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Julie's comments from the Fantasy Book Club group.

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Apr 21, 2010 06:48PM

10915 Hi Sarah, you sound like your going to be adding a lot of spice the boards here!
Apr 21, 2010 07:58AM

10915 friends had to forcefully drag me out of bookstores because I was so caught up in browsing. I also had the habbit to read while walking to the bus-stop and such, and once in a while walked against a lampost. "

I laughed out loud on this comment Daniela, my friend's from H.S. and college still make fun of me and my reading habits. Reading anywhere, anytime and I get so into the book I don't hear anything going on around me. I'm not so bad since I'm an "adult" now but people can have a whole conversation about me, saying my name and everything, and I won't hear a word of it if I'm into a good book!
Apr 20, 2010 08:23AM

10915 George wrote: "Is there a distinct male or female voice in fiction? To succumb and say yes, to my mind at least, is to surrender to all of the stereotypical conceptions of men and women and their purported differ..."
George, I completely agree with your statement, I read SciFi/Fantasy because I love the genre. Period. I like authors because of what they write. Period. I do like this discussion though because it is interesting and it is making me think of my own choices and what influences them. Many times it is the cover of the book at B&N. Is that bad?

I do think it is funny because I can totally get into the Stephen Erikson, the Terry Goodkind, the Janny Wurt's etc. the "deep reads" but I can also read Stephanie Meyers, etc. my "candy reads". It is something like watching BSG (Battlestar Galactica) where it expands my thinking in new ways, where I'm thinking about it later and how it applies to my life. And the next instant I'm just being entertained with Survivor or the Vampire Diaries. Each has it's own value to what I need in my life at that time. I love that we, as readers, have so much diversity to choose from!
Apr 20, 2010 08:11AM

10915 Right now I am trying to read Mists Of Avalon"

Wendy, I understand about the Mists of Avalon the first time through it took me about 100 pages to really get into it and then I did and I really enjoyed it. Since then I've read it multiple times and it gets better every time. Don't know if it will be that way for you but I thought my experience may help you get through the first part of it, into the "good" parts. But you are right the magic is subtle. David Eddings might be another author to check out....magic right off the bat!
Apr 19, 2010 06:40PM

10915 Hi Wendy, I enjoyed Robin Hobb's series quite a bit. Have you read the Liveship's series yet?
Apr 19, 2010 06:20PM

10915 Gwynnie wrote: "Julie, I like books with strong female characters as well. I am drawn to books that have a strong female as the main character and those books tend to have female authors. However, I like reading ..."

I'll have to check that out, thanks for the heads up!
10915 Stefan wrote: "I don't own or want one, but I just have to ask here: the Kindle doesn't have a search function? Yikes. I actually wrote a blog post in the past, saying the Malazan novels would be perfect for e..." Actually it does have a search function, just never thought of using it. I'll have to see how that goes and let you know if it actually works or not. You learn something new every day....after 3 years of owning the Kindle you'd think I'd know that!
10915 I'm enjoying the book but keeping up with all the characters is a wee bit difficult with a Kindle. On occasions it is needed to go back in the book to see if that character matches the one talked about earlier. I usually only have to do it once or twice if that in other books but in this one I find myself wanted to go back and re-read to make sure of the context many times. It is difficult to go back in my Kindle so I'm really looking forward to the discussion to see how much I got from this book without going back and forth. I may just end up buying the book in paperback.
10915 I got it on my Kindle but I haven't had a chance to start it yet. I'm 3/4 of the way through Gardens of the Moon and once I'm done with that I'll dive in.
Apr 18, 2010 08:11AM

10915 I don't think that the gender of the Author plays into my consideration. I do know that I'm drawn to strong female characters though. So, if an author has written in the past a great female character I will definitely pick up future books of theirs. The strong female character doesn't necessarily have to be the lead character though.
10915 I'd like to nominate The Magicians' Guild by Trudi Canavan. It's been on my list for a while and I just want to get to it!
10915 Have you read The Briar King multiple times? Or have you read the book recently and loved it and would love to talk about it with others? You are what we are looking for to help lead the discussion in June. Don't be intimidated and put your name out there, new blood and ideas are always welcome.

Contact me or any other Mod if you are interested.
Apr 12, 2010 07:16PM

10915 Now I really need to start reading his stuff. I've been meaning to for sometime and just haven't gotten around to it!
10915 I agree with Stefan and Amelia that I was left wondering when things were going to be pulled together as it was just one adventure or "episode" after another. I was a little late finishing it so I was glad to see under another post of yours what the background to publishing the book was. It made a little more sense to me then. Maybe I was just a little bit lazy while reading this book, as I've had a ton of work piled on lately, and although I saw the hints I just wasn't catching on to where it was going.

As far as best adventures, I liked the Wereleopards because it seemed that adventure had more to it. I felt the villagers anguish and their feelings very clearly.

I also have to thank you for the timing of going all over the world. I understood by your writing how much time went by while traveling at see or across land, it actually took months or half a year. So many times Authors gloss over this and poof they are there, over "millions" of miles in 2 minutes, even though there was no magic involved and they didn't kill any horses getting there.
10915 Can we just define what GR's lesser known authors are and make sure that those authors suggested fit into that category? We all know in general what authors fit this description and what authors don't maybe we need to just define it a bit based on readership or some other justification.
10915 "When was the last time you supported their new release?" - perhaps I'll hear that, no, the person didn't buy their new hardback, but got it off the bargain table. Well, the bargain table numbers DO NOT COUNT. For those books, the publisher was recouping costs by selling AT cost. If the new release was not supported by readers, that's why an author can disappear."

Thank you for putting that out there. I don't think people realize that you need to support the things that you like. Authors don't write great stories for free! I'm not an Author but I realize that great things aren't for free either. I don't mind paying more for books I love. In fact, when I finally got a job that paid me more than the basics I always bought hard covered books because it was my little splurge. Now I buy books almost exclusively on my Kindle because of the ease of it all, and so I don't have to carry two books around airports but I will pay more for them. Diana Gabaldon's latest release was more than usual and I was happy to get it quickly and support her. So instead of the saying "don't forget to tip your waiters and waitresses or bartenders" we should make it "don't forget your authors!"
10915 I think that it was his arrogant personality that led to him making this announcement. I don't think it was in his plans for Blaise to become King. He couldn't control Blaise so he wouldn't want him to be King. I just think that he was trying to control as much of the situation as possible by telling Blaise that. Some people/characters are just control freaks and will say things for no other reason than to upset other people and get a reaction out of them.
Mar 03, 2010 04:42AM

10915 It is great news but now all the characters in my head are going to have different faces. I think they did a great job casting and I can't wait to see exactly what everyone looks like especially Tyrion. We will see how they match up to the versions in my head. I know that Richard and Kahlan are different now that I've watched "Legend of the Seeker" but I still try to hold on to my original thoughts about them.
10915 Janny, thanks for the fuel (*grin*) to put that argument to rest. He will enjoy that since it appeals to his Engineering sensibilities (darn Engineers) Actually, I think he says these things because he is jealous that I can read faster than him!! I think I've won him over to my "dark" side a couple of years ago as we changed our living room to a library room. Dark rich colors, leather furniture, awesome bookcases and of course many, many books. Perfect place to finish read The Master of Whitestorm!
Mar 02, 2010 05:34AM

10915 Hi Donna and Lewis, welcome! Donna, I loved the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series as well. Some day I'm going to go back and re-read them.

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