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All maths is mental and as for mathematicians...
Everything is not really made of numbers but that's how it is quantified.

I have nearly finished The Sane King by Matt Knott (one time forum dweller) and it's very good, if a little cliched.
Really good worldbuilding and story dialogue and motivation is weaker but competent.

Also finished Kings of the Wyld. The book has been compared to the Spinal Tap of fantasy. So I was disappointed that not a single bard choked to death on someone else's vomit, but apart from that a fun read and it's nice to see a signing off the back of the SPFBO.

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I am not working those days and it's tempting.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favorite Christian Fantasy Authors
« on: January 17, 2018, 01:01:25 AM »
I certainly follow no middle eastern religion although, see I can see merit and practicality in some of the societal values they try to live up to. I do have questions though.

Why should the religion of the author matter? Why limit yourself and filter your relaxation time in this way? you have made a number of posts with a Christian context on the site, which is fine but response has been limited. I would suggest reading outside Christian based fantasy or works from Christian authors you may be pleasantly surprised.



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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Book Bargains
« on: January 15, 2018, 06:48:48 AM »
The works have Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett's long earth  series for £12 for the. Five books in a slip case and assorted no jesmin and miles Cameron in their 3 for £5 section

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Writers' Corner / Re: Totally not worth it’s own thread, but...
« on: January 14, 2018, 09:37:08 PM »
I know to what you refer but not by name. In the UK a different method was employed. The latch was lifted from outside through a slot you inserted a latchkey into the slot. This was often curved to stop a dagger being used to do the job. I think your method was used as metal work was expensive and heavy to transport.a lot of doors worked on a post rather than hinges a bit like how Lego doors work.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Writers' progress
« on: January 14, 2018, 01:55:49 PM »
I started reading Mark Lawrence with Prince of Fools and then Thorns. I felt Mark was technically a better author by fools and it was possible to see how he had progressed his craft. That said Thorns has a power of it's own and a very different perspective.

I read Court of broken Knives and struggle with the idea it's a debut. The writing is very accomplished and assured. I see no room for Anna to improve her style but hope to be proven wrong.
I haven't reviewed this book to date as I am still unsure how I feel about the story, some of which is pure nightmare fuel.

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I recently forced myself through the Emperors Blades and while the story had stuff going for it, the book was constantly let down by people not dying through the authors laziness to actually research what he was writing about or the consequences thereof. Burying someone for a week in the ground in tundra described as having snow on the ground walking over mountains without food shelter clothing etc. then the rational for actions was often twisted round breaking people makes them broken not in some way tougher. This made reading it a chore.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 14, 2018, 09:40:26 AM »
Started Kings of the Wyld. The beginning is superb but it seems to be slipping a little at the moment. I really hope it picks up as I really want to like this book lots.

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I would suggest a false positive as no one has complained of any issues as a result of being here, as far as I know. That said I get insecure warnings from logging in and accessing certain sections of the site.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:18:14 AM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42657954

Good news for England. I am counting on America impeaching him before I have to protest a state visit.

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I am reminded of this particular gem http://www.davidbrin.com/practiceeffect.html

I change to the laws of physics consistently played, and played with to create a lot of fun.

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Have a great time full of family and friends Bea

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The cold and the consequences of the environment breed them to be stoic, patient planners - arguably things one never wants in an enemy. And anyone who can shoot you while he is skiing, well screw that.

I got to go to Finland in my early 20's. A very old Finn describes Sisu as the state of mind where skiing at tanks seems like a good idea.

As for the weather
It was  -5 in my porch at 05:45 this morning. Ice on the bike seat and a burst water main between me and work....I am living the dream.

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absolutely not, with a bucket load of proviso's. Describe your world, universe, pond or whatever and either define the laws that enable it or or the exception that defines it. Don't use an earth type template and suddenly decide to ignore physical laws to suit your story without previously having made it clear in the worldbuilding. If snow isn't cold in your story then it cant be made out of ice crystals precipitating out the atmosphere at Earth temperatures so the freezing point of water (and boiling point) must be different or snow isn't made of ice or someone magiked it that way, but make the reader believe.

I can cope with Dragons and magic but my belief will not be suspended by the the hand and a half sword your barbarian favours in a back scabbard unless they have seven foot arms and their knuckles drag on the floor behind them.

Make it consistent and logical no matter how fantastical it is and it works for me.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 07, 2018, 06:37:52 PM »
Finished Court of Broken Knives by Anna Spark Smith. This book feels far too accomplished to be a debut. The writing is scarily precise and very descriptive and requires some thought. I still am not sure how I feel about what I read, perspective changed from very grim with some hope to extremely dark. I would definitely  recommend giving it a read though.

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