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Re: Author's favourite words Pratchett discovered "susurrus" a few novels back and haven't stopped using it since!

It's been a while but I also remember Asimov loved "inchoate".

June 30, 2012, 10:10:35 PM
Re: The Tavern *sits in a quiet corner and starts playing with his phone*

October 24, 2012, 10:40:12 PM
Re: Prologues
The prologue is part of the book - why on earth wouldn't you read it?

And I would add "obviously".

Unlike some of you, I actually quite like when the prologue is not directly linked to the start of the book; when it's written in a different style, under a different POV, showing light on something only hinted at during the rest of the book; and sometimes I re-read just the prologue once I finish the book, and it suddenly means something different from when I first read it...

December 26, 2013, 06:42:06 PM
Re: Your top 3 Classics
IMHO there was no justification for suicide, it was a supremely selfish act.  Fine, she was oppressed and unhappy.

Spoken like someone who doesn't suffer depression--though I could be wrong. ;)
Depression lies. It tells us all the things we don't want to hear, pokes holes in our suit of armor, and leaves us vulnerable. Saying, "Fine, she was oppressed and unhappy," is:
a) an understatement
and b) akin to saying, "Just get over it" to someone suffering from depression.

It's a mental illness that makes people so vulnerable and unhappy that suicide is often seen as a way out. A way to end suffering. It's not, but your brain will trick you into believing it is. You aren't in your right mind when you're thinking like that. It's not something one just "gets over" or moves on from.

I love The Awakening. There's a great argument to be had for Edna suffering from depression, especially because of the oppression she suffers. She doesn't fit within the society everyone says she must fit into.

While her suicide is most certainly the coward's way out, it could easily be argued as the justified actions of one who is mentally not well. There is a huge difference between justified and selfish. Even the most selfish actions can still be justified.

January 06, 2015, 05:57:46 PM
Re: robin hobb I'm hoping at some point Fitz needs to escape a dire situation and uses a Travel Stone to Kelsingra... and finds it inhabited with living Elderlings and dragons as opposed to memories!
February 17, 2015, 05:05:31 AM
Re: Game Of Thrones (TV Show) Season 5 - WITH BOOK SPOILERS
I do wonder what they'll do about Isaac Hempstead Wright going forward as well, he's not in Season 5 at all, and last time we saw him he was very clearly older than Bran has been portrayed in the books.

Bran will have been "transformed" by the three-eyed crow and so "will look different" (i.e. different actor ;))
I kind of figured that from what the books have done with the character, lucky that happened for HBO, eh?

March 11, 2015, 08:10:43 AM
Re: 4-Word Reviews
The Name of the Wind:

Arrogant man tells story.

The Wise Man's Fear:

Arrogant man gets laid.

What about seven words
Is that a review or a question?  ;D

March 11, 2015, 09:14:25 AM
Re: 4-Word Reviews
The First Law(1-3)
everyone makes unheroic decisions
I haven't read the book and I still think that's funny

The Magicians
four words not enough
Now I'm curious.
Four not enough because... It sucks!
Or four not enough because It's wonderful!

March 12, 2015, 04:36:19 PM
Re: RIP Terry Pratchett
In his honour may I suggest a memorium book club for him in May?
I am totally up for that. Really neat thought.

And the thing is you really can't go wrong with whatever is chosen, though Mort seems fitting somehow.
Or Reaper Man. And we could start on April, 28th instead of May, 1st. :)

March 12, 2015, 07:53:13 PM
Re: RIP Terry Pratchett Sad to see such a well-regarded author die at such a young age.

Totally with you on that @Gariath, though Pratchett's death is another which has little resonance with me as I've never read anything by him.

March 12, 2015, 07:54:48 PM