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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1680 on: January 26, 2021, 04:40:03 PM »
Came across an article on unreliable narrators and thought about Sixteen Ways to Defend Walled City.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1681 on: January 26, 2021, 06:17:46 PM »
I'm not a fan of unreliable narrators in books. It's like getting a second hand summary version of the book. I don't really see the charm in that.
Which book is this comment for, Bender?

On a random comment, I see how shut down the fantasy genre still is when I venture a peak at the facebook group and see everyone asking about the exact same books over and over, or saying that "fantasy stories are all based on medieval european times" - I assumed we'd moved from that one a good 5 years ago, most books now are not related to that at all...

(it's a horrid place anyway - in the sense of not making sense the order, the comments, the fonts... I'm not going back)

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1682 on: January 26, 2021, 06:20:06 PM »
I decided to order some books, including RJ Barker's new ones: just my luck the first is being reprinted. I wasn't really planning on reading them right away, though, waiting for book 3 in September hehe

I got Kingdom of liars too, @eclipse!

Hmm wonder if you carry on your trend of liking the same book as me....
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1683 on: January 26, 2021, 06:34:20 PM »
Fantasy Faction  Facebook is like a fast food joint with unappetising food on offer , where on the other hand the forum is a feast for a king.
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We should have this as our banner

And I hope so, I don't want to buy books I don't like hehe
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1684 on: January 27, 2021, 03:10:14 AM »
Fantasy Faction  Facebook is like a fast food joint with unappetising food on offer , where on the other hand the forum is a feast for a king.
;D
We should have this as our banner

And I hope so, I don't want to buy books I don't like hehe

Heyy, I thought the Facebook group was also great. Different venues, but still has some of its own charms I'd reckon.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1685 on: February 08, 2021, 09:43:50 AM »
Suddenly I went from 2 unread books at home, one of which I'll only read right before book 3 is published later this year, to 8 unread books!
I know this is a small number for many of you, but for me it just makes me go "books, books, I want to read them ALL, NOW" ;D which can be a bit stressing...
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1686 on: February 08, 2021, 11:56:45 AM »
I tried giving up sleeping to have more time reading. Only works on the first night! :(

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1687 on: February 09, 2021, 07:23:55 PM »
I gave up sleeping about 30 years ago, and you pay the price for not.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1688 on: February 17, 2021, 12:40:37 PM »
Today I picked up my copy of The unspoken name by A.K. Larkwood.
It sounds fab and I think I first heard about it in @cupiscent's post HERE (she's her agent-sibling hehe)
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1689 on: February 18, 2021, 01:06:01 AM »
Today I picked up my copy of The unspoken name by A.K. Larkwood.
It sounds fab and I think I first heard about it in @cupiscent's post HERE (she's her agent-sibling hehe)

Hooray! Hope you enjoy it, though I'm pretty confident about this one. It's an unorthodox but thoroughly entertaining read. :D

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1690 on: February 28, 2021, 10:00:09 AM »
I'm becoming a snob on "signed" books: say bookplates don't really count, or rather, are down the list, which goes 1. book signed and dedicated to you, and given to you by the author, 2. your own book signed in front of you at an event, with dedication, 3. bookshop book signed on the actual paper book (but you not present), and 4. signature on bookplates which are then glued to the book.
Now I'm not rushing to get "signed editions" when it's on bookplates :-\

It may be because I'm super privileged to have a few of those, I know...

This was triggered by seeing @CameronJohnston 's latest book bookplate signed available on the new online indie bookshop (Broken Binding, feel free to check that!) and just thinking "I'd rather wait until I meet him again and get him to sign my books" :D

Note: he signed my Traitor god when we met, while I embarassed him by saying to the staring waitress "he wrote that book and it's amazing, trust me!" ;D
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1691 on: February 28, 2021, 02:59:29 PM »
I'm not a signature chaser at all - the only ones I actually want are scribbled in books written by actual friends. That, I find super-cool to have on my shelf.

That was a really good day :) It was so good to meet you! Even if did embarrass me :p hehe.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1692 on: February 28, 2021, 10:46:02 PM »
Very interesting infographic about reading and books in 2020:

http://geediting.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/World-Reading-Habits-in-2020-draft02-min-1.png

(if it opens as a single tiny strip, click on the image and it becomes readable)

South East Asia surprise me.  When I was living in Indonesia barely anyone read.
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1693 on: March 02, 2021, 07:53:51 AM »
Very interesting infographic about reading and books in 2020:

http://geediting.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/World-Reading-Habits-in-2020-draft02-min-1.png

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South East Asia surprise me.  When I was living in Indonesia barely anyone read.

Yeah I lived in Thailand (South East Asia), and most people doesn't read here. Bookstores are gradually disappearing and whatnot.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1694 on: March 04, 2021, 07:22:03 PM »
When did World Book Day start being more about dressing up than about actual books? ??? ::)
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