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  1. Knight of Ni

    Wheel of Time series

    Has anyone heard about the new series based on Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. Amazon Prime is producing it. I'm a fan of the series and am cautiously optimistic about it. As much as I'm enjoying the series, there is so much to keep track of with the amount of plot lines and characters. I think Jordan could have used an editor that wasn't his wife. It will be interesting to see how Amazon interprets the series into something on the screen.
  2. Blahblah

    Neil Gaiman anyone?

    Pick a favourite: The Graveyard Book always. But then again, Neverwhere. And also The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I know I'm not the only one here who adores Mr Gaiman.
  3. So a while back, while watching movie trailers, I stumbled across a movie called Princess Cut. The movie immediately screamed to me that it was a Christian film (cue Goodnight Kevin's gag) it is by I believe Watchmen pictures. Unlike GND 1or 2 it stars nobody big named. A girl named Grace (real f-ing original there movie) who believes that this is going to be the night that she gets engaged and a man will give her a princess cut diamond engagement ring thus the title of it. Grace Anderson then finds out her boyfriend is getting engaged but to...dun...dun...DUUUN! Another woman. * to be honest they aren't really clear what the nature of the relationship between grace and this man is so I'm not sure if feel sorry for her or not because we really don't established they went on romantic dates more so that they were just hanging out together. Broken hearted she rushes in a tizzy home and proclaims to her mom and pop "I don't think God wants me to get married!!" Waaah, poor first-world problems me! So, her worldly friend, btw they make this girl act completely horrible compared to Gracey-poo, has her meet for coffee only for Grace to run into the man who was working in a jewlery store we briefly see at the beginning of the movie named (I am not kidding) Jared. Jared, the galleria of jewlery, is a guy who seems genuinely interested in Grace and convinces her to sit and talk with him while on his break as he is now working at that very coffee shop. Overtime, he begins to persue being in a relationship with Grace but.. he wants to...KISS HER!! The horror, the ungodly horror!! I mean that's what you get when you go out with a non church going, raised by a single mom, and then living on his own guy!! I'm serious though, later on Grace confesses to her parents that they kissed at his house as if he took advantage of her. It was more like a scene out of SVU the way they played this. So farmer Joe/her daddy, forgot to mention this whole movie is a huge jerking off to farmers, farming, country-living ect. He gives her a bag of soybean seeds, but in it are words of wisdom and then he says he will lovingly guide her to a guy for marriage through him. Then the next scene, Grace breaks up with Jared and checks out a lot of books (the Botkinettes one gets a huge plug in the montage) before she gets on the 'right' path. A week later, worldly friend is out and about at the coffee shop and texts Grace to get her ass down there there is a a hot man and Grace responds: You can have him. (To which the friend flips out once she finds out Grace is courting him and unfriends her) Through wacky shenanigans, that is the man who will meet the test to begin a courtship with. He's Mr. Christian right. He also moved back to the area and knows how to fix a tractor, (which daddy needed done), saves her little bratty brother (which he really didn't save him and the kid wasn't in real danger), oh and wants to merely start a courtship and only under her parents rules. Isn't he dreamy? Then they have a fall festival to celebrate them being able to harvest their soybeans thanks to Mr. Perfect fixing the tractor, only for Mr. Perfects crazy stalker ex to show up and try to win him back AND Jared to go full supervillian and try to get Grace back by sending Perfect's ex after him and leaving Grace alone in the barn with him where he tries to force her to accept earrings he bought her. Oh and did I mention Jared straight up tries to murder Mr. Perfect? Yeah, with a shovel from the barn they are in. I didn't even mention the stupid shenanigans that her little bother tries to pull throughout the movie, one is a personal ad where he advertises his sister as "Really pretty and cooks amazing Mac and cheese". The directors really must have thought it a laugh riot because the scene goes on for so long of stereotype guy after guy coming to the door. In the end of course, Grace and Mr. P get married, have a little girl, and live happily ever after on their farm. These movies are just so damn funny due to they live in more of a fantasy than Disney Channel movies do like HSM. The acting isn't horrid, except for Grace she overacts pretty hard core in certain scenes. Glad I could sit there through this for free, ahh Youtube gotta love people uploading these. I also saw Old Fashioned and October baby for free too.
  4. ofDany

