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Title: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: Overlord on April 12, 2015, 02:15:59 PM
Hey guys,

If you were able to make The Grim Gathering, it would be great if you could write a short review of how you thought it went - just so I can use it to spread around and promote the next one ;)

Here is an amazing Grim Gathering review:

"There's a queue outside a f**king bookshop"

http://tomunro.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/grim-gathering-ii-aka-theres-queue.html
Title: Re: Grim Gathering II Review: "There's a queue outside a f**king bookshop"
Post by: Overlord on April 12, 2015, 02:17:01 PM
Highlight in pictures, once more :D

PANEL:

(http://fantasy-faction.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/1378846_10206528739646401_1398932580522832310_n.jpg)

SIGNING:

(http://fantasy-faction.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/SIGNING.jpg)

PUB:

(http://fantasy-faction.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/PUB-LATE.jpg)

BREAKFAST:

(http://fantasy-faction.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/BREAKFAST.jpg)
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: JMack on April 12, 2015, 03:06:03 PM
@TOMunro (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=31792), what a great blog post! Loved the "dogs owners, cats staff, reptiles bodyguards" summary.  ;D

I also think the idea that Grimdark is a label of convenience used by each person for their own ends rings so true, and is true abiut most categories in most analysis. Most useful is the 0-100 scale for happy endings and the stuff in between beginning and ending. My April writing contest story is definitely on the horror end of Grimdark by that definition, while my March story is more to the 60ish end of things and would not be grimdark at all.

Thanks!

Also, Marc @Overlord (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1), I want to strongly echo the request for F-F t-shirts even for non-staff (like me!).
Of course, if the t-shirts take 6 months to not arrive (Ping about my copy of the anthology)...  ;)  ;D
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: ScarletBea on April 12, 2015, 03:16:57 PM
it would be great if you could write a short review of how you thought it went

I'll have to get back to you on that, Marc, hehe
It wouldn't be short or good for the future - I suppose my "ohmygawd ohmygawd it was the best night of my life in a long time" doesn't count ;) :-[
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: Rostum on April 12, 2015, 04:18:03 PM
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it would be great if you could write a short review of how you thought it went

Best signing I have attended. Is that short enough Marc?

Usually I would have decided it was too far for a signature and not gone or done the stress of the travel finding where I need to be, queued then said something stupid while getting my books signed and gone home. Usually with the post trip is that it blues.
Instead I got to do all that then continue to make a fool of myself with authors while alcohol was involved, meet lots of people who actually understand why I read SFF and are accepting of it if not absolutely passionate about the same books. Then talk too much over breakfast. A truly memorable event. My thanks to all those who organised it and made it so.
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: Heyjude on April 12, 2015, 05:43:09 PM
I had a great time at The Grim Gathering  :)
It was well worth the 380 mile round trip! Met lots of lovely people who all made me very welcome (I had been a little apprehensive, coming alone) The panel was interesting and fun, the pub was even more interesting and lots more fun! And now look at me, in my first ever forum!  I particularly enjoyed the chance to chat with the authors and indeed the other Gatherers at the pub, numerous questions came to me, drink in hand, that I'd not thought of earlier!  I made lots of new friends and probably quadrupled my to read pile.
Breakfast was great too, even with a slight hangover. Can't wait for the next one
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: Overlord on April 12, 2015, 07:15:07 PM
Review by Peter Newman:

"I wasn’t planning on writing any more posts until after the launch but the Grim Gathering was so fantastic I couldn’t resist..."

http://www.runpetewrite.com/the-grim-gathering-2015/ (http://www.runpetewrite.com/the-grim-gathering-2015/)

Post by Peter V. Brett's assistant, Meg:

http://www.petervbrett.com/2015/04/11/the-skull-throne-tour-the-grim-gathering/ (http://www.petervbrett.com/2015/04/11/the-skull-throne-tour-the-grim-gathering/)
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: Nighteyes on April 12, 2015, 07:26:11 PM
Sounds like you all had a lovely time. Sad I didn't make it now - but Bristol is a bit of a trek. Should be more events held in London - nothing fantasy related ever happens here.  :'( (I am joking before someone takes me to town.)

