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Which is the one where Hermione socks Draco?
The third one, Prisoner of Azkaban.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Tamora Pierce
« on: January 30, 2011, 07:48:33 PM »
Her Tortall books are probably my favorite of her work. Mostly the ones about Alanna. :) And I have yet to read the Becca Cooper series, and I've had a hard time finding them. They're on the top of my to buy list though, because I heard that they were really good. And her female characters' strength is what got me into her writing. I really enjoyed that all of her female characters can defend themselves and don't need anyone else.

That's strange, her other books are some of my favorite. I found them quite enjoyable, and really connected with her characters.

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Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: Harry Potter
« on: January 30, 2011, 07:57:14 AM »
Harry Potter, for me at least, is what turned me onto the fantasy side of reading. I have always enjoyed reading, but up until then I had not had a specific genre that I liked to read. When I picked up a Harry Potter book, JK Rowling opened me up to the magic, the wonder, and the joy of finding a new world beyond reality. Without the Harry Potter series, which I admit, is nothing new or special, I would not be the fantasy reader I am. In spite of it's flaws, I think that the series is a wonderful way to open people up to the fantasy genre.

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I have been recommended WoT and have tried reading it, but I found it impossible to get into. There is a point where it's too long winded, and Jordan far exceeds my limit of detail. I have heard that it's a great series, but I can't get myself to try and read them again.

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Introductions / Re: How did you Choose your Nickname?
« on: January 30, 2011, 06:12:46 AM »
My nickname came from my friends at one in the morning. We decided that we all needed titles and mine started as Captain, then became Doctor, and finally Professor. My friends then spent two hours confusingly calling me by different titles, so to end the confusion I mashed them together.  Professor is purposely spelled wrong to emphasize my wish at the time to not conform. I have been known as Captain-Dr-Proffesor ever since, although it is sometimes abbreviated to CptnDrPrfsr if I have a limited amount of characters.

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I think Mistborn could be good too... It would have to be done right and with a HUGE budget - like Lord of The Rings style budget, but it could certainly work... I actually got the impression when reading it that it had been written for media. Not sure if that is just Sanderson's style or if perhaps it was, but yeah - that would be awesome!
I agree. I think Mistborn would be a great movie, and I would definitely go see it in theaters if it was done correctly.

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I tried to read this series but I couldn't get into it. Is it worth it to try and read again?

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I agree with you about 5 and 6, but I liked 7:1. I thought it did a good job sticking to the story, with a few exceptions. I didn't like, however, how all of the humor has been drained out of the series. JK Rowling wrote amazing books that consisted of humor and drama, but the movies only portray the serious side of it. I think this is especially true with the latter half of the series.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Children Fantasy Books.
« on: January 30, 2011, 03:10:09 AM »
I wouldn't really count Harry Potter as a children's book.

The first one maybe but from then on, the series rapidly grew in maturity to where they could appeal to anyone. I'd class them more as a Fantasy Book for all ages, I mean I know kids who love Harry Potter (My 10 year old cousin especially) and folks in their 40's who love them (Like my college lecturer)


I agree. As the series progressed simplistic ideals such as good vs. evil as a black and white affair was challenged as JK Rowling gave an in-depth look at Voldemort and his past. Understanding the antagonist was a big step in the maturing of the series, I believe.

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I would have to say the most disappointing translation of book to screen would have to be Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I am a die-hard fan of the Harry Potter series and have read it more times than I can count. The first few books did an excellent job of portraying the story and characters, however, I found the sixth movie unmemorable and infuriating. I think that they over dramatized every scene between Harry and Ginny, making it very romantic even though that is not how it happened in the book. The added scene where the Burrow burnt down made me feel like getting up and leaving the theaters! I understand cutting scenes, because of time or resources, but adding a scene is inexcusable. Not only did that limit the amount of information from the book that could have been in the movie, but it was completely useless. It just leaves gaping holes for the sixth and seventh one. If the Burrow burns down, where are they staying? Where will Bill and Fleur's wedding take place? I just find it ridiculous that adding a scene was even allowed.

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I find prologues a convenient way for the author to put the rest of the story in context, or add additional information.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Warbreaker (Brandon Sanderson)
« on: January 30, 2011, 02:30:37 AM »
I personally think Warbreaker is his weakest effort, but that's not to say it's not good- far from it actually- it's a great book. He has just set the bar so high with his other exceptional work. I would recommend Elantris and Mistborn to new Sanderson readers. It will help them appreciate Warbreaker more.
I have to strongly disagree with you, I love Warbreaker. You say that it's his weakest effort, and I'm wondering why you say that.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Elantris
« on: January 30, 2011, 02:21:32 AM »
Elantris was the first work I ever read by Brandon Sanderson, and I was quite pleased with it. The story was full of interesting and complex characters, although, as previously discussed, his female characters are not up to par. It's probably one of my favorites by him, although I haven't read Way of Kings yet. I liked how the turn of each viewpoint made me anxious to keep reading to see what would happen. This left me unable to put the book down until I was finished.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Tamora Pierce
« on: January 30, 2011, 02:07:27 AM »
I noticed that there wasn't a topic going for Tamora Pierce, and I thought I would start one.

I first starting reading her 5 years ago when I received ShatterGlass as a gift. Even though I started in the middle of the series in the second quartet with these characters, I caught on fairly quickly to what was happening. I later went back and reread all of the series, and the previous one, and realized that I really enjoyed her writing. I then read several of her other series, and enjoyed those as well.

I would love to know what you all think of her and her writing.

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