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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: 2020 Reading Challenge
« on: May 19, 2020, 06:36:27 AM »
I've only done 25 this year so far and for me that's fairly low.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Help me Choose My Next Book
« on: May 17, 2020, 02:01:12 AM »
I’ve read The Black Hawks, it fits your criteria, but as I haven’t read any of the rest of the list, it’s hard to say whether or not it’s what you’re really after. You might like The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan. Pretty dark, extremely good world building, strong characters, bit of humour, it is also a bit on the weird side, but not overwhelmingly so.

I wanted something fairly easy, so I've started Cinder by Marissa Meyer. A loose science fiction retelling of Cinderella, I didn't expect it to start with a plague killing people off!
Oh my! ;D

OMG the series is amazing! I'm so glad someone here finally got around to reading it. I started the book without much expectations, but I have to say I was really pleasantly surprised. What resembled an alternate version of a Disney princess tale on the first book quickly became a rogue adventure Avengers collection of Disney princesses in later books, and it was totally amazing. I'd heartily recommended the entire series to anyone.
I’ve read all of Marissa Meyer’s work thus far and she never disappoints. My favourite has been Heartless.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: 2020 Hugos
« on: May 02, 2020, 03:45:10 AM »
I’ve read Ten Thousand Doors of January it’s an interesting book with an intriguing concept and and engaging narrator. Ultimately, though I think it promised more than it wound up delivering.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Sir Terry Prachett Books
« on: April 30, 2020, 08:49:26 AM »
Going Postal seems to be 33rd book in Discworld series. So, can I just jump in and start reading it without reading prior 32 books?
You can. They’re all relatively self contained, but Discworld books are like potato chips, you can’t stop at just one.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Sir Terry Prachett Books
« on: April 29, 2020, 10:36:59 PM »
I was lucky enough to get The Colour of Magic when it first came out, so was able to read them as they appeared and not overload myself, another good set for a newbie to start with are the Tiffany Aching books which begin with Wee Free Men.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Sir Terry Prachett Books
« on: April 29, 2020, 07:29:50 AM »
Hey guys due to this trying time I've been trying to find new humorous books to read, and I remembered about Sit Terry Prachett's works. If I liked Good Omens (the tv series), is there a chance that I'd like Sir Terry's other works too? And I heard he's got like a whole omnibus of works, which one should someone new to him start with?
This is hard, Inky. Sir Terry has so much. The great thing about Discworld is it’s broken into various subsets. For stories about inept wizards there are the Rincewind books, if you want a wheeler dealer there’s Moist von Lipwig, there are a few Death books and the City Watch, as well as the Witches. My personal favourite is Mort, but a lot of people tend to prefer Guards Guards which is the first of the City Watch books. That may be a good one to begin your Discworld journey with.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Extra Features In Books
« on: April 29, 2020, 07:24:37 AM »
I’ll add an amendment to mine. A couple of authors I read occasionally include novellas or short stories at the end if their books. Those I’ll read.

Writers' Corner / Re: Need another solid word...
« on: April 27, 2020, 08:09:26 AM »
I also like architects, because they’re the ones who design things and give them structure.

I picked Harry, because I do like the character, and because if he can prepare then that means he can fight dirty, and he does that well. I think Voldemort’s natural arrogance and confidence in his own superiority would prove to be his downfall against a scrapper like Dresden.

Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: April 21, 2020, 07:20:08 AM »
G’day from a long time resident if this forum @lostontheway hope you enjoy your time here.

On the last few episodes of Tales From The Loop and I'm absolutely loving it. Great series, incredibly true to the feel of Simon Stålenhag's art, with some Stranger Things and Fargo vibes going, too.

Hearing about Fargo, how is the show? I've heard that it's an anthology series and thus different in every season. Would you recommend it for someone who likes crime drama shows like Peaky Blinders, Narcos, Breaking Bad, and the like?
It’s definitely quirky, you should also watch the film if you haven’t seen it. It’s different to the shows you mention, but does have elements in common. The acting is superb. If you haven’t watched Better Call Saul you may like that too. It’s kind of a prequel to Breaking Bad. Sons of Anarchy and it’s related spin-off The Mayans may also be enjoyable to you.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Extra Features In Books
« on: April 19, 2020, 02:39:45 AM »
I’m the odd one out here. I just want the actual book. Most of the time I don’t even look at the extra stuff, although I do read the acknowledgements, because I think it’s polite.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: April 15, 2020, 07:21:48 AM »
I finished Meddling Kids, which was a hoot. Cthulhu meets the Scooby Doo gang. Very well written. 4/5 stars.

So I’m back reading The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling).
Good book, haven’t solved the mystery yet.
Loved Meddling Kids too, his next book This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us is very different in content, but also a hoot. Nice to see an author do a couple of stand alones in this day and age when the series rules the genre.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy & Suspense
« on: April 13, 2020, 07:49:50 AM »
Nick Setchfield’s The War in the Dark has these elements in it as well.

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