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Movies and TV / What are you watching?
« on: June 07, 2011, 06:46:40 PM »
So, the book section has a topic where you can say what you are reading, and I thought maybe people would enjoy a section where you can mention what movies and television series you have just seen. If not, then this topic will die a slow, ignominious death, and I will feel the shame of my presumption.

I just watched Ran with my husband, and I thought it was very interesting. It's my second Akira Kurosawa movie, but this one was at the end of his career instead of the beginning.  I liked the use of color and the music.

For tv, I've been watching So You Think You Can Dance, which I like better than any of the other reality dancing shows because the people in this one can actually dance well.

Books / LDS Sci-fi and Fantasy Authors
« on: February 15, 2010, 06:53:41 PM »
I'm trying to make a list of LDS authors who write science fiction and/or fantasy. This is what I have so far:

Adult market:
John Brown
Orson Scott Card
Tracy Hickman
Brandon Sanderson
Dave Wolverton/David Farland

Young Adult market:
James Dashner
Jessica Day George
Shannon Hale
Mette Ivie Harrison
Stephenie Meyer
Brandon Mull
Dan Wells (or should he be in adult?)

Are all of these people LDS? If you know other authors, would you please add to my list?

Brandon Sanderson / Why does this book have a cover from Elantris?
« on: August 17, 2009, 09:03:50 PM »

Seriously, why? I didn't think they reused covers, and it isn't even published by Tor.

Books / First Line Game
« on: September 22, 2008, 10:15:54 PM »
I saw this game one and I thought it would be fun to start it here (because I don't know any of the lines they are doing over there). I'll start by listing 10 first lines from various sci-fi or fantasy books. If you know the book it is from, then you post giving the quote, book title, and author. You can then offer another first line for someone else to guess. And please, don't look up the lines on the internet unless you absolutely have to because it is more fun this way. Also, try not to be too obscure.

"I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife's grave. Then I joined the army."

"The day war was declared, a rain of telephones fell clattering to the cobblestones from the skies above Novy Petrograd."

"Prince Raoden of Arelon awoke early that morning, completely unaware that he had been damned for all eternity."

"The palace still shook occasionally as the earth rumbled in memory, groaned as if it would deny what had happened."

" "Lot ninety-seven," the auctioneer announced. "A boy." "

"This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it."

"My father had a face that could stop a clock. I don't mean that he was ugly or anything; it was a phrase the ChronoGuard used to describe someone who had the power to reduce time to an ultraslow trickle."

"Venice, California, in the old days had much to recommend it to people who liked to be sad."

"The worst thing about knowing that Gary Fairchild had been dead for a month was seeing him every day at work."

"When I was eight, my mother lost me to zombies in a one-card draw."

Books / Clean Urban Fantasy Recommendations
« on: September 04, 2008, 06:09:05 PM »
I've been reading more urban fantasy lately, but I'm discouraged at how much of it is R-rated. I was wondering if anyone has good recommendations for clean stuff. Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series is about my upper limit for content.

Writing Group / Female readers
« on: May 09, 2008, 02:09:56 AM »
I'm trying to finish up a revision of a story I'm doing, and I've already had my writing group read the first version. I was wondering if there were any people out there who would be willing to read it and send back comments.  This is kind of a future reference thing, since I'm only about halfway done with the revision. The story is geared primarily toward female readers, but the guys in my writing group all seemed to like it.

Movies and TV / Masterpiece Theater Jane Austen
« on: January 21, 2008, 07:30:46 PM »
Has anyone else seen these?  Does anyone else even care?  I really liked Northanger Abbey, but Persuasion was only okay.  Next week is Mansfield Park with Billie Piper (who was in Doctor Who).  I'm not sure how I feel about her in period drama.  I know she was in Ruby in the Smoke, but I never saw that because I despise Philip Pullman.

Books / Do Dead Authors Have Rights?
« on: January 18, 2008, 05:56:46 PM »
I thought this was an interesting question:

Do you think an author should have control of what happens to his works after he dies?  And on a side note, should his children be able to write sequels and prequels even if they're terrible?

Are terrible sequels better than none at all?

Movies and TV / Sesame Street - Adults Only
« on: November 20, 2007, 06:31:52 PM »
I'm not sure if this means the 60's were a bad time for children or now is.

Books / Dragonhaven
« on: October 19, 2007, 03:50:35 PM »
Has anyone read this?  It's the new book by Robin McKinley.  It's first person and it's a lot more introspective than most, so it was kind of an odd read for me.  I wanted to hear other people's opinions.

Movies and TV / Chuck
« on: October 03, 2007, 03:43:32 PM »
Has anyone else seen this?  I thought it was very funny.

Books / Keep track, dang you!
« on: September 25, 2007, 08:37:13 PM »
Why can't authors keep track of what they write in their own books?  And I'm not even talking about between multiple books in a series but just within one book.  I read O Pioneers! by Willa Cather this weekend and she doesn't pay attention in it to how much time is supposed to have passed versus how old people are.  It drove me batty!  How hard is it to count?  I really enjoyed the book, but the age mess up kept drawing me out of the story, and I found that frustrating.

Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone else wants to vent on books they read where authors made some sort of glaring mistake like this.

Grumpy, grumpy, grumpy.

Books / Robert Jordan is Dead
« on: September 17, 2007, 05:21:46 PM »

So who's going to finish the series?

Role-Playing Games / Roleplaying help?
« on: September 03, 2007, 06:17:10 PM »
My sister wants to do a roleplaying game for my nieces and nephew, but her experience is limited.  Do any of you have recommendations for someone doing their first roleplaying game that is oriented toward kids? I don't know what kind of resources are out there.

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