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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1095 on: May 17, 2017, 03:34:39 AM »
^I have been enjoying your progress with the Victorian romance, but very disappointed that you neglected to share her mother's words with rest of us.

And did we find out if the lady who sold it to you was the writer herself?
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1096 on: May 17, 2017, 11:30:57 AM »
^I have been enjoying your progress with the Victorian romance, but very disappointed that you neglected to share her mother's words with rest of us.

And did we find out if the lady who sold it to you was the writer herself?

I will add more to the quotation. It includes words like "nubbin", "pearl", and "thrust".
Yes, she was the author herself. I asked if anyone would categorize her book as paranormal romance. She no, readers of that genre would not find what they were looking for. She prefers to think of it as a blend between epic fantasy and bodice-ripping romance.
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1097 on: May 17, 2017, 04:46:18 PM »
^I have been enjoying your progress with the Victorian romance, but very disappointed that you neglected to share her mother's words with rest of us.

And did we find out if the lady who sold it to you was the writer herself?

I will add more to the quotation. It includes words like "nubbin", "pearl", and "thrust".
Yes, she was the author herself. I asked if anyone would categorize her book as paranormal romance. She no, readers of that genre would not find what they were looking for. She prefers to think of it as a blend between epic fantasy and bodice-ripping romance.

I was actually talking the other day with a friend about how the meeting point between Trad Fantasy and Romance is ripe for commercial exploitation. There's (to my knowledge) Kushiel's Legacy and... that's about it? They're both big business. You might have to water down parts of the two genres to make it work, largely because I think a lot of Romance readers don't want to read somewhat-macho war stories and Trad Fantasy fans are frequently vocal in their disdain for the unrealistic relationships shown in Romance, but I think there could be a good meeting point. Something like GGK only more commercial.
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1098 on: May 17, 2017, 04:52:06 PM »
GGK big turn off for me ;-)

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1099 on: May 17, 2017, 05:07:41 PM »
GGK big turn off for me ;-)

Spoiler for Hiden:
his novels

That's, like, just your opinion, maaaaaaaaaaan  ;)

Offline night_wrtr

Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1100 on: May 17, 2017, 08:10:14 PM »
is GGK =  Guy Gavriel Kay? I've never read any of this books, though I bought a copy of Tigana a while back.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1101 on: May 17, 2017, 08:18:06 PM »
is GGK =  Guy Gavriel Kay? I've never read any of this books, though I bought a copy of Tigana a while back.

Yup. Give tigana a go if you get the time.
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1102 on: May 17, 2017, 09:16:13 PM »
GGK big turn off for me ;-)

Spoiler for Hiden:
his novels

I really liked Tigana, but none of his other novels have worked for me. Beautiful writing, of course, but the stories didn't click with me for whatever reason.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1103 on: May 17, 2017, 09:23:07 PM »
I've never posted on this thread before, and hardly looked at it.

Definitely interesting stuff. Nothing to report though.

I've never read GGK, and I'm not planning on it. I like books with deep characters and a fast-paced, complex plot. Those are my favorites anyway. From all of the descriptions I've read, that's definitely not what I'm going to get.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1104 on: May 17, 2017, 09:29:37 PM »
Isn't an American vest (on a suit) a British / Irish waistcoat?
On the European side of the pond, a sleeveless item might historically have been a vest, but now here a vest is only a top piece of underwear.

The US is the older style usage.
Related is pants, here it's now just short for underpants or knickers. USA still uses older meaning of pants, which we call trousers.
Also Tights vs Panty something, I forget.

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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1106 on: May 18, 2017, 08:45:04 AM »
@Ray McCarthy, you might like the following thread ;D

http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/general-discussion/ask-a-britamerican-what-this-means/
Thanks, I realised later that I had responded to an early post here, for some reason thinking thread had only two pages! Worse I didn't quote!

Maybe it was the picture of Rab Nesbitt in a string vest. I still can't see one of those without thinking of the "Tomorrow's World" String episode.
Even some of the serious episodes were a bit daft. http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/tomorrowsworld/
When I worked in BBC they would dump film and reuse £85 video tapes. Accountants should set the budget and manage the money, never run organisations.  They talk about finding lost episodes. A euphemism for deliberately destroyed.

There are different types of vests...

See medieval/fantasy type vest:




and the infinitely more horrifying Rab C Nesbitt vest (undershirt):



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Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« Reply #1107 on: May 18, 2017, 05:41:20 PM »
This is Space Opera week on http://www.tor.com/.
@Eli_Freysson, you might be interested in reading their articles :)
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