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The Book Corner / Re: What is the first book you remember reading?
« on: April 02, 2012, 12:55:18 PM »
I doubt it was the first book I read, but the first one I remember is "Rocket Ship Galileo" by Robert Heinlein.  I think I was 10 or 11.

Now I have an urge re-read it. I find that when I reread books from my childhood, I rarely enjoy them as much as I remembered, but I gain some insights into how they influenced who I who up to be.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP Deleted My Account!!
« on: February 07, 2012, 12:12:05 PM »
Thanks Consuelo! Problem solved. I called Author Central and spoke to some who helped figure out the what was wrong.

Seems there is a glitch in the Amazon system and if you accidentally try to log in with the wrong password, it will create multiple accounts for your email address. Seems I had 3 accounts with the same email address, but 2 of them were blank. And this caused the correct password to somehow link to a blank account.

I managed to reset the password and my "real" account reappeared. Fortunately the KDP account links to the Author Central account, so it reappeared as well.

I will be very careful when I type my password in from now on.

Thanks for everyone's help and support!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP Deleted My Account!!
« on: February 07, 2012, 09:37:55 AM »
The email address was my first thought, but I always use a separate browser (IE instead of the usual Firefox) and manually type in the email address, so that's not the problem. What's weird is that if it was the wrong email address it shouldn't have G.L. Breedon as the account name already. It's also weird because it used to say "Geoffrey's Account" and now it says "G.L. Breedon's Account."

Thanks for the support! Glad this isn't happening to anyone else.

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Writers' Cafe / KDP Deleted My Account!!
« on: February 07, 2012, 08:27:37 AM »
Has anyone else had their KDP account deleted by accident?

I logged into my KDP account last night to find that it had been deleted. It had my author name, but everything else had been deleted. No books on the shelf. No reports. No address, no bank info, no nothing. My Author Central account is also deleted. It even asked me to sign the publishing agreement like I was signing in for the first time. I thought I'd made a mistake logging in until I saw my author name at the top of the page (which used to be my first name).

My books are still listed on Amazon.com, so I'm hoping this is just some massive, but temporary, glitch. I've read that KDP has been having trouble reporting sales the last few days, so maybe this is part of that problem.

I've emailed KDP, but the auto email response simply said they were taking longer than usual to respond to emails. I can't find a phone number to actually talk to a human, so there doesn't seem much I can do but wait.

I thought I'd see if anyone else was having the same problem. Hopefully this is only affecting my account.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: For Doctor Who Fans. Read out aloud
« on: August 29, 2011, 01:48:25 PM »
That was hilarious! But then I often read things aloud in a British accent.

I wonder how that joke plays in the UK.

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I don't usually re-read novels. I always feel like I could be reading something new. I have re-read the first three novels in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series but that's about it. I have been meaning to re-read George Eliot's Middlemarch. I love that novel.

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Who Likes Space Opera?
« on: August 25, 2011, 01:36:09 PM »
My favorite space opera writer these days is Peter F. Hamilton. I'm addicted to his writing - the huge casts of characters, the wild plots, the far flung and extraordinary settings. I highly recommend his Night's Dawn trilogy or his Void trilogy.

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The Book Corner / Re: Scariest Book You Ever Read?
« on: August 08, 2011, 07:22:35 PM »
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Everyone gives me the raied eyebrow of skepticism over this but...

Mark Danielewski's "House of Leaves" shook me up pretty bad.  To say it was "scary" might be a stretch but it certainly freaked me out for days.

Bnapier I totally agree. House of leaves disturbed my mind for weeks. I stayed up late one night reading it in a hotel suite with too many rooms and not enough lights.

I agree with Thalia the Muse about the meta fiction - but at least I could fall asleep after reading that.

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The Book Corner / Re: Favorite kind of sci-fi?
« on: August 05, 2011, 09:07:02 PM »
I don't have a particular subgenre of sci-fi that I enjoy more than others, but I have noticed that I tend to gravitate to hard sci-fi with more plausible science and toward space operas in the far flung future. I suppose that is why I enjoy reading Peter F. Hamilton's novels so much.

I think what has always attracted me most about sci-fi is the breadth and depth of the ideas. There was an interesting in-house survey of sci-fi  that the BBC did in 1962. One of the conclusions was that:

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Inherently, SF ideas are short-winded. The interest invariably lies in the activating idea and not in character drama. Amis has coined the phrase "idea as hero" which sums it up. The ideas are often fascinating, but so bizarre as to sustain conviction only with difficulty over  any extended treatment.

The whole thing is here:
http://leethomson.myzen.co.uk/Doctor_Who/Sci-Fi_-_BBC_Report.txt

My favorite stories are those than can manage to combine an interesting ideas, vividly created worlds, and emotionally engaging characters. To mention Hamilton again, I loved his Void trilogy. The Inigo's dream segments  are also some of the best fantasy I've read in ages.

I also like time travel stories.

