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[personal profile] florianschild
I used Plot Generator to write myself a Costis/Kamet fanfic. It went better that I could have possibly hoped.

For example, I think it managed to sum up Kamet's character really well:

"Kamet gulped. He glanced at his own reflection. He was an Even-tempered, Suspicious, tea drinker with small hair and tall lips. His friends saw him as a smiling, squidgy scribe. Once, he had even saved a colossal kitten that was stuck in a drain."


Intrigued? Check out the full story.

Cross-posting to lj.
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[personal profile] ironymaiden
I'm done! I've been done!

...anyone here to talk spoilers?
[identity profile] an-english-girl.livejournal.com
Welcome back to the community read-along of all the books (so far!). This week, we’re starting A Conspiracy of Kings, reading from the start of the Prologue “The king of Attolia was passing....” to the end of Chapter 12 “...You came in. And you laughed.” Thirteen chapters sounds like a lot, but some of them are actually very short, so please keep reading and don’t panic!

These discussions are spoiler-free for the new short stories The Wine Shop and The Knife Dance, as well as for the ARC Thick As Thieves. If you have any comments on these in relation to ACoK, please write them down or tell them to the cat, so you’ll remember them to share with everyone else in Less Than A Month’s Time!!! :D

Obviously, there will be spoilers for the four extant books, so if you’re very very new to this fandom, I echo the Queen of Attolia: Go Away – and finish reading all four books!

Do not expand the cut unless you are prepared to madly fangirl/over-analyse ACoK and the rest of the series )
[identity profile] ninedaysaqueen.livejournal.com
Something else to be excited about on May 16th! Harper Collins is re-releasing the audiobooks for the QT series in digital format and CD! The list price for the audio file is $21.99 for TT and CoK but $24.99 for all the other books and the CDs look like they are going to be $39.99 per book. Who knows if those listed prices are accurate. We shall see...

They will also be available on Audible, if you have that. It looks like the audiobook for Thick as Thieves will also be released on May 16, so we won't have to wait!

Previously, the audiobooks were narrated by Jeff Woodman, but I'm guessing he maybe isn't available anymore? The narrator is now listed as Steve West. He is listed as the narrator for all five books. I don't think that's a mistake, since I also found him listed as the narrator on the Barnes and Noble site, and he recently tweeted about recording all the books. He is a UK actor, who has narrated over 150 books and has eleven voice awards! You can listen to clips of him narrating on his website.

Guys! We're getting brand new versions of the audiobooks! I'm so excited to listen to Thick as Thieves!

PS: Hopefully, he does a better Eddisian accent. XD Sorry, Jeff Woodman...I loved your narrations too!

PSS: More excuses to give MWT my money. Yay!

[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
Here are links to more professional reviews of Thick as Thieves--all are excellent, and all but one (Kirkus, but they are notoriously tough) are starred reviews.

Be aware there are LOTS of spoilers in these reviews! Maybe wait to read them after you've read the book.

Which comes out in TWENTY SIX DAYS.

Publisher's Weekly

Kirkus

Booklist

Horn Book (they don't post the actual reviews online, generally, but this page mentions the starred review)

Congrats, Megan!
[identity profile] empmai.livejournal.com


I've never posted a picture so I don't know if the picture above will show up. When I saw this picture on Facebook, I was like "Wait were's Gen. And Steinides" It reminded me of the Disney Magazine graphics.

It's supposed to be Hermione and Belle.
[identity profile] aged-crone.livejournal.com
I paid for a month of Chatzy, so we now have a backlog. If I am reading the screen correctly, we have over 54 million individual posts (each time you type something and hit enter it counts as a post). Can this be? I'm trying to find an easy way to get to the very beginning, rather than hitting "previous" "previous" "previous" over and over, so if anybody figures out how, let me know.

Meanwhile: If you ever pay to make Chatzy a premium room or whatever they call it, be aware that even if you specify a single month, it will subscribe you and keep charging you every month until you stop it. I used PayPal, and within an hour after I paid I went in and canceled the subscription, which means I paid for just the one month. I found out about this last time I paid and looked at my PayPal account and wondered, "What on earth???"

