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Saturday, December 29, 2012

The behemoth lives

I haven't had the chance to see it yet, but Jamsco was kind enough to send me a picture of the hardcover.  Interesting to see the progression from the days of teaming up with the OC to write a little paperback.  It would be nice to think that the quality has improved in line with the quantity.

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Blogger Astrosmith December 29, 2012 11:40 AM  

Got my copy a couple of days ago. You sure succeeded in matching GRRM for the size of the book.

Blogger Steve December 29, 2012 11:45 AM  

Read the ebook in a matter of a few days. My only complaint: Your prediction of a 2-year wait for the next book :-(

Anonymous Rantor December 29, 2012 11:47 AM  

No mail service to Italy? My copy interior was well made. The metallic stamping of the title on the cover edge was a little off (excess silver splashes around the title). The slip-cover paper feels substantial.

Good luck fighting the feminist, gamma male, politically correct herd in the SFWA election.

I had resisted twitter, but gave in, after my first tweet I gained three followers???

Blogger IM2L844 December 29, 2012 11:51 AM  

I would really enjoy walking into my local bookstore and seeing that book set up on a display.

Anonymous VD December 29, 2012 11:53 AM  

Good luck fighting the feminist, gamma male, politically correct herd in the SFWA election.

Always outnumbered, never outgunned.

Anonymous jack December 29, 2012 12:01 PM  

I got my HC a few weeks ago and gave to my son for Christmas. Now, I have to contact the publisher and order another for myself. I completely enjoyed it and hope Steve above is wrong about the 2 year wait. Could not blame you, though, I can't see how you were able to do Throne in one year.

Anonymous Kickass December 29, 2012 12:16 PM  

Congrats! I still have every single article and book I contributed to. Great picture.

I am taking your advice and will shoot for a couple of short stories this year instead of a book.

If you ever chose to have a writers clinic, I think some of us would jump at the chance. Getting quality criticisim is hard.

Anonymous Kickass December 29, 2012 12:25 PM  

BTW, I had a friend at Tor years ago who was one of their editors. I had a story idea (not for them) and met her for lunch to go over it. Their slush pile was massive and they basically did not get a chance to touch it. I decided then and there to never do things the traditional way again.

She gave me a couple of their books to read as gift. One was the story of a women obsessed with body building who basically whores herself out to a rich freak because he will pay for her training. One of the "love scene" is where he spends the day forcing her to eat cabbage then lays her on the bed, shoves his nose in her ass and breathes in her farts.

I am not making this up.

My friend was great, but I could not believe that was published. Everytime someone told me how hard it was to get published I thought of that book. Confidence builder that was, and I guess an early 50 shades.

Anonymous Itscoolwithme December 29, 2012 12:27 PM  

If you want a book to last, then never set it upright, like in this picture. Rather, lay it flat, or supine. Setting it upright causes the binding to be stressed, and eventually broken. Jess sayin

Anonymous Rantor December 29, 2012 12:35 PM  

@itscoolwithme

books stored upright, together, with moderate pressure holding them straight will last for decades. I have my grandmother's 1950s vintage Encyclopedia Britannica, it is used frequently, stands upright and is still in great condition. They will last beyond my death, that is certain.

Blogger Desert Cat December 29, 2012 12:44 PM  

I finally received the hard copy this week. It is truly massive. I knew it was long when reading the Kindle version, but seeing it in my hands drives it home.

And to think this is book one of three!

Blogger Desert Cat December 29, 2012 12:46 PM  

Oh and regarding the question, yes it has, at least the fiction. ATOB outdoes Summa, which outshone your previous works. Here's to hoping you're nowhere near your peak yet.

Blogger Jamie-R December 29, 2012 1:18 PM  

Always outnumbered, never outgunned.

The Glitch Mob man. New Prodigy.

Blogger jamsco December 29, 2012 1:31 PM  

Full disclosure - I used special effects (in the form of a heavy salt shaker behind TOB) to make it look like the big book was holding up the rest.

Anonymous VD December 29, 2012 2:04 PM  

And to think this is book one of three!

Who said anything about three? I'm anticipating five. A quintology, if you will.

My only complaint: Your prediction of a 2-year wait for the next book :-(,

That is my expectation. But it could be sooner....

Anonymous Josh December 29, 2012 2:12 PM  

Write the 2nd book!

Anonymous ridip December 29, 2012 2:31 PM  

Quality's not bad given this is Marcher Lord's first door-stop-worthy tome. Amazingly the binding has not broken. I expected it to given the size many longtime publishers can't pull that off. The only visible wear is a very slight fraying of one corner.

Some of the font strokes are a little light in print, but the font selection goes well with the content.

