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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: SPBOF 2 covers
« on: May 14, 2016, 08:42:31 AM »
I pinned them straight from the Amazon.co.uk page... wonder how it got the wrong cover. Strange thing, that Amazon sometimes.

Weird, co.uk has the correct cover, just like any other Amazon... Oh well. :)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: SPBOF 2 covers
« on: May 13, 2016, 08:40:07 PM »
I'm glad you like my cover. ;) Funny how they've got the version with the misspelled title. I guess it's my fault, I must have accidentally sent that cover instead of the correct one. It's alright on Amazon of course, but... :P

From the others, I prefer "God of chains" and "Sword and chant". :)

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You're not a snob, don't worry. ;)
There's a lot of pleasure to be had in qualitative prose. It's what distinguishes actual literature from simply "telling a story". And yes, a story can be exceptionally interesting even just by itself, I've enjoyed hundreds of fascinating books even without any "good prose" in them. However, if you give me a good story, written by a masterful "wordsmith" and another good story, written by... a "words-apprentice" - I'm choosing option (a). :)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:42:53 PM »
The others get even better!!!
(I'm the same as you regarding YA, just so you know)

The protagonist is kind of annoying so far, I hope that changes. Also - I kinda got spoiled in another forum about e certain... emotional event in the trilogy so that's unpleasant as well. But yeah, I'm still liking it as a whole so far. :)

Have either of you read A Monster Calls? If not, read it and take a thump to the heart.
Also the film version of it is out this year I believe.

I haven't, no, this is my first Ness book. I'm bookmarking the movie, it looks cool too, thanks! ;)

That trilogy has some of the most gut-wrenching scenes I've read in any book.

I hope there's more of them because I think I already got spoiled about one. ;)

Spoiler for Hiden:
I learned that Manchee dies... Gotta hate lit forums and groups sometimes - there were no spoiler tags at all, just:
"Oh mah Gawd, I love Ness, but he killed Mancheeeeeee!"...
Yeah, thanks hon, I just got the book with an autograph from the author and now I won't enjoy it fully...

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arwen! lol i love that! look at her, being all cooperative.

Mmmyeeaah, not quite. She's about as cooperative as a dwarf, so if I knew that before naming her I would've named her Gimlinna. :P

And plotting world domination.

Yep, that's more likely.

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Here's my little Arwen, watching me work. ;)

Spoiler for Hiden:

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 11, 2016, 10:17:22 AM »
I'm reading The Knife of Never Letting Go by Pattrick Ness. I usually don't read YA disutopias, especially when written in first person, but I got a signed copy at a local book fair and it seemed interesting, so I couldn't resist. :P It's rather cool so far, I'm enjoying it.

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I try to wait usually, but sometimes a book just sounds to interesting to ignore for long. The irony is that sometimes I wait for years but the author is so slow that I at some point give up and read his/her first books, even though those are precisely the cases in which you should wait - when the author is writing too slow.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Balance between Good v Evil
« on: December 30, 2015, 06:41:43 AM »
Why in fantasy there's such a deal about Balance if good gets the upper hand then Evil must rise or vice versa why do we have to stick to neutrality.Surely we want good to win mostly or have a win for evil occasionally ;D

Imo, it's simply because the word "Balance" sounds cool and writers want to sound thoughtful.  ;D
And maybe because people wanted to escape from the "good must triumph over evil" cliché and instead created a new one?
"Tolkien did it." sounds like a good additional explanation as well. ;D

But yeah, I personally have nothing against it as a cliché. I mean, I don't like it when someone uses it in 2015, but I don't frown upon authors from 20-30-40 years ago that used it - it's normal. Maybe after a couple of decades our generation's "everything is gray" theme will be a cliché (maybe even much sooner), but I don't intend to stop sticking to it in my own writing. ;)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: December 30, 2015, 06:34:29 AM »
I'm ending the year with Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. It's really cute, pure Gaiman - a great way to finish my reading year. ;)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: My Year in Books
« on: December 17, 2015, 06:46:19 AM »
3.7 average for me, but with just 42 books (will get to 44 by the end of the year, probably)... A bit disappointing year, usually I'm 60+. Will try to pick it up next year. :)

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2015/16354238-yordan-zhelyazkov

(A couple are in Bulgarian, sorry. :P )

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Markus Heitz
« on: December 12, 2015, 08:57:43 AM »
I've been postponing the Dwarves for years but I intent to start it soon - I just bought it from the local Xmas book fair. I'm a huge lover of the race as a whole and Heitz has sort of a cult following, but I've also heard some bad things. Still - I couldn't evade it any longer. :P

Oneiros however is a different sub-genre and a quite newer book, so even if I had already read the Dwarves, I don't think it'd be fair to compare them. Maybe he progressed as an authors? I don't know - maybe wait for some more reviews of Oneiros itself? Hope it's good! ;)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: December 07, 2015, 09:20:27 AM »
I'm continuing my struggle with the Malazan and started book 4 recently - House of Chains. And... it's kind of not a struggle this time, I'm really liking House of Chains so far (~20%). :)

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Definitely yes, imo. Epic, Steampunk, Alternative History, etc are different from one another as well, but not as different as PR is. I read all the above except PR as do 97.6% of fantasy readers and vice versa - most of PR readers don't read fantasy.
(I stress on "most" - of course there are exceptions)

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Small Press & Self-Published / Re: When They Shine Brightest
« on: November 09, 2015, 08:45:32 PM »
And after a long, long wait, When They Shine Brightest is finally available in paperback:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011JD9VEC
The funny/sad thing is that my publisher is still not ready with the special paperback editions for the crowdfunders...., but those should be ready within days as well. (And damn it, I'm not doing that again! :P)
Enjoy!

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