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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
« on: July 20, 2011, 05:29:55 PM »
My rule was that there had to be at least three books so far in the series, so no Demon Cycle, Stormlight or Kingkiller for me.

I suppose that's fair, although Brett and Rothfuss are working on their third novels (that's correct, right? I'm not just hearing things?).

One more I forgot to mention: The Myst series of books is also one of my favorites. :)

There are elements of Caitlin R. Kiernan's 'The Red Tree' that made me shudder a bit (that's saying something).  People have compared it to House of Leaves, but I haven't been able to get my hands on that, cos my wife won't finish it. 

To be honest, I read "The Red Tree", and I didn't find it scary at all. A good friend of mine says that it has a more subtle, psychological horror. I think that those kind of things are lost on me. <shrug>

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: MMOs?
« on: July 19, 2011, 10:19:41 PM »
And Kit: An at the time girlfriend (LDR) is how I got into WoW in the first place, though I kept playing after we broke up as I'd gotten into a guild (easy to do as a priest ;)) and it just went downhill from there :P

Ah, yes. That's actually how I started gaming, period; my fiance games pretty hardcore, and so I managed to find my way into after he did. AoC is probably the only game that I've actually really stuck with for a long period of time.

I know what you mean about the priests finding guilds easily! I didn't have a priest in WoW (I played a Paladin, actually), but in AoC the priests are definitely the classes (yes, they have three different priest classes) that get scooped up by guilds and raiding coaltions. I am proud to number myself among them. :P

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Favorite Fantasy Series
« on: July 19, 2011, 04:11:31 PM »
I'm the vein of another thread floating around today, I'm wondering what your favorite fantasy series are? (No need to put a number on how many you enjoy; just go for it!)

My favorites:
(To everyone's dismay) Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind
(Probably, again, to everyone's dismay) Black Jewels by Anne Bishop
Kingmaker, Kingbreaker by Karen Miller
Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett

It's been a bit since I mentioned what I was reading, I think...

Anyway. Currently listening to "Hounded" by Kevin Hearne on audio, and reading "Trader" by Charles de Lint. This is the first book by de Lint that I've read; he has an interesting writing style.

Fantasy Resources / Re: Fantasy Writers to Follow on Twitter
« on: July 19, 2011, 02:25:24 PM »
@KevinHearne (Iron Druid Chronicles)
@BurningBunnies (Kim Harrison)
@davidjmoody (Hater, Autumn)
@kadyofquid (K. Huston-Warrington)

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Mass Effect 2
« on: July 19, 2011, 02:15:54 PM »
I haven't played it, but I did get a free copy when I bought DA2 for the PC. I'm attempting to find a copy of ME for the PC, before I play ME2. Mostly because I started to play ME on the Xbox360, and good Gods, the combat? Ugh. I had the hardest time aiming and doing ANYTHING that related to combat.

So, I'm hoping that with a PC version, I'll at least be able to shoot the bad guys before they shoot me. :P

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: MMOs?
« on: July 19, 2011, 04:49:29 AM »
Good for you, Wizard! At least you were able to get away; that's really showing some inner strength. :)

I don't play as often as I used to, but that has to do with the fact that I now work a full-time job and I don't have anyone to play with. MMOs are more of a social outlet for me...

Yeah... I'm one of those people who doesn't have many friends in real life. :\

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / MMOs?
« on: July 19, 2011, 12:32:10 AM »
Do any of you folks play MMOs? I mostly wonder because:

01. Age of Conan has gone free to play. I've been playing since it started, and I love the game, but my guild is dead and I'm looking to move into a guild that is more active, with people I know.

02. I like playing MMOs, and if AoC doesn't pan out for me, I'd like to know what other people are playing, so I can move on. :P

So! Do you play (alternately, did you play)? Which MMO? Why do you like it so much?

Writers' Corner / Re: What were you before you were a writer?
« on: July 18, 2011, 10:49:17 PM »
I do not consider myself a writer just yet, although I am attempting to work on it. I feel like my ideas are still a little rough, and I require a little hand-holding and prodding to get anything done.

Regardless, before I began writing for myself, I worked at a bookstore, and then a pizza place (taking orders, not making pizza, unfortunately) in Maine. Once I moved to Washington state, it was clothing retail, followed up by office work. Then I went to school, and got a degree in paralegal studies.

And now, I work for a small law firm in Seattle. It's a good, permanent job that allows me to work only until 5pm, and I have all weekends and major holidays off. It's a good gig that allows me time for writing (while I'm at work, no less), and a social life and gaming on the weekends. I really can't complain. :)

I completely get why some people find it scary, although it didn't push my particular buttons. Everything about It was designed, consciously or not, to evoke imagery of child abuse, right down to the primary visual appearance of It (see the classical Freudian explanation for coulrophobia). Once you see the wheels turning, the fear goes away.

Yeah, I don't think the fear is ever going to go away for me. Clowns are just terrifying to me; I absolutely cannot explain it. I'm not afraid of too many things, but that's definitely one of them.

Problem being, I love horror movies and novels so much... I love being scared, but clowns just push me over the boundary into terrified. Never a good thing.

Never got why people find It scary. Read it, and I just found it creepy in a way King didn't intend it to be. . . Tweens gang banging in a sewer. . . Yeugh! Pet Cemetery though well done. . . Very well done with that rarity - a good King ending! 

Mmmm, "Pet Cemetery" is one of my favorite movies. My fiance used to live near the house where it was filmed! Another one of my favorites by King was Storm of the Century. Not really scary, but still a good film and screenplay.

"It" by Stephen King.. This made me skip a night's sleep once..

While I've never read the novel, I saw the movie when I was much younger (about 20 years ago, now), and I still have nightmares about it, and I have panic attacks when I get around clowns. Absolutely. Terrifying. Movie. (In my opinion, of course)

My mother tells me that "House of Leaves" is pretty scary, but I've never read it. One book that gave me chills was "The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan. Spooky and creepy and just weird. I also love the spooky books by Poppy Z. Brite ("Lost Souls", "Wormwood", "Exquisite Corpse" and "Drawing Blood" come to mind).

General Discussion / Re: E-Reading
« on: July 16, 2011, 12:59:52 AM »
I have a Kindle, but I rarely use it. I much, much prefer having an actual book, and I doubt that I will ever solely go over to Ereaders for my reading pleasures.

KIT!! Yay, someone else who loves the Michael Scott books!!! *dances* I was given a copy of Warlock recently, but I've not finished Necromancer yet (horrors!!) so need to get a move on :D

Ah, yes. Those were what the last two were called. I haven't read either of them, but I definitely need to. I have to add those to my Paperback Swap wishlist, so I can find them sooner, hopefully.

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