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   By Clansman on Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 08:29 am: Edit Post

I just finished Guy Kay's latest, River of Stars.

My goodness, but that man can write!

I'll have to look up this Treadwell fellow, though...

   By Phome on Tuesday, April 07, 2015 - 07:26 am: Edit Post

Desperate for new reading materials in fantasy/sci-fi (but not horror, or modern cross overs, nor King Arthur type stuff - by personal preference).

I'll be in a completely non-internet zone for about 3 weeks next month, so need to plan ahead. And some of the new stuff that looks great on Kindle is not available on Kobo (so sad :-( ).

Today, I decided perhaps I need to go back in time. I've never read any of the Pern novels or anything else by Anne McCaffrey.

Other thoughts?

   By Phome on Tuesday, April 07, 2015 - 07:34 am: Edit Post

Oh, and also, does anyone have advice on how to get a legal copy of an e-book not yet available on Kobo.

For instance, Brent Week's book Blinding Knife. I think my Kobo will take any number of formats, but I know I cannot use the Kindle format.

I want to do this the right, ethical way, but am not well versed in this stuff.

   By Maggie on Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 11:38 am: Edit Post


The program called "Calibre" is an e-book management program that also has the ability to convert from one format to another. So long as you buy the book in one format, it seems to be able to convert them into a new format.

It should be legal to convert formats. I personally think it is also ethical, but maybe someone else will disagree with me.

   By Trys on Friday, April 10, 2015 - 04:56 am: Edit Post

Calbre will not convert copy protected files. I.e., a protect Amazon Kindle format cannot be converted into a non-Kindle format using Calibre.

I used Calibre to create Janny's e-stories.

   By Jim on Friday, April 10, 2015 - 06:04 am: Edit Post

Hi Phome, I strongly suggest reading the "Pern series" by Anne McCaffrey. She's one of my all time favorite authors. What other authors do you like, it would give us a better idea of the type of stories that interest you.

   By Phome on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 07:09 am: Edit Post

Hi all,

Thanks for the advice. I may look into Calibre - seems like this is the way to go. Found some other software too that can convert files that are not protected versions (Kindle, alas, remains for Amazon products). It seems a little jarring that we can buy a paper book and hand it to a friend for free. And anyone can read it. But suddenly the e-books are a whole different ball game. I'm not averse to paying for what I read, but that I'm also forced to invest in multiple electronic products I find very off-putting, esp as someone who is all about environmental sustainability.

Jim - thanks for the Pern series advice. I already bought a couple of the older books on kobo. And having read backwards through this thread, I also want to thank the person who recommended R.M. Meluch. Just finished reading The Myriad and it was great! Although the part 3 threw me off completely. It's been a while since an author made me readjust my entire world. Not sure I liked it, but I am starting book 2 anyhow :-)

   By Janny Wurts on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 10:27 am: Edit Post

8 of my favorite under the radar books: great reads to pick up while you wait for Destiny's Conflict: of-8-astonishing-overlooked-sff-titles/

   By Melanie Trumbull on Friday, September 04, 2015 - 04:49 pm: Edit Post

Am I the only one following Robin Hobb's latest books right now?
Hobb is in the middle of another trilogy. The trilogy name is "Fitz and the Fool", and two of the three books are now available; the second trilogy book, "Fool's Quest," just came out this summer.
Hobb is tying together all of her Six Duchies books, those that come in groups of three or even four, she has been writing them for decades now. This latest one revives a mysterious character from the Liveship series which introduced the sea serpents and saw the hatching of a dragon from a wizardwood cocoon. Then near the end of "Fool's Quest" come the Rain Wild dragons and their self-styled Elderlings, with their well of liquid silver. You can guess that the Fool is present, but he is hardly the only character. All the surviving members of the royal Farseer dynasty make an appearance, especially the illegitimate ones; and the Outlanders from the Tawny Man series are accounted for. Central to the Quest of the title are the Skill-pillars and the use of the Skill itself. All the previous books are building to a climax that will be brought to bear in Book Three, for which I have yet to learn the title. Is anyone else reading these latest books?

   By Melanie Trumbull on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 05:02 pm: Edit Post

The author, Morgan Llywelyn, I just now learned about her, but she has been writing about Ireland in general and the Celts in particular for decades. I just attempted to search BookNook for her, and I can't find any reference to her name. This surprises me. Surely others have read her work or posted about her books. Her latest book, Only The Stones Survive, presents the clash between the Tuatha de Danann, the Fir Bolg, the Iverni, and the newly arrived Milesians. She has also written the books Druids and Bard.

   By Melanie Trumbull on Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 05:02 pm: Edit Post

Robin Jarvis is another fantasy writer with a strong online following and a fanfiction network inspired by his books.
I am just getting acquainted with him as a mature adult. Jarvis, a UK author, has been publishing "young adult" books, in groups/series of three, for a little over twenty years. So there is today a whole generation of adults who grew up with Robin Jarvis books in their adolescent years. Some of them still carry a torch for Jarvis's books and the worlds in them.
But in my native US, it is, Robin Who? People who read his books here, well, they do exist, but they are in the minority.

   By Melanie Trumbull on Friday, May 12, 2017 - 11:33 am: Edit Post

Robin Hobb's book "Assassin's Fate" was released in bookstores, both brick-and-mortar and virtual, this past week. It concludes not only the current trilogy but also the entire Six Duchies world-building series of books -- her sixteenth.
I fear that this book would make a poor introduction to someone who has never before heard of Robin Hobb and her Six Duchies fantasies. Too much backstory and prior knowledge are needed in order to know what she is writing about.
That said, as conclusions go, this one sets the bar very high indeed. In fact I have to resort to one of those big Greek words that I mostly avoid using:

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