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    First Quarter 2020 Reading

    Just wait till you see the *musical*. Where actors run through Madame Bovary's *head* tossing arsenic around. Or eating it. It's been a few years since my mind witnesses that absolutely surreal madness.
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    The Books That Have Just Come Out: New Release Thread II

    One of the nice things about life in Sydney - lots of green space, and so many gyms. And some even intelligently built to allow natural light and a reminder of the world outside the gym. New York City being, well, NYC, can't really offer that kind of, uhm, offering.
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    Joy in the morning

    Took the words right out of my mouth.
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    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    A part of me wonders if it would help with the momentum of writing, and a part of me wonders if my current Excel spreadsheet isn't more useful, for note-taking, sorting, jotting down ideas, etc. (I think out loud to solve problems, thus these comments.)
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    Plague Lit...

    The Fafhrd and Grey Mouser story 'The Cloud of Hate' features an evil plague produced by a local cult.
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    Plague Lit...

    Can we include Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson, for the segments of the book that include the 1666 London plague and fires?
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    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    So I'm bandying around the idea of starting a blog to occasionally post snippets and bits of text from the text I've been sporadically working on over the course of the last year. But then this little noxious squib that lives in some damp recess of my consciousness pipes up with: "but does the internet need more content? Isn't there already so much noise there?" And my lizard-squirrel brain responds by freezing up in place, like a dinosaur coming face to face with an angry screaming ball of flaming rock from the sky. Is the blog dead? Goodness knows I've a scant few that I visit daily due to their unquestionable brilliance and captivating insights (Phuulish, Wertzone, Examined Worlds, etc.). A part of me thinks it would be a great way to combat inertia and maintain a bit of consistent velocity, as it were. Or maybe I'm just trapped in the mid-noughties with outdated and deluded notions of what people find interesting. COMMENT. Or little Hate Muppets will come out and blast your souls with scatological humour not fit for respectable ears and company!
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    First Quarter 2020 Reading

    *blush* Thank you! The Red Seas Under Red Skies reread will happen after I blast through Assassin's Apprentice.
  9. Is there a particular Reddit page where SFF fans post regularly? Or is posting activity spread out across numerous pages, from what you've seen?
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    First Quarter 2020 Reading

    Well, finished my re-read of The Lies of Locke Lamora by the wonderfully-maned Scott Lynch. Based on popular recommendation, jumping into Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb as of this rainy autumn morning.
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    First Quarter 2020 Reading

    Ditto! The responses are bewildering - a book in a long series does something a little bit different (never a bad thing in my mind) to keep the series fresh and interesting? What a positively brazen, mind-shattering idea!
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    First Quarter 2020 Reading

    *claps* Well played! I thought it was a fun book! I really really enjoyed it!
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    First Quarter 2020 Reading

    The time commitment that comes with taking on a series as massive as the Malazan books is obviously, for some, a point of concern (myself included, as a dreadfully slow reader). It's a series that rewards careful reading, and apparently even moreso careful rereads - as I have been told on several occasion by friends who've read the series multiple times (bloody speed-readers, I shake my fist at you in envy!). It seems that Erikson's books can be quite divisive among some readers. Take for example Toll the Hounds, the eighth book in the series. The prose style is quite different from previous books - approaching, dare I say, a lyrical style - but knowing that Erikson wrote it thinking about his father, who passed away either prior to or after the release of the book can possibly change how the book is read. Speaking exclusively for myself, I've found it to be a fun series to read if only because it's just so damn different from its peers, and is so wildly creative and imaginative and presents such wonderful vistas. But it's also easy to get lost due to the staggering number of characters in the series. This certainly was an issue for me as I read the series. (Yet a close friend of mine read the series and remembered each and every character, their place in the story, and so on. Said friend's mind is clearly a giant Excel spreadsheet.) If, like me, you're determined to also read the Ian Cameron Esslemont books as well, becoming acquainted with Erikson's works certainly helps, since there are now *checks, and counts* 23 books in the series, with the 24th - Jhistal - due for release some time this year or early next year at latest.
  14. Ricardo Pinto, the author of the woefully under-read The Stone Dance of the Chameleon trilogy (The Chosen, The Standing Dead, The Third God) has recently decided to revisit his series and release revised, updated editions, as a seven-part series. Per his own words: This is a magnificent series. The world he built was very different from other major writers of the time, in the late 90s. It's a terrific series, with complicated, interesting characters. Check out his website if you're interested. The books are now available on the Kindle store and in print edition.
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    First Quarter 2020 Reading

    Audiobooks don't come with covers? (I've never used them, so I confess total ignorance here, but I hoped it would, and that you'd be able to load it up on your device of choice and have the swanky DKS artwork!)
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    First Quarter 2020 Reading

    Did you get the edition with the wonderful Darrell K. Sweet artwork?
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    The Books That Have Just Come Out: New Release Thread II

    No choice, I guess? Gyms being what they are, and prone to blaring music that's designed to get people moving. (No chansons for those people!) Very fortunate to have a quiet gym with nature views. A wonderfully relaxing way to work out.
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    First Quarter 2020 Reading

    How does the Liveship Traders series connect to the Fitz books? From what I understand, it's a new protagonist/antagonist? But in the same world? Does it share tertiary characters from the previous books?
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    The Books That Have Just Come Out: New Release Thread II

    Thank you Zorral! <3
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    First Quarter 2020 Reading

    Has it aged well? Have this in my library, picked it up a few years ago, intending to read it, since it's a classic of the genre.
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    First Quarter 2020 Reading

    Did it require much coffee to get through it? (I've tried reading this multiples times and failed every time; all my brain registered was "come on, get on with it!")
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    First Quarter 2020 Reading

    Rereading The Lies of Locke Lamora. Been a long time since I've read this delightful book.
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    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    For whatever it's worth: have you ever read about how many times Frank Herbert was rejected until he was finally published him? It's a story that gives me hope, when I think of all the as-yet-unpublished writers out there.
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    Publishing Industries Social Ills

    A bit of column A, a bit of column B.
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    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    Bumping this thread to find out: how's everyone going with their submissions to assorted publishers or via their agents? Speak and be heard! And uh, here - here's my ear and shoulder to lean on and chew 'n stuff!
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