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On 01.01.2018 at 9:47 PM, CiaoCiao said:

Murakami is my love<3

I just finished Blind Willow Sleeping Woman of him, it's a collection of crazy tales that confused me a bit (like, all of his books) but I loved it:tumblr_inline_n18qr5lPWB1qid2nw:

I look for it but it doesn't translated to my language.By the way I love Murakami's descriptions,while I reading I can directly visualize it.:tumblr_inline_mm2wbaeqQM1qz4rgp:

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I'm dredging this thread out of the depths of the Space Junk section, all because I want to see Yuzu's Helsinki LP but there's too many hours to go until then...  I've got to amuse myself somehow!

 

There are a lot of posts on here (from a long time ago :68468287:) about Haruki Murakami.  To be honest, I have a love-hate relationship with his books.  For instance, I love "Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World" (it's one of my favorite books) but many of his other books I can't get into, such as "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle".  I really tried with that one, but I just couldn't appreciate it, even after making it to the end.  It combined the mundane inanity of thorough descriptions of every day actions like making spaghetti (which felt like it happened every other chapter) with such bizarre situations that I couldn't follow the thread of the book.  The most memorable part of the book for me was the story told by the officer who ended up in the well, which I still remember, even though I can barely remember what the main character did throughout the book (except make spaghetti).  "Hardboiled Wonderland" was a revelation to me.  I think I was hoping "Chronicle" would be the same.

 

But I've never really been a huge fan of contemporary fiction anyway.  My tastes in books are kind of backwards.  When I was a child, I was reading books like Les Miserables, the Brothers Karamazov, and the Count of Monte Cristo.  Now that I'm an adult, I read young adult fiction.  I guess I'm just weird.  :tumblr_inline_np9uqhnLHU1qid2nw_75sq:

 

 

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Since it's the literature thread i just HAVE to share yesterday's experience here...

So, we met Brandon Sanderson yesterday...

My boyfriend and i split the whole Cosmere between us and we got all the books signed! He got his favorite one personalized (with his name and "journey before destination, life before death" and "I will protect those who cannot protect themselves":tumblr_inline_n2pje3s3EO1qdlkyg:).

A bunch of amazing things happened to him, but i think the cherry on top was that he got a RAFO (Read And Find Out) card after he asked Brandon something while he was signing the book. When we got out of the library a lot of people went to him to ask him what question he had asked.

 

He gave a speech about writer's block and allowing yourself to fail, read an excerpt from what will become the 8th book of the Stormlight Archive and just... He's amazing:embSwan:

 

It's basically my boyfriend's equivalent of Yuzuru Hanyu, and he got the best experience he could have asked for:embSwan:

And yes, the guy is amazing, very approachable and since we had the books in spanish, he asked me details about the translations (probably because my boyfriend literally dropped all his books after he got them signed. He was that excited hahaha and could barely speak) and stuff to see if there was any problem with the translation. It's wonderful that he cares about that kind of things too <3

 

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40 minutes ago, Hydroblade said:

Since it's the literature thread i just HAVE to share yesterday's experience here...

So, we met Brandon Sanderson yesterday...

My boyfriend and i split the whole Cosmere between us and we got all the books signed! He got his favorite one personalized (with his name and "journey before destination, life before death" and "I will protect those who cannot protect themselves":tumblr_inline_n2pje3s3EO1qdlkyg:).

A bunch of amazing things happened to him, but i think the cherry on top was that he got a RAFO (Read And Find Out) card after he asked Brandon something while he was signing the book. When we got out of the library a lot of people went to him to ask him what question he had asked.

 

He gave a speech about writer's block and allowing yourself to fail, read an excerpt from what will become the 8th book of the Stormlight Archive and just... He's amazing:embSwan:

 

It's basically my boyfriend's equivalent of Yuzuru Hanyu, and he got the best experience he could have asked for:embSwan:

And yes, the guy is amazing, very approachable and since we had the books in spanish, he asked me details about the translations (probably because my boyfriend literally dropped all his books after he got them signed. He was that excited hahaha and could barely speak) and stuff to see if there was any problem with the translation. It's wonderful that he cares about that kind of things too <3

 

Yay, you got to meet Barndon in person :congratualtions:

 