Only a few pages show an noticeable ink-density gradient, but I saw that in GoT and a number of other "big name" publisher books too.

Biggest complaint was the cover page looked a little crooked and lacked a full bleed to the edge, has a bit of white off-angle border. Not a great first impression.

And back on the positive side, the cover is gorgeous. It's semigloss which I prefer and slightly more muted than the online images, (duh).

Good work!

Anonymous The CronoLink December 29, 2012 3:08 PM  

Just look at that sexy thing! Perhaps God will have mercy on me and let me find it and my local bookstore, hahahaha.

Blogger James Dixon December 29, 2012 4:28 PM  

> It would be nice to think that the quality has improved in line with the quantity.

Given that one tends to get better at what one practices, I'd say that's probably a safe bet.

Anonymous David December 29, 2012 4:32 PM  

I got my hardcover preorder in just before Christmas, and I am enjoying it. I can't provide an objective review though, due to long time reading of this blog and alphagameplan.

For example, this passage is humorous as is- "But [no human woman], no matter how attractive, could possibly compete with Caitlys Shadowsong. In comparison to the elven princess, they were a herd of indistinguishable, thick-waisted, stump-legged cows."

But for me, after reading Vox opine on Kim Kardashian and body shapes of other women in this era of processed food I find this laugh out loud funny in a way another reader without this background could never appreciate. (For the record though I personally can appreciate the beauty of Kim's curves.)

Also I give the political speech in the Senate by Corvus a standing ovation.

Anonymous Rantor December 29, 2012 4:40 PM  

@David

Fair comment about lack of objectivity. I could see Vox' political, social, and economic thoughts throughout the book. Knowledge of the author's ideas and prejudices will certainly affect your enjoyment of a book. Probably contributed strongly to me enjoying it so much.

Anonymous VD December 29, 2012 5:12 PM  

Also I give the political speech in the Senate by Corvus a standing ovation.

Credit Cicero for that....

Anonymous Allabaster December 29, 2012 5:56 PM  

Any chance of signed copies to order in the future?

I already have a autographed version of James Delingpoles latest from when he was in Sydney. I mentioned you and he quickly exclamamed "oh, I love that guy!"

Blogger Jamie-R December 29, 2012 6:28 PM  

Any chance of signed copies to order in the future?

I reckon he should do a tour and come visit us in Australia. I got wine country you got Leb country.

Anonymous Allabaster December 29, 2012 6:44 PM  

Hmmm, a fine idea but that would involve him leaving his lair and coming into contact with direct sunlight.

Blogger Jamie-R December 29, 2012 6:49 PM  

I've seen a lobster cooked before.

Anonymous Anonymous December 29, 2012 8:09 PM  

stupid question but do I have to buy the other books Vox wrote or can I begin with these?

Blogger LP 999/Eliza December 29, 2012 9:03 PM  

Awesome!!

Anonymous Outlaw X December 29, 2012 9:35 PM  

Nice

Blogger Desert Cat December 29, 2012 11:15 PM  

"stupid question but do I have to buy the other books Vox wrote or can I begin with these?"

Not a stupid question. You really need to read the novella "A Magic Broken" for some important preview drama pertaining to a pair of major characters, but it is not necessary to read Summa Elvetica prior to A Throne of Bones. There are a couple of major characters that come over, and some occasional references to certain past events in their lives, but nothing that would leave big gaps in your understanding of this tome.

Blogger Desert Cat December 29, 2012 11:16 PM  

Also, the Eternal Warriors series is an entirely different story and has nothing to do with the current novel.

Anonymous VD December 30, 2012 5:33 AM  

stupid question but do I have to buy the other books Vox wrote or can I begin with these?

No, you can start with A Throne of Bones. Also, please use a name, any name, under Name/URL. Too many Anonymice quickly gets confusing.

Anonymous Allabaster December 30, 2012 3:05 PM  

Hmmm, a fine idea but that would involve him leaving his lair and coming into contact with direct sunlight.

Anonymous Allabaster December 30, 2012 3:05 PM  

Hmmm, a fine idea but that would involve him leaving his lair and coming into contact with direct sunlight.

Anonymous brentg December 31, 2012 1:47 AM  

I am really enjoying 'A Throne of Bones'. Good idea to release 'A Magic Broken' to whet the (cheap like mine) appetite. I had read the 'War in Heaven' series and they were so-so, but this first in the series is so far beyond that they can't be compared. Your story telling ability grew a LOT between them.

I read a lot of fantasy - many things over and over as I cannot find new and interesting stories. This is probably the most fun and intriguing fantasy I've read in the past 2-3 years. THANKS for writing a great book.

PS - no dying until the series is finished...

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