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Re: Can MMOs replace books? Are they worth the hours you put into them? Way back in the mists of time when we first got our Xbox 360, I picked up a game randomly because it had a dragon on the cover. I became completely obsessed with Dragon Age Origins - having not played such a big RPG before, I was struck by how immersive it was, how detailed the world building, and how much of an emotional impact it had on me - certainly as much as any book I've read (playing Dragon Age Inquisition now and it is just ridiculously gorgeous)

I have less experience with MMOs, but I do think video games have an enormous potential as an art form, and I value them very highly.

April 15, 2015, 03:24:28 PM
Re: Ereaders vs books I think the only thing I don't like about e-readers is that it's harder to be nosy about what people are reading on the bus...
April 19, 2015, 11:15:03 AM
Re: Game Of Thrones (TV Show) Season 5 - WITH BOOK SPOILERS I must admit, I absolutely love that I no longer have any idea what's going to happen :D Also Qyburn's creepy little face is fast becoming a favourite of mine.
April 21, 2015, 09:33:38 AM
Re: Rating Books Based on Price

If you want to become big and famous, you probably have to go with established publishers, but I think when you write for the art, you probably should avoid them. Then you can set your own prices and pick the cover art, and things like that.

Except of course that the vast majority of writers are writing because they both love writing (or the art of it, as you say) and because they like to get paid for it. It's just not remotely realistic to split them up like that.

As for the 1 star thing, that is incredibly frustrating. It's true that it happens across a range of products, but with books there is truly one specific person you are damaging by doing this - not the large company that made the BBQ you couldn't put together - but one man or woman whose future career could genuinely be affected by a heap of 1 stars on twitter.

April 26, 2015, 11:04:07 AM
Re: Phrases that only exist in (poorly written) fiction See, I tend to think that any phrase can work in the right context.

However, I read a book a few years ago where the writer used the phrase "full breasts" at least five times to describe the boobs of various women (do you really need to do that, anyway?) and now whenever I see it elsewhere it makes me twitch. Full breasts? As opposed to empty ones? HOW ABOUT LOOKING AT HER FACE INSTEAD, YOU CHARMER.

May 04, 2015, 10:18:18 AM
Re: Co-Writing: how does it work? The very idea of writing a book with someone else gives me the Fear. I'd actually have to explain my thought processes and early plans to another human being... *peels own face off with horror*

I always hated team sports too, unsurprisingly.

May 06, 2015, 09:50:44 AM
Re: Books you HAVE to read before you die. Find the books that move you, that's what you have to do in your lifetime  :)

A small selection of books that are to me pretty much perfect :

The Liveship Traders trilogy, Robin Hobb (hell yeah)
Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay
The Last Unicorn, Peter S Beagle
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson

May 08, 2015, 09:54:51 AM
Re: Good news from Jen Williams re:The Ninth Rain Thanks chaps - I'm over the moon! :D
August 20, 2015, 06:30:10 PM
Re: Love letter to Jen Williams
(@Jmack, could you maybe remove the reference to the first book name in the thread title? Or add 'and all her books'?)

I finished Iron Ghost last night.
I mean, I liked Copper Promise, but I *really liked* this one. It was so amazing, so great, you can see Jen's growth in writing, in plotting, in character development, in character relationships, in addressing 'big subjects'...

I can't wait for the next one - but the great thing is, it's a trilogy where you're not on tenterhooks to know what happens next, each book is perfectly contained (what was it someone said in another thread - it's a serial, not a series?)

Just one little down point >:(
Spoiler for Hiden:
Why did Dallen simply disappear? Hmmm? No proper goodbyes, no romantic last scene, just a touch of eyes across the harbour? They deserved better, both of them. hmmm...

Edit: calling @sennydreadful because I think she'll like to hear all these good things (and she might answer my spoiler question hehe.
I am *so* glad I bought the 2 books :D (I'd read the first one from the library, now it's all mine!)

Aww, thank you so much! The second book was extremely hair-raising for me and I sweated blood over it (difficult second album etc) so it really means a lot when people enjoy it.  ;D

As for your spoilered comment...

Spoiler for Hiden:
What can I say? Seb's actions were, to Dallen, fairly unforgivable  :'( It was likely less painful for them to part that way...

More hijinks, monsters and yes, even romance in The Silver Tide, which is out next year ;)

September 11, 2015, 02:55:22 PM
Re: Love letter to Jen Williams
I have to agree with Bea. The Copper Promise was great fun, but everything got dialled up to 11 in The Iron Ghost. It's one of the best books I've read this year. Very eager for The Silver Tide and Jen's new series after that.

*likes infinity plus 1*

September 13, 2015, 11:17:02 AM