want to prove they're brothers. That would be great. Dogman's keen sense of smell is from devil blood! I can dream.
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “Allies” and “Campfire Politics”
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"
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “The Condition of the Defences” and “The Thing About Trust”
@Torvald - 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.
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “The Wounds of the Past”
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.
Thief’s Magic: Now I’ll Cut This Story Into Two!
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.
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “Questions”
@Dr Batman: Totes! I remember reading Red Country and saying I KNOW WHO THIS PERSON IS... wait... who is this person?
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “Questions”
@Kirshy: 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.
Rocket Talk, Episode 8: Sam Sykes
I hope everyone has their suspenders on... YOUR BETTER HAVE YOUR SUSPENDERS ON.
Looking For a Light at the End of GrimDark? Check Out These 13 Life-Affirming Fantasies
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.
Rocket Talk, Episode 5: The Hugo Awards
@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.
Rocket Talk, Episode 5: The Hugo Awards
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.
Under the Radar: Mid-Series from the Mid List
@RobB -- 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.
Under the Radar: Mid-Series from the Mid List
@Fred -- 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.
Rocket Talk, Episode 4: “In the Greenwood” by Mari Ness
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.
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, The Blade Itself: “Misery”
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.
Rocket Talk, Episode 3: Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive
@Thorsb -- Yet another reason Carl deserves the lashings... er... not that kind... the other kind. The kind that hurts.
Rocket Talk, Episode 1: The LEGO Movie
The feed should be up really soon. Apologies for the delay.
Introducing Rocket Talk: The Tor.com Podcast!
@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!
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, The Blade Itself: “Old Friends” and “Back to the Mud”
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.

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