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Just reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen for a massive change of style.

I knew something about the story and style, but never actually read it in full.

Curiously enough, I'm blazing through it, already 12 chapters in. There's the wit, the nuances and the great passages, sure, but above all, so far, the best is that it's a very... sincere book, so to speak. No holds barred speaking truths, specially about love and society, but done in a very classy, lighthearted way.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What did you read in May 2019
« on: June 05, 2019, 10:06:00 PM »
I only read A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan.

Very intriguing idea, gorgeous cover and excellent writing. The excitement with the beginning kind of goes away for quite some time when the book starts promising something like Indiana Jones/The Lost World and pretty much gives you Pride & Prejudice for a lenghty spell.
Even when the adventure starts, sadly they spend a great deal of time doing pretty much nothing. But the final third was really awesome (and I don't think it really was built up from the previous two thirds).

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Finished Dracula by Bram Stoker. 3/5

It shows its age, but the good things are really masterful good things.

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[JUN 2019] 2TTDFT / Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« on: June 05, 2019, 12:46:40 AM »
This might be a good theme to return to action.

Damn, I was looking and the last time I wrote a story was in early 2017.

I think I might have an idea already (and it's only the 4th of June!).

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I started Dracula by Bram Stoker.

I don't remember if I actually have read it before already, curiously.

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Finished A Natural History of Dragons. 3/5

It's very well-written and flows well, with a very curious premise. It starts really well, but then loses a lot of steam for over half the book. It seemed the dragons became secondary to the story, and if they were switched for anything else, like cars, aliens, guns, etc, it would essencially be the same: it was the story of Isabella challenging conventional norms because of her gender against the rules/customs of the time.

Not a problem, if wasn't that at the beginning, from the blurb to the prologue with Lady Trent, it seemed the book was promising The Lost World but really gave me Pride and Prejudice for a great deal. Even when the expedition begins, they unfortunately do pretty much nothing for a great deal of time.

But then the final third kicked in. I only wanted to read a chapter or two, but stayed until near 3 AM reading until the end. The mystery turned out to be really good, and some danger and action put more life into the story.
A little Deus Ex when:

Spoiler for Hiden:
The dragon comes exactly when they need it, it kills both villains and leaves without harming any of the main characters. Even Isabella was dumbfound by it. Yes, there are very lucky moments in life, but geez... Unfortunately, the characters admitting a Deus Ex doesn't make it any less deus exish.

I almost gave it a 4* solely for the final third, but then remembered that while it took me ~3 hours to read it, it took me near 3 weeks to read the other two thirds.
3,5 would be more fair, but 3* still means I liked it.

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General Discussion / Re: Goodreads
« on: May 11, 2019, 02:45:06 AM »
Funny, I started a thread about GR and now months of being inactive I actually forgot how to usei it.

How do I make DNF'ed books to not appear at My Year in Books as read? I even made the DNF shelf and made it exclusive, yet it still appears there.

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I DNF'ed Cat's Cradle by Vonnugen and think will start A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: April 18, 2019, 10:45:39 PM »
I started Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, recommended by a friend. Let's see what happens here.

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[APR 2019] Erotica / Re: [Apr 2019] - Erotica - Discussion Thread
« on: April 18, 2019, 10:40:55 PM »
Hm, maybe I could make that Trump x Hillary time travel story a little more... spicy.

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Hey how's everyone?

Been absent for 3 or 4 months I think, but suddenly everything that could go wrong decided to explode all at the same time. Things are still pretty bad, but slightly better that I returned reading a little and hopefully will start writing again as well.

Not sure if I'll talk here, maybe I'll just PM some people for some advice later.

But for now, I'm back! What happened here meanwhile?

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I'm playing Dead Space for the first time. have to say it's one of the best survival horrors I've played. really atmospheric and creepy when you meet 'survivors'

Once I've finished with it i'm torn between carrying on with the series, or moving onto Divinity 2.

Dead Space was on of the best survival horrors I've played as well. Sadly, it becomes more action and shooter oriented in 2 and 3.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Your year in books 2018
« on: January 09, 2019, 06:48:43 PM »
Here's mine. Only 30 books this time.

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2018/48367198

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My gaming was pretty poor in 2018.

Basically I played Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, with a bunch of Football Manager.

I was an avid Magic player, but Hearthstone more casual nature quickly grabbed me and contrary to Magic, much better online. Even with Arena just released. Well, from casual I quickly grew into it and even reached Legend hah, but ok.

Heroes is like League of Legends with Blizzard characters. I never touched ranked here, really just playing casual mode.

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I knew 2018 would be tough, so I set a goal for 30. Little did I know that even that would be too much (read exactly 30 by the last day).

Now I'm setting for 50 for 2019. Roughly a book a week. Like "old" times.

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