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Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever? Found two new candidates!



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March 20, 2012, 09:02:41 PM
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Help, my TBR pile is intimidating me! I'm a fast reader. Way of Kings took me three days, Republic of Thieves two. When I actually read. And that's my problem. I love to read and I used to read in about every free minute.
Nowadays? I still read a lot, but sneaking a book in every spare moment? Only if it's something I was highly anticipating. Like A Memory of Light, Republic of Thieves, Steelheart or Raising Steam.

Why did my habit change? True, I have a tablet now and Angry Birds is more addicting than I would've thought. And yes, I'm trying to be not only a reader but a writer too. And then there's the job, which is keeping me more busy than university ever did. But the main reason? You may have guessed it from the title already (and you are to blame, btw):
My To Be Read Pile is intimidating me. Since I joined the forums some time ago, I learned about more books I want to read than ever before (and still do). I want to participate in the book club(s), read newly hyped authors and all the books you just have to have read.
And I'm simply not catching up. It's absolutely a luxury problem to buy books faster than I can read them, I know that. But still.

I decided to check how big the pile really is and discovered that it's too big for one pile. Here's a picture of my piles:


(bigger picture here)

Some of the books are there for over two years. I really meant to read Abercrombie or Weeks but then I became distracted by Sanderson, Rothfuss, MiƩville, Cooper, Carriger, Scalzi, Lyle, Cole, Hulick, Newton, Valence, Lawrence, Knight, Fforde, Morgenstern, Sebold, Wooding and all the others...
The feeling that I'll never manage to catch up is demotivating me and makes it seem like a job and not the fun it used to be. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy reading. It's the picking up of a book when dozens others are waiting I hate.

So what to do? How do you handle your TBRs?
I'm thinking of not buying new books until I've read the ones I already own (with a few exceptions: book club reads, books from series I already started, and new books from my favorite authors).

Any more ideas or advice?
(Sadly, audiobooks aren't my thing.)
Feel free to post your TBR piles too or tell me what I absolutely have to read from it in the last days of 2013. ;)

December 15, 2013, 11:06:29 PM
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The real history of ASOIAF There was interest in the real life events/history that inspired GRRM in another thread. Today I stumbled about this image and thought you might like it. :)


June 20, 2014, 08:29:07 PM
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[Mar 2015] - Rogues - Submission Thread

Rogues. Most of us have a soft spot for them. But why?
Because they steal from the rich and give the poor? (They are poor.)
Because they solve problems with cunning and not brute force?
Because they are as acrobatic as we want to be?
Because they always have a cool line to say, even in the most dire situations?
Because they are on half our book covers despite being creatures of shadow?
Because their love interest always falls for the airheaded warrior and not for them?
Or... all of the above?

This month I want you to write a story about one or more rogues. Have them plan a heist, lose at cards in a shady tavern, win a knife fight, rob a tyrant or seduce a rich man's daughter (or son). Let them do what rouges do best: Earn a a special place in our heart.

Rules:

1. This can be prose or a poem.
2. Must be about one or more rouges.
3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
4. Poetry must be 100-500 words long.
5. You will be disqualified if you exceed the limits, full stop. That's why they're called limits.
6. Your entry can't be published somewhere else before.
7. This is a writing contest, not a "I have written something like this ten years ago" contest. So if you happen to have a story that fits one of the themes, I'd like it to have a mayor overhaul/edit. Work for it. ;)
8. Please add your story's word count and, if you have, your twitter handle.
9. Please put your story in [ spoiler ] tags to make the thread easier to handle. :) You can find them above the smileys next to the 'youtube' symbol:

Entry will close April 1st 2015 and voting will begin somewhere around the same time too.

Please post your entry below. All members are eligible to join. If you are not a member you can join here. Sign up is free and all are welcome! :)

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website sometime in the next months.

Remember that this thread is only for entries. Discussion or questions can be posted here.

March 01, 2015, 08:48:58 PM
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Re: [Feb 2015] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
To be honest, sometimes we have 3 votes and my third is almost just because the story was 'nice'.
This month I haven't read them all yet and I already have 3 strong contenders, and we can only vote for 2 >:(
Well, the key for the number of votes is the number of submissions - which makes sense. Three submissions and three votes would be stupid, for example. ;)

March 11, 2015, 08:59:35 AM
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett
In his honour may I suggest a memorium book club for him in May?
I am totally up for that. Really neat thought.

And the thing is you really can't go wrong with whatever is chosen, though Mort seems fitting somehow.
Or Reaper Man. And we could start on April, 28th instead of May, 1st. :)

March 12, 2015, 07:53:13 PM
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RIP Terry Pratchett XKCD made a comic in his honour: http://xkcd.com/1498/
March 13, 2015, 10:08:38 AM
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett
by http://www.couldbeworse-comic.com

March 14, 2015, 04:35:46 PM
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Terry Pratchett Memorial Read Reaper Man would be fitting too.

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'Death has to happen. That's what bein' alive is all about. You're alive, and then you're dead. It can't just stop happening.'

But it can. And it has. So what happens after death is now less of a philosophical question than a question of actual reality. On the disc, as here, they need Death. If Death doesn't come for you, then what are you supposed to do in the meantime? You can't have the undead wandering about like lost souls. There's no telling what might happen, particularly when they discover that life really is only for the living... (goodreads)

Seconding Nation. It's not a discworld novel but it impressed me enough to write Pterry a snail mail letter to his home address.

March 15, 2015, 04:01:01 PM
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett
March 15, 2015, 05:49:03 PM
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