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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: robin hobb
« on: May 17, 2017, 10:55:00 PM »
I finished Assassin's Fate last night. Not really spoilers but I super don't want to ruin anything for anyone so...


Spoiler for Hiden:
This is me at work today.



Hobb has properly fucked me up. My husband found me in my book nook weeping last night, about 50 pages from the end, and he was so distressed at how inconsolable I was that he started shoving chocolate at me to try to make it stop.

When I finished the book he took me to bed to cuddle me and have me watch Parks & Rec until I stopped hiccupping. He said he hadn't seen me cry like that since my grandmother died. I have been walking around in an absolute daze today. I haven't felt this desolate from a book since I finished His Dark Materials many, many years ago. Yegods.

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Introductions / Re: Hello.
« on: April 03, 2017, 05:31:21 PM »
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The US has no chippies? No wonder they're so cranky.

We have one British run chippy in Portland, and it's good but pretty out of my way so I don't get there often. Plus fish, chips & mushy peas for two will set you back about $30. Sadness.

There are no Galloway's in Bury.  Absolute disgrace.

Aaaargh. Don't taunt me with things I can't have! I worked a two minute walk from a Galloway's for a bit and my waistline did not thank me. Pacific Pie co. does the only half decent savoury pies around here, but they are dry as a fuckin' bone. The owners are Australian so I don't know if that's an Aussie thing or what. I know they like drowning pies in pea soup and ketchup so maybe.

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I also thought Pooles Pies were from the Swimming Baths because my Great Auntie Madge (the absolute goddamn legend) just always seemed to have them when I went over on a Wednesday, and I guess Wednesday was also my swimming lesson and there was crossover in my understanding until an unsettlingly late age.

Haha, this is ace. I used to think weird shit as a kid too. I genuinely thought Tina Turner was from Wigan for a number of years. ;D

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Introductions / Re: Hello!
« on: March 31, 2017, 11:31:40 PM »
Well you know, I don't require Northernness in my pals, it's just a bonus. I promise I won't reject you for not having a flat cap or black lung or whatever.  ;D

Pleased to meet you!

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Introductions / Re: Hello.
« on: March 31, 2017, 06:17:33 PM »
Wigan kebab! Those got me through more hangovers than I care to admit as a young'n.  ;D

I miss chippies more than probably anything else.

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Introductions / Re: Hello.
« on: March 30, 2017, 11:20:08 PM »
(I'm loving this conversation ;D )

Bound to happen when two Wiganers randomly find each other on t'internet, like.  ;D

Next we'll be talking about babby's yed and pea wet just to confuse you all.

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Introductions / Re: Hello fantasy fans!
« on: March 28, 2017, 09:26:03 PM »
Oh gosh, it's all good. Personally I really enjoy reading the monthly writing contest entries, planning to dip my toe in there myself at some point. :)

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I was very late to the party this year - currently cramming in all of the Hobb RotE books before she comes to town for a signing in May, but once that's done I will definitely be on the bingo train this year. I already have a huge backlog of books I have been wanting to read so hoping some of them will fit. I can't wait! :D

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Introductions / Re: Hello fantasy fans!
« on: March 28, 2017, 05:11:33 PM »
Hullo!

Welcome! I'm new here too but everyone is very friendly and helpful (and talented), I'm sure this will be a great resource for you. :)

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Introductions / Re: Hello.
« on: March 28, 2017, 05:09:43 PM »
Pfft, cheese and onion pie. Steak and Ale or gtfo. :D

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Introductions / Re: Hello.
« on: March 27, 2017, 08:25:58 PM »
Not half! The hikes out here are amazing, plus the people in this area take the same sort of approach to hiking that people in the Lake District do, i.e. you're just working up to the point where you have earned a pint. Can't complain!

A cup of tea and a pie would be splendid; maybe next time I pop over to the UK it can be arranged. :D

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Introductions / Re: Hello.
« on: March 24, 2017, 03:37:11 PM »
Maximes when it was dance music, or Maximes when it was rock night?

Given that you worked at GAME, I'm guessing the latter.

100% the latter. I wasn't even heavily into rock - I like it fine, but mostly I just liked the atmosphere. Everyone was chilled out, no aggro, not a meat market. Less likely to get felt up by some random arsehole. Plus it was always entertaining when they would play a bit of cock rock and the kids would scuttle off the dance floor like cockroaches so that the two middle aged dudes who liked Poison or whatever could shuffle about on their own playing air guitar with their eyes closed. You could see them fantasizing that they were headlining a rock concert. Always good for a chuckle. :D

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NB: Fruit isn't a dessert. Cake.  Cake is a dessert.*


(*excluding carrot cake, which is neither a cake, nor a dessert.)

Where do you live these days, may I ask?

I'm not sure tinned fruit cocktail actually resembles fruit enough to count.  ;D

I live in Portland, OR nowadays. Been in the US for about 12 years now.

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Introductions / Re: Hello.
« on: March 23, 2017, 04:27:39 PM »
Ohh yeah, I remember now. Place looked an absolute nightmare.

Yeah, I'm not sure my grandma had tastebuds that could discern much besides sweet and salty to be honest, all she saw was that broken biscuits were cheap and that was good enough for her! This was a woman who thought a tin of fruit cocktail and some evaporated milk was an acceptable dessert.  ;D

Ugh, don't get me started on King Street. I was more of a Maximes on a Friday night kind of girl myself. Plus I worked at GAME for a few years back in the day. Saturday and Sunday mornings the walk to work became a Frogger-like game of "dodge the pile of sick" thanks to King St.  :-\

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Introductions / Re: Hello.
« on: March 22, 2017, 04:14:01 PM »
That made me cackle like an idiot, was BarAqua in Ashton? My grandma lived in Ashton, everyone thought the Tom and Jerry was fine dining, lol. I still remember when it was a Kwik Save and she used to drag me around it extolling the virtues of those big bags of broken biscuits. God, I'm old.

This is the best response I could have hoped for. Wigan's market is tragic as fuck, I think even the Morrisons has shut down now. I'll have to put it down to having a mad aunty. I always suspected as much.  ;D

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Oh fantastic, I'm almost always late to the party for these things so it will be nice to hop on board early for once.

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We normally admire Robin Hobb for the way she writes characters, and I think in this book Mark went up there too, with everyone.

Sold! I love Hobb's characters.

Is it OK to start with this one or will I be missing out? What do you recommend?

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