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    Lysalis

    Lysalis Disremembered

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    Hi everyone

    I'm new here, and expect to find a whole bunch of people sharing my addiction to fantasy stories. :)

    I live in Switzerland, therefore my native language is swiss-german. However my education/ choice of profession requires english skills. Moreover I love the english language, which also led to my habit reading almost everything in english not in german. This went so far, that I came to dislike reading books written / translated to german. Anyhow, what I want to say is, that if ever it should happen that my english is not 100%, ascribe it to the fact it isn't my first language or feel free to point it out. :D

    My favourite writers are: Robin Hobb, Mercedes Lackey, Fiona McInosh, Sara Douglass, Jennifer Fallon, Tamora Pierce, Trudi Canavan,...

    I'm always looking for new reading material. I'm sure I will find the one or other recommendation for good fantasy here. :)
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    chrispenycate

    chrispenycate resident pedantissimo Staff Member

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    Gruetzi

    Ce n'est pas du tout evident qu'un habitant de la Suisse parle schwiizerteutsch ;)

    Some of us have made different choices.

    Wilcommen none the less to this centre of wisdom and learning; where do you get your books? I now tend to wait for my annual visits to the family, since Genf, despite its large anglophone population, is extremely restricted in choice of English language books.

    More fantasy than SF, I see. In keeping with the distribution of the site.

    Ah, yes, the sense of humour is not aligned with the inhabitants the other side of the rösigraben (unless you hail from Basle, verliecht?); don't panic; very few here bite, and most of the strange conversation is actually harmless, despite how it sounds to start with. The main problems generated are lack of sleep, an excess of time passed here, and a mild sense of bemusement about how much more there is to read.

    Enjoy
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    Lysalis

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    Salut!

    Je suis si désolée, j'ai oublié les suisse romande, mais je crois nous sommes en surnombre, et voilà c'est pourquoi... Just kidding. :D

    I live near Basel, I was born there and just finished my studies at the University of Basel.

    Thanks for the welcome, I'm hoping to find a lot of funny and open minded people around here.

    And yep, more fantasy and no sf...:p But I'm always open to new things

    ETA: I order my books over bookshops like Bider&Tanner or Thalia. Requires however that you know what you want. So I have to look for new books somewhere else. But now and then, they have something new in their shelves, if your lucky. I mean I should be already grateful they actually have a certain number of english Fantasy books in their shops.
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    Karn Maeshalanadae

    Karn Maeshalanadae Why?

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    I'm a fantasy man myself, and make no mistake, my avatar is rather misleading. I'm not a girl. :D


    But welcome to Chrons, hope you enjoy your stay. Oh, and if there's any kind of barnyard animal, like a cow, asking you for directions to the moon, don't bother answering him. He'll find his way on his own. :D
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    Lysalis

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    Hi Manarion :D

    What kind of fantasy do you like? What have you read so far?

    Thanks for the welcome. I'll try to remember then... speaking cow - ignore - helps itself to the moon. I think I can keep that.

    I saw on your profile, that you're from Oregon. Cool. How is it there? :)
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    Karn Maeshalanadae

    Karn Maeshalanadae Why?

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    I have to say, I'm kind of semi-traditionalist in fantasy. I've enjoyed the LotR books a bit, and I've read a lot of Terry Brooks, but my two favorite authors are David Eddings and Piers Anthony. :D
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    GOLLUM

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    Hello and welcome my fellow Swiss!...:)

    My father is Swiss from near the Jurer mountains in Canton Berne but moved to Australia more than 50 years ago, his mother tongue being French. I'm an Aussie but have Swiss citizenship and have lived in Zurich.

    I do speak German as a second language....aber viel mehr Hochdeutsch als Schweizer Deutsch!

    Tschuss!

    P.S. Vorsicht! Those Basil Weavers can be a bit dangerous I've been told...;) Hmmm.then again those Berners can be quite slow (langsam) nicht wahr?....
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    Hilarious Joke

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    Welcome!

    My grandfather is Swiss, from Adliswil, he moved to Australia over 50 years ago as well and his mother tongue was Swiss-German. I have a Swiss passport, but I've never been there :p.
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    SpaceShip

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    Hi Lysalis - not Swiss myself (half English/half Irish - so I beat myself up a lot!) but I reckon your English is far better than most, um, English people.