Heard a bit of the Vagrant a couple of weeks ago at SRFC and seems like its going to get a lot of buzz on these forums.
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: G_R_Matthews on April 12, 2015, 07:48:55 PM
Heard a bit of the Vagrant a couple of weeks ago at SRFC and seems like its going to get a lot of buzz on these forums.

I was at the SRFC too!
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: Nighteyes on April 12, 2015, 07:53:30 PM
Heard a bit of the Vagrant a couple of weeks ago at SRFC and seems like its going to get a lot of buzz on these forums.

I was at the SRFC too!

Ooooohhh. Who were you?
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: JMack on April 12, 2015, 07:57:49 PM
Sounds like you all had a lovely time. Sad I didn't make it now - but Bristol is a bit of a trek. Should be more events held in London - nothing fantasy related ever happens here.  :'( (I am joking before someone takes me to town.)

Heard a bit of the Vagrant a couple of weeks ago at SRFC and seems like its going to get a lot of buzz on these forums.
The cover is so striking, I wonder how much that is supporting/driving the buzz?
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: TOMunro on April 12, 2015, 08:00:14 PM
Thanks @Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094) for the comments.  Writing the review gave me something to do while I wasn't able to be at breakfast (sniff) so I'm glad people liked it.

Also it was good to meet people and I'm sorry to have missed some, There were fellow short story competitors I didn't get to catch up on such as @ScarletBea (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=32020) and others (I think) I did get to chat to @Heyjude (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40286), guessing at a name behind a handle

A great time had by all, I heard mention of rumour of another possible event in August?  well have airport will travel count me in.
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: Nighteyes on April 12, 2015, 08:03:45 PM
Sounds like you all had a lovely time. Sad I didn't make it now - but Bristol is a bit of a trek. Should be more events held in London - nothing fantasy related ever happens here.  :'( (I am joking before someone takes me to town.)

Heard a bit of the Vagrant a couple of weeks ago at SRFC and seems like its going to get a lot of buzz on these forums.
The cover is so striking, I wonder how much that is supporting/driving the buzz?

I am indifferent to covers.  The passage Peter Newman read at SRFC really drew us all into the story - hence why everyone at SRFC is buzzing about the book.
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: Overlord on April 12, 2015, 08:12:41 PM
Sounds like you all had a lovely time. Sad I didn't make it now - but Bristol is a bit of a trek. Should be more events held in London - nothing fantasy related ever happens here.  :'( (I am joking before someone takes me to town.)

Heard a bit of the Vagrant a couple of weeks ago at SRFC and seems like its going to get a lot of buzz on these forums.
The cover is so striking, I wonder how much that is supporting/driving the buzz?

A big part of the 'pre-release' buzz is the fact that it is Voyager who are publishing it. What I've come to notice is that when Voyager pick up an author they tend to do so because they are fairly certain he/she is going to do well or at least that their marketing team can ensure they put all their effort into making sure they do. I presume this is because with authors like George R.R. Martin, Robin Hobb, David Eddings, Janny Wurts and Raymond Feist on their lists they don't want to water themselves down. In fact, I think the last Harper Voyager Epic Fantasy debut was Mark Lawrence (2011)? Gollancz, in contrast, had 6 debuts last year.

And, as Dom says, the book is very good and does draw you into it quite quickly - the mystery of it means it is very hard to put down until you relieve yourself of the burden of confusion.
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: Rostum on April 12, 2015, 08:19:32 PM
I am 250 pages in. I believe this book will do very well and suspect there will be a best newcomer award if nothing else for Peter. It has been a Wonderfulstrange book so far.
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: ScarletBea on April 12, 2015, 08:29:28 PM
Heard a bit of the Vagrant a couple of weeks ago at SRFC and seems like its going to get a lot of buzz on these forums.
I was at the SRFC too!
Ooooohhh. Who were you?
Wolfie, check Geoff's face in my photos - it might make you remember :)
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: JMack on April 12, 2015, 08:30:45 PM
I am 250 pages in. I believe this book will do very well and suspect there will be a best newcomer award if nothing else for Peter. It has been a Wonderfulstrange book so far.
Just pre-ordered from Amazon U.S. No release date given.
So, asked and answered!

