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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Most anticipated book of 2019
« on: October 11, 2019, 02:07:40 PM »
My update:

The books I'm waiting for on the remaining of this year are:

* Mark Lawrence's last in the Impossible times trilogy, Dispel illusion (a) --> only in Dec, still waiting

It's out on the 14th of November in ebook. 31st of December for the hardback & paperback.

Jonathan French’s Grey Bastards was for me a superlative example of grim dark.

Whereas I, and many readers, don't consider it grimdark (scores 3 out of 5):

It is a very fun book though.

I don’t think I agree with that list . How do you decide what’s grimdark ?

It appears you read very little of it then  ;D

You can add your vote to the thousands in total (hundreds on many of the books) on the list and help shape the term by usage.

Before words are added to dictionaries they are defined by use. You might disagree with someone else's definition of "chair" or "green" or "beautiful" but they have been defined by use.

In order to fully disagree with the list you would have had to read a good selection of those at the top and said, "No, I don't feel these are very grimdark." and a good selection of those at the bottom and said "These are so grimdark!". Is that the case here?

Beyond Redemption the most Grimdark you can read.

Joe Abercrombie is also nicknamed Lord Grimdark.

By himself!  ;D

Though from what I hear it's a well deserved title.

Jonathan French’s Grey Bastards was for me a superlative example of grim dark.

Whereas I, and many readers, don't consider it grimdark (scores 3 out of 5):

It is a very fun book though.

Oooh data ;D

My top 3 are:
1. Robin Hobb = 16
2. Terry Pratchett = 15 (or, if you include the 'Science of Discworld' books too, 19)
2. Mark Lawrence = 13

Impressive. I thought this thread would have a lot of Pratchett as the man has 50+ books out. But you seem to have read everything I have in print and more besides. Good going  :D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Who reads short stories?
« on: June 05, 2019, 07:57:22 PM »
I write them, but shamefully … I never read them.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Active members with novels
« on: May 27, 2019, 08:48:11 PM »
I've got … counts on fingers ... eleven … and number 12 is due out tomorrow.

Even to me that seems a lot.

I've recently finished Stange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, which I really enjoyed!

Currently reading An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, which I am not liking so much. Maybe too YA for me.

I'll be honest. I've been "reading" Locke Lamora for about a month now and haven't gotten to page 100. Finding it hard to get into it.

I shared your experience but pushed on and after the slow start (where I thought there were some very nice lines) it got much better and I really enjoyed it.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Akinator Character Guesser
« on: November 24, 2018, 10:46:10 AM »
It's a weird engine. It's even more impressive when you realise that it is picking the character from not only all books but from every real person of note in history too. Choose a politician, monarch or celebrity and it will get them.

The weird bit is how it asks contradictory questions like "is your character bald?" yes "does your character have red hair?", and also repeats questions.

But very fun. And I was impressed that it even got characters from my books.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Active members with novels
« on: October 29, 2018, 03:31:55 PM »
Pretty sure I fail to qualify under the "posted in the last month" rule.

Social media seems to have done away with forums in the main. Which is a shame.

Jorg Ancrath in the Broken Empire trilogy without a shadow of a doubt.

Hooray  :D

Not sure who I would choose. Robin Hobb's Fitz has a long and entertaining book life, not sure if I would call it satisfying.

Some great unfinished arcs in A Song of Ice and Fire. Jaime and Tyrion, but also maybe Aria and Sansa.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« on: November 23, 2017, 08:54:27 PM »
Roadbrothers hardback arrived today there appears to be 2 extra stories over the original ebook version.

Four more stories in fact! Constituting a 50% increase in the number of words.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Book Bargains
« on: September 06, 2017, 04:42:48 PM »
Red Sister is 99p on UK Amazon. Not my doing or the publishers. Amazon's taking the hit.

Small Press & Self-Published / Re: SPFBO 3 is open for entries!
« on: May 20, 2017, 01:09:21 PM »
Spread the word, we need 250+ or we all get the year off.

Hey @Mark Lawrence, not sure if you read your mentions on here, but I figured I'd ping you regardless. This is the third SPFBO you've done, which is awesome, but I'm curious. Have you considered opening a contest for science fiction? A Self-Published Science Fiction Blog Off? There's a lot of great self-published SF out there, but I haven't seen any contests similar in scale to the SPFBO to promote it. Have you considered changing the genre for future contests?

You'll need someone passionate about SF to put the work in on that one. Someone who can identify and enthuse SF bloggers. Give it a go yourself?

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