Ah, for the days when the fee covered a certain amount of data, rather than a time period. It made more sense that way.
[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
...at least it's the first official review I've seen. Thick As Thieves received a glowing, starred review in the April issue of School Library Journal. Beware--there are spoilers!
[identity profile] bookishbabe.livejournal.com

The Thief …I watched the image of the burning flame for a moment, thinking again how much like a window at night the glass was….I picked up my pry bar and, holding my breath, slammed it into the glass.
oh, but there's more )
[identity profile] aged-crone.livejournal.com
First of all, I wish everybody a happy and blessed Easter.

Now, here are my two pictures, if I can get them to load.



The first one is Gen and Irene after breakfast (notice their clean plates). And what is Peep Gen doing? Why, of course, he is giving Irene a peck on the cheek.




The second one is the Conspiracy Room. You see Baron Erondites and Sejanus (I surmise that purple might be their family's favorite color) conspiring. And Gen, perched above that elaborately carved ceiling? What is he doing? Well, he is Peeping down at them, naturally.
[identity profile] ninedaysaqueen.livejournal.com
Stop by for a live chat tonight in the Conspiracy Room. Password is HERE. You must be a member of the community to use the chat room.

5pm Pacific Time
6pm Mountain Time
7pm Central Time
8pm Eastern Time

If your timezone does not appear here, check the World Clock.

[livejournal.com profile] an_english_girl is bringing virtual Easter Simnel Cake!



Happy Easter Sunday, everyone. Feel free to invite others!

[identity profile] deirdrej.livejournal.com
A Very Happy Easter to everyone who is celebrating! To add to your joy (I hope!) here is my entry for the Queen's Peeps contest.
    A couple of notes:
  • 1. I did not look at the other entries before creating this, (mostly because I didn't want to be discouraged if somebody else did a more brilliant version of the same scene.)
  • 2. Also, I've decided our author is cruel (though I love her anyway), because nothing will stick to a peep! And they are also strangely reluctant to stay where you put them, and have an awkward tendency to melt in the sun.



But anyway, the title of this scene is: WE EAT THE CHICKEN NOW! Picture and description after the cut )
[identity profile] ninedaysaqueen.livejournal.com
We're getting very close to the release of Thick as Thieves (only a matter of weeks!), so I thought it was probably time to discuss a plan to discuss. I've gone over the A Conspiracy of Kings tag, and was reminded that we broke discussions of the book down to a select number of chapters per post, meaning a handful of posts went live the day the book was released. Each one was devoted to four chapters or so.

The cons of the multi-post method-
Discussions can get a bit unwieldy when spread across many different windows.
If you want to discuss aspects of the books as a whole, there can be some confusion about where you should post.
It can get tedious to check all the different posts.

Pros-
No worrying about spoilers for later on in the book if you want to share your thoughts as you read.

An alternative would be to have one post in which I could place comment threads that everyone could reply to if discussing individual chapters. There's onlythirteen
 chapters in the new book, so one comment thread per chapter? If you want to discuss the book as a whole, you can just reply to the post itself.

To summarize, the cons of this single post method would be-
Spoilers for the whole book in one post. (However, you should be able to avoid them by not scrolling down the whole way.)

Pros-
Better organized discussions.
You can break your thoughts down by chapter without having to load many different windows or just discuss as a whole

If you're planning to use Sounis to discuss the book, you're welcome to share any ideas on the matter. If everyone is planning to finish the book before they start discussing it online, the cons of a single post would be irrelevant. You can, of course, still create a post of your own to dicuss specific aspects of the book, ask questions, or post reviews.

Right now, I'm eyeing May 28th at the usual time for our first post-TaT Conspiracy Room chat to discuss the book. That should give most reprobates enough time to get a copy and finish it. If your copy is arriving later than that but you'd like to participate in a chat, let me know when you think you'll have the book and will be done reading it. Maybe another chat in June or July would be good for anyone waiting on their copy from the public library or slow Amazon shipping?

