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#1 Posted by HerbieBug (3841 posts) -

One thing you may want to consider about crime fiction genre is that a very common practice amongst its authors is to develop a character over a lengthy series of novels that are not, in other ways, specifically narratively connected. Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novels can be read pretty much in any order without losing anything besides a bit of character history, for example. So, look closely at books that may outwardly appear to be described as part of a series. They aren't usually connected in the way that a sweeping epic space opera or fantasy would be.

Anyway, here's a few I really enjoyed:

Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver (50's court case from the lawyer's perspective)

The Hunter by Richard Stark. This is more noir than mystery. "Crime novel" is a fitting description though.

Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith

The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow. It's best if you haven't already seen the movie, but still a fantastic novel even if you know the outcome.

The Alienist by Caleb Carr. Really fun historical mystery. It ventures into the dumb on occasion, though, so, you know, don't expect a lot of plausibility here. It's Fun.

The Motive by John Lescroart. Lawyer's perspective novel. Solid and entertaining but not blow you away fantastic in any respect.

Of course the all time classic: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

#2 Posted by HerbieBug (3841 posts) -

Hey that's awesome to hear there is a whole stock of Transistor development footage they can put something together with in future. I really enjoyed the Building the Bastion series.

#3 Edited by HerbieBug (3841 posts) -

There is a difference between sexually provocative and sexist. Sexist is to portray women in a negative light according to broad ranging stereotypes; such as weak, stupid, emotional to a silly degree, incapable, etc.

A heroine with big tits and a skimpy outfit is not automatically a sexist portrayal of women. Bayonetta, for example, is, I think, a strong and positive female character. A lot of the time I see sexism being incorrectly utilized in criticism of a thing, what the person means is actually something more along the lines of saying the product is tasteless. Meaning being base, using sex appeal blatantly to increase sales and for no other narrative specific reason, trying to appeal to lowest common denominator, lack of craft, etc. None of those things are inherently sexist by definition.

#4 Posted by HerbieBug (3841 posts) -

My Girl. Oh god the feels. T___T

#5 Posted by HerbieBug (3841 posts) -

I didn't think Bluray would succeed as the high capacity disc of choice back when it wasn't clear whether HD-DVD or Bluray would come out ahead. Keep in mind that opinion was formed prior to the release of the PS3.

#6 Posted by HerbieBug (3841 posts) -

No, we get along fine. We're not all on a monthly phone call basis but it's amicable when we do get together.

#7 Posted by HerbieBug (3841 posts) -

Certainly. I like high contrast.

#8 Posted by HerbieBug (3841 posts) -

I wish that I liked Naughty Dog's games. :/

#9 Edited by HerbieBug (3841 posts) -

Order regular black and choke it down like a man. Also, your choice of drink here will determine the future and tone of your relationship with this lady for all time.

#10 Posted by HerbieBug (3841 posts) -

@sooty: I don't recall Martin ever mentioning how many limbs the dragons have in the books. -____-