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Re: What are you currently reading?
Please include a goat, even if it's not iron, we need a true-origin-secret to pass to our heirs ;)

Yessssss, it will be a special secret goat reference just for Fantasy Faction ;)

March 31, 2015, 09:46:22 AM
Re: Best Recently Released Book
While I liked the Farseer trilogy, I actually preferred the Liveships trilogy, and you don't need to have read the Farseer to read that one.

I need to get back to Liveships at one point. I had to return the second book to the library. For me, it isn't as good as the Farseer trilogy because I don't identify with every character as well as a did with Fitz. There are some characters (Malta especially) that I simply have no desire to read about, and that makes me put the book down for long periods. I do the same thing with ASoIaF.

If it helps, Malta's character grows and matures quite a bit in the series. :)

Malta's character development is some of the best I've ever seen... I started off wanting to throttle her but by book 3 I was her biggest fan.

Also, Kennit. Good lord, what a character.

April 01, 2015, 09:15:52 AM
This is awesome.
Meanwhile, I'm looking for Jen Williams.
Not there? Highway robbery!
Kidding  ;)

*hurriedly shoves spaceships into books*

April 01, 2015, 09:46:06 AM
Re: Best Recently Released Book
Malta's character development is some of the best I've ever seen... I started off wanting to throttle her but by book 3 I was her biggest fan.

Also, Kennit. Good lord, what a character.

This, 100%. Throttle her, slap her, shout at her... and then by the 3rd book I was really fighting for her :D
And I strangely liked Kennit and wouldn't really call him a villain - so much so that I was really shocked when he finally did a despicable act >:(

Gosh yes. Kennit has to be one of the most complex characters I've encountered. He was an utter, utter git through much of it and yet I looked forward to all of his chapters and found him fascinating. There was something there, a vulnerability, and then of course he did something truly unforgivable. There are no easy answers with Kennit, and that's why I think it is a truly extraordinary piece of writing (particularly in being an examination of the far-reaching consequences of abuse).

Those books were soooo good.

April 01, 2015, 10:35:57 AM
Re: Do you read like a writer?
I read like a writer, and yes, it's painful to do so. If I'm being honest, some of the things mentioned in Eric's article infuriate me. It's the sort of advice you see everywhere, yet were new writers to actually apply it they'd probably never get published, because most big names don't abide by any of the supposed rules.

One of the first books I read after starting to write was JK Rowlings Harry Potter. To clarify, I really liked it--a lot. For sure she's a fantastic author with wonderful characterisation and imagination. But I was doing a writing course at the time and one of the first laws it stated was not to use caps lock for shouting. We see it on forums and we cringe. Yet in the first thirty pages of Philosopher's Stone almost every time Harry's uncle blows a gasket at him we're delighted with two rows of block capital letters. This is the sort of thing that an aspiring nobody would get an instant rejection for. But not only has the most successful author of the modern age made this elementary mistake, her work has also gone through a large publishing house and been okayed by, I assume, a fleet of high paid editors. Some might argue that it's okay because it's a children's book, but is it? Do we really want children to learn that to shout on forums you hold down shift? So if I'm reading this work to see how it's done you can forgive me if I start capsing those words up, right?...

So yea, that's my late night rant. I apologise if I've inadvertedly offended anyone.

How dare you speak against the great J.K. Rowling?

In all seriousness (and by that, I mean actual seriousness; it takes more than pointing out that she uses all caps for someone to offend me), part of learning the rules of writing involves learning when to break those rules. After you learn "show, don't tell", you have to learn when it's best to throw that out the window and just straight up tell the reader something. After you learn never to use all capital letters for shouting, you have to learn when it's best to use all capital letters for shouting (or anything, really). The only way to tell when it's best for any of these is just to do it when it feels right and when it works, and in my opinion, using all caps for Uncle Vernon works. It works because he's such an over-the-top character and because it shows just how intense his rage is at whatever he's raging at.

And really, how else does one shout on a forum? Personally, multiple exclamation points are much more of an eyesore than rows of all capital letters will ever be.

Basically, if you're good enough, you can break all the "rules" you want - and thank goodness for that.

April 04, 2015, 11:31:32 AM
Re: "The Triumph of Fantasy Fiction?" It's interesting to see fantasy written about in such depth in a newspaper like the Guardian. However, aside from some references to J K Rowling, the author seems to have managed to forget about ALL the significant female authors of fantasy.

As I commented on twitter, if your article on how awesome fantasy is doesn't talk about Robin Hobb and others like her, then it's pretty much worthless. Elspeth Cooper wrote a post about it outlining exactly how ridiculous this is.


April 05, 2015, 10:14:31 AM
Re: "The Triumph of Fantasy Fiction?"

I do think that some people seek an emotional connection to characters in fiction--that personally--I could take or leave.

I don't know if that is because I am a man or not. It could be just me and the way I think.

I do not need to feel emotionally vested in a protagonist to enjoy a story, not even a little.


I honestly think this has nowt to do with gender, and everything to do with personal preference. I know plenty of men (the majority of men I know, maybe?) who want to be emotionally invested in characters. I also know a lot of women who like a really good blood bath and plenty of violence - and all shades in between.

The sooner we move away from "I like this because I am a man, you like this because you are a woman" the better off we'll all be, I reckon.

April 05, 2015, 05:46:21 PM
Re: Magical animals
Petition To @sennydreadful

Dear Jen
Please do not let the goat in your next book be called Atku, even if you are offered untold wealth and decadent blandishments. Atku could shape-shift anytime he wanted and wreck your storyline at will.

Lady Ty

Oh no, how horribly, horribly tempting though...  ;)

April 07, 2015, 01:59:32 PM
Re: Vision of Robin Hobb's "FOOL" revealed... Wow, that is preeeeeeetty far from what I imagined  :o (the second picture, of the Fool on a horse, is much closer for me)
April 08, 2015, 09:08:42 PM
Re: Post your Grim Gathering Review :)
Heard a bit of the Vagrant a couple of weeks ago at SRFC and seems like its going to get a lot of buzz on these forums.

I was at the SRFC too!

Ooooohhh. Who were you?

*runs in for a quick SRFC high-five*

Dead pleased to hear all the good buzz about The Vagrant - Pete is a top chap!

April 13, 2015, 04:01:03 PM