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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    Hi guys. I posted earlier about how I was reading the books and promised to post again and read the entire thread when I'm done. I've read all the English books now except for Season of Storms. I absolutely love the two short story collections! They were amazing. The novels were good but basically full of fillers. I remember there was one framing story that was repeated a ridiculous number of times. "No one could have seen it" seven times, really? Despite the fillers, I greatly enjoyed reading the series. Geralt and Ciri are great characters! I also love the setting. Problem, please help me out: I seem to remember a short story where Geralt came across a migration of elves who were leaving the human lands. I didn't read it in Sword of Destiny or The Last Wish. Does anyone remember this story? P.S. I'm super excited about the Witcher Netflix series. Where will we be talking about it? In the entertainment forum or here???
  2. I hope some people have read this so we can discuss it! I have read the three main books: The Cloud Roads The Serpent Sea The Siren Depths The other books are: The Edge of Worlds The Harbors of the Sun Plus some collected short stories. Author's webpage for the series - https://www.marthawells.com/compendium/ I greatly enjoyed the series which I think is quite interesting since it features winged shapeshifters in a fantasy world full of many different humanoid species. Moon is a great main character. He's kickass but also vulnerable. I find myself sympathizing with him a lot. Great world-building, too. I enjoyed the descriptions of the Raksura habitats. Summary of the first book: Moon has spent his life hiding what he is — a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community. What this stranger doesn't tell Moon is that his presence will tip the balance of power... that his extraordinary lineage is crucial to the colony's survival... and that his people face extinction at the hands of the dreaded Fell! Now Moon must overcome a lifetime of conditioning in order to save himself... and his newfound kin. By the way, it has a TV Tropes page. Has anyone else read this series?
  3. I also think that the annulment is a show-only thing. Annulment isn't the same thing as divorce - people have to prove that the marriage was null from the start. There doesn't seem to be a reason for that. Now, if they had divorced, the grounds being that Elia was too ill to perform as a proper wife, then I would believe it.
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    RIP Gene Wolfe

    RIP to one of the greatest SF writers of all time. The Book of the New Sun was a tremendous work that I enjoyed greatly.
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    Assassin's Apprentice Opinions?

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    Favourite Books on the Arthurian Legend

    The Once and Future King is the best, IMO. I've read a lot of Arthurian books and that one is the best. The Mart Stewart Trilogy is more of a Merlin trilogy. Arthur doesn't even appear in the first book. That series, Mallory, and The Once and Future King are the best and nothing else comes close. Mallory is a must, IMO. There's a reason why everyone who likes Arthurian lit has read Mallory. The Mists of Avalon - it was okay but not really my favorite. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is absolutely great. The Idylls of the Queen: A Tale of Queen Guenevere - it's pretty good. Sir Kay, the seneschal, is the POV character and it's a murder mystery of that incident where the Queen was accused of poisoning a knight
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    December 2018 Reading

    There is a small but vocal minority in sf who hate that kind of thing. Like, the whole "Sad Puppies" debacle. Sometimes I feel mad that everyone who posts on this board is considered the same as those trolls. Anyway, so as not to derail this thread. My other reads: The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard) by Rick Riordan - enjoyable but I didn't want to read the rest of the trilogy. I might be getting a bit too old for this. I do love Norse mythology so much. I suspect I will still read the rest later. Thor's goats were awesome in a sick way. Age of Myth(The Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan - I tried but somehow I couldn't even finish this book. I have set it aside for now but I will be reading it soon. I think. All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries) by Martha Wells - whoa, a murderbot! *shocked* I enjoyed it immensely. I tried to start the second book in the series but I stopped. I'm not sure why. Perhaps I'm all murdered out? I'm in a holiday type of mood so I'll try something lighter.
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    December 2018 Reading

    Yes, there was something like that but I thought that was a separate thread, right? Not the same as the one I linked. I remember someone made a thread something like "this is why women can't write good sf" or something like that. I didn't pay attention to it since I hate to feed trolls, lol, but I definitely remember something like that being on the board at that time. I hope those trolls don't appear again. See, this exactly why I defended the board. Just because a few trolls appear doesn't mean the other people who actually did write some very good criticism should be dismissed as being some sort of misogynist.
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    December 2018 Reading

