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Finished Last Light of the Sun, which was great, although I probably didn't adore it quite as much as Under Heaven. Kay has a unique, spiritual take on quite action-packed, sword-heavy stories.

Next up is Whitstable by Stephen Volk, which I've heard very good things about.

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a) I would love to see that fight, and b) my money's totally on Aang. He can manipulate fire, nuff said.

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I'll be there!  ;D Might even be doing a reading, if I can handle the nerves.

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Finished Under Heaven, which was amazing, one of the best books I've read for yonks. Now I'm on to The Last Light of the Sun, which is Guy Gavriel Kay's take on Vikings and Alfred the Great, I think - I'm a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell's books on the same period, so I'm curious to see where he takes it.

Like to hear what you think, might have to pick this up as well.

I'm enjoying it very much so far! The fantasy element is stronger than in Under Heaven, which is intriguing.

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Finished Under Heaven, which was amazing, one of the best books I've read for yonks. Now I'm on to The Last Light of the Sun, which is Guy Gavriel Kay's take on Vikings and Alfred the Great, I think - I'm a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell's books on the same period, so I'm curious to see where he takes it.

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The naysayers aren't pushing it off my TBR list. I've heard more love for the book than hate and it was from readers whose taste I know runs close in line with mine. You'll never know for sure what you'll think of it until you read it for yourself, so may as well try it. That's my theory anyway :)

I'd definitely suggest that people try this one for themselves. It is very polarising. A lot of people absolutely love the poetic prose and romantic imagery. I found it... uh... vapid and wanky (I've got it firmly lumped in with The Wise Man's Fear in my mind).

So, definitely - everyone should try this one for themselves. I'm not sure the reviews will do it justice as it is a very stylised sort of book.

@Sennydreadful: Thanks! I... did review Tigana - in 2009, and the review is really badly written. Not particularly proud of that one, but, eh, it is out there!

Cheers mister! I'm always interested to see what you thought about a book  8)

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I've not tried that one... will stick it on the list! I have to admit, Tigana is one of my least favourite fantasies of all time (and that's trying it twice). But then, I really liked the Fionavar Tapestry. So I'm happy to give him another shot.

Was there a pornokitsch review of Tigana at all, out of interest? Always love your reviews.

(I'm reading Under Heaven at the moment, enjoying it very much)

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Just finished Tom Winter's Lost and Found - not my usual sort of thing, given that it's general fiction without a sniff of dragons or robots or paranormal serial killers, but I found it an incredibly compulsive, funny and moving read. Got through the whole thing in two days, which is incredibly fast for me.

Now I'm on to Guy Gavriel Kay's Under Heaven. I've not read any of his work before, but I think I'm in writerly love. The imagery is so beautiful - the sort of fiction that really takes you to another place and time.

You should read Tigana by him.

I have heard many good things about that! It's definitely on the list now.

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Jaime was definitely the star of last night's episode for me, although the scene between Tywin and Joffrey was absolutely top - loved seeing Joffrey cower, the snivelling little oik (although as it has been pointed out, he was actually bringing up quite a sensible point).

I really have to restrain myself from pointing out who will be "dead next week" in every scene. I think it's driving my boyfriend round the bend.
Fortunately both I and my wife have read the books, so we don't have that, but if you were watching with someone who hadn't I could see that happening. As it is I have to be careful when I discuss the show with people who haven't read the books.

Oh, he's read them too, I'm just being obnoxious. Like, every time certain characters appear on screen I have to say "Oh yeah, that will end well. Good choices there, dipstick" or "You can plan all you want, you'll be face down in the mud soon" ;)

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Jaime was definitely the star of last night's episode for me, although the scene between Tywin and Joffrey was absolutely top - loved seeing Joffrey cower, the snivelling little oik (although as it has been pointed out, he was actually bringing up quite a sensible point).

I really have to restrain myself from pointing out who will be "dead next week" in every scene. I think it's driving my boyfriend round the bend.

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Just finished Tom Winter's Lost and Found - not my usual sort of thing, given that it's general fiction without a sniff of dragons or robots or paranormal serial killers, but I found it an incredibly compulsive, funny and moving read. Got through the whole thing in two days, which is incredibly fast for me.

Now I'm on to Guy Gavriel Kay's Under Heaven. I've not read any of his work before, but I think I'm in writerly love. The imagery is so beautiful - the sort of fiction that really takes you to another place and time.

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Also, I've started The Doomsday Book which is holding my interest much better than I expected it to. I am enjoying it so far.

Is that by Connie Willis, Jeni? I have it on my shelf - sounds pretty great.  :)

Yes! It's waaay better than I thought it would be (so far, anyway). Tension and forboding from the first page and I was really caught up in the atmosphere way before anything even happened. I'm only about a quarter of the way through it so far, but if it stays this good I'll be recommending it to everyone;D

Ah, I read that a couple of months ago! Excellent book, very moving. It's stayed with me since.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Rage of Thrones
« on: May 09, 2013, 12:36:54 PM »
I'm a huge fan of both the books and the series (and yes, I read the books a while before the tv series came out). If I had to pick between them the books would win, mainly because you get so much more detail - I'm a fan of all the descriptions of food, clothes, eye colour... ;) But the series has been fantastic so far.

The only casting that threw me was Theon's sister, who doesn't really match the physical description in the book, and doesn't seem to have the same charisma either, although a recent scene where she tries to reason with Theon actually made the tv version more sympathetic.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Unfortunate wording?
« on: May 09, 2013, 11:59:39 AM »
I think the awkwardness lies in the fact that they said "serious literature" when they probably meant "literary fiction"; the latter can be thought of as a genre (like Crime, Romance etc) but what was actually said implies that SF is somehow "less than serious". Which is silly.

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In preparation for a book chat on American Gods for the Scrolls podcast I did a bit of reading up on the wikipedia page and noticed Gaiman referencing a book by Diana Wynne Jones called Eight Days of Luke - a children's book with lots of Norse mythology. So far it's a riot!
I loved it. Her books are really underrated because they are "children's books"...

It's a shame they are underrated because they are both delightful and very clever. I adored the knowing humour of Howl's Moving Castle.
 
Spoiler for Hiden:
...Particularly the little surprise that Howl was actually Welsh! You don't see that in the film.

That little bit in the spoiler took me by surprise when I read Howl's for sure! By the way, what is the Scrolls podcast? You got me all curious!

Ah! Scrolls is a podcast over at the Geek Syndicate website http://geeksyndicate.co.uk/category/gs-podcast-network/scrolls/ - a sort of geeky podcast for books.  8) For their book club they recently discussed American Gods, and I popped up as a guest - I think the episode should be going up soon! Huge fun to record, and they really do know their fantasy books.

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