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Re: slow starts? I finished the Name of the Wind, which had a very slow pace all the way through.  Can't say I enjoyed it overly, but it was ok.  I tend to abandon a book if it doesn't hold my interest, as there's plenty of stuff out there to read and I don't like to waste my time reading stuff that's too slow.   :D
February 04, 2011, 02:37:24 PM
Re: slow starts? I remember being bored for the beginnings of the Hobbit, Fellowship of the Ring, and the Two Towers, and then equally as bored at the end of Return of the King, to the point that I never actually finished reading it.  I may pick it up again, since I have a lot more patience, and would like to analyze the books in a more writerly sense.

It's been a while, but I think the first Ian Irvine book that I read started really slow, too, but I kept reading in hopes it got better.  The pace picked up, but I honestly could not care about any of the characters or plot arcs, so I never finished the series.

For me, The Name of the Wind did not start slow, at least not a bad kind of slow.  I may be biased because I enjoy his writing style a lot, all the more since when I picked it up, I noticed that our sentence structures and prose were similar.  Heh.  Definitely biased.  I need to finish reading that.

February 04, 2011, 06:14:48 PM
Favourite Fantasy Quotes? What are you favourite Fantasy Quotes?

Mine would be:

"It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That's as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect."
— Patrick Rothfuss (The Wise Man's Fear)

"Welcome to adulthood." Cob said. "Every child finds a day when the realize that adults can be weak and wrong just like everyone else. After that day, you are an adult. Like it or not."
— Peter V. Brett (The Painted Man)

"Do you know what punishments I've endured for my crimes, my sins? None. I am proof of the absurdity of men's most treasured abstractions. A just universe wouldn't tolerate my existence."
— Brent Weeks (The Way of Shadows)

"It's easy to believe in something when you win all the time...The losses are what define a man's faith."
— Brandon Sanderson (The Well of Ascension)

"Some day, Locke Lamora,” he said, “some day, you’re going to fuck up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit comets with glee. And I just hope that I’m still around to see it.”
“Oh please,” said Locke, “it’ll never happen”."

— Scott Lynch (The Lies of Locke Lamora)

June 15, 2011, 12:50:21 PM
Re: Books that started well but had a poor ending? I don't have a huge list but I'm a big King fan and a few of his had horrible endings foremost was The Dark Tower and the Stand comes to mind also. This may piss some people off but Return of the King by Tolkien ended bad, it just kept going on and on and on.
October 22, 2011, 09:40:18 AM
Your favourite character partnerships Looking at the early post on your top 3 characters, I got to thinking that many of my best characters were great, not just through their own accomplishments, but because of the characters around them. A good character is never a solo act. All good things come in two's and that jazz.

A few I thought of were:

1. Tehol and Bugg (Malazan, Midnight Tides - Steven Erikson)
2. Kalam and Quick Ben (Malazan book of the fallen - Steven Erikson)
3. Kvothe and Elodin (Kingkiller Chronicle - Patrick Rothfuss)
4. Kaladin and all of Bridge 7 (Stormlight Archive - Brandon Sanderson)
5. Drothe and Bronze Degan (Among Thieves - Douglas Hulick)
6. Kylar and Durzo (Night Angel Trilogy - Brent Weeks)
7. Llian and Karan (The View from the Mirror quartet - Ian Irvine)
8. Gotrek and Felix (Warhammer - William King)
9. Waxillium and Wayne (Allow of Law - Brandon Sanderson)

April 02, 2012, 06:01:34 PM
Private eyes/detective Fantasy hello I've been reading Harry Dresden lately  ;D and loved it, unfortunately :( I've nearly read all of the series  and would like to read more of the same or similar

I've been searching the web and came across the names Repairman Jack,Felix Castor and Sandman Slim I've not read any of those  yet would you recommended them ?

can you think of any authors I could try out?  thank you for the help

April 03, 2012, 06:54:49 PM
Re: Whats the most you've ever spent on a book? you folks are mad! I buy books to read, and yeah, it's fun getting them signed, but I am not a collector. My books are bought to be read, and I wouldn't feel write owning one I'd spent a tattoo's worth of money on.
August 13, 2012, 10:43:03 PM
Re: Those of us with non-writing jobs - motivation comes from?
Man wasn't made to be awake before 7.30.

Truer words have never been spoken!

July 21, 2013, 09:00:56 PM
Magazine Directory for Submissions I think it's great that we have the Open for Submissions board so publishers and the like can advertise they are open for submissions, but I thought it'd be nice to have compiled list of magazines/outlets to send short stories, etc in one handy location. I'll update the primary list as I find more places to submit and I would love to see my fellow writers mention magazines not on the list so I can add them!

Abyss & Apex -
Apex Magazine
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Black Static
Buzzy Mag
Colored Lens
Crossed Genres
Daily Science Fiction
Fiction Vortex
GigaNotoSaurus -
Holdfast Magazine -
Lightspeed Magazine
Lovecraft Ezine
Nightmare Magazine
Plasma Frequency
Shimmer Magazine
Strange Horizons
Stupefying Stories
Sword and Sorcery Magazine
Wily Writers

Resources for Finding Markets (Thanks to jefGoelz and CameronJohnston for suggesting)
The (Submission) Grinder

Useful numbers to think about from jefGoelz
There are 145 markets for fantasy short stories.
There are 72 markets that are semi-pro or better (I think 1 cent a word or more).
There are 32 markets that are "pro" (5 or more cents a word).

Abyss & Apex -
GigaNotoSaurus -
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly -
Ideomancer -
Holdfast Magazine -

March 24, 2014, 06:58:26 PM
Genuine Real Archery This is so amazing and makes sense of so much in our history of the skills of archers, this man is absolutely brilliant. Watch and enjoy-

January 24, 2015, 11:33:44 PM