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Mar 31, 2011 12:53AM

1865 L.E. wrote: "As an author, I thought I'd bring up another issue, one which does come up more often than any of us like. What should an author do when either a reader or a reviewer posts something which is fact..."

I am of the belief, that if there is an actual error, then it should in fact be pointed out so that it can be corrected. Now of course, that goes without saying that you shouldn't be rude and rub it in their face or be petty and childish in any way. Personally if I review something and make a mistake I would like to know so that it can be corrected. I also think that any such correction should come with a show of appreciation for having taken the time to review the work, regardless of if they gave it a glowing review or a very poor one.

That is where any publicity is good publicity. A bad review can be better than not receiving a review, especially for readers such as myself, if the author shows themselves to be a good sport about it and take the bad as well as they take the good (at least on the public face, lol).
Mar 31, 2011 12:36AM

1865 Its been awhile since I have read this one, but I never felt it lacked in the fantasy department. It may not have a lot of magic use, but it starts off with the Others in the prologue, continues with the dire wolves and their strong connection to the Starks. I truly liked that the main characters were not "superhero" magic wielders, just normal people, with some flaws of their own, some of them major flaws, lol. To me it makes their accomplishments more meaningful.
e-Book Piracy (108 new)
Mar 12, 2011 12:30AM

1865 I think in the early stages of any new media format, piracy has its uses. Before ebooks and ereaders where common, I myself downloaded many .pdf books and read the first in a series when picking up a new author. Not having access to a decent public library, I utilized the .pdf ebooks for that purpose. I even read the first book of the Recluse series as .pdf before picking the paperbacks of the series, by the way LE, love the series, though the timeline shifts always threw me. Now that Ereaders are out there, I am a Kindle owner myself, that purpose is very limited and almost completely unwarranted due to the preview book and lend a copy options that are available. Though I do sometimes wish for a bulk purchase option with ebooks, allowing me to just acquire a large amount of ebooks within a certain group the way the .pdf files were always available, lol. I love finding the unexpected in a author I had never heard of and therefore had never searched out to read on my own.

As for the ebook piracy policy of the group and goodreads in general, I agree with a previous post that said to strictly limit it to lending, or possibly linking to a legit source of a deal, such as amazons free or low cost ebooks.
Dec 07, 2010 12:50AM

1865 Tina wrote: "Just finished Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, amazing! I read it in two days, and loved it. I will defiantly check out more of his work.

Next is romantic [book:Pride and P..."

I want to second the recommendation for American Gods and add Anansi Boys too it. I never really cared about the graphic novels so much myself. I find Gaiman can make the picture much clearer with words than any drawing can manage.
Oct 13, 2009 10:53PM

1865 I thought Brother Anthony seemd to be the most interesting character, though we never learn much about him. The concept of a vampire who doesn't want to kill, but who is afraid to die, keeping his life in constant contradiction is very interesting.
1865 I was very disappointed in this aspect of the book. With our theme being Villians POV, I was looking forward to the contrast. I truly enjoybed books like The Vampire Lestat, and Wicked. However I found this to not fit the Villians POV in any way. Then book was written entirely from Asher's and Lydia's POV. They were not villians in any form. They were without a doubt the "hero" characters in the story, even if they were being coerced into helping the vampires. The Vampires were more anti-heroes than villians in this story with the villian being a vampire version of Frankensteins monster.

It was an interesting concept, though not my favorite of Hambly's work. Yet it was still not at all what I was hoping for with our theme.
1865 I don't think the cover ever really influences what I read. However it does greatly influence what I will look at in a bookstore. But then if I am going to buy a book I am also usually thinking of how it will look on the bookshelf, so I usually ignore the flashy covers and grab the leather bound to look at.
1865 I would also agree that the book is not Hambly's best. I also can't help but wonder where the "Villains Viewpoint" comes in on this story. Asher does not seem to be a villain from the viewpoint of anyone in the story, not even the antagonist.
Sep 29, 2009 10:05PM

