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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What should Nora read next?
« on: December 18, 2015, 04:46:35 AM »
You really can't go wrong with that list.  :)

But they're all completely different.  The two classics are classics for a reason.  On the one hand, can you really be a sci-fi geek if you don't grok grokking?  On the other hand, both are a bit dated, especially as regards to the female characters.  But on the gripping hand, classics.  So many cool ideas in Mote.  Pandora's Star and Way of Kings are both doorstopper-size books with epic scope.  Pandora's Star has the great advantage that you can read the whole series.  With Way of Kings it's going to be years before that's true.

Legion is totally different.  It's novella-length, and while it's not exactly light, it's a breezier read than the others.  Which is why I picked it.  If what you're looking for is a mental palette cleanser after Revelation Space, Legion's your book.


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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« on: December 18, 2015, 04:09:18 AM »
Highlights:
- The Martian
- Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
- Wee Free Men

I feel like there must be others from before the summer... but I've no idea what.

Lowlights:  No idea.  Lots of DNFs, but mostly things I only downloaded the free sample of...

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Tennant was fantastic, but really I think the strength of the show was fantastic writing.

You could feel how awful he was without even seeing him on screen, its some of the best writing of PTSD I've ever seen.  My only complaint was all the times she could have killed or maimed the bastard and didn't. I was banging my head against the TV. *seriously* How many more people are gonna get killed b/c of your dumbshit attempt to prove a point?

Yeah.  Me too.  But then, I *think* that's going to be a huge theme in the whole pack of Defenders series.  In Daredevil, Murdock got to the point of deciding to kill Kingpin... and failed.  And then he ended up getting him arrested instead.  The kill or don't kill dilemma is huge for both of them.  We'll see how it is for Luke Cage.  :)

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Argh.  Tickets to see it in all its 3D glory... on January 2nd. 



What was I thinking?

Must.  Stay.  Spoiler.  Free.

(It'll never happen.)

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David Tennant is also excellent in Broadchurch -- two seasons now out on Netflix.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Your Favourite Opening Line(s)
« on: December 15, 2015, 01:50:11 PM »
Another classic: "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

Bonus points for the semicolon.

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
- Harry Potter and the Philopher's Stone

Oh, how I love that 'thank you very much' at the end!

Wow, that's a great line.  I'm always impressed when people can get recognizable voice and character into indirect quotes.


One more, even though it's two sentences:

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On one otherwise normal Tuesday evening I had the chance to live the American dream.  I was able to throw my incompetent jackass of a boss from a fourteenth-story window.

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Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.  (http://hpmor.com)

It's fan-fiction, and the best thing I've read in a long while.  It's Harry Potter meets Godel, Escher, Bach -- an alternate-history where Harry's Aunt Petunia *doesn't* hate and resent magic and marries a hyper-rational math professor.

It was published as a web serial with 122 parts and the final chapter was published in March of this year, so I think it counts.

Was that the one where the author said he wouldn't release the next chapter unless people could figure out how Harry got out of a certain situation with Voldemort?  I never read the serial but if its the same one I know several people who did and I remember them being angry about the no-release thing but I don't recall hear what happened with it.

There was definitely a bit about that.  But I was fortunate enough to discover the whole thing *after* it was all written.  I took ten minutes or so to think about it when I got to that stage, and definitely didn't think of what he came up with to resolve the situation, though the exercise was interesting.

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Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.  (http://hpmor.com)

It's fan-fiction, and the best thing I've read in a long while.  It's Harry Potter meets Godel, Escher, Bach -- an alternate-history where Harry's Aunt Petunia *doesn't* hate and resent magic and marries a hyper-rational math professor.

It was published as a web serial with 122 parts and the final chapter was published in March of this year, so I think it counts.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Most Evil Character in Fantasy
« on: December 11, 2015, 02:34:08 PM »
- From Harry Potter, Dolores Umbridge made me more furious than Voldemort/Snape/Percy and Harry's parents combined.
I think that while we expect the big powerful dude to abuse people, it really hits a nerve when a common person abuses her power and authority for their own sheer delight against people who can't react in any way.
Even worse when it's someone not allied with the villain in any way (in fact, someone who was supposed to be fighting him and thought was doing so), doing things that you didn't even saw the villain doing.

+1M.

Banal, everyday evil is much scarier than cartoonish mustache-twirling evil or supernatural pure evil.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2016?
« on: December 11, 2015, 02:25:58 PM »

Jim Butcher, Peace Talks
Patrick Rothfuss, Doors of Stone

Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

and, I guess, maybe, GRR Martin.  But the gaps are long enough I'm starting to lose interest...


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No love for Iain M Banks and the all encompassing Culture on here...

I definately nom nom the Culture and I am sure others did as well
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Yep.  Me too. 

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General Discussion / Re: The King's Paws
« on: December 02, 2015, 12:11:15 AM »
Poker chips are round and flat.  So are potato chips.
...and that's without considering the other types of crisp:



Obvious defining characteristics: they're made from potato, and they are crispy. Therefore, potato crisps.  8)

 :o

What the heck are those things?

I don't really object to the use of "crisp" for potato chips.  I more object to the use of "chips" for baked-then-fried julienned potato.  Those are clearly french fries, or just fries.

Of course, pomme frite is an even more defensible name.  :)  But the spellcheck *really* doesn't like that -- it thinks I mean pommel trite.  Which sounds like something any tongue-in-cheek swashbuckling rogue ought to have on the bottom of his or her sword.


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Writers' Corner / Re: How much did you write today?
« on: December 02, 2015, 12:05:36 AM »
1.784

I should probably stop and revise, but the words just kept pouring in!

Don't stop!  Revise after you get to "The End".  Ride the wave.

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General Discussion / Re: The King's Paws
« on: December 01, 2015, 11:17:00 PM »
Poker chips are round and flat.  So are potato chips.


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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Books Gone Mainstream
« on: December 01, 2015, 11:07:55 PM »
As for what modern fantasy become 'mainstream' really depends on how they are marketed to the public at large.  Take for example superheroes - over the past few years superheroes have become part of the mainstream tv and movie culture - where superheroes were once thought to be just a subculture (and not looked upon as a good influence for kids) - they have gone mainstream - with tv series such as Flash, Arrow, and Shield etc and movies.

Superheroes seem to come and go.

Way back in the Stone Age when I was a kid, I grew up with Adam West playing Batman on TV, Spiderman on the Electric Company, and the Justice League of America featuring heavily in the Saturday Morning Cartoon lineup.  Then there was the inexplicable Shazam!, Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman, the Greatest American Hero, the Hulk, and (arguably) the Six-million Dollar Man.  These were all very, very kid-friendly.  And the original Superman movie came out during the same period.


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