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Re: I need a break from writing, what should I read? How about one of these ten finalists in the Self-Published fantasy contest? Each has been chosen from nearly 30 others, they all have over half a dozen reviews linked, and many of them are free!

http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/final-round-self-published-fantasy-blog.html

February 22, 2016, 08:35:04 AM
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Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off Fantasy-Faction are on board for SPFBO 2016!

Four new blog-judges announced.

http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/spfbo2.html

April 18, 2016, 10:04:42 AM
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Re: Red Queen's War - Mark Lawrence (With Spoilers) The last book is out today in the UK.

These are all the blog reviews so far - I think there's a theme emerging :)

http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/all-wheel-of-osheim-reviews-i-know.html

June 02, 2016, 12:38:08 PM
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
Does he detest one of the final five or one that got nominated? I'm so curious now. I'm guessing lies of Locke lamora ;-)

@Elfy adores Lies of Locke Lamora.
He has said many times that Lawrence's "Thorns" books are very, very much not for him.

And I thank him for it. Books are sold by passionate responses like that. It continues the conversation and helps an author enormously. I've had more people tell me they bought Prince of Thorns because of the damning review on Tor's site than because of any other review. The more angry the better!   ;D

September 12, 2016, 09:45:49 AM
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
Does he detest one of the final five or one that got nominated? I'm so curious now. I'm guessing lies of Locke lamora ;-)

@Elfy adores Lies of Locke Lamora.
He has said many times that Lawrence's "Thorns" books are very, very much not for him.

And I thank him for it. Books are sold by passionate responses like that. It continues the conversation and helps an author enormously. I've had more people tell me they bought Prince of Thorns because of the damning review on Tor's site than because of any other review. The more angry the better!   ;D

Elfy has never been angry and definitely not damning, always very tactful that the book is just not what he likes to read :) And it is really quite different from the books he loves and recommends, so its definitely in line with what I would expect him to say. There's a huge range of styles and tones for books in the genre. something for everyone, which is great :)

I'm just pleased that there are people making regular mention of the book five years after publication.  Oscar Wilde summed the situation up for us very well.

September 12, 2016, 06:13:22 PM
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
I'm just pleased that there are people making regular mention of the book five years after publication.  Oscar Wilde summed the situation up for us very well.

I finished the Prince of Thorns in two sittings that exchanged my day and my evening for some excellent entertainment, which I didn't even know that I needed. It was a fine novel that I truly enjoyed.

Presented with this first-ever opportunity to communicate with a writer whose work I've only just now set down, I must say something. I won't bore everyone with my observations or the moments that made me laugh or made me excited - it's enough, I think, to say that they happened, and they happened often.

Instead, I'll simply say "Thank you Mr. Lawrence, for entertaining and delighting me. I really enjoyed your book."
-The Gem Cutter

Great to hear you enjoyed it, thanks for sharing! Readers often say they enjoyed King of Thorns more, so let's hope it keeps getting better for you.

http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/best-book-in-broken-empire-trilogy.html

September 17, 2016, 05:21:35 PM
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Re: Here it is! The 5 Best Modern Fantasy Poll
Emperor of Thrones - done!

I really enjoyed the series, and achieved several goals along the way. I wanted to get a feel for newer material in the genre, and I wanted to read more First Person. This makes only two book series I've read in FP POV, the other being Cornwell's Saxon Tales (which I LOVE).

My review on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1762059331


Great to hear you enjoyed the last book! And as to "Emperor of Thrones"... there was a time that the most common hit on King of Thorns search was from people laughing that a friend or relative had said King of Thorns instead of Game of Thrones  :)

September 25, 2016, 12:38:35 PM
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Re: SPFBO - An Update for you The 300 novels have been narrowed down to 10 finalists thanks to the heroic efforts of 20+ bloggers over 10 blogs.

Finalists, scores, linked reviews etc all here:
http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/the-final-round-of-self-published.html

October 27, 2016, 10:04:25 AM
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Re: Should there be a PR only fantasy for the Goodreads choice Well, PR or not, The Wheel of Osheim got into the semi-final round as a write-in.   :)

Goodreads email authors on the ballot, saying:

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? Encourage readers to vote.
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? Update your status update on Goodreads, write a blog post, or send your newsletter to thank you readers for their continued support.
? Open Ask the Author and answer questions from readers.

November 12, 2016, 01:21:30 PM
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Re: What could make a Shiny Hero work for you? As shiny heroes go it's hard to beat the Silver Surfer...

But honestly I don't care whether the protagonist is of sound moral fiber or a sleaze-bag. I just want them to be an interesting and convincing human being (they can be exceptional or unusual but I like to feel some degree of emotional overlap, some common experience).

November 13, 2016, 11:10:53 AM
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