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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Book Bargains
« on: October 20, 2017, 08:34:57 PM »
Fifth season is £2 or 3 for 5 in The works at the moment

Try this for some absurdly good poetry as well as giving insight into Syrian life during his time.


Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« on: October 11, 2017, 04:59:35 PM »
The Copy you were given was quite a gift. They are rare and sought after due to renewed interest in the books. If you find a copy expect the price to be eye watering.

Went to this today and can recommend it an gentle and intimate look at sir Terry's life and work. I will post detail if anyone is interested?

Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / Re: Bristol Con 28th October
« on: October 04, 2017, 11:00:58 PM »
good stuff

General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: October 03, 2017, 05:13:34 AM »
Have a happy (and most wonderful) birthdayJmack!

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: October 02, 2017, 11:08:08 AM »
America has a policy of using drones to assassinate possible terrorists often in densely populated areas and often inflicting civilian casualties often in supposedly friendly countries. It is legally possible to target American citizens in this way. Civilized countries do not have kill lists. The sort of drones they use are bigger than planes stay up for 40 hours and carry Hellfire missiles.

About 5 years ago an Israeli gunboat suffered extensive damage from a remote control plane carrying less than 500 grams of high explosive. Much faster than a drone and very difficult to detect or stop.

Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / Re: Anyone in Bath Tomorrow?
« on: September 28, 2017, 11:06:08 PM »
Yeah, there was alcohol involved in that one.

Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / Re: Anyone in Bath Tomorrow?
« on: September 28, 2017, 01:52:02 PM »
The Salamander is low lit wood paneled with understated decor. No jukebox, pool table or fruit machine, a grown ups pub. The beer was local and well kept and food freshly prepared the kitchen was open to view. There was a big coffee machine behind the bar and I would bet they squeeze there own orange juice. The Stairs are still windy and narrow sorry don't know about the garden probably a smoking area now.

I could see it being a coffee bar or possibly even a jazz club it is somewhere I will return to next time I am in bath.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« on: September 28, 2017, 01:28:23 PM »
But nobody's suggesting we have to keep just one book for all our lives 8)

Well there is always someone doing exactly that but they tend to think Harry Potter is the work of the devil as well so pay them no mind.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: September 26, 2017, 06:19:01 PM »
Got my red sister signed last night I also loved it, but I tend to like all Mark's writing except for his paper on simplifying relativity which I still can't understand.

Reading A Clash of Spheres by PF Chisholm very good historical fiction based on the larger than life adventures of Sir Robert Carey deputy border warden for the West March.

Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / Re: Bristol Con 28th October
« on: September 26, 2017, 06:11:38 PM »
I'll be there.

Cool remember to sell me a book.

Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / Re: Anyone in Bath Tomorrow?
« on: September 26, 2017, 06:10:30 PM »
Oh OK and now its past office hours.

There were books and signings beer and very good onion rings and proper chips (Bath Gem and very fresh fried delights) Remember the Salamander in Bath if you are after good pub food just round the back of a book shop. I said Hi to Mark and Anna on your behalf and hit to Peter, Peter, Joe, Anna and Mark on mine as well as catching up with Marc briefly.

Q&A so the usual Waterstones format. Comfy chaired authors made them very hard to see to the crowd sat on higher school type hard chairs. Despite the lack of microphones they could be heard at least to halfway back and were interesting and witty in their replies. some exclusives were mentioned but I will leave the details of what was said to Marc.

Signing all 5 authors were seated at one table and while that probably made the queuing a little more chaotic  but a better atmosphere. I had an embarrassingly  large number of books for Mark to sign, four for Joe, none for Peter and Anna  and one for Peter. It took a while but got there in the end all signed and bagged again then off to the pub.

Marc had got us a room in The Salamander pub. Nice bar, good food and a few too many of us to fit but plenty of room downstairs as well on a Monday. No juke box to shout over but a lot of condensed conversation. The writers drank n mingled and got accosted by the usual wave of adoring fans keen to make fools of themselves.
Peter V Brett being mistaken for Branden Sanderson possible set a new all time low but made the rest of us feel so much better about saying stupid stuff. Natasha and Anne(?) were on hand to look after/protect the authors but almost never needed to rescue them.

So thanks to @Overlord for organizing and I think he will post something in due time to tell you all about the evening.

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