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Re: What book would you recommend to someone new to the genre? I would suggest either a standalone or a series that is already finished.

Maybe throw her in at the deep end with Malazan!  :P

May 19, 2015, 03:49:30 PM
Re: We might have a slight MTG problem at work Depends how you define 'problem'.  :P

August 24, 2015, 07:25:07 PM
Re: What did you read in January? Come share your list and what you thought Not a particularly good month for me, mostly spent finishing off the Drenai series.

Various Drenai - David Gemmell: Overall, 3/5. Tended to get a bit repetitive.

A Song for Arbonne - Guy Gavriel Kay: 1/5. Heard a lot of good things about the author, but wasn't for me.

Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch: 1/5. Decided to give this a second chance. The world's vaguely interesting, but I just couldn't get past the writing style.

Truthwitch - Susan Dennard: 4.5/5. Ended the month on a high, although the ending did feel slightly rushed. Maybe a bit too much setting up for book two.

February 03, 2016, 11:44:24 PM
Re: Missing Post: Fantasy-Faction on/in books Is it 'Gotta catch 'em all'?


February 08, 2016, 10:03:39 PM
Re: What did you read in February? Come share your list and thoughts This was a very good month for me:

Blood of Elves - Andrezj Sapkowski: 1/5 Could be because it's a translation, but I found this one really hard to get into. On the plus side, I've now read all of the Gemmell Legend Award winners.

Rigante Series - David Gemmell: 2/5 It was alright, but I prefer the Drenai books.

Troy: Fall of Kings - David & Stella Gemmell: 3/5 Pretty standard for Gemmell, though it was interesting that I couldn't tell where Stella Gemmell had completed bits, it was so consistent. Particularly like his version of the Trojan Horse.

The Bands of Mourning - Brandon Sanderson: 5/5 This was, as I'd hoped, brilliant. I seem to be in that minority of people who didn't see any of the twists coming.

Calamity - Brandon Sanderson: 4.5/5 I admit, I'm a bit of a Sanderson fanboy  ;) , but I really liked his version of Atlanta. Some nice new superpowers too.

Blood Song - Anthony Ryan: 3/5 I liked this, but it didn't really stand out for any reason. Still, good enough for me to pick up the next two.

Seeds of Earth - Michael Cobley: 3/5 Started out a bit too infodump-y, but improved greatly as it progressed.

Luna: New Moon - Ian MacDonald: 0/5 This was . . . not good. I'd seen it advertised as 'Dallas on the Moon'. I was disappointed. It seemed more like 50 Shades of the Moon. >shudder<

February 29, 2016, 03:06:45 PM
Re: What's your favourite fantasy title? The Autumn Republic (Brian McClellan) is the clear winner for me.

Other good ones:

Empire in Black and Gold (Adrian Tchaikovsky)
The Crippled God (Steven Erikson)
The Bands of Mourning (Brandon Sanderson)
The Slow Regard of Silent Things (Patrick Rothfuss) - Special shoutout to the German(?) translation 'The Music of Silence

March 29, 2016, 02:12:10 AM
Re: [May 2016] - Well known fairy tales from a different POV - Submission Thread Elegy for a Master Chef: A Poem (197 words)

Spoiler for Hiden:

I built a house the other week
From candies bright and sugars sweet.
And though I had all I could eat
I found myself in want of meat.

I stuffed liquorice in the walls
And turned gingerbread into halls.
Through rice paper windows I called
But meat did not answer at all.

Once, then, I left for one lone day
And left my house to while away,
Abandoned not, appear what may.
For into my house stumbled prey.

A child. No, two! A boy, a girl.
The boy, he danced. The other twirled
As though my house was their own world.
The doors I locked, and spells I hurled.

I caught the boy, wrapped him in chains,
Told the girl I'd bash out his brains.
Gave him a mop to clean the stains
He had made on my windowpanes.

At last there was meat in my life,
I licked my lips, sharpened my knife.
They were fat little things who skived
From the home of father and wife.

I thought to share with my coven,
but then they put me in my oven.
The boy laughed, the girl was shoving.
My plan: eat them. Theirs was another.

May 02, 2016, 06:10:30 PM
Re: [May 2016] - Well known fairy tales from a different POV - Discussion Thread Finally got around to entering another one of these. Thought I'd go with a poem for this one.  :D
May 02, 2016, 06:11:50 PM
Re: FFBB: Favourite Main Protagonis - R16 - Logen Ninefingers v Moist v Eli Monpress Say one thing for Logen Nine-fingers. Say he deserves to win.
May 03, 2016, 05:17:33 PM
Re: What are you currently playing? Getting back into Crusader Kings 2. Started as Deheubarth since its where I live in real life. 20 years and three kings later I've been overthrown but am plotting a return to power.

Also, the king of England is a charismatic, highly intelligent dwarf. I may be at war with Tyrion Lannister.

May 20, 2016, 12:35:51 AM