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I read:

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks - loved it
The Gentleman Bastards 1-3 - really finished the tail end of these.  Loved the heck out of it.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz; I'm a fan of his writing, and it was a very good book.  Be warned it's very much lit-fic.
Moonwalking With Einstein by Josh Foer - follows the author's descent into the wide world of memory championship training.  Very, very interesting, very good book, highly recommended.

And some medical stuff (bleh).
I reviewed Prism and Bastards on my blog, but they were both fairly brief reflections.

Cheers,
Chris

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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Mad Max: Fury Road
« on: January 30, 2016, 09:07:42 PM »
You seen Kingsmen at all? It's my hard-to-beat action movie of the year... I doubt Mad Max will make it, it'll probably lack the british humour, 007 references and the like. It's exactly as you describe : I was peeing my pants with impatience on the trailer, and yet the movie managed to surprise me very well.

Kingsman was my surprise of the year.  I rented it one night because I was bored out of my mind, and it was awesome.  I was shocked.  Seriously.  Maybe my expectations were too low, but it was a heck of a lot of fun.

Chris

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Introductions / Re: Hey guys!
« on: January 30, 2016, 09:02:44 PM »
No problem! And if you're loving Black Prism, Blinding Knife will blow your mind. Glad I could point you in the right direction. :D
And the Broken Eye even more mindblowing ;D
*anxiously waiting for the last*

You guys are killing me!

Chris

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Introductions / Re: Hey guys!
« on: January 29, 2016, 05:58:22 PM »
Welcome! I've already seen you floating around some threads. Glad you're making yourself comfortable already.
 The two series I tell everyone and their family to read. The Light Bringer Saga by Brent Weeks, and The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson.
Fair warning. The fourth and final book of Light Bringer does not come out until next year. As for Stormlight, we're looking for a late 2016/early 2017 release of book 3... Out of 10. Each book so far has been around 1000 pages.

Hey man, I just wanted to throw out a quick thank you (haven't been here in a while!).
I am LOVING the Light Bringer book.  I just got the Black Prism, and I have been having a great time reading it.  It's some really good stuff.

Thanks!
Chris

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Maybe I should give this another shot. I just can't seem to shake the low budget SyFy cheesiness that comes with all their shows. Anyone else feel the same way?

I absolutely feel the same way.  SyFy has a pretty solid track record of making that kind of stuff, and it's usually pretty terrible.

This... well, I don't think this is in that grouping, at least not for me.  It's not like an HBO production or anything, but it has some legitimately good actors, and the effects/graphics are good.

Chris

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Started watching this show in some down time the last two days.  (When I should have been WRITING gah....)

I like it a lot.  It's well done sci fi in our world where I feel like there have been very few legitimately good sci fi shows... like ever.  I think the Game of Thrones comparison is rather poor, but I understand that when you're trying to whip up some hype, comparing it to GoT is easy money.

Anyway, cheers.  I'm looking forward to seeing where this is going.

Chris

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: The Night's Watch ASoIaF
« on: January 06, 2016, 03:13:24 PM »
Don't get me wrong: I'm sure it would be a  great story.  Lots of fun, lots of action, lots of relevant history.

But the whole world is so complex, and it has so many awesome characters in it....  I think it's the interplay of all of them that makes it one of the greatest fantasy series ever written. 

Some of the plot lines are more interesting than others.  (For example Daenerys has gone straight down the shitter in recent books.)  I would probably rank the Wall stuff as pretty good but maybe not quite the best.

All that said, at this point, if it would lead to Martin actually publishing something, I suppose I'd be thrilled if he said, Okay, just going to do the Wall, two books coming out this year.

Chris

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It's a bummer, but I'm not surprised in the least.  Honestly, I never expected to see the next book in 2016.
And, for what it's worth, I doubt we'll ever see the final, final ASOIAF book written.  Which is a real shame.  I don't mean to be morbid or cynical in saying that.

