Interview with Jonathan Oliver
 

Jonathan Oliver

Interview

 
Shadowmarch by Tad Williams
 

Shadowmarch

Review

 
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
 

The 5th Wave

Review

 

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We learn new Star Wars character names…

We learn new Star Wars character names… 

Get ready to meet Finn, Rey, Kylo and Poe. No… they’re not Teletubbies, they’re the characters we’ll be meeting in 2015’s new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, produced by J.J. Abrams. The names of the characters played by John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe) and Daisy Ridley (Rey) were revealed via some retro style playing […]

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Winner of the August 2014 Writing Contest: Seven Deadly Sins

Winner of the August 2014 Writing Contest: Seven Deadly Sins 

We’ve been getting such good feedback for the short stories our members have submitted in our Monthly Short Story Competition that we have decided to post them on the main site at a rate of one a week. Today we will be looking at the winner from our August 2014 contest. The Seven Deadly Sins […]

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Guest Blog by Ryan Graudin: Creating A Sense of Danger

Guest Blog by Ryan Graudin: Creating A Sense of Danger 

The setting of my YA novel THE WALLED CITY is based on a real place called the Kowloon Walled City, a neighborhood that existed in 1980s Hong Kong. It was only 6.5 acres in area and housed over 33,000 people at its height in 1987. The reason so many people flocked to this small space, […]

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Fantasy-Faction Take Part in Quercus Books’s #GreatestGift Christmas Campaign

Fantasy-Faction Take Part in Quercus Books’s #GreatestGift Christmas Campaign 

Who enjoys being filmed? No one, right? Certainly not me… the moment a camera is pointed in my direction I’m likely to bolt in the other direction. However, when I was contacted by my friends over at Quercus and Jo Fletcher Books about their The greatest gift is the passion for reading Christmas Campaign, I […]

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Underground Fantasy – Part Two: Dungeons, Tombs and Mazes

Underground Fantasy – Part Two: Dungeons, Tombs and Mazes 

The first part of this series on underground fantasy looked at caverns as settings and pathways to worlds below. Next we will explore dungeons, tombs and underground mazes to ascertain the root of their popularity. A dungeon is traditionally a room or cell where prisoners are held. Often associated with medieval castles, the setting is […]

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Five Reasons You Didn’t Fail NaNoWriMo

Five Reasons You Didn’t Fail NaNoWriMo 

So no doubt your social media streams have been filled over the last few weeks by people celebrating their NaNoWriMo success. Undoubtedly, there’s a lot of high-fiving and statuses being liked. There’s probably even someone who already has their (unedited) masterpiece up for sale on Amazon. And whilst this can all be very exciting if […]

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Guo tackles Book of the New Sun covers…

Guo tackles Book of the New Sun covers… 

You may remember that earlier this year we brought to your attention the artwork of Jian Guo, who had won a competition to design the new Chinese Lord of The Rings covers. Although it was Guo’s first novel cover, he was well known amongst the Deviant Art community for the unique art style that he’d […]

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Fantasy Makes History Cool

Fantasy Makes History Cool 

I’m a history major at heart, so one of the things I love seeing in fantasy is how authors draw on real-world history to fuel their worlds. Whether it be historical events, people or cultures, it always keeps me intrigued. Fantasy, perhaps more so than any genre besides historical fiction, has a chance to delve […]

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Winner of the July 2014 Writing Contest: Apprenticeship

Winner of the July 2014 Writing Contest: Apprenticeship 

We’ve been getting such good feedback for the short stories our members have submitted in our Monthly Short Story Competition that we have decided to post them on the main site at a rate of one a week. Today we will be looking at the winner from our July 2014 contest. In July we were […]

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Trailer for Telltale’s Game of Thrones

Trailer for Telltale’s Game of Thrones 

Lets be honest, to date, there have been two types of Game of Thrones game: 1) Bad, 2) Terrible. However, ever since we heard Telltale had hooked up with HBO and George R.R. Martin to develop an episodic adventure game that would concentrate on a story away from anything Martin has previously written about, we […]

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Class Warfare: Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Literary Fiction

Class Warfare: Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Literary Fiction 

The line drawn between so-called literary fiction and genre fiction has always irked me. As I embarked upon a re-read of the first two volumes of Lev Grossman’s frustrating Magicians trilogy, this issue resurfaced. Grossman’s books have, for reasons that boggle my mind, sparked a debate about just what constitutes literature. As the final book […]

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Fantasy Worldbuilding – Ideas for Designing a Civilization

Fantasy Worldbuilding – Ideas for Designing a Civilization 

The period in history between the fifth and fifteenth centuries, the period we call the Middle Ages, seem to go hand in hand with epic fantasy. Of course, there are many great fantasy stories that are based on different eras, from biblical times to modern urban fantasy, but the medieval era seems to be the […]

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