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Thread: The Ninth Avatar by Todd Newton
July 15th, 2010, 09:18 PM #16
July 15th, 2010, 09:36 PM #17
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And I'm horrible for impulse buying online. I saw two titles of books that were recommended in the same thread and therefore I bought them together. And I'm a stickler for nice covers; is the main reason I ended up reading Michael J Sullivan's Riyria Revelations, so hopefully these end up being as good a buy as those were.
Also, I notice now that I spelled Shadow's Son wrong in my original post. Oops.
July 15th, 2010, 10:22 PM #18
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Hey, whatever works.
July 16th, 2010, 02:29 AM #19
It's just an expression; nothing more, nothing less. It's also similar to the usage of hyperbole, or do you guys also get conflicted when you hear someone say "he's as big as a mountain"? Because he really isn't, you know?
Sorry for going off-topic, but just wanted to address a pet-peeve of mine.
"Just my 2 cents".
July 16th, 2010, 07:35 AM #20
July 16th, 2010, 07:40 AM #21
I see what you're saying, Bastard, but the word "literally" has historically been less of a figure of speech. People like hippokrene get angry that it's wrangled into a use it wasn't intended for, which in many cases is actually just hyperbole. It just creates odd juxtapositions when people say <an in animate object> literally does anything. Even so, I think she got her point across with the statement, and my follow-up should have removed all doubt.
People are allowed to say what they want, but sometimes that makes it difficult to understand them. That's my stance, anyway.
July 16th, 2010, 08:28 AM #22
In fact, I think the best way to equate it is to sarcasm which maybe similar to this issue might make certain statements difficult to understand. It's all pretty much a lie, which for the most part it's understood that it's a lie, and that being so it serves it's purpose be it being funny, hyperbole, etc.
So while it's not being used for it's intended purposes, it's not being used wrong. It's just an on purpose lie that by all accounts thinking being should understand it as such and not take it at face value.
Just like sarcasm, it can be hard at times to identify what is meant when things are written instead of expressed verbally, but for the most part one can tell. I mean, are we actually wondering if books have legs? I very much doubt it.
That'll be the last of it from my part, while I find these debates fun I want to hear more from The Ninth Avatar. Yet to see any member here express that they've read it, and I very much doubt that's the case. Come on, at least one of you should have tried it no?
July 16th, 2010, 09:32 AM #23
The only boardgoer I know of who has read it is Seak. He posted his review here. He also rated it on Goodreads. I think, though, since his wife is literally having a baby this week, you probably won't see him respond on this topic...
(sorry, couldn't help myself)
To be honest, the book hasn't been out all that long yet and as has been pointed out previously I haven't "notified" the board about its existence. You have no idea how much of a surprise it was to see this topic.
July 18th, 2010, 11:43 AM #24
If you do have any other questions on the book, let me know.
July 18th, 2010, 12:17 PM #25
Just remembered that you were giving away 3 hardcover copies in Goodreads and couldn't find where to sign up (not very familiar using the site)... but just noticed it's the 18th. Damn procrastination.
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July 18th, 2010, 12:29 PM #26
Yeah, it ended first thing this morning. Sorry!
Goodreads.com is a pretty good site. I've been trying to get more involved there, and it has eight reviews now (including Seak's and Cindy's), even if some are only star-ratings.
It's fun to post what I'm reading, and post that I finished it. Makes me feel like I accomplished something.
July 18th, 2010, 12:33 PM #27
Maybe I should just become a member and see what else they have to offer.
July 18th, 2010, 12:48 PM #28
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I've bought the book, but haven't read it. Just too darn busy. Once read, I'll post a review here.
I read an unpublished draft of Todd's and if Avatar is anywhere near as good as his drafts, then I'm sure you'll all enjoy it.
Yeah, I thought the price was high too, but the book is printed on fairly good stock and it's well designed. Plus the small publisher thing and all.
Todd - you can do all the self-promo you want on this site in the blog section. I'm not sure how much traffic the blogs get, but worth a shot as it's completely free.
July 19th, 2010, 09:10 AM #29
July 19th, 2010, 09:14 AM #30
Regarding the blogs and the self-promo... I will look into doing a bit more of it. I've never been proficient at any kind of "sales" because I don't consider myself all that persuasive. Advertising is still a really new realm to me.