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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: April 20, 2013, 10:01:35 PM »
After a horrible 2 weeks where I've my read a thing, I may give Night circus by Morgenstern a go so I can review it.
:'( Hope your weeks are getting better. Glad to see you back.

I have started reading Faerie Tale for the "unofficial" horror book club read along this month. I am definitely enjoying it. Sorry, but I think I have decided to stop reading Foundation. I have been pretty short on time and was listening to it. I think it just wasnt gripping me, and because I was listening, I think I probably missed a fair amount. To give it a fair shot, I think I would have to go back and read what I listened to, and well. .... I am just not compelled to do so. But am also convinced that continuing on as is, I am unlikely to be giving the book a fair shot. So .... Faerie Tale it is. After reading the first bit, I'm happy with my decision. I'm also still slowly working on Fade to Black for the Fantasy book club this month as well. :)

Thanks x

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: April 20, 2013, 04:55:32 PM »
After a horrible 2 weeks where I've my read a thing, I may give Night circus by Morgenstern a go so I can review it.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Ben Galley - Emaneska
« on: April 20, 2013, 03:54:12 PM »
I definitely can't post.


Meta.

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I've read it several times, so I'll join in as well!

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I'll second Leviathan and A Natural History of Dragons.

Just FYI, Natural History isn't available in paperback or kindle in the UK. And I think the hardback is only via import.

Having read Natural History, I would suggest this doesn't fit this category. It's much more of a character story than a fantasy novel. Dragons are very much secondary and barely feature.

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Writers' Corner / How much did you write today?
« on: April 05, 2013, 01:16:06 AM »
I only had half an hour, so wrote 411. Every little helps!

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Writers' Corner / How much did you write today?
« on: April 04, 2013, 02:01:24 PM »
Good point!

I wrote a solid 1536 words yesterday which I'm really happy with. I've almost got to the main trigger for the plot now.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Terry Pratchett
« on: April 03, 2013, 01:32:22 PM »
I'm a big Vimes fanboy, but I think my favourite standalone is Moving Pictures. It is a standalone isn't it? Can't remember.

Yup. (Well, it doesn't belong to a subset of Discworld books at least - I think Vimes may be in it at one point? Can't remember.)

Yeah there's a cameo I think, but it's not related to any other subset that I can recall.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Terry Pratchett
« on: April 03, 2013, 01:16:57 PM »
I'm a big Vimes fanboy, but I think my favourite standalone is Moving Pictures. It is a standalone isn't it? Can't remember.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Terry Pratchett
« on: April 03, 2013, 12:38:34 PM »
I may get shot for this, but I've never enjoyed the Witches books.
*ducks and covers*

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Introductions / Newbie
« on: April 01, 2013, 07:48:17 AM »
Hello Andrew! Welcome. Where are you from?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Are you devoted to a series?
« on: March 29, 2013, 09:24:40 AM »
Quaditto? Is that even a word?  ;D

Close. The word you are looking for is Quadritto. Note the "r".

I was actually going to put the "r" there, but without it the word "ditto" is actually in it, so... I think it depends.  ;)

Wait, is tritto actually a word? Score. :D

I just don't have the sort of mind that can remember minute (or big) details that easily). I have to pause to remember secondary characters names and, more often then not, go and look them up. More power to you if you see layer after layer in a book/series, but I just don't have that ability.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Are you devoted to a series?
« on: March 28, 2013, 10:39:22 PM »
Not in the way you describe, no. I'm devoted to Discworld in the sense that I've read the books multiple times over the years, but not in the sense that I try to memorise details and what have you. Of course, I'm also allergic to minutiae that doesn't inform characterisation, intricate worldbuilding without symbolic or metaphoric purpose, exposition of the greater than two or three lines of dialogue/a paragraph or two of internal monologue variety and infodumping, so make of that what you will.

I am with Funky Scarecrow on this.  I just want an enjoyable story, and both not interested/ and unable to memorize and spot minutiae details in a book or series.  Seriously when you guys are chatting about Sanderson's Cosmere, I wonder if you have been reading totally different books to me!  I am happy to read an ongoing series, but object to having to read every damn book put out by a writer or I will miss some essential easter egg which ties into his overarching story for all his books. 

Having said that I do enjoy speculating on future directions a series might take, or trying to make theories about certain characters/ events etc, but only in a general style.  i.e.
Spoiler for Hiden:
I think Jon Snow is the bastard son of Ned Stark's sister who died, and I think, Rheger?  You know the Targaryen prince who was supposed to be alright and not totally nuts.
  Don't expect me to give specific details of why I think this, quoting actual bits from the books etc.

These two posts sum up what I was going to say far better than I would have done.

Ditto.  ;)

Tritto.

:)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: March 23, 2013, 04:21:12 PM »
I'd agree, Rothfuss is very skillful at exploring the trope, and even the exploration of his magical systems are done well, other writers would have just done a massive info dump which would have most readers skimming through, whilst Rothfuss explores them in a way that engrosses you as a reader.  Add Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb and Wizard of Earthsea to your book wish list though - Rothfuss owes a massive debt to both writers, and if you are enjoying those elements of Name of the Wind, you will enjoy both those books as well.

Will do, I'm really getting the taste for reading again, so every tip is welcome.

Fantasy Faction strikes yet another TBR list!

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Introductions / Hello Everyone! New to FF
« on: March 22, 2013, 07:44:05 AM »
Welcome to our corner of our interwebz!

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