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Re: Member birthday calendar Just found this thread in time to say Happy Birthday Gariath but as I am downunder you may not have got to 21st yet have a great weekend of celebration. :)
March 21, 2015, 12:29:46 AM
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Re: What are you currently reading?
Finished two books.

The Waste Lands by Stephen King. I almost gave up on the Dark Tower series after being disappointed with the second book. I liked this one a lot better, though. The plot grinds to a halt at times, but when King writes suspense, he writes it so well. His imagination is also quite something.

Happy Hour in Hell by Tad Williams. I've heard that a lot of people didn't like this one, but I did. That being said, it was an uncomfortable read. However, I think that was the intention. Williams was writing about Hell. It should be an uncomfortable read. I don't mind that it was quite different from the first book. It actually reminded me a bit of The War of the Flowers, which I also enjoyed (though this one was darker).

Despite being the second book in Williams' Bobby Dollar UF trilogy, Happy in Hour was really very different. You're right Ryan in that it wasn't necessarily fun, but it did showcase Williams' incredible imagination, and I can see the comparisons with the fae world he created for The War of the Flowers.

I just finished Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton that was such a different type of book, a Regency romance in the Jane Austen style only about dragons and told by them. Easy to see why it won the World Fantasy Award. I've picked up Rachel Caine's Thief of Shadows which appears to be the story of Romeo and Juliet only told from the point of view of Benvolio Montague.

Thanks both for the Bobby Dollar info - I have just downloaded it( with gritted teeth as I am almost foreseeing nightmare) but  now I just have to know...  BTW when I say 'read' here on forum it should be understood to equate with 'listen' as I do use audible a lot, but I think other members do as well.

March 21, 2015, 01:27:23 AM
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Get those priorities right and show some respect....... Hope we all agree

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/mar/25/iceland-construction-respect-elves-or-else?CMP=soc_568

March 25, 2015, 11:39:22 AM
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Re: Member birthday calendar
August 26th is my birthday - summer time when I lived in UK, pretty cool now I'm in Oz. If I say I could be Jmacky's mum, can we leave the actual age bit there? In my head I'm about 28 and having a fantastic time ;D
Ma? Ma? It's me! Don't you recognize me, Ma?
(Well, I couldn't think of anything genuinely funny to say, so this had to substitute.)
Yes! Leave out the actual age.  ;D. As was said elsewhere, it's nice that no one here really cares about it.  ;)

 :) :) :)

March 25, 2015, 11:42:58 AM
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Re: Get those priorities right and show some respect....... I truly liked the way the Icelanders think and Jmacyk it would be glorious to see a story where big business construction had to literally have board meetings with the elves and goblins and anyone else caught up in development.  Just thinking of the devious hard nosed concessions that could be wrung out from the humans.  ;D

This subject has taken a welcome serious turn but I would never have titled it as I did except for the original link.  ;D
 
Retrospective censoring of any literature makes me see red and steam comes out of my ears. One of my rant subjects is criticism of past literature without taking into consideration or having some knowledge of the era in which it was written. Literature of all kinds is social history, it reflects exactly the attitudes and customs of the day, whether it concerns racism, religion sex etc and we should read it  in that light.  Also giving a thought to the different type of readers it was  aimed at, such as the author's peers, or to influence politics, or the so-called "working class" or Victorians sitting around while Papa read to the family and so on.

Of course Dickens is depressing, he was trying to draw attention to appalling conditions, disease, extreme poverty, huge social divide between wealthy and poor of Victorian England. No point trying to pretend life was good.

As for cutting the dirty bits out of Shakespeare it's not all easily recognised, but the raucous crowds in the Globe Theatre loved and enjoyed all those double meanings, it helped those with pretty hard lives have some fun and the more we know the better we can appreciate his brilliance with words.  I had a Jewish friend who would not read Shakespeare because he had been highly offended by the portrayal of Shylock and I could understand why, but that was exactly how the Jews were perceived and treated then.

Agatha Christie, from 20thC, has several racist stereotypes which have not been changed, although the  title of one novel,  "Then There Were One", is not as I first knew it.

Modern day censoring of previous racial content seems to come from guilt, but  that is exactly how white people spoke and acted towards all people of colour not just black people. Orientals had a hard time of it as well.  We should be able to read and feel disgust but not try to pretend it didn't happen rather face it.  This type of censoring is a covert way of re-writing history and it seriously bothers me.


March 26, 2015, 02:54:36 AM
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Re: What are you currently reading?
How many of us are reading or have just finished The Copper Promise? If I count myself I think there's 4 of us at present: me, @Jmacyk, @xiagan and @Lady Ty. Is that some sort of a record for something that isn't a book club read?
It's the Copper Promise movement, and it's sweeping the nation, er, forum.  ;D

The word is spreading that it's fun and fast - and @sennydreadful has been posting here for a long time, so she's a special FF author 8) - and people write her love letters so we have to find out why....................


March 29, 2015, 06:46:28 AM
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Re: Novels about Japan I recommend the novel A Time for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. It isn't SF or fantasy and takes a while to get into, but well worth sticking with.  Starts with the diaries of a Japanese schoolgirl being washed up on a beach in British Columbia, part of tsunami debris, and read by a writer who is isolated there with her husband. He is an ocean conservationist working on the problem of these great drifts of debris and huge plastic rubbish collections floating around the globe.

The story explores some of life and problems in modern day high achievement oriented Japan, but also goes back to some very disturbing and brutal truths about the heroic kamikaze pilots of WW2. It was an eye opener in many ways, not a comfortable read but one I wouldn't have missed.   This is a very brief description, just to give you an idea, but there is so much in the book as a whole to enjoy, shock or leave you thinking about. The writing is excellent, and if you can get hold of the audiobook read by the author herself it is even better.

March 30, 2015, 09:14:10 AM
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Re: What are you currently reading? Please include a goat, even if it's not iron, we need a true-origin-secret to pass to our heirs ;)
March 31, 2015, 01:30:18 AM
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Re: [Mar 2015] - Rogues - Discussion Thread It's taken me a while to read all these Rogue entries and much longer to try and choose the final four votes. Thank you all for terrific entertainment, many rogues, different writing styles, a variety of settings -  I am completely in awe and can't imagine how some of you can knock off a story in a couple of days. My thanks to @ScarletBea for the comment about scoring, that was the only way I could narrow down gradually, and even then so many were still level. Anyway, voting done, congratulations and good luck to you all.

One request, if you decide to crowdfund any of those Dwarf card decks, @TravisGGAnderson, I'll support you gladly.  ;D

April 04, 2015, 09:05:25 AM
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Re: Voting Just voted with comment in discussion thread, and I haven't voted regularly but will try to do so from now on because it's great and I love short stories.  I always vote on the merit of the story so it's purely a personal preference for style, content, characters etc. More than twenty in one month would be hard, but  perhaps requests for extension of voting closing date could be allowed if necessary.

 

April 04, 2015, 10:01:05 AM
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