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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Books from your childhood.
« on: September 03, 2012, 02:18:52 PM »
Enid Blyton as a wee young thing, the Faraway books, the Wishing Tree books, her various collections of fairies, brownie, magic, etc.

As a bit older, Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass, Peter Pan, anything King Arthur I could get my hands on.  Susan Cooper (Seaward a specific favourite), Lloyd Alexander, Narnia, The Owl Service by Alan Garner (and it has to be the 80's Fontana Lion edition - I think I currently have 4 copies of it as I put them away "safely" somewhere, and then can't find it so I buy another one)

I'm feeling very nostalgic about these now.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Your TBR List
« on: September 03, 2012, 02:05:36 PM »
Because we keep reshelving we no longer have an actual pile, and half the time I can't work out what my wife bought and what I bought. She's actually started to make an impact on her unread stuff now though, me I'm spinning my wheels. I think I'm going to have to tackle this alphabetically, start at the unread A's and work on through.

That's not too bad an idea.  One will need to stop buying new books in order to accomplish this task however....  ;)

Hmm, excluding the historicals & girls-own books, I think I've got a TBR pile of about 20 physical books.  And Elfy keeps telling me I should read this one or that one, which I haven't even included in the pile.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: All Time Favourite Re-reads
« on: September 03, 2012, 01:36:13 PM »
The early Pern books by Anne McCaffrey, particularly Dragonsong & Dragonsinger.

Discworld by Terry Pratchett, the City Watch books for preference

The Ship Who Searched by Anne McCaffrey & Mercedes Lackey (heartbroken that Lackey never wrote the sequel)

The Eight by Katherine Neville (the sequel is dire tho!)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: David Eddings
« on: September 03, 2012, 01:15:57 PM »
I've now managed to struggle through all of David & Leigh Eddings books and The Dreamers sequence was absolutely the worst of them all.  Redemption of Althalus felt like a first draft that needed to be fleshed out more (weird seeing as how long the book is anyway).

As someone else mentioned - probably a few people - that their characters are all the same.  I remember myself and my sister doing up charts and matching all the characters one summer.  It also worked if you wanted to include the non-fantasy books too.

But the Belgariad is a favourite comfort read, even though I haven't read it for a few years.  its the safety of knowing what's going to happen next - I've got shelves full of girls-own lit for exactly the same reason

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: The Avengers
« on: September 03, 2012, 12:48:24 PM »
Saw it for the 4th time on Friday night - we bought the Blu-ray and had a movie night!  Still just as great this time around - still got a few watches to do before it catches up with the number of times I've seen Captain America (I'm living in hope that the ending will change if I watch it often enough  :D)

I did have some problems with the film, a certain line of Loki is front and centre, and that Hawkeye doesn't seem to run out of arrows until right at the end, but they mostly don't detract from my enjoyment.

Looking forward to whatver the next film is going toi be about.

Currently watching my way through classic Dr Who, as the Sci-Fi channel here has gone 4,5,6,7 in the last few months and this week they start on 3.

Plus also abput to start Babylon 5 season 4

But at this precise moment I'm watching Prehistoric Park - I'm convinced the naturalist guy is going to be eaten by one of the prehistoric animals, or maybe "sacrifice" his unsuspecting camerman  ;D .  It's quite fun, really, and I'm learning a bit about extinct animals I didn't know before.

As Elfy would agree  ;) I can bore on for hours about Dr Who.  In all its incarnations.

My favourites would be (in order of Doctor) - 8 isn't included cos his movie is awful, but I do love his audio work
The Aztecs (1st)
The War Games (2nd)
The Green Death (3rd) AKA the one with the giant maggots  :)
Masque of Mandragora & Genesis of the Daleks & Horror of Fang Rock (4th)
Black Orchid (5th)
Vengeance on Varos (6th) (this is a least-worst choice, I much prefer Colin Baker on Audio)
Ghost Light & Curse of Fenric (7th)
The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances (9th)
The Girl in the Fireplace & Blink (10th)

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: The Hunger Games
« on: September 03, 2012, 11:32:13 AM »
My wife just read them, she enjoyed them all, but like psuupak said she didn't take to Katniss. There's a lot to recommend Katniss as a character, but she can be an annoying 'I know everything' teenager a lot of the time.

I warmed to her as we went through the trilogy, but I preferred the secondary characters much more.  But I'm like that with a lot of series, I prefer the non-main characters in the most part.

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: Wither
« on: September 03, 2012, 11:24:01 AM »
I've just finished this.  I was a bit "hmm" to start with, but the story did suck me in, and I will look out for th others in the series.

I also had trouble remembering how young the main characters were, they didn't act that way for most of the time.

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