Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Mailvox: in time for Christmas

Glad to hear from JB that Marcher Lord Hinterlands was able to keep its word concerning the hardcovers and deliver in time for Christmas:
Received my copy yesterday!  I gave it a quick once over and I have to say, the book looks great on the whole.  The cover is somewhat muted in color in comparison to web images, but that was/is to be expected electronic gamma being what it is.
I'm looking forward to seeing it myself, but I expect I'll have to wait another week or so.  Thanks again to team OCD, whose speedy proofreading made this possible.

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Anonymous Stilicho December 18, 2012 1:25 PM  

r: spatial or mapping issues. I've noticed that one really doesn't need a map of Selenoth to follow the story easily. This is a contrast to other fantasy works where you find yourself constantly referring to the map. I suspect it is a direct reflection of how the author envisions his world: those who do not think (or write) in spatial terms tend to write in a fashion such that the reader is not led to think in spatial terms even if the reader is generally inclined to do so. Conversely, authors who think in spatial terms tend to write that way and constantly require readers to look at the map to properly follow the story. No right or wrong way, just a matter of style or preference.

Anonymous sb- December 18, 2012 1:35 PM  

I have been enjoying this book immensely. Kudos.

Blogger Markku December 18, 2012 1:38 PM  

I suspect that the map isn't so much an assist to reading, than it is a promise that by the end of the third book the topography (if you went back and put all directions together) will resemble more a 2d plane than a Klein bottle.

Anonymous Robert in Arabia December 18, 2012 2:12 PM  

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The "medicines" dispensed by the medical-pharmacological-money-making-machine turn harmless patients into mass killers. The drug companies know this. The inserts on some anti-depressants already list suicidal and homicidale urges as side effects.
It is no longer legal in the United States to report what specific drugs a killer was taking - that might hurt business.
There is no reason to believe that the medical-pharmacological-money-making-machine has any benevolent motives beyond pure greed.
They know that the anti-depressants they prescribe kill patients and turn patients into killers.
You should visit and tell all of your contacts to visit
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Anonymous Josh December 18, 2012 2:50 PM  

Just finished it. Bravo, Vox, this was a tour de force and a most rewarding read! Although it ends with many more questions than answers...

Anonymous VD December 18, 2012 2:57 PM  

Bravo, Vox, this was a tour de force and a most rewarding read! Although it ends with many more questions than answers...

Excellent, pleased to hear it. Perhaps in a month or so I'll do a Q&A post for those who have read it. Given that the hardcovers are just arriving now, we should probably give folks a few weeks to read through it. I'm not going to give away any spoilers for the next books, but I'm sure there are a number of points that could benefit from explanation or clarification.

Anonymous Josh December 18, 2012 3:39 PM  

That's a damn big ocean on the map...have you thought of including naval battles in the sequels?

Anonymous jack December 18, 2012 3:53 PM  

got my HC today from UPS

Anonymous jack December 18, 2012 3:54 PM  

Make that HB [hardback[, jeez

Anonymous VD December 18, 2012 4:24 PM  

How is the color of the jacket? And is the spine properly aligned?

Anonymous Beau December 18, 2012 4:34 PM  

That's a damn big ocean on the map...have you thought of including naval battles in the sequels?

Ex scientia tridens

Anonymous Rantor December 18, 2012 4:38 PM  

Can't wait. Must decide who gets the second book...

Anonymous Curlytop December 18, 2012 6:02 PM  

Reference question regarding TOB for those who have read all three so far:

Is it necessary to read SE and A Magic Broken before reading a Throne of Bones? Or does TOB stand alone?

Anonymous Matthew December 18, 2012 7:11 PM  

Curlytop: Vox has stated that it is not necessary, for what the author's opinion is worth. I have read SE, but not AMB, and I don't think you need to read either before tackling AToB. I liked SE, but its thrust is so orthogonal to that of AToB that I'm not even sure you'd get more out of the latter by reading the former first.

Anonymous Curlytop December 18, 2012 7:49 PM  

Thanks Matthew.

I remember Vox saying that, but wanted input from the readers and specifically male. Haven't read SE or AMB, so I am not in a position to evaluate this. I'm looking forward to reading TOB though.

Anonymous vales3 December 19, 2012 7:17 AM  

Awesome that the books are arriving. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Anonymous vale3 December 24, 2012 5:09 PM  

Mr. UPS just delivered my hardcover a few minutes ago. I am really stoked. It's up next to read. An awesome Christmas Eve Present to myself.

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