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dustydigger
Posted 2012-07-05 4:29 PM (#3604)
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Hello to all new members! Why not introduce yourselves here,telling us a little bit about yourself,how you found the site,what authors or features you love about the group.We welcome everyone and look forward to hearing your comments.Happy reading!
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Scary_Girl
Posted 2012-07-16 8:03 PM (#3754 - in reply to #3604)
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Here, as in right here? I hope I'm doing this right....Hello everyone, my name is Scary Girl. I LOOOVE horror but also read Science Fiction. I love the reviews here. Just read one about Heinlen book I hadn't heard of before. I am currently most into audio horror. Any other fans out there? I am obsessing the Dreadtime Stories series as of late. Here is a link of anyone is interested: http://bit.ly/L6hjeD. Hope to meet and get to chat with many other like-minded people here. Cheers!!
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Posted 2012-07-17 7:26 PM (#3769 - in reply to #3754)
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Hello Scary_Girl and welcome (officially) to WWEnd!  I'm glad you found us and that you're enjoying the reviews.  Our members put a lot of effort into them.

So you're a horror fan?  Very good.  I was hoping we were getting some horror fans coming to the site.  Horror is still a bit new for us you know.  We've got one straight up horror award, Bram Stoker, and one fantasy/horror award, BFS, along with a good horror list, HWA Reading List, to get you started.  We'll be adding the Shirley Jackson Award and the Horror Grand Master award for authors too so stand by for those.

WWEnd is a great place to meet other fans and I've made many great friendships through the site and I trust you will too.  Welcome!

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Scary_Girl
Posted 2012-07-17 9:12 PM (#3771 - in reply to #3604)
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Thanks for the warm welcome! Great news about the awards. I'll be keeping an eye out. Love the site so far. It's easy to navigate and I love the design. Looking forward to more
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dustydigger
Posted 2012-07-18 3:12 PM (#3794 - in reply to #3604)
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Hi,Scary Girl.The horror section is a bit thin,but our admins are slaving away to build up the SF section still.Start thinking what authors and books you would like to add.Who are some of your favourite authors?
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Scary_Girl
Posted 2012-07-18 10:12 PM (#3798 - in reply to #3604)
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Hi dustydigger, I am actually not the best person to ask re: horror authors and books. I read SciFi but am much more into film and classic style audio when it comes to horror. For movies, I grew up on the Scream and Saw series so that has some appeal, but I really love the classics like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Dracula, and most movies by Dario Argento, Clive Barker, Tod Browning and others. I love the Twilight Zone audio series and as I mentioned, I am really digging the Dreadtime Stories series. I'm probably not the typical horror fan, but I'd say I am a fine representative of a classic horror fan
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dustydigger
Posted 2012-07-19 1:52 AM (#3801 - in reply to #3604)
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Call me Dusty! :0)
I am not into audio at all.I find it all too slow somehow.I tried my all time favourite book,Pride and Prejudice,which I have read a minimum of a dozen times,and there were so many downsides - cant vary the pace,difficult to skip back to refresh my mind on a point,and SLOW.One thing is that I feel a bit uncomfortable somehow,as if I am standing behind a door eavesdropping on the story! lol.I should imagine though,with audio books that would surely ratchet up the tension if scary things were happening.Probably too scary for me.! lol
I havent seen any horror films for years,not since my grown up sons left home and I was no longer subjected to them on a regular basis!Still love the old films,especially the 1933 Frankenstein.Love old vampire films too.After all the black and white films I will never forget the riot of colour in the Hammer Dracula films with Christopher Lee,wonderful stuff I just love any old film,no matter how cheesy which has vampires- even Wesley Snipe's Blade! lol.
Anyway,welcome once more,enjoy scaring yourself with your audio books.Great avi,by the way
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Switters
Posted 2012-07-19 2:55 PM (#3815 - in reply to #3604)
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Hello,

A couple of months ago I decided to read all the books nominated for the Hugo this year. I'm still working on A Dance With Dragons but I've knocked out the rest of them. I never would have picked up Among Others if I hadn't wanted to read them all and it's probably my favorite book of the year.

I stumbled on the site after doing a search for the Locus Best SF and joined up right away. It's been fun going through and tracking the books I've read. Thanks for having me.
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Posted 2012-07-19 4:01 PM (#3822 - in reply to #3815)
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Hey Switters, welcome to WWEnd!  You've come to the right place for the Hugo and Locus awards.  They're 2 of the most popular awards on the site.  Very cool that you're almost done reading this year's Hugo noms.  Does that mean you'll be voting or, even better, going to WorldCon?

Among Others is racking up the noms including a Nebula win.  This is a perfect illustration of one of the best things about the awards.  You gave it a go because of the Hugo nom and came away with a great experience.  One that you would have missed otherwise.  Take that haters.

Anyway, we've got tons of great stuff hidden around the site so do a little digging and let us know what you think.  Welcome, again, to our community!

