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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: September 20, 2019, 02:38:00 PM »
Elantris ain't bad. It's not a good book either, but definitely ain't bad.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Ebooks (and Readers) > Physical books
« on: September 19, 2019, 02:34:02 PM »

I switched to full Kindle years ago, but this one really doesn't work for me. I have a far easier time finding those flipping pages and passing my eye over various pages really quickly than touching the screen over and over haha.
Specially when you can also use various markers (or just your fingers, really) on a lot of pages and see like, pages 30, 108 and 317 much, much more easily haha. It's a little frustrating to try to go back to check a reference or foreshadow in the Kindle.
The notes aren't really helpful for that either, specially if you make a lot of them.

The ability to highlight passages and not  feel guilty for "damaging" the book, though, that one is really irreplaceable.

I just use the Kindle app on my phone, but search is one of my oft used feature. When I read abook, I always keep a lookout for easter eggs author may have dropped. Esp, in a series like Malazan you have a reference to a event that happened 2 books before and using Kindle just lets me switch books on the fly, look for the reference and then get back to  current read.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: September 19, 2019, 02:19:00 PM »
Still working through Henner's Death's Merchant. This is like wine or a single malt. Has to be savoured in small sips. A big gulp would floor you senseless. A week's worth of reading only got me to 24%, but from what I see, the comparisons to Malazan are well warranted. Will post full review once I finish this. Loving it till now.

Perhaps I'll park Vicious for a bit and pick up Orconomics to take a light breather after this saga.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: September 19, 2019, 02:02:46 PM »
while at the same time also reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Probably my favourite HP book.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Ebooks (and Readers) > Physical books
« on: September 18, 2019, 05:20:41 PM »
I still find bookstores charming. Just came out of Barnes and Noble store here and just browsing books on shelves is a fantastic way to kill time.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Ebooks (and Readers) > Physical books
« on: September 18, 2019, 12:09:43 AM »
The smell of paper and a new book excites me still, but it's not comparable to e-books/readers.

- Ability to switch books on the go.
- Ability to search for events that you may have misread/misunderstood on the go.
- Ease of carrying multiple books on the go.

Ebooks are the future.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Always on the move
« on: September 17, 2019, 07:02:47 PM »
My first thoughts were David Gemmel's Jon Shannow books and King's Dark Tower (though I prefer Jon Shannow by far). And the best visual example would be Stargate SG-1.

For me, as a end result viewer the biggest hurdle would be the balance between the character development vs overarching plot progress. The experiences of individual episodes must in some way link back to main plot, else as MH mentions, it'd become a short story collection. 

Other major drawback is that this does got give much room for various relationship dynamics. Unless it is within the set of protagonists, concepts like falling in love, death of loved on etc which are usually character build cornerstones have far less opportunities.

Again, it depends on the story and theme. Irrespective, just go ahead.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Quick Book Recommendations Again
« on: September 16, 2019, 07:58:36 PM »
Rivers of London is ok ok. Interesting premise, but author meanders all over the place with the plot and lacks any pace. I'd say time pass read if you have nothing better.

Ketty Jay is awesome. Loved it.

Traitor God is nice. Takes some time to get going, but then rolls downhill like a out of control train with a smashing climax to boot.

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General Discussion / Re: Pets
« on: September 16, 2019, 02:15:31 AM »
Catties! :D I have a cat called Zizou (after the nickname for Zinedine Zidane, because all she did for the first 48 hours of adoption was headbutt us in mad delight).



That's a cute cat. Love it.

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I hear what folks are saying about the Fantasy of Yesteryear (this old coot is amused to find the 80s and 90s referred to as "back then" but is tolerant of young 'uns). I do think passion was part of the equation. The whole field was still new enough that one could get away with "Dwarves! In taverns!" and the reader would be right there for the ride.

But I also respectfully suggest that folks may be recalling the literature of their youth. There's nothing that will ever match the music from one's teens and early 20s. You'll never be that rocker again, and you'll never be that reader again. The first horror stories, the first mysteries, the first fantasy novels, these are going to resonate in ways that cannot be duplicated.

I submit as additional evidence the tone of people--I mainly see them in Facebook groups--who read what I regard as mandane, dull, even outright bad fantasy novels, and just rave about them. Greatest thing they've ever read. I'll bet you five dollars to a doughnut that their average age will be younger than the average age of people on this thread. Appalling as it is for me to say, these are the fantasy novels of their youth. These forgettable works will be the ones they remember, and against which they'll measure all their future tropes and boredoms.

Any serious reader will recognize that books don't age equal. I have good memories of Shannara, but for the life of me I would not go back to read them. Actually I tried and was surprised how bad they were now. But others like Drennai are still cool.

Anyone who claims books of "yesteryear" are better is sadly misguided and just plain wrong.

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Taverns and brothels, though, have never felt very convincing. Like everyone's copying an original that wasn't very authentic in the first place.

That's exactly what I mean! To me, that's about the definition of what makes something a cliche.

How can a tavern be a cliche? It's definition is standard. A place to eat, drink, make merry, sleep. Has tables and bartender and some wenches plus some musicians. Add in a kitchen and food. That's it.

What else do you all expect in a fantasy tavern?

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What are you bored of seeing in fantasy books?

Meddling Gods.

This seems to be a popular theme that has absolutely no variation at all. The only refreshing version I read recently was in Divine Cities. Malazan had a unique take and Cam Johnston's Traitor God was heading in the right direction. Can't think any book that varies significantly from default theme. Would love some recommendations in this.

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More Than 200 Fantasy Authors “Vandalized” Nicholas Eames’ Kings of the Wyld for Patrick Rothfuss’ Worldbuilders Charity

https://www.tor.com/2019/09/12/more-than-200-fantasy-authors-vandalized-nicholas-eames-kings-of-the-wyld-for-patrick-rothfuss-worldbuilders-charity/

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General Discussion / Re: What is an ooshie? And why the uproar?
« on: September 12, 2019, 11:34:36 PM »
A very good point on online bullying got buried.

People who harass others online over a toy which they legitimately want to sell are just plain bad and deserve to be punished a bit. The SJWs online bullying is a real menace.

I don't know what the solution is, but this really needs to stop.

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General Discussion / Re: The Edibles Thread
« on: September 12, 2019, 12:25:42 AM »
I was surprised to find a restaurant that sold Jianbing's near where I work. It's my favorite when I was living in China and I had to get to it. Had a lovely lunch.

Jianbing is a Chinese crepe type food made on a flour and egg batter with veggies and meat stuffing. It's a street food popular near Beijing.

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