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I have to agree with a few of you here about the Wheel of Time, I think I got to about book 5 and just couldn't psuh myself to read any further. Maybe one day I will pick the books off my shelf, dust them off and try again but for now there they will stay

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General Discussion / Re: Does Cover Art Influence the books you read
« on: April 13, 2015, 03:04:57 PM »
Yes, it does a lot.

If a book comes with a photograph of a man standing with a sword looking angrily at the photographer, I instantly don't want to look at it.

That's exactly the kind of cover that I can't stand, always puts me off straight away
I have to admit that sometimes simple is better in some cases. The Mistborn series really stood out to, it's not overly colourful or over populated with detail and yet somehow it stands out and really made an impression in me.

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General Discussion / Does Cover Art Influence the books you read
« on: April 13, 2015, 11:59:14 AM »
I am a fan of cover art on books, so much so that if a piece of cover art is bad/cheesy I will not usually pick that book up to even read the blurb. I do notice that this has changed somewhat since I started reading more Kindle books (some of the ones I've read don't even have cover art).
Does anyone else let cover art influence what books you buy/read and is this just in paperback form or does the cover art have to be good in any format for you to choose a book.

Side Topic: are there any books where the cover art has really stood out to you (either for a good or bad reason)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Djinn / Genie recommendations
« on: April 13, 2015, 11:48:56 AM »
Thanks for all the suggestions, I've downloaded the 'sample' for some of these and as I'm close (98%) to finishing the Alien Invasion book in currently reading I should be able to get started on these very soon and will keep you all updated any I decide to download the full book for  :D

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Malazan Series
« on: April 13, 2015, 11:38:26 AM »
I wish these books weren't such a struggle to get through. There's good stuff in there, but I have to wade through a lot of tedious stuff to get to it, mainly because I struggle to connect with any of the characters. The narration feels too distant for my tastes.

My mum is the same, she's been ok book 9 for a long time as she is finding this one in particular very slow. Ive told her to power through but well see

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: E-Readers... What you using?
« on: April 11, 2015, 07:31:48 PM »
Well I got my new Kindle Fire 7HD this morning and glad I did, i really like it and can't wait to get some reading done on it :)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: E-Readers... What you using?
« on: April 10, 2015, 03:18:03 PM »
I have one of the original Kindles and also the app on my iPhone/iPad which I find great, however I'm finding my actual Kindle very slow, usually when trying to search/buy a book but sometimes also when just trying to move into the next page.
I received a £100 gift voucher from my work for being there 10 years and was thinking of upgrading to a Kindle Fire 7HD as I couldn't think of anything else to spend the money on (there is a limited number of places to spend it at) and as it is currently on sale at a shop near me. What I wonderd is if upgrading is worth the cost, I've been told that the KindleFire is pretty good

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Djinn / Genie recommendations
« on: April 10, 2015, 09:25:57 AM »
Thanks, I'll give these a look over more closely tonight. Hopefully I will be able to get the free samples off the Kindle store and give them a read before getting the full books.
Going of the description on Amazon, Dreams and Shadows does look like it is just what I'm after, although Judith Tarr's books do look interesting, mixing the Crusades with a bit a magic could be right up my alley.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Djinn / Genie recommendations
« on: April 10, 2015, 07:56:57 AM »
Hi everybody (can't type that without imaging everyone replying with "hi Dr. Nick"),

Anywho, I was watching Wil Weatons web series Tabletop last night and this episode had Djinns in then. The game itself didn't really interest me but the Genie part did. I think everyone at so point has wished they could have a Genie to grant them wishes but I was wondering if anyone had read any good books, whether standalone/trilogy/series that was set in a world with Djinns/Genies.

