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Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open This is a lovely idea for the book club.  :) I'd be happy with any of his books, and people have already recommended some great ones! I'd second any of those. I haven't read Nation yet, so would also be really interested in that one too. In terms of places to start if you're new to the Discworld, I actually wrote an article about that for Fantasy Faction once. I'll link it just in case it's helpful to anyone. There's a link in the comments section to a flow chart as well.


March 16, 2015, 10:52:58 AM
Re: The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett - Who's reading with us? Yay!  :) I'm in!
March 28, 2015, 06:16:35 PM
Re: Book Club for October? I'm interested in participating in the book club in October! Not sure I would have time to run it completely by myself, but I'd be happy to help  :)
August 24, 2015, 11:09:32 AM
Re: Book Club Moving Forward - An official stepping down I want to join in with the thanks - you've done such a great job running the book club Arry, and I've always had a great time discussing the books with everyone.  :) There were some in particular (e.g. Snow Crash) where I think the book club's input helped me enjoy the books more too, and it's always fun to discover books I would never have picked myself.

I feel bad that my own participation dropped this year, but it does seem that in general it's been quieter, and I think it's definitely the right thing to step down if it stopped being fun for you. I hope the club/read-alongs do continue and that you can join in when you have free time, Arry. I'll try to join in as often as I can too!

Looking forward to September's club, though I'll be on holiday the first week so will catch up later. And looking forward to future book discussions too, in whatever form they come in, whether it's book club, read-alongs or anything else.  :)

August 30, 2015, 05:16:05 PM
Re: FFBB: Favourite Series - Mistborn vs Black Magician I've read both series and enjoyed both, but Black Magician is a personal favourite of mine and definitely gets my vote.  :)

There seem to be a few people here who haven't read the Black Magician books, so I'm gonna give it a quick recommendation. The heroine in it is actually quite similar to Vin from the Mistborn series, and I think if you enjoyed Mistborn you will like this. I think of both Sanderson and Canavan as 'magic book people' - they both write plots where magic is very important to the story and characters, and where magic is explored in more depth than in other books. The magic system in Black Magician is really interesting and I loved it, though it isn't as intricately detailed and laid out as Sanderson's (not many are!). I think Trudi Canavan is brilliant at writing magic. The characters are also fun and there are some good story twists - just like with Mistborn, things aren't always what they seem.

So, hopefully that will inspire some new readers to try the series, and hope you enjoy it if you do!

August 30, 2015, 05:29:45 PM
Re: Fantasy-Faction Book Battles: Favourite Series Bracket Feeling a bit bad about voting in cases where I haven't read one of the series, because I know I can't say for sure that I wouldn't like the unread series more. It does feel unfair. But I can't NOT vote for my beloved series just because I haven't read the one it's up against! I want them to get through!!

So I've decided that in cases where I vote when I haven't read the other series, I will add it to my TBR and make sure that I do read that other series soon. And if I like it I will recommend it to others. It seems like the right thing to do, and will hopefully also help me discover some new great books! I wanted to mention it in case others want to join me in this (no pressure to, of course, if you'd rather not). This way, there is a positive outcome for the non-winners too.  :)

August 30, 2015, 05:55:48 PM
Re: Fantasy-Faction Book Battles: Favourite Series Bracket
Would it be unfair to include Discworld standalones? If not, then I would nominate:
Small Gods, Terry Pratchett
Huh? Why should it?

Just because the decision was made to include the entirety of Discworld as a series in the fantasy series battle. And so that book was technically included (albeit as part of a series) in the other contest. So including it again could be seen as unfair?

My personal opinion? I would definitely argue for it to be included in the standalones. Judging a book like Small Gods as a single book, separate from the weight of Discworld, is very different from considering Discworld as a series. Not sure what others will think though.

September 21, 2015, 06:42:43 PM
Re: Fantasy-Faction Book Battles: Favourite Fantasy Standalone Nominations Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman  *
The City and the City, China Mieville
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
The Princess Bride, William Goldman
Dracula, Bram Stoker
The Lions of Al-Rassan, Guy Gavriel Kay
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
Poison, Chris Wooding
Some Kind of Fairytale, Graham Joyce
Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury
Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones (is this a standalone in a shared universe? It feels more that way to me than it does a series)  *
The Folding Knife, KJ Parker
The Last Unicorn, Peter S Beagle
Best Served Cold, Joe Abercrombie
Small Gods, Terry Pratchett  *

* Is there any way we can add our vote behind an author? For example, I love all Diana Wynne Jones standalones, as well as Terry Pratchett. But I didn't want to clog my list with a lot of the same author when I only get 16 choices, so I've nominated my personal favourites of theirs. But if, say, Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones gets a few nominations but not enough to get into the competition, I would prefer my vote for Howl's Moving Castle to be transferred to Homeward Bounders in order to push it into the competition. Same with other Terry Pratchett standalones. Does that make sense?  :)  I've put a little * next to those authors in my list.

October 15, 2015, 02:42:07 PM
Re: Happy Back to the future Day I was born the year it came out - 1985. On the 21st October, in fact.  :)  Kinda disappointed I didn't get that hoverboard for my 30th birthday...
October 22, 2015, 09:41:09 AM
Re: Fantasy-Faction Book Battles: Favorite Protagonists Nominations I'm also going a little over my 20. Sorry!  :P

FitzChivalry (Farseer, Robin Hobb)
Sparrowhawk / Ged (Earthsea, Ursula le Guin)
Tiffany Aching (Discworld, Terry Pratchett)
Vimes (Discworld, Terry Pratchett)
Moist Von Lipwig (Discworld, Terry Pratchett)
Death (Discworld, Terry Pratchett)
Locke Lamora (Gentlemen Bastards, Scott Lynch)
Sophie (Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones)
Jez (Ketty Jay, Chris Wooding)
Crake (Ketty Jay, Chris Wooding)
Frey (Ketty Jay, Chris Wooding)
Basso (The Folding Knife, KJ Parker)
Cathy (Split Worlds, Emma Newman)
Wydrin (Copper Promise, Jen Williams)
Tyrion (Song of Ice and Fire, George RR Martin)
Brienne (Song of Ice and Fire, George RR Martin)
Daenerys (Song of Ice and Fire, George RR Martin)
Sansa (Song of Ice and Fire, George RR Martin)
Harry Potter (Harry Potter, JK Rowling)
Bartimaeus (Bartimaeus series, Jonathan Stroud)
Lyra (His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman)
Westley (Princess Bride, William Goldman)
Sonea (Black Magician series, Trudi Canavan)
Vin (Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson)

I agree that Hermione seems more like a support character than a protagonist in the Harry Potter series, simply because this series so obviously has ONE main protag. With others, I'm not so sure. I think anyone with a POV is arguably a protag in ASoIaF. I would definitely argue that Jez is a protag in the Ketty Jay books. It feels to me that there are 3 main protags in that (Frey, Crake, Jez) and the support chars are Malvery, Silo, Harkins, Pinn and Slag (the cat). But perhaps this is just too subjective - I think if the person nominating thinks their nominee is a protagonist then we should probably count them?  :)

March 18, 2016, 02:40:21 PM