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Argh, take two, since I completely forgot one (again!) and you can't as far as I know edit a poll after the fact...

Okay, I already know at least some of what I want, but I'm just curious now how others would prioritize. And who knows, maaaaybe it'll even affect what I buy. (Since I do plan to get all these sooner or later, after all. Maybe much later, depending. ^^;;)

But anyhow, if you were prioritizing, which ones would you get first? Choose two or three, or more, or less... however many you want really, but the idea is to at least prioritize somewhat. ;)


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Aug. 17th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
And yes, I went ahead and voted for giggles... the ones I figure I'm most likely going to pick up at once are Mana Khemia 2 (this one's a given, the Atelier series is one of my favorites, and this is a close relative), Homecoming (likewise the Mercy Thompson series is one of my favorite book series), and Even Money (because dude, Dick Francis).

If I drop any of them it'll probably be Even Money, honestly... as much as I love Dick Francis and was wanting badly for him to write more when it looked like he was totally retired from writing, the last book (Silks) left me cold, and I never finished it for some reason. I figure it's just a quirk, a one-off thing of me just not liking it for whatever reason, but part of me is worried that maybe that just marks the point where Dick Francis went from "pretty much writing the books with son watching over shoulder, maybe adding a liiiitle input" to "just sitting back mostly watching and saying something now and then while son does the real writing."

So yeah.
Aug. 17th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Where's the ticky for those of us who couldn't pick between these with a dart and a chart on the wall?
Aug. 17th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Sorry! I'd add it but, no editing polls after the fact, and I'm not posting it all a third time. ;)

(I'm assuming this is a comment saying "I know nothing of any of these" rather than being like me, and "ooo I love all these and want them *all*!", but I could be wrong. ;) )
Aug. 17th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
I would pick Layton and Francis, because I know them and like them.
Dissidia has Cloud on the cover so that's next on my list.
Never heard of the rest.
Aug. 17th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
You should totally have heard of them!

Heh, nah seriously, I realize every person only has so much interest to go around. The Mana Khemia/Atelier Iris type of stuff though is something that I think totally deserves more attention in the U.S., but it's still fairly lesser known. But maybe that's just me. ;) If you're into the urban supernatural sub-genre (sub-sub-genre, whatever) at all though, I'd suggest trying Mercy Thompson. And the "Hero" books by Moore are kinda fun, more typical fantasy. I want to call them "lighter" for some reason, despite them having some really dark moments, maybe because of the fact that they're not anything like some of the long, deep epic fantasy.
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Aug. 17th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
*blink* how did I not realize it's a comic? o_O I thought it was coming out awfully soon after the last one, but then I thought maybe either she's a) a really fast writer when motivated, or b) she'd kinda written part of it as she was working on the previous one.

Man, you'd think they'd make the whole "comic" (or graphic novel) thing for stuff like this a bit more prevalent in the description. :/

This might actually affect which I buy first, since while I enjoy comics/graphic novels, I don't tend to like to cross the streams as much, so to speak. (It's weird for me when I have images of certain characters in my head and suddenly see them presented for me, plus the story in an actual novel is, well, longer, just due to space considerations.)
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Aug. 17th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
I was clued in by " Francis Tsai (Illustrator), Amelia Woo (Illustrator)" and also by "Now Mercy makes her comics debut in an exclusive new story created by Patricia Briggs." :P

Well when you say it that way it sounds so obvious...!

Seriously, I should have noticed and been clued in by the "illustrator" bits, but I guess I just saw "Mercy Thompson hardcover" and went "woohoo!" and ignored the rest.

As for the blurbs, if they're for a series I already buy and enjoy, I tend to avoid them like the plague since they're often a great way to get spoiled. Especially if it's the reader comments and not the "professional" ones, but even the pro ones can be guilty of it. :/

Anyway, I expect I'll buy it, so I'll let you know how it is.

Appreciated, if I don't end up getting it at the same time. ;) The whole graphic novel thing will make me at least think about it rather than having it default "must buy now now now," but I still could well end up picking it up with the first batch.
Aug. 19th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, I didn't end up getting it in this particular batch, though I might break down and still get it really soon so.. feel free to let me know how awesome/awful it is in non-spoilerific ways (of course). ;)

Aug. 17th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
I liked the first couple Moira J. Moore books well enough, but this has *too many sparkles*. Sheesh!

Aug. 17th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
Hah. Well, being a fantasy fan in general and an urban supernatural fan in more specific (and a Rachel Morgan fan in even *more* specific), I've learned to not necessarily judge a book by its cover. ;)
Aug. 17th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
*thinks back to Darrel K. Sweet*

Fair enough. :-)
Aug. 18th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC)
Ha! I wonder if i still have that list of all the things wrong with each Wheel of Time cover saved anywhere...
Aug. 18th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
Okay, now i'm curious about the "Heroes at Risk" book :) What kind of series is it?
Aug. 18th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Ho boy... okay, in this particular world there are horrible natural disasters - earthquakes, hurricanes, whatever, that would make the world pretty much uninhabitable left unchecked.

Luckily for them, there are also Sources and Shields. Sources basically control various natural forces, and can sense these disasters just before they happen, and use "magic" to cause them to dissipate. They would however be torn apart themselves by the forces in return, but that's where the Shields come in - they can create, well, shields of some sort around the Sources, to protect them from the other forces while they're doing their thing.

Shields and Sources also bond to each other - and this can happen "accidentally," so they're pretty much found and kept segregated in their separate academies until they're done their training (and I guess beyond if they don't find a partner during the big ceremony things for that purpose). The there's all the other cultural stuff thrown in - Sources and Shields can't be charged for anything in shops or other services, but they also don't really *own* anything, even really their own lives. They go where they are sent, and pretty much serve the community. And then there's the bond, which causes one of them to die if/when the other does, among other side-effects.

So yeah, the books pretty much revolve around the main character (a Shield) and the... interesting Source she ends up bonded to, and deals with, well, various adventures they find themselves in, as well as going into all the dynamics between the Sources and Shields, each of them and the rest of the world, and so on. There's a lot of societal stuff, some politics, some straight out adventuring... interesting enough, I think. ^^

If you decide you wanna try them out, the first one is Resenting the Hero.
Aug. 18th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
Ooohhh, that sounds kinda interesting.

Although the SF geek side of me is now asking, if these natural disasters would make life uninhabitable without the Sources/Shields, how did life/intelligence/civilization evolve in the first place in order to produce the Sources and Shields?

I'll accept "the gods created everything in situ" as an answer, but my general assumption for fantasy books is that everything works the way it does in our world except for the stuff the author specifically says are different.

Of course if the answer to that is something we're supposed to find out as the books progress then i probably don't want to know the answer yet :)
Aug. 18th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Well, it's explained fairly early on, or at least some explanation given, but I'll just leave you to read it if you're thinking of reading anyhow. ^^ Since I can be kinda jumpy about spoilers myself, I'd rather not try to figure out just what you might want told to you in advance, and what not. ^^ Although I don't think it's ever a huge plot point or anything. At least yet.
Aug. 19th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
"Although I don't think it's ever a huge plot point or anything. At least yet."

Okay, now you're just teasing me ;)
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