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Re: Best book/series you ever read
Ever? Any genre? It’s hands down The Lies of Locke Lamora, despite me reading it as often as I have and actually having to retire my original signed copy as a look at thing only, I still live it on every reread. Kings of the Wyld came out in 2017, and I’ve already read that 4 times. Out of genre, I’d nominate Wilbur Smith’s Cry Wolf, just bloody good old fashioned, double fisted action, and it has tanks! As far as series go, Pratchett’s Discworld deserves a mention as does Butcher’s Dresden Files, and out of genre again there’s George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman series.

The Lies of Locke Lamora is definitely my next read :)

August 01, 2019, 09:31:31 AM
Re: The smell of books I hear your reasons, but they just don't hit me.

I love the feel of books in my hands (the bigger the better).
I love feeling where I am in the books (start, middle or end, just by feel).
I love the look of books in my shelves, organising them, changing order, remembering things just by looking at them.

August 05, 2019, 03:03:18 PM
Re: Come up with a generic fantasy title with a forum member in the title The Black @Elfy Stone
The @Nighteyes of the Overworld
@Idlewilder Magic
This takes some work!

August 14, 2019, 02:00:45 AM
Re: Disney princess as warriors @Elfy I knew what you were getting at about halfway through that first sentence. Was all woooo, he's going to talk about my favourite Disney film of my childhood :)

Also, so many of them have awesome animal sidekicks.

August 23, 2019, 08:28:21 PM
Re: How long do you give a book to grab you? I got really nice surprises from books that started poorly - and also nasty disappointments from books that started well.

There isn't really a specific thereshold that keeps me going, though. I think it's a combination of how well-written it is, the potential I may see in the characters and/or plot turning into something, how interesting/unique the premise is, perhaps even who the author is. Someone I already had a good experience with or is known for making some bombastic twists that make it all worthwhile, for example.     

September 06, 2019, 11:14:20 PM
Re: What are you currently reading?
%50 on Locke Lamora and I'm definitely getting in. It's getting better and better :)

Damn, you're pulling away. That's what I get for letting work get in the way of reading. I'm 35% and still enjoying it.

%85 currently. Normally, I would have finished this book way earlier but this month has been a slow month. I will probably read one more book and finish the month :)

The book is excellent btw :)

September 16, 2019, 07:38:01 AM
Re: What did you read in October 2019
Fair Dinkum @cupiscent I know I sound too English after I been to the ripper bottle-O in the Arvo and have to remember I can’t use my Ute after having a slab. 😀

Ken oath, but I'm fair ropeable that you didn't chuck a u-ey to do a Maccas run, you drongo. ;)

But what I meant was that October Man is set in Germany, but sometimes the characters were using very British phrasing. Yes, there's always the "it's a translation of sentiment rather than literal translation" angle, but some bits just felt a little jarring.

November 01, 2019, 10:40:14 PM
Re: FF is looking for the best books of 2019 We should have a separate list for the  the forum we have better taste then the facebook members  ;D

The Warrior Moon - K Arsenault Rivera

Jade War- Fonda Lee

The Kingdom of Copper- S.A. Chakraborty

The Hod King- Josiah Bancroft

Sixteen Ways to Defend a City- K.J Parker

November 05, 2019, 06:06:00 PM
Re: Your writing screen I just use a bog standard Word blank white screen.
November 06, 2019, 03:36:22 PM
Re: What are you currently reading? I finished Weeks' Burning white, right on the library deadline, after a few hours' reading last night (I'm so tired today...)

What I said earlier is still valid: the niggles I had earlier (stated in the other thread) have somehow reduced, not in the sense that they disappeared, but rather that as I read more and more, it almost doesn't matter.
Yes, it was 900+ pages, but it didn't really feel like it, as the chapters are short-ish and I can stop easily (or say 'just one more chapter!')

Good things:
* It wasn't a bad ending, for the book or the series. Given some I've read, it was actually quite good and satisfying.
* It was much better than book 4, at least there wasn't anything that made me scream with annoyance.
* I really love some of the characters, and the diversity and variety in them, so if some don't appeal, there will always be others that do.

Bad things:
* What I said before got worse: it did feel that there was too much preaching. I know that it's a society where God/gods are important and relevant, but in this book they take a more active role in the plot and I couldn't help but feeling that it was far too similar to his idea of Christianity. Not a bad one either, so I'm not really sure why I was a bit uncomfortable/annoyed reading some parts.
* Without going into spoilers, there are parts where the fate of some of the characters is at risk, where bad things happen to some of them: I never really cared that much. I'm comparing for example to Stephens' Bloodchild, where I was screaming at the book and the bad things happening, 100% caring, and I didn't have any similar reaction to similar stuff in this book - I wonder if it was the timing, my general attitude, if I'd have felt differently if I was reading the 5 books in one go.

Still a great series - and I *love* the magic system!

November 22, 2019, 09:42:11 AM