The Magic of Our Day to Day Lives: Snowflake Vignettes
 

The Magic of Our Daily Lives

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Taking a Dark Turn
 

Taking a Dark Turn

Guest Post by Sean Cummings

 
Writing In Someone Else’s World
 

Writing In Someone Else's World

Guest Blog by Richard A. Knaak

 

The Magic of Our Day to Day Lives: Snowflake Vignettes

The Magic of Our Day to Day Lives: Snowflake Vignettes 

I. So many times I have sat down at my laptop (or typewriter) recently and found the words I wish would flow just do not emerge in a fashion I would like. Esoteric poetry, snippets of my next novel, a bit of dialogue for a screenplay, but not the words that I need to write […]

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Taking a Dark Turn

Taking a Dark Turn 

Regular readers of Fantasy-Faction will remember that following the closure of Strange Chemistry – an event that saw many writers thrust into the unfortunate position where they were unexpectedly out of contract – we offered our site to those authors who were going to pursue the self publishing route. Because the closure of Strange Chemistry was so sudden, a […]

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Writing In Someone Else’s World

Writing In Someone Else’s World 

I began my career writing in someone else’s world, but I gained that opportunity by utilizing my own work. TSR (then the publisher of Dragonlance) was not publishing independent novels, but the editor with whom I met agreed to read my manuscript nonetheless. Upon doing so, he was impressed enough to ask me to submit […]

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Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Vicious by V. E. Schwab 

V. E. Schwab’s Vicious is built around a handful of characters with superpowers, but precious few – if any – superheroes. That’s part of what makes it so much fun. Schwab’s dialogue crackles with sharp edges and gallows humor, drawing the reader in with a dark story whose tone is established through the voice of […]

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Magician by Raymond E. Feist

Magician by Raymond E. Feist 

Now, I must say that I am approaching this review with a certain amount of trepidation. For one thing, FF has reviewed it once before. For another, Magician by Raymond E. Feist is, without a doubt, one of the core foundational novels of the fantasy genre. In the BBC’s 2003 list of the top 100 […]

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‘The Dinosaur Lords’ Cover Reveal has us excited!

‘The Dinosaur Lords’ Cover Reveal has us excited! 

So, I wanted to make a shout out to a book I’m pretty excited about. Now, how many times does the world have to tell you ‘do not judge a book by its cover’ before they give up already, huh? Cause this one – like so, so many others – I’m judging and that judgement […]

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City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett 

City of Stairs is the story of spies, murder (of both men and gods alike), hidden histories and the resulting lies that are taken as gospel, politics, finance, miracles, colonization and conquest, and more. While I’m listing this as epic fantasy, it has elements of noir, urban fantasy, and the new weird. I know this […]

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Fantasy-Faction’s Short Story Podcast on its way!

Fantasy-Faction’s Short Story Podcast on its way! 

If you are interested in joining our Podcasting team we would love to hear from you. You can e-mail me on Marc@Fantasy-Faction.com I’ve been floating the idea of bringing back the Fantasy-Faction Podcast for a while now. The thing is, I’ve not been too sure about how to do it. Part of me thought perhaps […]

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Fantasy Worldbuilding – Build a Guild

Fantasy Worldbuilding – Build a Guild 

In worldbuilding, there are many pieces that are outlined and developed before being incorporated into the big picture. Maps are drawn, nations are sectioned out, and the culture and overall way of life is designed. A lot of consideration is given to religion, government, technological advancement, and militaries. But economies are usually glossed over in […]

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The Villain With A Thousand Faces – Part One: Cardboard Cut-Outs

The Villain With A Thousand Faces – Part One: Cardboard Cut-Outs 

About The Author: Her Holiness the Dragon Queen Zafir, Speaker of the Nine Realms, has played both pro- and antagonist roles in her career as a fictional character. She is either the aloof fist of authority to be respected and feared, a liberator of the oppressed and enslaved, or a dragon-riding genocidal psychotic tyrant bitch-queen […]

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There and Back Again: A Novice Con-Goer’s Tale

There and Back Again: A Novice Con-Goer’s Tale 

Prologue No, I don’t live in a hole in the ground, but I do live in Devon, which bears a remarkable resemblance to the green and sheltered Shire. But even before Gandalf came calling, I’d heard tell of a land beyond the, erm, Salisbury Plains, a land containing vast treasures of tote bags and books, […]

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An Exiguous Exploration of Exposition in Expansive Epics

An Exiguous Exploration of Exposition in Expansive Epics 

Thousand-page fantasy novels… a ten-volume series… appendices of historical detail… characters who feel the need to blow hot wind across the pages of every third chapter… what do these have in common? Exposition. Ah, exposition. Glorious, infuriating exposition. Whether you love it or hate it, read it or write it (or both), exposition is a […]

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