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Re: Favourite Fantasy Quotes? I was reading The Desert Spear today, and came across this thought of Arlen's. This tops my list of favorites:

"There were few balms so sweet as choking the life from a demon with one's bare hands."

June 15, 2011, 10:56:24 PM
Re: What is Weird Fantasy? Weird Fiction originated before Tolkien. H.P. Lovecraft was one of the first writers of Weird Fiction. Lovecraft would probably be the best example of Weird Fic.

China Mieville would be classified as New Weird. The genre of New Weird began in the 90s. It's really not that different from what Lovecraft was doing in the 30s. Mielville has stated that his goal with his writing is to move fantasy away from the tropes and cliches of Tolkien-esque fantasy. Jeff VanderMeer, who considers himself apart of the New Weird genre, classifies it as, "a type of urban, secondary-world fiction that subverts the romanticized ideas about place found in traditional fantasy, largely by choosing realistic, complex real-world models as the jumping off point for creation of settings that may combine elements of both science fiction and fantasy."

Another person classified New Weird as, "People buy New Weird because they want cutting edge speculative fiction with a literary slant. It’s kind of like slipstream with a side of weirdness."

Personally, I think both definitions are pretty confusing. ha.

July 19, 2011, 04:09:36 AM