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I've set a goal of 52 books on Goodreads for this year, which I may change in a few months time if I keep up the reading pace that I've managed to start the year with.

Last year I discovered that I actually do like audio books and I ended up listening to more books than I read, so this year I would like to read at least the same number of books I listen to.

I also plan to try and complete the Malazan series this year.

I read / listened to approx. 85 books last year and only managed one from that list. I am reading (listening to) a second one at the moment, and have a further dozen-ish of them languishing somewhere in my tbr pile.
A lot of them seem to be sequels to series that I haven't started yet, and may not get around to for a while.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 27, 2019, 01:39:18 AM »
This week I will mostly be ...

listening to Jasper FForde's Early Riser ...(slow start but it's getting better and I find the Welsh accent quite relaxing to listen to)

and reading Ben Aaronovitch's  Whispers Underground

Already done  :)

I tend to forget how much I enjoy reading the contest entries when I haven't been here for a while.
Well done everyone  :D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 20, 2019, 02:18:50 AM »
Currently reading ....
The Hangman's Song (Inspector McLean, #3) by James Oswald
Police detective series set in Edinburgh where the baddy is, or is messing with something supernatural.

The Bumper Book of Peanuts: Snoopy and Friends  by Charles M Schultz
Comic strip collection.

Space Team: The Wrath of Vajazzle (Space Team #2) by Barry J Hutchison
Listening to the audio version of this. Funny space adventure series.

Malazan Book of the Fallen / Re: Misc. thread
« on: January 16, 2019, 02:02:58 AM »
Don't sneak! Play trumpets and make yourself known. :D
Welcome back, hope everything's good on your side of the screen. ;)

Hahaha! Thanks ... its getting there  :)

Now I've finished a course I was on for work (took almost three years in the end) I should have a lot more free time so I should be around more often  :D

Malazan Book of the Fallen / Re: Misc. thread
« on: January 15, 2019, 01:24:41 PM »
Glad to see @ScarletBea still reading and enjoying posting on these threads. I loved doing this read-along and think it added immensely to my enjoyment of this incredible series. Can you believe it's 5 years since we did it @xiagan @Jeni @Eclipse ?

I had a lot of fun reading this with everyone ... still have a few more books to go until I finish - but they are on my to-read list for this year. Over the next few months I will be sneaking into the forum to re-read everyone's posts so that I can refresh my memory before continuing.  :D

[MAR 2018] Letters / Re: [Mar 2018] - Letters - Voting Thread
« on: April 06, 2018, 01:19:59 AM »
I have voted now though.

I really enjoyed reading all of the entries.  :)

[MAR 2018] Letters / Re: [Mar 2018] - Letters - Discussion Thread
« on: April 05, 2018, 12:54:30 AM »
I’ve decided to vote this month and I’ve Read all the stories already

Ah, good... then this means that you can still vote even if you haven't submitted an entry, yes?

In which case, I have read them all too and am ready to vote  :)

Introductions / Re: Ye Old members of Lore
« on: April 03, 2018, 12:35:57 AM »
I just noticed Jeni's Title under her name

Another Gariath fan  ;D

Yeh ... no prize for guessing who gave me that title, hehe  :D

Writers' Corner / Re: Only Mostly Dead Poets Society
« on: March 31, 2018, 06:20:40 PM »

Writers' Corner / Re: Only Mostly Dead Poets Society
« on: March 31, 2018, 05:41:10 PM »
Hello everyone ... I am loving this thread  :D

It would be cool to have something general about fearing the dark. I'm also thinking of a scene where a character walking alone at night starts to suspect he's being followed, and thinks of a particular poem on the subject. Something about footsteps. "Whose steps are those I hear..."

And then there's the Smiling Man. He's a local boogeyman, a creepy figure with a rictus grin and wide, unblinking eyes. He is said to skulk in cellars and tunnels, and venture up at night, crawling rather than walking and snatching those who are out late. Or he crawls into a bedroom, staying just out sight of the person on the bed as he makes his way towards it. Any time an improperly closed door opens by itself it could be him...

I had a go at this and came up with what turned out to be more of a kids playground rhyme than a poem. I am not sure if it is what you are after, but I enjoyed writing it, so here it is...

The Smiling Man

When daylight wanes
And shadows sprout

He'll crawl and creep
And sniff you out

Step quickly now
And quicker still

The Smiling Man
He wants his fill

Run home run true
Shut tight the door

The Smiley Man
Will hunt no more



Introductions / Re: Ye Old members of Lore
« on: March 30, 2018, 02:54:31 AM »
I joined in July 2011  :)

I'm a few months away from finishing a 2 yr apprenticeship at work which takes up a lot of my free time which is why I haven't  been around for a while. Hopefully I'll be back more soon.

Read The Straight Razor Cure by Daniel Polansky last week ....had quite low expectations for this one - but after a slow start I enjoyed it in the end.

Read Odd Thomas by Dean R Koontz yesterday. LOVED this one.  Had it sitting on a shelf for almost 10 years and now kicking myself that I hadn't picked it up sooner! Will definitely be reading more of this series.

Today I'm trying to decide between vN by Madeleine Ashby and Hammered by Elizabeth Bear.

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