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One segment of filming for S5 has already wrapped and WinterIsComing has some interesting pictures.

I'm also intrigued by the comment about Bronn & Jamie being in Dorne??
Jaime and Bronn in Dorne? Well, that's interesting news. Thanks for sharing! :)

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Writers' Corner / Re: The internet vs writing: a common foe?
« on: August 06, 2014, 02:34:06 PM »
For me, sometimes the old fashion way works : a notebook and a pen. Then I cant be distracted by the internet.  And for music, I'd put on Rainymood or orchestral tracks from Hans Zimmer, TSFH or audiomachine.

And it helps to immerse yourself in the outside world. If you dont live by a busy street, dogs barking, the wind, the clouds, the trees may do more justice than harm.

That's very true! Going outside can be great for inspiration and avoiding distractions. When I was in high school I used to do that all the time for drawing and writing. Might just be something I have to get back into.

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Writers' Corner / Re: The internet vs writing: a common foe?
« on: August 05, 2014, 06:24:42 PM »
I try to find a good balance with my internet usage while I write. I wouldn't cut myself off completely, because sometimes it is nice to be able to use it to look something up, do a little more research, etc. But I do try to get any distracting online activities done before I sit down to write. It's far too easy for me to get lost in countless youtube videos, chat for too long online, or click article upon article upon article when I should be concentrating on my writing. Facebook was pretty distracting at times, but I deleted my account around six months ago, and I'm actually really glad I did. It was such a time sink.

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The trailer looks great. I really want to see it. Speaking of Joe Hill, I had no idea until just the other day that he played the little boy with the comics in Creepshow. My mind was blown. 0.o

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Yeah, sounds like a perfectly good reason to me.

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Agreed! Can't wait for the new season/characters. :)

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She also wrote two books based on the Guide: Dark Lord of Derkholm and Year of the Griffin, but they can be read independently of the Guide. I actually read them before the Guide and it didn't spoil my enjoyment of any of the three.
I got the sample on the kindle for Dark Lord of Derkholm when I was looking to see if they had Tough Guide to Fantasyland. I haven't gotten to read it yet, but now I'm looking forward to checking it out soon. :)

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Best place to find these and something that pokes gentle fun at the genre as a whole is Diana Wynne Jones' Tough Guide to Fantasyland. Recommended reading for anyone who has any interest at all in the genre.

I think I might have to get this soon, it sounds like it would be a fun read. :)
It's great, I loved it!

The map in the beginning is really funny and from there on it only gets better.

Awesome! I'm really excited to check it out. I tried looking it up on the kindle, but it wasn't on there. Oh well, just another reason to head out to Barnes & Noble! :P

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Introductions / Re: HELLO
« on: July 11, 2014, 06:50:41 PM »
Hello found my way to this forum after be followed on twitter by fantasy faction. Think they followed me because I just started following Joe Abercrombie. I never really bothered with fantasy much before, but like a lot of people really love GOT on TV and decided to try some fantasy books. I have just read the Farseer Trilogy and was about to start the First Law Trilogy. I am now going to read Red Rising and Promise Of Blood the next two fantasy faction book club books.

Hello! I'm pretty new on here as well, and so far people have been very welcoming. I think you'll enjoy it. :)
GOT is indeed a great show. Have you read the books yet?

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I love a good prologue that reels you in and makes you want to read more. If done right, I think they can be a great tool for storytelling. That being said, I'm not so much a fan of the ones that just feel like you're getting a history or geography lesson about the world you're about to encounter in the story. Assuming the author is descriptive enough, I'll be learning about all that as I read the book, so there's no need to put it all out on the table from the start. Give the readers a reason to keep reading. I think prologues should produce more questions than answers, but that's just my opinion.

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Best place to find these and something that pokes gentle fun at the genre as a whole is Diana Wynne Jones' Tough Guide to Fantasyland. Recommended reading for anyone who has any interest at all in the genre.

I think I might have to get this soon, it sounds like it would be a fun read. :)

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I always feel like the odd one out in these conversations, because for me it's really about the journey rather than the destination - do I care who sits on the Iron Throne at the end? Maybe, but I care more about the characters' journeys in the meantime. George could write another seven books in the series and I would be happy ;)

Also, I don't think it's okay to be unbelievably rude, as some people have been. Yes it's frustrating when you're waiting for the next book in a series you love, but "yo dude hurry up and write before you DIE" is just unpleasant. There are other books - read those for a bit. In the end, do you want a good book, or a rushed book?

But I suspect I'm in the minority there...

I agree about not wanting a rushed book. I'm really excited to see what happens next in the series, but I wouldn't want him putting out a book that suffered content-wise because he felt so much pressure to hurry up and get it out there. (Though, I don't think he'd do that anyway)
I think people also need to remember that his books aren't only 300-500 pages long like most other stories you'll pick up in a book store. They're significantly longer, and instead of just focusing on the storylines of a handful of characters, he has to consider many. Plus, he's approaching end-game territory, and I can see where he'd want to take his time with making it perfect so his series has an amazing ending that satisfies both himself and his readers.

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I really can't blame him at this point. I understand being an eager fan and wanting to find out how everything ends, but some people are so unbelievably rude about it. I was reading some "Happy Name Day, George RR Martin" post on facebook a while back and so many of the comments weren't even about his birthday, but about how he was probably going to die soon and had better hurry up writing. It was so messed up. One person's comment even said something like "hurry the **** up and finish the series before you die of FAT". What a way to wish someone a happy birthday. :/

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My husband has been telling me I should read the Sprawl trilogy for a while now, so last night I finally started reading Neuromancer. I'm liking it so far. He owns all the books, so once I'm done with the first one, I'm planning on starting Count Zero.

We read Neuromancer two years ago with the book club. Feel free to use those threads for your thoughts. :)
-> http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/%28junejuly-2012%29-neuromancer/

Cool, thanks for letting me know! :) I'll do that.

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General Discussion / Re: Stuff you collect (pictures please!)
« on: June 30, 2014, 06:36:49 PM »
Nice collection! :) I especially like the pixel art you made. My friend makes those too, so I have a few neat ones, my favorite being one of Kirby.
I used to collect a lot of stuff, (mostly a mass collection of books, comics, manga, pewter figurines) but moving around a lot led to me willingly parting with most of it over the past few years (too much hassle unfortunately).
My husband and I pretty much just collect old video games/systems now. At least there's no parting with those. I'd go take a picture but we're about to move yet again in a couple weeks, so most of it is already boxed up. lol

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