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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Your top fantasy books of 2014? :)
« on: December 21, 2014, 10:38:55 AM »
My top fantasy (and kinda SF books) that came out in 2014 - some of which I might have read in 2013...
1. -  The Copper Promise by Jen Williams
- proper old fashioned blood and thunder fantasy with dragons and mages and an enormous sense of fun - there is literally nothing I didn't like about this book.
2. Tigerman by Nick Harkaway
- despite only containing homeopathic amounts of SFF, it was clever and very moving and wore its geek heart proudly on its chest
3. Hive Monkey - Gareth L Powell
Second guns 'n' monkeys 'n' blowing shit up - smarter than it first appears, shades of PKD about this one.
4. Banished - Liz De Jager
Clever, funny YA that draws on mythology and gives it a unique twist. Buffy meets Hellboy 2
5. A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett.
I know it's non- fiction, but it's by turns hilarious, inspirational, frustrating and, by the end, incredibly moving and well worth a read.

I liked the first one, and I though the second one was ok, let down by a bit of middle-of-the-trilogy sag and being too much a retread of events in the first book.
As for Mockingjay, I was so. so disappointed. I felt that Katniss lost all her agency, all the character that had made us root for her in the first place.
Spoiler for Hiden:
She made very few choices of her own, even the decision to kill Coin I felt like Snow manipulated her into it, and it wasn't really her own decision. She didn't even get to choose which guy she ended up with at the end, she was sent home and Peeta was sent to join her and Gale and her mum were just kind of...shuffled off somewhere else and never mentioned again.
I realise Collins was probably trying to say profound things about the futility of Katniss's struggle and the effects of PTSD, but she didn't pull it off, and I lost all sympathy for Katniss about the time she started hiding in cupboards and blaming everyone else for her problems. It made me angry because the first book was so good, and felt like something genuinely a bit different *sigh*
I do love Jennifer Lawrence, though :)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Inspired Pet Names
« on: May 18, 2014, 06:37:05 PM »
Our dog is Lyra, after the little girl in The Golden Compass. If we had ended up with a boy he was going to be Pan, or Ludo.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Book Bargains
« on: May 18, 2014, 12:04:25 PM »
My "The Art of Forgetting : Rider" (published by Kristell Ink) is FREE on Amazon / Smashwords etc for the whole of May, if anyone fancies it?

Mods - sorry if this is in the wrong place, please feel free to move it!

If I have an interaction with an author who turns out to be racist / homophobic / sexist / generally obnoxious it's very unlikely that I would buy, review or recommend their books. On the other hand, if someone is lovely I will do my very best to read their stuff.
Thankfully (though not for my bank balance) the overwhelming majority of authors I've met have been lovely...

I love the pub crawl idea ;) The last award of the evening would have to be the Golden "This character is my beesht mate ever *hic!*" Award....

Small Press & Self-Published / Re: At An Uncertain Hour back in print
« on: February 10, 2014, 05:03:33 PM »
Love the new cover, Nyki! :D

Writers' Corner / Re: POC: a Protagonist of Color
« on: February 08, 2014, 10:17:59 AM »
I think you need to look at the surrounding characters through the eyes of your POV character - would he or she think of them as "black" or "white"? My current MC is mixed race, and she makes a few references in the book to other people she meets as being darker or lighter skinned than her, but she doesn't comment on people who are around the same skin tone as her, because that's what she expects to see...

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Your next 5 books....
« on: January 28, 2014, 06:05:07 PM »
Not in any order but :
1. The Copper Promise
2. Mockingjay
3. The Eyre Affair
4. Furious Gulf
5. Any Other Name.
That's the plan, anyway...

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 28, 2014, 06:00:28 PM »
I'm in the middle of The Hunger Games, but I'm borrowing them off my mum-in-law, so while I wait to get "Mockingjay" off her I'm reading William Burroughs "Naked Lunch", which I'm finding quite hard going so far.

My crazy resident Hound is Miss Lyra Belacqua...

General Discussion / Re: Goodreads
« on: June 05, 2013, 10:11:15 PM »
I can't remember if I've replied to this thread already, but this is me :


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General Discussion / Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« on: June 05, 2013, 10:05:47 PM »
1. Mine is also my author presence online, in addition to Twitter and Facebook. It's where I post the detailed stuff.

2. I tend to write about SF and Fantasy, about writing, the odd book review, personal stuff, and helping to promote people I like :) Also the odd interview and sometimes pictures of my dog.

3. http://www.hierath.co.uk/ - my Twitter is hierath77 (I try to be a bit consistent - the man who lives in Canada and sells leaf-blowers at hierath.com is not me, though we have chatted in the past...)

4. I used to have a personal blog on Livejournal for many years, but LJ became very unreliable and full of spammers, so I switched to Wordpress around two years ago to help with book promotion, and to chat to readers about whatever was in my head!

Writers' Corner / Re: How much did you write today?
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:26:42 PM »
830 words, which isn't bad considering I have a blinding headache. Managed to introduce a new character who might turn out to be important...

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Who is K.J. Parker?
« on: March 26, 2013, 12:08:45 PM »
She's one of us whether she wants to be or not ;)

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