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Book Discussion: The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan

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Tom Merritt (tommerritt) | 1158 comments Mod
This is the second of six threads to discuss books on the show nominated by Kickstarter backers!

This nomination comes from Vaughn Romero who wanted us to discuss The Steel Remains

This book is from the author of Altered Carbon, but is a fantasy rather than science fiction novel.

"A dark lord will rise. Such is the prophecy that dogs Ringil Eskiath—Gil, for short—a washed-up mercenary and onetime war hero whose cynicism is surpassed only by the speed of his sword. Gil is estranged from his aristocratic family, but when his mother enlists his help in freeing a cousin sold into slavery, Gil sets out to track her down. But it soon becomes apparent that more is at stake than the fate of one young woman. Grim sorceries are awakening in the land. Some speak in whispers of the return of the Aldrain, a race of widely feared, cruel yet beautiful demons. Now Gil and two old comrades are all that stand in the way of a prophecy whose fulfillment will drown an entire world in blood. But with heroes like these, the cure is likely to be worse than the disease."

So have any of you read it? Any of you planning to read it? Let us know what you think.


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terpkristin | 4203 comments Hmm. This has more likelihood of me reading it than the last one. I bought the last one, intending to read it, but I read the description...I can't really do horror. But this one's on Audible...so it may end up getting read before the other one does.


message 3: by Rob (new)

Rob  (quintessential_defenestration) | 1035 comments So altered carbon had kind of a good hook-- this isn't your run-of-the-mill scifi novel, this is something interesting and unique, scifi detective/noir stuff with brain uploads, a murder mystery in the midst of immortality! But this description just reads like "the start of another fantasy series. It will follow all the tropes you expect. There are swords and grim prophecies and a chosen one. Whole nine yards."

So if it's *not* what goodreads is saying, but is in fact unique, I'd give it a shot. As it comes across though, nothing is jumping out at me as must read


message 4: by Viola (new)

Viola | 187 comments Though I like certain parts of the book I actually want to forget that I ever read it. Certain parts left me feeling nothing while others made me want to hurl.

I'm not generally bothered by swearing but this was excessive and it never felt as if I was reading a fantasy novel.


message 5: by Tamahome (last edited Oct 04, 2014 03:50PM) (new)

Tamahome | 6376 comments I've always been meaning to read this, since I liked Altered Carbon. But I hear there's super duper explicit male gay sex scenes in it. Not that there's anything wrong with that. If you've finished it, there's an Sffaudio podcast readalong on it: http://www.sffaudio.com/?p=9963


message 6: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 6376 comments So it has tentacles?


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This thread has sold me on the book, perhaps because of or perhaps in spite of the mention of "super duper explicit male demon gay sex". Actually it's mostly because of Alex's excellent description and the fact that I liked Altered Carbon. I was going to take a little time off from gritty fantasy after just finishing The Mirror Empire, but this is high up on my TBR list now.


message 8: by Viola (new)

Viola | 187 comments Tamahome wrote: "So it has tentacles?"

Not unless you use the word tentacle as some form of euphemism for a guy's "you-know-what".


message 9: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 6376 comments It only sounds like tentacle.


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