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Posted the first three chapters of a novel. Feel free to tell me everything I messed up :)

Wayne aka The Mad Hatter

December 29, 2010, 07:03:27 PM
Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
So people, what's the best Non-Fantasy book you have read? :D
All of them. None of them.

That's a damned hard question to answer. How do you define best? Is it the book that has had the most impact on the world? In that case, out of the books I've read, it's the Bible, most probably the King James Version, since it's one of the most common. I'd put the Bible, whatever translation, in a special place along with the Talmud and the Quran. The three books of the sister religions have had a huge impact on the world. That impact can be negative, when some goofball misunderstands something - think Northern Ireland.

Or say we look at Non-Fiction.

One of the most interesting books I've read in the last year was Evolution vs Creationism by Eugenie Scott, which is an excellent book:

Cory Doctorow, Rael Dornfest, and Scott Johnson wrote Essential Blogging: Selecting and Using Weblog Tools, which I found very useful:

As someone who writes on Copyright issues, I found Cory Doctorow's Content very useful:

I was able to make a visit to the Highway Book Store this summer, and fill some of the holes in my Phoebe Atwood Taylor collection. Phoebe Atwood Taylor wrote mysteries under her own name, and as Alice Tilton. I love her stuff, but most of it's out of print, or hard to get. The Highway Book Store is the largest used book store in Ontario. Dangerous place. Hideous place. I rarely manage to get out without spending at least $200.00!

Clay Shirky's Cognitive Surplus is a fascinating book. You are using the theories in it here:

Clayton M. Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma has helped me understand what I've been seeing and writing about in my articles on Microsoft, and convinced me that what I'm seeing is actually happening:

There a ton of good books out there. The problem is finding the ones you would like.

Wayne aka The Mad Hatter

December 31, 2010, 01:08:22 PM
Re: Cursing in Fantasy
Yeah, I'm quite familiar with the original myths and folk legends.  But I don't refer to the original stories as fairy tales.  Fairy tales are the tame version intended for kids.  The roots of fantasy go way back and are much darker, but fantasy as a literature genre originally took after fairy tales, not the older folk legends.

I'll disagree again. Have you read Tarzan? Or the original Conan stories written by Robert E. Howard? Or H.P. Lovecraft's fantasies? All three predate Tolkien, who most people think used Fairy Stories as a base, which he didn't, he used the Eddas, and the Germanic god cycles.

There aren't a lot of works based on Fairy Stories out there.

Wayne aka The Mad Hatter

January 23, 2011, 05:01:02 AM
Fantasy Author Blogs
Let's see:

C. J. Cherryh

Jane Fancher

Lynn Abbey

Karen Werhstein

Shirley Meier aka Vryka

Jim Butcher

Charles De Lint

Ilona Andrews

Seanan McGuire

P. C. Hodgell

That's a few more.

Wayne aka The Mad Hatter

January 29, 2011, 09:05:23 PM
Re: Is Tar Valon a vagina?
So maybe the mapmaker/author was trying to include something symbolic. Maybe it was a joke.

Since I haven't read the novel I don't know anything about the plot or why that particular shape might have been chosen. But...

There's a similar island in the second of P.C. Hodgell's Kencryrath series, Dark of Moon. I can't find my copy of the book right now, to look at the map, but part of the book took part on an island in the middle of a river. Erosion is going to produce a shape like that naturally. Go look at maps of river islands, and you'll see what I mean.

Wayne aka The Mad Hatter

February 23, 2011, 01:16:07 AM
Re: Is Tar Valon a vagina?
Here's an example of a 'vagina' in real life in the Saint Lawrence. I used to go fishing a lot with my dad when I was a kid, and we saw a lot of islands like that in Ontario rivers. Yes, this one is a bit too even, but it's not unusual.

Wayne aka The Mad Hatter

February 23, 2011, 01:46:55 AM
Canadian Writers - All Genres
In addition to Fantasy, I've long been interested in Canadiana, in fact I'm working on a non-fiction book about the early educational system in the Township of Markham (and if you'd like to see some pictures of Canadian one room school houses click here). As an aside, I was part of the last generation of students that attended these one room school houses in the Township, which is how I got interested in the subject.

One of the issues that Canadian writers often come up against, is that there are tons of websites which are Genre specific, but none which deal with issues specific to Canada. As a result I've founded Web Lit Canada, a site dedicated to Canadian authors of 'literature', using the dictionary definition of literature, which is fiction, non-fiction, prose, poetry, drama, etc., i.e. virtually any written matter except software source code.

The site is officially open. There's a few things that still remain to be done, as Overlord can tell you, setting up a site intended to be relatively open ended is a tricky and time consuming process.

One of the things that I'm doing, is providing hosting for people who don't have a place to publish. To show the publishing capabilities of the platform, I've published the Intro and the first six chapters of my half finished novel here.

Again, the site is open to all Canadian authors, working in all genres. If you know any Canadians who are writing, please point them at it.


Wayne aka The Mad Hatter

March 13, 2011, 03:40:20 AM