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Emil
Posted 2012-07-20 2:53 AM (#3824 - in reply to #3822)
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Administrator - 2012-07-20 11:01 AM Take that haters.


Are there? My word!

Welcome @Switters. There is no home like Worlds Without End
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stevefrank
Posted 2012-08-27 7:25 AM (#4032 - in reply to #3604)
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with all of you. I want to introduce myself...My name is steve. I join this site...because want to know something different. and I think it's different site..!!
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Administrator
Posted 2012-08-27 8:06 AM (#4033 - in reply to #3824)
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Emil - 2012-07-20 2:53 AM
Administrator - 2012-07-20 11:01 AM Take that haters.
Are there? My word!

There seem to be a lot of people who hate the awards.  Apparently because they are not infallible.  Which is surely throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

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Posted 2012-08-27 8:12 AM (#4034 - in reply to #4032)
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stevefrank - 2012-08-27 7:25 AM with all of you. I want to introduce myself...My name is steve. I join this site...because want to know something different. and I think it's different site..!!

Hello, Steve!  Welcome to WWEnd.  We're glad you've found us to your liking.  We've got a lot of great content for genre book fans and some really knowledgeable members to help you out if you have any questions or if you're looking for recommendations.  Enjoy, and let us know if you need any help.

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Fantasybear
Posted 2012-08-27 10:37 AM (#4035 - in reply to #4034)
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Hello there, my name`s John, and I live in Lincolnshire, UK. I found this site by chance while looking for fantasy websites on the internet. I was taken by the title of the site itself, and it seems pretty full of stuff!
I`ve loved the written forms of science fiction, fantasy, and to some extent, horror and the supernatural, since being a young boy of about ten and reading a short novel by Lester del Rey, 'Rocket (or Voyage?) to Infinity'. That really turned me on to this genre. As an older adult my reading has diversified into other forms, literary, historical, etc.
Since then I`ve read most of the well known names, but my favourite is probably Ursula K. le Guin, especially 'The Left Hand of Darkness' and the 'Earthsea' novels.
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Posted 2012-08-27 12:06 PM (#4036 - in reply to #4035)
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Fantasybear - 2012-08-27 10:37 AM Hello there, my name`s John, and I live in Lincolnshire, UK. I found this site by chance while looking for fantasy websites on the internet. I was taken by the title of the site itself, and it seems pretty full of stuff! I`ve loved the written forms of science fiction, fantasy, and to some extent, horror and the supernatural, since being a young boy of about ten and reading a short novel by Lester del Rey, 'Rocket (or Voyage?) to Infinity'. That really turned me on to this genre. As an older adult my reading has diversified into other forms, literary, historical, etc. Since then I`ve read most of the well known names, but my favourite is probably Ursula K. le Guin, especially 'The Left Hand of Darkness' and the 'Earthsea' novels.

Hello, John, and welcome to WWEnd!  The name, Worlds Without End, seemed apropos given the never ending stories in genre fiction.  So many worlds to explore, so little time.  I'm glad you like the name.  We were quite happy that it was still available all those years ago.  We're definitely full of stuff, though some might use a different noun

Lots of great books to peruse and plenty of tools built into the site to help you find the best books: awards, best of lists, member reviews, blog and forum conversations etc. etc.  If you haven't see it, do check out the BookTrackr page which explains some of the cool features.  Also, be sure to click around.  There are lots of hidden gems to be found that often times people miss like the Author Videos and resources like the Mags and Podcasts etc.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.  Cheers!

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Marleana
Posted 2012-10-11 5:59 PM (#4241 - in reply to #3604)
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Well, I surely missed this topic before I started posting. :p I found this site through Twitter, if I remember right. I have been a sci-fi nut since I was 4 or 5 and first saw Star Wars in the theater. (A New Hope, not Phantom Menace) I spent a lot of time in libraries when I was a kid, reading as much as possible. Mostly, I like sci-fi and fantasy, not really into horror anymore. Grew up watching a lot of horror movies, but lost the taste for it. Books are my biggest passion aside from music. I think without those two things, I'd just wither away and die.
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Posted 2012-10-11 7:56 PM (#4243 - in reply to #4241)
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Marleana - 2012-10-11 5:59 PM Well, I surely missed this topic before I started posting. :p I found this site through Twitter, if I remember right. I have been a sci-fi nut since I was 4 or 5 and first saw Star Wars in the theater. (A New Hope, not Phantom Menace) I spent a lot of time in libraries when I was a kid, reading as much as possible. Mostly, I like sci-fi and fantasy, not really into horror anymore. Grew up watching a lot of horror movies, but lost the taste for it. Books are my biggest passion aside from music. I think without those two things, I'd just wither away and die.

Well, I already said welcome in another thread but this is the official spot so:  Welcome to WWEnd!

I saw Star Wars in the theater when I was a in the Cub Scouts. (New Hope not Phantom Menace)  That makes me a bit older than you.  Doesn't it make you sick when you talk to people who only know it from video?  Whipper-snappers.  I couldn't get enough and saw it 6 times in the first 2 weeks!

