Maoyu Mao Yusha – Anime Review
 

Maoyu Mao Yusha

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Hobbies, Or Why Taking A Break Matters
 

Why Taking A Break Matters

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Books on Writing Fantasy
 

Books on Writing Fantasy

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Hobbies, Or Why Taking A Break Matters

Hobbies, Or Why Taking A Break Matters 

Ever have one of those days, where you’re just knackered, your concentration and motivation gone? Not a lot of fun, for anyone. It’s a hard one too; when you’re writing, and you know where your story is going, you feel compelled to write, but in a burnt-out state, you’ll just write drivel you’ll want to […]

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Books on Writing Fantasy

Books on Writing Fantasy 

There are lots of books about writing out there, waiting to be read by future authors. Books on characters, books on plot, books on writing a novel in X amount of days. And of course all of this information can be used when writing fantasy novels, but wouldn’t it be nice to read a book […]

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Cover Reveal of Twelve Kings by Bradley P. Beaulieu

Cover Reveal of Twelve Kings by Bradley P. Beaulieu 

I am honoured to say that I’ve been involved in the cover design of Bradley P. Beaulieu’s Twelve Kings and possibly even played a (tiny) part in how it turned out. OK… so when I say ‘involved’ all I really did was give Bradley my thoughts on the cover’s numerous drafts over a period of months and when […]

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And tonight’s award goes to . . . Meh.

And tonight’s award goes to . . . Meh. 

Following the mass-interest of M.D. Lachlan’s recent Nutty Nuggets post on Fantasy-Faction, we asked around amongst our author friends as to whether there were any more thoughts on the whole Hugo Awards mess. One author who came back to us, Stephen Hunt, whose In Dark Service we really enjoyed last year, put together a really good ‘in […]

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Fantasy and Gaming

Fantasy and Gaming 

Fantasy literature and fantasy games are and will always be intertwined. Certainly, fantasy fiction predates Crossbows and Catapults, Warhammer, Thieves World, Dungeons & Dragons or Magic: The Gathering, but for many readers fantasy games—even if you didn’t play them growing up—were a gateway to novels of similar subject matter. The reverse is true as well. […]

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ARC Cover Reveal & Competition for Bradley P. Beaulieu’s Twelve Kings

ARC Cover Reveal & Competition for Bradley P. Beaulieu’s Twelve Kings 

It has been a great year for readers looking to jump aboard a new series and an equally good one for those who like to be wowed by SFF cover art. For those of you who like both (a new series and some damned decent art), we’ve got a treat for you today. Renowned fantasy […]

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Meeting Elric

Meeting Elric 

Unlike many people who’ll see this post, I am a total newbie to the character and world of Elric and indeed to author Michael Moorcock. Lest I be burned by the fantasy community for heresy, I decided to seek out the Elric books, but quickly discovered that finding a place to begin wasn’t so simple. […]

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Breakfast of Bullshit: Futurephobia, the Hugos and the Invention of SF’s Past

Breakfast of Bullshit: Futurephobia, the Hugos and the Invention of SF’s Past 

Today we have a guest blog by MD Lachlan who has a lot to say about the recent Hugo fiasco. Many of you will be familiar with Mark, who has cemented his place as one of the UK’s top fantasy authors with his Wolfsangel series (the forth of which, Valkyrie’s Song, has just been published […]

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The Iron Ship by K. M. McKinley: Extract & Cover Art

The Iron Ship by K. M. McKinley: Extract & Cover Art 

A few weeks ago I was sent a book called The Iron Ship, the first thing that struck me about this particular book was the fantastic cover art. It is far from your typical fantasy cover, but at the same time it is somewhat familiar. I think it reminds me of older adventure novels. As […]

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Exploring Wattpad

Exploring Wattpad 

At my first Super Relaxed Fantasy Club, which you can read about here, I met a group of people who all publish their writings on Wattpad. Indeed, I met one author whose book had been picked up by an agent, and was published traditionally this year, due to their success on Wattpad. So, it has […]

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How to Write Good Dialogue: Courtesy of Mass Effect

How to Write Good Dialogue: Courtesy of Mass Effect 

Here’s a question for you. You’re reading a book and the pace starts to drag, but you’re still curious to know what happens next. What do you do? The answer for me is obvious: you skip to the next section of dialogue. Good dialogue takes the story forward and shows character. Good dialogue crackles on […]

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Friendships in Fantasy

Friendships in Fantasy 

While there’s something to be said for great romances in fantasy (trust me, I love ‘em), it’s really the genre’s deep, unswerving friendships that drive it forward and keep us all scrambling for the shelves. It’s hard to turn around without bumping into classic examples like Sam and Frodo, or Harry, Ron and Hermione. Throw in […]

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