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Links, Competitions and 'Stuff' / Bookworm Giveaway
« on: June 12, 2012, 06:35:26 PM »
Hey everyone! Holy COW, it's been a while since I've posted over here.

Anyway! I thought I'd come back with a bang, and let you folks know that I'm hosting a giveaway over at my blog. I've got a couple of books, along with some book accessories, and a $25 Amazon gift card that I thought you all might be interested in. So check it out here:

Thanks for looking!

Well, since I finished "One Salt Sea", and you guys are so enthusiastic about Locke... I went ahead and started it last night. :) Looking forward to devouring it!

So, at the beginning of 2011 I decided that I wanted to read 30 books this year (aparently, the usual number is 50, but every time I've tried that, I fail... So, lowering the bar, ahoy!). I'm currently on #28, I have #29 ready to rock and roll... But I'm not sure what to read for #30!

I would be much obliged if you folks would help me out, and help me decide what #30 should be.

In case you don't know these books, as far as I can tell, they range from fantasy to sci-fi and post-apocalyptic (though, I'm not sure what Wither is classified as, to be honest; it's just one that I eventually want to read). If you have any really strong opinions on any of these books, I'd love to hear them!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 18, 2011, 03:10:43 PM »
Just finished up Rosemary and Rue and A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire; reviews sent to the Overlord and everything! :P

I just picked up Terry Goodkind's The Omen Machine yesterday; about 75 pages through it, already. There will, more than likely, be a review for that once I finish. After that, it's off to finish the rest of the McGuire books I currently have on loan. :)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Your next 5 books....
« on: August 15, 2011, 05:15:29 PM »
My next five books:

A Local Habitation
An Artificial Night
Late Eclipses (all by Seanan McGuire)
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
And I think I might be due for a re-read of DEADLINE by Mira Grant. I haven't decided on number five yet, really. :P

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Top Manga / Anime?
« on: August 15, 2011, 03:05:25 PM »
I watched the first 3 DVDs of Brotherhood this past weekend with a friend of mine, and I think I'm in love. As a huge fan of the original series, I was never quite satisfied with the original--not that there were problems with it (aside from the fact that it ended), I just wanted more. Brotherhood is giving me exactly what I wanted--it's like reading a really good fanfiction, except better.

This, this, this forever. I just finished up the original series about a month ago, and I've spent the last month working my way through Brotherhood. We're about halfway through it now, and it's just... Giving me so much more that I wanted from the original series. I love what was changed from the original anime; I think the characterization is just wonderful, and I find the story a bit more compelling.

ASoIaF is very character driven.  You find out about the world and such as you go along, but it's all about the characters.  Not all the characters that are followed are as interesting as others, but my favorite characters are what kept me burning through the book.  I would groan every time I got to a Sansa section, just to burn through it to find out what the next section is.

They aren't exactly action-driven as there is a lot of political maneuvering and in many cases you get a second hand description of the battles/fights.  But it's a very gripping, intense series.  Also very unpredictable compared to most of the fantasy I've read.

Agreed on all counts. My husband was reading GOT while I read SOS, and everytime he'd groan, I'd say, "Sansa chapter?" And he'd nod... :)


Oh, Sansa. I disliked her character so, so much (in GoT; that's the only one I've read, so far). So blind, and whiny, and juvenile.

In regards to WoT, I read the first few books in high school, and I remember enjoying them quite a bit. Then I got to The Lord of Chaos (which ever number that is), and I got so damned bored I couldn't even get through it. WoT is on my re-read list, because I'd like to be able to get through the series... But I worry about the Sanderson books being so different from the rest of the series, and lord only knows when the series will actually be completed... D:

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: David Eddings
« on: July 25, 2011, 03:46:25 PM »
So, twice now I've been given copies of The Pawn of Prophecy to try out; twice, I haven't really liked it. Sad, because I hear so many good things about Eddings' writing. However, I've got a copy of The Diamond Throne that I'm going to try out; the synopsis for that story seems a little more interesting to me.

