Priest by Matthew Colville – Fantasy-Faction’s SPFBO Winner
 

Priest by Matthew Colville

SBFBO Review

 
Terry Pratchett attacked by Guardian Journalist Jonathan Jones…
 

Terry Pratchett

Wasn't writing throwaway Fantasy...

 
The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker
 

The Scarlet Gospels

Review

 

Priest by Matthew Colville – Fantasy-Faction’s SPFBO Winner

Priest by Matthew Colville – Fantasy-Faction’s SPFBO Winner 

I was sent 27 Self Published novels to read as part of Mark Lawrence’s Self Published Fantasy Blog Off. The process of the SPFBO is that 10 Fantasy blogs around the world make their way through a total of 267 Self Published books and each selects a champion. Once a champion has been selected they are entered into […]

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Terry Pratchett attacked by Guardian Journalist Jonathan Jones…

Terry Pratchett attacked by Guardian Journalist Jonathan Jones… 

A disappointing article appeared in The Guardian today entitled “Get real. Terry Pratchett is not a literary genius“. The journalist who wrote the piece, Jonathan Jones, begins by telling readers that ‘I have never read a single one of his books and I never plan to. Life’s too short.’ I guess that on its own […]

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The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker

The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker 

Time flies: It’s thirty years since Clive Barker’s first novel, The Damnation Game, was published. A tale of Faustian proportions, it – along with his short story collections The Books of Blood – changed the face of horror fiction at the time. Barker’s writing was full of vital energy and visceral imagery that was a […]

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Authors & Stories Announced for Warrior Women edited by Paula Guran

Authors & Stories Announced for Warrior Women edited by Paula Guran 

We love our Science Fiction and Fantasy anthologies here at Fantasy-Faction and although the title ‘Warrior Women‘ for Paula Guran’s upcoming collection had us a little concerned, we’ve been able to breathe a sigh of relief today upon the release of more details about it. We thought there was a good chance we were about […]

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Magic: The Gathering – A Fantasy Lover’s Perspective

Magic: The Gathering – A Fantasy Lover’s Perspective 

There are lots of games out there for fans of fantasy, both video and table-top. Dungeons & Dragons is probably the most well-known table top fantasy game, but Wizards of the Coast also publishes Magic: The Gathering, a trading card game that also belongs in the fantasy genre. But I noticed that there isn’t a […]

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Two: Switching Roles

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Two: Switching Roles 

In the first part of this series we began to explore a couple of points, not least of all the idea that we are creating a new kind of gender mould with our misguided insistence as to what constitutes a “strong female character”. This has two consequences: female characters are still just as stereotyped as […]

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Robert Holdstock: Mythago Wood and Lavondyss

Robert Holdstock: Mythago Wood and Lavondyss 

A fire is burning in Bird Spirit Land. My bones smoulder. I must journey there. Forests are naturally places of mystery and wonder. Full of life and growth, they are generative, symbolic of growth and fertility. Yet they also represent nature untamed, a landscape ungoverned by human husbandry, a labyrinth into the darker aspect of […]

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Fantasy Influences: Ancient Greek Mythology – Part One

Fantasy Influences: Ancient Greek Mythology – Part One 

When we think of typical fantasy, we tend to imagine a setting influenced by western medieval ideas, complete with knights, horses, longswords and dragons. However, there are much deeper, older roots to the magic, monsters, tropes and archetypes that dominate the fantasy genre. Classical, Celtic, and Norse mythology, among others, have all had a huge […]

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MTV’s Shannara Characters Revealed

MTV’s Shannara Characters Revealed 

MTV have released cast photos of their upcoming “The Shannara Chronicles” series that will be based primarily on Terry Brooks’s The Elfstones of Shannara (book 2 in the Shannara series and hailed as one of Brooks’s best works). MTV describe the series as ‘a story of three young teens destined to complete a heroic quest thousands of […]

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The Price of Faith by Rob J. Hayes

The Price of Faith by Rob J. Hayes 

With The Price of Faith, the third and final book in Rob J. Hayes’ The Ties that Bind series, Hayes once again returns to the central plot established in the first book, but brings a new interest in establishing interesting settings to continue the steady evolution we’ve seen throughout his young writing career. In The […]

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New Joe Abercrombie book announced!

New Joe Abercrombie book announced! 

So, Joe Abercrombie’s Young Adult trilogy has now finished. Although 5 years ago we’d never have entertained the idea that Joe would go down the YA route we were so damned impressed with the result that we didn’t bug him – even once – about when the next First Law novel would be coming. It […]

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2015 Hugo Awards: No Dogs Allowed?

2015 Hugo Awards: No Dogs Allowed? 

On Saturday night, the winners of the 2015 Hugo Awards (and the not-a-Hugo John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer) were announced as part of the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, in Spokane, Washington. Congratulations to all the winners for picking up one of the most prestigious awards in the genre world! Of course, […]

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