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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: January 08, 2020, 12:40:50 AM »
Happy day, @tebakutis and @Lejays17! I hope You get lots of cake.

Wow, @Nighteyes, what an adventure and what a service!

Eli, I’m happy to look too.

General Discussion / Re: Pictures of Your Forum Peeps
« on: January 05, 2020, 03:23:48 PM »
I was using imgur to host photos when I want to post them to the forum, but they made changes and it got way confusing and bothersome. If I have a photo link I know how to post it here. Any suggestions on how to host the photo and get a properly forum-formatted link in the first place?

I’m not far enough to read this section of posts, but I am amused on page 2 of chapter 9.

Some time back in one thread or another, we talked here about the simile “like a cat.” Such an easy and over-used three words. I think we damned it with faint praise, along with “cat-like” and related.

So here we have Vasya sliding down her favorite tree “like a cat.” OK, I’ve watched cats climb out of trees. They do not slide, they sort of crawl and then finally jump down. Of course, we all know what the author means by the phrase, and we shouldn’t be too literal, right? I mean, she could have written “like an eel” and we all can picture the success rate of eels sliding down trees. Still, “like a cat” is just so... easy. I’m not sure Ms. Arden worked very hard for that one.

But, meh, I’m being an ass.  ;)
Have to get back to reading. I only have a few more minutes before Mrs. JMack comes down and we head to church.

Edit: And here is lovely writing: “The fire crumbled in a glowing core and the air in the kitchen chilled and sank.” Such simple words, but perfect.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: January 05, 2020, 12:10:09 PM »
The problem here is apathy about our use of military power and the mostly unrestrained power of the presidency to order action. On a related note, I wish the media would call the attack on this general what it is: an assassination.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 05, 2020, 12:03:08 PM »
Working my way through the Dune series. Reading God Emperor of Dune at the moment.

Ive never read beyond the first book. Some fear of spoiling a near-perfect bitter thing.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: The Rise of Skywalker
« on: January 04, 2020, 11:16:55 PM »
I agree that expectations were low for anything like the first trilogy, and so many easy decisions were made. I enjoyed it a bunch, just because it was fun and another chance to be in that world.

Will you be reading this one @JMack?

I’m in! I bought Ryan’s book a while back on Kindle, and now I can schedule it in.  :)

The breadth of the story is surprising me. With the initial chapters, I expected everything to stay focused on Vasya and that little corner of the world. Instead, most of the book has been in Moscow. It’s clear this is Vasya’s story, but hey there’s a whole trilogy coming. It had better have a broad canvas.

What do you think: is the stranger (Frost?) the same one who got Vasya away from the one-eyed man? I don’t think so, but am wondering. One of you wrote about the fey. Is that an assumption that these folk are fey, or in the book and I missed it? The blue gem - the stranger clearly wants to track Vasya, but for good or bad purposes?

I love the setting. I love that roads are far worse than frozen rivers, and that people sleep on top of the oven. Life was hard, folks. And still is in many places.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: 2020 Reading Challenge
« on: January 04, 2020, 03:08:10 AM »
If I get 6 read this year, it will be amazing.

And there’s the love triangle between Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli, which is so sensitively captured in The Secret Diaries. Ah, jealousy. I’ll write more about this later...  8)

[DEC 2019] Tardiness / Re: [Dec 2019] - Tardiness - Discussion Thread
« on: January 04, 2020, 03:04:56 AM »
I’m quite happy to have a it more time to write my tardy story, since I’m, er, late with it. I have two stories started, and neither finished.

[NOV 2019] Arch Enemies / Re: [Nov 2019] - Arch Enemies - Voting Thread
« on: January 04, 2020, 03:03:26 AM »
Congrats, @bdcharles. I voted for “Fuh”, too, and really enjoyed the unbridled feel of it. And LESION! What a horrible, wonderful name for a blade. I would love to read a true story structure around the concepts you created. So many questions! But maybe the Purple Mages just dont want them answered...

[NOV 2019] Arch Enemies / Re: [Nov 2019] - Arch Enemies - Voting Thread
« on: December 24, 2019, 12:30:03 AM »
Only a few of us, but some striking prose.

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