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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2015, 02:14:36 PM »
The dire wolves in ASoIaF. Loved them, and they felt very important at the beginning. The fact there's only 1 (?) left sort of shows to me how GRRM has followed the story wherever it has lead him, rather than from a initial set of fixed constraints. But I feel a bit let down that what seemed so important at the beginning becomes so much less so.

This, too, especially the blue bit.

And I've just remembered the wolves in the Iskryne books by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette :D
(too bad there were only 2 written :'()

how horribly, horribly tempting though...  ;)
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2015, 02:40:48 PM »




I wish the world was flat like the old days, then I could travel just by folding a map.

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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2015, 03:09:15 PM »
I was on that site when it was posted... was it you? now I can't remember or find that link...
It's *so* funny ;D
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2015, 03:20:15 PM »
I was on that site when it was posted... was it you? now I can't remember or find that link...
It's *so* funny ;D
Nope, never seen them before today!  :D
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2015, 03:28:22 PM »
I was on that site when it was posted... was it you? now I can't remember or find that link...
It's *so* funny ;D
Nope, never seen them before today!  :D
Where did you find it? I was trying to find the post with the link and then realised I might have ended up there via the blog of a writer or a reviewer, but can't go check them all now...

(I'm fighting a very strong feeling of procrastination and not wanting to work, this afternoon... :-\)
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #20 on: April 07, 2015, 03:41:37 PM »
I was on that site when it was posted... was it you? now I can't remember or find that link...
It's *so* funny ;D
Nope, never seen them before today!  :D
Where did you find it? I was trying to find the post with the link and then realised I might have ended up there via the blog of a writer or a reviewer, but can't go check them all now...

(I'm fighting a very strong feeling of procrastination and not wanting to work, this afternoon... :-\ )
They were on a different forum, no idea where they came from. I'll ask the person who posted them  :)
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2015, 03:47:34 PM »
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #22 on: April 07, 2015, 03:54:15 PM »
I was on that site when it was posted... was it you? now I can't remember or find that link...
It's *so* funny ;D
Nope, never seen them before today!  :D
Where did you find it? I was trying to find the post with the link and then realised I might have ended up there via the blog of a writer or a reviewer, but can't go check them all now...

(I'm fighting a very strong feeling of procrastination and not wanting to work, this afternoon... :-\)

I saw it originally on tumblr, I think, and then Adam Roberts retweeted my link at one point... I was giggling for about half an hour
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #24 on: April 07, 2015, 04:45:38 PM »
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Please do not let the goat in your next book be called Atku, even if you are offered untold wealth and decadent blandishments. Atku could shape-shift anytime he wanted and wreck your storyline at will.

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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #25 on: April 07, 2015, 05:42:01 PM »
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MomKfsbFpQ0[/youtube]

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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #26 on: April 07, 2015, 06:31:46 PM »
SCHOLAR AND CAT
One of several poems found scribbled in the margins of medieval texts by the monks who transcribed them.
I love the Samuel Barber settings of these.
You won't be surprised to know I have a story idea based on this poem.  ;D



Irish version:

Messe ocus Pangur Bán
cechtar náthar fria saindán:
bíth a menma-sam fri seilgg,
mu menma céin im saincheirdd.

Version by W.H. Auden:

Pangur, white Pangur, How happy we are
Alone together, scholar and cat
Each has his own work to do daily;
For you it is hunting, for me study.
Your shining eye watches the wall;
My feeble eye is fixed on a book.
You rejoice, when your claws entrap a mouse;
I rejoice when my mind fathoms a problem.
Pleased with his own art, neither hinders the other;
Thus we live ever without tedium and envy.
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #27 on: April 07, 2015, 07:04:50 PM »
erm... that sounds like it was written by someone procrastinating ;D

"Meanwhile, in a monk's cell far away:

'Gawd, I'm bored... I don't want to study.... '

Looks around. The window. The ceiling. The cat.

'Oh just look at the cat. No boring study for him, no. He just does what he wants all day.
Oh I know, I could write a poem about it. It will look like I'm studying so no one will come and annoy me.
Let me see. What shall I call him? Oh I know!'

Pangur, white Pangur"

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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #28 on: April 07, 2015, 08:58:32 PM »
Page 2 and no mention of Smaug? I liked him anyway, vain and believing himself invincible.


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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #29 on: April 08, 2015, 12:37:10 AM »
I always loved Harry Potter's Hedwig, it was one of the earliest and most sincere friendships Harry developed. And on that note, the role of Voldemort's snake, Nagini, is quite memorable.

My all time favorite, I think, is Tolkien's Roverandom. It's not very well known (except among Tolkien enthusiasts, perhaps), but it is one of the most charming stories I ever read, and it's all about a dog.

And how come no one has mentioned Narnia? There are magical animals in there of every shape and size :) I will also have to give the Great A'Tuin a mention, as there are very few turtles carrying elephants carrying worlds on their backs  ;)

I really like animals as characters in a story, maybe because I think they are far more complex than they are often given credit for. They are easier for me to trust, much like in everyday life.
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