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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: April 21, 2017, 09:32:11 PM »
I just started reading Life Debt: Aftermath. It's a part of the new line of Star Wars novels, set shortly after Return of the Jedi.

This one in particular is about a bunch of mercenary types hired by Leia, as the New Republic is struggling to establish a government and remnants of the Empire are trying to make a comeback. I'm only 10% into my Kindle copy, but I'm already finding the protagonists interesting. So far the standout feature is an Imperial grand admiral who is actually human and relatable. She genuinely believes that the galaxy needs a firm central government, while disliking the more shady and backstabby elements of the Empire, and feels true fondness for a loyal underling.

I'm on record stating that there is room for the simple good guys vs bad guys stories of Star Wars, but a little bit of depth is appreciated.


Nice. Some of the reviews for those books are a bit undeserved as I enjoyed all three books in that series, and one of my favorite new Star Wars characters is in them. Happy reading to you!

I am about 85% done with Thrawn by Timothy Zahn. By far my new favorite new canon novel just ahead of Catalyst.

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Monthly Writing Contest / Re: The best story of 2016 - vote now!
« on: April 06, 2017, 06:53:12 PM »
My votes are in. Good stories all!

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Pick a book for me! (Eclipse)
« on: April 06, 2017, 06:46:06 PM »
Started on it so far so good! Plus Xia ,  @night_wrtr , cupiscent , @Hedin  and Raptori loved it


I wouldn't count my ratings with much weight, seeing how I gave Emperor's 5 stars and you gave it 2!

Still, Winter is awesome, so enjoy that one.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: March 25, 2017, 02:07:09 PM »
Since I work for the ACA in Ky, I've been one of those cheering voices.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Opinions on Fantasy Series
« on: March 16, 2017, 12:22:20 PM »
5. I really enjoyed the Farseer trilogy. I'm having less success with her Liveship Traders trilogy.

Same. Trying to decide if I want to read the next two or skip to the next Fitz book.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Opinions on Fantasy Series
« on: March 15, 2017, 12:59:06 PM »
1. Haven't read it yet.
2. My favorite series of all time. A few books in the middle are sluggish, but worth it once you get to the final installments.
3. Love it.
4. Love it.
5. Some of the best characterization you'll ever seen in writing.

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I became an adult and bought a minivan yesterday and did so willingly and with excitement.  Whatever is left of my teenage self is stunned into disbelief. 

Welcome to the Minivan Brotherhood.  ;D

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Writers' Corner / Re: Book titles
« on: March 09, 2017, 03:30:10 PM »
Yeah, this is also annoying when trying to add books to the TBR on goodreads.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Pick a book for me! (Eclipse)
« on: March 09, 2017, 03:24:56 PM »
I really liked the Emperor's Blades. I liked the whole trilogy, actually.

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If anyone can critic mine I'm going to try to look through and do some critics of my own this month for people.

@shadowkat678

Spoiler for Hiden:
Selected Quote:
“The entire scene descended into chaos within moments. A dance of the elements, brightening the room with flashes of lighting; chilling the air with ice; scorching skin with the heat of flames.”

Something Awesome:
The whole damn battle was great. I liked the pov breaks too because it opened up the story to see more than one side, but this also caused some confusion with the rest of the story. See below!

Theme Appropriateness:
It didn’t keep me in the UF feel through the story. Apart from the opening lines about Chicago and a warehouse, the setting faded away as the fight started. The references to Merlin and Arthur immediately threw me into an old typical fantasy setting and I had to remind myself it was UF.

Conflict and Tension:
I liked the fight and the duels and pov breaks was interesting, but the conflict itself was a little hollow. This goes into the Something Confusing below, but I didn’t get emotionally connected enough to really feel it.

Characterization:
The battle took a lot of words, so that left little room for deeper investment into the characters.

Something Confusing:
I wasn’t really sure who I should be rooting for. Most of the story was a battle, but outside of knowing the name Merlin, I didn’t have enough understanding of the characters to determine motivation etc.

Did Mordred only have power because his mother healed him? I felt like I was missing something when the link was gone at the last scene. I would have liked to see more development into the why's of the story.

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I will toss Crossroads up for a critique as well.

Here you go!

Spoiler for Hiden:
Selected Quote:
“The peace dove took two shots in the chest long ago.”

This set the mood and made a loud and clear statement for the setting.

Something Confusing:
I think I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the what and why, at least in the first half. Who is Roberto and what is he doing. The first paragraph didn’t get me settled into the story. It wasn’t until around this sentence-
“I meet Captain Fábio at a cliff by the sea to assure everything is well. For years my powers helped kill a lot of his men. When I offered my abilities to the government he tilted.”
-that I started to understand what was going on, then I could start to enjoy the story. That didn’t give me much time as it was around halfway finished.

It was at this point I started to understand the opening paragraph also, especially here-
“Can’t. Doesn’t matter where I run, I won’t be left alone. Only one way to put everything behind and start anew. You know it. Join me.”

Is the German smiling because he and Marco know what’s up and they are about to take him out? What is a “conditional?” Is this a release from prison? Because he goes from that to visiting his shack on the hill the next day, so I was a little thrown off there.

The opening scenes flashed by. There wasn’t enough time to settle in because there is a meeting with Fabio, time in the prison, at the library, with Marcos, then he’s out and the plot thickens.

Something Awesome:
Using the invisibility and portal magic like that was kickass. Really cool moment. And the German falling was +1. The set up was complex, which is great, but in 1500 words, it didn’t allow enough meat on the bones for the story. But still, I really liked the set up regardless.

The setting was great, especially using Cristo Redentor throughout.

Theme Appropriateness:
Works perfect for UF, especially all the references and comparisons to popular characters like Mario! That was really cool and clever to do.

Conflict and Tension:
Tension started when we learn that Marcos knew that Roberto was making a deal with Fabio. After reading the ending, the conflict was good. The speed of the story reduced the tension though as I didn’t have enough time to really get invested as far as I needed to.

Characterization:
I think this goes back to my comment about the complex set up of the final moments and all the threads in play. It didn’t leave a lot of character development. Roberto was solid as the narrator and showed his motivation well. His description of his surroundings helped here, as we get an idea of what he thinks of everything.

The other characters in the story were mostly just names and titles for me(except Marcos, because we know his role in the story). Some consolidation would be good to fit the wordcount needs, which would also put more investment between the reader and the characters.

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I am in fact a medieval monk writing this from a monastery with a quill. I send it by pigeon to the nearby town, where someone types it online and sends the replies back.

I'm a bird, looking for the one who took my feathers to turn into quills.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: March 02, 2017, 08:58:21 PM »
Muslims are no more "affiliated" with radical Islamic terrorism than mainstream Christians are affiliated with the Westboro Baptist Church, the Crusaders, or David Koresh's cult. Muslims believe the extremists in ISIS and other groups are not Muslims at all, because they discard the most basis tenants of Islam, which is a religion of peace (and yes, racists pretend it isn't, but real Islam is).

...fade in

I just wanted to pop in and say that I fully endorse the above message.

fade out...

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« on: January 06, 2017, 04:28:18 PM »
Am I the only one that liked all three?  :o Book 2 was my favorite. The story was woven like a brilliant tapestry. I gave all three 5 star reviews.

Weird.

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Duolingo? Why am I just now hearing of this?

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