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Miscellaneous Musings about Books For all those little things about Fantasy books that don't fit anywhere else but also don't really deserve a thread of their own...

1. Publishing the same book "for children" and "for adults", with different covers and different prices

I'd been wanting to read the Earthsea stories, and I saw all 4 published in a single book, Penguin, price £16.99. This was just before Christmas, and a friend had asked me for suggestions, so I told her about this book. What I got was exactly the same content, same publisher, but under their children's inprint Puffin. Price? £10.99.
Why? It's not a bigger font, it doesn't have more or less pages, so I really don't get the price difference.
The cover art was more expensive in the adult book? ::)


2. Usually worlds with 'nobles' and 'peasants' end up having the nobles ruling the peasants. Is there a book that turns this upside down, peasants ruling the nobles? Or are the words almost a prison, in that they imply the usual order?


February 19, 2014, 07:15:53 PM
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings Another one:

* I think I might have found my "having the cake and eating it"
- I want to support my local bookshops (Waterstone's... nothing independent, but still, bricks and mortar shop), but I don't really like paying the full price (who does?). They hardly ever have the books I want on the 'buy 1 get 1 half price', so I'm tempted to buy online.
However yesterday I discovered 'reserve & collect' - you go online, reserve, then go collect the books from the actual shop, paying the cheaper online price but the sale counts as the bookshop sale (I know, I asked).
Of course, this only works if the shop you want has the book you want in stock, but I've got lots of options around me, if not exactly in my home town, then a few around.

February 21, 2014, 06:09:35 PM
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Re: I come from a faraway land to greet all of you at Fantasy-Faction Bem vindo!
Welcome, fellow portuguese ;D

Mostly, they have been books in english, since I find the portuguese language to act awkwardly when it translates fantasy names and terms.
I find this sooo true - but I will extend it to any book translation (even though my mum did some book translations), that's why I've been reading in english since I was a teenager.

February 28, 2014, 08:45:50 PM
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Laughing about books I found this link through another site - it made me cry with laughter  ;D

"40 Worst Book Covers and Titles Ever"
http://www.boredpanda.com/funny-book-titles-covers/

March 22, 2014, 05:03:37 PM
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Re: Women Write Fantasy (The Giant 'Women in Fantasy' Database) Ok, I'll jump.

I think I'm a feminist, in the sense that every person should be one: I want equality between the sexes because I don't believe they are different in core. Same pay, same opportunities, no limits for either.

And because of this, I never pay attention to whether a person is a man or a woman, in all situations in which that doesn't matter - and that is in everything but looking around for a person to love (since I'm not bi hehe)
And because of this, I don't really care if the books I read are written by men or women, they just have to be good enough for me to like them.

So maybe because of this, maybe because I have lived my whole life assuming the above is true for everyone, and all the people I've interacted with think the same (at least they never gave me any indication otherwise), I don't really like these discussions of "You're a bad person because you read more from male authors", "women authors are always victims", etc. The exact same way you can't group all male authors in one group (there are some I love, others I can't stand), you can't group all female authors together: again, there are some great ones and others who can't write as well. I want to read good books, and I don't care who writes them.

Of course, logic would say that the good ones get published and the bad ones don't, but that doesn't happen in real life ('50 shades' anyone?), and my point is that this also happens with male authors. There are a huge number of great male writers who can't get a deal, the same way that there are a huge number of great female writers who can't get a deal. Waterstones also includes really bad male writers in their promotion tables, together with great male ones, great female ones, and bad female ones.

So yes, I get annoyed when people bring in sex/genre as a reason for something that's not directly linked.


And then again, maybe I'm just a very lucky naive person....


July 26, 2014, 10:21:31 AM
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Re: 4-Word Reviews The glass books of the dream eaters
Non-heiress, assassin, doctor, together.


Duncton Chronicles
Moles on epic adventure.

March 11, 2015, 07:55:16 AM
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Re: [Feb 2015] - Fanfic - Voting Thread To be honest, sometimes we have 3 votes and my third is almost just because the story was 'nice'.
This month I haven't read them all yet and I already have 3 strong contenders, and we can only vote for 2 >:(

March 11, 2015, 07:59:56 AM
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Re: [Feb 2015] - Fanfic - Voting Thread I know, I wasn't complaining about the system - just the quality of the submissions, they're too good ;D

March 11, 2015, 10:42:42 AM
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Re: Bridgeburner at 500... sign of OCD? It was *not* spam, it was pineapple ;D
March 16, 2015, 06:25:10 PM
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Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open I think I'd like to do this one too - I've got the first 10 (until Moving Pictures), so would like for the chosen book to be one of these.
Mort or Eric sound appropriate :)

March 17, 2015, 01:21:15 PM
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