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We had a small party politician in India who was blaming Tigers and Lions for not following the Hindu code of vegetarianism.

To get into politics, you gotta be stupid or devious. You get elected president if you're both.

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I keep writing and deleting, writing and deleting...
I try to say what I'm feeling and it all sounds like I'm whining, oozing self-pity.
I guess I'm just trying to reach out.
*hugs to all*
I'm here.
Stupid day.

Don't feel bad. Life ain't fair and sometimes we are done hard by, so self pity isn't always bad and we need to vent some steam out. Perfectly valid feeling in my opinion. If we can love ourselves, who else will  :) Just chill and do something that make you happy, give yourself a treat. Get a massage, drink a icecream milkshake, go to gym, buy something....you deserve it.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 28, 2020, 08:02:11 PM »
Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

Overall: +9
Loved it. A refreshing read, which is wildly gripping and totally different from any other book I've read. A roller coaster adventures both geographically and plot-wise keeps moving to keep you stuck to the book.

Freshness: +10
The Lot Lands is a gritty hard place stuck between a semi-hostile kingdom on one side and wild orc hordes on other. A wild west meets sons of anarchy set in fantasyland! Both the setting and the characters plus they way book is written clearly sets itself on a level outside of most other fantasy book out there.

Prose: +10
An unapologetically disgusting and dirty prose that shreds modern political correctness and sensibility expectation on it's way to a wildly entertaining romp. A cascade of vulgarity and lewdness seeps through every page of the book topped with base jokes, that actually make you laugh rather than cringe, which is not an easy balance to achieve! Despite that the book has a nice flow to it and it drags you right in to experience the life on a hog in lotlands right with the characters.

Plot: +8
What starts off as a personal duel rapidly escalates into a far bigger conflict which the author keeps you from guessing till the end. The way the lead character plods through the events trying to find this way, but finding his beliefs yanked repeatedly makes this a obsessive page turner. I have dropped some points on this because of a minor gripe...the books focuses on the protagonist but fails to provide a view of other parties that will be impacted but are not properly covered.

Explicit content:
Los of vulgar speech and base humour. Some explicit but very brief sexual content. Overall good for 18+ audience.

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General Discussion / Re: I'm getting published in Romania
« on: February 28, 2020, 03:32:19 PM »
I saw a tweet from Joe Abercrombie about translated titles just the other day. the First Law trilogy in Germany are all 'x-blades' when translated. So King's Blades, Magic Blades, etc. Best Served Cold is catchily renamed Revenge Blades. I imagine it's all a matter of different tastes for different markets.

That's interesting. I presume it's only when content is translated into local language. Still would be weird as I could be recommending this to a person who might have read it under another name!

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General Discussion / Re: I'm getting published in Romania
« on: February 28, 2020, 02:06:47 PM »
I just googled War of the usurper and it was all Game of Thrones results.

Do you think a new title for your Romanian edition would make it unique? Pop up in search results better?

I just googled it myself out of curiosity, and was pleasantly surprised to find its Goodreads entry on the first page.

As for the Romanian edition, I have no control over what they call it over there.

Surprising. Probably Google algorithms mixing things up, I presume. I'm curious what others see when the google war of the usurper. @ScarletBea @xiagan @Eclipse @isos81

Als why don't you have control over your book's name? Is this situation common in publishing?


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General Discussion / Re: I'm getting published in Romania
« on: February 27, 2020, 11:56:32 PM »
I just googled War of the usurper and it was all Game of Thrones results.

Do you think a new title for your Romanian edition would make it unique? Pop up in search results better?

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Happy to. PM me! My missus works in website building. I can get her semi-professional comments too.

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Malazan Book of the Fallen / Re: Reaper's Gale: book 3
« on: February 27, 2020, 09:14:30 PM »
Ah don't. Toll the Hounds is refreshing and epic. It'll cleanse your palate and you'll enjoy it far more than RG. Dassem, Rake, Draconus....all my favorite characters are there.

Plus a climax that'll rival Battle of Coral (Memories of Ice).
The best climax you'll mean. Everything you love about Erikson's convergences (of powers) is tenfold in Toll the Hounds. :)

Yeah, I get goosebumps thinking of it. I'll probably sneak away from work for 15 mins and browse that again now.

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Malazan Book of the Fallen / Re: Reaper's Gale: book 3
« on: February 27, 2020, 07:27:48 PM »
Ah don't. Toll the Hounds is refreshing and epic. It'll cleanse your palate and you'll enjoy it far more than RG. Dassem, Rake, Draconus....all my favorite characters are there.

Plus a climax that'll rival Battle of Coral (Memories of Ice). 

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Already started reading bits and pieces too!

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The only Instagram accounts I follow are for pets.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 26, 2020, 08:01:22 PM »
Starting The Shadow of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy, #1),

Just didn't have the feel that it's right time to start this. Some intangible stuff moved me away from this for now.

Finished Diamantine by Andrew Rowe.

Starting Grey Bastards by Jonathan French now.

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Spent about 6 hrs queing up to get my licence renewed. Went to DMV at 7:30am, which was 30 mins before it opens and found a queue of about 50 people before me!  >:(

Eventually made it back close to 1pm. What an inefficient way to waste people's time.

However managed to that to use as solid reading time in the queue and finished Diamantine by Andrew Rowe all in one day!  ;D

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I'm a bad person, I'm not that keen on black tea and just drink herbal (many combinations)...

Is that the new slang for weed?  8)

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"What makes me happy in life?" is a question that very few managed to answer honestly for themselves.

I've made a couple of attempts and having reached those goals, I find they were not really working out as I expected them. Moments of fleeting happiness, but lacking the feeling of content.

I'm still searching for the answer.

PS: I better hope it's not 42  :o

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