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In Dorne.

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There seems to have been 5 pages of posts since my last visit. Just back from a tour of Egypt and Jordan. Highly recommended. Went full Indiana Jones.
Wow!

One day I'll overcome my dislike of organised tours and go to that kind of places (where I basically don't know anything and can't set it myself).

Organised tours in a nutshell: "Alright guys, let's get down here and piss for like 5 minutes, then we'll spend almost the rest of the day in the bloody bus and the final hour of the day doing a 5 kilometer walk around the shopping districts! Where people who don't shop could like just bore themselves to death."

Yeah, pretty much. I mean I'm not saying that I don't like peeing to the beautiful foreign scenery but still...

It was actually the opposite of that. I got the whole day to explore Petra and the tour was brilliant at getting us to the site very early say 6am to beat the crowds and heat. Certainly there are tours like that but not G Adventures the company I used.

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There seems to have been 5 pages of posts since my last visit. Just back from a tour of Egypt and Jordan. Highly recommended. Went full Indiana Jones.

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Flying to Cairo tomorrow. (Via Abu Dhabi thanks to the very random and mysterious grounding of BA flights direct to Cairo.)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Your next 5 books....
« on: July 05, 2019, 10:10:25 PM »
Finish  A Close and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers and The Templers by Dan Jones

1. Miyazaki World by Susan Napier
2. The Fifth Season by N K Jemisin
3. Death on the River Nile by Agatha Christie
4. The Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Then I can't really decide: I'll be on holiday so will want light and breezy reads but want to read more female writers ...

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The Binding by Bridget Collins

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded.

Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it.


Sounds very much like fantasy to me! It also has the wonderful Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton who read last year at Super Relaxed Fantasy Club. Seriously I think it had about 10 books out of 100 that can be classed as speculative fiction: considering the list also covers Young Adult/ Children, Crime, Thrillers, Contemporary Fiction, Self Help, Travel, Popular Science,  Biographies ... they have done very well! I thought it was an interesting list that gave me quite a few suggestions to add to my wish list.

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I don't know why I even bother checking the usual "100 books for your holidays" articles that are all over the place at this time of the year: there's never any fantasy >:(

https://www.theguardian.com/books/ng-interactive/2019/jun/29/summer-reading-100-best-holiday-books-for-2019

Spotted a few sci fi books on this list, and a few books with fantasy elements.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Your next 5 books....
« on: July 01, 2019, 10:17:44 PM »
Finish  A Close and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers and The Templers by Dan Jones

1. Miyazaki World by Susan Napier
2. The Fifth Season by N K Jemisin
3. The Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Then I can't really decide: I'll be on holiday so will want light and breezy reads but want to read more female writers ...

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The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie just added. BOOM!

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Bought another book today ...  :'(

Was at a fascinating exhibit on The History of Manga at the British Museum and found Miyazaki World: A Life in Art in the shop afterwards. But the author is Susan Napier so it is allowed! Woo hoo!

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Enjoying A Close and Common Orbit (and yep it's a quick read) but was a bit disappointed initially not to be on the Wayfarer.  But I am enjoying my time with Sidra, Pepper and Blue and interested to see how it all links together with the Wayfarer.

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I have been reading Magician: Apprentice for a while (%25). I can't get into the book as much as I wanted to. Maybe it's because the book goes in a slow pace or maybe it feels like childish. Should I continue or drop it? Does it get any better?

Is what it is - if you're not enjoying it, I wouldn't continue.

Is this the first half of Magician by Everybody Loves Raymond Feist?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Half year in books
« on: June 27, 2019, 08:11:10 PM »
1. Feet of Clay - Terry Pratchett

2. Old Venus - ed George RR Martin, Gardner Dozois

3. Thomas Cromwell: A Life - Diarmaid MacCulloch

4. The Knife Of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness

5. The Ask and the Answer - Patrick Ness

6. Monsters of Men - Patrick Ness

7. Black Leopard, Red Wolf - Marlon James

8. The Punisher Vol 1 - Garth Ennis

9. Did you eat Grandma? - Giles Brandreth

10. The Black Prince - Adam Roberts

11. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

12. Rival Queens: The Betrayal of Mary Queen of Scots - Kate Williams

13. Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt - Chris Naunton

14. The Middler - Kirsty Applebaum

15. Just for One Day: Adventures in Britpop - Louise Wener

16. The Poison Song - Jen Williams

17. The Templers - Dan Jones

18. Kraven's Last Hunt - J.M. DeMatteis

19. No one is to small to make a difference - Greta Thunberg

5/19 are female writers. (Clearly not good enough.)
2/19 are graphic novels. (Quite low for me and both I have read are mainstream superhero titles - normally I read more quirky ones.)
1 reread (annual Pratchett reread.)
7/19 are non-fiction (and four of those history related.)
8/19 I would put under the sci-fi/ fantasy banner (10 if you count Spiderman and Punisher under that banner)
5/19 are YA
3/19 published 2019
12/19 I read as physical books
2/19 I listened to as audio books
and just one short story collection!

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Some (more recent) recommendations from me (I don't know if these are your bag, but I enjoyed them). A few of these are all classified as YA, but don't let that discourage you.

Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway: A fantasy book about star-crossed protagonists with World War 2-style steampunk tech.

Starswept by Mary Fan: Post-capitalist dystopia set in an academy of the arts that goes where you might not expect.

Implanted by Lauren C. Teffeu: Post-climate change cyberpunk with a character who's part Faith (from Mirror's Edge) and part Jason Bourne.

The Buried Life by Carrie Patel: This is still on my TBR, but Carrie is lovely in person and it's gotten good reviews.

Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling: Caving on an alien planet. Also on my TBR.

If it is YA aimed at 9 - 12 year olds that is right up my alley.  Are any?

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Thanks crew!  8) I'll read Becky Chambers first as the easiest one and already started the series. Then Jemisin. Plan!

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