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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: June 22, 2020, 03:34:35 AM »
Happy Birthday, @Henry Dale, Champion of Chocolate :) :)

Voted.  With great difficulty and again many thanks.  ;D

General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: June 16, 2020, 12:22:34 AM »
Happy Birthday Elfy, wishing you lovely cake and good books  ;D

General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: June 07, 2020, 10:05:29 AM »
Happy Birthday and many good wishes Doc Chill, where did the time go to?  Good to see you around, how about some short stories again as well?

Thank you @ScarletBea, @xiagan and @Caith.  xia that made me laugh and Caith I found that short story in gutenberg and look forward to reading it, appreciate the mention. ;D

This theme is the best possible as far as I'm concerned and have been reading carefully over the last couple of weeks.


My notes say Wonderful, Excellent, OMG, YES YES YES, Magical, Beautiful, Just Perfect  all over the place.
However much people complain Dragons are old hat etc, they are truly diverse beings. You are all Dragon Champions and have shown proof here. Thank  you.

Look forward to reading these entries, one of my favourite forms of short story. Could it even entice @Rukaio_Alter back?

[APR 2020] Imprisoned / Re: [APR 2020] - Imprisoned - Voting Thread
« on: May 30, 2020, 11:59:43 AM »

I think, from what I know, that I'll recommend it to @Lady Ty, to @Alex Hormann, @Peat, @JMack, @cupiscent ...

I have had it for a while on audible TBR because cupiscent gave it a rousing review on GR.  Plus couldn't resist the dragony cover art, although I must not buy more print books, so tempting. May start reading soon as you and Peat are also recommending, certainly sounds like one I will enjoy.  :)

Sorry, I didn't get the summons @ScarletBea, just picked this up from profile. Nearly all my favourite SFF and many more novels and classics are now on audible for me if it is available. Have had audible subscriptions since 2010 so not going to recommend individual books or series, but do want to stress importance of being happy with narrator.

Audible gives you the chance to listen to a sample before you buy, often quite a few minutes worth and read reviews, there is also a 30 day free trial, I believe. If you are going to listen to 10-25 hours  as in long books or a series you must be certain you like the voice. A poor narrator can ruin a favourite book or a new one. Trust the comments reviewers give on audible about narrators, listeners are very very particular about quality of narrators and will give strong opinions worth reading. If there are several complaints they may be justified. Audible may bring in a new version with a different narrator later on if one version attracted a lot of criticism.

In a series narrators keep exactly the same voices for each individual character and really bring them to life. Some of the best SFF narrators are Tim Gerard Reynolds(Riyria), Christopher Kipiniak (Ratsura), Kobna Holbrook Smith( Peter Grant) James Marsters(Dresden), Simon Vance (Temeraire) Michael Kramer (Mistborn)and if you can get early Discworld with Nigel Planer narrating they are gold, but Stephen Briggs is also excellent.

I have always found audible give first class service if you have a problem. There is an option to return if you go to your account and title history. Not sure of the rules now, think it lasts up to a year, and you will get refund of cash or credit depending on how you purchased the book. Special offers like 2 for one are not usually returnable.

To be fair most narrators are very good indeed but you may personally have individual problems. I have a hearing difficulty, usually w headphones or earbuds all is completely fine but I have trouble hearing some female US narrators if their local accent is strong or clipped and female voices are always harder for hearing impaired because they are higher.  That is just a personal problem, some US listeners may have trouble with certain Scots or Northern UK accents.

WARNING:  you can get addicted to audible and sit in car in carpark or even home driveway because you want to finish chapter, but does make boring manual tasks quite a treat. Happy listening  ;D

PS Never ever be tempted to buy abridged versions of anything, waste of money and frustrating.

Guess I'll have to take a look at the next one; I probably hadn't been going to, but I trust you.

...no pressure. :D

Yes pressure from me, please give the next one a chance ;D
Dropping by and saw this, read this whole series and they get better and better.

***I Apologies again, it seems there was so much response the link crashed. But if you are interested keep an eye open on all Neil Gaiman @neilhimself  threads on Twitter, or Instagram or anywhere  else he posts.  He may well extend or repeat offer. It was originally on netgalley as well.

Sorry if this is wrong thread but wanted to make sure most of you could see it.
A lockdown relief offer from one of the kindest writers ever, who secretly signs his books whenever he is in an airport

General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: April 10, 2020, 11:21:11 PM »
Happy Birthday @Nora  and a great year to follow. Still sit on that seat in the city sometimes and remember our good day together. Hope your plans for Japan work out even if they take a while. You will make it happen. :)
Belated Happy Birthday @Arry. :)

Writers' Corner / Re: Need a solid word for my Gin & Magic stories
« on: April 09, 2020, 10:51:03 PM »
Good morning Jmack and FF  special wave to Chilly, good to see you around, and good wishes to all here, please stay home and stay safe and well.

Answered your summons and voted for Vita as being only one in that list that I thought may fit what you describe. I tend to go along w SB and isos, the rest felt heavy/ lumpy to me, Latinate sounding words. When I think of Magic it is something fickle, mischievous,  wild, will o' the wisp in itself. Even when captured and used it can turn against or elude its master, so would like a completely made up word for your magic , not one harking back to any of the traditional words that have been used.

Only suggestion I have is Asta, a tribute as well as short and snappy. ;)
Please hurry up and finish it  I love the whole concept you describe, especially moving city blocks, and would like to read it.

General Discussion / Re: The Virus thread
« on: March 28, 2020, 03:28:15 AM »
More recent than that- AIDS

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