Chris

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Links, Competitions and 'Stuff' / Re: Keep Me Believing: A Writer's Plea
« on: January 01, 2016, 12:27:11 AM »
Honestly, Lawrence writes an overall fantastic blog.  Almost all of his posts are fantastic and well thought out.  Sure, he has the occasional "buy this please" post, but who wouldn't?  Outside of that, he has provided a wealth of great information/thought on his site, and he has posted several free short stories he has written, all of which would probably sell for decent monies now that he is relatively famous.

Anyway, I loved that post.  Some good thoughts. On the 5th of every month I post a couple good links I've found on my blog, and that is going to be one of them.

Happy New Year guys!
Chris

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Mistborn or The First Law?
« on: December 24, 2015, 09:09:20 PM »
You can't go wrong with either in my opinion. I would go with First Law, that way you can read Best Served Cold, which means you could then get to one of my favorite books ever, Heroes.

Heroes was just so awesome.  My favorite First Law world book.

But anyway, I don't think you can go wrong either way.  I prefer First Law because it's grittier and darker and FUNNY (how do people not mention that more?). 

chris
With you there, Chris. People rarely mention the word funny when talking about Abercrombie's books, but they are at times laugh out loud funny. Pretty much anything with the Northmen guarantees a few laughs. Heroes is also my favourite Abercrombie. If anyone has ever seen Joe at a convention or an appearance it's not surprising that there is humour in the books, because he's a pretty funny bloke.

Abercrombie at a convention has just been added to my to do list.

Revan: Love the name.  One of my all time favorite characters from KOTOR, one of my all time favorite games.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Mistborn or The First Law?
« on: December 24, 2015, 01:41:33 AM »
You can't go wrong with either in my opinion. I would go with First Law, that way you can read Best Served Cold, which means you could then get to one of my favorite books ever, Heroes.

Heroes was just so awesome.  My favorite First Law world book.

But anyway, I don't think you can go wrong either way.  I prefer First Law because it's grittier and darker and FUNNY (how do people not mention that more?). 

chris

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Binge reading complete series?
« on: December 23, 2015, 06:45:08 PM »
I haven't tried doing one that long yet, but it's going to happen in my future with WoT.
Wish me luck!

You can probably safely skip (or read complete summaries of) several books in the 7-10 range.
;-)

It might actually add value to your experience overall.

Chris

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Binge reading complete series?
« on: December 23, 2015, 03:02:05 PM »
I love binge reading.  I'm binge reading the Gentlemen Bastards books right now.  it's only 3 books as opposed to something insane like WoT, but it's a lot of fun.

Binge reading gives you a chance to really sink into the world and get some flow going.  I also love that I don't have to wait around for months to get some closure on the stories.

That said, I don't think I could tolerate a 10 book binge read.  I'd probably lose interest at least once.

Chris

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Open For Submissions / Re: Tor permanent close to short fiction
« on: December 21, 2015, 04:51:03 PM »
As someone hoping to do some short fiction work in a 3-6 month time frame, this is a bummer.  I can understand the reasoning.
Oh well.

Chris

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In a way it's good they did the prequels. Imagine! It means that otherwise he'd have done episodes 7, 8 and 9! Ruined the continuity!
Now we can simply forget 1, 2 and 3 happened, and consider that Star Wars is the matter of episode 4 to 9. If 8 and 9 are good as well... I mean, 8 isn't directed by JJ Abrahms, so... But we'll see. I think the new director will be ok.

Lol!  I was just talking to my girlfriend about that the other day.  Thank god that if they had to ruin some part of the Star Wars story, they ruined the defined part.  The part that left little wiggle room for inventive story telling, because the broad story arc was already known.
The future of Star Wars belongs solely to the future, and thus far they've done a good job with it.  I too am nervous that there will be a new director for 8, but I think Disney knows what it has on its hands... and how important it is to get it right.

Chris

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