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Considering @ScarletBea is now pushing towards 12,000 posts, we probably should come up with something to supersede Big Wee Hag.

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Shannara and WoT.... :o

WoT is eons better than Shannara.

Shannara has no re-read attributes whilst WoT is evergreen.
Quality wise I agree, but they’re both post apocalyptic fantasy inspired by LotR. I’ve reread the first Shannara a few times, and find that Sword works as a stand-alone, whereas none of The Wheel of Time books do.

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I guess this is the right place to make my 7,000th post.
Big Wee Hag, am I!!!
Wahey!!! :D :D


Welcome to the ranks of the Big Wee Hag, @JMack
I think there are now 3 of us.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Your next 5 books....
« on: December 07, 2019, 01:06:47 AM »
I do 3 at a time, mostly at random, although 1 is usually from my self set series reread challenge and that’s whatever letter I happen to be up to.

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I would say that Shannara is like Wheel of Time
In parts I agree, except that Wheel of Time is like Shannara, because it came first.

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General Discussion / Re: What's your jersey?
« on: December 04, 2019, 05:30:03 AM »
@Elfy, my boss’s wife is Australian (big country; I’ve no idea where from). We were at the Ravens American football game together on Sunday (our company has a fancy stadium suite), so I was telling her about you and your footy team. She knew all about it; big fan of the sport.

Meanwhile, my home town Ravens are the football team to beat this year. A lot of fun.
@JMack if she’s knowledgeable about Aussie Rules then she’s more than likely from the south east of the country or the west. NSW and QLD have never really taken to the game and prefer rugby league. It’s good to be with the winners. My Tigers have come good after being a laughing stock for years and I still find it hard to believe how quickly they’ve improved. Be nice to see someone dethrone the Patriots in the NFL.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Your next 5 books....
« on: December 03, 2019, 08:38:30 PM »
Currently reading Dragons of Autumn Twighlight, by Weis & Hickman.  My next five:

1. The Winter Road, by Adrian Selby
2. Dragons of Winter Night, by Weis & Hickman
3. Darkness Weaves, by Karl Edward Wagner
4. Dragons of Spring Dawning, by Weis & Hickman
5. Currently undecided.  Either The Broken Sword, by Poul Anderson, or The Blade Itself, by Abercrombie
If you go with The Broken Sword that's fairly short and standalone (also very good). The Blade Itself is considerably longer and also the start of a trilogy. If it were me, I'd read the Poul Anderson classic and then move onto Abercrombie.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What did you read in November 2019
« on: December 03, 2019, 04:25:29 AM »
A little late, but I'm here nevertheless. November was a good month, I read 8 books.

Target Rich Environment by Larry Correia. This was a collection short work by Larry Correia. I thought it would be mostly Monster Hunter International stories with a few Grimnoir Chronicles thrown in. There were only 3 MHI stories with a couple of Grimnoirs. The rest were mostly the action heavy type of things that Correia likes and held little interest for me. The opening story about the trailer park elves from MHI was pure gold.

The Black Hawks by David Wragg. This was a bit Nicholas Eames lite, and it was okay if not outstanding. I'm still not really sure why or how the MC was important to the plot other than as a narrator.

Stoker's Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi. I did thoroughly enjoy this improbable pairing of Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde as reluctant vampire hunters. Told in the form of letters and diary entries this did capture the feel of the characters and the time.

A Darkness at Sethanon by Raymond Feist. Oh dear the suck fairy came hard for this.

Rolling in the Deep and Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. This was my series reread for the Gs. I've read Rolling in the Deep about 4 times now and it's such a great novella. I think it took me all of 3 hours this time. It's that sort of thing that once you start reading you can't stop. The sequel which is novel length took me longer, but it's an excellent tight thriller with a diverse cast that all fit together.

A Orc on the Wild Side by Tom Holt. The title gives a pretty good indication of what the book is like. It tries hard to be Pratchett, but isn't and it has some good ideas and a few genuinely funny moments, but overall just doesn't quite hold together.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. This is gothic YA. The idea of triplets, one of whom will become Queen once she murders her siblings is pretty dark stuff, but intriguing. Blake is brutal on her characters, too. This one also had a great twist at the end, which set it up neatly for the sequel.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: December 01, 2019, 08:34:49 PM »
I'm rereading Dragons of Autumn Twighlight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.  The Dragonlance Chronicles was the first high fantasy series I ever read, and I considerate it the beginning of my love affair with the genre. I believe I was 13 at the time. 

