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In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012, 14:55:57 BST
Hi Anita!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012, 14:58:35 BST
Anita says:
Marcus, may I give you this?:

Special for Marcus

I'm not sure about the sum, but it might be 10.000...

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012, 15:00:18 BST
Garscadden says:
If the post was deleted, it would be silly to paste it back in:

"MP said:
Exactly. Although I don't find AK to be brutal (then again, she is a friend so perhaps I'm biased). Totally agree about G, although I have had some pleasant conversations with her, as well. But indeed - you're a pussycat! LOL!"
(with changes to protect the innocent. I wonder if A will ban me for this?)

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012, 15:34:06 BST
Last edited by the author on 6 May 2012, 15:36:40 BST
You are most kind!

ETA: The cats are safe ... for the moment

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012, 15:35:25 BST
Last edited by the author on 6 May 2012, 15:37:12 BST
Thanks. There, what's so bad about that? Unless someone who doesn't like you, G or AK (or, indeed, me) maybe reported abuse ... but why Ammy would delete it, even if reported, is beyond me.

The great book emporium does work in mysterious ways ...

ETA: reference to me in brackets.

Posted on 6 May 2012, 15:43:27 BST
Anita says:
Hmmm... somebody's out. Tracked by 5 customers instead of 6... WHO? :)

Posted on 6 May 2012, 21:16:41 BST
Rj Palmer says:
Sins of the Father

Check them out if you like or not. Hope yiou all have a great day reading.

Posted on 6 May 2012, 22:46:45 BST
Jo Rowe says:
I was enjoying this forum and tracking it because I was interested to see people's suggestions. However in the last couple of days it seems to have been taken over by Garscadden and has descended into insults. I feel very sorry for the person who started the forum. I have stopped tracking the forum because my email has been overwhelmed by all the updates. I hope the moderators are going to do something about Garscadden.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012, 23:01:05 BST
Garscadden says:
Perhaps this thread should be moved to MoA? The people who set up this forum (Amazon), made it very clear in December that self promotion isn't allowed here.

Things you could do
- ask Amazon to move this thread to MoA, where spam is welcome
- report my ruder posts to Amazon, if you feel strongly ask them to intervene.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012, 00:20:00 BST
Anita says:
"...it seems to have been taken over by Garscadden..."

You should have told me you are THAT powerful :)

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012, 00:23:54 BST
Anita says:
Jo Rowe: I suggest you read one Daft Cat's posts, perhaps you'll reconsider about the author of insults.

Off topic: without ANY feedback from OP threads tend to derail

Posted on 7 May 2012, 03:51:32 BST
Last edited by the author on 7 May 2012, 04:18:08 BST
Anita says:
Just for the record, only facts.

The original poster asked for free or cheap Kindle books. Never asked for self-published books. Never asked any authors to push their own books. Plus, s/he said s/he liked Maria V. Snyder and Trudi Canavan, both established authors. Has any of self-promoting authors written something of about the same level? Honestly? A fourteen year old kid might truly believe, that if you've written a book, it must be about as good. Is it, really? Shame on you. Including Jo Rowe, first pushing his own book, then complaining. And by the way, dear author, a forum and a thread are two different things. There is no such a thing as "track this forum".

I repeat myself: the one and only sound suggestion is by J.Yasimoto.
Edit: sorry, Katy May. Another post of valid suggestions.

Now, about insults. Garscadden called somebody an idiot, so that's one derogatory word, I failed to find more. Plus, all the spammers break the rules, and that's a fact. Garscadden says so, and that's not a crime, anyone has a right to point out the rules established by Amazon. Just tell me it's not so. Plus, not knowing the law does not make you innocent per se.

I'm definitely NOT going to make a list of derogatory words used by My Daft Cat. Enough to say that impersonating some kind of Goddess she claimed herself the right to command Garscadden around, she plain lied about him, she snooped around his personal life and criticized his person. Talk about insult.

Try to deny that. Without screaming. With facts. Or are you just right by definition?

Posted on 7 May 2012, 08:10:30 BST
Sou'Wester says:
The problem is not that Garscadden has "taken over" this thread. The problem is that this and so many other book forums have been saturated by "writers" boorishly muscling in on discussions to promote their latest book. This intrusive behaviour has totally ruined many of these forums over the last year or so, and Amazon have now made it absolutely clear that this practice is not permitted, except in the MOA forum. Not only does G. perform a good service in rebuking writers who blatantly disregard the rules (and in so doing, pull a fast one on fellow authors who do treat these forums with respect), he is also a past master at whinkling out the even more disreputable individuals who try and con us with fake and sock-puppet posts and reviews. And if you really want to see rude and insulting posts, watch the reaction of some of these latter folk when their devious activities are exposed!
(N.B. I have assumed G. is male; my sincere apologies if I've performed a digital sex change operation!)

