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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1380 on: June 09, 2019, 09:00:36 PM »
Oh, that is no coincidence at all :) She did say go for it though. There is a fair few easter eggs in both books :p

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1381 on: June 17, 2019, 07:48:06 PM »
There is a fair few easter eggs in both books :p
They're probably related to books I haven't read, since nothing more was that obvious to me...

Anyway, wahey, you've got an "author spotlight" at Fantasy Hive :D
https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/2019/06/author-spotlight-cameron-johnston/
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« Reply #1382 on: June 18, 2019, 07:32:27 AM »
How fancypants is that!  :P

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1383 on: June 25, 2019, 06:33:24 PM »
Yesterday I was moving some books around my shelves (got some extra space so was reducing the double stacking), and now I want to re-read soooo many!!!
But there are also so many I have never read in my life....

Dilemma :'(
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1384 on: June 25, 2019, 06:35:29 PM »
Arranging books is the most satisfying thing in the world. And since I'm not much of a rereader, they can stay exactly where I put them. Though I am going to run out of space by the end of the year.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1385 on: July 01, 2019, 06:21:49 PM »
I don't know why I even bother checking the usual "100 books for your holidays" articles that are all over the place at this time of the year: there's never any fantasy >:(
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« Reply #1386 on: July 02, 2019, 07:52:03 AM »
I don't know why I even bother checking the usual "100 books for your holidays" articles that are all over the place at this time of the year: there's never any fantasy >:(

I always read "best fantasies ever" articles :)
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'Yes' said Caladan Brood. 'You never learn'

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1387 on: July 02, 2019, 06:19:04 PM »
Look at this table from Orbit ;D

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1388 on: July 02, 2019, 07:29:40 PM »
I don't know why I even bother checking the usual "100 books for your holidays" articles that are all over the place at this time of the year: there's never any fantasy >:(

https://www.theguardian.com/books/ng-interactive/2019/jun/29/summer-reading-100-best-holiday-books-for-2019

Spotted a few sci fi books on this list, and a few books with fantasy elements.
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1389 on: July 02, 2019, 07:33:29 PM »
Oh that's the one I read, I only remember seeing Adrian Tchaikovsky... (his SF, not fantasy)
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1390 on: July 02, 2019, 11:17:48 PM »
The Binding by Bridget Collins

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded.

Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it.


Sounds very much like fantasy to me! It also has the wonderful Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton who read last year at Super Relaxed Fantasy Club. Seriously I think it had about 10 books out of 100 that can be classed as speculative fiction: considering the list also covers Young Adult/ Children, Crime, Thrillers, Contemporary Fiction, Self Help, Travel, Popular Science,  Biographies ... they have done very well! I thought it was an interesting list that gave me quite a few suggestions to add to my wish list.
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1391 on: July 03, 2019, 08:06:39 AM »
Oh that one sounds really interesting!

And ok, I'll pay a bit more attention - I admit to not really read the description of all the 100...
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1392 on: July 06, 2019, 05:34:05 PM »
Wahey, got my library to buy Ed McDonald's Crowfall and I this way I won't have to wait for the paperback ;D
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1393 on: July 18, 2019, 05:53:01 PM »
Rosewater by Tade Thompson won the Arthur C. Clarke award.
I'd noticed it before and I was wondering about it, has anyone read it already?

"Alien invasion is always a political subject, and Tade Thompson's debut novel expertly explores the nature of the alien, global power structures and pervasive technologies with a winning combination of science fictional invention, gritty plotting and sly wit."
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Set in Nigeria in the aftermath of an alien invasion that has fundamentally shifted the world's political axis, Rosewater is the first in a dazzlingly creative new series that encompasses African cyber-punk, an unusual love story and speculative world-building at its most playful.
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1394 on: July 26, 2019, 12:40:23 AM »
Always find it weird that a Wizard evokes a positive emotion whilst a Witch evokes a negative one, even though they are pretty much the different genders of same profession. Perhaps a Warlock might be a better term but that's mostly tribal.
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