Here's hoping I'll still find it as enjoyable at 37.  :)
I haven't reread those for years. I did still enjoy their Rose of the Prophet series on a reread, though. Even now I still love the idea of the kender as a fantasy race.

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Introductions / Re: Well hello there
« on: November 22, 2019, 12:13:38 PM »
Magician is the first of the Riftwar Cycle. Along with Silverthorn and A Darkness at Sethanon it forms a sort of trilogy. I’ve always seen Magician as a stand-alone and the other 2 as more of a duology, although they do tie up some loose ends from the first book, they focus on a different character and it’s more about internal threats rather than external ones. I recently reread all 3 and found that the last 2 had been sadly visited by the suck fairy.

Magician is divided into 2 in some countries:
  • Magician: Apprentice
  • Magician: Master
Yeah, should explain that I read it when it first came out as one big fat book, and that’s the version I still have. It was later reissued as a kind of ‘directors cut’ where Feist included some stuff that was originally edited out. I found the original too long to begin with, so was never really minded to read an extended version.

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Introductions / Re: Well hello there
« on: November 22, 2019, 12:07:59 PM »
I know you’ve read a Butcher short and I think you read a Sanderson novella too.

I’m going to chance it and say you would probably enjoy the Empire trilogy wouldn’t she @xiagan
Wow, your memory is good! I didn't remember the Butcher short story myself! :o

And I've read more than just a Sanderson novella, hehe - but PJ didn't mention him in the favourites list :P

And I told you I read Feist's first one (is Magician in that trilogy?)
Magician is the first of the Riftwar Cycle. Along with Silverthorn and A Darkness at Sethanon it forms a sort of trilogy. I’ve always seen Magician as a stand-alone and the other 2 as more of a duology, although they do tie up some loose ends from the first book, they focus on a different character and it’s more about internal threats rather than external ones. I recently reread all 3 and found that the last 2 had been sadly visited by the suck fairy.

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I’ve only read one of them. How does Starless Sea get in there? It came out less than a month ago.

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Introductions / Re: Well hello there
« on: November 21, 2019, 08:36:56 PM »
G'day Pemry and welcome! That's a list of favourite authors that will go down pretty well here. May I ask how you developed the pen name? I'm always interested in the origins of pseudonyms.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favorite Standalone Book
« on: November 17, 2019, 03:44:13 AM »
I'd concur with some of @cupiscent's picks and add some of my own. It's kind of hard to find a fantasy book in this category, though. The concepts largely seem to lend themselves to series.
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero.
Radiance and Space Opera by Cat Valente, both science fiction.
My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix.
Crooked by Austin Grossman.
The two Valente's aside, the others are better classified as horror, oh and if I'm going that route then Stephen King's It also has to be in this list.

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What’s the beef with Harry Potter? I thought all books were equally good. I liked them.

I liked the whole series a lot! Half-Blood Prince is probably my favourite, though Prisoner of Azkaban really is a corker. But the later books were not as tightly plotted or efficiently written. That's all.

If a tighter edit had been applied to Connie Willis’ Blackout/All Clear then it may have come out as one book instead of two.

Hard disagree there. Or rather, I think you're absolutely right, they could have been edited down into one book. But I think that would also have removed some of the overall message, which used the "white noise" of the length and detail to hide the "message" of the significant events, putting the reader much more in the situation of the protagonists, who were also struggling with the signal-to-noise ratio of history. (A similar thing applies to Stephenson's Cryptonomicon, even more directly appropriate; I don't believe that defense works for any of his other novels.) Given the focus of Blackout/All Clear on the need to continue hoping and living as an act of defiance even without confirmation that you were achieving anything... I think slimming it down makes it slightly less effective.
I thoroughly enjoyed Willis book (I say book, because it was really one volume that for reasons of size had to be published as 2), but I did feel there was just too much of it. The only Stephenson I’ve read is Cryptonomicon and I didn’t like it. It was to me ver self indulgent, and those were the bits that could have been cut and probably made it a better book in the process.

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