If you have an arc and would like to start discussing now, I do have a locked post set up on my personal journal called the Jamey Dodgy Society for anyone wanting to talk about the book now. Simply friend me and drop me a comment or a PM so I know to add you. Livejournal is not always emailing me when someone friends me. (bashes LJ) I will unlock that post on May 16th and everyone can respond to any discussions on the the JDS thread.

Sounis's spoiler policies are HERE and basically ask that all spoilers for new books be hidden under an LJ-cut with a spoiler warning till at least a month after the book comes out.
[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
There's still a little more than 24 hours left to enter MWT's ARC giveaway. There are some truly fabulous peeps pics out there--some are hilarious, some are masterpieces, but what I like best is that everyone found a way to illustrate their most-loved scenes.

Go take a look on Megan's Tumblr, and get inspired!
[identity profile] ninedaysaqueen.livejournal.com
Epic Read posted a couple of beautiful edits of the Thick as Thieves cover with some great quotes from the book. Check them out under the cut below. Let me know if I missed any!

Nothing too spoilery, but if you don't want to see anything about the book before it comes out, cover your ears.


Read more... )

Check out the new Epic Reads booktrailer for QT if you haven't seen it yet. Does anyone have any new speculations about the book?

[identity profile] ninedaysaqueen.livejournal.com
Happy Easter weekend, reprobates!

We're wrapping up the The King of Attolia re-read and discuss this week. If you haven't checked those out yet, follow the links below. Thanks to all the leads who have volunteered their time so far. Everyone's doing a great job!

KoA Section One
KoA Section Two
KoA Section Three

Just a reminder, there will be a chat in the Conspiracy Room this Sunday, April 16th at the following times. I'll post another reminder early Sunday. So after you've eaten Easter brunch with your family, stop in to chat with your fellow reprobates and finish up discussions of The King of Attolia.

5pm Pacific Time
6pm Mountain Time
7pm Central Time
8pm Eastern Time

If you're timezone does not appear here, check the World Clock.

There will be one more pre-release chat on May 14th at the same time. We'll have some chats after the release of the new book, but I haven't scheduled those as of yet. The read-along will resume with the A Cospiracy of Kings on April 23rd (Prologue + Chapters 1-12 lead by [livejournal.com profile] an_english_girl) and we'll be wrapping up the re-read the week Thick as Thieves comes out. (Only one more month!) For now, this coming week is the final break week and should give you some time to catch up on your reading if you've fallen behind.

Hope to see you at the chat! Easter is also the deadline to enter MWT's Queen Peeps Arc Contest.
[identity profile] smallsotong.livejournal.com
From MWT's tumblr.




Anyone planning to go to the one in Danville? I have to figure out how much driving I really want to do...
[identity profile] ibmiller.livejournal.com
Section notes - from "The long summer's day was ending" to "He is an Annux, a king of kings."

In today's post, I'm going to pose two questions about all the chapters, and then a unique question for each chapter. I will then answer each of the questions with my own answers, and hope they're interesting enough to provoke discussion!

Questions for all four chapters:

1) What is accomplished in this chapter? (Could also be phrased, "Why does this chapter exist?")

2) If the chapters had titles, what would you call this chapter?

Individual chapter questions:

11: Is Barond Erondites an effective villain?

12: How has Irene changed since The Queen of Attolia?

13: Is the duel effective as a narrative/scene?

14: Is the reaction of the guard to Gen plausible?

My answers behind the cut! )
[identity profile] dannybailey.livejournal.com
I was reading a review of one of my favorite YA series, Westmark by Lloyd Alexander, when I saw a shout out to Queen's Thief fans. I thought it might pique some people's interest, and maybe you'd like to check out Westmark.

Read the review here.

And, if anyone else has read the Westmark trilogy before and is interested in discussion and squeeing, follow me on tumblr at florianschild.tumblr.com.

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