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Introductions / Re: Hello!
« on: August 05, 2015, 01:47:14 PM »
huge fantasy nerd with an unholy obsession with books.
You have found your twins ;D

Read and post, please post! Give your opinion on books, participate in discussions, either serious or crazy!

Henry, we're not odd!
Ok, maybe we are 8) and proud of it

I tend to feel that self-publishing is a bit jumping the gun. People who don't want to go through the work and criticism and improvement that 'all that' (i.e. trying to be published properly) brings.
Like people who want to go on the X-Factor and that kind of programs without really knowing the ins and outs of music; just because some (and I stress *some*) can carry a tune, it doesn't mean they're prepared to be professional singers.
Similarly, just because some can write a few things, doesn't mean they're prepared to be professional authors.

I don't know, maybe I'm just being unreasonable :-\ I've seen how difficult and frustrating it is for writers, previously-main-house-published writers, to get a new contract. Each book is a mountain to climb. And in a way I understand why some are tempted to 'jump the gun'.
Does it make it right? I don't know.

Introductions / Re: Greetings
« on: August 04, 2015, 10:51:52 AM »
Welcome! :)

Feel free to browse all the advice and suggestions, and don't worry about replying to old threads.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 04, 2015, 08:17:00 AM »
I've now just started The Stone Road, by our very own Geoff/G.R. Matthews.

Oh, I've been meaning to pick that up for a while. Tell me how it goes if you get the chance!

I'm about halfway now, and it's really good!
It took me a while to get into it, because it's set in (an alternate) China - another book to add to the list of those set in different locations! - and the habits, rules, and some things that I bet are really normal but I'd never heard, are quite different.
There isn't an overt magic system (although when it happens, it's powerful), but it's turning out to be a great plot on politics, strategy and land ownership. And people :)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« on: August 04, 2015, 08:13:27 AM »
Oh.my.gawd :o

If I voted now I'd spend... *checks* 28 days waiting for the results. Not good for me, I'm very impatient >:(

So I'll start reading them later in the month, hehe

All my UK flat is furnished with Ikea :D

You might also want to try Anne Lyle's books - I don't think anybody dies there, and it makes you think about difference and how to treat people :)

General Discussion / Re: The King's Paws
« on: August 02, 2015, 10:31:23 PM »
Oh it is illegal to sell in Denmark as the salt content is too high.
Eek, then I don't think I'll like it. Even the plain ready-salted crisps are too salty for me ;D

Oh, I read about this on the plane magazine and I finally remembered to look it up:
Learn Lightsabre Combat - it's a real sport!

(Henry Dale, this is what I told you about, hehe)

Let me share with you folks the perfect electronic music to be listening to when writing this month's contest story.

It's a french man called Pyramid, and his style is pretty delicious, sci-fi crossing space opera and 8 bit video games...
Oh you might like In The Nursery then! From the 80s but still composing, trying listening to Koda or L'Esprit.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« on: August 02, 2015, 07:35:31 PM »
'good to okay'?? 'good to okay'??!! Really? :o
I hate those! Sorry...

I found an image with the 6:

And my Liveship ones are in the style you say you hate:

General Discussion / Re: Depression is a bitch... from a friend
« on: August 02, 2015, 07:19:13 PM »
*hugs* Eclipse
That looks a most fitting resting place, back to nature and helping it grow. That's exactly what I'd like to happen to me.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« on: August 02, 2015, 07:16:12 PM »
Yep, my Farseer trilogy has the same style, but not the Liveship Traders (which are still miles better than the american covers, sorry).
Harper Collins has been reissuing all the old editions with these new covers since 2013/14, maybe just as the new trilogy was starting to be published.
There had to be an advantage to me arriving *very* late for the Robin Hobb train, hehe

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« on: August 02, 2015, 03:00:45 PM »
I bought 4 books today :D
Books 2 and 3 of the Tawny Man trilogy, as I'd bought 1 a few weeks ago.

And just look at the new covers, they're so good:

And then as I was leaving the shop I noticed that Half a King and Half the world were on the 'buy 1, second half price', and bam, there you go.
3 stamps on my loyalty card.
Using a £10 voucher given by my energy suplier.

This is where I spend my money (better than clothes ;) )

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