J.K. Rowling's new novel: "The Casual Vacancy":

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[up][up]: I don't know if I'm really qualified to speak, but in my experience as a writer: Sometimes, you just gotta call the character what fits. Sometimes they just have a certain name, and you can't change it. It happens, and I know JK is an I Just Write the Thing-er who rolls like that.
"Proto-Indo-European makes the damnedest words related. It's great. It's the Kevin Bacon of etymology." ~Madrugada
52 deathpigeon9th Jun 2012 01:30:44 AM from Everything sacred is a tie, a fetter. , Relationship Status: One True Dodecahedron
Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
More importantly, what's wrong with the name Barry?
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I think the presumed problem is that it's too similar to "Harry." I can see why some people would not be into that.
"Proto-Indo-European makes the damnedest words related. It's great. It's the Kevin Bacon of etymology." ~Madrugada
54 deathpigeon9th Jun 2012 02:25:58 PM from Everything sacred is a tie, a fetter. , Relationship Status: One True Dodecahedron
Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
...Oh, I see... Well, that complaint actually makes sense.
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55 Cider12th Jun 2012 07:52:47 PM from Not New York , Relationship Status: They can't hide forever. We've got satellites.
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Space Opera and Science Fiction are not mutually exclusive. Yes, this is off topic but Space Opera=Opera IN SPACE!! Science Fiction=Fiction about science. Exactly how can these two things not exist in the same work?

Anyway, maybe she can convince people to read again, or at least give me something to read to the kids at daycare.
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Err, space opera is not "just" opera in space. Nor is it necessarily melodrama.
"Proto-Indo-European makes the damnedest words related. It's great. It's the Kevin Bacon of etymology." ~Madrugada
57 TamH7019th Jun 2012 07:01:30 AM from 合計虐殺 , Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
War ALWAYS changes. Man does not.
Not "in space". "IN SPACE!!" There's a trope for that, or should be.
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There is. It's Recycled IN SPACE!.

edited 19th Jun '12 10:43:00 AM by Aondeug

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It is the best trope ever.
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A Sequel To A SF Novel
Do hope she returns to the Potter verse at some point, but it's nice she's trying to go in a different direction. Not as much hype as I thought there would be.
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61 JHM21st Jun 2012 02:33:19 PM from Neither Here Nor There , Relationship Status: I know
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If Space Opera were like Opera in Space!, particularly of the Alban Berg variety, I would probably love it a lot more as a genre than I currently do.
63 MrAHR27th Sep 2012 01:04:43 PM from ಠ_ಠ , Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
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I legitimately just got a call from my mom telling me she bought this book for me, I'll be getting it when I see her next week.
Walking the Earth
Regarding the Sci-Fi discussion above, you don't need to have much more than a basic understanding of science even if you're not writing space opera science fiction. People are aware of the more social/character focused science fiction writers, right? Plus there are things like Back to the Future and Inception which aren't space opera, but still fall under the genre of SF, regardless of scientific merit. The only thing that makes something science fiction is if there is some fictional science or advanced technology not presently available.

As for this book, I'm personally not interested at all. Not even much of a Harry Potter fan really.

edited 27th Sep '12 3:17:00 PM by supergod

For we shall slay evil with logic...
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So apparently, the 'sexy' bits in this are kinda hilarious (link NSFW, obviously).
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D:
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67 TamH7027th Sep 2012 03:53:48 PM from 合計虐殺 , Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
War ALWAYS changes. Man does not.
Oh gawdina grimfeathers, that stuff is painful.

Even some of the crappiest stories on ASSTR are better written porn than that. grin
68 Bur27th Sep 2012 06:29:33 PM from Flyover Country , Relationship Status: Not war
IOU one title
I have yet to see someone write an explicit sex scene well, which is why no one should attempt it.
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She used to write about Harry... ;_;
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71 RhymeBeat27th Sep 2012 09:30:21 PM from Eastern Standard , Relationship Status: In Lesbians with you
Wind at my Back
I really hope that these scenes are the WORST part of the book or will be removed in editing. The book hasn't actually been published yet, right?
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Came out yesterday. :)
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73 RhymeBeat27th Sep 2012 09:40:55 PM from Eastern Standard , Relationship Status: In Lesbians with you
Wind at my Back
Oh.... Well any reviews that don't focus on the creepy sex scenes?
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Her with the hat
Apparently it called a "socialist manifesto" by the Daily Mail. Which JKR was very pleased about.

And a friend of mine who has a copy says that some of the grim-and-gritty stuff is fairly realistic and effective.
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Apparently it called a "socialist manifesto" by the Daily Mail.
Which is funny, because its morality is just as white British middle class as Harry Potter was.

But then it's the Daily Mail, they probably said the same thing about New Labor.
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