Reaching Outside the Genre
 

Reaching Outside the Genre

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Blood of Assassins by R. J. Barker
 

Blood of Assassins

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J. P. Ashman Interview – Black Guild
 

J. P. Ashman

Interview - Black Guild

 

Reaching Outside the Genre

Reaching Outside the Genre 

The fantasy genre is a curious beast, its wide reach covering a range of topics and themes. It has stories about growing up, stories about overcoming problems, stories about slaying dragons and monsters. It’s not limited by location, ideas, character types, or any of the other criteria we normally use to define a genre. In […]

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Blood of Assassins by R. J. Barker

Blood of Assassins by R. J. Barker 

Age of Assassins was my favorite fantasy novel. It was close to being my favorite novel of any genre. The reason I write in the past tense is because the sequel has improved upon its predecessor in multiple facets. While Age of Assassins was a dark coming of age story about a 14-year-old assassin and […]

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J. P. Ashman Interview – Black Guild

J. P. Ashman Interview – Black Guild 

Today we have with us J. P. Ashman, fellow Factioner and author of the Black Powder Wars series. The second book in the series, Black Guild is out now! Now some of you may not have heard of Ashman and his dark fantasy series. But that is about to change. However before we get to […]

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The Reborn King by Michael Miller

The Reborn King by Michael Miller 

I’m an impulsive book buyer, usually drawn to a shiny cover and 99c sales like my wife is to shoes and handbags. If my one-click finger itched any more, you would think I was Wyatt Earp at the O.K. Corral. It has led to an insurmountable TBR list (and an angry wife who wonders where […]

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The Problem with Abandoning the “Strong Female Character”

The Problem with Abandoning the “Strong Female Character” 

Yet another descriptor has been caught in the verboten term net. Recently, several essays have appeared arguing that people should stop using the term “strong female character” (SFC) or “strong female protagonist” because a) The SFC has become just another trope in speculative fiction, providing authors with another cardboard token with which to people their […]

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Small Press, Big Stories – The Expo!

Small Press, Big Stories – The Expo! 

Today on Small Press, Big Stories – an announcement! On Saturday 24th February, the Forbidden Planet London Megastore will be hosting a small press expo! Authors and editors from four of the UK’s leading SFF small presses will be on hand in one of Forbidden Planet’s trademark “open-plan” events to chat, sign books, and answer […]

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Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer 

Looking at the list of genres above, it’s clear that I had difficulties categorizing Jeff VanderMeer’s Borne. But I suppose that is what the New Weird is all about. Although there is some disagreement over the precise nature of the genre, it seems to be a sort of mashing together of speculative elements to produce […]

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Jamie Davis Interview

Jamie Davis Interview 

Today we have the absolute pleasure of interviewing Jamie Davis. Jamie is a nurse, paramedic, podcaster, and author of three series: Extreme Medical Services, Broken Throne, and Accidental Traveller, which explore both urban and epic Fantasy. Jamie, Can you talk a little about your relationship and experience with EMS and nursing as well as non-fiction […]

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Monthly Short Stories Winner: Water

Monthly Short Stories Winner: Water 

This month we asked for stories, where water of any kind was a key element. It didn’t matter if it was a stormy sea, a misty lake, a polluted river, a frozen waterfall, a terrible flash flood, or a sentient geyser – water is incredibly diverse and we expected the stories to mirror this. And […]

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss 

“God, it’s time for my dick present,” he laughed nervously. I asked him what he meant, as he handed me the wrapped Christmas present. “I’ve bought you my favourite book.” I was baffled. Why that should make him think I wouldn’t approve of the present, I have no idea. I explained I would much rather […]

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In Defence of a Zombie-Free Apocalypse – Part One: Vampires, Werewolves, and Ghosts

In Defence of a Zombie-Free Apocalypse – Part One: Vampires, Werewolves, and Ghosts 

Zombies are awful. They look disgusting and they smell worse. Their eating habits are appalling. Their conversational skills leave a lot to be desired. People keep trying to explain them through science when they’re clearly beings of magic. (Note how they keep on walking around endlessly even though their metabolism has clearly stopped working and […]

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James Hunter Interview

James Hunter Interview 

Today on Fantasy-Faction we have James Hunter author, former Marine Corps Sergeant, combat veteran, and pirate hunter (seriously). A Colorado native, he is also an active member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America), and author of the Yancy Lazarus Series, MudMan, Viridian Gate Online, The Artificer, and War God’s Mantle. And without […]

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