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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Books that make you cry
« on: November 27, 2014, 06:44:06 PM »
I knew I'd cried in some books, but couldn't remember which.
Then you said this:
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness,
Oh yes :'(

And now I remembered Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon. I was 16 and it hit me hard (one particular scene).

I can't think of others. I mean, I do shout at books, or get annoyed, or scream 'yay'. Crying is harder.

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[NOV 2014] Neverwhere / Re: Neverwhere - Finished!
« on: November 27, 2014, 08:01:45 AM »
This was the second time I read this book, but I feel I'm almost a completely different person to the one that read it the first time, so many years ago, and so it touched me in different places.

Yes, the end might have been predictable, but would you want it any other way?
Would it make sense, or be fair to the book core, or to Richard, to end it differently?
For me a book end doesn't have to be "climatic", usually when that happens I get annoyed because I want to know more, read more, stay in that world much more time - this way it came to a quiet, calm and logical conclusion, and I loved it.

It's a lovely fairytale about belonging and fitting in, about identifying your friends and the people to trust. About what you see isn't necessarily the truth, and everyone needs reminding that, over and over...

And it makes you dream :D

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: November 26, 2014, 06:41:42 PM »
^ Ryan, I quite enjoyed it too, and I agree that the shifts during the battles allowed us to see almost 'everything at once'. However the second volume, The Fell Sword, is available and has even been published in paperback and I still can't bring myself to buy it... maybe sometime later?

I'm currently on Week's The blinding knife, after loving the first volume. Still loving this one ;D
And on a side note, there aren't many books that actually mention how annoying it is for a female guard to get her period just before the big battle, or have a group of female fighters training the youngsters and telling them that they will need to adjust their positions using certain weapons vs. their male colleagues, just because they have breasts :D

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Top 5 Steampunk novels?
« on: November 24, 2014, 05:55:54 PM »
I'm not sure if it can really be considered steampunk, but I loved G.W. Dahlquist's trilogy, that starts with "The glass books of the dream eaters".
I've read Mark Hodder's Burton & Swinburne books and also recommend them.

Whatever you do, don't read Liesel Schwarz, it's basically romance disguised as steampunk - unless you like romance, then they're interesting books...

And I actually thought I had read more good ones, but nope... just Hodder and Dahlquist.

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I finally finished all stories, and I loved some, some were ok, and I didn't like some - just like a proper anthology, then :D

It's interesting to see that it confirmed what I always thought but couldn't prove, since I hadn't actually read those kind of stories: I definitely don't like much urban fantasy/fantasy in our days/fantasy in westerns or military. It does seem I'm quite traditional in the end...

Thanks all who contributed, I do hope everyone gets more readers from this book :)

Oh, I also enjoyed the essays - from the point of view of a pure reader, not a writer.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Black Prism by Brent Weeks
« on: November 22, 2014, 04:46:32 PM »
I've now got Broken Eye on a reservation at the library (I only buy paperbacks, because of size and my books must match, and I can't wait until August next year!), it should be available by the time I finish Blinding Knife (fingers crossed, and that the person who's got it now doesn't renew for another 3 weeks, hehe)

And oh, I just look at Kip as the typical teenager, and don't really care that much about him, or get that involved. Give me Karris, Gavin, Corvan, Ironfist... :D

Edit: on his site he says that book 4 will come out in summer 2016! Almost 2 years...  :'(

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Black Prism by Brent Weeks
« on: November 22, 2014, 08:40:28 AM »
(yes, I know it's an old thread - but I didn't want to create a new one)

I finished this book last night - and I mean 'night' because I read for hours, I just couldn't stop, I had to get to the end.
There haven't been many books lately that cause this sort of excitement, anxiety, anticipation, and the feeling is simply great. It touched a bunch of things in me (in different parts of my life than the last one I read, Neverwhere, but also still me).

I started reading it a bit wary, because I had loved the Night Angel trilogy, and many people kept telling me I shouldn't read this one, it was awful, it was much worse, I'd be disappointed.
Well...
To all of you, I say: pfffff! ;D
I absolutely loved it. I LOVED this book.
(ok, yes, I'm emotional :-[)
I had been blown away by Night Angel (minus a few plot items), but this one, I think it's much better, and he definitely surpassed himself.

* Amazing magic system - I thought that the Metal burning from Sanderson's Mistborn was the best, but this Colour magic is on a par. I hope he develops each one more (and having almost started book 2 last night, I browsed through the appendix and there's a whole bunch of information about it, yay)
* Amazing characters - I could say a lot about this, but it won't do them justice. Qualities and flaws, cowards and braves, strong and weak, all's there. And then:
* Karris - she is super (enough said, I think I'm in love ;D)
* Gender balance - I usually don't care/mention this, but following from a number of past threads, I will include it because there's not just the 'token female', there's a bunch of them, including many secondary characters
* Plot twists - wow, I did *not* see that coming! And it didn't happen at the end of the book, which is what normally happens

Never did 700+ pages flew by so fast hehe

I will start reading the Blinding Knife today, try to get the Broken Eye soon, and wait anxiously for the final book 4 (pretty please Brent, quickly!)

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I'd like a party with forum people :D
Preferably on a weekend (unlike the Grim Gathering), because some people work and can't take time off all the time :-\

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: November 16, 2014, 08:40:12 AM »
I finished my re-read of A.J.Dalton's Tithe of the saviours, and Gaiman's Neverwhere (comments later on different threads), and I've now started Weeks' The black prism - looking quite good so far :D

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^ I've read the Night Circus, and loved it :)
I'll give the other one a try, see if my local library has got it, thanks.

And I don't mind conflict, it's just the endless battles that I sometimes get annoyed with.

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For whatever, reason, it seems like those elements aren't seen as much in fantasy, but in actuality they are. They just don't hit the top sales like they once did.

I think several of us have been saying similar things throughout this thread - and I'm not even sure it's about sales. I think even us at FF fall into the trap of always recommending the same books over and over, when someone asks, instead of looking beyond the 'norm', the same names.
I tried to be different last time because I was aware of this now, but it was still an effort.

Also, a suggestion: in the 'what did you read in month x?" threads, or in the 'what are you currently reading', let's try to highlight the books we know/read that are different, that show more of these things that everybody has been writing in here.
I'm sure there are more than we know, we just need to tell others about them :)

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Great on the agreement!
I know that many authors were severely suffering from this :-\

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Have you read Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series? They're...yep I think all of the above. It's a series, but the books all have standalone stories. They're ace, especially if you love books.

I *love* Jasper Fforde :D
(and if you look in the 'thanks' section on Well of Lost Plots, you'll see 'ScarletBea' there ;D - back in the days when his forum was a very intimate affair, and he used to hang around there checking ideas, hehe - gosh, already over 10 years ago)
And not only the Thursday Next books - I still think Shades of grey was an amazing book/idea, and I wish he had continued in that world, instead of then moving to his YA books (of course, before that title was ruined >:()

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Single-volume stories.

Less battles, or maybe no battles. No battles in a story, is that possible? I don't mind them, but nowadays every single book seems to have battles. People can do confrontation without fighting.

Non-angry women. I'm the last to like a character simply because it's a woman, but it seems that now the norm, for a woman to be 'strong', is to also be angry.

Fantasy related to other areas, not just history. And by this I mean stories set up in a science environment, or in an arts one, or in the book world.

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Funnily enough, as I wrote the above, I could think of examples that did exactly that, and well, so I'm not saying that they don't exist, just that I'd like more of them :)

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General Discussion / Better than sci-fi
« on: November 12, 2014, 06:17:39 PM »

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