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Re: First person or Third person, which one do you prefer?
I write better using first person, but I usually use third. There's always something in another character's head that I need to get to the bottom of. : )

I've discovered (thanks to a rather excellent new book called 'The Salt Road' by Jane Johnson (not a swords and sorcery fantasy, but an exotic adventure)) that you can write in the first person for one character and in the third person for another, and mix threads in fairly equal measure, and despite expectations it really works. It sounds as though she's done something similar to Rothfuss but taken it further. Anyhow, it's a great technique if you can work it!

February 13, 2011, 08:30:47 AM
Re: Reading outside your comfort zone Heh - maybe I've been lucky, but recently I've had a higher 'hit rate' reading outside my comfort zone than in it!

The last 3 books I put down and gave up on were fantasy & I love fantasy. I read two 'chick-lit' books this year (high-brow chick-lit, but still chick-lit I think) and enjoyed them, a crime thriller last year, some modern literary fiction and some classics ... all good.

I don't think anyone has a 'duty' to broaden their horizons though - why shouldn't you stick to what you like? Reading is for pleasure, not to satisfy some kind of obligation. I read more widely because I enjoy it & also because it strengthens my own writing.

April 13, 2011, 06:07:00 PM
Re: Sex GRRM puts in moderately graphic sex scenes with POV characters & whilst rape happens it is (as far as I can recall) off screen.

Whilst writers may vary, the writing process alluded to in some places in this thread is alien to me and sounds more like cookery:  Tastes stew, stirs it, tastes it again... "Hmmm, perhaps a sprinkling of sarcasm?" Reaches for the tub and shakes a light dusting into the mix. Tastes again ... "No..." Another stir. "Oh. I know. A dash of rape is what it needs." Reaches for narrow bottle, twists off cap, three drops... another for good measure. Tastes again. "Ah, that hits the spot."

Possibly some folk cook their books. Me, I'm in the moment, seeing it, dreaming it. What happens next? what happens next? Write it down. What happens next?

The idea of wooing a demographic, shocking them by numbers ... is that the way some readers envisage it, or really how some writers write? I sure don't know.

September 28, 2011, 02:33:05 PM
Re: R Scott Bakker I've not read any of Bakker's books & I've only skimmed the top layer of the ongoing flame-war but the following items bear noting:

i) Bakker is locked in comment-list combat with very extreme individuals from the far right and from the extremes of feminist dogma. Much of what is said about him is filtered through these channels and is undoubtedly misrepresentation at best, and perhaps out-right lies in some cases. On the right he has detractors who think women are breeding machines and this should be enshrined in law. On the extreme feminist side we have an individual who seems to think that doing battle under the banner of anti-racism and anti-sexism allows them to be both racist and sexist whilst keeping up a litany of personal insults. Meh.


ii) I would bet a vast amount of money that Mr Bakker would not recognise the headline statements in this thread as his beliefs.

iii) He has a blog called The Three Pound Brain where he makes very reasoned posts that attract this vitriol from various extremes. He appears to be a calm, thoughtful, and very clever individual. It's easy to go there and have a read if you'd like to draw your own conclusions rather than have them handed to you by the people targetting him.

Note: None of this is an absolute claim regarding Bakker's views and I don't claim either to have a clear idea of what they are, just an impression which is at odds with the one presented here.

April 27, 2012, 03:33:20 PM
Re: Dark Fantasy v Grimdark There's a very simple rule that almost always applies.

It's grimdark if you disapprove of it.

January 17, 2014, 09:36:12 PM
Re: Book Bargains Prince of Fools  $1.99 on Amazon:


Bargain!  :)

April 23, 2015, 09:49:20 PM
Re: Using different POVs/styles in one book There are endless games you can play with PoV. I guess the thing is to ensure that whatever you do earns its keep and doesn't become a game for its own sake. Transitions can be jarring, so only make them when doing so will improve the story.
June 09, 2015, 09:29:57 PM
Re: During the Dance: M. Lawrence
Mark has published a number of short stories that can be found on his website(s) but this one has really moved me as it is damn near perfect. Read it on the web get it free for kindle on Amazon, but read it.

Thanks. I think it might be the best 2000 words I've written. It certainly hits a lot of people in the feels. A hard write too.

September 04, 2015, 02:51:01 PM
Re: Books that have fallen out of favor with the crowds
And these days it seems like Terry Goodkind is regarded as one of the big pariahs of fantasy. I've heard of The Sword of Truth many times, but was it ever a big deal with mainstream success?

Heh. I've not read them, so I'm not a fanboy, but this one made me smile. How fleeting fame can be!

This series sold over 25 million copies. Nearly every book hit the New York Times bestseller list. Terry Goodkind was one of the first (and very few) fantasy authors to reach #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

The first book has 150,000 ratings on Goodreads despite coming out more than a decade before Goodreads started.

It was HUGE. Pat Rothfuss and Sanderson don't reach Goodkind's knees in terms of commercial success in the genre.

September 22, 2015, 09:14:02 AM
Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off
can anyone find the review for Soul for Trouble from Fantasy Book Critic tried looking for it but can't see it thanks

Just click the score on the table and it takes you to the connected review.


October 23, 2015, 06:45:01 PM