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The Book Corner / Re: What do you look for in a fantasy book?
« on: August 01, 2011, 05:50:00 PM »
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Frankly, I find that the more intricate the plot with more and more different story lines and important characters, the more the author risks burdening me with one or more characters I do not care about; potentially taking what could have been an effective story and ruining it with the addition of unnecessary and uninteresting characters that I want to skim over.

I agree NogDog. That is one the problems I tend to have with George Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series. He spends a lot of time with characters that I loath. It makes for faster, but less enjoyable reading.


In fantasy Im looking to be shown a world I would like to spend some time in. Maybe not live in, but someplace interesting enough to keep me looking around. Like a tourist in a foreign country. As for plots, I tend to like them well paced. The less complicated they are the faster I prefer them to move. My favorite novels (fantasy or not) tend to have characters that I would wish to emulate in some way. If I see something in the characters that I either see in myself, or wish I saw in myself, and I can care about them, then I want to read more about their story.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The First & Last Line of your novel ...
« on: July 30, 2011, 01:09:54 PM »
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Here are some short (and sometimes surreal) vignettes pieced together from all your excerpts:

Swolf, that was surreal and hilarious.

Thanks!

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The Book Corner / Re: What constitutes "fantasy?"
« on: July 29, 2011, 11:32:42 AM »
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Oh I'm a long-time fantasy reader, but I got bored of high fantasy years ago.

Hi Sean,

What did you find bored your about High Fantasy? Myself, I tend to find the omnipresent quasi-medieval world to be a bit repetitive.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The First & Last Line of your novel ...
« on: July 29, 2011, 11:25:40 AM »
Great idea Aimee!

Some really good first and last lines.

Here are mine:

From The Wizard of Time (Book 1)

First Line: Gabriel closed his eyes as the fist dug into his stomach, knocking the air from his lungs in a gust of breath and pain.

Last Line: He fell asleep dreaming of dancing and stars and Windsor Castle and swords and magic and time travel and hoping that for once, he could finally sleep in.

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Thanks for all the warm welcomes!

In the end, I did go with the nap.


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Hi Everyone,

I have a new YA Fantasy novel out. THE WIZARD OF TIME:

Thirteen-year-old Gabriel Salvador has dreams about the future and his dreams always come true. When he dreams one night that he will drown, he knows upon waking it is only a matter of time before his dream becomes reality.

Plucked from the timeline of history at the moment of his death, Gabriel becomes an apprentice time mage and part of an elite team of wizards who travel throughout history to fight the War of Time and Magic.

Victorian London, the Aztec temples of 1487, the Greek island of Samos in 320 BCE, Scotland in the Middle Ages, and the battle fields of Alexander the Great are only some of the adventures in time that await Gabriel  as he learns to become a time mage and joins the battle to protect the timeline of history in THE WIZARD OF TIME.

THE WIZARD OF TIME is approximately 101,000 words long.

The profile page is here:
http://www.kboards.com/book/?asin=B005DVJPLQ

A sample is here:
http://www.kboards.com/sample/?asin=B005DVJPLQ

Amazon Page:
http://www.amazon.com/Wizard-Time-Book-ebook/dp/B005DVJPLQ/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1311873559&sr=8-10

Thanks for the look,
Geoffrey

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The Book Corner / Re: What constitutes "fantasy?"
« on: July 28, 2011, 11:39:47 AM »
This made me think of a quote by Larry Niven - his corollary to Arthur C. Clarke's Famous 3rd law.

Arthur C. Clarke: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

Larry Niven: "Any sufficiently rigorously defined magic is indistinguishable from technology."

Personally, I always think of the key component of fantasy as the presence of the impossible without any attempt at a scientific explanation. For instance are psychic abilities fantasy, or sci-fi? I think it depends on the telling of the story.

This is a bit wonky, but U of M English professor, Eric S. Rabkin wrote a book exploring the subject in a very scholarly way called THE FANTASTIC IN LITERATURE. I haven't read it in ages, but one of the things I remember from his classes (he teaches sci-fi and fantasy as literature - best teacher ever!) was the idea that both fantasy and sci-fi novels are explorations and retellings of ancient myths. A very Joseph Campbell - HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES kind of approach. Fantasy and sci-fi authors are the modern mythmakers - word shamans guiding us on journeys that seem external but really look inward.

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Hello Fellow Reader and Authors!

I'm Geoffrey. I write Sci-Fi and Fantasy. I'm currently indie publishing two YA fantasy novels, working on writing sequels for them, and trying to edit down a YA sci-fi novel. I wish I had a time machine or a time turner or time tunnel. I'd settle for a time travel twin. Or a nap.

I'm looking forward to meeting other readers and authors, especially those who geek for a little sci-fi and fantasy.

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Great thread. Thanks to everyone who provided sales figures. Very helpful info from folks. Especially as my first novel just went live a few days ago. Not much for sales yet, but I haven't really told anyone its available. I've been waiting to proof the print version first. And trying to keep my expectations in check.

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