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Writers' Corner / Re: Question on this bit,
« on: March 10, 2016, 09:21:36 AM »
Subvert it, there's no reason to run away from a trope.

My idea would be to leave the labelling of the damsel in distress to her rescuers. Maybe she isn't actually in need of rescue but her self-appointed rescuers want to capture her to further their cause.

Edit: Nevermind, Nora said this better than I did.

Writers' Corner / Re: Inspiration
« on: March 10, 2016, 09:02:45 AM »
Does anyone get ideas from their dreams?...I do


I'll have a dream and at the time it'll be the best idea ever, all the details are in place and when I wake up I just have to jot down a few things then publishers will be clawing at me just to read the first damned line.

Then when I wake up it'll be the most incoherent crap.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Best Videogame EVER?
« on: March 09, 2016, 09:59:39 PM »
Mount and Blade: Warband and all it's associated mods and expansions.

Writers' Corner / Re: Writing Goals?
« on: March 08, 2016, 04:37:29 PM »
No set target for me, right now if my attention span allows me to complete chapter one it'll be a miracle.

Not a good month in terms of reading:

Finished my re-read of The Heroes by Joe abercrombie, took my time with it as I rushed the ending last time I read it. Still one of my favourite books.

About halfway through Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell. When there's good bits they're really good but otherwise I'm finding it very dull and frankly it's annoying me because Cornwell is one of my favourite writers. A lot of repitition and reinforcement of the untruths of the longbow, it almost seems lazy. 

Writers' Corner / Re: Humanoid Animal Races??
« on: February 26, 2016, 12:36:54 PM »
Just an idea, do you need to give them official names? Do you have a character in your story who hates for example the monkey men? Would they call them Homo-Simians or would they rather refer to them as....... (Rude word warning)
Spoiler for Hiden:
Banana fucking shit flickers?

Just throwing that one out there.

Also a thought in general, the races traits seem to be a bit black and white. For example, the lion men, are they proud and heroic or can they be seen as vain and jingoistic? The rats too, are they vicious thieves? Why did people see them like that? Are they undesiriables that have learned to be hardy and resourceful?

Writers' Corner / Re: What do you find most difficult about writing?
« on: February 25, 2016, 04:04:31 PM »
I have difficulty is shutting up my inner critic, the pedantic, second guessing sod who knows what I'll write before I write it and shoots it down. I'll start the weekend with good intentions to write and by Sunday night I'll be completely drained of any ideas, feeling like a failure.  I would have wrote perhaps 500 words and so I either delete it all or send it to my folder marked mass grave.

I'd love to thump him.

When things are described as a "mummer's farce" it annoys the hell out of me. When GRRM did it it fit with the setting, when I read it in a book set in a late 18th century setting it does not.

So I don't ready at the rate some of you read. I have no idea where you find the time!

Here's what I read, I didn't give them ratings as I'm not a reviewer in the slightest.

Lord of Ashes by Richard Ford- Third installment of the Steelhaven trilogy. I bounced off this quite hard. There were few characters I liked and I felt that as a story about a besieged city, it focused on the wrong things.

Angles of Attack by Marko Kloos- Again a third installment. I'm a sucker for a good military SF, particuarlly when it has land warfare. This one didn't have land warfare as much as the last two books but I loved it all the same. Unusually for me I breezed through this in three days.

The Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence- On the whole I enjoyed this one. Got a bit tired of Jal constantly reminding us that he is a coward however.

God's War: Bel Dame Apocrypha by Kameron Hurley- Had a brilliant first line. I enjoyed what I read but I just never picked it back up, nothing really made me want to go back to it.

So a very mixed month for me, trying things I wouldn't otherwise choose. For February I have a few new authors to try, K.J Parker, Neal Asher perhaps and I want to make a start with the LA Quartet by James Ellroy but honestly I'm not the sort to plan my reading in advance. For now though I'm re-reading The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie.

Anthony Ryan comes to mind. He recently wrote a short story called "Sandrunners" which ties into his new series which is pretty much about guns and dragons.

That said, Abercrombie, every time.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 06, 2016, 11:50:22 AM »
Finally fell at the third hirdle of the Steelhaven Trilogy, 20% into Lord of Ashes by Richard Ford. I'm a fan of grimdark and there were a lot of cool concepts in it just didn't do it for me. I think I'll have to return to it though. After that I read Angles of Attack by Marko Kloos which I loved and finished in 2 days which is unusual for me.

Now I'm reading The Lairs Key by Mark Lawrence.

I don't mind starting an unfinished series. I primarily read for entertainment (like everyone else?) so if the first book fails I just won't pick up the second.

One thing I quite like is what Mark Lawrence has in his books where there's a summary of the previous novel.

In twenty years time when ASOIAF 6 is out I would probably veer towards reading a plot summary of the previous books rather than re-read them.


I'm not sure if a pursuit with no wind would be very interesting, but I love the idea of sea mines.

It worked quite well in Sharpe's Trafalgar where the ship Sharpe was on was chasing after a French ship. They lost their wind and all the while the crew were thinking of ways to catch the wind again.

Writers' Corner / Re: To Describe or Not To Describe
« on: December 17, 2015, 09:34:20 AM »
I prefer to have less description, to mirror what's been said before, the average sf/f reader is more likely to have their own imagination do the heavy lifting.

I found the description in ASOIAF tedious a lot of the time. I didn't need to know that Sandor Clegane wore a green doublet on the day of the tournament unless it somehow mattered to the story.

In the Master and Commander film there was the scene where the French privateer ship was in pursuit of the Surprise. They rigged up some floating structure which copied the placement of the ships lanterns. Then they cut the rope connecting it to their ship at the same time extinguishing their own lanterns.

I've no idea if this was ever a recognised tactic though.

A few ideas off the top of my head:
-If the pursued is a smaller ship, head into shallower waters where the pursuer ricks damaging their hull.
-Sea mine?
-Make it interesting, have a pursuit when there is no wind. Have the crew wet the sails and tug the ship with their launch boats.
-If they are identical ships, has one ship had it's hull scraped recently? Lots of barnacles etc attached to the hull can cause a lot of drag.
-Is one ship carrying more cargo than the other? More guns?

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