The Cardboard Box: Women as Protagonists – Guest Blog by R.W.W. Greene
 

Women as Protagonists

Guest Blog by R.W.W. Greene

 
Talk Like A Man by Nisi Shawl
 

Talk Like A Man

Anthology Review

 
Asian Fantasy: SPFBO Edition
 

Asian Fantasy: SPFBO Edition

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The Cardboard Box: Women as Protagonists – Guest Blog by R.W.W. Greene

The Cardboard Box: Women as Protagonists – Guest Blog by R.W.W. Greene 

Gentle readers, I will be using wide strokes to paint the picture following. The end work could even be dubbed an abstraction. If you stand back from it and see some representation of truth and reality, great. If all you see are random colors, shapes, and gestures, none of which apply to you, I love […]

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Books to Read in Fantasy: A Look at Lists

Books to Read in Fantasy: A Look at Lists 

Recently a question was asked in the Fantasy-Faction Facebook Group. This is that question and some of the reasons why its answer looks the same, every time the question is asked. Question: What are the books which you think are a great introduction to fantasy—the books which every fantasy should read throughout their journey? Now, […]

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Fantasy-Faction’s Best Fantasy Books of 2019

Fantasy-Faction’s Best Fantasy Books of 2019 

Hello Factioners! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season full of family, friends, food, and fantasy books! We spent a lot longer working on our Best Of list this year than we normally do, as there were so many amazing titles to choose from. Even after weeks of debate, we couldn’t fit […]

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Year in Anime 2019

Year in Anime 2019 

2019 is coming to its end. Anime has reached new heights in popularity in the Western Hemisphere and now even popular streaming services like Netflix have taken up producing original animes. And despite the volume of anime there is content that is quite good and deserves to be watched and enjoyed. So, I stand here […]

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Cover Reveal: The Girl and the Stars

Cover Reveal: The Girl and the Stars 

I first got my hands on work from Mark Lawrence back in 2011. He was pitched as the next George R.R. Martin (most authors are!). What I read wasn’t that. It was something much different, but at least as good… a book I described at the time as “Disturbing, Beautiful, Chaotic, Poetic, Haunting, Exhilarating…” and […]

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On Character Agency

On Character Agency 

What will a character do next? What can they do next? These are the questions that drive the narrative of a story forward and determine what direction it will follow. While they may follow a greater plot arc, the best characters have agency of their own that directs their narrative. Character agency is usually defined […]

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Angry Robot Purchases Dan Hanks Debut

Angry Robot Purchases Dan Hanks Debut 

Today we are thrilled to announce that our own Dan Hanks is to be published by Angry Robot Books! Dan has been with our team since 2012 and we can’t wait to read his debut novel, Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire! In post-war 1952, the good guys are supposed to have won. […]

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Paternus: Rise of Gods – Hardbacks Kickstarter – Ends Today!

Paternus: Rise of Gods – Hardbacks Kickstarter – Ends Today! 

What can you say about Dyrk Ashton that others haven’t already said? I am frankly at a loss, however I will say that his first book, Paternus, has place on my shelf of books that must be read. It takes so many myths and legends, weaves them into each other so smoothly you come to […]

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NaNoWriMo 2019: My Personal Experience – Part One

NaNoWriMo 2019: My Personal Experience – Part One 

As I am writing this, I am feeling completely burned out. My hair is a mess (is that another silver strand sprouting up?!), my eyes are puffy and twitchy, dark circles nestle beneath and I am desperately trying to hold back a yawn…aaaaand the yawn wins out. I managed to force out 400 words this […]

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Help Us Pick 2019’s Best Fantasy Books

Help Us Pick 2019’s Best Fantasy Books 

Hello Factioners! It’s time to start making our Best Fantasy Books of 2019 list! You can nominate as many books as you like. They must be full length novels, and they have to be new for 2019. Trad, small press, self-pub all qualify. The list won’t be published until New Year’s so if something is […]

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On the Importance of Critique Groups

On the Importance of Critique Groups 

Writing can be—and often is—a solitary journey. The stereotypical and sometimes romantic notion of a writer alone in a room penning the next great novel does stem from truth. Most of the time, writers do their work alone, whether that be in a coffee shop surrounded by people or in their one-bedroom apartment surrounded by […]

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Fierce Fantasy Night – Writing Panel Recap

Fierce Fantasy Night – Writing Panel Recap 

Living in a mostly rural area, I get few opportunities to attend book signings. For the big names, you can guarantee you’ve got to travel to London, but when my local Waterstones made me aware of a Fierce Fantasy night they were hosting back in June, with a panel of female authors, I knew it […]

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