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    From the album: Art and such

    Sketch for possible avatar for Ogier group.
  2. Amethea

    Art and such

    Just a few scribbles...
  3. Hmm... I wish I could help, but my realm of expertise with SF is more or less limited to tv sci-fi. The only SF books I've read were The Ship who Sang and the Crystal Singer trilogy by Anne McCaffrey. I'll have a think, and see if I can come up with anything else. Good luck!
  4. Just picked up Jack of Ravens by Mark Chadbourn, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it so far. It's not every day that I discover modern fantasy/speculative fiction set in modern Britain (Harry Potter notwithstanding - I haven't read any of the boy wizard's tales), so it's good to immerse myself in this dark world again. It's good to see a return of the characters from the first trilogy (Age of Misrule), too, as well as the addition of several new Brothers and Sisters of Dragons. It took me ages to track down a decent copy, and I'm hoping to have as much luck finding the next two in the series!
  5. Another cold night last night, but it seems like the weather is finally taking a turn for the better. We're now above 0C for the first time in a week, and it seems really warm. I used to love snow, but I don't like it as much these days. I can't deny its beauty, though. Went to a nearby town to browse through some second-hand bookshops and the scenery on the way in was lovely. Fields and woods, all covered in snow, sparkling away under a pale blue sky. Breathtaking.
  6. *saunters in, shaking the snow off her shoulders* Not bad, but it's cold as anything here! Last night saw the temperatures in my neck of the woods drop to about -15C. I'm definitely not used to those kinds of temperatures. *shivers*
  7. Wow - it's been a while since I last went into the library. Like a true Ogier, I've been reading a lot, even though I haven't been here (in fact, sometimes it's difficult to stop me . Most recently, I've been changing genres a bit, and I've found two new authors to read: back to urban fantasy, with Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London (Midnight Riot in America), and jumping over to space/SF comedy with Toby Frost's Space Captain Smith. Both have a very British flavour, although in different ways, and I really enjoyed both of them.
  8. I've just got a copy of I Shall Wear Midnight, and it looks pretty good. Also, I've read a short, yet more detailed synopsis of the new Watch book, Snuff, on Wiki and that's looking pretty good, too.
  9. Snuff is almost finished? That's great news! I've (albeit rather selfishly) been waiting for another Watch novel for a while now. Good news about the voice to type program, too - teaching it the Discworld vocab should be interesting! I'm glad the convention was awesome - I'd love to go, one of these days. Haven't read Unseen Academicals for a while, but I really must go through it again.
  10. Aww... my copy probably won't get here until Wednesday or Thursday now - not unless a miracle happens.
  11. I'm really looking forward to it, too (I've secretly got my fingers crossed that my copy comes on time, so that I won't have to avoid this place too much! ). I'm not sure how fast I'll be able to finish it, though! My current record for a WoT book is about a day and a half - if I don't have to do anything else that day, that is!
  12. Hmm. Hopefully, that'll be the case for me, too, then. I ordered my copy from Play.com and, as their delivery is usually 3-5 days, they send it out a bit earlier than some - restrictions notwithstanding. The rest depends on good old Royal Mail. Ah well - I don't mind getting it a bit late, but I'll likely be avoiding most of the site from Monday onwards until I do!
  13. Hmm, that's kind of what I mean. We've pre-ordered books from big authors from this site before, and most of the time they send the item a few days early so that it arrives on the release date, or within a day of it. I'm wondering whether this will be the same, or if they'll have orders not to dispatch them until the actual date. I just have a feeling that it'll be the latter.
  14. Lol - I find the waiting the hardest part, and with possible spoilers popping up it's more and more likely that I'll find something out ahead of time. Usually, I try to avoid spoilers as best I can, but the temptation... I was the same with the latest Dresden Files book, too. I will confess to checking the status of my ToM order fairly regularly, though (albeit not Amazon), in case they dispatch it early - something they have done before with pre-order titles. Don't think I'll be lucky enough to get it early, though...
  15. Wow - that is indeed a strange car, but I love the patterns. I knit (although nothing fancy), but I'd love to be able to weave like that. Beautiful. It's getting close to the release date of ToM now, and I'm finding it hard to post here. The temptation to check out the other threads (you know, the ones that might have *gasp* spoilers in them) is getting stronger and stronger!
  16. That sounds lovely! I don't usually eat a lot of dips, but I'll be giving that one a try.
  17. I'm beginning to wish I'd started later on my reread - I've finished it, and didn't know what to read. I didn't want to get into another big series, and standalone fantasy novels (that I haven't read) are quite scarce. I did find a bit of a bargain today, though. Looking around the charity shops whilst starting my Christmas shopping (yes, I know it's still very early ), I found a couple of books by a lesser known fantasy author - The Darkweaver Legacy, by Mark Robson. I'd only heard about him from the other forum I usually visit, where he's a regular, and I was quite surprised to find that the books were signed! I also found a birthday and Christmas present for my Dad - a pair of crime novels that he's been looking for for a while now. I don't mind telling you: I've never felt more like an Ogier today. My bag was more or less full of books!
  18. My WoT reread is coming to an end, as I've just picked up The Gathering Storm, and it'll seem like a long wait until ToM is released. I haven't made up my mind what to read in the meantime, so I might be taking a trip to my local library to see what they've got. Unfortunately, their selection of fantasy and SF books (the genre I read the most) seems to be dwindling. A shame, that.
  19. It's a different kind of 'football' for me, so I'll just be a spectator. I might watch the Commonwealth Games next week, though - even with all the problems they've had, it should be interesting. *leans back in chair and takes a drink*
  20. Pardon for the double-post, but I'm getting close to the end of my WoT reread - up to Knife of Dreams (I can't update my sig with the book I'm currently reading) - and I'm really looking forward to Towers of Midnight now. I can't wait until November! Heartstone by CJ Sansom was excellent: as good as I was expecting. This one focuses on Shardlake's investigations of supposed mistreatment of a ward on a country estate, and a quest to find the truth behind a London acquaintance's detention in Bedlam. The quest for the truth of the matter takes him to Portsmouth, and King Henry VIII's new ship, the Mary Rose... I loved this book, and the end came far too quickly for me!
  21. I'm not sure - I don't think I'll be using half of them, except for the regular smileys and the Loial one. Possibly the wolf one, too. What a day! It's really turned cold here - looks like summer has come and gone.
  22. No, sorry, that's all I've heard, too, and that came from the Discworld newsletter on Paul Kidby's website. I'll be interested to hear more, too. The Watch are my favourite of the Discworld's denizens.
  23. They say that laughter is the best medicine (suffering a bad headache - this is the first free moments I've had from it all day), and I've certainly found it to be the case - I found a thread on another forum, asking the question: The Zombie Apocalypse is here. The items you have to the left of your computer monitor will be what you use to fight them with. What are they? Certainly was a giggle. Someone was going to fight them off with his cranky kitten.
  24. I like this idea, too. :) I know what you mean, Poet - I nearly didn't find my way back here, either. The bookmarked page I was using up until yesterday had been eaten by a Trolloc!
  25. I haven't, although I've seen some of Zindell's books in the library. I might check them out myself. :) I must admit, I've been looking for some standalone fantasy books, too. Just about everything I've read lately seems to be part of a series. I don't mind trilogies, though. Guy Gavriel Kay's Tigana is excellent and is contained in one book, as are most of his other works, so you might want to give them a try, Loreina.
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