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Alessan



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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 4:07 pm
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Hi everyone

My other half (although she acts like she is three quarters) thinks fantasy books are for children and has banished me from the computer. I have, therefore, been reduced to using my phone to come and join in the fun. This means i get to poke a tiny qwerty keyboard with what can only be described as, well... A small stick,ha-ha. Anyway, i apologise in advance for all the spelling mistakes this is so obviously going to lead to.

I can't cut and paste so i am just going to answer the short questions before cramp sets in:

Whats the meaning behind your handle? It is the name of one of my favourite characters from one of my favourite books. If you can guess i will be your friend for life

Whats your favourite author? Favourite books? Guy Gavriel Kay is my absolute fave but i love tons of authors. Favourite book is whichever GGK book i happen to be reading,haha. So, at the moment it's 'Lord of emperors'

What do you do when you aren't reading fantasy books? Well, i listen to a lot of rock music. I love to walk my dog in the countryside. I like playing chess, eating and cycling so I can eat some more.

Chocolate or vanilla? Both, followed by a long bike ride

What is under your bed? You really don't want to know!

What is your favourite food? oh, definitely Italian!

Do you have any children? No, but had lots of fun trying.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A child

What is your favourite colour? Sky blue

What book should we all read? Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay


Hope that wasn't too boring for you and hope to get to know you all better real soon.
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Alle
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 5:39 pm
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Welcome! The board is a bit dead of late so maybe some new blood can wake it up? Tigana is one of my favorite Kay works, although I really love all his books pretty much. *s* So, yeah...I like your handle! He was a cool character and holds a special place for me, since Tigana was my first Kay book read.
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Patrick
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 5:56 pm
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Welcome! GGK is my favorite fantasy author, too. :)
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Caleyna
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 6:03 pm
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Welcome! I'm another GGK fan. I loved Tigana. Now I want to re-read my other favorite of his, Lions of al' Rassan.
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Jade
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 7:33 pm
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Welcome!
I think Lions was my favorite, but Tigana was good too. Wow, it's been years since I've read them though...

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Rhodric
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 7:56 pm
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Unlike Pat *glare* GGK isn't my favorite author but I still totally dig him, both as an author and as a person. Though sometimes his books are a little too well written for me to get into easily. I think Lions is my favorite, though I've read tigana too. Maybe you could tell me if the fionavar tapestry is worth reading. Cheers and welcome to the board. You really need to do something about that evil significant other though. *shakes fist*
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Patrick
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 10:20 pm
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Hey! My favorite series is still WoT.
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Alessan



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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 9:11 am
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Lots of Kay fans, excellent! And Iron Maiden too, it just gets better!

Lions became one of my favourites but only after a couple of reads - quite a challenging book first time around. Well, it was for me.
The fionavar tapestry is great but not as sophisticated as the later books. It's a lot more like a traditional fantasy book- Tolkienesque, i suppose. I love the characters but the plot is a bit, well...All over the place, really.

Personally i love both types of fantasy; i love the more adult stuff like Kay and GRRM but i also love reading Eddings and that type of stuff - I can only take so much realism.

I have been really busy at work over the last few years so i have lost touch with a lot of the new authors. I hope you guys can help me discover some new worlds to lose myself in!?

I spent the last hour trying to load a picture but, apparently, i got too many pixels, which makes a change at my age i suppose,lol.

Anyway, thanks for the warm welcome. I need to stop now because my right thumb is numb,lol. Damn that evil other, erm... Three quarters.
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Jade
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 9:39 am
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I am seriously impressed by your phone typing...... I barely have the patience for texts.

Clearly you need to start coming here on your work computer or something *nods* Although our board has been a little dead lately, so maybe you can help breathe some life into it!

I've found myself feeling a little tired by a lot of classic sword-and-sorcery fantasy the last few years, and I honestly haven't been in touch with a lot of the newer authors either. I still automatically look for authors from my high school days *lol*

I've turned instead to more "urban fantasy" stuff, like Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, among many others.

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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 12:43 pm
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Alessan, I would highly recommend The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. Book 1 is called The Name of the Wind and the second book is called The Wise Man's Fear. Its not a finished series though, and book 2 was out this past March, so there will be a wait. *s*

Like Jade, I have been reading a ton of Urban Fantasy lately. Although a long time Dresden Files fan, I only recently started reading a ton of the other available titles. Some have not clicked with me, but lots have and I have found some really good reads.