I also read Regina's Song when it first came out, and I remember really enjoying that book. Not fantasy, but still Eddings. :P

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Stephen King
« on: July 25, 2011, 03:37:54 PM »
All-time favorite short story has to be The Raft. I have no idea why... But I think it's a bloody fantastic (or bloody, fantastic, if you prefer) story. :D

Did you see the movie? It terrified me as a kid. Having goo eat someone during a sex scene is a terrible thing to do to an adolescent viewer.


There's a MOVIE? HOW did I not KNOW this?! D:

But yeah; that happened in the story, too. Still, one of my favorite stories by him. I think I read that for the first time when I was about 14.

I also really enjoyed The Long Walk and Gerald's Game; I've read some of his newer stuff (Duma Key and Cell) but I just don't find it as spooky as his older stuff.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Terry Goodkind
« on: July 25, 2011, 03:22:46 PM »
You know, I've come to realise Goodkind isn't all bad.

Without Goodkind, there'd be no Sword of Truth.
Without Sword of Truth, there'd be no Legend of the Seeker.
Without Legend of the Seeker, there'd be no kinda cute girls cosplaying as a Mord-Sith (SFW).

See? Even bad things can lead to good.

Huh... I saw one of those at the anime convention I went to in April.

With a series spotlight, are you looking for something that is a more concise narrative of the entire series, or are you looking for a sort of primer, describing the major places, people and plots?   

General Discussion / Re: Advice for my first book giveaway :)
« on: July 22, 2011, 02:31:44 PM »
I did a few of them at my blog, and all I did was asked people to comment on something particular that was associated with one of the themes of the book. Then I used a random number generator to select the winner. :)

Good luck with it!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
« on: July 21, 2011, 03:00:22 PM »
My rule was that there had to be at least three books so far in the series, so no Demon Cycle, Stormlight or Kingkiller for me.

I suppose that's fair, although Brett and Rothfuss are working on their third novels (that's correct, right? I'm not just hearing things?).

One more I forgot to mention: The Myst series of books is also one of my favorites. :)

Brett has released 4 books in that series (2 full length, 2 novellas) and Rothfuss two books... in all there are more words in the two main books by Brett and Rothfuss than in most series' have in four books :P

More is not always better. Rothfuss's story went nowhere, and novellas aren't part of the series as such are they?

I'd forgotten the novellas in Brett's story. But yes, they're connected to the series, telling other stories about the main characters.

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: Ender's Game
« on: July 20, 2011, 06:13:16 PM »
I haven't read this, but I find that I'm quite put off from reading anything by Card after starting The Lost Gate and getting bogged down with it. I had the hardest time getting through it, and eventually gave up on it. I'm not sure if it was the writing style, or the content of the story. <shrug>

Needless to say, I'm a little wary of attempting to read anything else by Card.

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: Twilight Films
« on: July 20, 2011, 05:36:42 PM »
I enjoyed the soundtracks? But yeah they're okay, not anything to write home about. I actually enjoyed the films more than the books, which never happens.

This. I have the soundtrack for the first movie; it's actually probably one of my favorite CDs.

All in all, I liked the first three books okay. They were fluffy reading I did while in college; something quick and easy to read, to take my mind off school in my downtime.

However, Breaking Dawn made me want to rip my eyeballs out. It's probably one of the worst books I've ever read. If nothing else, I felt that Ms. Meyers tried WAY too hard to give her characters the happy ending that she / "everyone" felt they all deserved. Granted, there were a couple of bits that were interesting for me, but when we got around to the imprinting and the "big" "fight" scene... Yeah. I was just not impressed.

My mother, on the other hand, is a huge fan of the movies. I'm not sure about the books; I think she could care less about those. I went to see the first three in theatres with her when they came out, but now that we live 3,000 miles away, I probably won't be able to take her to see part one of Breaking Dawn when it releases.

On another note, I found someone on Goodreads who is trading the books in hardcover, in Arabic. I kind of want to get them just so I can make some hollow books out of them. :P

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