I'm really looking for something a bit more deeper (and maybe darker/grittier) than your Disney Aladdin type of book but any recommendations would be greatly appreciated, and maybe if your lucky I might grant you some wishes for your help*
I will do a  search online tonight to see if I can find any well reviewed ones but thought I would bring this query here and draw from the source of awesome knowledge that is this forum and its members

*WARNING: I am not an actual Genie and so any wishes granted may not actually come true

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Introductions / Re: Hi All
« on: April 09, 2015, 06:51:30 PM »
cant we live in a world where Dragons and Goats just get along  :'(
Well until that glorious day I will have to stick by my original comment and side with Dragons, not just because they are awesome but because I'm afraid what Draco my Bearded Dragon would do to me if I didnt, he can be a cruel Dragon

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Introductions / Re: Hi All
« on: April 09, 2015, 03:06:36 PM »
Thanks for the warm welcome, any welcome that involves Dragons, the greatest beings in any and all existences, is very much appreciated

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When it comes to horror - movies and tv shows I love them, give me a zombie movie anyday but horror games have always been a big NO for me, I think it was always the fact that you were in control made it more personal and so I always steered clear.
After my boss got Dying Light we tested out the ShareScreen option on the PS4 so that I could watch him play(tried the ShareConteoller option but his wifi connection was too bad and it kept crashing). After watching him play for a while it did look good and I ended up on Twitch watching some I'm an annoying spammer. Ignore me and don't click this link! A Mod will ban me as soon as they can!ing of the game. After a couple of days I decided to overcome the fear that horror games brought out in me and bought the game.
I've now been playing for a couple of weeks and have to say that it quickly became not only a great game in my eyes, but one of my all time favourites. I think it really boils down to the great gameplay. The parkour aspect of the game has been a huge part of this, the parkour in Assisns Creed is what general brought me back to playing creed whenever a knew one came out but DL has trumpt AC in this, it's clunky at first as you struggle to aim for the right spot when jumping and so don't automatically grab hold of he edge you were aiming for which builds the excitement and adrenaline as the zombies close in around you when you fall. Then as the game goes on not only can you upgrade your character to get better at traversing the town but you generally get better at judging distances and knowing which routes to take and soon your free running across the rooftops like a pro (yet still with that niggling in your mind that at any moment you can misjudge a jump and land in a mass of flesh eaters.
Pair this with the awesome weapons, upgrades, buildable items/weapons and the fact that you can co-op with friends(and share items) with , as so far I've experienced, no connection or lag issues and you have one great game.
The only downside to the game is the night missions but that's just my preference as I'm a big scaredy pants that is afraid of the dark (real or in a game) although please give me credit that at 27 I no longer have to sleep with the landing light on

Like I have said in another post, I apologise for any rambling in this (or future posts), I've been told that I do this when writing things like messages and emails etc... But I guess it just means I passionate about these subjects.

Edit: I've noticed that it's added in a line about Spamming and being Banned by a Mod, hope this isn't something I've done

Edit2: just noticed there is a thread for this in the forum so glad it's not something I've done wrong, would hate to get banned lol

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Malazan Series
« on: April 08, 2015, 06:34:31 PM »
Cheers, I'll certainly take a look at the other Malazan threads, will be cool to read other peoples thoughts and takes on certain moments from the book (as well as the general series)
Never realised when I bought that first book that it was such an epic series, certainly I glad I dis get it and that it so popular.
Looking forward to discussing some of be other books/series I've also read (already noticed a couple with ongoing threads) and finding new ones I can sink my teeth into although re-reading the Malazan series is definitely looking more appealing now so that I can refresh it in my mind, that's if I can find Gardens of the Moon. Leant it to my mum (as she's a huge fantasy reader also) so only Hood knows where it's ended up ????

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Malazan Series
« on: April 08, 2015, 05:23:49 PM »
I do have to agree with you there Eclipse, they have such a unique and brilliant relationship I think they would make a good spin off story (like Baucelain and Korbal Broach)

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Dying Light is the first horror game I have ever purchased (after some persuasion from my Boss whom I game with often) and I have to say that I have fallen in love with the game and this has also got me to expand my reading genres from Fantasy and Sci-Fi into the zombie horror (currently reading a zombie book on my iPhone and really enjoying it)
Has anyone else expanded their reading lists after playing a computer game (or maybe a board/card game) and if so what game?

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