    Anyway, welcome to the Chrons. I love Robin Hobb too and Terry Pratchett comes a close second - two very diverse fantasy writers. Many others, but at the moment they don't jump to mind. Enjoy your time here.
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    Talysia

    Talysia Lady of Autumn

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    Welcome, Lysalis. It's always good to see new faces around here.:)
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    Lysalis

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    Whoa, a lot of swiss and half-swiss here :D

    Hi Gollum: German is an awful language, isn't it? Viel zu kompliziert, ausserdem hört es sich so unkultiviert an im Vergleich zu Englisch, Schweizerdeutsch sowieso, da Bauernsprache *lol*
    I hope to find a Ph.D. position in Zürich. Zürich würde also meine neue Heimat werden, wenn alles klappt. Drück mir die Daumen :)

    Hilarious Joke: You should visit Switzerland once, it's a nice enough, little and safe country. We have some fairly beautiful and diverse landscapes, too. And not to forget the chocolate... :cool:

    Space Ship: Terry Prachett, hmm? I've never read any of his books. But a lot of people read the books. I'll have to give it a go sooner or later, haven't I? A friend of mine even gave me two books, but they are in german, so...;)
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    Rosemary

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    Greetings and Welcome to The Chronicles, Lysalis :)

    I myself am an neutralised Aussie from Britain :D

    Love fantasy myself and especially those written by Robin Hobb, Mercedes Lackey, Fiona McInosh, Sara Douglass, Jennifer Fallon.

    I'm sure your choice of reading will soon expand now you have entered the Hallowed Halls, Corridors, Threads and Basements. :D
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    Lysalis

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    You're favourite writers coincide with mine, cool, somebody with the same taste in the fantasy world :D Wanna be my best new friend? :D

    Did you read The Obsidian trilogy of Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory? I loved the story, particularly the elves :). Currently I'm reading a sequel of it, set a thousand years later.
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    The Ace

    The Ace Aye fur Alba

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    Hi and welcome aboard. Don't mind Freda, she's just making friends. If it helps, think of her as a big, friendly dog with too many legs.
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    Dr.Jackson

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    Hello and Welcome to Chrons!
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    HardScienceFan

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    I don't have Swiss ancestors,but i read a publication from Switzerland.
    Does that count?

    but i am Alemanoglottic,or Germanophone,or Teutonolingual.

    Darn,now i've confused even myself.

    the gist of it is,i speak/understand German.
    However ,you Swiss have to talk slowly,otherwise it's

    er


    let's just say: incomprehtelligistandable
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    chrispenycate

    chrispenycate resident pedantissimo Staff Member

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    You don't want a Baseler if you want slowness, they're almost Alsatians (no, not German shepherds, the ones halfway between you)

    You want a Bernois - generally, with them, there's time to look the word up in the dictionary before the next one arrives.

    I used to read a lot of Lackey, and I've read the first two volumes of the "Obsidian trilogy", but I admit to a certain disappointment with her recent books, particularly the "Elemental Masters". I don't think it'sme that's changing (although I can't be sure) but even the later volumes in the "Bedlam's Bard" series seem to be dragging out ideas, rather than squeezing them in.
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    Lysalis

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    What kind of publication? *Is pretty sure that there is more than one publication from switzerland* :D

    The reason why you don't necessarily understand the swiss, when you speak/understand german, is that the germans speak High German. In Switzerland you speak swiss german (apart from french, italian and räto-romanisch, of course). And Swiss German is more than just a bit different from High German, even germans are not able to understand us, mostly. Different is the accentuation, pronunciation, a lot of words and last but not least the grammar.

    @chrispenycate
    Why didn't you finish the obsidian trilogy? There is still When Darkness falls to be read. :) The sequel trilogy (the endurig flame, only firt book out yet The Phoenix Unchained; The Phoenix Endangered coming soon), drags a bit at the beginning, however it starts to speed up now, I love Lackeys character. I think they are well developed.

    Apart from this trilogy, the Dragon Jousters, her works with Marion Zimmer Bradley and Andre Norton, and a peek in her Valdemar universe through Exile's Honor, I haven't read that much of her. Not implicitly surprising, if you keep in mind that she wrote over 70 books. Anyway, I firmly resolved to read her Valdemar series soon enough - after I read Karen Millers Godspeaker and Kingmaker, Kingbreaker, Steven Eriksons Malzan series, Tamora Pierces The Immortals Quartett, and there is still the Assassin King of Elizabeth Haydon waiting for me since ages and not to forget Jennifer Fallons Immortal Prince trilogy... :D
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    GOLLUM

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    I can confirm this having lived in Zurich. There's also at least 20% diference between Cantons w.r.t. Swiss German.

    As my father is a Berner I can also confirm they can be a bit slow at times.....He He.

    Tschuss!
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    chrispenycate

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    It's not so much "didn't you finish" as "haven't you finished yet". I'll pick it up some time, perhaps even this Christmas. It's just that it didn't awaken the urgency in me some series have. (come to think of it, I've only read two of the dragon jousters, too.
    Yes, I've liked a number of her characters, particularly Kerowyn, and a couple of Bards.

    It might, of course be me changing, rather than the stories.

    And for concentrated incomprehension I would recommend Walliserdeutsch; we did a weekend music festival up there, and took a Bernoise with us for translation, but ended up working in English because she and the locals couldn't understand each other's dialects.

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