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General Discussion / World Famous Kindle
« on: August 27, 2012, 01:24:00 PM »
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General Discussion / Quick Guide to arriving in London
« on: August 13, 2012, 10:28:09 PM »
Hi Everyone,

My name is Chase and I have been living in London for over a year, working at a hotel. With the Fantasy Faction event coming up this week I thought I would make a quick guide to arriving in London and answer any questions you might have regarding this wonderful city.

The first thing you do at a foreign country is arrive at the airport, some people clap as their plane touches down while others open there eyes and wipe the signs of tiredness away. Whatever your first foreign ritual may be there is one need everyone has in common; Getting to where you are going.

The best thing about London is the transport system. I know times when those of us who live in London have complained about the train running 2 minutes late or maintenance running on one of the lines but in the end I have to admit that London is simple and easy to traverse.

So you've arrived at your airport, what now?

Heathrow: From Heathrow you can get to pretty much anywhere really quickly by taking the Underground to Central London. You will be catching the Picadilly Line and it costs about 5 pounds to get to where ever you are going and takes about an hour to get from London to Leicester Square ( 2 minutes from Blackwells ). Of course if you want to speed things up or if you have a lot of Luggage and need something a little less cramped than the tube ( Nickname for underground ) you can of course take the Heathrow Express, single tickets cost 22 pounds and returns are roughly 27 The Heathrow Express arrives at Paddington Station.

Gatwick: From Gatwick no direct underground tube runs so you have to take the Gatwick Express to Victoria station[/url] from where underground lines Victoria, Circle and District line are available, prices are roughly the same as the Heathrow Express. Victoria is a very large station but there is lots of signs around which will help you find where you are going.

Stansted: does not have an underground tube line either so you need to take, yep you guessed it, The Stansted Express which stops at Liver Pool Street Station. From here you can catch 4 different tube lines. The central line, which is red, goes to Tottenham Court Road which is also 2 minutes from Blackwell's station. Prices for the Stansted Express are once again the same as the Heathrow Express.

After catching your transport from the airport you'll next need to know just how to navigate London. Around here everyone catches the Underground, it is the easiest system and runs excellently but how do you figure out where each line goes or even what lines run to your destination? Well thankfully the government run a website http://www.tfl.gov.uk/ TFL stands for Transport For London. Here you enter which stop you are leaving from and which stop you are going too and it will tell you the fastest route to take and let you know the time it will take you and whether or not there has been any delays or maintainence going on. If you prefer not to catch the underground and would rather cross London in Ye Olde English Explorer Bus you can also find buses to take through the TFL site. Buses are a little harder to work out but if you need any help just contact me and I'll tell you where you need to go.

Now you are pretty much ready for London. But where is Blackwell's? How do you get there? Blackwell's London is located on Charring cross and is equi-distance from both Tottenham Court Road tube station and Leicester Square tube station. Tottenham Court Road station is on the Central and Northern Line while Leicester Square is on the Picadilly and Northern line. Catch a tube to whichever one is closest to you.

So i hope this helps anyone who has never been to London before and if you have any questions about how to get to anywhere from somewhere thats not there ( hehe ) just post a message here and I'll tell you how.

Look forward to seeing everybody!

General Discussion / Sending a Letter to an Author
« on: August 06, 2012, 12:32:59 PM »
Hi all,

So I've never actually done this, mostly due to how much simpler it is to merely write and send them something through the internet. But on the off chance I wanted to send a certain author a letter in my own personal handwriting, where would be the best place to send it? Would the appropriate place be their publisher?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Control Point by Myke Cole
« on: August 04, 2012, 04:45:24 PM »
Due to various Forms of black magic, I have obtained a paperback copy of the UK release of Control Point :D Currently I'm reading 'Theft of Swords' but plan on reading Control Point next. What do people think of the book for those who have read it already?

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Dodger by Terry Pratchett
« on: August 01, 2012, 03:08:21 PM »
I walked into waterstones today and they had free Proof Sampler of the new Young Adults novel by Pratchett. From my quick read of the sample, it looks like its still classic pratchett but slightly less subtle and more direct. Will be purchasing once it comes to paperback.

General Discussion / Who is coming to Blackwells on the 17th?
« on: August 01, 2012, 02:30:49 PM »
Hey everyone, just wanted to get an update on who is going to be coming to Blackwells for the author event? A few members have expressed their interest in going to the Tower of London as well as the London Dungeon, make your most of coming to London! Who is keen to go? A quick head count would be great!

Writers' Corner / In need of a bit of help
« on: July 30, 2012, 05:09:47 AM »
Hi there guys and gals,

Basically over the past forever, I've been writing tid bits to a story. It has now reached a fair amount of length and I find I want to go back over it and begin changing things, correcting mistakes and re-read it just so I can remember more of what happened ( also I've hit a bit of a block ). Before I do I'd really appreciate any links that might help me with my own writing a fantasy book. Anything on developing characters and towns would be greatly appreciated.  My knowledge of armour and how it works/is made is also quite limiting.

