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Writers' Corner / Re: in need of a distinctly British word or phrase.
« on: February 18, 2014, 12:29:34 PM »
, “Oi, guv, hand me a pint of that magic lager right sharpish, if you please.”

Agree with the others, pleeeease don't write this! Nobody, and I mean, nobody, talks like this. ;D

(and yes, please check all our comments complaining about Arlen and Renna, hehe)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Best books you've read this year?
« on: February 15, 2014, 07:21:09 PM »
Sounds great!
(can I just ask if you could add the author? these lists are a chance for me to find new stuff, and I also need to compare with people with the same tastes as me)

Hmmm how many should I put? I'll add as needed.

Updated: 21 Feb

Read so far that will make a 'top' list:
1. Moon's Artifice - Tom Lloyd
2. Prince of Lies - Anne Lyle
3. The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson (might extend to the full trilogy when I finish reading the other 2 :D)
4. The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula le Guin (even though this wasn't a separate book)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 15, 2014, 07:10:16 PM »
I finally finished the full Earthsea Quartet by Ursula Le Guin, and I absolutely loved the last 3 stories - I think my favourites were 2 (Tombs of Atuan) and 4 (Tehanu).
Does anybody know why there were 18 years between story 3 and 4?

I've now started Brandon Sanderson's The final empire - quite exciting so far.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: A Song of Ice and Fire - books vs TV
« on: February 14, 2014, 12:20:26 PM »
Totally agree with ScarletBea although I may be being a "Fantasy snob"! How very dare people, who have never shown an interest in anything remotely fantasy, like GoT and not just like, rave about it. It's gone all mainstream so I don't like it anymore. Pretty irrational and possibly childish feelings - but that is exactly how I feel.

What was the first fantasy book you read?  Did you rave about that without knowing anything about the genre?

But the issue here is that people don't rave about it because it's fantasy, they rave about it despite being fantasy, and are very clear about that.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / A Song of Ice and Fire - books vs TV
« on: February 12, 2014, 12:14:14 PM »
(I'd posted this in another thread, but I got the suggestion to create a separate thread for this issue)

This is something I wrote on LT last year at the time of season 3, and I'd like your opinion because I'm afraid that when season 4 starts it will be the same 'outside' reaction all over again...

"I need fellow readers (and I stress *readers*) to sort me out here.
I don't know if what I'm feeling is ok...

I love the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' books (at least books 1 to 4, I got mixed feelings regarding 5, but that could have been the timing, all that waiting). And now I'm really annoyed at people calling it 'Game of Thrones' (for everything!), thinking that the tv series is in any way close to the books (ok, season 1 wasn't *that* bad), people who always turned their nose down at fantasy talking about the whole world as if it's their own pet project, and how it's really just about politics and the drama, and how they're really not geeks (as if geeks or fantasy fans are inferior to them)...
... to the point where I don't actually want to say I like the series anymore  :(

Am I just being a snob, or should I just ignore the rest of the world?.......

And on a total separate problem, I'm annoyed at myself that the series' images have superimposed my imagination, to the point where I can't remember how I saw the characters and the places in the first place.
I close my eyes and I see Sean Bean and Charles Dance and Peter Dinclage and Kit Harington, instead of *my* Ned, Tywin, Tyrion and Jon. I see the screen Winterfell and the Twins, instead of my images.
And I really resent the series for that " :-\

We’re still a few months away from Game of Thrones Season 4, ...

It's less than 2 months, though... April 7th (I think)

I'm not sure if this fits perfectly in this thread, but it's close enough, and I didn't want to ressurrect very old threads or create a new one.

I'm currently reading Ursula Le Guin's The Earthsea quartet, her 4 books in one volume.

I liked the first, The wizard of Earthsea, but it left me wanting more. It felt unfinished, incomplete, almost a draft... I read some of the comments from the threads when it was a FF Bookclub reading a couple of years ago, and it looks like most people felt the same. I wonder if it's because
1. This book (written the year before I was born!) was the inspiration for so many later fantasy books that I've read since, which were (if I can say that) slightly more adjusted to modern times/modern wishes, so the original, read afterwards, feels like the copy itself
2. Nowadays we're used to big books, big epic fantasy books, where everything and anything is explained and described, and this book, despite reading like someone telling a story out loud, leaves lots unsaid, unexplained, undeveloped

If I had got this story as a single volume, I don't think I would have read more from her. I'm glad that's not the case, because the second story, The tombs of Atuan, was great. I really enjoyed it, and noticed a huge difference from the first one. I can't exactly pinpoint why, but I liked the characters more, the constriction of the space, the story development (despite ending in an abrupt way, this time it almost felt right, as if that was another story in the life of the main character).
I'm now starting story 3 and it looks quite good too.

I'm wondering, did those that read the first and didn't like it much went on to read the rest, and what did you think?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Does Epic Fantasy have a problem?
« on: February 06, 2014, 08:01:07 AM »
Arry, those where the answers I most identified with too.
There is such a huge variety of fantasy books nowadays that saying there's a problem after trying just a few books is extremely limited.

I also like Overlord's comment about books 2 and beyond being different from book 1. That's the point, isn't it? At least I don't want to read the same every single time. A story evolves, progresses, brings new things, new information, action, and I love when I change my mind about characters (those I thought were evil turn out not so bad in later books, after learning more about them, for example).

I agree with Mark, but I'm even more extreme... even those voted by readers don't influence whether I'll choose a book or not, because I don't know if the people who vote (any of them) have the same tastes as me, so I don't pay attention to awards.

Personally I liked the idea that the leading man didn't wind up with the leading lady as such.

I guess this was the main reason why she got Hermione and Ron together in the first place.

But I agree with them: in terms of personality, Ron would have driven Hermione mad after a few years, when his bumbling around, disorganisation, and inability to get what she was saying at the first telling, didn't seem so cute anymore :-\

No more so than Renna...

I'm wondering, does *anybody* like Renna?
It just seems that even the people who are big fans think that she's awful... or doing things she shouldn't...

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 31, 2014, 08:05:25 AM »
I'm now on Ursula Le Guin's The Earthsea Quartet - the 4 stories in a single volume.
Someone told me that I should read the classics, hehe
I'm still more or less in the beginning, but it reads almost like a story told out loud - a rhythmic pace, a selection of words...

This is another great book from Tom!

I'll try not to include any spoilers - I wanted to include it in this section isntead of the "Book specific" because it's really a recommendation, hehe (I'm not that good at impartial, detailed reviews)
Slightly more contained in events and characters than the epic "Twilight Reign" series, I quite enjoyed the world in which is set, lots of great ideas.
The characters are very well drawn, and I love reading fantasy with key/important/not-merely-supporting-the-teen main older people - for me, both Enchei and Rhe stole the show, for different reasons, and I'd love to read more about them. Kesh also turned out to be a great surprise, and I loved the ending :)
Bring on the next*!

(* which apparently is called Old Man's Ghosts, as per his interview on AJ Dalton's site)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: The Red Knight by Miles Cameron
« on: January 28, 2014, 06:38:43 PM »
^ funnily I've literally just read that on the Gollancz site and then moved here, and there you are, mentioning that, hehe

To be honest, I'd never heard of Christian Cameron before. And I think Miles Cameron sounds much better as a name ;D

The blog post says that CC is "A re-enactor, an outdoors expert and a weapons specialist" --> that should have given up the game earlier hehe

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: The Musketeers
« on: January 26, 2014, 07:39:23 PM »
I think he meant watching the second episode, but I'm sure you can catch up the first episode on the BBC iplayer.

And look what I found ;D

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