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Hi fellow fantasy fans! Hi fellow fantasy fans  :)

I am just in the process of completing my first draft of a novel (the first novel I will complete that I actually consider to be 'pretty good') and recently found this forum while preparing for the joy that will be the revision process. At 135,000 words of story it's going to be a tough job, but from what I've read so far this place is going to be very useful and informative, I'm already ultra appreciative of most of what I've read.

My favourite author is Stephen King (although I haven't read anywhere near all of his books and even some of the big ones, IT and The Shining for two), I also love Bernard Cornwell mostly for the Saxon Stories. Favourite books are the Dark Tower series, The Last Kingdom and Saxon Stories, The Talisman, The Lord of the Rings and perhaps less well known series called Captive Prince. 

Outside of writing, I love traveling and reading about history (most places, most times). My BA is in History and I am currently an English teacher in Thailand. The best things about teaching abroad I've found are 1) meeting all kinds of different people, 2) getting to travel so many amazing surrounding countries! and 3) gives a more careful eye for my own grammar fluffs and typos!

Although I live in Bangkok, I am from the greatest city in the world that is Manchester, England (no bias there).

Looking forward to meeting and exchanging ideas with some of you all.

August 29, 2016, 02:16:33 AM
Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read? The Stand by Stephen King is one of my all time favourites.

If that is still 'too fantasy', then I also love 'The Last Kingdom' by Bernard Cornwell. Historical fiction based on the viking invasions of England.

In Non-Fiction, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins has made a pretty massive impression on my life and views, so that has to be up there.

September 24, 2016, 10:12:37 AM
Re: How many hours a day do you spend reading? Depends on the book and my mood. I can read for hours and hours, nearly all day at the weekend, if I love the book and am in the right mind set. When I read Lord of the Rings many moons ago I finished in two weeks. Lately, Words of Radiance at 1300 pages, I finished in a week (it immediately became my fave fantasy book!)

On the other hand, Abercrombie's Blade Itself just took me 2 weeks and is much smaller. I managed not more than an hour or two a day. While I enjoyed it, I just didn't have the mind frame I did with WofR, and to be honest I just liked the latter a whole lot more. So it really depends.

September 30, 2016, 01:48:00 AM
Re: FREE Grimdark Downloaded earlier this week, thanks for the free offer! It's become my commute read (kindle is better for that I find). Very fun, and indeed about as grim and dark as could be imagined. Almost wanted to be sick reading the opening scene with Vykers, will be interesting seeing how on earth he recovers from what he goes through so quickly! A certain bar scene early on also raised a smile.

Enjoying so far  :)

September 07, 2017, 04:22:11 AM
Re: Favorite Character in SFF Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen. A proper 'bromance' the likes of which I haven't read much of in fantasy. I could happily read their conversations and bickering for 600 pages at a time. I just wish Scott Lynch would get on with publishing Gentlemen Bastards Book 4 so I can do just that!

I also really enjoy Eddie Dean in The Dark Tower series; as well as Sand Dan Glokta - the awful but captivating slime ball of the First Law.

January 04, 2019, 07:26:32 AM
Re: What are you currently reading? Finally got to some of the recommendations from people here.

Firstly, read Swordspoint on the recommendation of @cupiscent and absolutely loved it. Only took me a few days (and a good chunk of a flight) to get through. Totally recommend it; it has a great mystery running through it, as well as fast paced action along with a sweet slice of romance.

Currently just over halfway through A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, suggested by @J.R. Darewood and it is incredible! This is a book I feel I've been looking for for a long time. It needs to be a TV series, or a movie at least. I think the world is ready for it  :)

April 23, 2019, 06:24:07 AM
Re: Unrepentant Characters I think all the advice above is great, so I've not much to add, but due to interest thought I'd throw in my two penneth worth anyway.

I really love the idea of an otherwise awful character being captivating enough to be hooked by. What I'd add to all the above are:

- give them a killer personality. Justan kind of said this by giving them humour. But generally, even the most awful person can have charisma and charm in spades and still be objectively abhorrent as a person. The Joker arguably fits the bill here.

- give them the usual struggles of a protagonist. People love to hear about those who were determined and had to go through trials and tribulations. The perseverance to fight on despite various difficulties is a large part of what makes a character captivating. This is probably the only thing that made me 'want' to see Jorg succeed!

While I haven't read it, 'The Shadow of the Conqueror' by Shad M Brooks (a prominent Youtube on the medieval era and fantasy in general) apparently has a protagonist who is a completely unrepentant, violent, nasty MCl but is captivating. Might be worth checking out to see how he does it.

January 07, 2020, 02:43:12 AM