Anything you have to offer would be great!

Also I wasn't entirely sure where this should be posted but this seemed like the most appropriate ( after all, we are in a sense discussing a fantasy book :D )


General Discussion / Act of Human Kindness, a Day at Work
« on: July 28, 2012, 07:07:55 AM »
It is 4 am in morning. Most normal human beings are asleep now but thanks to the Olympics I remain awake in my jail cell aka; work. It is an empty night for the first day of what was expected to be hospitality hell I remain unimpressed.

With nothing better to do I sit and browse through old episodes of ' Man of the Hour ' on YouTube supressing laughter when the occasional guest walks past every other half hour. Eventually my work phone rings ' Welcome to whatever whenever concierge service, my name is Chase, how may I assist you this morning? ' a quick glance at my computers clock reveals that time is progressing at that incredible pace that one who finds themselves in my situation experiences, 4:05am.

Preventing a slight groan from filling the headset, a light fast paced South American accent replies to my programmed greeting, ‘Hi is this concierge?’

Exactly who I wasn't expecting at four in the morning. Due to the hour my formality is kept to its usual five star standards ' yep, what do you need? '

Looking back I guess I was slightly annoyed at having my rendition of my George Burns reminiscing with Frank Sinatra interrupted. The reply does nothing to quench my agitation ‘Just one minute Sir, I am going to pass you through to our guest’

No explanation is offered as the sound of static intwined with the rasp of a middle aged man’s respiration comes through the line ‘Hello?’ I question hesitantly…

What followed was actually one of those few nice acts you hear or read about every day. My opinion of modern human beings was raised quite a few ranks as the gentleman on the other line explained his dinner earlier at the restaurant located in the hotel I work for.

You see this man had just returned from the Olympic opening ceremony which concluded at 1am. That means it had taken him a good 3 hours for what is normally a 40 minute journey to get home and even after fighting his way through crowds, traffic and general human congestion he didn’t forget his conversation he and his wife had last night with two women who are staying at my hotel.

The women he met had certain difficulties though he mentioned he was unsure as to their precise nature. He had spoken to the couple and mentioned he had been to every Olympic opening ceremony for the last 12 games. That is the equivalent of 44 years of Olympics. After mentioning this the two ladies informed him that they had never had the opportunity to go to the Olympics and now that they were in London while the games were in progress, they were unable  to acquire tickets to any events at all as they had all been sold out.

Long story short the Gentleman was moved by the two women he had met. He gabe up his three tickets to them for today’s Volleyball sessions with yours truly acting as the go between ( I did some epic midnight riding to and from the different hotels as he originally gave me the wrong tickets), he asked for them to be delivered with the simple message ‘Please have a good time, from Harvey’. The guest asked for no money from them and had given up his on personal, near the front row, tickets so these people could have a tiny experience to make their day.

I have been walking around beaming all morning and had to share it with you.

General Discussion / Hardcopy or Ebook?
« on: July 27, 2012, 01:12:48 AM »
For me there is no competition, paperback will always be my preferred medium. My kindle cannot compare to the smell of a paperback, the feel of the pages, the gentle sound the paper makes as you turn to continue the story. Yet I find myself reading from my kindle more and more often.

I have always purchased a copy of the novel I have been reading. There has at most been five times, when I was younger and couldn't afford to purchase novels, that I borrowed a book from the library and each time later ended up buying the book to add to my collection anyway. I love the look the spines create  in my living room, a mosaic of sorts for all to see. When I feel like re reading something I have the start of my own personal library to browse from and I love people coming over and searching through for something to borrow.

Today, I still purchase the paperback or hardcover copy to add to my library, most likely it is just a habit I've carried over from when I was young however I find that I also purchase the digital copy and tend to read the Ebook versions more then the paperbacks.

I feel that reading from a hard copy of a novel is now something to be treasured, I want to read this on holiday when I have time to myself.  I want to do this on my own free time when I'm at the beach or hanging around my living room and not have to worry about work dead lines or interuptions to my reading schedule. Most of my reading time currently comes from being forced to catch public transport and it is these places that I use my kindle, it is easier and removes the fear of damage to a real copy. I only wish that purchasing the paperback copy, usually more expensive then the digital, entitled you to the Ebook as well.

Too long, Didn't read? I will always prefer to hold the novel in my hands but for ease and convienience my Kindle goes with me everywhere.
Which do you prefer?

Introductions / Hi there!
« on: July 26, 2012, 04:01:20 AM »
Hello everyone,

My name is Chase, but you can call me whatever you like. I'm originally from Australia but the start of my travels have brought me to London which is where I now reside. I'm a book enthusiast, have played guitar since I was 6 and have recently quit playing tennis and taken up squash instead.