    LOL. This board has welcomed series like Jacqueline Carey's Terre D'Ange series. No one cares if there's sex or not, as long as it's not clumsy and amateurish. "I wish this book had been titled The Sky-God's Lover, as the author wished to do. I opened this up expecting it to be about the protagonist picking her way through complex palace politics, always negotiating between the two cultures of her mixed background...and then there was very little politics." - source The reviews and summaries made it sound like something very political and cerebral. It's not. It's more like "a family whose half-breed granddaughter gets to know her racist family." Also, several boarders mentioned Twilight. This was a thing back then. "We've had Edward the glittering vampire and now we have Nahadoth the glittering God." <-- people were just too sick of that thing (but not me, bring on the sexy glittery god sex, please). When there is a debut that has flaws, there are two ways the writer might develop - become better and better with time (presumably with the help of some very good editors) or... become worse and worse. I was reading a manhwa (Korean webcomic) where in the last chapter the artist+author wrote his thoughts about the work and he was like "when I first started this, my editor warned me that once you start inserting violence in a serial work, it tends to become more and more violent until it takes over the plot completely. Of course, I told her that I would keep it under control. Then..." Note: the last 20+ chapters was basically a gore-fest. Boarders were just speculating that Jemisin could potentially lose control of all the spicy elements until it devolved into pure smut, kinda like Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series. If you aren't familiar with it, the Anita Blake series used to be about a zombie raiser, vampire executioner and supernatural consultant for the police but now it's just 90% gangbangs (not a joke). Thankfully, Jemisin seems to have gotten better.
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    December 2018 Reading

    I finally finished The Inheritance Trilogy by NK Jemisin's. I know the older boarders will recall the epic thread we had about Jemisin's first book. It was pretty funny. Now that I have finished the entire thing, here are my thoughts: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - not actually horrible. In fact, I liked it. As a debut novel, it showed some promise but wasn't quite there yet. The problem is that the main character basically does nothing at all. Oops, the spoilers didn't format right and I don't know how to fix it, lol.
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    K.J. Parker (a.k.a.Tom Holt) - Part II

    So I should be fine except for The Hammer? Heh, I'll do it! I just need to find a good time when I actually want a tragic story. Thanks!
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    K.J. Parker (a.k.a.Tom Holt) - Part II

    Okay, I'm just sayin' I survived The Folding Knife so I could probably handle something that level. Any more than that though... Thanks.
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    K.J. Parker (a.k.a.Tom Holt) - Part II

    Hey, so I've only read The Folding Knife which was brilliant but the ending... Which book should I read next? Hopefully, one that isn't super depressing. Sad/tragic is fine but not super depression. I mean, I might not be able to handle that.
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    The Earthsea Series by Ursula K. Le Guin

    Oh my, I love A Wizard of Earthsea! I adore Ged! The entire series though is kinda problematic. Even to this day I never got the point of Tenar, lol. Especially the stories where they are older and she doesn't do much. The Earthsea short stories that I read were excellent. The best Le Guin book that I have read though is The Dispossessed.
  15. I have read the news about the Swedish Academy. I was a bit shocked. I remember when I was a wee little undergrad and had some lit and art classes, my professors always told us not to be too impressed by awards. Apparently, the general public enjoys that sort of thing but among writers, artists, and academicians, it's pretty well-known that: just a very small group of people give out the awards (like a committee of 5 people per award) it's very political art/lit criticism has trends just like pop culture does most damning of all - almost all of them just give awards to each other (speaking of the small, more local award-giving bodies) The last one was really an eye-opener. One prof told us to check a list of the award winners and the committee members (of a local award) there was considerable overlap, especially if you knew which artists/writers were in mentor/protege relationships. I'm not saying every award-giving committee is corrupt but rather, I suspect that they tend to be just people patting each other and their friends on the back to say "good job."