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  1. moonspawn

    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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    World fantasy award

    I recently took a look at all of the award recipients and nominees of the world fantasy award https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Fantasy_Award%E2%80%94Novel and found it quite interesting. First of all many of the books that have been nominated have been completely forgotten, with only a few...
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    Drawings in Fantasy

    Not too long ago I was reading the Sleeping Sorceress by Michael Moorcock and it had some really beautiful, very detailed drawings. For me this really enhanced the reading experience. But hardly any fantasy books, or any literature for that matter has drawings, unless it is children's literature...
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    The best fantasy you've never read

    I just recently finished the first three books of Tanith Lee's Flat Earth series which was absolutely fantastic but basically completely unknown at this point in time (Hm....not even mentioned in the list below). So it got me to thinking about the best fantasy you've never read. I was just...
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    To-avoid lists

    Life is too short. We can't read everything so naturally there are some speculative fiction books/authors we choose to avoid despite their popularity. I'm curious to see what authors show up on people's to-avoid lists and if there are any that show up more than others (only post authors you...
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    greatest fantasy novels

    Search for greatest fantasy novels on Google. Then look through the most popular novels mentioned on the web. Looking through the list I found some surprising things and some not so surprising things. I'm curious what everyone else thinks about this and how it reflects what the fantasy genre is...
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    Whats all the fuss about Joe Abercrombie

    WARNING! MAJOR SPOILERS! I recently finished The First Law Trilogy. For me the entire thing was an upwards and downwards spiral, where on one hand I would hate certain characters at various points and lament about the fact that certain parts of the story were dragged on for way too long. I...
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    How do people...

    I have a question for all you avid readers out there. On goodreads I've noticed some people have already read over 100 books so far this year and the year isn't even done! Some even have the unbelievable goal of reading 200 or possibly more during the year! I'm not aware that any of my friends...
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    Clark Ashton Smith dedication

    Clark Ashton Smith is one of my favorite fantasy authors but very few readers encounter his works nowadays, which is to me a shame. I first came to know his works through the compilation of his Zothique short stories in Tales of Zothique and then again later in another compilation called Lost...
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    Lets talk about sex

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    authors who write good plots

    Been reading Tigana and some of the thinly structured, messy plotting here got me to thinking about authors who write good plots and ones that don't and why that is and what about those plots is either good or not good. I'm curious what you all have to say about that. Fantasy with good...
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    City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff Vandermeer

    Has anyone else here read Vandermeer or am I the only one? I was curious about this author because I know he writes new weird and no one ever talks about him but yet I can clearly see he writes a lot of stuff for anthologies and stuff for blogs and interviews and things like that so yeah I...
  13. moonspawn

    The Black Company

    As some of you know I have read the first three of this series and really wasn't quite as Taken by it as I had expected to be but found much entertainment value and interesting aspects in some of the characters and in the plot. Cook is a good writer although the plot moves at a too-brisk pace...
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    music taste development

    In recent months my music tastes have been changing and developing quite quickly. What I listen to now is of much higher quality compared to the pop rock shit I was listening to in High School. I've been listening to a lot of progressive rock, fusion jazz, and even violin based music recently...
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    Plot Driven versus Character Driven

    This kind of goes along with the complexity thread but I decided to create a separate thread for this topic well... because I can. In my discussion with @epicfantasyfreak on the nature of complexity, the topic of character driven and plot driven also came up, particularly what makes a novel...
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    complexity

    Epic Fantasy Freak and I had recently had a very intellectually stimulating private discussion on the nature of complexity within fiction. Particularly what makes a novel complex. We seem to come to an agreement that the three legs of the tripod supporting any novel are plot, characters and...
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    artificial intelligence and writing

    http://fantasy-faction.com/2014/scientists-find-secret-to-writing-a-bestseller This is easily one of the most interesting, informative, and insightful articles I’ve ever seen on a fantasy website and I’d like to discuss it with those who have an inkling of interest in such things as writing and...
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    Come on guys.... Is A Dance of Dragons really that bad?

    Right now I'm a little half through A Dance of Dragons and while it may be a disappointment I still think it's far better than the majority of fantasy on the market right now, even the good stuff. My guess is that the large time gap between A Feast for Crows and Dance hurt it more than anything...
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    Ken Scholes short story

    http://subterraneanpress.com/magazine/winter_2009/fiction_grail-diving_in_shangrilla_with_the_worlds_last_mime_by_ken_scholes I may not have been a fan of Lamentation but this is one of the funniest stories I've ever read so had to share it.
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    The Long Discussion

    I'm a little over half way finished with The Long Price Quartet and while I may not have enjoyed Betrayal in Winter as much as Shadow I have to say so far this has been a wonderful series with great characters and nice prose. In the November: What fantasy books are you reading thread there was a...