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Everything posted by Amethea

  1. That's certainly true. And my current battery is rechargable, so hopefully there's a bit of life left in it yet. :) I went on another little hike yesterday, and managed to get some half-decent pictures. I'll start a thread for them, as there are too many to post here. :)
  2. I can relate to that - my old camera used to eat batteries! :D It's fully charged up now, so if I go on another hike I'll try and get some pics. :)
  3. I'll have to take a few next time, once I've recharged my camera's battery. :) ;)
  4. Well, the Tawny Man trilogy follows on directly from the Farseer trilogy, about 10 or 15 years later (I need to refresh my memory on that), with the same characters and storylines. The Liveship Traders is set in the time between those 2 trilogies, but it focuses on a different part of the same world, and with different characters (save for one or two). It also explains a bit about one of the dragons that appears in the Tawny Man trilogy. In short, you don't really need to read Liveships, but you get the best effect from reading the others in order. The Tawny Man trilogy is still good on it's own, though. :)
  5. I haven't read this, although it sounds very interesting. It always makes me smile when I watch an older sci-fi film or series and see how they thought the future would turn out, so it makes me wonder how a book would deal with this. :) I've moved on to the next trilogy by Robin Hobb - the Liveship Traders trilogy. This will be the first time I've read them in the order that they were intended - Farseer trilogy, Liveship Traders, and the Tawny Man trilogy - and I'm already discovering bits and pieces I'd missed before, or that didn't occur to me earlier. I'd previously only read Liveship Traders separately.
  6. I'm so jealous - we've not had robins since February. We've got young starlings and sparrows at the moment, and about 3 or 4 completely cute baby blackbirds. Hopefully we'll get greenfinch and goldfinch fledglings soon. :) Mind you, it's a little worrying to watch, too, as the little ones are prone to flying blindly at some of the windows. They've been all right so far, but it's a worry.
  7. Just a hike. I love walking out in the country, and it was good to get out in the sun for a bit. There's something rewarding about getting back to nature, especially seeing the wildlife. :) Speaking of wildlife, we've got a garden full of fledglings. :) I love this time of year. :D
  8. Wow - what a weekend. The hottest weekend of the year, a five mile walk in the country (through fields of cows, over rickety stiles, and wading through grass that's nearly thigh deep), followed by a trip to the coast and another five mile walk, I'm exhausted!
  9. I'm currently reading Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy, and I'll try and write up a review when I've finished. I've read it before, but it's good to refresh my mind on some of the details. It's one of my favourites, too. It's odd, but before I read the Farseer Trilogy, I found it rather difficult to read books written in the 1st person. In this case, though, I found it rather endearing, and it was easy to get inside the protagonist's head (although that was somewhat painful, at times - he goes through a lot). So far, though, it's been difficult to put it down. *Thea yawns from another late night, reading* :) I think the cover art on these books (indeed, on all of Robin Hobb's works) is brilliant; possibly my favourite art for fantasy novels. :)
  10. It was cold rain, and very heavy, but now it's stopped, and the sun is shining even at this time (which is presently 8.30pm). I don't drink tea very often, but when I do I have it sweet, and I don't drink coffee at all these days. I guess I just have too much of a sweet tooth! :D
  11. Phew! It certainly is! Only now it's raining heavily with it. Not very nice weather for mid-May. *takes a long drink* At least I don't have to worry about the weather here. :)
  12. *gets blown into the pub by a strong gust of wind* I'll take one of those, too - I need something to drink after this gale!
  13. *walks in and looks around, impressed, gazing up at the rows of books* What a beautiful library - with all of these books, I think I'll be spending a lot of time in here! :) *joins her fellow Ogier and sits down to read contentedly*
  14. Now that you mention the Recluce saga, that does sound right (although I've only read a couple). And I'm glad I'm not the only one who watches the Star Wars films in that order! But yes, the City Watch books are excellent - definitely my favourites. I try to read them in order, but there have been times when I've read a particular favourite first. ;) Edited to add - I love the quote in your sig, Kara! :D
  15. I have been. :) To me, it didn't really matter that I hadn't been reading them in the right order (I didn't read The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic until I'd read quite a few others). I think that's another thing I like about the series. :)
  16. This is great news! I can't wait until it's released. :) And another Tiffany Aching novel? I've yet to read them all, but from the one I've read (Wintersmith) I think it'll be a good one. Thanks for the update, Kara! :)
  17. *saunters in after a busy week* I could use a drink myself, but not coffee - I'm not a coffee person, either. Hot chocolate, though. Mmmmm. :)
  18. Oddly enough, I've just come across Where's my Cow as a book within a book, in Thud!. :) And I love charity shops. I've just found three books for under £5 - in this case, Soul Music, Jingo, and Feet of Clay. I'd previously only read them from the library before, so it's nice to have my own copies. :)
  19. It seems like the Discworld's influence is spreading. :D I just found this story on the BBC website - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/7984118.stm It seems that a new housing development in Wincanton (which is in Somerset, England), is going to have a couple of streets named after famous streets in Ankh-Morpork. I was quite surprised to find that Wincanton has apparently been twinned with the city of Ankh-Morpork itself. :)
  20. I've thoroughly enjoyed the Dresden Files books, and would definitely call myself a fan of Jim Butcher's works. Whilst I've found that I enjoy the later books rather than some of the early ones, Storm Front is still a great book to read, and I would recommend the series to anyone.
  21. Thanks, Kara - I've bookmarked it, so I'll be checking it regularly. :) Reading the production details for the forthcoming Going Postal adaptation is making me want to read it again. It was so refreshing to find Pratchett when I did. I'd been going through a spell of reading a lot of serious fantasy novels and series, and to find Discworld, with all it's wit and humour, was a breath of fresh air.
  22. Going Postal is going to be the next one filmed? Excellent! I can't wait to see who they'll cast in the roles. I'd heard about Unseen Academicals, and if it's about what I think it's about, then it'll be really funny. ;D I'm looking forward to that one. I don't know where he finds the time to write, sometimes, but I'm glad he does. As for Good Omens, it's one of the few I've got left to read. From what I've seen others say about it on other forums, then I don't think I'll be waiting too much longer to read it. :)
  23. Jaim, Death does feature in Hogfather - rather prominently. :) I saw the adaptation that Sky One made of it a year or so ago, and it was pretty good, too. I'll be interested to see whether they make another adaptation of a Discworld book for this year. I'm hoping that if they do, it'll have the Watch in it. :)
  24. As you can probably guess, I'm a big Discworld fan. I love the subtle (and not so subtle) links between the Discworld realm and our own, as well as the intriguing characters and brilliant storylines. I didn't read them in order to begin with (I picked up the excellent Night Watch in a library sale for 10p, and promptly sought out the others) but I've since rectified that. :) I think my favourites have to be any of the Watch books. The regulars of the Ankh Morpork city Watch and their exploits are the best (and funniest) I've read, and Sam Vimes is quite possibly one of my favourite literary characters. Wintersmith is another good read (one of the Tiffany Aching trilogy), and I loved Going Postal. I was given Nation for Christmas, and it became an instant favourite. Funny and thought provoking at the same time, and I thought the way the two viewpoints then came together was really well written. I'd definitely say that Pratchett is one of my favourite authors, as well as recommend them to anyone. (Edited for spelling)
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