Now, back to the OP about GG!
Sorry for the detour.   ;D
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: Nighteyes on April 12, 2015, 08:34:52 PM
Heard a bit of the Vagrant a couple of weeks ago at SRFC and seems like its going to get a lot of buzz on these forums.
I was at the SRFC too!


Ooooohhh. Who were you?
Wolfie, check Geoff's face in my photos - it might make you remember :)

Still clueless. Will look out for him at future SRFCs.
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: G_R_Matthews on April 13, 2015, 11:53:42 AM
I was me at the SRFC :) I have now been to two of them!

Wrote this article for FF about the first one: http://fantasy-faction.com/2015/the-super-relaxed-fantasy-club (http://fantasy-faction.com/2015/the-super-relaxed-fantasy-club) and my handsome photo is at the bottom. (admittedly, it doesn't look too much like me :) ) or there is this https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7372090.G_R_Matthews (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7372090.G_R_Matthews) from my Goodreads Author page (in which I look slightly puzzled - Steve Austin without the bionic implants (which is a comment that just cemented my aged status)).
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: sennydreadful on April 13, 2015, 04:01:03 PM
Heard a bit of the Vagrant a couple of weeks ago at SRFC and seems like its going to get a lot of buzz on these forums.

I was at the SRFC too!

Ooooohhh. Who were you?

*runs in for a quick SRFC high-five*

Dead pleased to hear all the good buzz about The Vagrant - Pete is a top chap!
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: JamesLatimer on April 13, 2015, 11:42:02 PM
Peter Newman certainly had good things to say at the panel (up against a bunch of veterans), which made me less sceptical about his book (first impressions reminded me too much of other things, probably unfairly and based on very little info!).  I probably should have taken the golden opportunity to get an early copy!

Overall the thing that stood out about the panel is how varied their answers were on how they worked and approached things conceptually--lessened the fear of 'doing things wrong', as it were. :)

Had a good time, only wish I'd introduced myself to more of the people I think I recognised. Next time!
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: Overlord on April 14, 2015, 10:08:32 AM
Update on reviews

Review from Steff:

https://hummblebee.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/fantasy-factions-grim-gathering-part-1-hell-is-other-people/ (https://hummblebee.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/fantasy-factions-grim-gathering-part-1-hell-is-other-people/)

Review from Peter Newman:

http://www.runpetewrite.com/the-grim-gathering-2015/ (http://www.runpetewrite.com/the-grim-gathering-2015/)

Review from Peter V. Brett:

http://www.petervbrett.com/2015/04/11/the-skull-throne-tour-the-grim-gathering/ (http://www.petervbrett.com/2015/04/11/the-skull-throne-tour-the-grim-gathering/)

Review from T.O. Munro:

http://tomunro.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/grim-gathering-ii-aka-theres-queue.html (http://tomunro.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/grim-gathering-ii-aka-theres-queue.html)
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: TOMunro on April 14, 2015, 06:38:03 PM
Steff's is very good, reminded me of lots of funny things I'd forgotten, and that's only part one of it.
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: ScarletBea on April 14, 2015, 06:43:31 PM
^ Agree!
And her mentioning the 'bin grimdark' conversation reminded me of when after a long while into the conversation Peat finally said "oh, when you use 'bin' here, you mean 'trash can'?" ;D
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: JMack on April 14, 2015, 06:54:38 PM
^ Agree!
And her mentioning the 'bin grimdark' conversation reminded me of when after a long while into the conversation Peat finally said "oh, when you use 'bin' here, you mean 'trash can'?" ;D
Yeah, that took me awhile.
"bin Grimdark" = "Trashy Grimdark".  :)
Title: Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Post by: ScarletBea on April 14, 2015, 07:47:04 PM
Yes, it reflects the time before Grimdark was 'fashionable' and sold books.