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Old December 1 2012, 10:46 AM   #16
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Re: "The Demon's Apprentice"...the best book series you aren't reading

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Maybe you should actually READ the books instead of talking like you "know" whether or not they're good. You just might find yourself pleasantly surprised.
I have to agree with you on this.

The synopsis reads like shit though.
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Old December 1 2012, 11:47 AM   #17
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Uh.. no.

This sounds like some fantasy elements and some urban elements got thrown together in a blender, switched on and hopefully something good comes out.

Judging from the blurbs that was not the case.. i think i'll pass (or read some Dresden Files instead).
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Old December 1 2012, 02:21 PM   #18
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Re: "The Demon's Apprentice"...the best book series you aren't reading

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I made it to "Maxilla Asini" which sounds cool as a Latin Vulgata citation, until you realize it means "an ass's jaw".
Which is entirely appropriate in the context of the story, which you would know if you'd read the book.'
It's still stuff from an ass's mouth.
Maxilla Asini is still the only hint of any originality or sprightliness in these synopses. I expect it is a reference to one of Samson's encounters with the Philistines.

These kinds of recaps are very bad for highlighting the fundamental unoriginality of fantasy, which in practice seems to be required. Way too much SF just borrows stuff from other SF stories but rearranging the pieces isn't the point it seems to be in fantasy. That's one reason why I find fantasy to be so hit or miss. Mostly miss, so I'll pass.
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Old December 1 2012, 02:45 PM   #19
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Re: "The Demon's Apprentice"...the best book series you aren't reading

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I stopped reading at "Chance Fortunato" in the quote above. ugh.
Yup.

The synopsis reads like someone's trying to ride the Harry Potter/Twilight gravy train.

EDIT: Stopped at the "Chance Fortunato" bit the first time around, but went back and read the whole thing when Ian Keldon seemed to be implying no one was giving this a chance. My original post seemed contradictory so I thought I'd clarify.
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Old December 1 2012, 05:56 PM   #20
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Re: "The Demon's Apprentice"...the best book series you aren't reading

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Uh.. no.

This sounds like some fantasy elements and some urban elements got thrown together in a blender, switched on and hopefully something good comes out.

Judging from the blurbs that was not the case.. i think i'll pass (or read some Dresden Files instead).
From the blurb, it sounds like bad White Wolf (Vampire:The Masquerade, etc.) fanfic.
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Old December 1 2012, 06:16 PM   #21
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Generally speaking when someone spells Magic with a K, it's a sign you don't want to be stuck in a lift with them.
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Old December 1 2012, 06:17 PM   #22
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Meh. It might be good but I've already got a ton of urban fantasy that sounds more interesting to me on my wishlist.
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Old December 2 2012, 09:06 PM   #23
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Whenever TV Guide used to do articles with that headline "Best show you're not watching" my immediate response is always "If I ain't watchin' it, I obviously don't agree it's the best. There's a flaw in logic there somewhere..."
Not really. You may have not had the channel the show was on, you may have been unfamiliar with it or you may have felt mistakenly that the program did not appeal to you. That series can get reappraisals late in their run or after they're off the air is pretty demonstratable.

And there's got to always be good TV shows you're not watching, somewhere. I mean I hear Forbrydelsen is great but I've never got into it. These things happen.

Entertainment Weekly famously gave Star Trek: Deep Space Nine a variation of the phrase, which seems pretty deserved to me.

The problem with the phrase is it throws down a gauntlet - it invites argument. And applying it to an urban fantasy littered with truly ridiculous names and concepts, well, it doesn't exactly sound like Neil Gaiman meets China Mieville.

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Generally speaking when someone spells Magic with a K, it's a sign you don't want to be stuck in a lift with them.
Yup. It's an affectation you can thank Aleister Crowley for, but then pop paganism and occultism is the go-to well for urban fantasy so I'm not that surprised.
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