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Re: Highly Regarded Books that You Have Struggled Through TBH I would be careful with reading too much Sanderson. They do get a bit formulaic. I agree with those who had Elantris down as his weakest (on a tie with Alloy of Law.) At his worst his novels can be very vanilla. Some of his short stories and novellas though are exceptional.  I really enjoyed the one in the recent Rogues Anthology (suprisingly dark for Brandonbot) and Legion. Way of Kings was his best for me, but I did worry reading Words of Radiance if he was spreading the story a bit thin.
March 27, 2015, 08:13:41 AM
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Re: Highly Regarded Books that You Have Struggled Through Stormlight is fairly good, you can see his writing improving in that series. What I'd recommend is what @Gariath mentioned - his shorter works. The Emperor's Soul is my favourite of all of his books, Legion has a very interesting concept, Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell (the one Gariath mentioned) is fairly decent. Sixth of the Dusk is okay, but more of his typical flaws seemed to creep in. I think it's definitely a case of him spreading it too thin in his novels, can't think of a single one that would not be a lot stronger if he cut the word count by 30%-50%  :-\
March 27, 2015, 10:02:37 AM
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Re: Member birthday calendar
Is the original post (the list) still being adapted?

Nope.


Xiiiiiia - pretty please? It's easier to just check the first post than trail through all the pages to discover birthdays...
 :) :)
I did this for ages but nobody checked it and it was mostly forgotten and I gave up. :( Plus, new users who were only active for a week tended to add their birthday which was annoying when they were never seen again. :P

But if you really want to, I'll try to find the time. :)

March 27, 2015, 05:15:20 PM
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Re: The King's Paws
Back on my corner, trying to relax.
This week I worked a full 1.5 days more than the expected/paid hours - my brain is now mush :-\
You guys are what keeps me sane :D
Yes this ^

When my daughter lived at home, we could chat fantasy novels all day.
My lovely wife can listen to only so much.  :)
You poor folks are stuck with me.  ;)

March 27, 2015, 07:08:58 PM
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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 :)

Poisoning Pigeons in the Park by Tom Lehrer (oh, darn, another song! oh well)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhuMLpdnOjY

Lyrics:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Spring is here, spring is here
Life is skittles and life is beer
I think the loveliest time of the year
Is the spring, I do, don't you? Course you do
But there's one thing that makes spring complete for me
And makes every Sunday a treat for me

All the world seems in tune on a spring afternoon
When we're poisoning pigeons in the park
Every Sunday you'll see my sweetheart and me
As we poison the pigeons in the park

When they see us coming
The birdies all try and hide
But they still go for peanuts
When coated with cyanide

The sun's shining bright
Everything seems all right
When we're poisoning pigeons in the park

We've gained notoriety
And caused much anxiety
In the Audobon Society
With our games
They call it impiety
And lack of propriety
And quite a variety of unpleasant names

But it's not against any religion
To want to dispose of a pigeon

So if Sunday you're free
Why don't you come with me
And we'll poison the pigeons in the park
And maybe we'll do in a squirrel or two
While we're poisoning pigeons in the park

We'll murder them amid laughter and merriment
Except for the few we take home to experiment

My pulse will be quickenin'
With each drop of strychnine
We feed to a pigeon
It just takes a smidgin
To poison a pigeon in the park

March 27, 2015, 08:16:54 PM
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Re: Game Of Thrones (TV Show) Season 5 - WITH BOOK SPOILERS
Ok, it's official. I hardly remember anything from the deep political plots of the books, 3-5 years after reading 4-5 :'(
And this means I should get down from my silly high horse and just watch the *%^$£ tv series ::)

(although the 2 have a perfect connection in my brain: it's exactly because I can't remember that I don't want to get influenced by what they show on tv and then think that's what happened in the books. I am definitely not in the mood currently to re-read them, even if only 3-4, or 4-5 :-\)
Be a there are a few places that give you precis on what has happened in the books and that means that you can brush up and not reread the whole thing. I'd recommend Tower of the Hand, that's a kind of an online ASoIaF encyclopedia. I also think Tor.com are doing one of their rereads, but they're up to A Dance with Dragons.

March 27, 2015, 10:48:02 PM
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Re: Your favorite book titles
What sayeth you, foul heathen? Hater of 10-year olds' books?
Spoiler for Hiden:



March 28, 2015, 10:21:38 AM
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings Just saw this - literal translations of finnish words into english.  8)


March 28, 2015, 10:44:38 AM
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Re: Miscellaneous Musings
Spoiler for the Liveship Traders books:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Actually, "salmon snake" makes me think quite a lot of the dragons in this series. They start life as a serpent (=snake), and when they're ready to transform, they go up the river to the hatching grounds to become dragons (just like a salmon)!
I wonder if that's where Robin got her idea ;D

Very true. The name is probably to do with Finnish mythology, but there are lizards and snakes in Finland, so I wonder what makes them more like salmon there rather than lizards.

March 28, 2015, 04:12:57 PM
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Re: A thousand years here, a thousand years there "In America, 100 years is a long time. In England 100 miles is a long distance."
March 28, 2015, 04:43:29 PM
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