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Re: YA for young males? The Hunger Games seems to be as popular with males as it is with females and when it was coming out that was something pointed to as being a good thing. Robert Muchamore has written a YA series about a secret teenage espionage organisation that seems to appeal to young males. James Patterson has loaned his name to a series of YA novels that appear to be designed to appeal to both genders equally. Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider books are about a teenage spy (almost like a teen James Bond) lot of boys like them and they were even popular enough to get a movie made. Plenty of boys and girls alike got into Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus series, same with Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. There's the Percy Jacksons and the Skullduggery Pleasants too. Terry Pratchett has written a few books aimed at the YA market and I don't think they're exclusively read by girls or even YA's.
January 25, 2014, 10:39:50 PM
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Re: Here there be Monsters Maybe people are the real monsters.
October 30, 2014, 10:52:24 AM
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Re: [Feb 2015] - Fanfic - Discussion Thread
I must have miscounted! I had it at one and a half jorgs, with the half being mine - always hoping for a bonus points with a fanfic mashup.
Yours was the half I counted.

March 11, 2015, 12:00:11 AM
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Re: Game Of Thrones (TV Show) Season 5 - WITH BOOK SPOILERS
I do wonder what they'll do about Isaac Hempstead Wright going forward as well, he's not in Season 5 at all, and last time we saw him he was very clearly older than Bran has been portrayed in the books.

Bran will have been "transformed" by the three-eyed crow and so "will look different" (i.e. different actor ;))
I kind of figured that from what the books have done with the character, lucky that happened for HBO, eh?

March 11, 2015, 08:10:43 AM
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Re: RIP Terry Pratchett I'm gutted, absolutely. Even though, I like any one else who followed his very public battle with Alzheimers, knew it was coming, it was still a shock. He will be much missed. I'm just glad I got to appreciate his work and that he has left a wonderful legacy that will endure for many years. As another poster said REST IN PEACE, SIR TERRY.
March 12, 2015, 11:13:18 PM
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Re: We are not using the Z-Word The original zombie in Haitian folklore was a corpse reanimated by magic. The current usage depicting a mindless creature with a taste for brains was something George Romero started in the '60's, although in The Night of the Living Dead they're actually described as ghouls, which is an entirely different thing, he did however call them zombies in interviews and by the time Dawn of the Dead was made in 1978 they were recognised as zombies.
March 16, 2015, 06:04:47 AM
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Re: 4-Word Reviews
Prometheus:

How is plot logical?

Or :
Why touch it, d**head?!
Run to the side
Srsly who cares anymore
Glad I pirated it
Prometheus, your trailer lied
White blorb wants hantai
Take in my tentacles
Why nothing makes sense
D**khead snake wants cuddles
Black goo spiced cocktail
Absolutely loved 'run to the side'. I remember sitting there in the cinema, both Lejays17 and I screaming at the screen,  'run to the side!'

March 16, 2015, 11:30:35 PM
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Re: The best female science fiction and fantasy writers you should read now It's better than it used to be, although it is still an issue. Rowlings was advised to use her initials rather than her name, because there was a fear that boys wouldn't read a book if they knew it was written by a female author. Lester Del Rey was the one who advised the Eddings' (David and Leigh) to only use David's name on the books initially. His reasoning was that he felt people would shy away from co-authored works, although it's odd how David's name was the one they used, when Leigh did as much, if not more, of the heavy lifting in the books. One thing I find really odd here is how they choose to shelve some of the books. We only have one bricks and mortar chain (Dymocks) and they're fairly good for SFF work, however I find that female UF authors tend to find their works in amongst the paranormal fiction, whether that's what they are or not, whereas male UF authors like Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne get shelved amongst the other SFF work. I'm aware of it so I always check both sections, but I wonder how many female UF authors have been missed because of that particular policy?
March 17, 2015, 11:40:05 PM
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings
Nice! It must be so strange to meet your favourite authors as real live people instead of the forces of nature that create books  :P
Oh yeah, it's kind of trips. Scott Lynch told the funniest story. A girl encountered him at a recent con, and she was very nervous, so he tried to put her at ease by telling her that he was just like any normal person, puts his pants on one leg at a time, and then she started gushing at him about the Dresden Files! She thought he was Jim Butcher!

March 18, 2015, 03:55:34 AM
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings It was also rather amusing when Scott had his back to the room and we all burst out laughing because Pat Rothfuss was standing behind him, dancing about and making faces. As soon as Scott realised he chased Rothfuss across the room and threatened to shave his beard off!
March 18, 2015, 05:37:16 AM
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