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Waterstones do tend to promote debut authors, however tickets tend to be free to those events so presumably its down to the authors or publishers to fund the expense of getting there and doing their thing.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« on: February 16, 2018, 05:18:59 PM »
Went out to buy a rucksack came back with 4 Pratchett audiobooks a GRRM omnibus, a Haynes manual for a Dehavilland Mosquito and a haircut. I don't dare do my grocery shop at the moment.

Writers' Corner / Re: Do you need to know how to use a crossbow?
« on: February 16, 2018, 03:26:40 AM »
I have used latchets and even made the odd replacement bit for them. The tiller is the wooden body, the prod is the bow made of steel or laminated horn and is only attached to the stock by hemp bindings or the stock would crack apart in a few uses. The nut is the central pivot that holds the string and releases when the latch (trigger) is deployed again made of horn or bronze. Hemp twine is woven into itself to make 2 loops for the end of the string and the middle whipped to keep it from catching on the bolt. The bolts themselves are tapered fat end to the back with a heavy head, usually a 3 or 4 sided pyramid shape. the vanes are the fins on the back often made of tin, copper or wood not fletched like an arrow and only 2 of them not 3. There is no nock to hold the string just a shallow curve indenting the rear of the bolt. Trajectory is flatter than an arrows but the range falls of much sooner for similar poundage. To make them really worth while you need a very heavy prod a claw or craniquin to span them and this slows them down to 3-4 shots a minute compared to an archers 12-18. The Chinese invented a repeating crossbow in the 6th century, low powered but shoots as fast as you can drop bolts into it. A fun toy or look up stone bows for a really nasty device.

Oh and Crossbow is a Victorian term like chain mail.

To use cock, load and point in the general direction of your target. Rinse and repeat until you are out of bolts or shot full of arrows cos archers really don't like crossbowmen (or at least English archers didn't ask the Genoese) after the nut slipping and it releasing while loading count your finger tips and continue. Dont keep it under tension or loaded as it will lose power quickly. Do not even bother trying to use it in the rain all that glue is water soluble and hemp stretches.

Writers' Corner / Re: Only Mostly Dead Poets Society
« on: February 16, 2018, 03:04:32 AM »
Wow how did you get to 6 pages without me noticing this thread? Some serious talent here.

Writers' Corner / Why Leslie Plays Soccer on the Sidewalk
« on: February 16, 2018, 03:02:29 AM »
I Am straying into an unfamiliar area of the site for me but thought this may  be of interest.


and for any unfamiliar with the books give them a go.

Watched it through and as a stand alone it works. The book is in my TBR because my previous copy was read to death (I had help from a known book vandal) and I think the book is far superior.

I didn't like the Katana fights. I wince at those in everything, blade on blade is European style not Japanese. I loath the 'it's OK for cops to do bad things', Hollywood approach to everything. Ortega murdering the ghost walker in front of the entire police department and her boss is a new low from the morally dysfunctional. Felt there was a lot of gratuitous nudity in true HBO style not needed mostly not erotic or relevant to the story. Likewise the sex scene was soft focus awful either cut away or don't, that didn't work at all. The clone fight I thought was pretty meh, why waste your clones when she could have sleeved into the little girl in the first place? Dichan Lachman looked amazing though. Even 20 years ago doing full nude would have ended her career.


Without looking to start any controversy or raise a reoccurring argument from the dead I found this interesting but very wrong. The press publishes about 12 books a year and is obviously in a position to do this where bigger publishers would hurt themselves by doing so. I believe in equality and dislike discrimination, positive discrimination is as dangerous as negative as it opens the argument that (in this case) they only got published because...

100 years of women over 30 getting the vote celebrated by only publishing female authors seems a regressive and unconnected step to me. Ability is not mentioned one in the article a need for gender balance is the theme and the stats given relate to what is in effect competition. The booker and costa awards comities could have been given a voice in the article if any form of balance was sought.

And there are those who believe you reward for outstanding work is continued employment.
Worked for a couple of those over the years, one got what he deserved after rashly promising what his team were not prepared to deliver.

I refuse to pre order i am holding out for a copy at launch where I will part with cold hard cash or more likely book tokens to get a copy signed. Assuming there is a signing south of Newcastle?

Not seeing any notification through Avast or CC cleaner with this page open. The only JS process I have running is Java Scheduler as expected. Resource monitor shows no unexpected CPU activity and coin miners use GPU anyway. Ran an ancient copy of hijack this and it fails to pick up JS coinminer as well. Norton showing off perhaps?

General Discussion / Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« on: February 06, 2018, 10:59:52 PM »
Not exact but best i can think of

semiarid https://sciencing.com/semiarid-climate-10009421.html

tundra https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tundra

Edit and Bradley has mentioned semi-arid above

Had a bladerunner sort of feel to it i don't remember from the book but was entertaining to date.

Ellen Kushner springs to mind. Thomas the Rhymer or the Swordspoint books.

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