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Re: Series similar to Dune?
Does anyone know of any good sprawling epic science fiction series similar to Dune? I am currently reading Consider Phlebas, but I'm not sure if I'd put it in the same category as Dune. I'm looking for something that's SF, that reads like epic fantasy. If Star Ocean were a book, I would run to the nearest book store and get it.

And while I don't exactly want Cyberpunk again (I'm a bit unsure whether some books in Cyberpunk really qualify), I want a book that has that similar feeling. High tech; low life. Something like Space Hackers and Pirates.

A little bit of fantasy would be OK, though I haven't read a fantasy book, sense I read the Demon Sword (or some title like that) way back when I was thirteen. I don't dislike swords exactly, but I'm a little bit burned out by them as that's all I read when I read manga. Stories with swords.:P

I know you pasted this a while ago and have no doubt by now answered your own questions, but for the record here's my two pennies worth.

Epic Sprawling SF - The Commonwealth books by Peter F Hamilton - Pandora's Star, Judas Unchained (duology)The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void, The Evolutionary Void(trilogy) and The Abyss Beyond Breams first part of another duology to be followed up with The Night Without Stars. There is also a prequel of sorts titled Misspent Youth, all together these books cover roughly 1,500+ years of history and have many recurring characters.

Cyberpunk That Is Not Cyberpunk - The Takeshi Kovacs trilogy (Altered Carbon, Broken Angels, Woken Furies by Richard Morgan.

March 16, 2015, 02:26:48 PM
Re: Game Of Thrones (TV Show) Season 5 - WITH BOOK SPOILERS
I'm really angry that Aegon won't be present in the show. He's very important in the end.

Is he? His importance in my mind by the end of ADwD seemed a bit vague and there is still some question as to whether he is who people claim him to be. I'm firmly in the he's a fake camp in the same way the fake Arya is married to Ramsay Bolton. Plus despite recent rumours of 10 seasons & a movie I do think the producers have had to do some serious culling to the book cast and I dont think they would have culled a character IF he was so important to the outcome of the books.

March 16, 2015, 02:40:51 PM
Why Is It The History Channels "Vikings" Has Slipped Under The Fantasy Radar? Lets look at the facts.

Part of Ragnar's legend is that he is descended from Odin.

There is a shaman in Kattegut (Ragnar's stronghold) who has visions that come true.

Princess Aslaug (Ragnar's second wife) is a seer and said to be the daughter of Sigurd and Brynhildhr.

Whilst S1 & 2 had sly fantastical elements in S3 they are more to the fore with a recent episode having Aslaug, Siggi and Helga sharing the same dream vision of a stranger.

With all this - and the fact its about Vikings - I wonder why it is the show does not feature more heavily within the fantasy scope of interest? I know its only available on the History Channel (Sky or cable) or on Amazon Prime but that limited viewing platform hasnt stopped other shows reaching the masses.

March 25, 2015, 09:56:14 PM
Re: Why Is It The History Channels "Vikings" Has Slipped Under The Fantasy Radar? If you dint have Sky it is on Amazon Prime (which I think is still free for the first month so you could bulkwatch S1 and 2 then cancel and re-book in a few weeks and watch S3) and S2/2 is on DVD.

As for low budget, yes the first 2 seasons were bare bones but from some of the trailers seen for S3 (Paris for instance) it seems someone has stumped up some cash. Plus the budget may have been slim effectswise but this show is chock full of action (at least one fight/battle per episode) and the battles are pretty realistic and bloody.

March 26, 2015, 08:24:52 PM
Fox Spirit = Winter Tales Open Subs The Blurb....

We are now collecting winter tales, to drive away the grim winter and bring you the wonders and magic of the season. Fox Spirit Books will publish the Winter Tales anthology in the beginning of 2016. The anthology will be edited by Margrét Helgadóttir. We want unusual and elegant speculative fiction stories with full plot and strong characters. We are seeking diversity. The stories can be light with a touch of romance or humour, or dark and terrifying. Stories about creatures, monsters, animals and shapeshifters are welcome. The stories can be within speculative subgenres such as the weird, fables or folkloric, magical realism, adventure, dystopian, cyberpunk, mystery or fantastic, but we ask that the stories take place on Earth and have the winter as frame. Poetry is welcome. We are not looking for nonfiction or fanfiction. We are not looking for satire, erotica, paranormal romance, splatter or overly gory stories.

The Link....


April 09, 2015, 08:45:30 PM
Re: Daredevil (Netflix) Been renewed for S2.
April 22, 2015, 03:51:23 PM
Re: Historical Fiction Heads up for anyone reading Bernard Cornwell's Saxon series, he posted on Facebook last night that book 9 will be called Warriors In The Dark and out in the autumn.
May 09, 2015, 09:13:52 AM
Re: Historical Fiction
Heads up for anyone reading Bernard Cornwell's Saxon series, he posted on Facebook last night that book 9 will be called Warriors In The Dark and out in the autumn.

He is a machine! That series will rival Sharpe soon!

Another update today and the title has now changed to Warriors In The Storm.

June 08, 2015, 11:54:56 PM
Re: What are you currently reading?
Finished Half a War.  Enjoyed it, but not as much as the previous two books.  Didn't like where he went with the 'elf' element of the book, but won't go into detail for fear of spoilers!

Also reading The Black Lung Captain at the moment, book 2 of Tales of the Ketty Jay series.  Really enjoying this one, the writing style has picked up a notch since Retribution Falls .. found myself laughing out loud at certain points on the train yesterday evening.

I'm hoping that Dinosaur Lords lands with me today too - and I'll start that straight away.  OOH the anticipation  :)

The Ketty Jay series is brilliant and just gets better and better.

I'm halfway through Half A War, next up is The Liars Key by Mark Lawrence and then The Harvest by Chuck Wendig.

August 01, 2015, 01:10:23 PM
Re: Fantasy-Faction Con 2016 This had slipped onto page 2 so bumping it back up.
September 08, 2015, 12:56:38 PM