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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Dragon Awards 2018
« on: Today at 06:38:50 PM »
I just voted for you, Cam :D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Hugo Awards 2018
« on: Today at 06:37:51 PM »
Best Novel
The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)

And she did it again!
Best Novel
The Stone Sky, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)

Is this the first time that all the books of a trilogy have won top prizes?

Wahey, I just won a £100 book token!!! :D :D

I always enter all the National Book Token/Caboodle competitions but never won anything... today I got the mail I won that, plus a copy of "Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different", Ben Brooks :D

Now I just have to decide whether to give the book to my niece or to my friend's little boy - it might be better for a boy.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Book Bargains
« on: Today at 05:54:14 PM »
R J Barker's Age of assassins ebook is currently just 99p.

Other Orbit 99ps:
A Secret History of Witches - Louisa Morgan
Senlin Ascends - Josiah Bancroft
Everything About You - Heather Child
Soul of the World - David Mealing
You Die When You Die - Angus Watson

RPG - Fantasy Faction Style / Re: Welcome to the RPG 2018
« on: Today at 11:35:32 AM »
The doors open from a kick - who can't even use the handle like a normal person?
Scarlet the Wizard arrives with her hands full, bringing a cake.

"Oh give me some space, I need to put this down!"

"Scarlet, welcome back! Hey, I thought you were able to carry all sorts of things inside your cloak, what happened? Why are you actually holding the cake?"

"Too many books. I never thought I'd say this, but my pockets are now full.... I need to improve the space spell.
So, who else is coming?"

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Biggest Fantasy Bastard?
« on: August 19, 2018, 08:57:19 AM »
Would Han Solo count as a Bastard as his heart is in the right place?
Hmmm I guess it depends on how you say/understand "bastard": it can be angry and an insult "You bastard!" or accepting and excusing "Oh you funny bastard, hehe"
Han would fall in the second description.

Personally, in real life, I would get angrier at the second type of bastards, because they act badly still expecting everyone to excuse and understand them ("yes, I did this horrid thing, but it was just for fun/I didn't mean it/I love you, really"), while the first type are bad and know it.

General Discussion / Re: How do you choose your next book?
« on: August 18, 2018, 10:03:33 PM »
ooohh I don't know....
Normally one does jump at me when I'm looking at the tbr stack, or if not, I end up going to the library and browsing through the SFF shelves until one does, hehe

Your system is far too random for me, it might lead to DNFs because they're not the right books for my mood...

Today I watched Spirited away, which I think is the same as Slaykomimi's Chihiro (at least it's the girl's name).

It was lovely, a true fantasy story, with dragons, spirits, giant babies and animated soot ;D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 18, 2018, 09:48:33 AM »
Wolfie, yep, the first book is like comfort reading, just fun and not much thought, but the others just get better and better :D

I'm back in the Greatcoats world, got the last 2 books out.
First, Saint's blood.

From what I've seen, It doesn't matter what story idea you put up on a forum, someone will always mention a book that's already doing that. In the same way, it drives me nuts when I think I've come up with a great name or creature and two weeks later I discover that a big name fantasy series has something similar in it.  Eg, I used Tauroks- adapted from the word Taurus "the bull" It's a massive biped bull-type creature that can crush a man's skull in its fist. I then read the Wheel of time and discovered the Trolloc, a massive biped with animal features-some have bull-like features and can crush a man's head in its fist. At first, I'd change the names, but I don't even bother anymore.
I think it's even worse in Hollywood because so many movies try to hit the same beats. I read a book once that explains how to write a script, and they went so far as to lay out when (scene number) you need to introduce the love interest and when they must have a fallout. etc.
@BradCarsten, this thread!-(for-authors-and-tears)/ might be interesting for you :)

And me 8)
(granted, I was influenced by the main site article...)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Single or multiple plots?
« on: August 17, 2018, 08:02:32 AM »
Today there's a very interesting article on the main site about "weaving a narrative" (check here).

Do you prefer books with a single plot, or do you like the massive expanding books with lots of 'side roads'?

I admit to being a fan of the big complex ones, although there are times when I just want to 'relax' and read a 'more direct' one.

Skip seems to have said everything ;D

For me, I think the reaction depends a lot on whether I'm really enjoying the story or not so much - if I am, I recognise the click and move on, if I'm not, I might question the author's capacity. I understand this is totally unfair on the authors, though, so I'll try not to do it...
To be honest, my brain is mostly on literal mode, so a story would need to be *really* similar for me to recognise the other one ::)

I also don't like fairytale retellings so much... I used to like King Arthur ones, but I think I've reached my fill ;D

General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: August 16, 2018, 08:36:48 PM »
Happy birthday and come back! :)
Yes, this!!

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