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General Category => Introductions => Topic started by: Chreus on January 30, 2015, 05:37:35 PM

Title: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: Chreus on January 30, 2015, 05:37:35 PM
Hello all!

Fantasy fan from Norway here. The frustration of not having a single friend who reads fantasy has lead me here in hopes of finding someone I can discuss books with without boring them to death! :D

So, a little bit about myself. First fantasy books I read was (big surprise) the Lord of the Rings, but I didn't truly get into fantasy reading until I read the Riftwar Saga at the age of 15. Most recently I've read the Night Angel trilogy, Patrick Rothfuss' Name of the Wind (waiting eagerly for the second book to arrive in the mail), same goes for Brent Weeks' Ravens Shadow series and currently reading the Riyria Revelations and loving it!

I live in a small place in the middle of nowhere and we DO have a small library however the 'English Fantasy' section is limited to LOTR, Harry Potter and Fifty Shades of Gray >.>. So yeah, needles to say a lot of book shopping happens online.

For me, the most important thing in a book is that I'm given a character (or several) that I care about. If the main protagonist is dull and bland it doesn't matter how good the story is as I'm unlikely to finish the book. Also prefer books who throw you straight into the action. Spending the first 4-5 pages describing scenery is a big no-no for me.

So yeah, hope to have some interesting discussions on this forum as well as find some good book recommendations! :D
Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: Doctor_Chill on January 30, 2015, 05:48:31 PM
Glad to have you here Chreus! I'm sure you'll find some people who'll want to yammer on about fantasy fiction. I think this is the perfect place for that!

And you're library sounds like mine, even though I'm an American! :P

If you have any questions, PM a mod. They're always happy to help. Hope you enjoy your stay!
Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: xiagan on January 30, 2015, 05:49:55 PM
Hej hej, it's cool that you found this place! Welcome! :)
Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: Chreus on January 30, 2015, 06:02:24 PM
Thank you for the welcome! I'm currently reading through the Q&A and the FAQ to try and refrain from asking the very common questions. Though I have to admit I'm terribly curious as to what the karma thing under the avatar is for :P Haven't gotten far enough into the explorations to figure that out yet.
Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: JMack on January 30, 2015, 06:07:06 PM
Welcome Chreus!  I'm in the same position (no one to talk to much about all this) though with a better library  8)

My first fantasy novels were the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander (young adult).  My oldest brother read the first book (The Book of Three) aloud to the middle brother and me.  (Though if you count the Oz books, it started back even further.)  Then it was Narnia, then LOTR.  In the early '70s the big expansions of the genre beyond the Inklings were the Thomas Covenant books and Sword of Shannara.  (And someone will correct me with some other version of the facts, I'm sure.)

It's really the books written since the '80s that haven't been much a part of my reading.  (Kids will do that.  "What, it's ten years later?  How did that happen?")  So every time I chat with anyone on F-F, it just makes my To-Be-Read pile that much larger.

Anyway, have at it here!  And check out the monthly book club and the monthly writing contest.
Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: JMack on January 30, 2015, 06:10:58 PM
Karma:

On each post you'll see an icon for "Agreed" and one for "Hmm... not sure".
Clicking on "Agreed" increases the karma of that poster; clicking on "Not sure" decreases the Karma.
Someone can go negative on karma - not the best mark of playing well with others?

Really, karma serves no great purpose except to prompt discussions about Smiting the Smiters or some such.  :)

That said, I do enjoy seeing mine is at least positive!
Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: Chreus on January 30, 2015, 06:19:29 PM
Hello Jmacyk!  I have to admit that out of the books you've mentioned I am only familiar with LOTR, all though that sounds like something that could go in the to-read-pile! :D

And thanks for explaining the karma for me! I shall strive to remain on my best behaviour and hopefully gain a positive rating myself. Thumbs up from me for being kind enough to explain it ;)

Edit: getting those verification letters correct after each post is hard!
Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: JMack on January 30, 2015, 06:44:19 PM
At age 53, I find them almost impossible.  At 63, I will be unable to use the internet.   :'(
Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: Henry Dale on January 30, 2015, 07:30:43 PM
Hey and welcome to Fantasy Faction.
Yeh, I hate the questions and letters thing as well... especially since I usually check on my phone and the thing is case sensitive T.T

But let's talk fantasy instead of complaining about that :p
The small library here has forced me to expand my private lib instead which isn't too hard since everyone gifts me books all the time.
Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: Chreus on January 30, 2015, 08:26:46 PM
Hello and thank you, Henry Dale!

