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Wardstone Chronicles / Last Apprentice series I'm curious if anyone on here has read The Wardstone Chronicles (Last Apprentice in US) series by Joseph Delany?


I've just finished Book 5 and I have to say I'm now addicted to this series! It's a great series for anyone who enjoys books such as Harry Potter or Narnia. As with most YA fiction, it is a coming-of-age tale that follows the main protagonist Tom Ward as he is apprenticed to a Witch Hunter (Spook) known as John Gregory. Along the way Tom has to learn how to not only fight witches and evil spirits, but resist the overwhelming temptation to succumb to the darkness. I like that while good and evil are clearly presented as opposites in this series, there is a lot of discussion about how good can be used for evil and evil can be used for good.

September 08, 2015, 04:56:23 PM
Re: Your Favourite Opening Line(s)
You can't lie to a sword

An interesting way to set up a novel. I love the exposition narration that Sam Sykes provides in A City Stained Red.

And then that is quickly followed up by one of my favorite lines from any book:

I've killed a lot of things.

I say things because people isn't a broad enough category and "stuff" would lead you to believe that I don't spend a lot of time thinking about it.

The list thus far: men. women, demons, monsters, giant serpents, giant vermin, regular vermin, regular giants, cattle, lizards, fish, lizardmen, fishmen, frogmen, Cragsmen, and a goat.

Regular goat mind; not a poisonous magical goat. But he was kind of an asshole.

December 14, 2015, 01:42:16 PM
Re: Shadows of Self Thank you for the clarification, Raptori! This is why I get my fantasy advice from this group, rather than Amazon.

I had been under the impression that the first three Mistborn were a standalone trilogy, then I once I go to purchase them, Amazon has them listed as a five-book series, which had me confused. Now, since that's cleared up, I can pick up this series with a better understanding of what I'm actually getting into.

December 14, 2015, 01:49:44 PM
Re: Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens I still have 32 hours and 51 minutes to go. Not that I'm counting time or anything...  ::)
December 16, 2015, 05:10:28 PM
Re: Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Wow, just wow. My wife and I just got back from seeing it.

If you love the original trilogy, I highly recommend this one. So many great moments and Easter eggs. The new characters are really well written and do a great job of carrying the movie. Lots of great action scenes and a very interesting story.

In short, this was my face throughout pretty much the entire movie:

December 18, 2015, 06:26:17 AM
Re: Apache Vs. Dragon. Let me guess, the Apache was armed with the new 'Black Arrow' missiles?  ::)
January 14, 2016, 02:00:32 PM
Re: The Iron Druid Chronicles My wife and I got to meet Kevin Hearne and Robert J. Bennett at a book signing in Austin earlier this week!

It was a lot of fun! Kevin and Robert are hilarious in person and their answers to some of the questions kept us laughing for most of the night. One question in particular that an audience member asked was "Which character from the (Iron Druid) books do you identify with the most?" Kevin answered Granuaile because she is a normal person drawn into this crazy world she never knew existed. Robert answered "the dog" because dogs live in the present and don't worry about the past or the future. Kevin then asked Robert if he meant Oberon or the poodle.

We also learned quite a bit about how the writing process works for different authors. Robert came up with the idea for The Divine Cities one day while vacuuming his house, and Kevin came up with The Iron Druid because there weren't any books exploring Irish mythology and folklore and he thought it would be fun to write about.

It was a great experience and we certainly hope that they come back through Austin again when the next books come out. We came away with three signed and personalized books (City of Stairs and Blades, and Staked), a signed print of the map of Yggrasil and a signed bookmark with a hint for Book 9.

January 29, 2016, 12:15:50 PM
Re: Mad Max: Fury Road Thoroughly enjoyed this movie! The fact that they went for practical effects versus special effects paid off HUGE in this film. You get tired of seeing overused CGI and greenscreen effects in nearly every movie and it was great to see a director rely on traditional effects. The story was just enough to keep keep the movie going without bogging it down and like was said previously, I appreciated that they took a "show-don't-tell" approach to the story. We get that there is a guy living in this post-apocalyptic dystopian future desert place and that every drives cars like they are absolutely insane (which to be fair, they are) and that women are seen as possessions and objects rather than people. We get all of this from the movie showing us and having it unfold on screen rather than having any spoken exposition or explanation. We don't know how Immortan Joe came to power, we don't know where the "brides" came from, we don't know the backstory for Furiosa's sisterhood family. And we don't need to. It was more enjoyable to have everything left to our imaginations than to have everything spelled out for us.
January 29, 2016, 12:43:27 PM
Re: The Stone Road - the trilogy is complete! Less than £/$5 for 3 books! By the way, Amazon is currently listing the series as a "two-part trilogy"  :o

Not sure why, but then again Amazon does weird things with their series listings.

I picked up the books since I have a trip coming up and I was looking for some new reading material. I'm excited to read a fantasy series set in Asia, since I really enjoy series that are set in non-european cultures.

February 06, 2016, 06:57:20 AM
Re: Wuxia movies recommendations A couple of fun movies to try would be Tai-Chi Hero and Tai-Chi Zero.

It's a sort-of Steampunk meets wuxia, which sounds strange, but somehow it works in these films.

Another movie that I haven't seen anyone mention yet is Iron Monkey. The fight choreography is amazing in this film, and there are so many truly fun moments in this film, I definitely recommend it for anyone who enjoys wuxia films. 

February 23, 2016, 04:15:57 PM