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Speaking of old times, remember those scifi paperbacks with two novels and a book cover on each side?-MilesAhead (August 15, 2018, 03:33 PM)
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No!  I'm in the UK, and that may be why.  :(  Cover art was a problem for me in itself.  I never bought, say, Analog as a teenager, worried I think about the flak I might get others seeing the lurid covers...  I must have missed out on a lot of good stuff.

-rjbull (August 15, 2018, 04:07 PM)
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Here is one of the double paperbacks I had:

I remembered the title "Envoy to the Dog Star."

Another fun novella by Mark Clifton: (June 18, 2018, 03:37 PM)
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couldn't get the book (Error 403: Forbidden) but still made for an interesting read:
ironic that Project Gutenberg gets blocked in Germany...-tomos (June 18, 2018, 03:53 PM)
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Your quote might have been a little too short, tomos:

Q: Who are the authors? Why are they copyrighted in Germany, but not in the US?

    Heinrich Mann, who died in 1950.
    Thomas Mann, who died in 1955.
    Alfred Döblin, who died in 1957.

In Germany, they are copyrighted based on "life +70 years" of copyright protection (so, copyright will expire after 2020, 2025 and 2027, respectively). In the US, copyright protection for works published prior to 1978 is based on the number of years since publication.
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Any way: epub: 27595. (133.76 kB - downloaded 68 times.)


Promise of Blood is excellent, if you like alternative history with a touch of the fantastical.  I'd definitely recommend it, as I did above :)

Of course, tastes vary, and admittedly it is a bit hard in the beginning as he's quite detailed in his weaving of the world, and it starts In Media Res.  But I've found the whole series gripping.

The first is the Powder Mage Series, by Brian McClellan.  It starts with A Promise of Blood

The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it.

It's a bloody business overthrowing a king...
Field Marshal Tamas' coup against his king sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brought bread to the starving. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and the greedy to scramble for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces.

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It's brilliantly paced, with visceral battle scenes that other than the presence of the Powder Mages and other Magic are very well done, and might as well be right out of a Sharpe novel, and well written characters that are intelligently developed.

-wraith808 (August 12, 2016, 09:16 AM)
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