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14 Jun 2014, 04:26 PM
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I've broken free! Having read four consecutive Joe Abercrombie

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novels, the latest didn't have the first chapter of the next included at the end... my opportunity to escape the violence. I've really enjoyed these novels, culminating in Best Served Cold

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but after a while the unremitting violence does get to you. However it was that violence that made the books so interesting. Unlike most fantasy books the violence has consequences - the main characters don't walk away from pitched battles without a scratch, or miraculously recover by the next morning. Violence is real and has long term effects. We see the impact of campaigns on the farmers, the ordinary people that cannot get out of the way.

The main characters feel much more real than in many fantasy books - they have unexpected but normal problems and fears - the hard bitten battle chief who's survived decades of battles, but has started having problems urinating, the experienced killer who can't work out what the point of his life really is.

Joe Abercrombie style of writing has some idiosyncrasies; each chapter is from a different character's point of view, written in third person narrative but using the style and grammar of that character's speech. A bit strange, but it works well.

Got to read something completely different now... but I'm not sure what.
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13 Jul 2014, 11:38 PM
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The oceanographic detective genre is not large, but Mark Douglas-Home

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must be one of its leading lights. So far he has written a couple of novels about the adventures of Cal McGill, whose expertise in predicting the paths taken by floating objects around the Scottish coast gets him into a variety of troubles. There's a third book on the way and I'll be first in line to buy it.

For various reasons I read the second book, The Woman Who Walked Into The Sea

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first. It is the better book; very well written with an interesting plot and very believable characters. As a bonus the reader also gets to learn a little oceanography along the way.

I found it a real page-turner and went straight on to read the first book in the series, The Sea Detective

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. This was a slightly less satisfactory book; the ending felt a little rushed and there was a few unrelated threads that made me feel that it might have worked slightly better as two separate novels. But again, fascinating characters, great portraits of Scottish coastal communities and as a bonus lots of technical information about the disarticulation of ankles when left in sea water for months... if you are into that sort of thing!
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