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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: RIP Terry Pratchett
« on: March 12, 2015, 04:06:30 PM »

Writers' Corner / Re: The Absurdity of English in Other Worlds Fantasy
« on: March 12, 2015, 01:10:48 PM »
I have much less issues (i.e. none) with reading about other worlds in English, than in hearing everyone speak in English in films, even if it's russians speaking with other russians, or something similar.

I don't see the written medium as having to reflect the original language - think of it as reading a translated work from whatever language they speak in that other world, hehe

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 12, 2015, 12:31:22 PM »
Just finished How to Write a Damn Good Novel.
Haven't written a damn word since I started   ;D

I finished Stephen Deas yesterday, the first trilogy on dragons.
Now I have to decide what to read next. I've got 3 books at home from the library: Rebecca Levene's Smiler's fair, Carey's City of steel and silk and a non-fantasy (Sarah waters latest).

They all seem to weigh a ton (my library has mostly hardcovers), so that might be a problem for my holidays (going away on saturday!) - but it's not so bad because I'm going "home" (second one, I think where I live now is *home*), so I won't be walking around with books while visiting parents, they remain in one place.
And no - still not convinced to get an eReader, hehe
Anyway, I'll be posting less next week - although I can go online at my parents', it's usually just a bit at a time, and I'm trying to actually have some net-free time on holidays.

[FEB 2015] Fanfic / Re: [Feb 2015] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
« on: March 11, 2015, 10:42:42 AM »
I know, I wasn't complaining about the system - just the quality of the submissions, they're too good ;D

I got it through Hotels.com - it was £76 non-refundable, £89 flexible (free parking, no breakfast).

[FEB 2015] Fanfic / Re: [Feb 2015] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
« on: March 11, 2015, 07:59:56 AM »
To be honest, sometimes we have 3 votes and my third is almost just because the story was 'nice'.
This month I haven't read them all yet and I already have 3 strong contenders, and we can only vote for 2 >:(

I do wonder what they'll do about Isaac Hempstead Wright going forward as well, he's not in Season 5 at all, and last time we saw him he was very clearly older than Bran has been portrayed in the books.

Bran will have been "transformed" by the three-eyed crow and so "will look different" (i.e. different actor ;))

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: 4-Word Reviews
« on: March 11, 2015, 07:55:16 AM »
The glass books of the dream eaters
Non-heiress, assassin, doctor, together.

Duncton Chronicles
Moles on epic adventure.

It still says £81, not sure where you saw the sale?

For those driving, Future Inn Bristol has got free parking and is just a 5-10 minutes walk too, so take that into consideration (that's where I booked).

I found that when I first read Susannah Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell I didn't like it at all and couldn't see what the fuss was about, then years later I had another go at it and it rose a great deal in my own estimation (I rated it as one of my favourite fantasy books by author's with C surnames).

Sometimes I do wonder about that one - I read it about 6-7 years ago, and although I finished it, I didn't like it much, and think it's very much overrated.
Now I wonder if I were to read it now, after all the fantasy I've now read, I would see it differently... but then again, I'm not keen on victorian literature, Dickens style, and all that, so maybe I'd still feel the same.

Took me around 200 pages to get into Lies of Locke Lamora. I'd have surely given up had it not come so highly recommended by the people on this forum. I did get really into the last half of the book, but it still wouldn't come close to making my favorites list.

I was much the same with this one - perhaps 100 pages though.

It does have a few engaging female characters and no rapeiness ...

Are we back to assuming everybody must like the same stuff, then? ::)

(in my opinion, I found the female characters on Mark's books quite engaging, and judging 3 books by something that happens in a few lines is extremely limiting)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 09, 2015, 07:52:10 AM »
Does Brett continue with his tedious backstory chapters in this one? That's been my biggest issue with the last two.

Funny, because I love reading backstories, they were my favourite bits (and didn't have Arlen and Renna's accents ;))

I'm now on the last of the (first) trilogy by Stephen Deas, The order of the scales. These books have definitely improved with number, and 3 is being the best of them all (in terms of plot, writing, enjoyment).

Wow, lots of different names and 'fantasy-types' mentioned in this thread.

I think this is a very good sign for the genre, because it means that whatever type of fantasy you write (high, low, noir, urban, historical, steampunk, etc etc), there will be people loving you and people not liking you - so a bit for everyone who loves reading :D
If we had all mentioned the same names, the same type... poor writers of those!

I would also add Anne Lyle, I really enjoyed the Night Masque trilogy.

And Judith Tarr too.
I love her Alamut and Hound and the Falcon series.

I don't know/haven't read many of the writers mentioned previously because I don't normally read SF or urban fantasy - is it me, or the majority of those names write in those genres?

Inquiring minds want to know: If you were to name three bests for yourself, what would they be, considering the huge list above?  ;)
That's what I was wondering when I got to the end of the post ;D

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