I don't quite get why you can't use a computer. make a deal about spending only a limited amount of time on it, but since you are circumventing by using your phone, the 'ban' isn't working. *g* Compromise!
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 12:54 pm
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You're not the first person to say its dead. Whats gone wrong, where is everybody?
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 1:12 pm
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Alle, To be honest, i don't mind the phone too much. It is a pain typing on such a small keyboard but the computers in the lounge and i have to put up with tv shows in the background - I'm not a big fan of tv. I can use my comp at work but, unfortunately, i have been ill so i am off work at the moment. Hoping to get back in a couple of weeks.

I read some very good reviews about Rothfuss on Amazon so i may try it now you have recommended it as well. Do you read GRRM? A dance with dragons is out soon. I was loving the series but he takes so damn long to write the books i have all but lost interest.
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 9:41 am
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*lol* sometimes I think some of us have been here too long, we've run out of things to say to each other? There was a time, long ago, when the chat was even active!

Or we have actual lives getting in the way. But facebook activity would make that seem doubtful, so maybe it's facebook's fault!

Many of us are GRRM fans, and I think the long wait has left a lot of us pretty disillusioned. I'll still read it, for sure, but I'm actually considering waiting till paperback, which is a first. I mean, what's the point if it'll be another 5 years?

At least I feel that he's (so far) never disappointed me once the book finally does arrive, unlike some authors I could name *cough*RJ*cough*

I'm awfully tempted to read Rothfuss, but I think I'll wait a few more years *lol* I'm tired of the unfinished series thing - because I'll have to do rereads, and these days I feel like I don't even get that much time for reads.

Thanks to the Borders Closing Down Sale, I actually have a small pile of unread books on my bookshelf that I haven't touched yet..... I should really get to that!

But today's going to be an ugly day at work *sigh* And it's time to go get ready...

Jade

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Caleyna
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 11:19 am
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For my part, I rarely post because I don't have anything to say about books anymore. I like to read, but I have a really hard time finding fantasy books that don't bore me.

Plus I've got two little kids who keep me hopping. I could post about them constantly, but I figure that's what Livejournal and FB are for.

I would really love to read a great fantasy book, esp now that I have a Kindle.

I am so out of the book world that I just got a Dean Koontz book on hold from the library. This is the first DK book I've not purchased in hardback the day it came out since I was in HS. My 20 year reunion is coming up soon. . .
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 11:52 am
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I still post, but I need some interaction, so if I don't get replies its not much incentive to post more on that topic. I have been reading a LOT of Urban Fantasy and may make a post about it in the book section if I get the energy. *s* FB and LJ have taken their toll on the boards I think, but also a lot of us have grown up and gotten real lives. *lol* But not me so much. I don't have the family and kids bit, but I do have a horse who saps my energy. Its like having a second job, although one that I do love.

Yep, I started read GRRM way back when A Game of Thrones was first released so it feels like forever. I am not too enthused though about the release coming up but will probably get the book either in hard cover or kingle when it does come out. I don't want to do a series reread (even though the series is excellent) so will need a refresher course from somewhere. *l*
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 6:24 pm
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Welcome Alessan! You should enjoy it here with all the fellow GGK fans (when you can poke them hard enough that they post).
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 9:53 pm
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The evil that is law school prevents me from spending as much time as I'd like screwing around online...even my poor LJ has suffered. But it's summer now, so I should have a lot more time!
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 10:05 pm
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As for books...I just started reading Eddings a few months ago; I've plowed through The Elenium, am ready to start the last book of The Tamuli, and am about 20 pages from the end of The Belgariad, with the first two books of The Malloreon checked out from Little Rock's totally awesome public library (seriously, y'all) sitting on my desk. Yeah, when I like a new author, I tend to go all-out. *lol* I am also slowly making it through my, I think, 17th reread of The Wheel of Time, currently about 1/4 into TGH.

I've never been really into urban fantasy (I liked Neil Gaiman's American Gods well enough, but it just didn't enthrall me like traditional sword and sorcery does) but am always willing to hear recommendations from y'all. :) Is it just me, or does there seem to be a lack of new multi-volume epic fantasy series coming out? Ten years ago it seemed a new series started every month or so.

Of course, I've been out of the loop as well.... I am hugely looking forward to Pratchett's Snuff this fall, though!