I discovered this site by following an authors blog and so here I am :)

Has there ever been a series or set of books which you have read in the wrong order and upon reflection, realise that it was more enjoyable that way? Maybe you have even had a unique journey with a certain series that is converse to what others experienced. My own was as follows

 The local bookstore where I grew up had a spot in their window reserved each month for their featured novel. Occasionally they would place a piece of fantasy fiction in there that I would pick up and usually would not set down until it was finished. In late 2002 the book of the month was Robin Hobb's book one of the Tawny Man Trilogy : Fool's Errand.

Don't get me wrong, I would never have intentionally missed the first three in the series of 9 but at the time I had no idea they were related to the current books. I was fairly new to the fantasy genre ( I was 11 years old ) and had no idea about the others and how they linked together.

At first it was a little hard to understand. Later after reading through the entire series, I understood how much simpler the understanding of Wit and Skill was if you started from the assassins line, but eventually it all made sense. Following Through Fitz and Prince Dutiful's journey I discovered the series set 15 years after the original journey, there were a million pieces joining the first 2 trilogies and increasing amounts of mystery become present as I was ignorant of who many of the characters were, such as
Spoiler for Hiden:
the character from the Liveship Series who recognises the Fool as Amber.

It also acted as a huge spoiler to the original series. I knew exactly what to expect from Regal, I knew who would die before they did and a few twists and turns were revealed before I had even opened the first page of Assassins Apprentice.

I wouldn't have it any other way. When I look back, I have unique experience reading through The Realm of the Elderings series. I started with a main body of work and then had the prequels delivered to me as soon as I finished them. I didn't read the series backwards, I started with the last three and then proceeded from what was intended to be the original.

While I read through The Farseer Trilogy I knew what would happen yet still I got to watch the journey unfold, the twists and turns still surprised me and it was an altogether different experience meeting the characters I already knew intimately for the first time.

I'd love to here if anyone else has ever had any similar happenings with a book series that was to them their own unique personal pilgrimage.

Okay so I thought I'd share with you a few of my favourite upcoming authors and the books they are releasing this year ( or early next ). Most of the names here will leap out at you but if there is something you haven't heard of before I'm sure you will enjoy it.

I guess you could consider this my 'Favourite Series 2012' and some of these novels I have been waiting to be released for quite a while now. So here it is, my most anticapted selection of novelsdue for release, they run in no particular author.

1. The Kingkiller Chronicles Book Three: The Door of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss - Okay I lied, this is the book I am waiting for the most. Ever since back in April 2007 with the release of the first book 'The Name of the Wind' I have been wringing my hands in anxiousness for mastermind Rothfuss to finish this series. Rumoured to have a release date of March 2013 it will have been 6 years for three books. The third is sure to be every bit as good as one and two.

2. Lightbringer Series Book 2: The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks - Weeks took us by storm with his debut series ' The Night Angel Triology ' and followed up with ' The Dark Prism ' the first of his second series. The Lightbringer series promises to be no different and book two is due for release on the 13th of September 2012. The book has a unique magic system involving 'drafting' of colours where each colour has its own unique properties however the more you use your drafting the closer you come to losing control ( just a quick summary of the system ). Weeks leaves us waiting for book 2 with lots of little hints at the end of the book 1 making you hunger for more.

3. Low Town Book 2: Tomorrow the Killing by Daniel Polansky - This is book two in Polansky's debut series. I have never read anything quite like it, while I admit I wish there had been more detail into the background history of the world Polansky creates ( the portrayed world seems incredible however the book follows a quick pace and as such Polansky doesn't get as much time to describe the workings of the magic systems or the world itself as I would like ) he more the makes up for it with his incredible use of characters. Warden, an ex government agent turned criminal drug lord, discovers the body of a murdered child and seeks to solve a mystery filled with twists and turns as he is eventually coerced into solving the crime. I'm guessing Polansky will also expand on the background information about low town. The novel is due for release on August the 7th 2012, so soon!

4.  Demon Trilogy Book Three: The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett - Here is another series which started for me years ago, back in 2009 with The Warded Man ( or The Painted Man  depending on your place of residence ), the third installment will finally be seen Feburuary 2013. The first two books were highly addictive. The novel is set in a time where demons run the night time and are  held back from destroying everything by a set of wards however, lots of this knowledge was lost over time. The first follows three different story lines which eventually meet up and begin to bring back ancient knowledge to help fight the demons. The book also has a small amount of politics involved, adding to the story.

5. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch - Release date October 2012

6. King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence - Release date August 2012

7. A Tale of Kin Book Two: Sworn in Steel by Douglas Hulik - Release date June 2013

I have run out of time so unfortunately had to neglect to last two ( They mean as much to me as all the others ) will however update accordingly when I get a chance. For now I Would love to hear what everyone else is waiting for :)


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