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Just finished a re-read of Kerr's Deverry Cycle. Not sure what to do now. Got some ARCs to do but not feeling it.

Does Deverry hold up over the years? I've been wondering about revisiting both that and Katherine Kurtz, but I'm not sure how much my own reading has shifted my views on what makes a good fantasy since I first read them in the 90s.
I read a few of them. Lejays17 read them all. Once I finish the H’s, the I’s and the J’s on my reread/partial reread challenge I’ll do the Deverry Cycle as the K’s.

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I'm pretty tired of all these rehashes of the same myths/ legends. King Author mythos have been done to the death in almost every form/ version available to mankind, couldn't they come up with something more original?
You know a King Arthur nearly beat GoT into production. It found a home on Starz and was awful.

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Finished I, Robot and started Planet of the Apes.

Some Sci-Fi for me :)
Wha did you think of Planet of the Apes? I often find it amazing that the other book the author of that is known for is The Bridge Over the River Kwai. Then again John Hilton wrote Lost Horizon and Goodbye Mr Chips.

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General Discussion / Re: The Virus thread
« on: June 27, 2020, 04:43:32 AM »
That amount of people is my idea of hell at the best of times. Plus it's a pebble beach, so it's damn uncomfortable
Not a fan of crowded beaches at any time. In fact Lejays17 and I go out of our way to find fairly sparsely attended beaches during our summer.

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: June 16, 2020, 06:34:06 AM »
Thank you all for the birthday wishes. @ScarletBea I wish the weather was pleasant enough for me to lay out in the backyard on a hammock, but alaa in the topsy turvy land of the future, my birthday falls in the middle of winter. Fortunately restrictions here have been eased enough that @Lejays17 and I were able to enjoy a nice lunch at a local restaurant. @xiagan while my birthday does take place just after the beginning of ski season down here, where we live it never gets cold enough to actually snow. It does rarely on the foothills of the Dandenongs, but they're a good 30 to 40 minutes away by car, and it only happens once in a blue moon.

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Oh right, it's the same as mine, I just checked! I never read the blurb, so I hadn't realised... although that 3-sentence "highlight" is a bit of a blurb...
Mine has a blurb, but it’s on the inside of the front cover.

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General Discussion / Re: Madeleine McCann
« on: June 06, 2020, 07:44:47 AM »
@Elfy it isn't the only unsolved cold case in history!
It is one of the most recent, and it also involves a young child. This one is interesting to people I feel, because there is so little to go on, which leaves more questions unanswered and only fuels the speculation.

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General Discussion / Re: Madeleine McCann
« on: June 06, 2020, 03:32:09 AM »
I never got why this special case is so much more important than all the other cases where children disappeared...
Possibly because it’s never been solved. It draws parallels with the Jon Benet Ramsay case in the US, the Azaria Chamberlain case here in Australia, as well as the disappearance of Karmein Chan and the Shirley Collins and Beaumont kids cases. In most of those bodies were found, but never satisfactorily resolved. With McCann there are so many unanswered questions and that always attracts a lot of public attention.

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I'm reading Bloody Rose, and I'm at the point where (not sure if this is a spoiler or not) Tam said that Clay Cooper is the least known member of Saga. I don't really think that's true? Ganelon, who is also a member of Saga, hadn't been mentioned even once up to the pages I've read in Bloody Rose, and at least Clay have the reputation of being Gabe's best friend and his legend of carving up his Blackheart shield.
I think there were a couple of instances in Kings of the Wyld where people knew that Saga had 4 members, and they could remember 3 of their names, but not Clay. Internally he was the glue that held them together, but externally he was just ‘the other guy’ in the band.

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I've now started Samantha Shannon's The priory of the orange tree and from the first few pages, it's looking really promising!
Argh, I just want to continue reading more and more, but I get a headache!
This book is SO GOOD :D :D

I finished :'(
Once in a while you do read a book that touches you everywhere, for all different reasons, and this is it, a perfect book.
And I only got it because I decided that the book I'd bought with Peat wasn't really my style: little did I know that it was fate! ;D

I don't know what to read now... I need a day's break to clear my head...
All the talk about this one made me pull it off the tbr pile. It’s quite good early days.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: 2020 Reading Challenge
« on: May 19, 2020, 06:36:27 AM »
I've only done 25 this year so far and for me that's fairly low.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Help me Choose My Next Book
« on: May 17, 2020, 02:01:12 AM »
I’ve read The Black Hawks, it fits your criteria, but as I haven’t read any of the rest of the list, it’s hard to say whether or not it’s what you’re really after. You might like The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan. Pretty dark, extremely good world building, strong characters, bit of humour, it is also a bit on the weird side, but not overwhelmingly so.

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I wanted something fairly easy, so I've started Cinder by Marissa Meyer. A loose science fiction retelling of Cinderella, I didn't expect it to start with a plague killing people off!
Oh my! ;D

OMG the series is amazing! I'm so glad someone here finally got around to reading it. I started the book without much expectations, but I have to say I was really pleasantly surprised. What resembled an alternate version of a Disney princess tale on the first book quickly became a rogue adventure Avengers collection of Disney princesses in later books, and it was totally amazing. I'd heartily recommended the entire series to anyone.
I’ve read all of Marissa Meyer’s work thus far and she never disappoints. My favourite has been Heartless.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: 2020 Hugos
« on: May 02, 2020, 03:45:10 AM »
I’ve read Ten Thousand Doors of January it’s an interesting book with an intriguing concept and and engaging narrator. Ultimately, though I think it promised more than it wound up delivering.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Sir Terry Prachett Books
« on: April 30, 2020, 08:49:26 AM »
Going Postal seems to be 33rd book in Discworld series. So, can I just jump in and start reading it without reading prior 32 books?
You can. They’re all relatively self contained, but Discworld books are like potato chips, you can’t stop at just one.

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