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I thought we were voting on themes and books. I'm not really vested in the theme, but willing to give it a go. Not even sure we need themes. Pick most popular books and crack on would be my preference.

Anyway Cats gets my vote. It's interesting enough.

Loved Bartimaeus, but I've read that before.

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General Discussion / Re: I'm getting published in Romania
« on: Today at 12:23:43 AM »
Fantastic Eli. It's amazing and probably a beacon of hope for would be writers. I'm happy for you.

Perhaps I should get some autographed memorabilia now...so I can say I knew Eli in about a decade when you're rolling in money, Fame and hot women!   ;D

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Anomander Rake and Caladan Brood
Rand, Perrin and Mat
Fitz and Nighteyes
Harry, Ron and Hermione
Royce and Hadrian
Atticus and Oberon

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Mortal Engines  ;D

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The Golem and the Jinni?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Reading SFF is escapism
« on: February 21, 2020, 04:22:38 PM »
I think there's a incorrect stereotype that SFF is for nerdy introverts living in mamas basement. Even in movies you have the geeky nerd who's awesome with computers but has bad social life. I'm sure there are cases where this is true, but as a generic concept it's plain nonsense.

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Deleting would be a bit harsh. Perhaps can be moved to small press or critique works section.

Doesn't look like usual teen-centric PNR. Has some romance, but sci-fi and fantasy elements seem to be in the fore.

Have way too much in my tbr list already.


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Visiting any doctors/clinic/hospitals...even thinking of them...gives me goosebumps. I just hate doing that.

Missus is pushing me for my annual dental check and I've been putting it off.

Think I'd rather fight a dragon or something. 

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@isos81 going by your profile pic, you must be a fan of Bruce Lee and probably of Kung Fu. If so, watch "Iron Fist and Kung Fu Kicks" in Netflix. It's a 90 min documentary on history and development of Kung Fu cinema through the years. Narrated in a fun and humorous way and has a big section of Bruce Lee too.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: 2019 Nebula finalists
« on: February 20, 2020, 08:56:16 PM »
Not bad. Have only heard of Thousand Doors, Memory called Empire and Gideon previously.

A Song for a New Day is a dystopian book based on lice music concerts!

If I had time and money, I'd read them all!

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Reading SFF is escapism
« on: February 20, 2020, 03:33:55 PM »
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...supposes that the real world of unemployment and debt is too disappointing for a generation of entitled narcissists. They consequently migrate to a land of make-believe where they can live out their grandiose fantasies.

The authors of a 2015 study stress that, while they have found evidence to confirm this hypothesis, such psychological profiling of “geeks” is not intended to be stigmatising. Fantasy migration is “adaptive” – dressing up as Princess Leia or Darth Vader makes science fiction fans happy and keeps them out of trouble.

But, while psychology may not exactly diagnose fans as mentally ill, the insinuation remains – science fiction evades, rather than confronts, disappointment with the real world.

http://theconversation.com/fan-of-sci-fi-psychologists-have-you-in-their-sights-131342

I've heard this view before, but this article pulls up some research to back this up. It could be one of the reasons, but definitely not a generalization.

The GRRM quote "'A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one." sums up my views. Access to fantasy gives experiences that real life just cannot provide. It can be used to supplement or even push knowledge of what science can achieve and serve as inspiration to many. Calling it escapism is just a narrow, biased and absurd derivation.


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General Discussion / Re: Art vs Artist
« on: February 20, 2020, 03:14:55 PM »
Yeah. For BoP it was 46-54 split on opening weekend, which is in line with any other marvel movies.

The lack of box office popularity was probably due to unfamiliar heroes, failure of suicide squad and getting released immediately after Joker which shares similar themes.

I don't see any gender demographic change due to Ewan's "feminist movie" comments and related marketing.

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General Discussion / Re: Art vs Artist
« on: February 20, 2020, 02:34:51 PM »
BTW the link takes me to no data and lots of ways to spend money and no I am not creating an account for the maybe promise of usable data.

Not sure why it's suddenly become premium.


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Everyone on right is wearing a headgear and the one on left a cape..... But little else. Seriously weird!

This is the 15th century you don't want your naughty thoughts going up to heaven so you keep your head covered.

Ah, they haven't progressed to tin foil hat era yet. Makes sense.  ;)

Any explanation for a dancing dog to be present in there?

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Everyone on right is wearing a headgear and the one on left a cape..... But little else. Seriously weird!

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