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Re: Novels about Japan Murakami's a must really.

Having only introduced myself to his writing recently from the little I have experience and know from what others say his books are very hard to pin down.
They're vaguely fantastical, slightly sci-fi, magic realism as well as a portrait of Japanese lives.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki is I think a good entry level Murakami, it's shorter and more grounded in realism (kind of) than the others.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is the next on my list, Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World will also be attempted.

However I tried to read 1Q84 and it melted my brain (i was in a stressed out place, probably the wrong book to read at the time! I will try it again at some point).

See also: Norwegian Wood and Kafka on the Shore the former was made into a film. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1270842/

March 10, 2015, 03:10:27 PM
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Re: favourite thieves and assasins in novels Locke Lamora is my favourite thief, hands down.

Hard to think of a better assassin than Havelock Vetinari really.

October 04, 2015, 09:52:17 PM
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Re: Got a blog? Share it! Here's my nonsense, book reviews and related recommendation lists, the internet loves lists after all!

bookphiles.wordpress.com


October 08, 2015, 11:56:39 AM
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Re: The best coming of age fantasy heroic books
You might consider Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar world - starting with "Queen's Own" a trilogy and her latest series in the Valdemar world  "Collegium Chronicles" (5 books in this series) and perhaps "Last Herald mage" trilogy.  Each of the series follows a young teen growing up in the Valdemar world. 

If you don't mind  YA you might consider Tamora Pierce's novels/series.  All of her books are fantasy and have young protagonist growing up during the course of their adventures.  Some examples: Song of the Lioness (4 books), Immortal series, and Circle of Magic series. 

And there is David Eddings' Belgarid series - which has a young boy growing up as well.
I'd definitely second The Last Herald Mage series by Mercedes Lackey. That was very well done and it was one of the first fantasies I'd read to feature a non hetero protagonist.
Holy shit that cover though. Don't let go of the pretty horse! Hold him/her to your bosom man!

October 08, 2015, 02:41:54 PM
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Re: The best coming of age fantasy heroic books Also just realised the horse on the cover looks like what Donkey turns into in Shrek 2.


October 08, 2015, 07:34:49 PM
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today? I'm quoting Matt Haig's writing advice via twitter:

WRITING TIPS:
1. Stare at blank screen.
2. Tweet.
3. Have an argument.
4. Get headache.
5. Stare at blank screen.
6. Tweet.

 8)

October 08, 2015, 07:46:50 PM
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Re: What are you currently reading? While I can understand why you might be frustrated with that style I'm absolutely sure you won't see a bunch of stuff coming in the book.

Hope you enjoy it anyway, we can't all be Bastards I guess. ;)

October 08, 2015, 10:18:28 PM
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Re: Let's talk about Sex
Aww thank you. :D Sebastian is the heart and soul of the series really, it wouldn't be the same without him.

For my money, the romance, sexual tension and eventual shenanigans in UPROOTED are some of the best I've read - a brilliant example of how sex can be vital to both plot and character.
Ahhhhhh yet more reasons to bump your books on my TBR pile. It's getting steadily larger. :(

Uprooted is in my peripheral too, the cover sold me on its own frankly!

October 10, 2015, 09:32:05 PM
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Re: What are you currently reading? It is a very pretty book though, I am a sucker for good looking books. It shines and smells good, with great illustrations inside.

But seriously how could I not buy Sue Perkins' book when it looks like that + I think she's amazing and want to be her friend.

October 10, 2015, 09:36:35 PM
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Re: Tweet Tale Challenge That sun, in the distance? The way it ripples along the dunes and tickles the sand. Does it look like our son? I remember his death, smiling.

140 chars.

October 11, 2015, 12:39:41 PM
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