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Books / Re: Robin Hobb
« on: July 13, 2011, 05:52:02 PM »
Yes. It's a serious and huge problem. That is why I do not approve of the Blackout/All Clear award nominations.

Both of these are colloquial usages that reflect how people actually talk, which changes over time. Neither one bothers me.

Books / Re: Robin Hobb
« on: July 12, 2011, 10:14:13 PM »
I liked the first three trilogies (Farseer, Liveship, Tawny Man). They should be read in that order. I liked the Liveship books the best; they have a broader scope to them. (They're in third person with multiple POVs but the other two trilogies are from one first-person POV.) (Though note that the third Farseer book has clear retconning of earlier events when it becomes obvious she didn't know where she was going. The second two trilogies are coherent and internally consistent. The first trilogy has a depressing ending and you don't get a good payoff for that character until the end of the third trilogy, but the good payoff does come.)

I could not bring myself to read the second of the Soldier Son trilogy; I didn't like anyone in the first book and found it TOO depressing. There's a part when everyone starts dying of some plague, and I found I was completely unmoved since I hated all those people anyway.

I would like to read the Rain Wilds books eventually since they continue the Liveship/Tawny Man story, but the first two books were one book that got split into two by the publisher, and it seems like that also happened to the next two books. That hardly ever makes for a satisfying read. (Such as Bujold's four Sharing Knife books, which are much more satisfying if you consider them as only two books.)

Steve's objections to Dragon Keeper seemed symptomatic of the split and made me wonder whether it would be more satisfying when followed immediately by its second half. But then again, she did just come off the Soldier Son books, which I just could not do. Writers change over time, some for the better and some for the worse.

If you're going to Polaris or Comic-Con, there will be a special Alloy of Law giveaway...

Writing Group / Re: publishing abroad
« on: July 11, 2011, 07:39:10 PM »
Actually, there are a number of authors who make foreign publishing deals directly with the foreign publishers without going through any agents. Kristine Kathryn Rush and Dean Wesley Smith talk about this often. However, it is a lot of work and time you could be spending writing... Depends what is important to you.

Howard Tayler / Re: How do you read Schlock?
« on: July 07, 2011, 09:54:14 PM »
Yeah yeah, Howard. Though I noticed it started updating at 11:00 p.m. this week, which is good.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: **SPOILERS** Shards: Power and Character
« on: July 07, 2011, 09:48:42 PM »
I haven't read about anyone trying to explain N.K. Jemisin's religious beliefs based on how she writes about gods in the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. But people try it with Brandon all the time, although it really doesn't work very well.

« on: July 07, 2011, 04:36:05 PM »
Welcome back. It would be nice to put this all behind us. I prefer to impute unto others the best of motivations behind their actions, but this is sometimes difficult when there seems to be a pattern. Patterns are important indicators. In this case, you believed everyone was misunderstanding you, but when no one was catching your drift (and everyone in this thread had the same opinion of Tagg's post as I had), that indicates that there is miscommunication and misunderstanding on your side as well. So let's all be aware that the way we come off is not always the way we mean to come off, and explanations do not make for validation.

Writing Group / Re: Pen names
« on: July 06, 2011, 04:20:03 PM »
While we're on the subject, I've been curious as to how one establishes a pseudonym.  Do you just start submitting manuscripts under that name or is there a more legal/proper way to do it?
You put your real name in the manuscript header, and you put your pen name in the byline. That's the easiest way to do it.

Writing Group / Re: Pen names
« on: July 05, 2011, 08:58:17 PM »
Your second reason is a good one.But a major point in doing these work-for-hires is to make a name for yourself, so if it were me, I would use the same name for my own fiction later as the one I used for the work-for-hires.

Also, that male-pseudonym thing for women is really out of style now...or should be.

A pseudonym shouldn't sound like a fake name. But it's a good idea to pick something that's not already all over the internet. Some writers pick something short. "Dan Wells" would be a great pseudonym were it not actually Dan's name and were not already owned by an actor.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Alloy of Law Excerpt (Updated with Ch2)
« on: July 05, 2011, 04:00:01 PM »
The only reason I had asked in the first place is because some months ago, I remember a big thread on 17th shard about it... I thought Brandon had made some comment in regards to questions that he was aware that normal physics would cause that type of problem, but wasn't sure how he was going to handle it in universe. I guess I had just falsely assumed that with the bullet deflection, it would have a similar explanation as the redshift/blueshift as discussed before.
The things said in that thread influenced Brandon's decision on how things would work. I posted in that thread.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Alloy of Law Excerpt (Updated with Ch2)
« on: July 05, 2011, 03:53:04 PM »
With a series that is going to be ten books, it won't be possible to have a useful glossary. The Wheel of Time glossary has become really huge over the years and is still missing a ton of information. Sites like Encyclopaedia-Wot are more useful even though not official.

17th Shard is the official Brandon Sanderson fansite, so its wiki is as close to official as you will get. Most of what it says is accurate.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Alloy of Law Excerpt (Updated with Ch2)
« on: July 05, 2011, 05:38:18 AM »
The lack of a glossary is due to a glossary getting too huge and unwieldy. In the Internet age a wiki is better for information like that.

Way of Kings does have the Ars Arcanum, but it serves a slightly different purpose. And the same goes for the Alloy of Law.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Alloy of Law Excerpt (Updated with Ch2)
« on: July 04, 2011, 07:49:19 PM »
Realmatic Theory is part of their science.

Books / Re: Review: Julian Comstock
« on: July 02, 2011, 06:27:25 AM »
First person once removed is used by Gordon Korman to great effect. And of course Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories.

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