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Alessan



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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 7:58 pm
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Jade: I guess you're right, facebook etc seem to be a massive part of peoples lives nowadays. I am a luddite from way back, i don't do facebook *shock horror* so i can give my undivided attention to fff. I must confess to spending a bit of time on the Amazon forums, usually arguing about religion or politics but thats about it. If you run out of things to say to each other just trade insults for awhile - it works for me and Mrs.Alessan,lol.
I agree about grrm, A feast for crows is sitting unread and gathering dust on my bookshelf, well, i figure, if he is gonna take so long to write them i am gonna take my time reading them - that'll teach him a lesson!

Cal: Never been able to have kids and i totally understand how they take up your day. Must be a nice kind of busy, though! I can't lie, i treat my dog more like a child, you can laugh if you want but at my age you gotta have something to love,lol. I wouldn't mind you posting about your kids if you don't mind a few doggie related posts.

Alle: To be honest i know very little about urban fantasy. Feel free to enlighten me, though. I used to read a lot of Clive Barker when i was younger. Does that qualify or am i showing my ignorance.


Bubba: Thanks for the welcome. I better start sharpening my big stick then,lol.

Pat: I loved Eddings when i was younger. My introduction to fantasy was Tolkien and then Eddings followed by Feist. But I haven't read any of his books for absolutely ages. You got me thinking about my old friend Sparhawk,must pay him a visit someday soon. I now have a terrible confession to make- I haven't read the WoT! Okay, there it is, call me what you will but, lordy, there is so much of it and, well, you know what it's like,lol. Maybe you can convince me to take the plunge. I do actually own the first book - if i can find it?
Although, having said that, i got this urge of late (must be the viagra,lol) to read the entire Riftwar cycle. I have been as far as Krondor,the betrayal but never got any further. The later books get some pretty bad reviews and it keeps putting me off starting. I love Pratchett... One of Englands treasures!
I have now lost all sensation in my right arm so i'm gonna shut uo,lol.
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 12:45 am
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*puts on spectacles* Just call my Professor WoT.

The Wheel of Time is not so much a read as a religious experience. The more enlightened of us on the board refer to the narrative pages of the series as the gospel. You should definitely find the first book, and open it as soon as you finish reading this post. You have a great advantage over the rest of us, you haven't been waiting for book after book for the past 20 years. The last book will be published in 2012 or 2013. Some complaints put forth by infidels, I mean Wheel of Time detractros, are that over time, the quality of the series deteriorates over time, particularly in the later books, or that the narrative takes up too much space with derivative matters such as clothing, setting, and descriptive details. I personally don't agree with the first, whatever unevenness in the flow of various books is greatly alleviated by not having to wait one to two years to find out what happens next. As for the latter, fashion is wonderful and "slashed silk" is first mentioned in the first 100 pages of the series. And you can't ever have too much detail. *nods* *stands on the pulpit*

Alessan my brother! You have been given a great opportunity! It is clearly the will of the Light that you read the Wheel of Time. Though the forces of darkness my conspire to withhold the knowledg, grace, and enlightenment that the gospel bestows, you cannot be stopped. Not when by its nature, your sacred mission of reading the series, has been sanctioned by the will of the Pattern. Lo and behold, our brother Alessan, blessed by the Light, shall ride on the winds of time. There are neither beginnings or endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time, but Alessan opening book one is *a* beginning.

Many of us are GRRM fans or former fans. I myself read A Game of Thrones for the first time in 1996. I'm kind of off him or I was off him when he took 11 years to write Dance of Dragons. Unfortunately the HBO adaption of A Game of Thrones is drawing me back in and I might actually read Dance. He's doing copy editing on Dance atm, so the book should make its July 2011, publication date. I like Arya and Jon best I think, and hate about 85% of the characters. Hopefully Dance of Dragons won't suck.

If you haven't checked out Tad Williams yet, you should definitely check him out. He has two "High Fantasy" series, "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn." And - "Shadowmarch." Both are good. He also has a stand alone called "The War of Flowers." War is set partially in the modern world and partially in an alternate world. It is very good. His other major series is called "Otherland." It is also very good but a bit strange. It is set both in the real world and in a virtual reality.

Don't be fooled by these scofflaw board members! They don't have lives. I have most of them on facebook, purely for research purposes I assure you, and they post status updates, more often than Tyrion violates social conventions.

That's all for now.

May the Light illuminate you Alessan.
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