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TV and Film / The Handmaid's Tale
« on: August 28, 2018, 04:29:29 pm »
I've just finished watching season 2 of The Handmaid's Tale and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So, to be fair to Margaret Atwood, I now plan to read the book.

General Discussion / Re: Goodreads
« on: February 19, 2018, 10:38:22 pm »
 ;D including a love of The Stainless Steel Rat  :D

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Ken Magee - Funny Contemporary fantasy
« on: September 14, 2017, 11:43:20 am »
They stole millions from the world's richest bank, infected the Internet with ancient magic and wrecked our modern way of life… and they're the good guys.

Dark Tidings is the first book of the spellbinding 'Ancient magic meets the Internet' trilogy and it's FREE from 14/9/17 - 18/9/17.

Laugh while the world comes to an end and it won't cost you a penny..

General Discussion / Re: Goodreads
« on: January 22, 2017, 11:06:41 am »
I dip in and out of my Goodreads catalogue and add books as I remember them or I have a little blast every so often.

One fun feature is to 'compare books' with someone. I've just done a comparison with Stephen and we're 79% similar in taste for the 71 books in common we've rated. I also use this feature to remind me of books I've read but not graded so it gradually adds to my catalogue.

All in all, I find it fun and not too time-consuming.

General Discussion / Re: Goodreads
« on: August 30, 2016, 10:58:26 am »
I'm on Goodreads. I used to use it a lot, but since the recent changes and the general snarkiness of some people I cut down on the usage.  When I do go there it's to catalogue my reading - I tend to take the challenges, and I'm mod on the Smashwords author forum so I spend a bit of time there.  Now I stick to 3 or 4 groups as a reader.

As an author - hmm well I add my books, of course and check for reviews but I'm not that active now. One has to be really careful where one promotes on GR. I've thought about doing a giveaway but from what I've heard it's generally not worth it.

What I have found is my reading tastes have broadened since I've been on GR - I use the lists and added loads of books. I've bought books via the GR links so it does work for some.

I agree with the sentiment. I rarely promote on GR now, it never really worked for me and although I've never been targeted by the 'snarks', I've seen it happen to plenty of other authors.

I occasionally add books to my reading list there and I do post any reviews I do.

TV and Film / Game of Thrones Season 6
« on: May 16, 2016, 02:42:21 pm »
Epic. I'll say no more because spoilers are evil.

For those who are still catching up, how about a bit of fun from Coldplay to warm you up (US Red Nose Day - 2015)...

TV and Film / Re: Blade Runner
« on: April 03, 2016, 08:00:12 pm »
No, I liked Hardware too—I wouldn't call it a masterpiece, but it was watchable and pretty well done. Some very cool imagery, unusually original and effective on a small budget. It was Dust Devil that I thought sucked goats. :P

And what about Battlefield Earth? We need to know! Not John Travolta's greatest moment (that was Pulp Fiction), but not a bad effort.

TV and Film / Re: Blade Runner
« on: March 26, 2016, 10:23:54 am »
Hardware wasn't terrible, and I'd heard good things about Dust Devil. I can't help but think the cinematic release must have been seriously rescued by a studio-hired editor or something. More so than usual.

(Any counter-examples? Some good stuff in Bladerunner Director's Cut, but any others?)

There are a lot of people who would disagree with your analysis of Hardware... personally I quite liked it. But, I also liked Battlefield Earth so my taste probably puts me in a tiny minority.

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Ken Magee - Funny Contemporary fantasy
« on: February 25, 2016, 04:59:55 pm »
A Darker Shade of Black is book #3 of the spellbinding 'ancient magic meets the Internet' trilogy. Here's the blurb...

When ancient magic meets the Internet and Tequila, bad things will come to pass.

When two inept time-travellers and an Internet genius mix up a cocktail of ancient magic and too much Tequila, disaster is inevitable.

To make matters worse, a dark conspiracy which threatens our modern way of life is set in motion when two evil wizards escape from a secure government establishment.  Add in a megalomaniac Transylvanian hermit, seven cloned dwarfs and an Irish giant, and you have to ask ‘who’s going to save the world now?’

Dark Tidings is the first book of the spellbinding 'Ancient magic meets the Internet' trilogy. It's only 99p so you can start the adventure for less than the price of a cup of coffee.

Here's the min-blurb:

A young thief and a has-been wizard await execution in the darkness of a medieval dungeon. Only a miracle can save them - a miracle in the form of an ancient spell which the wizard has stolen from the most powerful and evil men on the planet; men who will stop at nothing to get it back. Throw in a pinch of time travel and an Internet genius, and the disaster can only get worse.

Dark Tidings

Thanks for looking.

General Discussion / Re: Goodreads
« on: December 30, 2015, 07:32:20 pm »
Sure - that's because it isn't on sale on Amazon. It'll only show up on there if someone puts a secondhand copy on sale.

Ah right, I get it now. The 'Get a Copy' on Amazon threw me.

General Discussion / Re: Goodreads
« on: December 30, 2015, 04:37:37 pm »
Maybe Goodreads was offline that day? The full list of BFS Journals is here:

I get the list OK, but if I go to, for example, BFS Journal #14, the Get a Copy Amazon UK button takes me to Amazon with the message "BFS Journal #14" did not match any products.

General Discussion / Re: Goodreads
« on: December 10, 2015, 05:58:10 pm »
I went to add BFS #9 to my reading list and found the Goodreads link didn't work. Might be worth a look.

The Black Conspiracy is book #2 of the series. Here's the blurb...

Ancient magic has infected the Internet… is this the end for civilisation?

The ancient magic which transported Tung, a young thief, and Madrick, a has-been wizard, across a millennium has now infected the Internet and civilisation simply can’t handle the consequences.

To make matters worse, evil wizards have followed the pair through time. They’re determined to hunt them down, steal the great magic scroll and use its power to destroy our modern way of life.

Saving the world has just got a whole lot harder.

General Discussion / Re: Fantasy and the Internet
« on: November 09, 2014, 07:48:39 pm »
Thanks Stephen, I will check it out.

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