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012, 12:05:09 BST
Quite right, too. If people didn't self-promote when Amazon has made it clear that it isn't allowed, then there would be no need for all this brouhaha.

There are some, presumably new, authors, who perhaps inadvertently self-promote. When apprised of their error and asked to remove it, they do so, often with an apology. That is good. There are some who respond by arguing. That is not good. There are some who don't self-promote. That is best.

Posted on 7 May 2012, 12:15:26 BST
Garscadden says:
I'd missed the fact that Jo Rowe was one of the earlier spammers on this thread, maybe she is upset because no-one reported her to Amazon?

(Sou'wester - I do indeed have the set of chromosomes you assumed)

Posted on 7 May 2012, 16:42:30 BST
Anita says:
Is Jo Rowe a she? My deepest apologies for confusing genders

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012, 18:22:44 BST
Garscadden says:
I believe she is, but that is an assumption on my part, he may be a he!

Posted on 7 May 2012, 20:16:06 BST
M. Cosgrove says:
I totted up a few numbers concerning this thread.

Current instances of self-promotion: 4
Off-topic posts by Sou'Wester: 2
Off-topic posts by Marcus: 7
Off-topic posts by Anita: 11
Off-topic posts by Garscadden: 15

Double standards? Start your own thread if you wish to talk about topics other than those asked for by the original poster. Tut, tut.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012, 20:43:55 BST
Anita says:
Fair enough. With some reservations, though.

1. You forgot to count posts by M. Cosgrove
2. You conveniently waited for the cat to go mouse-hunting
3. You failed to realize, that people do react to insults, and Garscadden WAS insulted, I'll repeat that under oath, if necessary
4. For the sake of justice you should have counted also on-topic posts, INCLUDING Garscadden's and mine

All right, Garscadden should NOT have called you an idiot, even if he calls himself an idiot from time to time. On the other hand, even being new you should NOT break the rules. They are written clearly enough, and being too lazy to read them is no excuse (is THAT an insult?) Look, I don't know you, and I have nothing against you. If you've written a really good book, it will find it's readers, I hope, so good luck with it. Just, please, no more spamming, keep your self-promotion to Meet Our Authors, and problem solved.

As for aforementioned cat, she's hardly worth mentioning ever again

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012, 20:44:05 BST
Number of posts by the original poster since the OP on 23 March - 0

Just sayin'

Posted on 7 May 2012, 20:55:43 BST
Last edited by the author on 7 May 2012, 20:56:07 BST
Garscadden says:
I thought I made an on-topic comment too :)

Hmm, other cheap Fantasy books. The obvious current choice would be A Song of Ice and Fire (1) - A Game of Thrones - there was a lot of discussion recently about whether it was good or rubbish. It is sitting on my pile waiting to be read, so I couldn't really say either way, but given the number of people who think it is good, it's probably worth a punt.

Jon Rosenburg's books, starting with The Unicorn Crisis (The Hidden Academy) also get tremendous reviews - got to be worth a try.

If you are on a limited budget and want darn fine fantasy, I'd hunt out second hand copies of Neil Gaimans books, Neverwhere and American Gods in particular. And if you want good bizarre fantasy, and can spare *some* money - get the Sandman graphic novels written by Neil. Some of the best writing and imaginative stories I've ever seen (my bias here is that I collected those comics as they were released, so they do remind me of a particular point in my life).

Posted on 7 May 2012, 20:57:55 BST
Last edited by the author on 7 May 2012, 23:33:33 BST
Anita says:
P.S. AT LEAST 6 spam posts of self-promotion, I didn't count too carefully, so maybe more
EDIT (2) Seven now

EDIT: +1 to last Marcus' post

And just for fun you might like to count also how many people think that our off-topic posts add to the discussion

Posted on 7 May 2012, 22:50:00 BST
memyselfandi says:
From Mighty Roots (Salaakia) I recently read this and is well worth a look. could not put it down.

Posted on 14 May 2012, 15:21:38 BST
Wow, I'm pretty new to the Amazon forums and the arguments, sorry, discussions, that go on here are amazing!

Back to the original question: I've read two indie fantasies that I've really enjoyed.
1. The Book of Deacon by Joseph Lallo (first book is free, second and third a couple of pounds I think)
2. Draykon by Charlotte E. English (first book about 80p I think)

These are both similar to Trudi Canavan's work (and as good in my opinion) so I think you'd enjoy them.

Posted on 16 May 2012, 15:22:23 BST
Last edited by the author on 16 May 2012, 15:26:28 BST
Beth Lewis says:
If you're still looking, Graceling and Fire, both by Kristen Cashore are fun.

For cheapy kindle books I'd go for Darkling Worlds by A J Lewis (no relation) Darkling Worlds fun, easy to read fantasy, quite long but not too heavy for a 14yr old.
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