1865 Steven Gould's Helm is a great book but an easy read. The first time I read it I went cover to cover in one sitting. I kinda think that it is the original idea for the tv series Chuck.
1865 I keep pretty much every book I can get my hands on, though most of my books tend to be Sci-Fi and Fantasy. I keep a book even if I hate it, knowing that I might read it again in 15 years, see it from a new perspective and truly enjoy it. I do try to find nice leatherbound editions of some of my favorites, though I will settle for a very nice hardcover. I prefer to have at least 2 copies of my favorites because I know that if I enjoy the book, I will read it again, and again, and again. I always read the same copy of the book and keep the other seperate and in near mint condition. Its my goal to have good size Library of all leatherbound editions.
1865 I read The War of the Worlds, Farenheit 457, The Time Traveler and Journey to the Center of the Earth all by the time I finished 3rd Grade, so at about 8 years old.
Sep 22, 2009 07:39PM

1865 I will always see Lestat as a villian first. In Interview he was clearly viewed as a villian by the main characters acting without any compasion and completely selfishly in all things. He even viewed himself partly as such in The Vampire Lestat, it was really in the following books that he became the Anti-hero that he is widely viewed as today.
Sep 20, 2009 02:17AM

1865 The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice, though some may think of it as a sequel I think it works as a stand alone as well.
1865 I read everywhere and anywhere, but I don't consider any of them to be an odd place to read. That is the fantastic thing about a book. You can be camping, riding in a car/bus/subway, walking, sitting on step in town, at work, at home, in the tub, on the toilet, or out in the woods, if you are there, a book belongs there as well. As with Peregrine, my book is always top in my mental checklist. The only thing that makes a place for reading off, is your own perception of reading as a pasttime.
Sep 18, 2009 11:53PM

1865 Dawn wrote: "Coming in a little late on this: My understanding of the YA sub-genre is that it has more to do with the age of the protagonist than it does with the age of the audience. Of course, that means th..."

I dont really think YA sub genre is really concerned too much with the age of any of the characters. Its more in the way that the book itself is written. When an author does it right, there is nothing you can really point to that says "this is a kids book" but you know that a kid can read through the book without difficulty or misunderstanding. However, the storyline is still just enough to maintaint he interest of an adult.

I would say that the Graveyard Book is strictly YA, but that in no way means that adults won't enjoy it as well. I look at the age related genres as a guideline of when the average person can start to enjoy a book. Not the limit on how long you can read it.

I myself began reading at around 5 with Louis Lamour novels, but still enjoy reading books like Aesops Fables and Curious Georgeam at the age of 27.
Sep 18, 2009 11:04PM

1865 Helm by Steven Gould

Sep 18, 2009 11:02PM

1865 Watership Down by Richard Adams
Heart of Bronze by Mathew Stover
Winterlands by Barbara Hambly
The Barbed Coil by JV Jones

Sep 18, 2009 10:51PM

1865 I have read Dune, Earth and Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. I am looking for either a good quick fantasy book with some humor in it, or a good fantasy series. Seems I have read mainly Sci-fi lately and I think I need a change of pace.
Sep 17, 2009 11:45PM

1865 I think it depends on the storyline itself, the entire concept. Sometimes a story can only hold itself together for a shorter time period necessitating the short 300 page novels. When these type of stories are stretched into a trilogy or more it becomes too thin to truly maintain the type of interest that it could when concentrated. I myself have always preferred a story that could at least fill out 900 pages.

I personally prefer to keep the book all in one binding as this keeps me from having to wait on a new release or purchase 3 books just to get one. I do understand the flip side of it though, that some people are daunted by a book that is too large, too thick. For alot of people, especially younger readers, a trilogy seems more achievable than a 900 page book that fills an entire back pack.

I agree that many of the novels seem to be broken into 3 or more books simply for marketing. For the reasons I listed above, and for one other, even more important reason - Interest.

Publishers feel the need to break any book that is potentially part of a series into as many smaller books as possible. This allows for more sales, but more than that, for more time. More time for the author to work on the next installment of the book before we the reader lose interest and move on. I know that some people, myself included, never do lose interest, no matter the time. I do become very annoyed waiting for the next installment to come out. So by breaking a book into 3, releasing them a year apart. This maintains that interest level for up to 3 years while the author works on the next installment which might be broken into several more installments. Time for us to stay interested, time for the author to write, and more money for the publisher.

Lets just hope that our favorite authors can just keep putting out the material that is good enough to hold up to the dismemberment that it can and probably will receive.
Sep 09, 2009 09:44PM

1865 How about Medieval/Feudal Futures as a theme? It encompasses alot of the Post-apocalytic theme as well as including alot of the colonized/teraformed planet themes.
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