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Re: Things you're just sick of. Ok. I'll bite.

I reserve the right to be crude, wrong and completely illogical :)

Console/PC debates. Ugh. Let people play what they wanna play!! It doesn't matter if you'd choose differently, it won't change what console they have right now.

The price of PC gaming in general. £20-30 for a tangible game PLUS upgrading various components every few years to keep up with certain levels of performance... (moved over from console because PC has a wider variety of games, as opposed to 100 FPS games a year - exaggerated, but meh)

This whole Geek Chic thing. I blame Big Bang Theory (though I love it). It makes me angry that it's suddenly cool to look like a geek, when really, you're only doing it to fit it. Especially the big glasses thing! Holy funk! Take them off and crawl back into your social media bubble!!

Girl gamers that have to tell you they are a girl gamer. No. You are a gamer. Sex/gender is irrelevant. Stop attention seeking.

I think I'm done  :D

September 29, 2012, 08:33:56 PM
Re: Book Bargains Waterstones have released a Waterstones edition of the Painted Man by Peter V. Brett for £2.99 - You can get it on their site or in stores :)
January 27, 2013, 11:41:46 PM
Re: Dragon Vs Wyvern Vs Draconian Going from my Monster Hunter experience here and saying there are a number of ways you can tell whether something is a dragon or a wyvern. And it's simple, too!

Typically, dragons have four legs, a tail, and two wings.

Wyverns, however, have two legs, a tail, and two wings.

If the creature has less legs or wings, I believe it becomes a wyrm? I'm not a hundred percent on this last one, maybe someone else can help. But these general rules should be correct unless an author/franchise explicitly states that in their universe there are different rules.

September 21, 2016, 06:42:59 PM
Re: What are you currently reading? Had to stop by and mention the Malazan series. Just started book 4 and it's truly magical! Would reccomend to everyone if you have the patience to bear with it :)

Also, hello! Long time since I've visited these lands. Hope everyone is doing great!  ;D

September 21, 2016, 06:49:56 PM
Re: Misc. thread So I'm pretty late to the bandwagon it seems!

I finished MoI this morning. It was fantastic! It took me, god knows, a couple years to really settle down and get reading this series, but my word. Complexities and philosophical nuances aside, it's just bloody cool!

September 21, 2016, 08:23:23 PM
Re: [Sep 2016] - Pirates! - Discussion Thread Gah. Seen as I'm back, I may as well attempt a Pirate themed story. Seems only fitting! Now.. to actually think of something...

See you on the other side, folks, and good luck!

September 21, 2016, 10:25:40 PM
Re: [Sep 2016] - Pirates! - Discussion Thread
wow!  welcome back!  we've missed you!!

(um . . . even tho i wasn't around back then, i'm sure that, had i been, i would TOTES have missed you!)

we should bring ALL the old members back!

Thanks, pal! I kinda feel like I've come home to find a group of youths have taken over my living room. But they're the nice kind of youths. The kind that will fetch my groceries and help me cross the street.

P.S - That damn image scared the fluff out of me. Dang. Wasn't expecting it.

September 21, 2016, 11:24:14 PM
Re: [Sep 2016] - Pirates! - Discussion Thread I couldn't use such gold star material, wouldn't want to cause too big a splash...

I... Couldn't stop myself  :(

September 22, 2016, 01:03:15 AM
Re: [Sep 2016] - Pirates! - Discussion Thread Aw, shucks, guys. Now I'm all embarrassed and stuff  ;D Thanks for the welcome folks, I hope we become fast friends :)

It's great seeing all the new faces (profile pics?) and see that we still have a strong community. I remember there being a bit of a rough patch when the site started to take off (really odd and confrontational members), but thankfully that seems to have settled down!

Yeah, @xiagan It's like Paran joining the Bridgeburners (but I'm nowhere near as cool or noble  8))

How is everyone getting along with their entries? If you haven't already submitted, of course!

September 22, 2016, 01:13:15 PM
Re: Memories of Ice - Finished! Reviving a two year old thread at the request of Xi  8) Copy/paste of an existing post elsewhere, but with some edits to make it more relevant to Fantasy Faction. MASSIVE post incoming.

Did any of you think that the new Knight of High House Death is Baudin? He died in flames, has bronze skin and died protecting a "child".

I did not. Though now that you mention it it makes enough sense to be true! Man, you think you're getting the hang of this series and then it turns out it's much, much deeper than you even realised!

[Strong Language, there are more swear words in this post than the entirety of the MBotF I imagine *I've edited those to 'fluff' for the sake of keeping it civil*]

TL;DR - Time to WITNESS and fluff Silverfox, cannot wait to keep going, definitely my favourite novel so far.

I finished the book yesterday, after an engrossing 3 or 4 hour session the night before (Pretty much the whole siege of Coral). I was so tired yesterday at jury service, but damn it was worth it!!!

I think I enjoyed the middle section of the book the most, mainly when we were seeing the relationships build between the Host and Brood's army. But, the siege of Capustan and Coral is what really kept me reading - the developments of both arcs were just revelation after revelation (Mortal Swords left, right, and center!), not to mention death after death... Oh, my heart!

