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Pulled Spat Knocked by Michael McClung

If you're looking for tightly-plotted fantasy noir, you can't go wrong with these, particularly with three volumes at the low price of whatever the hell the price is because Amazon won't tell me.  This collection includes
  • The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble's Braids
  • The Thief Who Spat in Luck's Good Eye
  • The Thief Who Knocked on Sorrow's Gate
Hence the slightly odd title.

Our heroine is Amra Thetys, a minor thief (as you might have guessed) who wants little more than to avoid becoming the subject of anyone's plans, which (as you might have guessed) is exactly what happens to her.

The books are shortish - two hundred-odd pages each - but they're written with the style and pacing of a detective novel rather than epic fantasy.  They don't feel short; they feel exactly as long as they ought to be.

Free on Kindle Unlimited too.  I bought the individual volumes over the past couple of years and just caught up with book five.


Another one I'd recommend is Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence though the price on that collection bounces around like a rubberised squirrel.  The first three novels are great - Three Parts Dead, Two Serpents Rise, Full Fathom Five - but the fourth is a prequel and prequels never work. 

The writing is fine but Gladstone painted himself into a corner given what we already know from reading subsequent events.  Either a key character has to be completely unsympathetic or most of the characters have to be idiots and unfortunately it ended up being the latter.

Skip that one.  It's called Last First Snow.  Read the ones with numbers in the names.


Disclaimer: I have a cold and have thrown out my back again (though not as bad as last time) and every time I sneeze I get shooting pains that start in my toenails and exit out my hair so I'm kind of grouchy right now.

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1 If buying a non-ray-tracing video card is dumb, what does that say about the company that made a bunch of new ones (the GTX 1600 series) this year?

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2 They know a sucker when they see one.

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