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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1320 on: July 03, 2018, 10:13:31 AM »
Did anyone see that Gardner Dozois has passed away? He put together some amazing anthologies over the years.
I have quite a few of his anthologies and the stories are usually all good. He introduced me to new writers as well as ones I knew being in the collections.   Seems he was well liked and respected by many authors because a couple of the anthologies were fund raisers to help his medical expenses, and the intros showed how glad they were to help out.
The genre lost another big name last week with the passing of Harlan Ellison.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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« Reply #1321 on: July 03, 2018, 11:02:26 AM »
That's more than fine with me, Bea! I'm thrilled to hear that a library somewhere has pre-ordered it - that's genuinely amazing!

Thank you!

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1322 on: July 03, 2018, 11:17:22 AM »
I think my town has got quite a large fantasy-reading population (maybe because of the university), because the SFF section is huge and they always get the latest books :D

Also, maybe more people do as I do, that when they have book 1 of a series and if I see they're not getting the rest, I do a request, and normally it's followed through.
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1323 on: July 19, 2018, 05:53:30 PM »
I can't help myself!
I go to a Waterstone's, see someone browsing in the SFF section with a puzzled look, and I have to recommend books to them ;D 8)
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« Reply #1324 on: July 23, 2018, 09:41:32 AM »
Arghhh. I had this horrible habit of purchasing an entire series based on how the plot intrigues me, the good ratings/ recommendations, or just a general good feeling. I'm now DNF'ing a series that I've read only 4 out of the 7 books I've bought. What a waste (curses #*%@).  :( The series was just too bad to continue, though, in addition to the couple I've shipped also ending up crashing.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1325 on: July 23, 2018, 10:21:08 AM »
Oooh that's not good, Inky!
Which series was it?

I normally just buy book by book (halfway through one, if I'm really liking it, I buy the next).
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« Reply #1326 on: July 23, 2018, 02:55:56 PM »
Oooh that's not good, Inky!
Which series was it?

I normally just buy book by book (halfway through one, if I'm really liking it, I buy the next).
A YA series, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass. A few years back I saw it at the local bookstore, and it is fantasy and seemed quite popular, so I just bought the whole thing. (my bad) The first and second books (and prequel) were actually quite decent, but from book 3 onwards it dipped in quality quite rapidly. I've seriously gotto stop doing this.  :-X

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1327 on: July 25, 2018, 08:20:39 AM »
Reading the Greatcoats series now.

Main character is called Falcio.
That's pronounced Fal-see-o, right? A C before an E or I is pronounced 'see', that's the rule.

Throughout book 2 there's a storyteller who tells the story of the big Falsio who did this and that.
I thought: that is strange, it's pronounced Fal-see-o, that's the same.

Later you see the real one complaining that his name is Fal-key-o!
Argh!!!
You can not say Falcio as Fal-key-o, it goes against all the rules and my brain >:(
I'll continue to say Fal-see-o in my brain anyway,  :P Sebastien!
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1328 on: July 25, 2018, 11:39:42 AM »
I originally read it as 'fal-chee-o', as it sounds like an italian name to me (though I now realise that it's latin, if it's meant to be read as fal-key-o). Brings me back to the discussion I had with my partner about Jorg's correct pronunciation in The Broken Empire  ;D
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« Reply #1329 on: July 25, 2018, 12:37:43 PM »
Arghhh. I had this horrible habit of purchasing an entire series based on how the plot intrigues me, the good ratings/ recommendations, or just a general good feeling.
I used to buy the first two or three books impulsively like that. But I got burnt a few times, too.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1330 on: July 25, 2018, 12:51:06 PM »
(though I now realise that it's latin, if it's meant to be read as fal-key-o).
Oh, so in latin you don't get the whole "C before I and E" thing? I thought the rule came from latin (but I never learnt latin...)

Brings me back to the discussion I had with my partner about Jorg's correct pronunciation in The Broken Empire  ;D
I thought that too, hehe
Sorry Mark, even though you've told me the right way, he will always and forever be "Yorg" to me, not "George" ;D
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1331 on: July 26, 2018, 06:52:54 AM »
(though I now realise that it's latin, if it's meant to be read as fal-key-o).
Oh, so in latin you don't get the whole "C before I and E" thing? I thought the rule came from latin (but I never learnt latin...)

Brings me back to the discussion I had with my partner about Jorg's correct pronunciation in The Broken Empire  ;D
I thought that too, hehe
Sorry Mark, even though you've told me the right way, he will always and forever be "Yorg" to me, not "George" ;D

Wasn't it intended as George, but then pronounced as Yorg and Jorg in UK and US Audiobooks respectively? I went with Jorg from the off. Sounds more uncouth and fit with the absolute bar-steward of a character he is  ;D
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1332 on: July 26, 2018, 04:28:07 PM »
I find it amazing how strongly we attach to pronunciations - even of words/names we'll almost never say out loud. I saw a meme that admonished people not to ridicule people who mispronounce words - it's because they discovered them while reading - a noble endeavor :)
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1333 on: July 26, 2018, 04:46:56 PM »
I saw a meme that admonished people not to ridicule people who mispronounce words - it's because they discovered them while reading - a noble endeavor :)
I saw that too, really interesting!
And I sort of lived that yesterday: while doing a walk with a friend there was a tourist board and I read out loud the key message, that mentioned a village nearby. Turns out I was saying it all wrong, hehe

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As for the characters' names, it just shows that they become really close to the reader, a friend, and you wouldn't want others to say their names wrong :)
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1334 on: August 11, 2018, 11:21:31 PM »
I saw a meme that admonished people not to ridicule people who mispronounce words - it's because they discovered them while reading - a noble endeavor :)
I saw that too, really interesting!
And I sort of lived that yesterday: while doing a walk with a friend there was a tourist board and I read out loud the key message, that mentioned a village nearby. Turns out I was saying it all wrong, hehe

(Mytholmroyd, if you're wondering)

As for the characters' names, it just shows that they become really close to the reader, a friend, and you wouldn't want others to say their names wrong :)

My biggest funny on this was “facetious.” It was a favorite word when I was a teenager. (Right?) and I pronounced it correctly.

But when I read it in print, I didn’t recognize it, and pronounced it “fa-see-tee-us.”
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