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Re: Sword & Sorcery - Recommendations and Opinions Some suggestions:

-Michael Moorcock's Elric books are definitely worth a look if you want sword & sorcery.
-Glen Cook's The Black Company
-William King's Gotrek and Felix stories are also good S&S, even if you don't like Warhammer

September 25, 2014, 01:08:52 PM
Re: We are not using the Z-Word

However, how do you justify using the word "witches"? It comes from the old English "Wicca" the pagan religion. If the concept of Wicca isn't present in the work, the word becomes as tricky as 'zombie' no?

Witch is fine, as there was no historical 'Wicca' pagan religion (Wicca only being established last century) but instead is a generic term that refers to practitioners of a variety of sorcerous practices, divinations etc. (some of which were no doubt adherents of a variety of different pagan beliefs)

March 16, 2015, 12:23:04 PM
Re: Adventures in Writing Has anybody thought of submitting something to the Writers of the Future competition? It would seem like a good opportunity for newer writers, but some see it as problematic due to the association with L Ron Hubbard.

Also, just had a short story accepted by Sword & Sorcery magazine, pleased it has found a good home but now I need to get working on writing more as the cupboard is now bare.

March 24, 2015, 08:22:29 AM
Re: Game of Thrones confirms spoilers for future books I would much rather read the books first before finding out the plot in TV form. However, I will be watching it - there is no way I will be able to avoid seeing comments and reviews on Twitter, forums and news without going into full-on hermit mode. It also seems like sort of series where malicious prats will go out of there way to spray spoilers everywhere to annoy people, much like they did with the latter Harry Potter books.
March 24, 2015, 08:27:10 AM
Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise I opened this thread with a measure of trepidation ;)

I fully agree, it's FUN and adventuresome, a nice change from the relentlessly Grim fantasy that is everywhere at the moment.

March 24, 2015, 09:28:51 AM
Re: What are you currently reading? Currently thoroughly enjoying When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen. It's different from what I would usually read, but that's no bad thing at all. A richly detailed world and characters trapped between family and society, freedom and obligation, with understandable reasons for what they are doing. Just skimming the surface of the mythology and magic in the book and so far finding it fascinating.

March 24, 2015, 12:08:39 PM
Re: Way of Shadows (Night Angel trilogy + spoilers) I really enjoyed this series, and it does get better after Chapter 15 so I'd read on a little further before deciding. And I would also agree that as a writer Brent Weeks keeps getting better with his new series.
April 08, 2015, 08:46:20 AM
Re: Adventures in Writing
So do many folks on here get stuff published in some of the SF/F mags or sites?
As words from the wise... Where would I start if I wanted to look at doing that?

Some people are working away trying achieve that, some of us are published in magazines, and some of of us also have full novels published. It makes for a good pool of information and experience :)

We have a handy thread on the forum with links to various magazines and resources if you want to try sending your stories out to get published:

April 22, 2015, 10:39:56 AM
Re: Rating Books Based on Price Personally, this sort of review pisses the hell out of me. I will report those as inappropriate whenever I see them.

If you have not read the book or bought/used the product then you have no business 'reviewing' it. And by 'reviewing' I mean WaahWaah baby crying because you don't like the price of X. (I suppose it's not like they have anywhere else to vent their annoyance at the pricing of products, but a fake review, and that is what it is, is not the way to do it.)

If you bought a $20 ebook and read it and it's not worth that price to you then comment on your enjoyment of the book itself and then go on to say it's not worth $20 but wait until it comes down in price, etc. It's every bit as stupid as slating a book solely because somebody gave it a bad cover. Neither is the author's fault (unless self-published), and yet they will be the ones most affected.

That said, I don't think an e-book should ever exceed the price of a hardback version. It's just silly, and I feel bad for authors when this happens because the response is predictably negative.

April 27, 2015, 09:00:31 AM
Re: One Sentence writing advice
When struggling to edit a clunky piece of writing, read it aloud and it will help to iron out problems.

I've been told that having it read to you by someone else is even better. Haven't tried it yet, but I love reading my stuff aloud to check out my prose.

I like the "someone else" in addition. When I read it aloud, I do hear the problems; but my audience doesn't. It goes by too fast, and I'm a passionate reader. Would probably help them give better advice if they read aloud.

Problem is when you go to do some writing in a coffee shop/quiet pub or something and sit there muttering to yourself - "Oh, it's just a crazy writer."

May 19, 2015, 04:01:53 PM