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Re: List of LGBT characters in fantasy recommended by Fantasy Faction Members Kushiel Series and Namaah Series, by Jacquelyn Carey.  It is BDSM with plenty of bisexuality.
February 08, 2017, 12:34:53 AM
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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread Hello! I probably should've introduced myself before posting on several threads.  I've been a fan of fantasy since my older brother read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe to me almost 40 years ago.  It was a gateway (LOL, see what I did there?) drug to the Hobbit and then D&D. As a middle schooler, I decided I wanted to write SFF for a living, until my silly desire to be cool clashed with my nerdom. Plus, I didn't have an original idea in my head.  Several years ago, I rediscovered my geek roots got back into SFF reading and writing.  It is always nice to talk about books with like-minded folks!
February 08, 2017, 02:08:24 AM
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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
Well, @JCkang I'd say you're in the right place. Welcome. There's a core group of Tolkien fanatics here, myself and Jmack being among the most outspoken ones. Look forward to hearing more from you. What do you write? We have a wonderful monthly short story club you might try (maybe you did? I never can retain who wrote what). Anyway, I am sure you'll enjoy your time here. Some very sharp people here with deep, diverse knowledge in the unreal. And me. :)

Thanks for the welcome!  I confess, I haven't read anything by Tolkien in 30 years.  It doesn't ever keep me from getting into a heated discussion about whether Westeros or Middle Earth is better developed, or rant about how the Hobbit somehow managed to become three feature films.

I'm writing Epic Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery, with a melange of classic fantasy beings and several historical earth cultures (each with a different type of magic), told through novels, short stories, and graphic novellas.

February 08, 2017, 12:06:41 PM
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Re: Looking for Books to Read and Review! Are you still looking for new books to read and review?  I tried to send this by PM, but it didn't seem to work.

I'd be happy to send you a review copy of Songs of Insurrection.  Email me at: jc.kang.author@gmail.com if you are interested.


February 08, 2017, 12:38:56 PM
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Re: How much did you write today? Wednesdays are my day off, so today and last Wednesday, I've managed 3k words each day.  On the other days, it averages around 500-1000.
February 09, 2017, 02:48:35 AM
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Re: Game of Thrones: Season 7 Awesome meme.  The reveal  on the TV show was AMAZING, even if everyone and their mother knew about L+R=J, anyway.

Season 7 can't start soon enough!

March 08, 2017, 07:03:56 PM
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Re: Rogue One -- It's here! Late to the party on this thread, but I thought I'd add my two cents.  I saw it twice.  First time, I was disappointed by the lack of the crawl (even though they'd announced that) and the music that only hinted at the Star Wars theme. It just didn't feel like a Star Wars movie from the start.  Then, the first few scenes were all over the place.  I had a hard time connecting with the characters, and was beginning to worry that this was Phantom Menace plot chaos, all over again.

The raid on the archives made it all worth it, and, after Episodes 1-3 watered down Anakin Skywalker, it was good to see the Vader put back in Darth Vader for that climactic scene.

The second time, I enjoyed it so much more.  The character chemistry was great.  Donnie Yen and K2 steal the show.

March 08, 2017, 07:09:23 PM
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Re: What are you currently reading? I finished The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French.  Absolutely loved it.  My review:

Half-Orcs Are People, Too.

This fun adventure with first-rate worldbuilding hides a complex plot. As a former D&D player, I am drawn to stories which break the stereotypical molds of fantasy races with spectacular worldbuilding. The Grey Bastards does that, and so much more, telling a tale from the perspective of a half-orc, Jackal.

Throughout most fantasy worlds, we’re not supposed to like half-orcs, but we can’t help but root for Jackal. He is utterly loyal to his “hoof,” one of nine half-orc clans that defend the badlands between orc and human territories on their war boars. If anything motivates him more than protecting his friends, it’s a pretty face, and an overconfidence which gets him in trouble. These foibles make him all the more endearing; while helping to move the plot along in a dangerous place, inhabited by insane Centaurs who go on murderous rampages, Halfling religious fanatics, marsh demons, wild elf tribes, and various humans.

To the half-orc vernacular, each of these groups, and everything around them, has a unique name. Frails, Thicks, Waddlers, Ticklers, Hoofs, Thrice-Bloods… the author organically works the slang in through the dialog and point of view so that it becomes second nature to the reader.

The large cast is mostly memorable through chemistry and dialog, none more so than the mysterious Half-Orc Wizard who arrives out of nowhere and turns Jackal’s life upside down. Each twist and turn in the plot left me awestruck in the brilliance of the story.

If I have any complaint, it’s that some parts feel rushed and telling. Throughout the climax, the sensory filtering put distance between me and Jackal. In addition, some of the synonyms for “said” felt forced throughout, creating a distraction from an otherwise smooth read. It’s because of these small issues that I can only give Grey Bastards a 4.99 out of 5.

June 23, 2017, 05:35:34 PM
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Re: Science Fantasy Mark Lawrence's Red Sister is told from a fantasy perspective, but clearly has sci-fi elements.
November 21, 2018, 01:59:05 AM
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