    Robert Jordan

    I've seen a lot of other sci-fi/fantasy authors discussed, but not Robert Jordan. Anyone else ready his books? Robert Jordan is one of my favorite authors of all time. He is the master of foreshadowing, and everytime I've introduced someone to his books they have gotten just as addicted as me. I got into them when there were only 4 and waited impatiently throughout the years, rereading them all every time a new one came out. After Brian Sanderson took over to finish the series I read his first two books, but I haven't been able to bring myself to read the final one. I'm not sure if it's because that means the series is over, or if it's because I'm afraid of what happens to wrap everything up! Has anyone else ever felt this way about a book or an author or am I just really weird?
  5. At the risk of starting too many threads here I am going to take @Palimpsest's mention of Anne McCaffrey in another thread and pick the topic up here. I hadn't thought of the Pern novels in quite a while either. Anne's son, Todd, has taken over the series, but it is not the same and I stopped reading. In fact, even before she died, the stories were weakening. McCaffrey had great imaginative powers. Besides the world of Pern, she had a terrific series about the "Talents" (people with psychic abilities) and the "Ship Who Sang" novels are very inventive in their intersection of technology and fantasy. I like the Harper Hall novels, but except for Dragonsinger, they are less well-crafted than the main trilogy. There is a major continuity error in Dragon Song: Menolly watches the fire lizards and composes the song in her head, but she never has a chance to write it down. If you go through the plot, there is no chance for her to write the song, much less hide it among the papers in the Harper's rooms. But the song is discovered among the Harper's papers. (Okay...) Back in the late 80's, I had the opportunity to discuss her work with Anne McCaffrey (She was on Compuserve as Anne Mack) and she told me that a lot of things happened in her imagination that she never made into stories. I wish she had written a story explaining how the hell the fire lizard song got itself written --with lyrics, too--and hidden. Dragon Singer is my favored of the three. It is one of the best "Young People at School" fantasy novels, right up there (in its descriptions of school life) with the Harry Potter books. And I must say, I could really enjoy "bubbly pies," if they had them in my town.
  6. Hey, does anybody read the books of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series?? The first one is called "Game of Thrones" and is also a TV show on HBO. My dear boyfriend started reading them when we made our roadtrip through Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and the New England States and it lead to the fact that I was driving all the time (which was actually pretty cool for me, because I could listen to all the great country stations and I LOVE to drive cars with automatic) but from time to time I got really angry because he totally ignored the beautiful landscape around us and I had to force him to look up from his book! Nevertheless I started reading them too during our camping trip to the Netherlands and now I can't put them away anymore. It's really a great story and I can't wait to find out how the persons will develope etc. Is there anybody else out here infected, too???
  7. RandomTrivia

    The Hobbit movies

    Can't believe we don't have a thread for the Hobbit and LOTR movies, or if it's here, I couldn't find it. Anyway, this video is on Peter Jackson's FB now, and I swear, the man is trying to break my heart. I love it and hate it, and I'm not ready for the ride to be over. The Last Goodbye (with Entertainment Weekly article) [bBvideo 560,340:31xjma7a] [/bBvideo] I wish the timing were better - the kiddo gets out of school for the holidays the Friday after The Hobbit starts, so DH and I will have once chance to see the movie together without needing to line up a babysitter. At $10 an hour, it makes for an expensive movie, so we've been taking turns seeing movies separately.
  8. LadyCrow1313

    RIP Terry Pratchett

    Never read any of his books, but I feel bad when any good author passes. The only thing I can remember reading w/his name was a book he wrote with Neil Gaiman ("Good Omens"). Sorry that I haven't read anything else that he wrote.
  9. Aurora rising

    Hobbit - Part II ?

    Hello there I watched the first part of the Hobbit-Trilogie last year and was very disappointed. Okay, nice-looking dwarfs, but the story was boring - lots of hiking and fighting and more hiking and fighting. I was sure that I won´t watch Part II. But now a few people told me that it´s very good. Has anybody seen it? Is it really worth going? Have a nice day Aurora
  10. Rescinded and Mended

