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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: April 07, 2020, 10:49:33 AM »
Thanks for the birthday wishes!!

Introductions / Re: Ye Old members of Lore
« on: January 12, 2020, 12:31:07 AM »
What ever happened to @Arry?
Yes, I think about her a lot.
I hope it's just a case of real life getting busy, as she stopped posting reviews a few months ago on her blog too

Ah, thanks for thinking of me :) I do miss the forum, but just, yeah, real life has made me cut back on so many things. I keep hoping that one of these days I will start managing to find some more time again

I think Arry is running and/or playing soccer again and that ate up the forum time. She's still posting in r/fantasy, so at least she didn't stop reading fantasy. :)

Unfortunately, just about everything in here is no longer true. I completely messed up my knee playing soccer and the dr. has tried pretty much everything short of a knee replacement. Definitely won't be playing soccer again, and won't be able to run again without a new knee. And just for added fun, also sprained my ankle pretty bad and broke my foot right about the time my knee got well enough to walk more than a mile on it. Awesome year. I am evidently meant to just live in a bubble :D But all in all, not too bad, just frustrating.

And I did stop reading fantasy for a bit (about the time my reviews stopped). I actually wasnt reading at all, but have been making the time to start reading again, I've read probably 6 books in the last couple of weeks, but none of them are genre. I think I started getting stressed about which book I had for review to read next, and started feeling like reading was less for fun and more stress to try to keep up with. My first step was to just read things that are not at all things I would review or post about, then move into genre books again, reading what I want instead of what I think I *should* read. I also found when my stress level got really high, I found I was avoiding my typical dark books that are my usual "must read"s. Will see how it goes.

Happy Holidays everyone :)

I see @Arry on, yay!
Welcome back, here's some cake ;D

*shhh* .... I'm still in quiet introvert mode

but HI! :)

General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: March 22, 2018, 07:22:43 PM »
Happy Birthday @Nighteyes! I might be late, but I brought (another) cake

Looks like I also missed @Overlord's birthday., so another Happy (late) Birthday:

Also Eli, I'm not sure if it's still the same, but back in the days when I was in GR, anyone with more than x books (100? 200? can't remember) could become a 'librarian', and able to do those things.
Maybe someone from FF could help... @Arry?

I am not sure what the criteria is/was, but there's an application that you can submit to become a librarian. I do have librarian status and can edit books if you want me to take a look @Eli_Freysson (just give me a link and let me know what needs doing). No guarantees, but I can see what I can do

Have a look on the FF Twitter for the context. Luckily I've always hated Facebook before it was cool to do so. :D

The context is that James Bennet purposefully started a topic looking for Queer author recommendations, which could have been a really good topic, but he started it with the intention of creating a fire and was very antognistic in his replies to people. His entire attitude was to attack rather than to be encouraging. And a shitstorm ensued for hours and hours. (and before people think he is being unfairly accused here, he even posted on his wall that he started the fire on purpose)

Oh, and Happy New Year everyone! And best wishes for a year full of wonderful new reads!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Hive
« on: December 03, 2017, 04:03:44 PM »
Sorry, I didn't mean to 'attack' her - as I said, i only know her from here. It was just my immediate reaction,

I didn’t take it as an attack, just an honest reaction. And I mentioned Tough Traveling mainly because I participated for a couple of years before it was hosted on FF, and so never really associated it strongly with FF because of that.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Hive
« on: December 03, 2017, 12:25:51 PM »
Seems a bit under-handed, to be honest... :-\
So she, as far as I know, 'raises to fame' through Fantasy Faction, and then goes and sets up a competing site? Even moving some of the regular FF features (the Tough Travel thing - I read it was going to 'fantasy hive' but I didn't know what that was)?
I'll stay here.

Well, Tough Traveling was not a Fantasy Faction original, it was another bloggers meme that ran for a while, died out, was resurrected with the main post being hosted on Fantasy Faction.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: December 03, 2017, 12:17:46 PM »
Then I procrastinated by reading wikipedia articles about the decline of polytheism in Rome, religious history of Britian and the history of invasions at that time in the UK, which somehow led me to "sacred marriage" rites which basically meant having sex as part of a coronation, or in some places ritual sex each year as part of a festival.  Oh and I read about the Inquisition for a bit which lasted way longer than I imagined and interestingly was driven largely by the Dominican Order (in places against the Franciscans, my fav. Order). Another note, I don't buy that Constantine's conversion was purely political b/c Christianity was hierarchical and popular among the poor... esp that it ultimately required a huge network of long-standing rituals that legitimated the state and took 300 more years of violent repression against polytheists to eradicate them-- it just seems like a lot of effort, so there must be some elements that are missing from this story.
I'm not a huge proponent of Constantine, but wouldn't it be possible for him to convert because he just... Believed it? Bought into it? Was tricked into it? Whichever phrase makes people more comfortable.

I'm not saying that's what happened, I'm just saying that we shouldn't rule out the possibility just because he's a significant historical and political figure.

From what I have learned about Constantine I don't buy his initial conversion.  It may be very well possible and likely that later in life he fully converted but when he first came to power it seems to me like he used Christianity as a power base rather than being a true believer.

Just a friendly reminder that if there’s more to say here, to move it to the politics thread

Links, Competitions and 'Stuff' / Re: Grey Sister ARC's
« on: December 03, 2017, 11:47:44 AM »
@Arry (and any other American book blogger) is this of interest?

Thanks! I’m actually not reading this series, but appreciate the link, maybe someone else here will be interested :)


Announcement ;D ;D time!
Linus will be a big brother by the end of May. :)

It's incredible how fast they grow...
Woo-hoo! Congrats!  ;D

And they grow up even faster each year. It’s crazy (my oldest is in high school now!)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: October 04, 2017, 07:46:50 PM »
What do you mean The Core is nearly out? We've had it on a table in the shop for days now. You should have told me you were waiting for it. Since I have it for half price here, it would have covered the shipping price easily and you'd have it already.
Okay, it's out since September 28th, you're right. Maybe I mixed it up with another book I'm waiting for that's due in October? Could be Deadhouse Landing by Esslemont.
I'm not in a hurry to get it since Daylight War and Skull Throne are both doorstoopers but half price sounds nice. How much is half price?  ;)

Maybe you saw the US release date at some point? (it released October 3rd here)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: October 04, 2017, 12:55:01 PM »
I'm currently getting in the mood for October by reading Strange Weather by Joe Hill (new book, releases late this month)

Also reading Guns Above, not perfect, but over all it seems to be a fun steampunk, airship book.

Writers' Corner / Re: UGH... self-promotion
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:11:47 AM »
Okay... uh... that wound up being 1247 downloads yesterday.

This is nuts.

@Eli_Freysson where do I find the ink to your announcement on r/fantasy?
Awesome. I've considered extending myself to reddit. But most of my experiences there have been negative. Naturally, each subreddit has its own culture, so I may just have been unlucky.

I'm curious what subreddit(s) you've had a negative experience with? I may be biased, but r/fantasy works to keep things more positive and definitely has a different atmosphere than other places you may find. Each subreddit has its own rules and r/fantasy's #1 is Be Kind. That said, being involved as part of the community will always increase interest in any self promo you do (which will be the case anywhere. People like to support their own )

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