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Re: What are you currently reading? Everything else will get ignored The Liars Key just arrived.
June 18, 2015, 09:52:33 PM
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Re: Re-inventing (the history of) the wheel Mad Max meets 1,000,000 BC. I love it.
June 22, 2015, 11:36:32 AM
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Annoying Reading I am sure someone has done this before but what causes the in drawn breath, the clenching of teeth, the sigh, eye rolling or just giving up on the book down and not picking it back up.

I really get wound up by strange noises described by arrows hitting well just about anything, but what really annoys me are descriptions of characters drawing swords from back scabbards. this is unforgivable to my mind unless the sword is actually a large knife it doesn't work. Looks cool in artwork, and a great way of carrying a sword you are not going to use but useless if your life depends on it. Yet it is the stock cliché in every sword and sorcery type fantasy.

 Take a deep breath and think about it before committing to paper the physical impossibility you are describing.
Still don't believe me take a broom handle outside. (Do not try this indoors folks unless you have 4 meter  ceilings) place the finger and thumb of your left hand in a circle around the handle and draw it through them with the right. How far can you get and did you just hit yourself in the ear?

I know this is silly but the sometimes the detail can destroy a good story.

June 30, 2015, 07:00:27 PM
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Re: The Liar's key (No Spoilers) Jalan gets filled out and becomes a 3 dimensional person and it puts him into his story in a way that is needed.
I just want more...I would love some stories about the siblings. Alicia is interesting. In the first book the blurb tells us she is feared and formidable, now we know why.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Yes, without a doubt. What a great test of faith :D

July 01, 2015, 08:23:47 PM
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Re: Annoying Reading
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Quote from: Rostum on July 01, 2015, 08:46:27 PM

Not seen this but can see it working except wouldn't the blade be the wrong way up?


Not if you have it on your back the right way? It was a long time ago I saw it in the museum (or wherever) but no, it wasn't the wrong way up. I'll see if I can find a pic ETA it is annoyingly hard to find on google! Will keep trying. Maybe it had another name....


Don't stress it or give up time better spent on it on other things.

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why would be the question.

Ease of movement while not needing your sword, iirc. Having a ruddy great sword at your waist would unbalance you/get in the way. Having it on your back is much better for moving (esp when riding?) but the slip ring meant it was the matter of moments to have it where you could use it.


I have worn a number of swords from different periods and certainly ease of of movement doesn't come into it if its set up properly for the user. You adjust your gait accordingly and it keeps one hand busy but you can run with no real risk of tripping yourself.

Now here is something for you.
If you are riding you remove your sword and scabbard from your waist. As you move you will give the horse false guides with the scabbard if you don't by tapping it on the flank with the end of the sword.
Ponies only tolerate being told to go and then being reigned in every time they try to for so long. The ears go back and they lose the rider pretty quick as a rule. On medieval war saddles a steel ring at the front and offside of the saddle gets round this you can still draw your sword but don't tap your horse on the flanks as you are riding as the saddle is angled and hold the blade away from the horse.


July 02, 2015, 05:36:27 PM
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Re: The King's Paws Missed an & not a comma, British don'tcha know.

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Wow! That sure sound strange. I've never ever met a single Canadian who'd fit such a harsh description. They're generally nice, helpful and polite and easy going. Never had a hassle with one, work with a few and climbed with others.
But hey, every country in the world has these kinds of people.

It was very shocking and surprising. We were moved hotels after two days by our travel agent it was that bad.
Canadians everywhere else have been great, but it's irresistable fun to ask them which part of the USA they are from.

July 06, 2015, 01:11:07 AM
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Re: Annoying Reading I think one of the advantages of writing is readers use their imagination to fill in the blanks. There are writers here who do not like to paint themselves into a corner with intricate description of things not important as well.
July 09, 2015, 04:37:08 PM
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Re: How do you feel about stand-alone books? The trilogy is an expectation becoming a cliché now. If its good It will  be read regardless of how many books it is over. Novellas can be perfect in themselves. Again I am a fan of recycling worlds and characters across books. Tell the story don't try and stretch it to three books or shrink it to one*.






* Unless you are getting a big advance and your publisher wants three.

July 09, 2015, 04:45:25 PM
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings
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I think we did have a sort of quotes thread once, but it was for opening lines. Having said that I've got one, and this is from The Lies of Locke Lamora: At the height of the long wet summer of the Seventy-seventh year of Sendovani, the Thiefmaker of Camorr paid a sudden and unannounced visit to the Eyeless Priest at the Temple of Perelandro, desperately hoping to sell him the Lamora boy.'

This should be a game but I suspect google has ended that.

My favorite first line of any book would be 'It was the day my grandmother exploded'


July 14, 2015, 07:29:19 PM
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Re: Having to reread a series I have always re-read books and series of books I am approaching the age where I may even have forgotten what I previously read. Knowing the story does not necessarily detract from the experience.
July 15, 2015, 05:25:41 PM
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