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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread Hi, I'm new.

I'm a longtime lurker of the website but wanted to respond to a post today so have joined officially.

I am an aspiring writer, very much the emphasis on the aspiring at the moment.  I am a full time reader though, a full mixture of fantasy, sci fi and horror with the odd crime/thriller that interests me.  I also read an unhealthy amount of comics, god bless Marvel Unlimited allowing me to read the classics.

My favourites at the moment, in Fantasy it's currently Sanderson, Abercrombie, Lynch and Hobb.  In Sci Fi, I struggle a little to read rather than watch which I need to work on, but loved Peter F Hamilton's Night's Dawn Trilogy.  And in horror, or urban fantasy, love me some King and Joe Hill, Mike Carey, Sarah Pinborough.  And my obsession currently is the Repairman Jack series by F Paul Wilson which are amazing, and seemingly tragically overlooked.

I'm currently reading Chuck Wendig's Star Wars Aftermath, so not averse to a little tie in literature too.

I'm also into films and tv, but this has gone on long enough.
See you around.

August 11, 2016, 12:47:17 PM
Re: What Sci-Fi book are you currently reading? Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig

I don't think I've read a Star Wars book like it, written in a unique voice that I assume is Wendig's style, it is great to see an author not to conform to a house style.  But I can see why that would put off some fans of the tie in fiction.  It's written in present tense, and very short, terse sentences, which really helps keep the pace quick and me engaged with the action.

Seems to also be based around tertiary characters at the moment rather than the holy trinity of Luke, Han and Leia which is refreshing.  After a few chapters I'm really enjoying it, and will be picking up some more of Wendig's own stuff.

August 11, 2016, 12:59:31 PM
Re: How much did you write today? Started a new project today after long procrastination...some would say 34 years of procrastination.

Anyways 1082 words into my brand new WIP.  Hopefully I can keep up a daily update, I'm aiming for at least 1000 words a day.

August 13, 2016, 02:19:06 PM
Re: WHEN do you write? I'm trying to write a lot more regularly at the moment.  Previously, I have written in short spurts and then nothing for months.  But I find setting some time aside a bit too constraining, so I write when I'm ready.  On Saturday and Sunday I wrote in the afternoon for a couple of hours each, on Monday I wrote very early in the morning and then yesterday I wrote in the evening.  I didn't find any time particularly more productive than any other.
August 17, 2016, 08:52:01 AM
Re: Your favourite endings I'm genuinely terrible at remembering endings, I think its because I read faster the nearer the end I get and I don't always take in the information properly.  This is why recently I've turned the notifications about where I am in a book off on my Kindle...then I don't know when I'm reaching the end of a book.  Hopefully that will work.

As it is, I do remember the end of The Long Price Quartet made me cry.  I agree about GGK comments previously, he is very good at building to a satisfying ending.  but my favourite ending is the Hobbit...after all the epic battles, the satisfaction of seeing Bilbo get home just in time to stop the Sackville-Bagginses getting his stuff leaves a grin on your face.

August 18, 2016, 07:13:12 PM
Book Fatigue Hi all,

Does anyone else find a slump in their reading?  I go through phases of voracious reading and then a drought.  During the drought I'll start numerous books and never get more than halfway through, and generally read more comics instead.  The books I don't finish are not bad, in fact recent ones have been critically acclaimed, I just haven't been able to engage.

Then suddenly one book grabs me and I finish it quickly and am fine again for a few months.  I usually have a goto author to end a drought, usually a horror or crime book rather than fantasy, but a good Pratchett or Gemmell can do the job.

What books/authors do you guys use to reinvigorate the reading impulse?

September 02, 2016, 12:42:59 PM
Re: Which novel got you into reading,which author would you like to thank I read from a very early age, and picked my own books, I loved Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton, especially her more fantasy end stuff like Magic Faraway Tree, I then moved onto Choose Your Own Adventure and Fighting Fantasy.

My mum introduced me to classics like Dickens, and my step-father introduced me to Stephen King and Tolkien, and I read The Hobbit loads, tho weirdly could never finish Lord of the Rings until I was in Uni just before Fellowship came out at the flicks.

I found Feist and Terry Brooks in the library, and also loved the Dragonlance chronicles. 

This is all very standard and echoed in the thread above, but my stand out moment was when I was staying at my dad's one weekend and in the toilet (I know, but toilet books are a thing in my family) I picked up a copy of Knights of Dark Renown by David Gemmell and my world changed, suddenly I knew what proper gritty adult sword and sorcery was.  Gemmell remains my favourite but opened the door for Glen Cook, Stephen Erikson, Joe Abercrombie and others.

As an aside, China Mieville's Perdido Street Station further opened my world to fantasy beyond medieval or sword and sorcery, and now I read from all sorts of sub genres.

September 13, 2016, 08:43:46 AM
Re: What are you currently reading? Started The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley yesterday...heard good things so am looking forward to getting properly stuck in
October 31, 2016, 03:50:42 PM
Re: Nanowrimo 2016 I started yesterday and am on target so far, 3,498 words.  According to the website I'll be finished on the 29th!!

I've got a couple of little tricks up my sleeve this year, I usually slow down after the initial burst around the first weekend...but this Saturday I have a nice shiny new laptop coming that I'm going to want to test the keyboard on.

And I'm not getting Final Fantasy XV unless I win!!

November 02, 2016, 08:35:34 AM
Re: How much did you write today? 1,737 words this morning, finding getting up an hour earlier and writing before work is working at the moment
November 02, 2016, 08:38:42 AM