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I would not be surprised if series like Mass Effect and Dragon Age end up influencing space opera/sci-fi and fantasy in the next ten years.

The fantasy world in my WIP fantasy series is heavily influenced from Dragon Age. The gritty, moral greyness and slight changes in race archetypes was new to me.

I heard interviews where Patrick Rothfuss praised and confesses his love of the writing in Planescape: Torment, which came out in 1999. Another game that comes to mind is The Longest Journey (1999) which had complex themes and long character dialogue. There are a few scenes where a character will tell a story without any cutscenes but the words are so vivid and voice acting superb I still remember it playing out in my head.

Most games I play is mostly solely for the narrative. Especially with RPG where I can be engrossed in the world for 30+ hours it hard not to have that influence me.

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I also would like to thank you Arry for your work with the book club. While my participation was minimal, by following along I read many books I wouldn't have otherwise. I especially remember your posts in Gardens of the moon allowed me to understand and appreciate the book.

Thanks again and hopefully we will find a way to continue it on in some form.

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My camp nanowrimo story will have dragon combat but beyond LotR and SoIaF I haven't read anything with dragons, let alone combat. I meant to read His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire) by Naomi Novik as research but I forgot the title and started reading A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan instead by mistake. Still good but no dragon combat.

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I read it when the first video game came out about 8 years ago, before I started reading fantasy. I remember finding it very strange and weird but liked the dark twists on fairy tales. I don't think I'll be rereading it but maybe I'll pick up the audio book to see how my perspective has changed.

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I started Witcher 2 I been putting off way too long after hearing good things about the 3rd game. Had trouble with the combat at first but I think I'm getting the hang of it. Not too far into it but the story and atmosphere are great so far. Need more free time.

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I'm currently reading The Wee Free Men as I failed to read it during the actual book club month. I'm listening to A Feast for Crows (book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire) so I don't get spoiled by people discussing the TV series.

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My primary decision is based on two monthly book clubs, including the one on this site, and although I don't read every book it keeps me busy.

I also have a long wish-list of recommendations from forums, author interviews, friends, and authors I want to read more from. Then when they go on sale at Audible or kindle I buy them and that backlog is getting pretty large.

Recently I compiled a list of 19 series I started and want to finish. If I quit my job and devoted working hours to reading instead it would take me just over two months to read the next book in each series.

I usually pick based on book length and how much time I have before the next book club pick if I'm interested in it. Mood also factors as lately I trying to avoid dark and depressing to lighten up my mood.  I'm trying to mix it up between sf/f, history, science, etc. but I started reading the new Star Wars books as part of May 4th and with the movie news. That just add even more to read...

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I just finished The Colour of Magic and started The We Free Men on my Kindle. First chapter was good.

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The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison -  Could be used as a counter to stories where the happy ending is the poor boy becomes king. Shows why you wouldn't want to be emperor: boring, lonely, people wanting to kill you, etc. Not thrilling, little action and slow paced but I was entertained with the political intrigue and character study. Warning: Lots of similar sounding titles and names, I couldn't track all the minor characters.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman - My first Neil Gaiman read. Reflecting back on it, the plot wasn't that scarey but the prose sucked me into the mindset of a child along with his fears. Usually not a horror fan but I'll read more of his books.

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[MAR 2015] Rogues / Re: [Mar 2015] - Rogues - Discussion Thread
« on: March 11, 2015, 01:21:17 PM »
After months of neglecting these I wrote my submission last night after a few days of thought. Now I just need to find time to polish and fill in the blanks. Although @Jmacyk already did jumping through a window so I might have to change that.

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I mainly listen to audiobooks as it fits my busy schedule as I can do it while cooking, eating, laundry, etc. I average about 1 hour a weekday, and then 3-5 hours on a weekend. If I'm into a book I don't have a limit to how long I can listen for but there have been many dull books I couldn't stand for more then an hour at a time.

I'm trying to train myself to visually read more but only do a couple hours a week of that.

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A girl from a 'savage' tribe is summoned to the capital where the monarchy have gods as their slaves. There is a LOT of sexual tension and innuendo in this book which seems to be the main focus as well as relationships..
Explores themes of corruption, desire, and history interpretations. Lot of world building at the start and figuring out how the god system works. The book is enjoyable while I was read but reflecting it afterwards, it seems to lack substance but it might have just been too much romance for me.

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I am reading the book rather than listening to it. I was surprised to see that I was mispronouncing several of the characters' names in my mind while reading after I stumbled upon the Wikipedia page for the book.

Listening to the book I have the opposite reaction, I don't normally think about how a name is spelt till I come to these forums and have to try to match spelt names with the characters in my head. Didn't recognize 'Yeine' at all till I read the context.

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I read over half of it already with vacation days and as Arry said it is an easy read. I'm not sure what about it I find enjoyable or addictive, maybe it's the character Yeine, the 'gods' system or the politics that intrigue me. At first I was overwhelmed with all the info but the world is very well thought out.

I'm listening to the audio book and I'm having problems with the names and remembering who is who. I was tempted to write up a cheat sheet (I did with GoT). I wasn't expecting all the sexual tension and innuendo, it seems to take up a large portion of the story.


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I'm enjoying the book, there a lot to take in and at this point I wasn't sure how the 'gods' work. I also like Yeine and seems like a good character to provide a narrative to this strange world. The beginning of the chapters narrative is a bit annoying but I'm guessing that going to be explained later on.

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