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Re: Do you notice preaching in fantasy books? Amber Spyglass. Amber Spyglass without the merest shadow of a doubt.

To be honest, I don't mind an author promoting their beliefs through their work, actually I think it's essential to lend the work depth. So long as it's done subtly, or in a way that makes sense in the narrative, I don't find it a problem, even if it's a viewpoint I disagree with.

With the Amber Spyglass, it's a book where the major antagonist is a religious organisation. It's leader claims to be God. That's the narrative. We get it. We understand and acknowledge that this is an anti-religious piece of work. We do not need an entire chapter of a peripheral character describing how she left religion, especially not when the plot grinds to a halt so that she may preach to us.

That said, I have other issues with the book as well. Maybe I would be more forgiving of a book being preachy if it makes up for it elsewhere.

June 11, 2019, 09:33:01 PM
Review of God of Broken Things by Cameron Johnston For those curious, my review for our own @CameronJohnston 's God of Broken Things is now live on The Fantasy Hive.


Spoilers: I dug it.

June 12, 2019, 12:45:15 AM
Re: How much did you write today?
Got 1.8 k on my first draft yesterday after such a long hiatus. Yay!

Back in the game  8)

Haven't been regularly writing since submitting, but am up to 10k on a very rough draft on a new project. Gonna take a pause on it to work out what it's all about; I think its about identity, rebellion and revenge, along with kung fu action and conspiracy, but I want to see how the pieces fit together a little better first.

June 12, 2019, 01:15:36 PM
Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
... okay.

Do you folks remember my Roumania situation? That I got a chapter published in a magazine there through a weird quirk of fate, and that guy was looking into introducing my books to publishers in his country?

Well, it's been months since I heard a peep and I'd sort of given up on the whole thing.

Now about half an hour ago he contacts me on Facebook and says he is going to talk to a publisher tomorrow, about my Golden Throne quartet.

This is certainly a development. And the thing about having a good thing MAYBE coming about is that I get nervous as all Hell.
Also, I got asked about special conditions and price, and it dawned on me that I have absolutely no idea what to say on the subject. I suck at every aspect of writing except the actual writing itself.

June 18, 2019, 08:56:29 PM
Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world Todat I got this book from the library: Why we get the wrong politicians, by Isabel Hardman.

It seems very interesting to understand UK politics, I'll get back to you as I read more.

June 22, 2019, 04:18:35 PM
Re: Member birthday calendar Happy Belated Birthday to @Henry Dale! May ideas overflow your brain and your pen/keyboard pads moved with lightning speed!  :D
June 24, 2019, 06:01:00 AM
Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.) For all the people who missed me. It's not as interesting as some other folks here but eh :p

Personal life:
Working on my house. Aka, acquiring furniture, maintenance and renovation. Gardening. (looking forward to a bountiful harvest)

I got a promotion at work as well. So there's that.

I've been working on my lorebook/rpg book combo.
DMed several small campaigns within the setting and system. Got positive feedback so yay for that.
Improved my painting skills as well.

June 24, 2019, 07:54:05 AM
Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.) I haven't been away (well, only a few days) but I wiped my computer to set it up new and the hard drive with the back up was a bit erratic so it took about a week to get the data from the back up back on the laptop. Oh well, here I am.

Bradley, I wouldn't be surprised if you tell us you donned your vigilante costume and started rescuing children from those inhumane immigrant detention centers. 

June 24, 2019, 08:43:15 PM
Re: Finally saying an official Howdy. Welcome!

Here's some cake ;D

Feel free to read and post anywhere, even old threads, ask for recommendations, and try to participate (or just read and vote) in our monthly writing contest!

(and yay for another member of the cancer-free club :D)

June 25, 2019, 06:11:14 PM
Re: What are your most controversial opinions?
Art is not inherently political.

Can you expand on this, Alex?

Gladly. There's an odd thing I've picked up on in the past few years where people, usually left-leaning authors, insist that all art is political. It's also an idea that pops up a lot if you study literature in university. The theory goes like this:

-We live in a political world. Anything we write is informed by those politics. Even if you do not actively write politics into your work, your work will support the status quo. This is of course a 'bad thing.' If you are not actively fighting for your politics, you are helping to suppress them.-

I could not disagree more. Firstly, the entire debate is structured around the false notion that politics covers religion, morality and a host of other things. This is, put bluntly, wrong. I don't believe that someone's sexual identity is political, for example. But it is a matter that's been politicised by both sides. The authors who write diverse characters often argue that not having LGBT characters is a political choice, and that including them is only natural. And I can absolutely see their point. But if you're going to claim that not having something is political, then you have to be open to the suggestion that including them is political too. Which it is of course not. It might be a moral choice, but it is not necessarily a political one.

I read a lot of Military SF, and American SF in general, which tends to have more conservative values than British self-professed liberal authors. I enjoy both equally, but while they have moral values, they are not political ones. You can of course have political elements in a book - The Forever War is very much in conversation with the Vietnam war - but it's not as omnipresent as people tend to say it is. There are people who say 'you only recognise politics if you disagree with it,' which is blatantly insulting to my intelligence. I am a fairly right-leaning centrist, if we have to use these terms, and I can spot both sides of the political divide. I can also see when it is absent. David Gemmell's Legend, for example, is in no way political. It has a lot of morality to it, but no politics.

As something of a disclaimer, I will say that I write political thrillers set in space, so of course there's politics in my work, but I always try to give a balanced view. And I wrote my Master's dissertation on Empires in Science Fiction, so I have done a lot of reading on the subject.

June 26, 2019, 11:18:53 AM