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Re: Today Fantasy-Faction Turns Five! And thank you to @Overlord, @Autumn2May, @Arry, @xiagan, @Elfy and all Mods and etceteras responsible or irresponsible for raising this little forum from infancy through the terrible whotsits to now. Congratulations and thank you!


November 27, 2015, 03:39:26 PM
Re: How much did you write today? 2.039


November 28, 2015, 02:37:49 AM
Re: What were your first fantasy books? I read the Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings first. I liked them, but they didn't start my addiction. My addiction started with Raymond Feist's Riftwar Saga. After that I read Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weiss and the rest is history.
November 28, 2015, 06:50:17 PM
Re: What were your first fantasy books? According to my Dad I was reading Greek/Norse mythology before I started school (couldn't pronounce the names though!)

Then I moved on to King Arthur -- a great book with gilt-edge pages and colour plates which I still have. Then it was Watership Down and Narnia and Farthings Wood among others before I took a hiatus in my teens (got into crime/mystery/thriller etc)

November 28, 2015, 09:33:05 PM
Re: What were your first fantasy books? Lord of the Rings - became obsessed with it just as the films were coming out, wanted all the middle-earth things.

The Lies of Locke Lamora - got me back into fantasy 'proper' as it were, an amazingly enjoyable, thrilling, funny and bold world that I hadn't thought possible in a fantasy book.

I could buck the trend and say Roald Dahl and Dr Seuss, do they count as fantasy? I don't see why not they both had magic and stuff in their books. So yea definitely them.

November 28, 2015, 10:25:44 PM
Re: What were your first fantasy books? I mean, fairy tales, right?
But after that, the Oz books. Total fantasy, those.

Then my oldest brother, Tom, read The Book of Three to us, which is the first in the Prydain series. ny of you who haven't read it, and don't hate YA on some sort of principle, get yourself a used copy. B of 3 is only good, but the next 4 books are fantastic, especially The Black Cauldron (which gave us an awful Disney movie) and Taran Wanderer maybe the best coming of age fantasy novel I've ever read.

Tom then became a Tolkien fanatic, with map posters in his room, etc. The middle brother and I started to read Fellowship out loud together, but we couldn't just go at that slow pace. I devoured the Trilogy on one weekend, reading at the dinner table, barely sleeping.

Narnia got in there.

Then middle brother discovered Conan, and I discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs. Much pulpy reading ensued.

In 1975 or so, Lord Foul's Bane showed up as a book of the month selection for the Science Fiction Bookclub, and I thought "crap, I forgot to send in the cancellation notice." But it was awesome.

And then Dungeons and Dragons, which caused great disruption of high school studies.

It was great to have 3 brothers enjoying SFF. Sort of too bad that these days, in our 50s, I'm the only one still reading in the genres. Though we all read Harry Potter when our kids did.

Which is the upside of passing time. JMacksdotter started Mistborn this weekend. JMacksson mainly reads organic farming text books these days  :o, but we can talk SFF any time. And looking way back, it was the blue fairy stories I made up for them for bedtime that did it.

Plus, did I mention The Book of Three8)  Read that aloud to them. Early.

November 29, 2015, 12:34:14 PM
Re: Today Fantasy-Faction Turns Five! Happy birthday Fantasy-Faction!

My debut book got its second ever review here back in February 2011! It's been a great journey for both of us  :)

November 29, 2015, 02:52:10 PM
Re: What are you currently watching?
Loved DareDevil so watching Jessica Jones after the kids head to bed. Everyone is telling me it's amazing but creepy. Hoping it won't be too bad? I'm kind of a chicken when it comes to horror. :)
It's more psychological horror I'd say than actual gore or violence, especially not compared to Daredevil which had a guy literally impale himself through his eye on a railing.

It's much heavier though, very dark themes as an exploration of the victim in an abused relationship, and being used by someone. Reader, I loved it. :D

November 29, 2015, 10:55:12 PM
Re: How much did you write today? A little over a thousand words of interviewing my MC for her character background, plus a bit of work on a beat sheet.

Man, this girl and her sister are messed up.

November 29, 2015, 10:58:26 PM
Re: Female Fantasy Authors

sorry to crash this discussion, saw it mentioned on twitter, and was intrigued.

Actually female writers do really well in fantasy, the biggest selling fantasy writer of all time after all is a woman, Miss JK Rowling. 

And Suzanne Clarke and Robin Hobb are responsible for two of my all time favourite fantasy works - The Real of the Elderlings Stories and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

Ha! Just found my first ever post!

November 29, 2015, 11:13:59 PM