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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Who reads short stories?
« on: June 06, 2019, 11:38:38 PM »
Short stories are such a staple of the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre. I can't think of any other genre where they are done so well. Historically Science Fiction and Fantasy writers got their break selling short stories to monthly titles. A quick google or a more knowledgeable (or older) member I am sure can bring up the names of a few of those magazines/ anthologies.  Even now there are several anthologies published a year. George RR Martin is one of many famous compilers (along with Silverberg and Dazois). Many sci fi and fantasy writers will at some point in their career put out a collection of their short stories (Joe Abercrombie did in the last few years and Neil Gaiman has 3 very good collections. If you are a fan of the genre and not reading short stories I do honestly feel you are missing out a bit.

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Lord of the Rings IV: Sauron Strikes Back anyone?

How many of these delays are down to writer's block and how many due to being dropped by publishers (but we don't get told this.)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Book Bargains
« on: May 31, 2019, 11:13:14 PM »
I thought that any variance to the official price was borne by the sellers, no?

Is that right? Hope so cos I always buy ebooks at cheap price and feel a bit guilty.

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So with recent Scott Lynch/ GRRM chatter found myself thinking of other books we are still awaiting.

The Sun's Devices by Rebecca Levine (Book 3 of the Hunter's Kind)

What has happened to it?

Any other books you are waiting for?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Book Bargains
« on: May 31, 2019, 07:22:34 PM »
Harper Voyager Kindle bargains:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=B078TYRXR1%7CB076P3VKR6%7CB00I7K2FZ8%7CB002RI9DD8%7CB01NAE8AW4&i=digital-text&tag=smarturl-gb-21&ref=nb_sb_noss

Including Grey Sister at £1.99 and Temeraire at £0.99

Not sure Mark Lawrence will like us buying his book for cheap. I am sure DODO by Neal Stephenson is always on offer!  Bit like Children of Time. That is always on offer as well.

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Ahhh... the issue with reading a trilogy as it is published when you have the memory of a goldfish. 

However Jen is doing a good job at threading in references to previous books:  It begins with Noon liberating th fell-witches from the Winnowry - useful reminder of where she came from.  (I imagine Noon as looking a bit like Elizabeth Olson)  Then we spend time with Hestillon (Celaphon is the tiger best on the cover right?) reminding us that she has joined the Jure'lia (but can't remember Bern replacing the memory in the crystal) and vaguely remember Bern and Alisdair escaping (hoping we get reunited with them soon.)

And now we are back with the original three:  Vintage  (Emma Thompson surely?), Tor and Noon. And now I remember their quest to the island and how creepy it was.  What was the name of the Eboran they were hunting?  And they discovered they were just a weird alien experiment gone wrong.  And weren't there people living on the island? (Damn memory.)  And why are Tor and Noon cold towards each other now?  They were lovers for a bit right?  Though Noon did burn and scar Tor?   

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The Poison Song by Jen Williams (btw can someone please message me or put in spoiler threads a quick summary of where we are in the series. I remember most but can't remember how the last book left things.)
@Nighteyes, I had the same problem, but I soon picked it up (I'll finish that one today!)

Spoiler for Hiden:
I think the key things is that Hestillion turned completely against the 'good guys', becoming a part of the Jurelia, including her war-beast. They also learnt that the Eborans are actually a failed trial by an alien race, instead of being the superior race that they always assumed. A fell-witch called Tyranny stole a war-beast pod, betraying our good guys who thought she had reformed. Also Nanthema, Vintage's old girlfriend, betrayed her by helping Tyranny steal the pod.
And now I can't remember which bits belong in which book anymore, sorry :-[

Thank you!!!

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The Poison Song by Jen Williams (btw can someone please message me or put in spoiler threads a quick summary of where we are in the series. I remember most but can't remember how the last book left things.)

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Hi, guys!
One year ago last Wednesday, the docs sawed open my chest and played switcheroozies with my heart arteries. It was so much fun.

To celebrate, Mrs. JMack and I are going right back up to Buffalo, NY and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario where I had my heart attack. I’m taking with me “The Three Body Problem”, “The Dragonbone Chair” (a re-read), and “Slaughterhouse 5.” We will read books, drink wine, ride bikes, play games (Rummicube and Perquackey) and try not to fall into Niagara Falls.

Here’s hoping I finish this trip better than the last one!  :D

Oh gawd to last year. Congrats on making it!

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The Middler by Kirsty Applebaum

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General Discussion / Re: What's your jersey?
« on: May 26, 2019, 09:14:35 PM »
JUST GOT BACK FROM WEMBLEY!!!

CAFC!!!

LEE BOWYER'S RED ARMY!!!

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Just read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief as we are doing it in class, and needed to now what happens to plan lessons for it!  Great fun though.  Can see why it was such a phenomenon.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: April 28, 2019, 08:41:20 PM »
I finished book 2, The bear and the serpent, and I've now started book 3, The hyena and the hawk.
This is really a great trilogy, and I can't wait to know the rest of the plot!

You've still got The Meerkat and the Giraffe to read.

The Black Prince by Adam Roberts.

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I'm in Athens.

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New game. What does @ScarletBea have on her old vinyls? Guesses as a post or on a postcard to the usual address.

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