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Oh I just posted on the other thread, hehe
@Lanko's back! Yay!

I'm very sorry to hear things haven't been good for you - I do hope it improves soon. And my PM inbox is always open :)

It's been quite quiet and calm here, to be honest. Personally, calm and quiet in my life too, which I think is a good thing: enjoying the small things, no major plans...

As you can see, the last few months' contests didn't have that many stories, and in the Feb fan fiction month everybody won! And Xia April fooled us this month by choosing that theme for real (even me, when he asked ;D)

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[APR 2019] Erotica / Re: [Apr 2019] - Erotica - Discussion Thread
« on: April 19, 2019, 07:53:20 AM »
@Lanko's back! We want Lanko's stories!
 ;D

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I just read this article:
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/18/it-drives-writers-mad-why-are-authors-still-sniffy-about-sci-fi

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Ian McEwan’s latest novel, Machines Like Me, is a fiction about science – specifically, artificial intelligence. It is set in an alternative reality where Alan Turing does not kill himself but invents the internet instead; where JFK is never assassinated and Margaret Thatcher’s premiership ends with the beginning of the Falklands war. The near future of the real world becomes the present of the novel, giving McEwan the space to explore prescient what-ifs: what if a robot could think like a human, or human intelligence could not tell the difference between itself and AI?

Machines Like Me is not, however, science fiction, at least according to its author. “There could be an opening of a mental space for novelists to explore this future,” McEwan said in a recent interview, “not in terms of travelling at 10 times the speed of light in anti-gravity boots, but in actually looking at the human dilemmas.” There is, as many readers noticed, a whiff of genre snobbery here, with McEwan drawing an impermeable boundary between literary fiction and science fiction, and placing himself firmly on the respectable side of the line.

I hate how so many people still think that SF and Fantasy as for children, that they don't make you think, have important/key subjects (the "human dilemmas" that Ian mentions), that they don't make you more tolerant, make you laugh and cry and root for or hate the characters!

It's unbelievable how many people watch "Game of Thrones" but highlight 'they don't like fantasy'.

And I bet that those that say these things haven't read a single SFF book in their lives >:(

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Nice, both of you :D
Have lots of fun!

Didn't realize @CameronJohnston  was a published author. I must be blind and dumb having seen those books in his signature and still not making the connection. Duh!

Will read Traitor God this week....
hehehe @Bender, you should, it's a really great book!

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@JMack, you know what's coming ;D




And yes, so sad the burning...
I was hearing this morning that the spire was already a late reconstruction of the original medieval one, so they can reconstruct again and make the 21st century also part of the cathedral's history.

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General Discussion / Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« on: April 15, 2019, 03:44:27 PM »
Through a couple of TV series I've come to realise that in the US, paramedics/ambulances aren't linked with Hospitals, they're linked with firefighters instead??
That doesn't make much sense, does it??

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[APR 2019] Erotica / Re: [Apr 2019] - Erotica - Discussion Thread
« on: April 15, 2019, 01:04:20 PM »
When I checked back in to see what the theme was out of curiousity, this was not what I was expecting...
Does this mean you'll give it a try? ;D

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: April 15, 2019, 12:08:11 PM »
Finished Holy Sister. Great conclusion to the trilogy. :)

Spoiler for Hiden:
"It's true, I haven't stepped on the path in over twenty years. That's because in all those years, I never left it." Holy guacamole! What a scene!
Agree 100% - I was speechless at that scene :D

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: April 15, 2019, 09:39:49 AM »
I've finished Adrian Tchaikovski's The tiger and the wolf, and I really enjoyed it.

The premise, of having a 'spirit animal' that you can Step into (transform) is super interesting, and worked in a way in the plot that not only makes perfect sense, but also eliminates the obvious niggles we could have with such an option.
I think Hesprec was my favourite character!

Spoiler for Hiden:
And I loved the idea of having 2 competing souls inside you, each showing different traits, but instead of choosing one over the other, she got a hybrid of of the two, bigger than either. It's a good metaphor for when we have to make decisions about ourselves, I think :)

I've now started book 2 of the trilogy, The bear and the serpent.

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I know you all care for him, so I let you know that Jmack's dad died early this month, and there was a memorial service today.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: April 12, 2019, 12:05:46 PM »
I'm reading my first fantasy book in almost a month :o

Having heard so much about it here over the years, I finally caved and bought Rivers of London. On a par with the early Harry Dresden so far, hopefully it stays that good.

Though I was shocked when Lady Ty appeared!
You didn't know that we had the real @Lady Ty here in our forums? ;D

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Yesterday I watched the theatre adaptation of Pratchett's "Wyrd Sisters" at my local theatre, it was great :D

Everyone was good, but the ladies who played the witches were really top notch.

Instead of doing it on the stage (high up), they split the main room along the central aisle, with half being the performance area and the other half with the seats. I sat on the first row, so I was basically "there", but everyone could feel part of the set.
The scenario and props were really funny, and the "false dagger" they used actually broke down during the play, so at the end they were stabbing people with just the handle, hehe

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: April 12, 2019, 08:04:34 AM »
Inky, Riyria books are great :D
I'm just annoyed that of the second trilogy series (I just found out about book 4), only the first 2 are published in the UK.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: April 11, 2019, 02:40:18 PM »
I just borrowed Holy Sister from the library, but I'm only a third of the way through the 800-page Black Wolves, which I'm really enjoying. Argh.
I've had that problem in the past, hehe
And I bet that you won't be able to renew Holy Sister, there will be a queue...
Just read faster ;D

I'm still on Tiger and the wolf, I haven't been reading that much in the last few days :-\

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: April 10, 2019, 08:08:55 AM »
Happy birthday, @Nora!

I hope you have a lovely day :D


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