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I really liked this book. It reminds me of 'chic lit'. I would call it Urban Fantasy for chick lit lovers. I myself enjoyed it mostly because it was so nice to just delve into a world that wasn't bogged down in political turmoil, never ending wars and all the other stuff that seems to be synonymous with fantasy these days. I really enjoyed the out of her depth female protagonist. It was a great fast and throughly enjoyable read.

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couldn't agree more! My lack of will power however gets the better of me more often then not :(

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While i can appreciate that he does love the city and I like how alive it feels. I do think it is a bit overboard and repetitive when you read them in quick succession, which I did :P

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Level of Violence in Fantasy
« on: May 09, 2013, 07:08:26 AM »
I think there is a market for incredible gory detail but i don't think it is prevalent in all fantasy. I do agree that there is a few authors of this 'modern era' of fantasy that focus on battle scenes and doing them well, but i think it is indicative of our visual age and I think current authors respond to that.

I don't think it is across the whole genre but I certainly read better combat description in books I wouldn't associate as combat focused then when I read books from a 'long' (relative term, i'm 24) ago.

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Yea I really really enjoyed these. I have to get a series so far review up for my blog.

I am an Aussie, and I did start to roll my eyes at the constant London references. Aaronovitch treats London as a character in the books, he brings it alive (unfortunately with a million too many street name, I feel like i could use the books as a map). Dresden's Chicago is more regarded in terms of his 'hood'. It's his town and no one messed with it. Grant is always going on about being born and bread and how awesome London is.

Totally agree with everything else. Great characterisation! Great supporting cast! love the magic the magic system and that his progress is slow, seems more realistic. Also really love that (LOL i was about to type murphy) Lesley is a student  too, and i love their relationship, i find it really refreshing, very realistic.

can't wait for the june release!

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Book Bargains
« on: April 26, 2013, 09:45:48 AM »
Harry Connolly's Twenty Palaces is $3 !!! I'm an Aussie and I normally pay stupidly inflated prizes on Amazon. But this is awesome!

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I think a lot has to do with characterisation.

Dresden: Self deprecating, wise arse, lone wolf. I can fall in love with his power and his passion for helping people, but he would be a sucky boyfriend.

The Vampire/Human relationship, in my personal opinion, is a readership thing. How i see it is thus, A guy is completely overcome by a normal everyday girl, she is way beneath him in almost every status imaginable but he is totally devoted to her and even tries to change his ways/makes sacrifices so that he can be with her. - well gosh darn! if that doesn't sound like an ideal romance for a girl to fantasise about maybe they weren't bought up on fairytales by Dinesy her whole life.

point being, if the kind of urban fantasy you are reading has a distinct readership, then the relationships within it are going to be pretty standard.

I like what Neil Gaiman did in American Gods. I also like personal growth in a series of books, so i like seeing relationships change or attitudes towards relationships. I don't like reading the same, sex/dates different girl/guy book after book, that's not growth, and not great characterisation either really.

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Holy Magoly!

i think i'll need to start with crossing off the ones i've read, and having a peak at the others. my brain hurts from getting ones i've read and having to trace back to different courses.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: The Daylight War (Spoilers)
« on: April 24, 2013, 12:07:09 AM »
Most of the time Urban Fantasy is pretty exclusively a one person focused and written in first person. I don't care about it so much, but when all the main characters are getting all hot and sweaty.
Spoiler for Hiden:
If i'm following 5 different story lines all with their own sex lives Brett feels is his duty to tell me about, in detail
it wears thin, it loses its ... intensity :P

Although I must admit, it will be handy if i ever magically get transported to that world, i know who i'll be chasing :P

Haha and yea thanks for the advice, I wasn't planning on heading over to the paranormal romance section of Amazon and i'll steer clear lol

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I almost never read more than one at a time. However, there have been instances where I know I SHOULD finish a book, but i pick up another because i'm so bored. The Similarion or Best Served Cold, were two I picked up other books in the middle of.

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Fantasy Resources / Re: Fantasy Author Blogs
« on: April 23, 2013, 10:36:08 AM »
http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com

Rothfuss posts some really interesting and often insightful stuff. He also has his own charity which makes him a pretty awesome guy. He does post about his toddler though, but I find that kinda cute.

I also like http://jimbutcher.livejournal.com

He is free with information about what he is writing, which i find refreshing.

I also, like Abercrombie's but that's been mentioned.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: The Daylight War (Spoilers)
« on: April 23, 2013, 08:50:54 AM »


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Why is it called the Daylight War? There is no war in the daylight, just 2 large battles at night (which, for Jardir) were easily won
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I totally agree, I found that really annoying actually. there wasn't even really a war between Jardir and Arlen or Krasians and Thesans really,
Spoiler for Hiden:
just a plan to attack a city on the Krasians part and really nothing on the Thesans part.

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Inevera's back story. It was... Interesting in parts, but virtually irrelevant to the story. I felt the same with Jardir's back story in Desert Spear.

Brett has said he likes to graphic novel kinda feel, and back story is a huge part of that. I found this really difficult to come to terms with stylistically. Seeing as he devotes literally chapters to characters without breaks I think he loses a lot of readers that are not used to that kind of structure (me being one of them).

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In reality, this book covers 6 weeks of time and apart from the battles with the minds it doesn't advance the story as much as it should have.

agreed!!

The saddest thing for me was that i loved the first book so much because of the action and the difficulties in man's triumph over demons. There was only one section of the book that included this but it was like 3 chapters!!

Also, yep, I agree sex is an important part of life and i think it is great to have it often with someone you love but far out  I don't actively want to read about others sex lives in detail, especially all the ..
Spoiler for Hiden:
will i wont i crap or gosh i have two wives how ever will i be able to have so much sex, oh no wait ... i got this!

that's my two cents!

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: The Art of Re-reading
« on: April 23, 2013, 08:36:38 AM »
Never ever re read. I always want to, but can't bring myself to do it. I feel like i am taking time away form all the possible books I COULD be reading.

I understand the theory behind re reading before the next book in a series is released. For example, I would love to re read Way of Kings, but it is HUGE and I am sure I will have been able to read two new books in that time.

To solve my dilemma, i google! If there series are famous enough (GoT) there will be heaps of info out there for me to refresh my mind. If i am also brutally honest, most authors leave lots of hints for you some subtly, some not so (damn you info dumpers!)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: E-Readers... What you using?
« on: April 23, 2013, 08:25:19 AM »
My trusty kindle was with me for 2 years. I never had a cover for it and it was a durable companion ... until i stepped on it getting out of bed a few months ago (turns out not so durable when 60kg of sleepy me steps on it, who would have thought?)

I got a samsung tablet for christmas and I use that now. I downloaded the kindle app onto it, and when i buy books, i one click them and send them to "android tablet" instead of my kindle. I also downloaded and app called Moon+Read for all the ebooks i already had saved in random places on my computer.

It saddens me that I feel so uncomfortable reading a physical book. I can probably count on one hand the amount of times i've read one in the past 3 years.

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