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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever?
« on: January 18, 2020, 08:59:44 AM »
And if you know Gail Carriger's books, the cover is always made with a wink. ;)

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I'm sure Homer being the stereotype of an uneducated, middle-class American is much more flattering. ;)

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I'm glad she didn't marry that oaf!

And I'm not surprised the vain, self-righteous, angry priest doesn't realize that it's the devil he's talking to and not God. So now we know that Frost is the Winter-King and that his antagonist is the Bear. Who will the Nightingale be?

It's a lot of foreboding and now it feels like a train racing checkless towards the end of the tracks. Nothing you can do and a lot of things will be broken when it reaches its destination.

Why, oh why did she save Konstantin's life? The Rusalka told her that many others will die and she still did it... She's the good one, I know. But still...

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Do we already know who (or what) the bear is? And the nightingale? Intriguing so far.

Konstantin is a demagogue and his God thinks a bit too much like himself, doesn't he? I hate self-righteous people.

And as it's getting darker, I don't want to see Vasya suffer. She is so innocent, strong and always tries to make the best out of a situation. I fear the second half of the book won't be kind to her...

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oooooh I just wrote you a long reply but lost it this minute. So sorry will write again properly tomorrow,Thank you for your thoughts, it is just heartbreaking in every way.
It's not just heartbreaking, it's incredibly infuriating too. Why is ScoMo still in power? Is there nothing the people can do until the next votes? It's ironic in a really sad way that the country who suffers most from climate change is led by a climate change denier who is bribed by the coal and mines lobby to do nothing.

500 Million Animals (not counting Insects and other small ones of course) died in a horrible way already and there are not enough Koala bears left to keep the species alive without human interaction.

It's easy to say, I know, but I don't believe he would still be in power in Germany. If he hadn't resigned voluntarily, his party would have made him because they weren't willing to go down with him (hello GOP, let's see how this works out for you).

On an unrelated note, @Eli_Freysson I disagree that three days are enough for big cities. I'd like you to try this with Berlin or Istanbul for example. ;)

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I like this a lot. The writing reminds me of Morgenstern or Gaiman and Arden manages fantastically to create special atmospheres. With the forest and the east European setting it's a bit similar to Uprooted too.

I like Vasya and pity Anna and I'm curious what Sasha will do.

I agree with what the rest of you wrote (scope, Moscow's intrigue, patriarchy, etc) but I'm too knocked out by my tonsillitis to write more.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 07, 2020, 11:20:55 AM »
Reading the Bear and the Nightingale. Intriguing and cool. Reminds me of Uprooted.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: January 05, 2020, 09:17:13 PM »
The problem here is apathy about our use of military power and the mostly unrestrained power of the presidency to order action. On a related note, I wish the media would call the attack on this general what it is: an assassination.
They now do. After we learned that the Trump admin asked Iraq to mediate between Iran and the US and that thhat was the reason Souleimani was there.

"Please ask this guy to come to you (so we can kill him)."

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: January 05, 2020, 11:55:39 AM »
I think America is prepared to go to war (again) to maintain a growing presence in the Middle East, but is more likely to co opt a state to provide them further bases in the interests of stability in the region.
They think they're prepared to go to war in Iran. They are not.
Iran won't be Iraq2.0, as many believe.
Iran has 80 Mio. Inhabitants, the same amount as Germany with four times the area (which is as hospitable as Mordor mostly) and Teheran is bigger than NYC. This will be Vietnam2.0 only worse for all parties involved (and likely that means the whole world).
This war must not happen.

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Introductions / Re: Ye Old members of Lore
« on: January 03, 2020, 08:30:56 PM »
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. :)

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General Discussion / Re: Pictures of Your Forum Peeps
« on: January 02, 2020, 04:21:29 PM »
There are pics of me on this forum. As a pirate sometime 2011 or 2012, with my first son when he was newborn (2015), some other pics I can't remember atm, ... But I don't think there is one in this topic, so you need to dig a bit to find them. ;)

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Writers' Corner / Re: Who is writing?
« on: January 02, 2020, 04:19:31 PM »
Despite having little time (comes with having little kids), I want to write again and while I know generally what I want to write I have problems with the specifics.

I started something which, structure-wise, is like the Starborn Few from Becky Chambers (completely different world building and genre). The main protagonist is the setting and you experience it through some loosely connected, sometimes intertwined stories that take place in this world and illustrate how different/interesting/dangerous it is.

I wrote 1-2 of those stories and have ideas for about 10-15 more but I just can't write them. I have no idea what the block is. It could be:
- needing to get used to writing again (NaNoWriMo winner 2011 ;))
- more world building (especially culture and social norms of the inhabitants of the world)
- this format just isn't for me and it would be easier to write a longer story following a few MCs.
- something else.

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[NOV 2019] Arch Enemies / Re: [Nov 2019] - Arch Enemies - Voting Thread
« on: January 02, 2020, 04:01:17 PM »
Congrats, @bdcharles;D

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 02, 2020, 03:50:30 PM »
Bea, you'll manage. :)

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