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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by Lanko on Today at 02:12:05 AM »
I finished The Drowning Girl by CaitlĂ­n R. Kiernan. 4/5

I almost dropped this various times during the first 30% of it, but then the story got a lot better.
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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Female superhero for a toddler to read
« Last post by Elfy on September 24, 2018, 10:42:24 PM »
I remembered my niece had one but I can't remember the title, so I searched amazon.
I found these:

* DC Super Heroes: My First Book of Girl Power
* Super Daisy (Daisy Picture Books)
and maybe these:
* The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate
* Ten Little Superheroes
I'll second The Princess in Black. We got those for my niece when she was all of about 5, she's 10 now and still adores them.
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General Discussion / Re: If you could meet ONE historical figure
« Last post by Slaykomimi on September 24, 2018, 09:42:01 PM »
I would probably like to meet some of my favorite Musicians like Jim Morrison, Syd Barret, Chuck Shuldiner, John Lennon and so on. But I guess in the end I could not decide who it would be. Of course during a time where they were still creative and not ruined by drugs (this doesnt apply to all the people who I counted up here)
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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by Alex Hormann on September 24, 2018, 06:38:06 PM »


I've just finished The Court of Broken Knives. Pretty much a fantasy novel with the theme/ tone of a Greek tragedy. Some of them are quite despicable, really, even with my standards and my liking of imperfect characters like Jorg and Jalan. Many of the main actual scenes could be summed up as people shouting, "Death!", "Kill!", and madly butchering one another. Not sure if I'm gonna read the follow up.

Also, starting Red Seas and Red Skies. Woo hoo!  :D

Death! Death! Death!

The sequel is more of the same, possible even more evil and twisted. Of course, that's why I enjoyed it so much. ;)
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General Discussion / Re: If you could meet ONE historical figure
« Last post by Skip on September 24, 2018, 05:28:22 PM »
There was a program that ran back in the 70s. Developed by Steve Allen, no less. It was called Meeting of the Minds and was really quite good. Won a bunch of awards. It was, as I remember it, four historical figures at a round table with Allen acting as moderator.

AFAIK it's not available either on DVD or streaming, which is really too bad. There's a short description at Wikipedia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meeting_of_Minds

I'd be happy to be at the table with any of them. Allen included.
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You folks remember that whole Romania business? A Romanian fantasy magazine published the first chapter in my first space opera novel, which stands on its own as a short story.

That very wonderful Romanian dude contacted me with the news that a French magazine is now considering that same story.

I'm going to stay cautiously optimistic here, but maybe, just MAYBE getting the short published in France will be the first step in getting the rest published there as well.
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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by DrNefario on September 24, 2018, 03:58:11 PM »
I had an unexpected day in bed with a cold yesterday, and managed to finish Dreaming in Smoke by Tricia Sullivan. It was an odd blend of cyberpunky AI stuff and planetary SF, with said AI bring crucial to the survival of the colony. I'm not totally sure I followed it all, but it was strangely compulsive.

I'm now reading Pilgrimage to Skara by Jonathan S Pembroke, which was the least popular of last year's SPFBO finalists. I'm quite enjoying it so far. It has a bit of a Wild West feel.
It didn't take me long to finish Pilgrimage to Skara, due to it being quite short, me having already started it, and still taking it quite easy from my minor illness. It was OK. The writing seemed fine, the story was interesting - one of those post-apocalyptic fantasies where it might really be SF - but there were some flaws in the human relationships.

Next it's time for my monthly crime, and I've strayed from Agatha Christie this month to read The Black Echo by Michael Connelly, the first Harry Bosch book. I bought an omnibus of 14 of them last month, when they had a mysteriously low price, and I think I owe it to myself to get started.

After that, I'll be onto the final book of my chronological SF challenge: Teranesia by Greg Egan, a writer I used to like when he was just starting out, but kind of stopped reading for no particular reason.

Then I'll be free of my challenges, and will be able to read whatever I feel like. Which means I'll probably come up with something new, so I have some kind of guidance and don't just flounder around unable to make a decision. OK, I've still got reddit bingo.
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The gym I used to go to was basically a nation-sized sauna and there were sandbags everywhere hahahaha
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Not here that I know of, there is a tacit agreement to keep 'violent' stuff separate and behind closed doors

Probably different views and different settings in various countries, ahah. As Bradley said, every single gym in Malaysia had at least a sandbag, and even in the gym back in Czech Republic that I used to go they had a boxing sandbag. 

Also for the question, I do muaythai, somewhat.
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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by S. K. Inkslinger on September 24, 2018, 02:07:35 PM »
Read the first 5 James N Cook surviving the dead books on kindle  above average zombie Porn.


That sounds interesting? lol  ;D

I've just finished The Court of Broken Knives. Pretty much a fantasy novel with the theme/ tone of a Greek tragedy. Some of them are quite despicable, really, even with my standards and my liking of imperfect characters like Jorg and Jalan. Many of the main actual scenes could be summed up as people shouting, "Death!", "Kill!", and madly butchering one another. Not sure if I'm gonna read the follow up.

Also, starting Red Seas and Red Skies. Woo hoo!  :D
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