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  1. moonspawn

    Fantasy or Sci-Fi Poetry Collections?

    Clark Ashton Smith wrote lots and lots of fantasy poetry. You can find that for free online. I know him mainly for his short stories, but even his prose tend to be more poetry than prose. He was a poet first and then a short story writer second.
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    October 2016. What fantasy books are you reading?

    It is sort of character driven but at the same time it isn't. I expect character driven works to be more fluid. The plot construction is too rigid to say this is truly character driven. aSoIaF, now that is character driven; GRRM grows the story like a garden, with characters actually making...
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    October 2016. What fantasy books are you reading?

    I also said it's beautifully written. It's also mysterious and ambiguous if you want more adjectives. Ah yes, and then I should also point out that the series is highly sexualized. The city that the stories revolve around called Paradys is like Sodom and Gomorrah; the people seem to have no...
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    Have we had enough of 'epic fantasy'?

    Weird fiction actually isn't really a genre, but works (particularly short stories and novellas) from certain specific subgenres can often times be called weird fiction. Weird fiction has been lurking in the shadows of speculative fiction for a little over a century and it never really did break...
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    Female anti-hero a selling point?

    Excellent writing and inventive concepts are generally what make me want to big up a book. I don't care if a character is an anti-hero regardless of their gender. Having said that its not a bad idea at all to include an anti-hero female in your work. Just do whatever you want.
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    October 2016. What fantasy books are you reading?

    I haven't read fantasy written like In the Night Garden; the way she interweaves stories just isn't done very often. I mean other authors use the technique of interweaving multiple stories, but not in the literal sense the way she does. For other arabianesque fantasy the Flat Earth Series by...
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    Should I read more books by Glen Cook?

    When I quit the Black Company I felt burned out by Glen Cook and now many months later I still feel burned out by him. His overly terse prose serves his stories well but after a while that tired me out. I really like some of his books, but reading more of any of his books anytime soon doesn’t...
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    John dies at the end (David Wong)

    How does such an easy, breezy read like that give you a migraine? It's usually books of merit and serious challenge that gives me a headache. For example last summer I read To the Lighthouse and there was a period where I actually started to hallucinate I was concentrating so hard. I feel...
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    2016 reading resolutions

    Fantasy and sci fi.
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    John dies at the end (David Wong)

    The reviews on Goodreads really make this book sound stupid, even the positive reviews. I hear some comparison's to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy which really is brilliantly humorous, but that doesn't have a bunch of dick, poop, and fart jokes like this book, which isn't exactly what I would...
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    2016 reading resolutions

    Well I kept my reading resolution quite modest and I've done well for that. I said I wanted to read more female speculative fiction authors in order to combat this stupid idea that male speculative fiction authors are better. Specifically I said I wanted to read Lois McMaster Bujold, Tanith Lee...
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    September 2016: What fantasy books are you reading?

    I feel the same way, although there was one audiobook I really enjoyed, but that was probably because the narrator was fantastic. That's interesting. I didn't know Ben doesn't read anymore. I notice that when I listen to audiobooks I tend to get distracted by other stuff and then I end up not...
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    I just bought...

    I recently bought the Secret Book of Paradys by Tanith Lee and Viriconium by M. John Harrison. Both are reasonably priced omnibus's and right now Viriconium is only $1.99 for kindle at Amazon. Both of these should be really good and sophisticated. Oh I'm so excited!
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    Book deals and discounts (post here)

    Viriconium by M. John Harrison is only $1.99 on Amazon right now. This is an omnibus consisting of four books and its supposed to be really sophisticated, so this is a pretty damn good deal. ttps://
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    September 2016: What fantasy books are you reading?

    I finished In the Cities of Coin and Spice (Orphan's Tales) by Catherynne Valente the other day and I liked it. It wasn't as good overall as In the Night Garden in my opinion, but I felt like it had a satisfactory ending with a very interesting plot twist at the very end that I probably should...
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    Which Malazan book is the best (for you) ?

    Interesting. After it's been a while since I've read a book my memory will turn pretty fog, but yet I still have compartmentalized in my head where certain events happened in a series, and I can very vaguely remember the order of events. It doesn't really run together at all for me unless its a...
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    September 2016: What fantasy books are you reading?

    Well you know I'm not the fastest reader in the world. I have to decide if a book is going to be worth my time first. You can only read so many books in a year. So many books in a life time.
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    September 2016: What fantasy books are you reading?

    The reviews on Goodreads for In the Night Garden are some of the best and most inspiring I've encountered, which is the main reason I picked it up; and indeed the reviewers actually describe the book accurately which is unusual. I haven't heard of Six Gun Snow White, but if a title can turn me...
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    September 2016: What fantasy books are you reading?

    First it was the Narrator. Then I convinced you to read the Black Company. Now this! You might as well follow me on Goodreads if this is going to turn into a habit. More people really should hitch a ride on my train!