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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Orbit, we need to talk...
« on: February 25, 2015, 06:41:01 PM »
That's because you're mixing normal paperbacks with trade paperbacks!
You definitely need to pay attention to the formats, that would *really* bug me... (my first 2 books by Jasper Fforde have got a different format and cover, since they were given by my sister, and I hate looking at that bit of the shelf, even if one is signed, hehe)

I'm not sure how you manage to get those Night Angel sizes, though. My editions are exactly the same (I think) and the books are all the same height (I've just confirmed, hehe) - ah, actually not. Just noticed that your 1 and 3 are "Orbit fantasy" (see the symbol), while mine are all from the symbol without 'fantasy'.

And yes, alphabetical order by author's surname. Within the fantasy section of course. The other sections follow the same rule.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« on: February 22, 2015, 07:20:17 PM »
Ultimately though, if you like what you read, does it matter? :)

No, of course not, and thanks for the replies.
I just found it interesting, and to be honest, hadn't really noticed the total number of books was different :-[

As for Jmacyk's comments about low-profile books, I was wondering... maybe many of the books that we talk and review and comment on here are actually low profile for the 'general population' - many I can't find in the library or Waterstone's. Maybe F-F is already doing quite a lot to increase their profile, no?

Of course, there's always going to be even more low-profile. Or stuff out there we don't talk about...
For example, I love the Glass Thorns series from Melanie Rawn, which I discovere just browsing Waterstone's, and that was never really discussed here. Or G.W.Dahlquist trilogy, still one of my ever favourites.
Maybe we shouldn't be afraid of starting threads to talk about 'other books' hehe - or speaking for myself, pay more attention to the 'what did you read in month X' ;)

Today I created a special "wishlist fantasy" on LibraryThing: it's got 20 books, and I refuse to add more to keep my brain manageable hehe

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Miscellaneous Musings
« on: February 22, 2015, 03:51:04 PM »
After telling a fellow member that I finally admitted I much prefer to read finished trilogies, it matches the way my brain works*, and that I'd probably only read the '2015 anticipated books' next year, I decided to go to the 2013 best and the 2014 'anticipated books' list to get ideas (readers' choice).
Then I started seeing very recognisable names...
And finally I decided to compare the 30 names in last year's list with the 'best of 2014' list ;D

Out of the 30(31) books in the 'anticipated' list, 22 made it to the 'best of 2014' :D
And I think that at least 3(4) of the original list haven't been published yet (or have just been published this month), so didn't count.

Does this mean 'we' (who voted initially) know what we like and aren't surprised anymore, or do we unconsciously work within a restricted field, and don't go around looking for other fantasy books?
And would a book have to be really really bad, to be included in the 'anticipated' and then not on the 'best'?

* Note: I realise this isn't a very good thing for authors, they need sales, but sorry, I'm just one person. And I'll still make an exception for special people... or when I don't know the series isn't finished yet, hehe

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 22, 2015, 03:43:17 PM »
I finished The copper promise, it was a really fun adventure!
And I started my first book by Stephen Deas, The adamantine palace - I seem to be on a 'dragon streak' by chance, hehe

I feel like at some point I would tune the audio out and stop actively listening to it.

I can't do audiobooks, that's not reading for me. I'm a visual person, not a sound person - I tune out most music if I don't make an effort, so much less stories. And I hate when people read bits to me, I have to physically take the paper out of their hands and read it myself, to focus (makes my dad mad hehe).

One week to go!

I'm reminding people with plenty of time, because usually I forget to read them and only remember when I see a reminder to vote - which is usually posted the day before the deadline... ::)
I'm not that keen on sci-fi, but I'll give your stories a try :D

I read about 20 minutes during my lunch break (if I have one...), then another 20 mins or so in the evening when I get home from work, and then 30-45 mins before turning the lights off, on weekdays.
Weekends get a few hours more.
And more if I'm extremely stressed at work and get insomnia in the middle of the night... not advisable for general health, in my experience ;)

I don't think you should worry about "an ideal number of hours read".
For me reading is like eating, in the sense that I need it daily to be able to survive as a person, but I don't set targets, or feel bad if one day I read more and another less: most of all, reading makes me happy, and if I start comparing or thinking I haven't reached a target, I introduce an element that destroys the happiness.

And honestly, don't think you need to have read lots of books to have an opinion on them. Each book is unique and deserves its own review, so don't let that prevent you from posting and contributing in the forum :)
Sure, once you've read more, you start comparing books, thinking "this one is great but not as good as X", or "this book has quite a similar plot to Y, I wonder why", or "there seems to be a trend for Z type of plot/characters, I'm going to try to find a different one" - but that's just an additional layer to the discussion, not the core of it.

Oh my gawd, that is so funny ;D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 17, 2015, 07:53:12 AM »
I've now started The copper promise, Jen Williams (our very own senny-dreadful :D).
It's funny, reads like an adventure book!

He actually lives in another world, and F-F is just a cover: all these books with strange worlds we talk about are actually his old history books, when he had to study the past of his world ;D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: robin hobb
« on: February 15, 2015, 09:29:43 AM »
Ryan, I for one am glad her editor (or Robin herself) didn't remove those parts, where you feel they aren't doing anything 'interesting'.
I believe that the definition of 'interesting' is in the eye of the beholder, hehe, and I feel quite confortable with those parts, thinking that they show many key aspects of the story and the characters.

There are many books where we jump from action to action, from your 'interesting' to 'interesting' non-stop, and while I also like them if they're written properly (see my comment about Lightbringer above), I do enjoy the details of the 'non-action', the slower pace of a world.

Yep, they're all 90 minutes (2 x 45) and 3 is the last.
I also thought the first one was longer due to being the pilot, but then I noticed all others being as long. Apparently season 2 will come later this year.

Not fantasy, but tomorrow there are 2 series starting that look quite good, 'The casual vacancy' and 'Indian summers'.

I've just started watching Ascension. Anyone else watching? I've only watched two episodes but it's fairly intriguing so far.

There are only 3 episodes*, and it's great :D and it ends with a massive cliffhanger >:(

* I assume you're watching recorded in the UK, where they showed 2 episodes at a time, right? Have you noticed in the credits, they always mention writers and directors for each (i.e. episode 1+2, then 3+4, etc)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: robin hobb
« on: February 14, 2015, 03:54:31 PM »
So, I finished the last book last night.
I wondered if I should post or not, I feel I've gushed enough about them ;) but I had to.

I love this trilogy, and one feeling I had last night was of sadness, because I will never get this 'first reading feeling' about them again!
This trilogy is now firmly included in my top 5 (top 3?) books/series of all times :D

While it didn't give me sharp insights on self and pain (like Broken Empire), or carry me speedily through a wave of action and novelty (like Lightbringer), it gave me a view on life: what it is to grow, to change, to fight for what you want and to survive in adversity, to accept diversity and find your destiny.

I'm not a writer, so I don't evaluate books by all the technicalities that writers do - I just love stories and characters, and Robin gave me that in bucketloads with this trilogy. Truly amazing characters (and for those who care, truly amazing women).

My life has had a general feeling of suspension, wait and general hibernation lately, and one of the key things that kept me going was this world of the Liveship Traders.
After an immersion of around 2,800 pages, it's going to be hard to come out and look elsewhere...


Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 12, 2015, 07:48:07 PM »
Oh, and since I don't want to open an extra thread for it: My son Linus was born on Sunday! :) So if I need a tad longer to reply to stuff... now you know why. ;)

Yay, congratulations! :D
Take all the time in the world, and don't forget to read him stories ;D

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