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Non-Fantasy Books / Re: Your top 3 Classics
« on: December 18, 2014, 09:33:40 PM »
Oh, man, Justin!  I really liked Death Comes for the Archbishop!
Oh well.  I'll have to try 100 Years.

Writers' Corner / Re: What a Feminist story isn't.
« on: December 18, 2014, 05:01:00 PM »
Following this discussion has been difficult for me, because I simply haven't understood the purpose of it and the distinctions.  When I've asked for some background, I haven't received a reply I understand.

But, in your latest response, TBM, I think I start to understand.

> When "good female leads" appear in books, they are blogged about as representing a feminist book/character/approach - what have you.

> This "immediately causes arguments" in "neutral" spaces, because feminism is freighted with accurate and inaccurate views/understandings.

> By defining what is truly feminism and avoiding using as a default for these books and characters, we could avoid arguments, or at least ones based on misapprehension, sometimes on all sides of the argument.

> Therefore, this discussion is about using the feminism label much less frequently.  And by extension, using other labels less frequently, or certainly only when they are truly appropriate.

Whether I agree with the definition or not (and I don't have the background to have a view), am I understanding better the point of the topic you raised?  If not, how would you reframe it?

Non-Fantasy Books / Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« on: December 18, 2014, 12:07:03 PM »
Bleak House by Charles Dickens.  Melodrama, of course, but what writing! What comedy and overwrought-ness (sic).

The Memory of Old Jack by (I'm old and can't remember) was so painful as the main characters made these awful decisions that I put it down for 6 months before I could finish it. 

And True Grit by Charles Portis is a wonderful short novel.  Better than either movies, and those movies are pretty wonderful.

Non-Fantasy Books / Re: Your top 3 Classics
« on: December 18, 2014, 12:02:34 PM »
Dunno what definition of classics Timstar had in mind, except that we're in the non-fantasy section of the forum.  That said, LOTR and the Iliad are classic across genres.  To be honest, LOTR should be my number 3, before Faulkner.  Tho I love me some Faulkner.

And I loved Call, if that's the right emotion for scared sh*tless at age 12.  Read aloud by my older brother, the effect of the mysterious words Cthulhu r'lyeh were actually spine tingling.

[DEC 2014] Religion / Re: [Dec 2014] - Religion - Discussion Thread
« on: December 18, 2014, 11:53:39 AM »
Yes, but then you go and post a dynamic, nasty little piece under a 1,000 words and make the rest of us (or at least, me) feel inadequate.  Thanks a lot C.Hill.    :-\

Non-Fantasy Books / Re: Your top 3 Classics
« on: December 18, 2014, 03:48:25 AM »
1. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
2. East of Eden, John Steinbeck
3. Short Stories of William Faulkner

Writers' Corner / Re: Publishing AMA (ask me anything)
« on: December 16, 2014, 06:43:12 PM »
Just found it.

Read Alongs / Re: Timothy Zahn: The Thrawn Trilogy
« on: December 16, 2014, 12:19:46 PM »

My friend, Tom Dupree, was the editor for a number of theStar Wars books and wrote about the experience on his blog "You and Me Dupree".

I read this post some time ago and remember it being really interesting.  I'll have to read it again.

Tom's an incredibly bright, nice guy and wonderful blogger.  I wonder if he'd be willing to write something for F-F as we get ready for the new Star Wars movies.  Maybe, maybe not. But anyway, let me know what you think about his post.

Yora, I'd enjoy going back and re-reading the Zahn trilogy, but need to get through several other books before I could start the read along.

I read a YA book for a book report - It was an alternate history of the American revolution where Benedict Arnold turned out to be a good guy. If anyone can help me with it I'd appreciate it!

Is this The Year of the Hangman?

Fantasy Faction Book Club / Re: [FEB 2015] Nominations are open!
« on: December 15, 2014, 06:08:28 PM »
Thirding Magicians.

Fantasy Faction Book Club / Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« on: December 15, 2014, 02:50:18 AM »
The Worm Orobouros, by Eddison.  My brother owned this, along with King of Elfland's Daughter and Charwoman's Shadow.  It had a great cover.  It was praised by Tolkien and Lewis.  Could be interesting.

Small Press & Self-Published / Re: Want to Have Your Novel Reviewed?
« on: December 15, 2014, 12:21:19 AM »
Hi, Ravenoak.  I'd be happy to read and review your novel.  You can see my posts on this site to determine if you'd like the type of way I look at things.  If still interested, send me a private message.  Good luck with the book!

Fantasy Faction Book Club / Re: Theme/Genre Suggestions?
« on: December 14, 2014, 09:46:37 PM »
We could go brand new: Chris Evans's Of Bone and Thunder.

Something not new, but great fantasy-flavored Scinece Fiction: C.S. friedman's Black Sun Rising (or the whole Coldfire trilogy)

Or, taking Yora's suggestion of something old, I've not read The Once and Future King, though I've always meant to.

Re-reading Conan stories in order of publication.  What do I find?

then came Yara, versed in dark knowledge handed down through the days of barbarism, since before Atlantis sank.

Yora... Yara?   ;)

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: The Call of Cthulhu
« on: December 12, 2014, 10:18:10 PM »
I'll have to try Madness.   ;D

My experience with Call was reading it a teenager who had been on a steady diet of R.E. Howard and E.R. Burroughs.  (Stereotypes and racism were rampant in almost all popular stories, movies, etc. written pre-1960s.  I was aware of them in these books, but knew to take them in context.). So at age 13, I flund Call to be wonderful, scary, fascinating fun.  I think my older brother may have read it aloud.

Which is what led to me trying to read Dunwich aloud to my daughter and wife a year or so ago.  (What should we do tonight?  I know!). They thought it was the dullest, most poorly written thing they'd ever heard.  (My daughter is SFF fan, so she counts.  My wife exits any movie saying: "And the most unrealistic part of that movie was...").  My own view was just mildly better.maybe what's scary at 13 sounds dopey at 50 if read aloud, would be great if read to oneself.

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