I'm so happy that Picker and Blend got out and get to be together, but as I mention further down, I don't think I can bring myself to get too close to anyone now... I hope we see more of them helping Duiker, and I hope they open up about some of their past campaigns. Learning of the formation of the Bridgeburners was my favourite section of anything I've read.

But, just quickly, I want to mention how often the same debate of sexism comes up when looking at the fantasy genre (I remember when I used to frequent FF we used to have a couple posts a week about it, not sure if we still do)

Malazan seems to be pretty gender neutral, especially with relationships (Picker, Blend, Stonny - maybe even some guy love down the road with all these bromances) and how no roles are ever denied either sex. Yet I never see it mentioned as a good example of how we should progress with the issue (in so much as we should treat both sexes equally in our writing, which as far as I'm aware, Erikson does a terrific job of doing - rather than the obvious trope of making the women powerhouses or just revealing a simple matriarchal leadership to get around it etc). This was later pointed out to me as Erikson not addressing the notion because in the Malazan world, it simply doesn't exist, which I think is how ALL aspect of discrimination should be dealt with in media.

This series was always brutal, but nobody I was bothered about ever died (exception of the Chain of Dogs, of course), but these two sieges... just wow. I'd love to see more of Hood, his arrival with Fener's Mortal Sword and his involvement is some serious fluff and it's totally given me a Malazan boner.

Also, Gruntle is fluffing cool. I'm happy he and Toc became quick friends, and I hope Toc/Anaster is reunited with his friend, his brother, Onos. Who's now human!?!?!?!?

As for Whiskeyjack, I'm not ready to talk about it. Earlier I said I was looking forward to his and Rake's friendship developing. Now I'm too scared to like the other characters too much in case... Oh... Poor Korlat. In some ways the Bridgeburners and Twist still follow Whiskeyjack in Moon's Spawn, but the rest of the Host have lost their anchor, their lodestone. But that's a good point about Paran blessing them before he and Quick leave...

My favourites of this book are Picker, Blend, Toc, Tool, Rake, Kallor, Stonny and Gruntle. I grew to like Itkovian after a while, during the siege of Capustan, but I had to warm up to him at first. I cannot wait to see further developments with the Elder Gods, Rake's sword, Paran, Draconus, and Envy and the Seguleh.

As for the Mhybe and Silverfox, I'll be happy if I never see them again. Fluff... they were both so annoying. Silverfox was too childish, and is in no way worth Whiskeyjack's life to save (story and consequences aside). Literally just tell the people who are trying to fluffing help you what you're doing you stupid fluff! I'd gladly lose Tattersail to not have to deal with her anymore. Though I can see where she has room to mature and become another badass of the series.

And the Mhybe... Jeez. How people could complain about Duiker and not this miserable sod I'll never know. I understand, it was a cruel twist of her fate that what happened to her did, but she was a fluffing coward the entire time and I lost all respect for her for that. Though I would thank her for helping Togg and Fanderay (and thus helping Toc).

[Side note: Murillio or Coll mentioning 'how many old ladies are there dreaming up worlds' kinda emphasized the parallels between the Mhybe and Burn. Interesting food for thought. Is Burn the Mhybe's equivalent? In which case all the Holds/warrens (K'rul's own blood), races, cultures, plants, animals, continents are all natural formations/evolutions of a birth similar to what happened with the T'lan Imass' memories/souls crashing to the dreamworld within Tellan that Silverfox created - in which case the ultimate lesson is that everything we do and all the pain we cause is pointless, as it's all within someone else's reality... The games these gods play. Do they know it's futility? Just speculation of course :) ]

Itkovian's Gift... I wasn't at all ready for those feels. In fact, I don't think I was ready for anything that happened in the last 10-15% of the novel...

Kallor. I actually really liked Kallor. I know he's responsible for Whiskeyjack's death, but his character... I don't think he's evil. What he did to what is now the Imperial warren was fluffing fantastic, I can definitely relate to his stubbornness. "You came to take my kingdom from me, so I fluffing destroyed it. Screw you." We shall see how he develops, I hope. (I think the exposition about the special aging candles was uncharacteristic compared the the rest of the series, we actually found something new and were told what it was... strange).

Character and events aside, this book was fluffing fantastic. I'd recommend the series to anyone just so they can read this book. I felt it was a lot better written than the other two, it had a great narrative style, and the perspective jumps worked really well this time around. Jumping between perspectives when there was action and consequences (Brood's hammer and the revelation of Moon's Spawn in particular) kept the sense of a grand battle alive, rather than multiple smaller battles.

Overall MoI seemed to maintain a clear focus on the direction it wanted to have. It felt like a single (I know there are many but this was focused) tale that headed to a clear path, whilst also providing insight into the things to come, the larger plot, without being overly prophetic or confusing.

My word, I can't even begin to comprehend the amount of connections I've missed after reading everyone else's posts here. The re-read is definitely gonna have to happen!

House of Chains is ready to go on my Kindle, time to WITNESS!

Thanks for reading - sorry it was a big 'un. First in, last out.

September 22, 2016, 01:44:46 PM