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Re: Shattered Sands Chapters I-X
I'm going to use summon Rostum! it's cost me 1 magic point  ;D

Thanks for the summons but there is some delay in the ether!

I am up to chapter 8 at present and so far I am enjoying the story, but it does feel a little disjointed to me.
The action jumps around and the writing feels as though it was written in Portuguese then translated to the English? Am I correct in this? while your English is excellent some of the sentence structure seems strange.

This is my first time I've come across a Royal Cushioner, I've never heard of it before it made me smile

In medieval Europe in manor houses and castles there was a very important job of managing the pantries, essentially ensuring their was enough food properly stored to prevent the household going short in winter.
His title was Pantler, his assistant was the Underpantler (a suitable job in a farce)....and yes Royal Cushioner made me grin as well. When seats are wood or stone you travel with your own furnishings for comfort and hopefully you don't pick up fleas and lice from others as no one else sits upon them.

Ploc worked well for me not an English descriptive sound but recognisable for what it describes and seems right.

Sabra comes across as the most developed character at point (favourite of yours?) but it's still early days for me

We have intrigue, plot and direction. I am looking forward to where it all leads us.
On that note I am off to read and see if I can sleep.

August 16, 2015, 01:02:19 AM
Re: Shattered Sands Chapters I-X Ok I am back, drunken neighbours just got in and making noise.

Nope, I never wrote a single line in Portuguese for the book - but I do think in Portuguese, so that may be the source of the problem. I noticed that quite a lot in the beginning, when writing certain sentences that made sense in Portuguese but that sounded strange in English, but it's something I've been working on for a long time.

Ok that makes sense. It is not a problem just an observation. I would have to think about structure to describe what i mean properly and it's too early for that. It was more a feeling than anything else. I notice this as well when I read Reverte's (Spanish) work. sometimes the sentence is almost back to front or the focus of the sentence is strangely ordered and he is professionally translated.

I just met a pair of vividly described elephants whom I like very much in chapter 8. Made me think of Ganesha or maybe henna'd wedding elephants.

August 16, 2015, 02:31:20 AM
Re: The King's Paws
We interrupt your regularly scheduled groveling for more goats. I think this may be Jmack's backyard.

seeing goats in Argan trees in Morocco was freaky. We thought they were vultures until we got close enough to tell.

August 19, 2015, 10:55:37 AM
Re: Shattered Sands Chapters XI-XX So we have rebellion, warfare, Treachery, Mythical birdies, djinn and different factions vying for advantage.
I am enjoying reading this. I want to know where its all going and how it all works out. A good sign with just shy of half the book read, but my reading time is very fragmented getting to read a page or two at a time which probably isn't doing the tale justice.

I also liked the whole lovers of freedom thing and found that very much in keeping with the ancient Greek and later Roman Ideal. Very ironic from a 21st centaury perspective.

Very curious to find how Sabra and Tamazi work out. Will one be good and the other evil or both just different.

One observation is there is nothing behind the veil. Lots of stuff is done in front of characters or explained directly to them. Not a bad thing but if you give the reader enough hints a lot of it they will work out themselves as can the characters involved.

August 20, 2015, 06:48:05 PM
Re: Good news from Jen Williams re:The Ninth Rain
Thanks chaps - I'm over the moon! :D

No one would have guessed from your linked blog post  ;D


Is this a three books in three years type thing or do you have  your own timescale?
I am looking forward to the Silver tide and enjoyed the first chapter and before I forget (again) best of luck with the BFS awards.

August 20, 2015, 07:04:00 PM
Re: No Dogs Allowed Oh gods I have loosed yet another monsterous thread on the forum. SORRY!

The front page article was reletively non confrontational and showed all factions in a better light than they deserved.

While I find ungentlemanly behaviour err ungentlemanly and feel whatever was said by Hayden was uncalled for and unecessary at that point.
Anyone who is an apologist for Theodore Beale (Vox Day) I am going to treat as either a troll or a lunatic.
They are not to be trusted Beale should be offensive to any rational male and every female on the planet. do some research, I am not going to go into the details as to why and sully this site.

August 25, 2015, 02:12:02 AM
Re: Tell me about satellites May I ask what is causing your super storms. If it is solar activity there could be an issue with satellite communications even working. Weather satellites provide data that is turned by humans and computers into weather predictions they don't predict the weather. Chaos theory was developed by trying to find determine the patterns in weather data. It is far from an exact science at the best of times.

Satellites require minor corrections to maintain continuous orbit if those are not carried out eventually the orbit decays and they don't point where you want them to and eventually get in the way of other stuff or hit the atmosphere. From memory weather sats are pretty low, maybe the only stuff below them are TV and phone satellites.

August 25, 2015, 01:03:58 PM
Re: No Dogs Allowed I always think of how many books I can buy with the money I need to spend to buy a membership for a convention I can't afford to attend and opt for the books instead. Rather than voting buy the book and if it's worth reading tell everyone you know about it and some of them will buy it as well.
August 26, 2015, 11:15:49 AM
Re: Shattered Sands Chapters XXI-XXX Well I have just finished chapter 30 and have really seen the story develop in the last 10 chapters.
I am afraid I also was not keen on the scene with the Djinn and his reappearance at the oasis and implied destruction of the elephants and society there was too quick/easy and serves no purpose except forcing sabra to flee. To my mind if they were so frail or weak they already would have ceased to be.

Coral face and the island of the skinless are great, good descriptive dialogue and I am really interested in seeing how Tamazi winds up back in the main story.

The Sarati chapters I liked. I note after the marriage her husband says that she will be living with him so he will dispose of her house, property and slaves. This is a good indication that even as a  magistrate she has few rights within marriage and is in effect property of her husband. The tunnel under the house the remains all leave me perplexed. Along with the fantastic ending to the chapter where she is sick and thinks she hasn't felt this sick since she was last pregnant ( a little early) leaves me wondering if necromancy has been performed to make her fertile.

I am less worried about the sexist/suggestive men to date the Nephew, the camel dealer and boatman. the ground rules for the society have been laid down. Both the latter are given fairly repulsive descriptions and dirty old men leering at pretty girls is nothing new. The earlier encounter with the short lived nephew intent on having his way with his uncles property in that society the crime would be Tamazi's  resistance. Slaves are property not people. This all fits into what we have been shown to date.

The last chapters allude to Sedar being corrupted by the chance of power and by politics. Not caring about his wife leaving and now wrapped entirely in his cause. A few people organised and a massacre are always a good start for waking the beast and I see the streets running with blood in the next 10 chapters and him being at the heart of it. A true zealot.

August 26, 2015, 06:37:11 PM
Re: Just Finished Emperor of Thorns Really enjoyed the ending. I had problems reconciling Jorgs age at the beginning of the trilogy but less so with how it all panned out.

Leap into Prince of fools the writing is different but that trilogy is also an excellent read.

August 27, 2015, 04:42:23 PM