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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
Re: Need help with dead meat
I would say a few days is pushing it, unless it is freezing outside.

Cattle are extremely heavy. If the thing is stiff, that would add to the complexity of moving it.

Perhaps dog food is the better option.

Agree, a few days is pushing it, and you really ought to get the guts out pretty fast after death or they will taint the whole. If it's been shot and there is blood you'll have flies and maggots spreading all through fast.

"A female blowfly lays up to 300 eggs at one time, and with numerous females visiting a corpse, the number of maggots can be immense. For example, 48,562 maggots were found on a 156 g piece of meat after 24 hours exposure. However, because this was insufficient food to sustain them, only 231 flies finally emerged"

Think you'd better be in freezing temps :(

April 04, 2015, 10:28:48 AM
Re: The King's Paws
I have one thing to say: do not post after you've had two bourbon and cokes, with the last one made by your wife's cousins from Kentucky.  Just saying.   :-[

So was that when you sneaked your cheeky goat-god in here and thought we wouldn't notice ? Just saying. 

April 04, 2015, 12:51:19 PM
"The Triumph of Fantasy Fiction?" This may be of interest when either the chocolate high or the long weekend doze wear off but it  left me wanting to kick the journalist and write rude comments to the Guardian.


What annoyed me was the condescension of the article and the implicit assumption that we, as readers, or fantasy authors in general would actually care or consider it an honour to be accepted in the so called "literary mainstream", just because ASoIAF is a raging success? No lack of respect to GRR Martin, but come on- is that the best they can do to acclaim fantasy?

Quite apart from the fact that myth, legend and the glorious stuff of fantasy has been around as mainstream entertainment for centuries, long before Piers Plowman or Chaucer,  it seems that this literary critic, like others who grovel over Booker short lists, are actually trying to climb on the coat tails of one successful and highly commercialised author. He throws in other well known fantasy references but still drags GRRM in at every turn, tries to imply we might compare him with Scott,  and for some obscure reason thinks Wilkie Collins would admire his cliff hangers........

Does it read like that to you or have I missed the point while having my tantrum?

OK, I said I don't usually rant, clearly a blatant lie, but this is the only place I can discuss fantasy with people who know what I'm talking about, so you are all the victims today. >:(

April 05, 2015, 07:19:56 AM
Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread Hi and welcome  Crusty, good to have you on the Forum and like the rat though I thought it was a  guinea pig.  ;D

Hi.  I am new here. Big fan of Robin Hobb. Looking forward to reading Wee Free Men with the Book Club.

Nighteyes sorry I'm late saying hi to you, you must be feeling so shy, but here is something to make you feel really welcome. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8huXkSaL7o

April 05, 2015, 07:32:51 AM
Re: Member birthday calendar Happy  birthday @Arry, hope it's relaxing and fun :)

Thanks to you and @xiaqan for updating the list, it's easy to check there and much better than the the solution in the spoiler.

ETA to add @ to Arry and xiagan, like everyone else does but not sure what results except turning them red?

April 05, 2015, 10:04:02 AM
Re: "The Triumph of Fantasy Fiction?" ScarletBea,  glad you agree. The journo's ignorance did show through and as you say only very stereotyped references. Good to see you rant as well 8) 8).

When I posted there were only a couple of comments, but I have looked since and now  there are over 400 giving him hell in general, it seems true fantasy fans have come out in force and the comments are much more fun than the article, ;D ;D

@sennydreadful your reply has just come, and thank you for posting that link about Women Writing Fantasy. I saw it on Twitter but forgot where and it is a great article to have here on the Forum.
Sorry you missed Bristol and hope you are OK now.Was going to ask you about the Pratchett murals, but Overlord has put great pics on the main site.  :)

April 05, 2015, 10:20:40 AM
Re: The Wee Free Men - Chapters 4 -7 I haven't joined in because I won't keep up, but adore the Wee Free Men and enjoying comments. I am intruding to mention that unless you are Scots you may not appreciate why William is called the gonnagle.
Google William McGonagall and all will be explained. ;D ;D ;D

April 07, 2015, 03:11:34 AM
Re: Magical animals Petition To @sennydreadful

Dear Jen
Please do not let the goat in your next book be called Atku, even if you are offered untold wealth and decadent blandishments. Atku could shape-shift anytime he wanted and wreck your storyline at will.

Lady Ty

April 07, 2015, 01:27:35 PM
Re: Magical animals Reepicheep  the valiant mouse from Narnia, what a hero  8)

April 08, 2015, 09:59:57 AM