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Eric's comments from the Fantasy Book Club group.

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Apr 09, 2009 07:00PM

10915 I think being aware of what they are reading, so you can discuss and give guidance, is way more useful than banning anything.
Apr 07, 2009 10:01AM

10915 I guess I am not that shocked that it happened. When I was in junior high, several of my friends (13-15) were involved with one or more airmen from the local AFB.

The internet just seems to make the pool of accomplices for teens who make bad choices, and the adults that take advantage of them, bigger.
Apr 07, 2009 06:45AM

10915 I have 3 daughters between the ages of 12 and 14. They are definitely at a time when they are starting to read books that have more frank sexual or violent content, but we are monitoring what they read pretty closely. Honestly, I am a bit more worried about them become complacent about reading brain-dead crap books than I am about them seeing a few four letter words or the characters getting into some heavy petting. :) If the girls become interested in a new book or author, we check out the blurbs, the Amazon reviews, or ask friends of ours that have read them. If we can't get comfortable about it one way or another, we read it first. An example was Scott Westerfeld's Peeps / Parasite Positive. The description made it seem moderately explicit, so we told the girls they couldn't read it until we did. My wife read the book, determined that it would be fine for the 14 year old, and on we went.

I think each kid has their own parameters of what's too much, and on what subjects. A kid who is subject to depression or self-loathing might need to be steered away from books that dwell too much on those topics rather than sexual ones. Part of our job as parents is staying on top of what those things are.
10915 You definitely moved me a time or two. More impressively (to me) you also made me like the characters. Anyone can crack a joke, but creating a person fully realized enough to make them likable is hard.
Robin Hobb (18 new)
Apr 03, 2009 06:15AM

10915 The Liveship series takes place in the same world but is an entirely different storyline.

Well, not ENTIRELY different.
Apr 02, 2009 07:19AM

10915 I definitely saw Alric as one of the high points. I thought his growth from self-important jerk to self-important guy who realizes the need for people he can trust was well done. And a nice spin on the "jerk prince who deserves what he gets" trope.
Apr 02, 2009 06:54AM

10915 The main thing that stood out to me as an annoyance (and I mentioned this in my review) was Esrahaddon's dialogue. Also, the fact that he mainly existed to be an info-dump for the main characters. I think it's clear he's going to be important later, but I think that either he could have been introduced later, in time to become important, or he could have had a more active role in the story.

So I guess the one-word answer to this question is "Esrahaddon." :)
Maps (144 new)
Mar 31, 2009 05:48AM

10915 Janny: Another thing I liked about The Crown Conspiracy wrt maps and geography is that it was fairly localized. A lot of fantasy books seem to feel you need to cross whole continents or it doesn't count.
10915 I pretty much read it all in one go yesterday. I quite enjoyed it.
Audio Books? (91 new)
Mar 13, 2009 09:19PM

10915 They have those here, too, Amanda. My sweetie checked one out - I haven't tried it yet.
Mar 07, 2009 08:14AM

10915 Right now I am reading Palimpsest by Catherynne Valente. It's a great book, in a dense prose-poem sort of way.

I want to read The Crown Conspiracy this month as well.

Later in March, we see the release of Butcher's Turn Coat . I will probably be getting that one right away.

On top of those three, I am reading a lot of art books as I try to get back into drawing and painting again. If I somehow manage more than that, His Majesty's Dragon is next on the list.
Audio Books? (91 new)
Mar 03, 2009 08:37AM

10915 An inexpensive MP3 player, and a boom box with a simple audio-in cable port might fit your bill, if you lose patience with the truck stereo.

They almost all have FF/Rew functions, too.
Audio Books? (91 new)
Mar 03, 2009 07:47AM

10915 My old vehicle had an mp3-friendly stereo system. That was nice. I ripped Abhorsen to MP3, then burned the whole book onto one disk.

Now I do the same, but instead of a disk I put them on my mp3 player.
Audio Books? (91 new)
Mar 03, 2009 05:05AM

10915 Audio books are pretty pricey, but most libraries have a collection of them that can be checked out like any other book. If you are interested but don't want to pay the Audiobook price, that's one way to go.
Audio Books? (91 new)
Mar 02, 2009 06:00AM

10915 Curry reading Umberto Eco? VERY intriguing.
Feb 23, 2009 11:05AM

10915 I have decided to finally read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Feb 23, 2009 06:17AM

10915 We have a really good library system here, so I tend to get books by new authors, new genres, or new subjects there. I don't get as much prose fiction from the library (unless I am really low on cash) but I love using the library as a place to get "how to" books and graphic stories. At least until I figure out which ones I want to own,
Feb 22, 2009 07:50PM

10915 Ooops. I keep getting confused if it's berg or burg.

It's fixed now.
Feb 22, 2009 07:37PM

10915 I keep meaning to mention this, but only think about it when I am away from the computer. There are tons of books over at Project Gutenberg that you can read on your Kindle, or any other eReader. The HTML files convert via the email coverter, or MobiPocket Creator, in nothing flat.

There's not a whole lot of fantasy and sci-fi, admittedly, but there are lots of great things there to read.
Feb 21, 2009 08:54PM

10915 One of the reviews I read mentioned that the new software updates make it easier to transfer ownership.

The gadget-geek in me wants to upgrade, but honestly I have no complaints about my current Kindle, so I probably won't until this one dies on me.
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