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    Upward price creep for Kindle fantasy novels

    Yeah... I'll just add "create new marketing service" to my many random hats I already wear when it comes to self publishing. ;) I HATE this sort of defensive pricing publishers do to ensure people buy the dead tree editions. The fact it's so obviously counterintuitive I think creates a lot of...
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    Upward price creep for Kindle fantasy novels

    The bookbub well has mostly dried up for the self-publishers. Or it's the beginning of the end in that the traditional publishers are now scooping up all the slots. As in on Feb 7th, Michael Crichton and John Irving were featured (I know a fellow self pubber who keeps a rage list of these but I...
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    It's February 2019: What fantasy book are you reading?

    I imagine you have that tattooed on your stomach, thug life style. I really want to do a reread of The Invisibles again to see if it holds up. Or if I even understood it in the first place. I'm going to a con in a few months and want to see what I can do about getting a blank white badge...
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    It's January 2019: What fantasy book are you reading?

    I was just thinking today how prescient King was with The Stand in that it takes place in 1990 but was published in 1978. I remember the cost of gas was way off and it was anachronistic that people still listened to records rather than CDs in the story. Which was still pretty amazing all things...
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    Upward price creep for Kindle fantasy novels

    You're preaching to the choir there. But the self publishing option is stealing away some talent, as demonstrated by Michael Sullivan (albeit being aware he started as self published) saying he's going self published from here on out. He's of a mind that the next crop of fantasy authors are...
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    Upward price creep for Kindle fantasy novels

    I can't tell if you're being serious or not...
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    Upward price creep for Kindle fantasy novels

    Then what do you have to make per month if you like smoking while you read?
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    It's January 2019: What fantasy book are you reading?

    Yeah, the exemplar in the micro-subgenre is a textbook by Wolf on worldbuilding, but it's an academic work that examines it over the ages as a cross-media experience (video games and the like), while I'm much more interested in the application of worldbuilding specifically to fantasy authors/...
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    It's January 2019: What fantasy book are you reading?

    I just finished Library at Mount Char a few days ago and would give it a 3* and consider that generous. I think it's of a literary fiction bent because the plotting was all over the place, the pacing terrible, and the big twist basically took away all the agency of the protag... not that it...
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    It's December 2018: What fantasy book are you reading?

    Sandman was part of the British invasion in comics in the 80/90s including Alan Moore and Grant Morrison, which led to the DC Vertigo label. These were not the spandex comics for kids, but were instead aimed at adults. Gaiman's Sandman was probably their crown jewel and is the only comic to win...
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    It's December 2018: What fantasy book are you reading?

    Sandman is by far his best work IMO and is epic in scope if not in high-fantasy feel. But if you want a more traditional/ high fantasy entry point, I'd suggests Stardust, which blends a lot of those familiar tropes with Gaimen's more Urban/ Historical fantasy leanings. After that, American Gods...
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    It's December 2018: What fantasy book are you reading?

    It Takes A Thief was actually the first book I read by Hayes and it's enjoyable if not groundbreaking. Non-grimdark heist novels set in a Frenchish world with alchemy instead of outright magic. Husband and wife thieves with loads of witty dialogue.
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    It's December 2018: What fantasy book are you reading?

    I'm of the mind the sequel will be better for the sheer fact she got the setup out of the way and can now focus on the story. The school and Atlan (sic?) were the parts that bored me the most, while the gods/ shaman were pretty damn cool. I think she can fully embrace her fantasy conceit for the...
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    It's December 2018: What fantasy book are you reading?

    Is that wall the invasion of the city? The first one?
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    It's November 2018: What fantasy book are you reading?

    Yeah, I DNF'd KotW 20% in or so. I'm not a huge fan of humor in my books, so the general band conceit got old pretty fast. It's a great concept but got a little one note after a while.