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Miscellaneous Musings about Books For all those little things about Fantasy books that don't fit anywhere else but also don't really deserve a thread of their own...

1. Publishing the same book "for children" and "for adults", with different covers and different prices

I'd been wanting to read the Earthsea stories, and I saw all 4 published in a single book, Penguin, price £16.99. This was just before Christmas, and a friend had asked me for suggestions, so I told her about this book. What I got was exactly the same content, same publisher, but under their children's inprint Puffin. Price? £10.99.
Why? It's not a bigger font, it doesn't have more or less pages, so I really don't get the price difference.
The cover art was more expensive in the adult book? ::)

2. Usually worlds with 'nobles' and 'peasants' end up having the nobles ruling the peasants. Is there a book that turns this upside down, peasants ruling the nobles? Or are the words almost a prison, in that they imply the usual order?

February 19, 2014, 07:15:53 PM
Re: Fantasy Memes and silly stuff about books from the internet A weed/australian joke, very funny but I'll put it in spoilers :

Spoiler for Hiden:

February 18, 2016, 01:25:46 AM
Re: Fantasy Memes and silly stuff about books from the internet
October 06, 2016, 06:44:58 PM
Re: Fantasy Memes and silly stuff (about books) from the internet Sorry to get political...but not sorry.  8)

My grand collection, everybody.

January 26, 2017, 11:12:35 PM
Re: Fantasy Memes and silly stuff (about books) from the internet
May 18, 2017, 01:49:43 PM
Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread Eclipse was browsing the obscure scrolls in the holy hall of fantasy faction and chronicling the members name of past,present and future when he heard a noise, he put down the scrolls and went to see what the commotion was  where he stumbled upon a strange scene a toilet which was never before there in this section of the hall and the member  Bradley kneeling before it like he was preying to it "hi eclipse I thought I was the only one down here, I'm doing very boring work for my masters and I'm too lazy to go back to the entrance of the hall to use the toilet so I thought while not kill two birds with one stone. I can summon a demon toilet to do my bidding!, I can use my own personal toilet and I can kill my  slave masters with the stench coming off  from demon toilet"

Eclipse frowned doubtfully at this he know some members were a bit on the crazy side but this took the biscuit and he was worried about the  ancient scrolls , there was already a god of Goats haunting the place scaring visitors away. Bradley he said have you thought this through? Because that demon you summon looks out of control.

"Crap" there both said in unison

June 02, 2017, 08:03:27 AM
Re: Fantasy Memes and silly stuff (about books) from the internet
July 08, 2017, 06:32:44 PM
[Oct 2017] - Find the Story in the Picture - Submission Thread Find the Story in the Picture

This month you get three pictures to choose from. Every picture is a frozen moment from an unknown story. It conveys an atmosphere and (part of) a setting. The rest is up to you.

Swamp Village by khang le

Dwarf Docks by Pavel Mikhailenko

Sevensky by Simon Weaner

Right click pictures and choose 'view image' to view the enlarged version without the forum's boundaries


1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. The story/poem must be inspired by one of the pictures.
3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
4. Poetry must be 100-750 words long.
5. One story per person or writing team (not per account).
6. You will be disqualified if you exceed the limits, full stop. That's why they're called limits.
7. Your entry can't be published somewhere else before.
8. This is a writing contest, not a "I have written something like this ten years ago" contest. So if you happen to have a story that fits one of the themes, I'd like it to have a mayor overhaul/edit. Work for it. ;)
9. Please add your story's word count and, if you have, your twitter handle.
10. Please put your story in [ spoiler ] tags to make the thread easier to handle. :) You can find them above the smileys under the B.

If you want so submit your story anonymously you can do so by sending it in a personal message to @xiagan.

Entry will close October 31th/November 1st, 2017 and voting will begin somewhere around the same time too.

All members are eligible to join. If you are not a member you can join here. Sign up is free and all are welcome! :)

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website sometime in the next months.
Submitting a story counts as published. The author retains all rights to their work.

Remember that this thread is only for entries. Discussion or questions can be posted here.

October 01, 2017, 12:47:35 PM
Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread I think the comma goes before and after really, really. Except when really is at the beginning (then the comma is after it) or the end (where the comma is before it). I believe really in this usage is an appositive, but English class was ooooooh so long ago.

But, really, welcome to the Forum!  :D

October 03, 2017, 11:13:12 AM
Re: [Oct 2017] - Find the Story in the Picture - Discussion Thread
Well, depends what you want the pictures to do. It's only a matter of wording, I'm afraid. As in, if the topic had said, "one of these pictures of a fantasy setting" for example, putting the theme firmly into fantasy realm, we would have nothing to moan about (besides the fact that indeed maybe a more arid setting might be nice). But because it's just "these images", we can poke holes at it, and wish for more sci fi oriented works for those of us who want to turn to that.
The fact that you can poke holes doesn't mean you should. ;)

This contest now officially became "Make a Sci-Fi story out of these pictures".
Can you do so in less than 30 days? ;)

Hmm. I have to agree that the only logical criticism is a lack of SF setting. But, so what? Be creative. Meanwhile, I see great variety in these:

> a tree city with elephants, so, easily a South Asian flavor
> an underground city by a body of water; bright flaming lights; in left foreground, a working boat
> a naval salvage yard (post apocalyptic, anyone?) with 20th century clothing styles on African-featured people

These are quite varied!

I’m in and happy.
Thank you!

I think we just keep the three we have and write about deserts, desserts and cyborgs another month.

My story is 3349 words long and trimming it down would destroy it.
Can you just take one scene from your story? Not trimming it but picking a part of it?

October 03, 2017, 12:20:38 PM