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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1335 on: August 12, 2018, 04:14:59 AM »
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.”

I'm not a native english speaker and learnt most of my english from reading, so this does happened sometimes. Bless my good friends who doesn't mock me for it and told me the correct version lol.  8)

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1336 on: August 12, 2018, 11:16:28 AM »
Jmack, it also took me a while to reconcile the spoken word with the written word for that one...

And waaaahhh I'm hopeless :'(
I've got 4 unread books at home and 3 waiting for me at the library, and what do I do? I go and buy another one!
I just noticed in Matt Haig's twitter that his latest, Notes on a nervous planet, is only £5 on amazon. I loved his "Reasons to stay alive", he puts perfectly into words what I feel during my depression episodes, so I wanted that one. But then I only get free delivery if there's £10 of books, so I had to find another one ::)
I got Jeanette Ng's Under a pendulum sun - it's different, it won the best novel at Nine Worlds yesterday and it's recommended by a bunch of authors I like, so...
Not sure when I'll read it, though - probably towards the end of the year ;D
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1337 on: August 12, 2018, 10:58:46 PM »

I got Jeanette Ng's Under a pendulum sun - it's different, it won the best novel at Nine Worlds yesterday and it's recommended by a bunch of authors I like, so...
Not sure when I'll read it, though - probably towards the end of the year ;D

Didn't click with me but looking forwards to your take.
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1338 on: August 14, 2018, 09:25:14 PM »
I'm not a native english speaker and learnt most of my english from reading, so this does happened sometimes.
I feel you.
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1339 on: August 25, 2018, 10:00:17 AM »
Have anyone read Godblind by Anna Stephens? I'm just 8 pages in and there's some truly gory ritual sacrifice, almost rape, and some more gory murder already. I like some grimdark, but not others, so I'm starting to think that this one may not be it for me.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1340 on: August 25, 2018, 10:14:10 AM »
The worst of the goreyness is in the first quarter of the book. After the beginning bit there's one particular scene a litte later on and the rest I would say is pretty much standard grimdark level stuff.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1341 on: August 25, 2018, 03:21:09 PM »
The worst of the goreyness is in the first quarter of the book. After the beginning bit there's one particular scene a litte later on and the rest I would say is pretty much standard grimdark level stuff.
This.
I know not everyone likes the same books, but I really enjoyed it!
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1342 on: August 28, 2018, 02:18:51 PM »
The worst of the goreyness is in the first quarter of the book. After the beginning bit there's one particular scene a litte later on and the rest I would say is pretty much standard grimdark level stuff.
This.
I know not everyone likes the same books, but I really enjoyed it!

Looking back, I'm so glad i didn't abandon the book. Thanks to everyone's suggestions, I continued and found Godblind to be so amazing! After a while, it became an unstoppable page-turner story that kept me goingnon and on, always yearning for more. I even loved most of the POVs up until this point, which is an extremely rare thing for me to do. The next book, Darksouls, is definitely going into my TBR shelf!

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1343 on: August 30, 2018, 08:26:36 PM »
Bought 5 books today, Darksoul the follow up to Godblind among them. I missed Anna's launch and believe she is in Swansea tonight so will have to get it signed at Bristol con.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1344 on: August 30, 2018, 08:39:27 PM »
The worst of the goreyness is in the first quarter of the book. After the beginning bit there's one particular scene a litte later on and the rest I would say is pretty much standard grimdark level stuff.

I remember reading that. I though 'I can take this, I love violent books!'

I was mistaken. That scene left me scrambling for brain bleach.

I quite liked the book though.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1345 on: September 19, 2018, 12:52:33 PM »
How would you tag a book about greek myths?
Is it fantasy?
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1346 on: September 19, 2018, 01:36:03 PM »
How would you tag a book about greek myths?
Is it fantasy?

Personally not and I feel quite strongly about people saying that Myth & Legend are fantasy. Their place in their societies was very different.

A creative retelling is likely to fall into Fantasy though.
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1347 on: September 19, 2018, 10:03:36 PM »
Thanks, I thought so too.
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1348 on: September 20, 2018, 03:32:32 AM »
Thanks, I thought so too.

As happy to spout my opinion as ever :D

More pertinently - was it a good book?
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1349 on: September 20, 2018, 08:06:52 AM »
Thanks, I thought so too.

As happy to spout my opinion as ever :D

More pertinently - was it a good book?
Just started reading it, hehe - it's Stephen Fry's Mythos, where he tells all greek myths.
I'd been searching for such a book for quite a while, remembering a book I read as a teenager with many greek myths that I wanted to revisit.
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