Friday, December 02, 2016

What would you rather read?

Castalia author Peter Grant, of Brings the Lightning fame, is polling people about his next open project slot:
The book for the second quarter of 2017 is where I'm looking for your input.  I have the following possibilities, all of which are partially written or plotted out already.
  • A heroic fantasy novel.  Sword and sorcery in the classic tradition, with good triumphing over evil (of course!).  The first draft of this novel is about 45% complete.
  • Another fantasy novel, less in the 'heroic' tradition, but including sword and sorcery in a more formal military setting.  Think late Middle Ages or early Renaissance in a European-style country.  First draft is about 30% complete.
  • A space detective novel, set in the Maxwell universe and tying in with the Maxwell Saga from time to time (i.e. characters from both series will get together).  First draft is about 30% complete.
  • A mil-sci-fi novel set in the Maxwell universe, but with completely new characters.  The idea would be to establish a backstory from which the character might meet and/or work with Steve Maxwell in future books.  Plotted out, but not yet begun.
If you care to weigh in, you can do so at his blog.

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Blogger Brian S December 02, 2016 7:07 PM  

His firearms knowledge and writing was superb in BtL, which makes me think the mil sci fi setting would be a good fit

Anonymous B Day December 02, 2016 7:14 PM  

Militaristic sword and sorcery, from the perspective of a Voldemort type, only he's the good guy and he crushes Hogwarts so bad SJWs cry FOREVER

Anonymous Anonymous December 02, 2016 7:16 PM  

I'd love to read a heroic fantasy by Grant. The fight scenes I can only imagine. Please do this.

Anonymous B Day December 02, 2016 7:17 PM  

but like his magic is actually weaker than others and based on something like bardic song or charisma based things, yet he has a reputation for being a crazy powerful sorcerer. gets by with sheer smarts and wit

Blogger jaericho December 02, 2016 7:18 PM  


Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 02, 2016 7:40 PM  

Chuck Tingle loves horses

Blogger Retrenched December 02, 2016 8:04 PM  

The fantasy novel in the more formal military setting would be really good I think.

Blogger Steve Moss December 02, 2016 8:04 PM  

Militaristic sword and sorcery.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab December 02, 2016 8:11 PM  

Brings the Lightning was great I would love to see fantasy from him. Is CH planning more westerns from Grant? Are all these proposals by CH?

Anonymous 11B December 02, 2016 8:12 PM  

Sorry to be off topic, but is anyone here from Pennsylvania? What is going on? They claim Hillary netted 22K votes last night and they are still counting. What is happening? Why are these votes still be counting 3 weeks after the election? Is there any chance PA can be stolen?

Blogger Steve Moss December 02, 2016 8:49 PM  

The way I read the articles is that Trump's lead is 49,000 after finishing up on overseas and provisional ballots. So it isn't recount related.

Blogger Morgan Holmes December 02, 2016 8:58 PM  

Sword and sorcery, the genre of masculinity. I thought a judge in Montgomery Country threw out the recount as you need x number of signatures per country.

Anonymous Claymore December 02, 2016 10:07 PM  


Blogger Doom December 02, 2016 10:22 PM  

The second option is my first choice. 2 1 4 3, as a total call list. In theory, of course. Who knows? Only heaven, I suspect.

Anonymous Anonymous December 02, 2016 10:22 PM  

I want a sword and sorcery novel that is anti-heroic in which evil wins and we love it.

Blogger Archella December 02, 2016 10:28 PM  

I like the idea of a Sword and Sorcery in a more formal military setting, that seems intriguing to me. Makes me think of the Bridgeburners. Always, a fair trade.

Anonymous Coal Fired Brisket December 02, 2016 11:13 PM  

Military sword and sorcery. I would love another book in the style of The Black Company.

Blogger Ellie December 03, 2016 12:44 AM  

Number 2 pretty please! Give me some of that war strategy of the Middle Ages era!!!!

Anonymous Wyrd December 03, 2016 1:07 AM  

#2 option if we get the same level of detail about the period's arms and armor as we got for guns in BtL.

Blogger Hobbes December 03, 2016 3:07 AM  

I've actually been working on a military sword and sorcery novel, and I'm looking for other examples of the style because I'm curious about what other people have done with it. I know about The Black Company novels, but does anybody have suggestions about any others?

Anonymous Shut up rabbit December 03, 2016 4:08 AM  

aew51183 wrote:I want a sword and sorcery novel that is anti-heroic in which evil wins and we love it.

Try "The First Law" trilogy by Joe Abercrombie or "The Gentleman Bastards" series by Scott Lynch for that kind of thing.

Actually, most modern fantasy is nihilistic, grey goo amorality these days: heroic fantasy without the hero.

Blogger Jack Ward December 03, 2016 7:52 AM  

A heroic fantasy novel. That said, I hope the next in the lightening series will appear soon. 2.7 cents worth.

Blogger Brian S December 03, 2016 10:02 AM  

If I could be so bold as to suggest something not on the list... How bout a story set in historic South Africa? Not much out there like that so far as I know.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit December 03, 2016 9:17 PM  

Maxwell universe, either one, please!

Blogger weka December 03, 2016 10:58 PM  

The late renaissance fantasy (option 2). The only other series like that I know of is written by VD. Most fantasy is high medieval.

Blogger wreckage December 04, 2016 3:11 AM  

Sword and sorcery. Preferably with weirdness.

Anonymous Wendy December 04, 2016 9:52 PM  

Any idea when Brings the Lightening paperback will be back in stock at Amazon. I want to give it as a gift...

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