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  1. wakarimasen

    Anyone read Planetfall, After Atlas, Vagrant or The Malice?

    Hey folks. I'm going to be doing a double interview soon, with Emma and Peter Newman. I've read the split worlds stuff and Peter's Vagrant and Malice I haven't dipped my toe into Mrs N's sci fi though, has anyone here? I know it got quite a bit of love, but does anyone have any questions for...
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    Gardens of the Moo

    No. It's not a typo. I've just finished the first of the Malazan books. Or rather the first of the Malazan audiobooks has just finished. The biggest surprise was hearing the words "We hope you have enjoyed our presentation of.." Is it just me or was that a massive WTF? I'm not saying I...
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    What's the worst thing fantasy authors do?

    So, this wide open little question came from Angus Watson, of the Iron Age trilogy fame. I interviewed him recently and this is what he would want to ask the boards if he could. Which he can. Because I just did. Anyway, meta descriptions aside, I figured I'd notch up a little poll of some of...
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    Unkind to the Goodkind

    A friend was telling me a bit more about Terry Goodkind's stuff. I know he's been a figure of ridicule on and off on this forum but I've got to admit I almost want to read one of his books from morbid curiosity after being pointed to this page. (Almost)...
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    Standalones

    Just from thinking about it for another thread I've realised that I don't know too many fantasy standalone novels. So let's see what people recommend. Rules are it can't be part of a series, even if the plot is standalone. A singular window into another world (By which I mean the Hobbitt is not...
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    Fantasy flip book

    So... blame this one on excitement about being back on the board after an absence and a bit of red wine, but... Did you ever have those books as a kids that were in three vertical parts. They usually had different creatures or professions on, you could turn the bits separately so end up with...
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    Open Apology to Europeans

    I know we don't do politics on BFB... or at least we try not to get bogged down in the kind of opinion flame wars that can easily poison online communities. But. I've got to say to all the European folks on the board... Sorry. Sorry so many of my countrymen have swallowed a bunch of right wing...
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    A man in a chicken suit is hit in the face with a pie

    As the thread title suggests... or really doesn't... I'm interested in physical comedy in fantasy. We have plenty of examples of good wit in recent years. From Tyrion's cynicism to Logen's plain speaking, but can anybody think of any funny, or even mildly amusing, physical situations? It...
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    Marc Turner. Author. Assassin. Deep sea diver.

    Well, one of those jobs is definitely true. Mr. T. is the writer of The Chronicles of the Exile series. I'm personally having quite a lot of fun with Dragon Hunters which came out in Feb and the one before that was When The Heavens Fall. We're going to be speaking to the man himself in a few...
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    Split Worlds

    Has anyone read any of Emma Newman's Split Worlds book? They're getting a relaunch this year (and a new book) and I was wondering if they were any good. It's a mirror universe story... sounds quite quirky and I've got to give props to the lady herself for organising a masked ball for the...
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    Transhumanism Trans site

    Hey kids.. after some opinions on what Transhumanism means... Posted it on the sister site, but thought I could harvest your brains too.. http://bestsciencefictionbooks.com/forums/threads/transhumanism.105/#post-644
  12. wakarimasen

    Age of Iron

    Just finished the first of the Iron Age series by Angus Watson. Got to say I'm really impressed. Not seen a lot of noise about this on the site, or have I just missed it? For those who this has passed by, like myself, here's the skinny... Set in about 62 BC in Britain this could be mistaken at...
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    Gunlaw

    Self publishing done right? Might be. Sort of. Mark Lawrence - of Broken Empire and Red Queens War fame - is just knocking out a little Western/Fantasy hybrid for free over on wattpad (as you do... or certainly as you should) . I am intrigued and thought I might give it a go soon... has anyone...
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    Who are the "right" people?

    So this is inspired by a tweet from Mark Lawrence where he was saying that he had been approached by lots of people to do games/films/graphic novels of the Broken Empire series, but not the right people. A pal of mine suggested that the right person to do the film of the Broken Empire would be...
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    Bertram Fiddle's Flagrent Plug

    There's a kickstarter for a game I played the first episode of. It might appeal to denizens of the boards - it's a pun-riddled Victorian murder comedy point and click. I really want to play episode 2 and its not funded yet.... anyone fancy taking a sneaky peak and seeing if it tickles their...
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    Would you be more likely to buy a hardback...

    ... if it came with a voucher for the ebook version of the story? This comes from our interview with Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London). We ended on the tricky question of what would you ask the forum members if you could. Mr. A's idea was that early adopters would pay £13.99 (or equivalent)...
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    Murakami's Magical Realism

    Yeah. I've heard people say that Murakami's stuff isn't fantasy or that it is, or that it's something different. Thing is, it sounds goooood. But where to start? I'd imagine that some are more fantastical or whimsical than others and I don't want to be put off someone I suspect I could really...
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    Brandon Sanderson & Ben Aaronovitch

    These two chaps are in town in the UK in a week or two for a Gollancz book festival. We have very kindly been given the chance to put some questions to them. I'll have about 15 mins with each to bombard them with questions from the board. So... be it Allomantic points of lore, cockney magi...
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    "In a nutshell"

    These info anims called Kurzgesagt ("In a nutshell") are great. This one on the refugee crisis is particularly good. Makes you want to pull your finger out a bit.
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    Death Scenes

    Was thinking about great death scenes in movies and started to try and think of some examples in books. It shouldn't be tricky... but my memory being what it is I can only think of things like Gandlaf's "fake" death in Moria. Or pretty much the death of anyone killed by Logan Ninefingers...