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Re: Your favorite book titles
To throw in a short story as well: Pigeons from Hell.

I do believe all pigeons are from Hell. But I do like the title :)

March 27, 2015, 08:08:38 PM
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Re: Member birthday calendar I'm looking into a solution. Right now, I can get all the "upcoming" birthdays to show on the main screen at the bottom (while looking at it, I added upcoming Calendar events, so you can see where it would be).

Problem is, we have so many old/inactive users, it's kind of a mess with the birthdays. It also shows age if people filled that out, and I dont know how users feel about that. But it is handy because it just pulls your birthday form the forum profile and no one has to maintain it.

The feature doesnt have any handy dandy filter features, so I cant tell it to only show users that have logged in the past amount of time, or users that have at least posted. But, still, might be able to think of something (or maybe if old accounts were cleaned out, it would help as well)

March 27, 2015, 08:46:18 PM
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Re: Best Recently Released Book
A couple of titles some research has turned up: The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley, City of Stairs by RJB, Age of Iron by Angus Watson, and Traitor's Blade by Seb Castell. What do people think of these?

Oh, yay! I've read all of this and I would actually recommend all four.  I loved Mirror Empire, it does take a bit of investment, but nearly as much as Ancillary Justice (which I also loved). City of Stairs is great, though I didn't absolutely love it as much as many others. I really enjoyed Age of Iron, always think more people should read it. However, it is not for everyone. It is dark, there's one character that is particularly demented, so if things like that bug you, then skip it. Traitor's Blade is fun.

Looking through some of the other recommendations, personally I would recommend Touch over First Fifteen Lives ...  mainly because I struggled with the plot in First Fifteen Lives and never got quite as into it. Touch is North's latest novel and I loved this one! Either way, her writing is fantastic.

Broken Monsters or The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. The Shining Girls features a time traveling serial killer. Like those guys aren't hard enough to catch, this one travels through time! Broken Monsters, I don't even know how to explain it. Serial killer (again), but that doesn't do it justice. Both of them feature the POV of the bad guy, I actually love this as you get some insight into their twisted minds.

The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey - starts with a nice little girl that is essentially in a type of prison. Wont say much more, you can get your spoilers elsewhere. I think its best to know as little as possible about this one.

The Martian by Andy Weir (SF) - Guy trapped on Mars by himself. This book is so incredibly good. The protagonist is quite humorous in his struggle for survival.

The Heart Does Not Grow Back by Frank Venturini (SF)-  This is an interesting one, I quite enjoyed it (was one that is hard to put down). Sort of a super-hero type story but the protagonist is rather broken.

Red Rising and Golden Son by Pierce Brown (SF)- get compared to Hunger Games and Enders Game.  I can see it, but also feel it's its own story. Highly addictive books.

The Just City by Jo Walton (F) - Time traveling goddess tries to create a utopian society by pulling people from different times to a single location. I was skeptical from the description, but loved this book.

Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz (F) - This book was just fun. Kind of like a Ready Player One, Breaking Bad mixup, with some of its own stuff mixed in. Magic can be distilled into a drug, and magic also stems from peoples obsessions. Fun read :)

Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marlier (F)- This was a recent book club read. Personally, I loved it. Kind of a dark fairy tale story.

The Thorn of Dentonhill by Marshall Ryan Maresca (F)- This was a fun fantasy, with a vigilante mage in a city full of street gangs.

And I agree with Elfy about the Tao books. They are great!

March 28, 2015, 11:47:06 PM
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Re: Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley
Am I the only person here who really enjoyed this one?

I enjoyed it! I just didn't think it was worthy of the "Will be the Best Book of 2014" hype it was getting (also felt that was setting an unfair bar for the book). I loved the second one! :)

March 28, 2015, 11:50:46 PM
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Re: The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett - Who's reading with us?
TBH I am not a massive Sam Sykes fan so wouldn't mind a new name. Suggestions on a Stamp Addressed Envelope to the usual address.
I like the ring of "Don Dom".
Nighteyes would be fitting if you want to stay with the doggy theme.

I like Nighteyes :) But whatever name you pick, I will always still think of you as Hound (you don't get all the way to Ringbearer status with a username and have it forgotten or easily replaced) :)

March 29, 2015, 09:36:16 PM
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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
Hi.  I am new here. Big fan of Robin Hobb. Looking forward to reading Wee Free Men with the Book Club.
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Ha, welcome Nighteyes. You sure have done a lot of posting since joining! Look forward to seeing you around the forum and Book Club! Maybe you can even help lead the discussions as your welcome to the forum! ;)

March 29, 2015, 09:38:01 PM
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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
Hi.  I am new here. Big fan of Robin Hobb. Looking forward to reading Wee Free Men with the Book Club.
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Ha, welcome Nighteyes. You sure have done a lot of posting since joining! Look forward to seeing you around the forum and Book Club! Maybe you can even help lead the discussions as your welcome to the forum! ;)

Gee. You fellows are sure welcoming here!

So welcoming, the members have even been known to fall into cult like worshipping of each other! Enjoy!

(*disclosure, it only happened once. And it think it ran off the user that at the center. I don't see their id in the member list any more. Guess they wanted a bit more anonymity.)

March 29, 2015, 09:43:16 PM
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Re: What are you currently reading?
I finished Station Eleven, great book! Now, need to select my next audiobook. decisions, decisions ....

Wee Free Men?

I have a hold at my library. Hasn't come in yet :)

March 29, 2015, 09:56:17 PM
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Re: The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett - Who's reading with us?
Ok.

Week 1: Chapters 1 - 3
Week 2: Chapters 4 - 7
Week 3: Chapters 7 - 11
Week 4: Chapters 12 - 14. 

Will open week 1 thread in a couple of days.
Are you our guest facilitator? What fun. Is there a poodle in the book?

Just a Pratchett enthusiast.  ;)

And he also agreed to help me out this month :)

March 29, 2015, 10:02:22 PM
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The Wee Free Men - First Impressions This is a thread for first impressions, a place to share your very initial thoughts when you sit down to read. This should be spoiler free. If there is something spoilerish you just really want to comment about right at the beginning, just be sure to use spoiler tags. :)
March 29, 2015, 10:05:10 PM
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