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Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever? Heh, I collect old paperbacks and (slightly embarrassing) have many of those, including THE CREEPING EVIL.

Here's one of my favorites:

January 29, 2011, 01:15:27 PM
Re: Jungle fantasy? Elven Star - from the Death Gate series by Weis and Hickman.

Black Lung Captain - Chris Wooding's steampunk fun... it has a really nice jungle scene (amongst others).

March 31, 2011, 08:55:38 AM
Re: MODS PLEASE READ THIS POST! Speaking as a mod and a small press publisher, I'm doubly offended by the tone of this post.
May 20, 2012, 08:39:04 PM
I would be ashamed of the MODS initial reaction and try to hide it from the main threads if I were you too.  

Congratulations! You've just earned a trip to the naughty corner. You can commiserate with your 92,000 Twitter followers. Next time, it is permanent.


May 20, 2012, 09:06:56 PM
Re: Grimdark
There are enough different novels and styles of writing to tickle anybodies fancy, so why are people complaining about things they do not like? Stop wasting your time and read what you like. That's what I try to do.

You're absolutely right, of course. But the value (dubious as it is) of a subgenre as that people can use them for exactly that purpose - to find books they like. If I like Abercrombie and hear he's "grimdark", then I can seek out other grimdark books as they share something in common with a book I like...

It just gets tricky when people try to define exactly what that commonality is. And trickier when that definition includes stuff that a reader doesn't like.

March 26, 2013, 12:05:13 PM
Re: Pornokitsch wants your short stories I do! I do want your short fiction! Gimme.

/makes grabby hands

April 10, 2015, 11:33:41 AM
Re: Pornokitsch wants your short stories Thank you both - and good luck! Look forward to reading all the stories. It is like having my own secret bookshop filled with stories that no one else has.

Which just makes me sound creepy...

April 10, 2015, 02:33:22 PM
Re: Lord of the Rings... Ealy Grimdark? ;-) Back to the OP, Tolkien is grimdark because....

How about the Scouring of the Shire? A happy little hobbit hamlet gets turned into an industrial wasteland, complete with smog, pollution, grinding poverty and a sort of quasi-Victorian fascism. And yet, all still taking place in a fantasy kingdom.

That's pretty grimdark, right?

April 20, 2015, 05:50:41 PM
Re: Who is K.J. Parker?
The mystery around K. J. Parker's identity has always been fun. The revealing tomorrow will definitely be quite exciting, but can't help but feel like I might miss the mysterious "Who is K. J. Parker" speculation.

Me too. There's an irony here, but I was very much in the "I never want it to be revealed" camp!

April 21, 2015, 10:31:39 AM
Re: Thoughts on the Long Price Quartet?
Likes. Dislikes. About a hundred pages into the first book, and although it intrigues me, it is a lot of names/info very quickly. Heard a lot of good things about it, so I will definitely continue reading it.


It is slow to get going, but once it does - wow. One of my favourite series, and the last book absolutely wrecked me. Really beautiful and complex. Also, a book with no villains - just different perspectives, which I really love. Plus, everyone's smart, another thing that makes it a pleasure to read.

May 14, 2015, 12:54:07 PM