November 18, 2017, 08:19:12 AM

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Re: Did anyone else find Dragon Prince (Melanie Rawn) disturbing? I guess I think about the books I read too much. It's just that if I like a book, I start to think of myself or people I know 'living in the book', and I go back and forth over the plot. Sometimes I find that I like the book a lot more for the extra thought, and sometimes a lot less. I think I was bothered already as I was finishing the book, but it didn't really kick in until a little while later. It's good to see that I am not alone in thinking something is off. If there are many books like this, where the characters commit heinous crimes without the author even seeming to notice, it would be quite sad.
Other than this, and the way the characters are so aggressive, I enjoyed the book.

November 09, 2017, 12:25:34 AM
Re: Is your reality fantasy? I'm not sure. My idea of reality, especially at its 'edges' is so blurred, and changes so often, I could hardly say what someone else would think of. I believe in so many different (sometimes contradictory) things on so many different levels that if I were somehow to look at my concept of reality and put it to paper, most people would just call it really bad worldbuilding.
I believe in prejudices I have picked from others, including ones I have gotten from books. I believe in magic and demons - but at the same time I believe I will never meet these in my lifetime. I believe people will behave in ways that I know they don't, as they surprise me all the time without really surprising me, but the belief lingers. I also don't fully believe in things like electron spin and suchlike, as I struggle to understand them, but I don't disbelieve in them either. Because of this, I have an easier time believing many fantasy worlds than I do believing in the one I live in. A fantasy world is a thing that can be looked at objectively, a picture in someone's mind is not. (Discworld may violate this, as the its rules are constantly changing, but even there, at a given point in the series, the rule are fixed.) I guess the only thing I can say is that there are many levels of belief, and while you believe the light will go on when you turn the switch, and get upset when it doesn't work that way, if your mind is a little fuzzy one day, you might be just as upset when the werelight you attempt to summon fails to appear. You can't really take a picture of someone's beliefs and present them on paper, as there are many layers of them, and they all exist independently and of each other and are constantly changing.

November 13, 2017, 08:50:36 PM
Re: Reading a book series out of sequence If the series is bad enough, it doesn't matter what order you read them in :)
The Harry Potter series can be read out of order, with the exception of the last two or three books, The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings is almost always read out of order (not by me, though), The Rirya series by Michael J. Sullivan I think was written out of order, the Redwall series by Brian Jacques can be read in any order you feel like, and I am sure there are many others. Some people don't mind spoilers, and so it doesn't really matter for them what order they read series n, but I will say that if you are reading a series out of order, you won't be able to dismiss a not very good book thrown in the middle as you probably would if you were reading the series straight through. Let's face it, when you read the series the second time, chances are you're not going to do it in order, and you're not going to care about spoilers then.

November 13, 2017, 10:26:56 PM
Re: Reading a book series out of sequence
I feel like it is a fairly recent thing that books only make sense read in sequence. When I was younger I never read anything in sequence but based on what was available in the library or was bought for me. I read Lord of the Rings before the Hobbit, Discworld based on which cover appealed to me, the Willard Price adventure series based on where I wanted to go that day ... and David Gemmil you could read any order you wanted...
The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas is a trilogy clearly designed to be read in order and it was written in the 1840's and 1850's. I don't think it is a new thing, but it has definitely become more popular recently, to the point in which few standalones are being written anymore, which I think is a shame, as not everyone wants to read a 2000+ page novel, which is what most trilogies and smaller series are.

November 14, 2017, 10:35:01 PM
Re: Naming a country conundrum Why not a take off on Avalon's furst name?
Toyota >>>> Oyota >>>Tyoa  :o ;)

November 15, 2017, 10:37:32 PM