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  1. Astinus
    October 15th, 2015 7:15 PM
    It's funny, because right after I responded to your VM, I found an Ask Reddit thread asking for people's favorite sci-fi/fantasy books! So let me send you a few links that I've been sitting on!

    Aforementioned AskReddit thread

    Wiki article about Enchanted Forest Chronicles - haven't read it yet, but it's been recommended because of its strong female lead character

    NPR's complete list of best sci-fi/fantasy books nominated by listeners there's also a handy flowchart that goes with this floating around where you can find a book depending on what you want to read, located here

    Great SF and F - Haven't really checked this site out much, but Something Awful mentioned it

    Speaking of Something Awful, you can comb through their science fiction/fantasy thread to see what they're reading.

    And there's a subreddit known as /rbooks, which has recommendation lists for both science fiction and fantasy.

    I really only follow SA's and Reddit's recommendations, so this is all I have for resources. Hopefully there's something on these lists that strikes your fancy!
  2. Kirby
    October 15th, 2015 4:30 PM
    Fantasy or Sci-fi definitely!

    I've pretty much chewed through the Card books I could get my hands on and a few other series that were absolutely fantastic (the Gentleman Bastard series? Incredible), but boy my resources are looking sparse and I don't want to jump into something new without an expert recommendation. :)

    I'll take anything you can give me!
  3. Astinus
    October 15th, 2015 4:20 PM
    Haha, I've mostly been reading Card books and Glee fanfics! I've been following a lot of baseball these past few weeks, so that's where most of my attention is.

    Are you looking for fantasy or sci-fi? Or something else? My tastes in reading are very wide, and I know quite a few places to get recommendations!
  4. Kirby
    October 15th, 2015 10:55 AM
    Hey! I'm looking for a new series to read and I know we share a similar taste in genre, so I was hoping you could make some recommendations. Any personal favorites pop up recently? :)
  5. Kirby
    March 1st, 2014 8:05 PM
  6. Astinus
    February 14th, 2014 6:37 PM
    Your name looks great in the pink color! <3
  7. Kirby
    January 18th, 2014 8:52 AM
    D'aw, thank you. ;o; While I'm sure the piece can be improved, I'm so happy with myself for stepping out of my comfort zone. And I had a lot of fun doing it! Thanks for the support!

    Lmfao well if Metapod ever becomes the Pokemon to write about I'll be sure to name it Syd.
  8. Astinus
    January 17th, 2014 5:33 PM
    I'm so glad that you took a chance and wrote a poem for the Writer's Dex! I haven't read it yet, but it looks really good. And you reference an Egyptian god, which is always a plus in my book.

    Or, because Syd can't read katakana, your poem's title could be about Syd's Metapod in her Green game. She gave it the katakana character "Ra" as a nickname, so when I saw your thread title, I was amused for a few seconds.
  9. Astinus
    January 3rd, 2014 10:44 PM
    Oh, I agree on that. Speaker for the Dead is actually my favorite book out of the entire series, but the rest of them are also great. It's just that Ender's Game is the most well-known one because of the movie. I'm hoping more people will read the rest of the series and not just stop at Game.

    Man, I wish I did something that creative for my class when we covered Lord of the Flies. My class really didn't do anything. :(
  10. Kirby
    January 3rd, 2014 7:14 PM
    Haha, it's true. That said, I liked the last four books of the Ender Quintette more. When he's actually a real person lol. Lord of the Flies is actually kind of close to my heart, not because of its story, but because in high school I actually drew a line-by-line comic book of it. While working, it eventually grew on me a lot.
  11. Astinus
    January 3rd, 2014 2:59 PM
    What kind of books do you read? I'm not going to go into comic. Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, Ender's Game, Star Wars: Rule of Two, When Where you are Going Isn't Home, Slaughter House V, Player Piano, Along Came a Spider, The Odyssey, The Great Gatsby, 1984, Lord of the Flies.
    Why haven't you mentioned that before? D: We could have been having many conversations!

    Also, I like Lord of the Flies as well, but it's been a while since I've read it.
  12. Kirby
    November 5th, 2013 10:22 AM
    Yes!! My mother always told me that I'm supposed to be ten years older than I am because I was born in the wrong generation. Downeastern Alexa is... not the definitive, but one of the influencing factors in my username.

    Also 100000x yes to everything you listed!!! ('cept Chicago, for some reason they never clicked with me), I totally fell head over heals for Elton John, REO Speedwagon, Paul Simon & Garfunkel, Blue Öyster Cult, Tangerine Dream, all those guys. Journey too, although I admit Don't Stop Believing was the song that got me into them.

    Styx also! Come Sail Away is just omg. I have a thing for hard 80s rock too. So David Bowie, Foreigner, ELO, Boston. These are all guilty pleasures. Especially if their nautically themed. ;;
  13. Astinus
    November 4th, 2013 9:01 PM
    You like Billy Joel too?

    I have to ask what other bands you like! I got my taste in music from my parents, so I grew up listening to Phil Collins, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Chicago, Bee-Gees, and Paul Simon. (I actually didn't know that he started out with Garfunkel until I was in seventh grade!) My love of Journey came in high school because "Faithfully" is such a beautiful song.

    Currently, I like listening to Fleetwood Mac, and my favorite band is Huey Lewis and the News.
  14. Kirby
    November 2nd, 2013 8:30 PM
    I stalked your conversation with Gavin ;;

    Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
    A nation turns its lonely eyes to you. Woo, woo, woo.

    ....I'm.. probably one of the biggest Simon & Garfunkel fans on PC. :(
  15. Kirby
    September 23rd, 2013 8:06 PM
    Oh god tell me about it. I was a wicked mechanical pencil thief in my day. Only .5s though, none of that .7 nonsense. Preferably with a blue clip.

    Pens are such fantastic tools, and it's a shame to see that only high profile financial executives and doctors own them. But fountain pens don't need to be super expensive. I got this really nice TWSBI 540, bold nib, real nice work. And I only spent like 40 bucks. Which, given how long I've had it, has more then paid for itself.

    But hey, work with what'cha got, you know? No reason to go all nuts if you've got something that's working for you. :)

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