I've met him twice before and would really like to to do so again. He is so nice and his talks are very interesting and funny. I did make him sign many personalised books for me and my sisters and have a picture with him (twice)  :biggrin:

 

Now I really need to know what the question your boyfriend asked was and what the excerpt from book 8 said.. please share or I won't be able to sleep tonight  :tumblr_inline_n2pje2YFXq1qdlkyg:

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9 minutes ago, Neenah said:

Yay, you got to meet Barndon in person :congratualtions:

 

I've met him twice before and would really like to to do so again. He is so nice and his talks are very interesting and funny. I did make him sign many personalised books for me and my sisters and have a picture with him (twice)  :biggrin:

 

Now I really need to know what the question your boyfriend asked was and what the excerpt from book 8 said.. please share or I won't be able to sleep tonight  :tumblr_inline_n2pje2YFXq1qdlkyg:

Yes!! I learned so much from the opening talk! And motivated me to keep on writing after he said that when you write, the perfect idea you had in your mind suddenly turns into a not so perfect thing and you feel disappointed because it looked a lot better in your head :rofl: i've reached that point in many of my stories but now i kinda want to pick them up again :rofl:

The way he talked about failure though, it was so inspiring <3

 

I will definitely go and meet him again when he comes back, that bookstore has been inviting him since he began to do book tours and he said he liked it a lot and was very grateful to them because of that.

 

His question was about the Stormlight Archive and i haven't read that part yet so he didn't want to tell me the full thing, but it was something to do with bonded sprens and death. That's the one that got him the RAFO card.

The other one was, if Wayne was a Radiant, which order would he belong to? (Full answer was: Because of his personality and other things about this character, he would belong to the Edgedancers. The other orders would look at him suspiciously but he would belong to the Edgedancers.).

Another guy got a verbal RAFO and he asked if it was possible that there were more than 16 shards. (Definite no). Followup was, besides Harmony, if two shards could combine and make a new one. He got the RAFO and "they can splinter" :peekapooh:

 

The excerpt is actually the first version of The Way of Kings, focusing on Taln. He said that in that first draft, there were no spren, no shardblades and no bridge four (HERESY!). It was about Taln waking up in a monastery. I'm sure the recording will surface sooner or later, i saw some people recording it :D

 

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1 hour ago, Hydroblade said:

Yes!! I learned so much from the opening talk! And motivated me to keep on writing after he said that when you write, the perfect idea you had in your mind suddenly turns into a not so perfect thing and you feel disappointed because it looked a lot better in your head :rofl: i've reached that point in many of my stories but now i kinda want to pick them up again :rofl:

The way he talked about failure though, it was so inspiring <3

 

I will definitely go and meet him again when he comes back, that bookstore has been inviting him since he began to do book tours and he said he liked it a lot and was very grateful to them because of that.

 

His question was about the Stormlight Archive and i haven't read that part yet so he didn't want to tell me the full thing, but it was something to do with bonded sprens and death. That's the one that got him the RAFO card.

The other one was, if Wayne was a Radiant, which order would he belong to? (Full answer was: Because of his personality and other things about this character, he would belong to the Edgedancers. The other orders would look at him suspiciously but he would belong to the Edgedancers.).

Another guy got a verbal RAFO and he asked if it was possible that there were more than 16 shards. (Definite no). Followup was, besides Harmony, if two shards could combine and make a new one. He got the RAFO and "they can splinter" :peekapooh:

 

The excerpt is actually the first version of The Way of Kings, focusing on Taln. He said that in that first draft, there were no spren, no shardblades and no bridge four (HERESY!). It was about Taln waking up in a monastery. I'm sure the recording will surface sooner or later, i saw some people recording it :D

 

Thank you for the detailed answer.. Some good questions there

 

The first version of The Way of Kings was so different. I found the parts he published on his website and couldn't get through it because it really wasn't that good :laughing:.. Maybe I should go look for it again. Though I am happy that we got a confirmation that there will be a Taln book, that is one story I am dying to know.

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2 minutes ago, Neenah said:

it really wasn't that good

Hahaha yeah! He said that he wrote like ten pages of just describing the architecture of ONE city and then he went "uh... this isn't working" :rofl:

The excerpt was from the 2002 version of it, but the part he read, he said that it will be in what will become the 8th book of The Stormlight Archive :tumblr_inline_n18qr5lPWB1qid2nw:

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