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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Single or multiple plots?
« on: August 17, 2018, 08:02:32 AM »
Today there's a very interesting article on the main site about "weaving a narrative" (check here).

Do you prefer books with a single plot, or do you like the massive expanding books with lots of 'side roads'?

I admit to being a fan of the big complex ones, although there are times when I just want to 'relax' and read a 'more direct' one.

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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Studio Ghibli movies on TV
« on: August 02, 2018, 07:47:54 PM »
Hey, it seems that this month Film4 is going to show all Studio Ghibli movies!
I know many of you love them, so I'm ready to record all of them :D

http://www.virginmedia.com/virgin-tv-edit/movies/studio-ghibli-the-complete-adventure-on-film4.html

Spirited Away (2001) - Saturday 4 August, 12.55am
Grave Of The Fireflies (1988) - Friday 3 August, 1.15am
Laputa: Castle In The Sky (1986)
My Neighbour Totoro (1988)
Princess Mononoke (1997)

Which one would you say is the best?

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(trying to consolidate multiple comments about this series here, instead of being lost on the "currently reading" thread)

I'd been hearing good things about Castell's Greatcoats series, but it wasn't very high on my TBR list.
After spending a couple of months with Malazan, I was in the mood for something lighter, and these caught my eye when I was in the library, so I decided to give it a try.

Soon into book 1 (Traitor's Blade) I remember posting this:
I needed this light reading now, hehe - I have to say the humour is great. The saints' names? precious!
And after I finished:
I really enjoyed it. It was light and funny and fast paced, and with very likeable characters :)

Today I finished book 2 (Knight's Shadow), after a marathon of a few hours last night and a couple more this morning. I just couldn't put the book down.
Wow. What a sequel!
The humour is still there, always, great, but this book took several steps forward in developing the plot, bringing new characters to the fore and diving deep into pain and hurt (but always incredibly humane). And the friendship between the main characters is a joy to read! :D

On top of this, imagine the 3 musketeers in a fantasy setting with super fencing details ;D

(and I really liked how Sebastien thanked 'our' Marc/FF!)

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Hi all,
We started the Fantasy Faction Book Battles 3 years ago, and there was lots of good discussion and ideas and discoveries.

I'm thinking of reviving it (@Hedin seems to be busy rasing his girls :D), what do you think? Will we have enough people participating to make it worth?

We have done:
- Series
- Fantasy standalone
- Sci-Fi
- Main protagonist
- Antagonist
- Sidekick

What can we do now?
Repeat the 'Series' one, see if it changes much with the last 3 years publications?
New categories, which ones? Some ideas: 'world', "battle", "plot" or "event"...

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[JUN 2018] Fire / [Jun 2018] - Fire - Voting Thread
« on: July 03, 2018, 09:20:32 PM »
Polls are back! :D
It's time to vote on the June Writing Contest: "Fire"

This time we got 8 entries - thanks to all who participated.

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your two favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / What did you read in June 2018
« on: July 02, 2018, 12:40:01 PM »
Here it is: The what did you read this past month thread.

Come share your list and what you thought of the books you read last month. We're not looking for full out reviews, just a brief couple of sentences that sum up your impressions.

This is also not a contest for who read the most books, I know some of us struggle to find time to read one book a month, and others manage a dozen. That doesn't matter, so don't feel reluctant to post if you have read less books (or way more books) than others. This is all for sharing, and if you read anything, come let us know what it was and what you thought of it.thread.

Come share your list and what you thought of the books you read last month. We're not looking for full out reviews, just a brief couple of sentences that sum up your impressions.

This is also not a contest for who read the most books, I know some of us struggle to find time to read one book a month, and others manage a dozen. That doesn't matter, so don't feel reluctant to post if you have read less books (or way more books) than others. This is all for sharing, and if you read anything, come let us know what it was and what you thought of it.

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Writers' Corner / SPFBO 4 has started
« on: June 20, 2018, 03:35:32 AM »
... and it got full in a day!

Good luck to our fellow members @Justan Henner and @NedMarcus  :D
(unless the names I read there aren't really you, hehe)

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Writers' Corner / Fantasy names
« on: June 08, 2018, 05:33:05 PM »
I'm curious.
How do you create your names? People, places or things, how do you go about inventing names?

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Hey @Adrian_Selby, look what I found! Your cover reveal :D


Design by Lauren Panepinto
Illustration by Jaime Jones

"The greatest empire of them all began with a road.

The Circle – a thousand miles of perilous forests and warring clans. No one has ever tamed such treacherous territory before, but ex-soldier Teyr Amondsen, veteran of a hundred battles, is determined to try.

With a merchant caravan protected by a crew of skilled mercenaries, Amondsen embarks on a dangerous mission to forge a road across the untamed wilderness that was once her home. But a warlord rises in the wilds of the Circle, uniting its clans and terrorising its people. Teyr’s battles may not be over yet . . .

All roads lead back to war."

https://www.orbitbooks.net/2018/06/01/coming-soon-the-winter-road-by-adrian-selby/

Is it the sequel to Snakewood (which I haven't read yet...) or are they both stand-alones?

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It's time to vote on the May Writing Contest: "Magic and Technology"

Once again, we got 7 entries - thanks to all who participated.

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your two favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)



We are learning to live without polls, right?  ::)
So please send your votes via Personal Message to me and I will consolidate them all manually.
And don't worry, your secret is safe ;)

Here's the list of all stories:
  • First Contact -  The Gem Cutter
  • The Orchetype -  Jmack
  • Fallen City - bdcharles
  • So many worlds to conquer -  OnlyOneHighlander
  • Against The Lightning -  Alex Hormann
  • Exhumation - Carter
  • The Forbidden - Bradley Darewood

DEADLINE = 1 JULY

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Read Alongs / The Traitor God, part 1 - chapters 1 to 7
« on: June 05, 2018, 06:37:41 PM »
Please add your comments about chapters 1 to 7 here.

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Read Alongs / The Traitor God, part 2 - chapters 8 to 14
« on: June 05, 2018, 06:37:07 PM »
Please add your comments about chapters 8 to 14 here.

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Read Alongs / The Traitor God, part 3 - chapters 15 to 21
« on: June 05, 2018, 06:36:37 PM »
Please add your comments about chapters 15 to 21 here.

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Read Alongs / The Traitor God, part 4 - chapters 22 to 26
« on: June 05, 2018, 06:35:47 PM »
Please add your comments about chapters 22 to 26 here.

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Read Alongs / The Traitor God, part 5 - chapters 27 to 35
« on: June 05, 2018, 06:34:57 PM »
Please add your comments about chapters 27 to 35 here.

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