Limited library seems to be somewhat of a common problem :P The world should petition for online libraries. Then again, it is nice to have a richly stocked bookshelf. Also, new books smells wonderful! (Or is that just me being weird?)
Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: Elfy on January 30, 2015, 11:01:12 PM
At age 53, I find them almost impossible.  At 63, I will be unable to use the internet.   :'(
You can get audio versions of them if you need them. I understand your pain. They'll just have to come up with a new version of the Turing Test.
Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: Raptori on February 03, 2015, 01:02:45 AM
At age 53, I find them almost impossible.  At 63, I will be unable to use the internet.   :'(
You can get audio versions of them if you need them. I understand your pain. They'll just have to come up with a new version of the Turing Test.
Captcha is the bane of the internet. Google is actually replacing it with noCaptcha, which is basically a big tick box that senses whether or not you move your mouse in a way that seems like a human (or something like that). If you do, you just click once and you're through. If not, you fill in a captcha as normal. Worth taking a look anyway :)

Oh and welcome Chreus :D
Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: xiagan on February 03, 2015, 09:22:21 AM
Edit: getting those verification letters correct after each post is hard!
You should be through soon. I think it's only the first fifteen posts, after that you've proven to not be a spam bot. ;)
Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: DavidZampa on February 08, 2015, 10:22:47 AM
Welcome, Chreus! I'm new here too.

Limited library seems to be somewhat of a common problem :P

So true. My library didn't have many fantasy titles beyond the old Dragonlance stuff. Can't complain, though. By the time I was 14 I'd read all the Star Wars extended universe books that were out without buying a single one. Good times.

Title: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: Nino on February 08, 2015, 03:17:28 PM
Welcome!

Our library is pretty much non existant. I don't think it has any books that came out after 2000, not even to speak of fantasy novels. Luckily I have one frien who reads A LOT! She also likes working on her personal library, so I get to borrow books from her. Otherwise I buy kindle books and when possible softcovers at our local bookshop. Unfortunately they aren't always up to date with the newest releases. So I am often forced to go the electronic version, especially if I want to join the bookclub read of the month.

I discovered fantasy novels when I came across my dad's Thomas Covenant novel. I was reorganising one of his closets when I found this stack of yellow paged books and decided to give it a try. Later I convinced my parents to buy me LOTR for my birthday. But I only became a true fan when I discovered my friends personal library and started borrowing books from her. Nowadays I mostly rely on Fantasy Faction to introduce me to new books and authors. (Thank you, so by the way!)
Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: ultamentkiller on February 08, 2015, 05:35:35 PM
Welcome!
I'm new here myself as well, and I haven't read the Q&A yet. I probably should get to that at some point.
I don't think you'll have any trouble finding people on here that are just like you. My first couple of days looking at this website I found a forum thread that made me so happy, because I realized I wasn't alone.

My first fantasy was Harry Potter when I was 8 or 9. I didn't read much fantasy after that for the next 5 or 6 years, except for the Inheritance Cycle.
To be honest, what really got me into fantasy was The Demon Wars Saga by R. A. Salvatore. There's a company out there called Graphic Audio that dramatizes books. I had been reading a si-fi series called Doomsday Warrior when the advertisement for Demon Wars caught my eye. From Demon Wars I saw an advertisement for The Night Angel Trilogy, which is awesome! A few Graphic Audio Series later I stumbled upon The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett. And then The Light Bringer Saga by Brent Weeks, which is my favorite fantasy series.
The United States has a library for blind people that makes books available for download in a specialized format. I jumped right on that and continued my plunge into the Fantasy genre. I've been trying to read all the popular stuff so that I can participate in more discussions, which at first seemed hard, until I finished climbing the Game of Thrones mountain. Now every book seems like a piece of cake.
Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: Chreus on February 08, 2015, 07:19:49 PM
Welcome!

Our library is pretty much non existant. I don't think it has any books that came out after 2000, not even to speak of fantasy novels. Luckily I have one frien who reads A LOT! She also likes working on her personal library, so I get to borrow books from her. Otherwise I buy kindle books and when possible softcovers at our local bookshop. Unfortunately they aren't always up to date with the newest releases. So I am often forced to go the electronic version, especially if I want to join the bookclub read of the month.

I discovered fantasy novels when I came across my dad's Thomas Covenant novel. I was reorganising one of his closets when I found this stack of yellow paged books and decided to give it a try. Later I convinced my parents to buy me LOTR for my birthday. But I only became a true fan when I discovered my friends personal library and started borrowing books from her. Nowadays I mostly rely on Fantasy Faction to introduce me to new books and authors. (Thank you, so by the way!)

Been considering a getting a kindle a couple of times but I never end up doing so as I just think there's something special with a good ol' paper book. Suppose I'm old fashioned that way. Wildly impractical of course. The local bookshop here might actually get a fantasy book every once in a blue moon, buuuuut its always a translated version and I refuse to read that. A book should be read in the language it was written or its just wrong. Man... I feel like I'm sounding very old :/

You're lucky to have a friend with a nice collection of books. None of my friends are big readers. The only one I know who actually reads a lot is my mom and she doesn't quite have the same taste as me:P

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So true. My library didn't have many fantasy titles beyond the old Dragonlance stuff. Can't complain, though. By the time I was 14 I'd read all the Star Wars extended universe books that were out without buying a single one. Good times.

