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Re: [MAY 2015] - Terry Pratchett Memorial Read - Nominations are open So you don't have to read the Discworld novels in chronological order to understand what's going on? That would be my only concern. I'm very interested in joining, but I'm skeptical about diving into the middle.
March 16, 2015, 10:21:09 AM
Re: The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett - Who's reading with us? I'm in!
This is the first novel I've ever read by him, and the first book club I've been apart of on here, so I can't wait!

March 25, 2015, 11:53:25 AM
Re: The Wee Free Men - Week 1 Chapters 1 -3 Yes, I'm loving this book so far!
When I first started reading it, I I had to adjust to the narration. It's not that I don't like it, I just rarely see a book written like this. I feel like I'm laying in my bed late at night, and my grandfather is sitting next to me reading the story. hell, I can imagine reading it to my kids one day.
The wee free men are very interesting. They certainly make me smile. The only complaint I have would be the dialect, which is a bit hard to read for me. Of course, they are supposed to be a bit hard to understand, so it makes sense.
As I was reading chapter 3, it started to get on my nerves how Tiffany would always randomly start thinking of her Granny, and we would get some random backstory that, from what I can tell, has no relevance to the plot. But then I realized. The author is trying to show me that this is how Tiffany deals with situations that frighten her. I still find it a bit annoying, but at least I see the purpose now.
I think my favorite thing so far has been the conversation between Miss Tick and Tiffany. For one, it shows how smart Tiffany is. That, plus the fact that it cracked me up, made for a fantastic scene. Also, that sign is a brilliant way to get someone to enter your class. I definitely would've gone in.
I like the fact that anything people have made up is real. That stories had to come from somewhere. I kind of wish that were true. I would love to go into one of my favorite book worlds.
This book definitely looks promising, and I can't wait until next week!

March 31, 2015, 07:48:40 PM
Re: Fight Scenes... I agree with most of the above, but I think there's a couple things to consider.
While a fight scene may not realistically happen, as a writer, I feel like you have to think about what you gain from adding it anyways. For example, if you're trying to show a character's awesome warrior skills, then you need that scene. Or, if you're trying to show that a character kills first and asks questions later, a fight scene is vital.
While I love for a book to be realistic, if everything in a story was, where would the fun be? Also, if a writer isn't good at making the book exciting while keeping it completely real, then they should probably back up a bit.
Also keep in mind that while both sides have multiple goals, from my understanding, when you're in a fight things get crazy. Sometimes those goals fade into the background, and all you have left is the person standing in your way or preventing you from getting somewhere. For example, if you're a guard, when asked, your goal is not to kill the intruder. But when confronted by the reality of the situation, and the other guy may or may not be trying to kill you, the fear factor comes into play.
Of course, I've never actually been a guard or in combat, so maybe I'm wrong. But to put this in a modern-day scenario, if a guy comes into my house, most likely he's just a thief and doesn't mean any harm. Or, he could be a psychopath. I could try to fight him off until the police got there, or just let him do whatever and stay out of his way, but if he's crazy, I'm dead. So I would like to say I would kill him.
But let's say I don't. If I try to fight with him until the police gets here. What if he followed my above train of thought? He thinks that I'm trying to kill him because I think he's crazy, and so, in self-defense, he kills me.
The issue is uncertainty of the opponent. If you don't want a fight scene where they fight until the death, you have to make your intentions clear. Of course, depending on the character, the intentions that the opponent may be trying to show may not be understood.
In my opinion, a healthy mix of both types of fight scenes may be the better route. But I'm also not an actual writer, so take it for what it's worth to you.

April 06, 2015, 02:59:51 AM
Re: "The Triumph of Fantasy Fiction?" So pretty much, what I got from that article was, I love George R. R. Martin and I'm going to use this paper to show you how much, while trying to sound like I know what I'm talking about.
April 06, 2015, 03:21:15 AM
Furious 7 I went to go see Furious 7 last weekend, and overall it was amazing! I would say it's just as good if not slightly better than Fast and Furious 6.
I'm surprised how well James Juan directed the film. He's mainly directed horror movies like The Conjuring, so this was his first action movie. In past movies, if a car got knocked off a cliff or wrecked, you never saw the end result. You just knew it was screwed and moved on. Juan made a point of showing what happened to the wrecked vehicle, as well as pointing out how the action scenes interacted with the world around them.
I would say this movie focuses less on the races, and has more stunts. Mainly falling, falling, falling... Did I mention falling?
Still, you would think that gets old after a while. After the first couple of scenes where cars fell a few times, I figured it would lose it's dramatic and simply epic effect. It didn't.
At the end of the movie, I felt like the last "battle scene" could have been cut short a bit. It came off as someone saying, "Let's find extravagant ways to kill people."
For those that don't know, this was Paul Walker's last major film. He died in a car crash in late 2013, and they hadn't completely finished filming yet. But they still pulled it off. For all the parts they hadn't filmed, they created a digital Paul Walker, and had his two brothers help out as well. And at the end of the movie, they did a fantastic tribute to him.
Hopefully they don't go on to Fast and Furious 8. They connected the first and last movie together, so it feels like it went full circle. It's the end of the road.
So if you're a fan of the Fast and Furious series, go see it now! I highly doubt you'll be disappointed. And, if you're reading this post and have already seen it, then please share your thoughts below. If you haven't seen it yet, go watch the movie and then come back.

April 06, 2015, 02:54:48 PM
Re: Furious 7 If you're new to the series, you can pretty much skip the first three if you just want to jump into where the storyline gets serious. They mainly exist to introduce the characters. Awesome races though.
April 06, 2015, 09:23:14 PM
Re: Magical animals Hmm, let's start with the dragons.
Saphira from the Inheritance Cycle. She was fun.
I'm going to butcher the name if I try to spell it, but the dragon from Demon Wars. He's just awesome!
Other than dragons...
Oreseur from Mistborn when he's in the dog form. Just cool.
Ghost from Game of Thrones.
I'm sitting here trying to think of any other animals, but if I have to think about it for a while, then they probably didn't touch my heart all that much.

April 07, 2015, 02:09:51 PM
Re: Peter Jackson to film new Middle Earth film Totally got me. If no one had said a word about it being a joke, my response was going to be, another one?
April 09, 2015, 03:05:25 AM
Re: The Wee Free Men - Chapters 4 -7 Still enjoying it.
Tiffany's first talk with the Wee Free Men was definitely amusing. I also enjoyed the scene where she simply stepped off the snow, and let the dogs charge after her. Made perfect sense. I was wondering why she didn't do that and then, well, she did.
Chapter 7 dragged for me. Sure, it was interesting, but slow. Maybe that's just me though.

April 13, 2015, 10:51:53 PM