I hope WWEnd will help feed your passion for SF/F books!

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Marleana
Posted 2012-10-11 8:01 PM (#4244 - in reply to #3604)
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Haha! Dang kids, get off my lawn! Seeing them in the theater the first time around was just the best. I remember seeing Empire and yelling at the Emperor lol...I saw them in the theater in their 2nd incarnation too, stood in line and all, froze my butt off, too. I don't remember how many times I'd seen them when I was a kid. I do remember seeing another movie with it the first time, and thinking that movie sucked. Critic at a young age. And yes, I now have a nice huge list of stuff to get into my to-read pile. I've read a lot but it's amazing at what I've missed.
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dustydigger
Posted 2012-10-12 1:57 PM (#4245 - in reply to #4244)
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Hm,I cant say I really enjoyed my first time to see the films in the cinema.(except of course that fantastic ship looming into view at the start).There was a special showing of all three,one after the other,in 1985 I think,and my 9 year old son begged me to take him.We went in at 2 pm,after lining up FOREVER in the burning sun,and came out again at 9.15 pm.I thought my legs were permanently bent.I think I was surrounded by hundreds of 10 - 12 year olds,who knew all the dialogue off by heart,reciting along with the actors.That put me off Star Wars a little after that.No wonder,that son watched the video for about five years,and by then his younger brother was ready to start!Add all the money spent on the figures,the Millenium Falcon etc,and you can see why I am a bit jaundiced about them! lol.
About 2 weeks ago,the younger son,now 28 was exclaiming over the prices the original figures go for today,and berated me for not keeping them all.
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Scott Laz
Posted 2012-10-12 5:11 PM (#4246 - in reply to #3604)
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I was 13, old enough to beg my mom to drive me downtown (Salt Lake City) right after school so I could get in line on the first day at one of the giant-screen palaces that still existed then. (They've all been torn down or subdivided into multiple screens in the years since.) That became a ritual with a few friends, as we had to be there on the first day for Close Encounters, Alien, Star Trek TMP, and Empire. Today's pampered youngsters must realize that back then, seeing these films (often multiple times), was a much more urgent task, since we had no idea that technologies would soon exist that would allow us to watch them whenever we wanted at home! I'm actually not that big a Star Wars fan, but I was just the right age to lap it up at the time. I can still pretty much replay the film in my head, but have never seen a home video version. I understand some changes have been made...

@dusty: If everyone had held onto their Star Wars toys, they wouldn't be worth much now...
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dustydigger
Posted 2012-10-13 4:42 PM (#4248 - in reply to #4246)
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Scott,I was horrified when I came back from Africa in the 80s and found all those magnificent cinemas had been turned into bingo halls,or multiplexes if they were centrally located.That wonderful feeling of many hundreds sharing the same experience was gone,probably forever..I dont think I will ever forget the aweinspiring Lawrence of Arabia back in 1963,the stunning vistas of the desert.True,later I was embarrassed by the cheesy melodromatics of O'Toole,but at the time those magnificent vistas were shared by many hundreds,and across UK,presumably many thousands.The claustrophobic little screens in tiny rooms today just dont cut it.You might as well go straight to watching it at home - especially now when so many people have HUGE TV screens.
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zombiemomma175
Posted 2012-10-15 6:01 PM (#4255 - in reply to #3604)
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Zombiemomma here. Just saying hello. Can't wait to dig around on this site, to read some reviews. Always looking for a good, zombie, thriller, survival type book.
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Posted 2012-10-15 6:21 PM (#4256 - in reply to #4255)
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Welcome to WWEnd, zombiemomma175!  If you're looking for horror books you've found us at the perfect time.  We're busy adding tons of horror books, zombie included, to the site for our Month of Horrors.  Please do dig around and let us know what you think or if you have any questions.

In the mean time, I have a question for you:  Are there 174 other zombiemomma's out there?  I'm picturing the zombie apocalypse coinciding with a PTA meeting with horrible results!

Cheers!

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Emil
Posted 2012-10-23 12:56 AM (#4283 - in reply to #3604)
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Welcome @zombiemomma, and if I may, can I suggest that you read the Dead World series by Joe McKinney? I find it an excellent zombie survival narrative. The first book is arguably the weakest, but then McKinney upped his game considerably with the next installments. His experience as a disaster management specialist is memorably applied in Flesh Eaters, by far his strongest novel as yet. I have the next book, Mutated already on my bookshelf and look forward to reading it with great anticipation.

Dead CityApocalypse of the DeadFlesh EatersMutated

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JDowds
Posted 2012-12-31 12:13 PM (#4461 - in reply to #3604)
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Hey everyone, happy to be here! I've been reading Scifi/Fantasy for years now, it's nice to see a place where I can talk about it with others. Looking forward to the Women of Genre Fiction challenge.
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