Found out recently that the library here will order books for you if you ask them to. I'd save vast amounts of money if I actually started taking advantage of that fact...
Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: ScarletBea on February 08, 2015, 07:57:59 PM
Been considering a getting a kindle a couple of times but I never end up doing so as I just think there's something special with a good ol' paper book. Suppose I'm old fashioned that way.
(...)
 buuuuut its always a translated version and I refuse to read that. A book should be read in the language it was written or its just wrong.
Man... I feel like I'm sounding very old :/

No you're not, I feel exactly the same, in both counts.
Oh wait.
Maybe I *am* old.
Ooops
 ;D
Title: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: Nino on February 08, 2015, 08:21:22 PM
I never whould have bought a Kindle for myself. But after we had to buy yet another book case my husband decided to surprise me with one as an aniversary gift. I must admit that I wasn't too excited at first but it grew on me. Looking back I think it opened the door for me to read much more than I otherwise would have. It's just way too easy to buy a book I want to read and have it delivered instantaneously. (And that is not good for the credit card.) Plus, I like the preview option. I would often read the preview and then buy the actual softcover because of it.

Still more in love with the smell, feel and funktionality of the physical book though. And I think I would always be.
Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: JMack on February 08, 2015, 09:14:36 PM
I read most often on the Kindle app of my iPad or iPhone.  I still can't believe that, with my iPad charger left out-of-town, I actually read The Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages on the tiny screen of my iPhone.  That was not an optimal experience!

And just this weekend, I gifted a Kindle Paperwhite to my father, who is having trouble reading due to Parkinsons.  Amusingly, my stepmother has just about claimed it, and is singing its praises.

Meanwhile, I stopped in at a used book store and wandered the aisles, enjoying pulling out books, looking at the covers, remembering ones I'd read and looking for ones I hadn't.  I picked up Robin Hobb's Ship of Fools.  It's fat, and I love picking it up and putting it down without worrying about battery life or wifi.

Call me ambibooksterous.    ;D
Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: Chreus on February 08, 2015, 09:22:33 PM
Welcome!
I'm new here myself as well, and I haven't read the Q&A yet. I probably should get to that at some point.
I don't think you'll have any trouble finding people on here that are just like you. My first couple of days looking at this website I found a forum thread that made me so happy, because I realized I wasn't alone.

My first fantasy was Harry Potter when I was 8 or 9. I didn't read much fantasy after that for the next 5 or 6 years, except for the Inheritance Cycle.
To be honest, what really got me into fantasy was The Demon Wars Saga by R. A. Salvatore. There's a company out there called Graphic Audio that dramatizes books. I had been reading a si-fi series called Doomsday Warrior when the advertisement for Demon Wars caught my eye. From Demon Wars I saw an advertisement for The Night Angel Trilogy, which is awesome! A few Graphic Audio Series later I stumbled upon The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett. And then The Light Bringer Saga by Brent Weeks, which is my favorite fantasy series.
The United States has a library for blind people that makes books available for download in a specialized format. I jumped right on that and continued my plunge into the Fantasy genre. I've been trying to read all the popular stuff so that I can participate in more discussions, which at first seemed hard, until I finished climbing the Game of Thrones mountain. Now every book seems like a piece of cake.

So very true. I have to admit I was a bit intimidated by the 'Game of Thrones' mountain myself, as you so nicely put it. 1800 named characters? I mean come on! It took me 2 months to memorize the names of my neighbors! (and there's only 3 of them.) But yeah, everything now seems a breeze in comparison.

I think I need to check out that Light Bringer Saga. Seems to get a lot of praise. Always happy to add more to the "to-read-pile" :D

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No you're not, I feel exactly the same, in both counts.
Oh wait.
Maybe I *am* old.
Ooops
 ;D

Naah. We're obviously in our prime! *nod*

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Plus, I like the preview option. I would often read the preview and then buy the actual softcover because of it.

Still more in love with the smell, feel and funktionality of the physical book though. And I think I would always be.

Oooh that's actually very clever. That's definitely going on the "pro's" list if reasons to buy/not to buy a kindle. Sort of like downloading a movie to see if its good and then buy the DVD after.... Not that I'd EVER illegally download a movie >.> That would be wrong.

Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: Chreus on February 08, 2015, 09:25:00 PM
Call me ambibooksterous.    ;D

I can't quite decide if that's brilliant or terrible xD I'm leaning towards brilliant.
Title: Re: Good Evening!(/morning/day/night)
Post by: Elfy on February 08, 2015, 10:07:00 PM
I read most often on the Kindle app of my iPad or iPhone.  I still can't believe that, with my iPad charger left out-of-town, I actually read The Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages on the tiny screen of my iPhone.  That was not an optimal experience!

And just this weekend, I gifted a Kindle Paperwhite to my father, who is having trouble reading due to Parkinsons.  Amusingly, my stepmother has just about claimed it, and is singing its praises.

Meanwhile, I stopped in at a used book store and wandered the aisles, enjoying pulling out books, looking at the covers, remembering ones I'd read and looking for ones I hadn't.  I picked up Robin Hobb's Ship of Fools.  It's fat, and I love picking it up and putting it down without worrying about battery life or wifi.

Call me ambibooksterous.    ;D
I think if I was reduced to reading on my iPhone I'd wind up going out and buying a book.