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  1. Sneaky Burrito

    Blackwing by Ed McDonald

    I finished this last night. It was totally my kind of book. There is a definite bleakness there that is reminiscent of R.S. Belcher's writing (especially the Golgotha books), and there were also elements (though not the writing style) that reminded me of Glen Cook. Plenty of gore if that's...
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    Lord of the Rings Prequel Series

    Amazon will be making a Lord of the Rings prequel series. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2017/11/13/amazon-announces-deal-for-lord-of-the-rings-tv-series/?hpid=hp_hp-cards_hp-card-lifestyle%3Ahomepage%2Fcard (Sorry, I think there's a paywall after you read some number of...
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    Books You Finished That You Wish You Hadn't

    I have apparently finished a lot of other people's DNFs, as well as some other books I spent precious days of my life on that I will never get back. These are some I really regret: Entire Sword of Truth series (no further comment needed) Pretty much every Shannara book I've read (no further...
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    Post your DNFs!

    I am usually able to stick it out through a whole book, and sometimes even through a crappy series if I've bought all the books in advance. But sometimes I just can't. About two years ago, I was reading Trial of Intentions by Peter Orullian (sent by the publisher, pre-publication). I moved to...
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    It's January 2017. What fantasy book(s) are you reading?

    Wow, I haven't been the one to put up this thread in ages. I am still on The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks, having finished up The Abject God by @ABatch a few days ago (Amazon review coming soon, my book reviews take a bit of time).
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    The Skull Throne Book Club

    A lot of people are reading this book (or have read it). So I thought I would start a thread. That way we can keep the main "What are you reading?" thread uncluttered and also have a more focused discussion. I'm only about 116 pages in. I do kind of like that women are getting more rights in...
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    You Know You Read Too Much Fantasy When...

    ...you are reading a lawsuit for work. The lawsuit includes the term "Accused Instrumentalities." And you keep misreading it as "AccuRsed Instrumentalities." And thinking "how odd they would say that in a lawsuit." I cannot think of a single instance outside a fantasy novel when I've read...
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    Sneaky's House of (Book) Horrors

    I am home from work today and I don't have anything to do. I was inspired to create this thread by some of the discussion in the "weird habits" thread. Feel free to share your own pictures! WARNING: If you have book OCD, this will give you heart palpitations. (I've put the photos behind...
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    Never Again List

    This came up in another thread so I thought I'd start one here. What authors will you never read again (and why)? Here's mine: Mercedes Lackey (took me far too long to realize she writes the same book over and over again) Terry Goodkind (should be obvious) Terry Brooks (his books just aren't...
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    It's October: What Fantasy Book Are You Reading?

    I'm between books at the moment. Whether I pick a new one up today depends on free time at work, I suppose.
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    It's September: What Fantasy Book are You Reading?

    Figured I would get the jump on this. It's September for some people around here, anyway (though I still have about 3.5 hours of August left). I am not currently reading any fantasy book; am still reading sci fi (Echopraxia by Peter Watts). It's not a quick read, as it requires some thinking...
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    It's June: What Fantasy Book Are You Reading?

    Can't believe someone didn't beat me to this! Anyway, I'm reading "Wide Open" by Deborah Coates. Sort of an urban fantasy/mystery combination. I like it so far. (Tor sent me volume 3 in the series but I wanted to read volumes 1 and 2 first.)
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    Underrated Fantasy

    Saw this list of underrated fantasy books/series on Tor.com: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/05/reddit-fantasy-top-underrated-and-underread-books Haven't read all of these but I do like Max Gladstone and Courtney Schafer. Would've listed Schafer, myself, prior to seeing the list. Anyone have...
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    review request to avoid

    I got this e-mail today. While I haven't read the whole story of this guy in the forums here, I'm staying the hell away from this one. ****************************** Hello, Let me introduce myself. I am Robert Stanek, author of book Devil's Due. Currently its available in digital and print...
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    Favorite Cover Artist

    We've been talking about self-published cover art in another thread, and we have discussed bad cover art tangentially elsewhere, as well. But do any of you have favorite cover artists? I've always been rather partial to Raymond Swanland. http://www.raymondswanland.com/ He's done a lot of...
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    Ever Taken Flak for a Negative Review?

    I know some of the participants here have blogs where they review books, or they might review books for the BFB blog, or maybe they even post reviews on Amazon. I was just wondering if anyone had ever taken any flak for posting a negative review of a book? This could be in the form of...
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    Unexpected Game of Thrones Fans?

    My parents (ages 63 and 64) were in town over the weekend. I was quite surprised to learn that my mother has read (and enjoyed) all five volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire, and that my both my parents have watched the first season of the Game of Thrones HBO series. Apparently my younger brother...
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    The Pseudo-Medieval Setting

    Hi all, Have been pretty busy with work (US patent law changes effective next week so we are getting all sorts of requests to put in new applications before the change takes effect) so I haven't been around here much lately. But I was curious about something and figured I'd ask. First...
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    Amazon Reviews

    I know we discussed this topic a few months ago when the BFB blog had a post about fake Amazon reviews (among other things) a couple of months ago. (You can find that here: Self Publishing, Lies, and Fake Amazon Reviews | Best Fantasy Books Blog ) Anyhow, figured you all might be interested...
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    Quality of Writing

    Perhaps I'm overly conscious of this lately, because I've been writing a manuscript of my own. (Don't worry, I won't inflict it on you all.) But I have read a lot of books lately -- in print, from traditional publishers, including Baen and DAW -- in which the editing and writing are just...