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General Discussion / Re: BBC's Sherlock Holmes mini-sode
« on: January 02, 2014, 12:22:16 PM »
Oh I posted this on the 'what are we watching?' thread hehe - hadn't noticed it here.

So, I loved the episode :D
We got 3 explanations and I think all were false - they were just having us on, all the time ;D

(by the way, I read that the people who played Sherlock's parents are actually Benedict's own parents!)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: The Daylight War (Spoilers)
« on: January 01, 2014, 02:32:03 PM »
Eclipse, by the end of book 3 I was definitely much more interested in Rojer than Arlen, regarding demon-fighting. He seems more 'human', so to speak (and I know that's not even the right word for what I'm trying to say).

I hate Renna. Ok ok, it's too strong. I really don't like Renna. hmmm better. I hate the way Renna speaks, and how she goes about "protecting her man". There.
I don't mind Leesha, but at this point in time/story, Inevera is actually my favourite woman/description/story.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: How do you deal with series?
« on: January 01, 2014, 10:58:41 AM »
I'm reviving this thread because after finishing Winter, the last book of the tetralogy that took almost 4 years to be published/read, and as I come to the end of Prince of Lies (ok, I'm halfway there), having read the 3 books almost consecutively, I realise I don't like series. Or rather, I don't see series as individual books, I see them as one big story that just asks to be read in one go.
I don't like going on and off on worlds, on characters, on plots: I want to dive in, and only come out for air once that world is dead. Otherwise, it just feels like going back to victorian times, when books were published one chapter at a time...
I just feel like I lose a lot by mixing books, my connection with the characters gets distant by the time distance...

I don't know how I'm going to progress from now on, then... Only read series that have been fully published? How does that work with the long, endless ones? Will I miss on those? After all, I'm already 'breaking the rules' with many books, having read ASoIaF, Patrick Rothfuss, Peter V Brett, etc, that don't seem like they're going to end anytime soon...
I'll miss discussing books here at the forum, as I already notice, reading books that have been discussed years ago - not that it bothers me much, the discussion, but sometimes it's nice to talk about them, it's a reason why I'm around here...

Also, I was going through F-F's lists of 'best of 13' and 'anticipated for 14', and there are many "book 1" and "book 2", which I really don't want to touch because of this. And nowadays, even a "book 3" isn't guarantee of the end, so many series being longer (how do we know anyway?).

 ??? help...

Readers' choice is on :)

I know it's not fantasy, but other non-fantasy series were mentioned here, so..

Sherlock Holmes today, hurrah! :D :D

BBC iplayer has got a mini-episode as anticipation for today - they say it's got hints, but I'll only be able to understand once I know, I guess...

^ we can, it's still 2013 ;)

I will also try not to buy books today - maybe it helps that I still have a big pile at home to read, and knowing that if I buy the same books on their own site it's much cheaper (why do they do that? I know about rent and all, but they should be encouraging people to buy on the real shops - instead, the only books on promotion are the 'popular' ones, not fantasy >:( (except for ASoIaF, which is always on promotion ::))

Introductions / Re: Hello all
« on: December 30, 2013, 12:17:14 PM »
Welcome :)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: December 29, 2013, 04:14:47 PM »
Anne Lyle's The merchant of dreams.
Good thing about having holidays, I read LOADS more!

(another 3 days before I get back to work...)

Ooooh so many books I never heard about...
Oh my poor TBR list hehe - although I notice there are many different types of fantasy in this list, and I don't think I like them all.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Battles - understanding, reading
« on: December 29, 2013, 04:05:44 PM »
And castles. Quite a few castles. :)

 ;D funnily, I thought about this again today because I went to visit Skipton Castle, that has been around, in almost perfect condition, since the 13th century.
One of the things I love about living in England, the sheer amount of history right on my doorstep - a couple of years ago I did a (small) "road trip" through South Wales and it rained the entire week, but it led to it being just me and a whole BIG castle, in all castles I visited. Is it bad of me if I say that there were a few fights and stuff "re-enacted" (very loose term...) inside those castles by me and my umbrella? :-[ :D

I don't really like to make NY resolutions, for books or otherwise, so I'll just state what I want generally to happen: to continue to discover great books, be amazed and fascinated with the great fantasy that exists in the world, not only new books but also the old ones that I haven't read yet.

I'm not going to say anything about re-reading... I know that will be bottom of pile when faced with new stuff, hehe

(still 3 days to go, so I think I will have read 62 books this year - it's no race, I don't set myself targets, but if I go around this rhythm, lots of discoveries expect me in 2014 :D)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Prologues
« on: December 28, 2013, 01:28:53 PM »
I would much rather begin with Our Protagonist struggling in the ashes of a ruined world because I would be thinking What was the terrible catastrophe that did all this? I will be hooked to Our Protagonist's perspective and I will be intrigued. And then later on, when the author skillfully doles out the answer, revealing it piece by piece to both me the reader and to Our Protagonist who's struggles I have come to care about, it will feel like a reward. It will feel like it means something.

See, personally I really don't like this, the flashback-type story, when it starts with the apparently main event and then works backwards. It's something that really bugs me, whether in books or films, or TV.
Give me a prologue anytime ;D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Battles - understanding, reading
« on: December 28, 2013, 10:16:57 AM »
Battles in fantasy books are a given - well, almost always - so I assume people like reading about them.
Is this true?
Do you notice if the battles aren't realistic? Do you learn new words (the 'technical' stuff) reading about them?
And do you prefer battles with or without magic?

This topic came about because yesterday I visited (again) the Royal Armouries museum (in Leeds), and I just love the 'Tournament' area. They've got amazing pieces there, including the original Field of Cloth of Gold armour made for Henry VIII that was never used (because they changed the rules at the last minute), and it was actually analysed by NASA when they were building space suits because it completely covers the entire body yet it lets the wearer move about easily and fight (and win!).
Anyway, looking at those pieces just brings all the fantasy books battles alive, and actually also explains many details that I couldn't understand before: the weight on the body, the visibility through the helmet, the strength you had to have, and so on.
I'm not a big fan of battles and mindless violence, but as I read more fantasy, and then see these objects live, I'm getting more and more into it.
It also makes me realise how some writers just use their words/art perfectly to describe battles/fights, and make everything seem alive, while others are much more 'bland' and 'boring'...

I wonder if this museum (or other similar ones) is part of some writers' research - maybe it should be, hehe

(They also have there the original swords made for/used in The Lord of the Rings movies, and they are amazing, especially when you compare them to real swords, and read the explanation for the differences.)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: December 26, 2013, 10:07:12 PM »
I finished Winter (William Horwood) and I'm now halfway through Rosie Garland's The palace of curiosities, which is being quite good - Victorian circus/odd people combined with a man who can't die, cuts and heals himself (can't wait to know more about him).

And here, on a site that I quite enjoy reading, A Dribble of Ink:

(I have to say that I refuse to watch the movies now as they've turned a great small book into a huge battle blockbuster)

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