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Discuss books / KingKiller Chronicles/New Releases
« on: March 01, 2011, 03:33:13 PM »
Book 2 of the Kingkiller Chronicles was released today! Is anyone else excited about this?

For those of you who haven't read book 1 (The Name of the Wind) I urge you to go out and get a copy. It's pure fantasy, not sf, but it's one of the best I've read in a long long time. The release of book 2 (The Wise Man's Fear) has been delayed and delayed and delayed - but I've been happy to wait as I think it will be worth it.


Any other new releases you're waiting for? I've not got much on my pre-order list at the moment.

Oh, and Happy St David's Day to all the Welsh folk on the forums :-)

Vinx

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Discuss movies & TV series / Books in film
« on: November 16, 2010, 01:51:13 PM »
Following on from my last post about the new Harry Potter movie...

What scifi/fantasy book would you really like to see made into a film?
Which books do you think have translated well into film? Are there any where you think the film is better than the book?
Conversely, which film adaptations of books do you think have been truly dreadful?

Vinx

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It's out here in the UK on Friday but do you love the movies or hate them?

I will probably go and see it, but am certainly in no rush. The series has got stronger over the years, partly as the actors have matured and got better at acting, partly because of better direction, so I'm looking forward to seeing how they handle the last book (a lot of which seemed to be running around in forests as far as I remember). Splitting it into two is an interesting choice, I find it hard to see what the last film will contain other than a big battle, so I remain to be convinced about the worth of splitting it up like that.

I think it is a film that will be better on the big screen than on the small screen but will be trying to find a late screening to avoid all the small children!

Vinx

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Discuss books / Christmas list/best of the year
« on: November 16, 2010, 01:43:54 PM »
Hi guys,

That time of year is approaching again, as the shops and television adverts keep reminding us, and I know that I will definitely be having some books on my Christmas list. So I thought I'd see what everyone else would like to be under the tree this Christmas (or just what books you'd really like to be given if you don't celebrate Christmas). I'd also love to hear what your picks of the year are (not necessarily released this year, just things you've read and enjoyed). Always looking for new recommendations!

On my Christmas list this year are:
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - I actually read this last year but would like to get it and read it again in anticipation of a sequel hopefully being published next year. One of the best fantasies I've read in a long time and I'm eagerly awaiting the release of the next in the series.

Un Lun Dun by China Mieville (ps. does anyone know how to pronounce his surname?) - have read 3 or 4 of his others and enjoyed them.

Woken Furies by Richard Morgan
The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan - having enjoyed the first couple of (definitely scifi) Takeshi Kovacs books, I'd be very interested in seeing how Morgan handles more of a fantasy theme.


And my discoveries of the year:

Shadows Fall by Simon R. Green - really enjoyed this and nice to find a good (and reasonably gritty) fantasy done in one book
Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan - I know some of you have problems with some of the details but I still enjoyed it
Poison Study/Magic Study/Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder - some light entertainment aimed at young adults but engrossing none the less
Anubis Gates by Tim Powers - a good time travel story


Looking ahead to next year I'm looking forward to the paperback releases of:
Surface Detail by Iain M Banks
The Immorality Engine by George Mann
The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (hardback but will try to get hold of a copy)

So what's on your Christmas list/pick of the year/releases you're looking forward to?

Happy reading,

Vinx

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Starfarer's Tavern / Is there anybody out there?
« on: October 18, 2010, 02:01:12 AM »
Hey guys,

Activity round here seems to have dropped off an awful lot over the past couple of months so I was just wondering who is still around and what you've all been up to. Any good reads lately? Any must-see films or amazing events you've attended?

The incoming winter weather means it's the ideal time to chill out with some good quality scifi :-)

Hope you're all well,

Vinx

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Discuss books / The Forever War
« on: August 26, 2010, 03:11:06 AM »
Hi guys,

I just finished reading The Forever War by Joe Haldeman and thought it was great. I see that there are also two follow up books written in the 90s and I was just wondering if anyone here has read them - are they worth it?

Thanks,

Vinx

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Discuss movies & TV series / Journey Into Space and other radio scifi
« on: April 19, 2010, 11:31:27 AM »
While I realise this isn't exactly movies or tv, there didn't seem to be a place to talk about scifi on the radio so I thought I'd put this here and if a moderator thinks there's a better place for it then I'm sure they'll move it.

I have a great fondness for the Journey Into Space radio serial from the 1950s. Having first discovered it on CD lurking on the shelves of my library I got a bit hooked and bought the rest of the three series that originally aired. The sound effects are wonderful (all orchestral sinister-ness), the characters very likeable (or suitably sinister for the nasty characters) and the stories are very entertaining. BBC6 have recently been airing another series by the same writer (Charles Chilton) called Space Force, which was originally aired in the 1980s, that I've been enjoying over the past couple of weeks too, though it's not quite as good as Journey Into Space (I think partly due to the shorter series length).

So, what I'd like to know is twofold - firstly are there any other Journey Into Space fans out there and secondly, can anyone tell me of any other good radio scifi shows that I might enjoy?

I'm aware of a couple of good serialisations of books for the radio (Hitchhiker's Guide for one, and The Brightonomicon was very well done too), and would happily take recommendations for good audio book readings too. I think my current favourite scifi/fantasy audiobook is Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys read by Lenny Henry.

Any ideas anyone?

Vinx

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Saying hello / Pleased to meet you all
« on: March 31, 2010, 06:43:00 AM »
Hi all, pleased to meet you!

It's pretty exciting to come across this forum so early on in its life, before there are thousands and thousands of people who seem to have known each other forever.

The introduction is always the hard part I find but as this is a scifi/fantasy/horror kind of place I'll just mention some of my favourites in those genres that I've read over the last year or so:

Redemption Ark by Alastair Reynolds
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Kingdom Beneath the Waves by Stephen Hunt (not that you need to be told that round here)
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by G. W. Dahlquist (I've got The Dark Volume waiting to be read and can't wait to get stuck in!)
Weaveworld by Clive Barker
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (Thank you so very much to the random man in Leamington Spa library who told me I should read this!)
Spirit or The Princess of Bois Dormant by Gwyneth Jones (which I see has made the Arthur C Clarke award shortlist)
The Girl with the Glass Feet by Ali Shaw (this doesn't feel like you're reading fantasy but there is a woman turning to glass so I'm including it here anyway)
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (which shouldn't be dismissed just because it is a children's book)

I read a lot of non-SF/fantasy/horror novels too and am enjoying the mental challenge of physics in 'Why Does E=MC2?' by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw at the moment.

I'm also always looking for recommendations so I hope that some of you will be able to point me in the direction of some fantastic fiction :-)

Tata for now,

Vinxlady

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