    J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter 8 - Hoax

    http://www.breathecast.com/articles/har ... ing-12523/ Apparently, Rowling has decided to continue the series. Daniel Radcliffe even said he'd be up for playing the part of Harry in the films again. On the one hand, I'm happy about this, but on the other, the series ended in a pretty good place and I'm not sure another novel is needed.
  11. Not breaking CNN link http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/12/showbiz/m ... ?hpt=en_c1 JK Rowling is writing a script for Warner Bros. for a film based on FBAWTFT. Exciting definitely, but this: made my knees week. Please, oh please may JK Rowling write a screenplay for Bathilda Bagshot's A History of Magic. Or you know, maybe she could just go ahead and write that book itself.
  12. In the "10 things" thread in QFC, wtyclf asked for recommendations of YA fantasy and science fiction because she and I both like this genre. We think it's fun to escape from all the academic literature and professional documents we are required to read and devour some fun stuff. My oldest niece and I are currently reading the "Mortal Instruments" series by Cassandra Clare. Are any of you reading books in this genre? Do you have any recommendations for us? Embarrassing admission: I started to read "50 Shades of Grey." Hubby brought it home to me because someone had left it in a shopping cart in the Costco parking lot and after reading a few chapters I realized why it had been abandoned. The book sits unfinished in my bookcase. I will take it to the reading exchange at work for some other sucker ... er ... reader.
  13. merrily

    Chronicles of Narnia

    I do admit, I loved the first Narnian book (Lion, witch and wardrobe), however, I hated the books that came after that. It was like CS Lewis pulled stuff out of thin air (which was true, as LWW was his first book). I especially disliked Susan being denied into being with her family because she was *gasp* discovering her feminity. It's like slut shaming, but for kids. Personally, I think Susan's withdrawing into fashion/boys was a way of coping and her siblings didn't get that. What do you think?
  14. teddybear

    The Hobbit

    Anyone seen it yet? Is it any good? Should I see it now or wait a week or two until there aren't so many in the theaters?
  15. I don't get Snape. Well, I do, I just don't get the appeal. I think he's a brilliantly-written character, very well-rounded, and St. Alan does an awesome job of playing him in the movies. But I don't get why people like Snape as a person. Up until around the fifth book, I never once thought Snape was particularly awesome. I mean, shit, he was a giant asshole, possibly the biggest one in the series barring Voldemort. I did like him in OOTP whenever he and Umbridge were on the same page, but that's about it. I didn't really begin to like him until the later part of Deathly Hallows, when he stopped being such a douchnozzle. Then again, I didn't like him until he was dead and then the Prince's Tale... Anyway, I don't get the Snape fangirls. At all. He's not sexy (in the books, anyway, and it's not like St. Alan had to be prettyfied in order to play him- sort of the opposite, imo), he's a raging dickhead most of the series, and it seems to be because of a grudge he's holding against a guy who's been dead for about 16 years. I ran into the fangirls well before DH, books or movies, and fuuuuuuck were they annoying. What's the appeal?! I'd also like to know why Draco and Lucius Malfoy are supposed to be so appealing too- they're fucking Death Eaters, major assfaces as well, and it seems the only thing going for them is that they're both tired of being kicked around by Voldemort and are played by rather good-lucking actors.
  16. I have been in the mood to read them lately.
  17. phoenissadido

    Catherynne Valente -- anyone?

    I just read The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and thought it was absolutely the best book I'd read in ages. It had a little bit of an Alice in Wonderland feel, but beyond that I find it really hard to describe, so I'll post a generic Amazon description and urge everyone to read it! It's brilliantly written with vibrant characters and colourful scenes and I'm so happy the sequel came out recently. From Amazon: Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.
  18. duplessis3

    Terry Pratchett

    Any fans out there? I just finished reading Small Gods, and his description of institutionalized religion is spot on.
  19. Soldier of the One

    Philip Pullman / His Dark Materials

    If there's already such a thread, my apologies. But a discussion of these books HAS to happen. I am counting on all you heathen atheists! Loved the books, simply did. Wanted to make 'The Republic of Heaven' my battle-cry. Liked the movie a fair bit too - but am really disappointed that there will be no sequels. Philip, write some more. We need them!
  20. I bet you have all watched it already, but here's a thread to discuss it. Meanwhile, I iz ded. It looks so great that I am not coherent at the moment.
  21. Soldier of the One

    American Gods / Neverwhere

    Read 'Neverwhere' by Neil Gaiman a few weeks ago and am now reading 'American Gods' and loving it. Has anyone else read it? Thoughts? (Am still not done yet, so please put spoilers behind a cut! Thanks!)
  22. Hey so I just came back from the theater... it's not too bad! As usual awkward dialogue at times. Other awkward scenes like when all the werewolf meet and talk... really weird transformers like voices. Also I could not think possible to dramatize the birth more than it already is, but yeap they did it! Why did they make her heart stop? I don't remember that? I think also that the imprinting did not seem as creepy as in the book? And older Renesmee is really gorgeous! All in all I'm looking forward to watch part 2, coz when Bella wakes up as a vampire, it's my favorite part of the book, but more than anything I want to watch the Hunger Games.
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