Dear Grimdark… Guest Post by Sam Sykes
 

Dear Grimdark…

A Letter From Sam Sykes

 
Fantasy Book Club – November 2014: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
 

Neverwhere

Fantasy Book Club November 2014

 
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss – Extensive Review
 

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

Review

 

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Dear Grimdark… Guest Post by Sam Sykes

Dear Grimdark… Guest Post by Sam Sykes 

As most of you know, Sam Sykes has a new book out this week, The City Stained Red. We’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on a copy and can tell you that it is by far the best thing Sam has written (and that’s saying something). A full review is forthcoming, but we […]

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Fantasy Book Club – November 2014: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Fantasy Book Club – November 2014: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman 

For November, our members have voted to read Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen […]

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Dictionary of Phrase and Fable by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Dictionary of Phrase and Fable by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer 

In August of last year, I wrote about a variety of resources that might be useful to fantasy writers. Recently, I came across another resource that I found so amusing, so educating, so irresistible, that I had to share it: Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. This Dictionary was inspired by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer’s habit […]

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Eliza Crewe on her Crushed protagonist, Meda

Eliza Crewe on her Crushed protagonist, Meda 

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 […]

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer 

Well, here it is, the trailer we’ve all been waiting almost 2 years for has finally arrived a few days earlier than planned (due to a leak). That movie is, of course, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. With S.H.I.E.L.D. destroyed and the Avengers needing a hiatus from stopping threats, Tony Stark attempts to jumpstart a […]

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On The Trail Of Evil – A Look At Villainous Main Characters

On The Trail Of Evil – A Look At Villainous Main Characters 

The skies have darkened and night has come to the world. Thieves and assassins skulk in every shadow, waiting for their chance to strike. Ruthless politicians claw their way up the ladder, smiling politely before they stab you. Dark sorcerers seek out ancient artefacts and perform forbidden rituals in pursuit of more power. And across […]

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Malazan Book of the Fallen – Redux

Malazan Book of the Fallen – Redux 

So, over a period of close to a year, I’ve waxed lyrical about Erikson’s epic series Malazan Book of the Fallen but, with today’s demands on our time, the question remains, should you even bother? Chances are good that you can guess my answer to this question but it may not be as clear cut […]

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Underground Fantasy – Part One: Caves

Underground Fantasy – Part One: Caves 

The name Dungeons and Dragons sums up the appeal of the fantasy genre perfectly. Giant magical creatures and dark, mysterious settings create images of mythic adventure and enchantment that provoke cult-like attachments that are enough to sustain entire communities. We talk about dragons a lot as a dominant feature of fantasy but in this series […]

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Revisiting Thieves’ World Anthologies – Part Two

Revisiting Thieves’ World Anthologies – Part Two 

Welcome back to our stroll down memory lane in the city of Sanctuary. We’re revisiting the Thieves’ World series, the twelve anthologies that resulted from an idea by Robert Asprin and friends to write sword and sorcery stories in a shared universe. The concept made an impact on generations of readers, including best-selling fantasy author […]

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Learn Dothraki on your Iphone

Learn Dothraki on your Iphone 

You’ve got a while until season 5 of A Game of Thrones starts, so perhaps you are looking for something to do in order to kill the time? Something productive, that will come in useful in the near  future (so long as that future includes heading to a nomadic land full of warriors), perhaps then it […]

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Dragonlance – Thirty Years Old

Dragonlance – Thirty Years Old 

“Evil turns in upon itself.” Very rarely has a truer phrase been written so simply and we’ll come back to that later. The Dragonlance Chronicles first appeared in bookshops thirty years ago. The first book, Dragons of Autumn Twilight, was published in 1984. The second in the trilogy was released the same year and the […]

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Mortal Instruments not right for Box Office, but TV…?

Mortal Instruments not right for Box Office, but TV…? 

Did any of you see The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie? It was supposed to be a movie that would pick up a fan base along the same lines of Twilight or The Hunger Games, but instead bombed in the same way that The Golden Compass did in 2007. If you didn’t see it, it’s […]

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