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Tehol and Bugg

Oh yeah, one of my favorites.

@Eclipse I think we need a competition in a sports bracket style.  ;D

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General Discussion / Re: I'm getting published in Romania
« on: February 24, 2020, 04:21:54 PM »
Congrats!

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Kind of a threesome: Fitz and the Fool and Nighteyes  :o

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Read Alongs / Re: Empire of Chains:Chapter 50-Chapter 62 LAST 20%
« on: February 10, 2020, 04:15:57 PM »
My favorite story line was Warrick. His mystery is interesting enough to make me want to read the rest of the books. @Ryan Mueller  deserves serious respect for thinking up a character that keeps us guessing/thinking about good and evil and how much context matters when we judge it.

I'm with @Eclipse on the random action scenes. But, this could be my personal preference too. I like books that rely more on the characters than the action. I'm currently reading book 5 in Peter V. Brett's Demon Cycle and he has a lot of gratuitous action too. Again, probably just me, but I think an action scene should move the story forward in some way or show how a character is growing (either in knowledge, personality, or power). Action fans will probably love all of these scenes.

A few of you have mentioned that the writing was utilitarian. To me it was much like Brandon Sanderson's style so I was fine with it.

Overall, I thought it was good solid writing based on a really cool concept for the villain and the world. I give it 4 stars.

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Read Alongs / Re: Empire of Chains:Prologue-Chapter 14 FIRST 20%
« on: February 04, 2020, 03:56:51 PM »
Note: I read this a couple of years ago so I'm commenting after refreshing my memory rather than a full re-read.

Mostly enjoyed the first 20%. Marcus is my favorite character up to this point, although Ryan does a good job building the other character stories.

Unlike @isos81 I like seeing a lot of Warrick from his own perspective. In fact, I love the idea of books showing the intentions of the villain along with the hero's. So far, Warrick is my second favorite story line (if it can be called a story line).

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General Discussion / Re: The Fantasy Faction Food Thread
« on: February 03, 2020, 04:14:50 PM »
Went for a Korean dinner and had Ramen. Absolutely awesome, I'm a vegetarian and still love a spicy miso soup base with peppers, onions and mushrooms, There's place near work which has similar and I love it.
 


Looks delicious... except for tofu, But I'm sure you already knew that. Haha.

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Robin Hobb has a lot of dragons in her books. They're most prominent in the Liveship Traders Trilogy and the Rain Wild Chronicles. Both of these series are almost as much about the dragons as they are the people. If you haven't read Liveship Traders you really should because it's based on a cool concept that relates to dragons.

Farseer Trilogy and Tawny Man Trilogy also have dragons, but not so memorable.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy-Faction Facebook Group
« on: January 17, 2020, 05:00:59 PM »
Why do subjects like diversity in fantasy, religion in fantasy, lgbt topics etc get close down fast in the Facebook group yet here in the forum there stay open where everyone is civil to each other even if you disagree with each other. is it because it’s mainly writers here who can express themselves better without resorting to insults or is it because people who use forums today are of an older generation or because there’s less people on the forum then on Facebook.

What I don’t like in the Facebook group is that your posts get lost straight away. With people posting new stuff constantly about wheel of time.  ;)

And memes of the Witcher.

It's because of the 3% asshole rule. 3% of people in the world are assholes. So, the larger the group the more assholes there are. Once a group gets to a certain size it reaches critical mass where the assholes hijack every thread with an interesting topic.

BTW, how do you guys like Wheel of Time? I think it's wonderful and everyone should read it.  ;D

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I’ll recommend a TV series based on books, it’s historical and that’s The Last Kingdom, and another historical series with a ‘hero’ whose moral compass is badly skewed, but he somehow winds up rather likeable and the history is extremely well researched (the notes at the make great reading on their own), and that’s The Flashman Papers by George MacDonald Fraser. Also have you made the acquaintance of Locke Lamora?

You'll want to read the Saxon Series by Bernard Cornwell before watching the The Last Kingdom as they're the basis for the show. The books are fast paced and easy to read. And as always, the books are better than the show.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Unrepentant Characters
« on: January 07, 2020, 04:44:38 PM »
Andross Guile popped in my mind as I'm currently reading Lightbringer. Though, he is not pure evil. He has humane feelings.

If you want to turn someone despised into someone good, then I believe the best way would be to show that he has human feelings. Pity, love, self-sacrifice against worse evil are some examples. Otherwise, he will be alien to me throughout the novel.

Andross Guile was a character that almost got there for me, but not quite. Probably because it took so long for his true motivation to be revealed. The early part of the series focused too much on him just wanting power.

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I've already read it so I'll comment in the thread as you guys read it.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Characters with a mind of their own
« on: January 04, 2020, 06:46:26 PM »
I think the best characters are probably the ones that have a mind of their own. Or better said by @Peat, the writing is channeled through the character.

I just finished both of Brent Weeks series and was disappointed with some of his characters that suddenly changed their nature because he needed it to happen to move the plot along. If he'd channeled the story through the character the characters wouldn't have been able to change so drastically... because the character's nature wouldn't have let him play god that way. Instead, the he would have had take the time to change the character's nature through a series of events that explained the reason for the change.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Who is writing?
« on: December 30, 2019, 11:58:04 PM »
Are you two brothers?

He's my spawn. Or more correctly, spoiled, lazy, neerdowell spawn.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Who is writing?
« on: December 30, 2019, 04:08:07 PM »
I have it on good authority that @Justan Henner is online gaming 14 hours a day... while watching movies -- and not writing. Hopefully, it's just the holidays and not an addiction.

Oh, go back to your beads, Kudzoza. I'll have you know I worked a whole 15 minutes today.

Okay, 4 minutes and I drank some tea for 11.

I'll have you know it's not "beads". It's fine art jewelry made from reclaimed materials found on beaches, in nature, and other public places. The beads are merely accent for each center piece.

Oh, I'm glad you got 4 minutes in. That 4 more than any day last week.  :o

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Writers' Corner / Re: Who is writing?
« on: December 29, 2019, 08:35:50 PM »
I have it on good authority that @Justan Henner is online gaming 14 hours a day... while watching movies -- and not writing. Hopefully, it's just the holidays and not an addiction.

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