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Seconding the Deryni series. The religion in it is pretty much Catholic, with "Roman" and "orthodox" variants. I like the parallels she draws between religious ritual and magical ritual.

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I don't know if I'll like them yet. :P

They are two that are on my Kindle waiting to be read, though.

We are both fans of Monthy Kindle deals then.

I actually check the Daily Deals, too. *is book addict*

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I'm also trying to get through as much of my Hugo packet as I can. Boy, that was a lot of reading to acquire all at once, even without Wheel of Time.

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I don't know if I'll like them yet. :P

They are two that are on my Kindle waiting to be read, though.

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I'll second Among Others and The City's Son. :)

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That's true, Arry. I've been keeping an eye on the votes and voting for anything I already own, but I'd feel odd nominating and then not participating if it didn't win. It would feel wrong, somehow.

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I tried to join in with Gardens of the Moon, but really didn't get on with it, so I dropped out about 1/3 of the way through.

I haven't joined in since, but not because of that. I've got such a huge TBR pile that I decided I'd only do book clubs (either here or on another fantasy board) if I already owned the book. So over there I've read Prince of Thorns, The Name of the Wind, and His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire in the UK), because I already had them and hadn't read them.

So for me it's not that I don't want to join in, just that I can't justify buying books when got a ton of books between paperback and Kindle that I haven't actually read yet.

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I'm doing Nineworlds and Loncon, so I doubt I'd be able to swing this as well.

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Seriously. Books 4 and 5 were soooo dull and I just wanted to take a red pen to them and make him sort it out. I'm actually torn as to whether I continue ASOIAF or not, as those books really were "Book 10 of Wheel of Time" territory. (Although I gave up at 6 or 7 of WoT and only went back when (a) Sanderson took it over, and (b) there was a release date set for the final book.

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On the other hand, when I was considering querying, what I was hearing everywhere was that for a new author, even in fantasy, 120K was the absolute upper limit anyone would consider. People with a track record of selling, like GRRM and Brandon Sanderson, can get away with it. Unknowns cannot.

It's interesting to note that the first 3 Harry Potters were a lot smaller than the later books. The first one is just 77K, I believe. I know they are kids' books, but it shows that when she proved her series had selling power the publishers were more prepared to let her loose with mega word counts. Whether the latter books in the series *needed* mega word counts is still up for debate. *coughs*notheydidn't*coughs*

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I always write a lean first draft, at least of novel-length stuff. Since I'm inclined more to pantsing than plotting, a first draft is me telling myself the story. While I find that mostly I hit the right beats, a few need shuffling around to get the structure and flow right, and there are generally a few scenes that need to be binned and a few more inserted. Description and characterisation are present in the first draft, but more gets put in during revisions. Novel drafts for me tend to hit about 80K and then the full novel is normally 110-115K.

By the way, my portal story has been showing "in progress" on Submittable for the past ten days or so, so unless I get a rejection today or tomorrow I'm out for this month. I'm hoping it's a sign that they are giving it serious consideration, but I suspect it probably just means that it has moved from one pile to another!

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Small Press & Self-Published / Quantum Zoo--An Indie Anthology
« on: May 28, 2014, 12:32:47 AM »
Just spreading the word about an anthology that's coming out shortly, if anyone's interested. It contains 12 stories (SF/fantasy) based around the prompt of "Zoo".

It contains the first short story of mine that's been picked up, so I'm very excited about it.

The idea behind it is that the authors participating get some exposure, but also that any proceeds get pumped back into marketing and promotion so that we can see which channels are most effective.

It has a cracking cover and a supporting website here http://quantumzoo.blogspot.co.uk/ where you can read extracts from all of the stories. You'll find alien encounters, Egyptian deities, and my own ghost theme park. Pop over and see what you think!


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When I'm reading I just have a desire/need to see how everything ends and I'm more frustrated/annoying/bothered by not finding out how a story or series ends than I am during the process of reading something I don't like.

That's what Google's for. There's a synopsis of most books somewhere.

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Hmmm. I've got Gone Away World on my shelf waiting for its chance. I read the sample and enjoyed it. Will have to get back to you on that one.

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I always used to struggle through, no matter what. I'm kinder to myself now.

In the past couple of years, I've abandoned:
American Gods
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Cloud Atlas (though I may go back to this one)
Night Watch
Gardens of the Moon

There are so many good books out there that I'm not going to force myself to finish something I'm not enjoying.
night watch?! Maybe the best Pratchett book there is?


Aside from Garden of the Poon he's namechecked some of my all time favourites!

She, actually.

Care to let me know some more of your all time favourites so I can avoid them? ;)

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