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General Discussion / Re: I’m a bit concerned
« on: August 15, 2019, 06:16:15 PM »
Damn, didn't know your situation was so dire. And I'm actually your number 1 now, I'm with 78% now.

Sadly I've read almost nothing this year... and what I did read was non-fiction. Though if you are a Manchester United fan, you'll probably like it.

Have you tried some sci-fi? I enjoyed Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikosvky. Hyperion by Dan Simmons is also fascinating.


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By sheer amount of books released or page amount...


- GRRM (5 books - but huge page amount)
- Glen Cook (12 books, but not massive amount of pages)
- J.K. Rowling (7 books)
- Stephen King (Dark Tower has 8 books plus his standalones... probably around 12-13)
- Bernard Cornwell (I read the entire Sharpe collection which was 21 books... plus his King Arthur series (3 books) and at the time there were 4 or 5 from his Saxon Chronicles out and his Archer trilogy... so that's over 30, easily.

In terms of sheer volume then: Bernard Cornwell... I think with so many books he probably passes GRRM in pages too haha.

The problem is... Cornwell was a LONG time ago (probably over a decade, most likely over 15 years ago) when I wasn't even an avid fantasy  reader. More recently it would be GRRM and Rowling.

- Mark Lawrence and Michael R. Fletcher are the only authors I've reread.

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Yeah, I think books that made me have some kind of hype/expectation almost always failed miserably.

Most books that I wasn't expecting anything out of them turned out very pleasant surprises.

I wonder how our subconscious handle the expectation thing. Obviously if we expect something, then it's something good. But we have our ideas of what "good" to our taste regarding style, prose, pace, etc, and then we might transfer some of those good memories to the new book... but of course, since authors' style vary massively betweem them...

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 10, 2019, 03:42:07 PM »
Thought Epstein was a Sci Fi character, but apparently he's real and involved in a shitload of shit.

News the guy apparently suicided in prison.

Not one for conspiracy theories, but considering all the people he apparently knew... how convenient.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Finished my novel, now what?
« on: August 10, 2019, 08:59:50 AM »
Probably should even leave it alone for some time, like 2 weeks (or even more) before revision, to let it "cool off" and so you see it with a little more distance and clarity.

Right now you're probably too anxious, and everything will make sense and purpose in your head, including what could be not-so-good parts.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 08, 2019, 03:52:51 AM »
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If he discovers the secret of human immortality, then all is fine  ::)

or we have another problem that requires many deaths to solve...

Just colonize the universe  ::)

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 07, 2019, 10:23:47 PM »
Unrelated to anything else . . . is anyone else keeping an eye on the whole Jeffrey Epstein thing? Because it just keeps getting weirder and weirder. The man seems to be a genuine supervillain:

*Lives in the biggest house in New York.
*Received a visitor while sat on a throne, with two gorgeous women tending him.
*Has his own island, where he had a weird temple-thing erected.
*Wanted to start a "human enhancement program", because he believed his own DNA would improve the human race.

And he seems to be incredibly well-connected to all sorts of rich, famous and powerful people, even though the claims of him being a financier seem to be extremely dubious, making one wonder where the hell his money comes from. Was he selling access to underage girls to all those rich-and-powerfuls? Or was he blackmailing them with secretly taped footage?

This whole thing is incredibly dirty and unpleasant, but it seems like it could destroy a lot of very big people and I can't stop paying attention to it.

If he discovers the secret of human immortality, then all is fine  ::)

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I remember this thread. I'm almost sure it was created when I wasn't getting what the heck was going on with some internal jokes and just played along haha.

Mostly the goat stuff came from Jmack, which made me believe for months that he was a farmer in real life haha.

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^ ;D
Come on, now a longer story to be submitted 8)

I'll get back to it on the 30th  ::)

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Haha, awesome theme.

"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets.

It was the perfect time to be writing something, as Barley Redwood had nothing else to do. Such weather also inspired the darkest thoughts, and soon he was in the perfect mood for an horror story.

He wrote about a goat who, through unknown means, gained intelligence and magical powers. This goat (now walking on two legs) acknowledged how he was used by humans and swore vengeance. So at dark and stormy nights, he would come to the village, choose a random house, and kidnap a human. He would enter the house, and when the victim, wakening if sleepy, or turning around if distracted, would hear the alien, demonic bleat before they lost consciousness.

Then they would awake at the animal farm, where they would be slowly skinned and their blood milked until nothing remained but an empty husk. And that was one the most merciful fates in that farm, for there were more animals turned demonic, some with far more rage than the goat.

Barley smiled, happy with what he came up with. He went to his kitchen to grab a cup of coffee, threw in some goat milk, and was returning to his room, when he almost fell on his back after seeing a strange silhouette on his window. What could that be?

Laughing it off, he nervously climbed the stairs, then stopped as the lights turned on and off. Then he was sure a shadow was being cast over him. He felt the presence. Sweating, he slowly turned, and before he lost consciousness, he could only hear...

"Meh-eh-eh!"

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[JUL 2019] Employment / Re: [Jul 2019] - Employment - Discussion Thread
« on: August 01, 2019, 03:56:15 PM »
I tried, but nothing came out of it.

Maybe I should have tried to start it at the 30 and Lankoise my way through as usual  ::)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: KJ Parker
« on: July 21, 2019, 12:08:15 AM »
I didn't vanish, just having a hard time, so I'm not reading, thus don't really have anything to post around haha.

But yeah, I really liked the Parker's I have read. Folding Knife as a novel and some os his novellas. I did get Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City when you recommended it to me, but have yet to read it.

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Just reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen for a massive change of style.

I knew something about the story and style, but never actually read it in full.

Curiously enough, I'm blazing through it, already 12 chapters in. There's the wit, the nuances and the great passages, sure, but above all, so far, the best is that it's a very... sincere book, so to speak. No holds barred speaking truths, specially about love and society, but done in a very classy, lighthearted way.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What did you read in May 2019
« on: June 05, 2019, 10:06:00 PM »
I only read A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan.

Very intriguing idea, gorgeous cover and excellent writing. The excitement with the beginning kind of goes away for quite some time when the book starts promising something like Indiana Jones/The Lost World and pretty much gives you Pride & Prejudice for a lenghty spell.
Even when the adventure starts, sadly they spend a great deal of time doing pretty much nothing. But the final third was really awesome (and I don't think it really was built up from the previous two thirds).

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