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Re: Highly Regarded Books that You Have Struggled Through Perdido Street Station was a weird one for me. The first 200 or so pages were so boring to read. But once the plot got rolling, I was hooked.

I found that The Scar was more even throughout.

On the Mieville subject, I didn't really get the appeal of Kraken. It was okay, but I've read much better.

April 17, 2015, 10:58:58 PM
Re: The Future of Fantasy Here's something I'd like to see for the future of fantasy: worlds that combine fantasy and science fiction. Why not have magic and robots? Don't get me wrong. I'll always have a soft spot for pseudo-Medieval fantasy, but I feel like there's a lot more you can do with it. We're getting gunpowder fantasy now, so why can't we change the era a bit more?

In more traditional fantasy, I'd like to see less Grimdark. I'm fine with grim worlds, but please give me characters I can actually root for.

April 26, 2015, 05:48:37 PM
Re: The Future of Fantasy
I hope Urban Fantasy never gets called 'Fantasy' lol - that is one thing I am really, really hoping for. I like that most people are calling it 'Paranormal Romance' I can live with that. A girl at work was reading some Charlenne Harris (name?) novel the other day and said:
'I like Fantasy too'
'erm... NO! NO! You do not. Do you know what Lord of the Rings is? Do you know the characteristics of an Orc?'

Point Proved ::)

This x 10000

Urban fantasy is still fantasy. Urban fantasy is not paranormal romance. They are completely separate genres. The Dresden Files does not belong in the same genre as Twilight. Now, there are some urban fantasies that veer dangerously close to paranormal romance trilogy. The big thing that tells you is the focus. There can be sex and romance in an urban fantasy, but it's not the main focus of the plot. Similarly, there can be action in a paranormal romance, but it's not the main focus of the plot.

May 01, 2015, 05:46:06 AM
Re: Who is looking forward to Ruin?!?! I'm excited for it. I struggled a bit with Malice, but then it really picked up at the end. Valor, on the other hand, was one of my favorite books I've read this year. I feel like Gwynne fixed all the issues I had with his first book. If he grew that much between books 1 and 2, I can't wait to see what he does for book 3.
May 06, 2015, 05:10:42 PM
Re: Plot structure and pacing
Okay, back to the actual point that was raised: I think it's a really good idea to have a major turning point in the middle. Dealing with the consequences of a big event is something that mainstream fiction generally likes to ignore. Villains get killed, stuff blown up, and they lived happily ever after.

That was one of my favorite things about Mistborn. The first book's all about killing the Lord Ruler. The next two books deal with how killing him results in something even worse.

May 08, 2015, 07:28:00 PM
Re: How do you choose your next book? Well, I have over 1,000 books on my to-read list. So I just kind of go through and pick out whatever looks most interesting at the time. What I'm in the mood for frequently changes, and sometimes I don't feel like reading a book once I get to it. Then it goes back to the library.

I recently did this with Miles Cameron's The Fell Sword. I enjoyed The Red Knight, but I just wasn't in the mood for the sequel. I'll probably check it out again at some point.

May 10, 2015, 02:07:13 AM
Re: Pet Peeves: What makes you put a book down/never pick it up in the first place? Not picking it up in the first place:

1. If it sounds so Grimdark it might as well be a parody. (Now, if it really is a parody of Grimdark, I'd probably love to read it.)

2. If the cover features scantily clad people (this is mostly in the paranormal romance that tries to masquerade as urban fantasy).

Putting it down:

1. If I don't like any of the characters. This is a common problem in Grimdark. Maybe I'm hopelessly backward, but I actually want to read about people that I can root for without reservation.

2. If the pace is glacial. I might keep reading if I'm invested in the characters or world, but slow pacing might actually be the number one thing that makes me put down a book.

3. If the book is confusing. Once again, if I like the characters or there's lots of action, I'll overlook some confusion.

May 10, 2015, 05:54:13 AM
Re: How much did you write today? I wrote about 1,100 words today. That's 1,100 more than I've been writing per day recently.
May 19, 2015, 05:41:14 AM
Re: How much did you write today? Between the second novel in one of my series and a short story I just started, I've written over 3,000 words today.
May 20, 2015, 04:36:03 AM
Re: A review of Dawn of Wonder by Jonathan Renshaw-amazing book I hope I end up liking it just as much. I downloaded it the other day after reading your praise of it in another thread. I liked your first book, so I figure I can trust you.

I like hearing comparisons to Blood Song, which I loved.

June 03, 2015, 04:27:47 AM