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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 18, 2019, 10:06:04 PM »
So, US /Trump wants to buy Greenland.

Just when you think he's run out of stupid ideas. I wonder if he thought about what the Greenlanders would make of his offer. Or if he's planning a 1848 style war against Denmark if they refuse.

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General Discussion / Re: Dogs and Cats
« on: August 16, 2019, 12:32:23 PM »
I'm definitely more of a cat person. We got a new cat a few months back and I can't help doting on him even though he's still pretty vicious.

A friend of mine once looked up a bunch of articles online about cat psychology and he told me that cats think of dogs and humans as cats, but as cats that can't speak. Cats usually communicate through body language, but because we can't understand their body language they yowl at us like they yowl at their kittens.

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I'm pretty sure I found Brom's 'Lost Gods' when I was looking for Micah Yongo's 'Lost Gods' in a bookshop once.

I liked both of them, and I only found one because it had the same name as the other, so I guess it can work out.

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/thoughtsonfantasy.com/2014/06/30/judging-a-book-by-its-name-10-common-trends-in-fantasy-titles/amp/

Stop with the “last of .......” too in titles 😀

27 works with the title night shift hehe

To be fair, you can get some pretty good titles just from looking at the word frequency image at the beginning. I would definitely read a book called 'Moon of Sin'.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 11, 2019, 03:24:40 PM »
Wasn't there a trail last year where a Bosnian Serb warlord commited suicide in the middle of his trail? Seems pretty similar to me. I guess these people can't deal with the world knowing how scummy they are. That, or their scared of what their fellow prisoners might do to them.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Continuity errors
« on: August 09, 2019, 09:02:13 AM »
Is oak a good wood for making doors? Because I'm pretty sure if I read through the first books I wrote that's all anyone ever used for doors. That, and giant monster clubs.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 08, 2019, 09:46:43 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  ::)

A culture founded by Epstein colonising the universe sounds pretty horrific.

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Usually an author will get just one chance. I'm harsh like that. But I guess if I think they showed potential or I hear good things about their later work I'll keep an eye on their books.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Perfect Books
« on: August 08, 2019, 12:35:27 AM »
My opinion is that the 'perfect book' is like an asymptote on a graph. The better a book is, the closer it will be to it, but it can never really reach it.

There's only one book I remember thinking was perfect, 'Monsters of Men' by Patrick Ness, but I read that when I was a teengaer and I wasn't that hard to impress.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 05, 2019, 11:02:30 PM »
Anyone out there got any insight into soveriegn citizens?

I just read an article about them. Apparently their ideology is the one most likely to be espoused by American terrorists. The article mentioned some loser and his son who ambushed and murdered a couple of cops for no reason whatsoever.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/15/sovereign-citizens-rightwing-terrorism-hate-us-government

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 04, 2019, 06:59:51 PM »
Hah. The man certainly acts the buffoon but that's been his gimmick for years. He did a good job as mayor of London. Plus he won a contest with an amusing limerick about the Turkish president...

    There was a young fellow from Ankara

    Who was a terrific wankerer

    Till he sowed his wild oats

    With the help of a goat

    But he didn’t even stop to thankera.

I'm from Ankara, too. But I don't get the poem unfortunately :(

I think it's about having, um... 'unnatural' relations with a goat. To be honest, I don't think it's really a particularly funny joke, no offence to Matthew.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Binge reading complete series?
« on: August 01, 2019, 01:43:53 PM »
I used to binge read a lot. It eventually became something of a regret because I would buy the entire series on hand and lately, there have been a lot of series that I've DNF'd. So there goes my money for the entire trilogy, or even pentalogy.  :'( I'm now (or at least trying to) order one book at a time to keep my spending habits in check better.

I used to insist on finishing every series I started for some insane reason. Even now, I will almost always finish a book I start even if I hate it.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Binge reading complete series?
« on: July 31, 2019, 11:52:46 PM »
I will occasionally binge read a whole series isf it's relatively short and I really like it. On the other hand, I pick my next book mostly at random and tend to buy books faster than I can read them, so it can sometimes be years between me putting down one book in a series and picking up the next.

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I voted short, but I usually prefer fairly long chapters. I would rather chapters be a little too short than a little too long. I once read a 500+ page book with only five chapters. Not all that fun an experience.

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Although to be honest the other one wasn't much better...

I just don't understand people, are they really so blind to what goes on outside their closed doors? Are all politics just about power instead of true 'public service'?

I don't trust anyone anymore, but they make the decisions essential to our lives...

I'm not going anywhere, this is my country now - and I wonder if all countries are the same...

By the way, apparently there were 509 "wrong" ballot papers, I hope they were all votes for "Mike the Cameraman" ;D

Insofar as I can tell, going from the media -

The Tory MPs are by and large horrified but judge it as the least of possible evils i.e. they think they'll get to keep their jobs under him and think that having Johnson doing nothing is less scary than Corbyn doing something.

The Tory membership however... well, some just like him. He reflects their own love of 'plain speaking', plays to their fear of everyone other than them, he's funny, he reflects their own class values and entitlements.

I think a fair few are less trusting but see him as a man who won't betray them over Brexit and that has become their obsession. Will be interesting to see how that goes with a naked charlatan and pragmatist there.

I have one conservative friend who left the party when it was clear he was going to win, but for the most part the membership seem to love him, even if the MPs don't.

I'll admit, I actually liked him myself, right up until he came out for leave. After reading things he had written in support of immigration and in praise of London's diversity, for him to join up with people like Farage was quite an unpleasant shock.

I know not all leavers were obsessed with immigrants, but people like Gove, for all their failings, didn't throw out all their professed principles just for a chance to seize power. Ever since Boris' false-buffoon act has always rubbed me up the wrong way. He's a nihilistic populist just like Trump who wants to be Prime Minister solely to be Prime Minister and nothing else. He will most likely be a catastrophic failure, but he won't care. He is Prime Minister, he will always have been Prime minister, once he's finally gone, no one can ever take that from him and that is all he has ever cared about.

It's going to be pretty hard talking to family members that like him. Just hearing his voice makes me see red now.

Hunt would have been pretty awful as well though.

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Writers' Corner / Re: What do you think of this premise?
« on: July 23, 2019, 04:32:20 PM »
I like the idea. It's a good way to explore an interesting moral dilemma.

I think just by the nature of the camp you would probably end up with some guards who abuse their power, even if the warden doesn't. I'm not really thinking sexual abuse so much as bullying. You get that in pretty much any institution. Maybe that would make the mage seeking an uprising partly sympathetic, if you're going for that.

Overall, sounds like a solid premise!

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