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Author Craft / Re: Readers--what would you like to see?
« on: November 02, 2006, 09:04:44 PM »
I'd like to see more books in line with the Dresden series - Paranormal Detective stories - with a male main character.  The genre seems swamped with female leads (ie. L.K. Hamilton).  And before anyone brands me a Chauvinist - I've read all of Hamilton's books - loved the first 1/2 dozen - as well Kim Harrison and Charlaine Harris.  They're great - they give me a quick fix - but more and more they rely on romance/sex/etc to move the story along - and not enough mystery/plot.

Has anyone stumbled across a series - or even a lone book - that fits the bill.  It would have to be fairly new - or fairly old - as I've read just about everything on the B&N bookshelf.

Mike Carey's Felix Castor novels; The Devil You Know had a UK release in April, Vicious Circle just out last month, gettable online or due for US publication starting April of next year.  There's one more sold, and I believe three more are intended altogether. I didn't stumble across them, exactly, I've been a huge fan of Mike Carey's work on Lucifer for years, but it doesn't feel like that's a deal-breaker on the recommendation.

Author Craft / Re: Readers--what would you like to see?
« on: November 02, 2006, 06:17:36 PM »
Oh hey, meant to ask this since we're talking about alternate genres.  Has anyone heard of any books that are mysteries set in a high fantasy world?  And I don't mean like about a wily assassin or mercenary.  Maybe like someone who freelances like Harry or is part of some law enforcement equivalent (royal guard?) and continually finds themselves unraveling small, intricate things that aren't necessarily about some great evil overlord overtaking the kingdom?

Not sure if I'm explaining this right.  It makes sense in my head. :)

There's Glen Cook's Garrett books, starting withSweet Silver Blues, of which there are now about eleven, all of which have titles of the form "$adjective $metal $noun".  Garrett is a hardish-boiled human PI in a city with a reasonably standard post-D&D mix of sentients; no evil overlords, but a fair number of evil crimelords involved.  They vary quite a bit in quality, and are reasonably stand-alone - there are ongoing plot elements, but no real overall arc.  My personal favourites are Cold Tin Sorrows and Red Iron Nights.

Author Craft / Re: Writing under a different name
« on: November 01, 2006, 07:41:07 PM »
If anything of mine were to see print, I'll almost certainly use a pen-name, because in my day-job I run two reasonably sized online bioinformatics databases, I've been in this line of work for several years, and anyone googling on my real name will be able to find out quite a bit more about me than I'm entirely happy making available to complete strangers.

Author Craft / Re: Any WriMo's out there?
« on: November 01, 2006, 07:37:54 PM »
Coincidentally, I finished a through draft of the current work in progress this past weekend, so I'm having great fun telling everyone that November will be the only month this year I'm not working on a new novel.

[ Nothing published as yet; one finished manuscript submitted - first-contact Utopian SF novel - and another that's getting a final pass-through before the end of this month and then being submitted somewhere else - lost-colony SF novel with generally medieval technology but bits of higher tech sitting around, sort of fantasy with SF underwear. ]

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