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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Children Fantasy Books.
« on: January 30, 2011, 01:53:38 AM »
I wouldn't really count Harry Potter as a children's book.

The first one maybe but from then on, the series rapidly grew in maturity to where they could appeal to anyone. I'd class them more as a Fantasy Book for all ages, I mean I know kids who love Harry Potter (My 10 year old cousin especially) and folks in their 40's who love them (Like my college lecturer)


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Introductions / Re: How did you Choose your Nickname?
« on: January 29, 2011, 10:39:53 PM »
Mine is from a character from Scrapped Princess :)

I use it for most websites and forums I go on.

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Non-Fantasy Books / Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« on: January 29, 2011, 10:38:33 PM »
The Travelling Vampire Show by Richard Laymon.

It is the perfect horror novel.

Well worthy checking out.

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I like the Samwise love here!

Usually it's Aragon and Legolas who get all the lotr love with noone mentioning poor old Sam :)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Most Evil Character in Fantasy
« on: January 29, 2011, 06:57:18 PM »
Not a book so it may not count but Warren from Buffy springs to mind.

Here's a kid who can do whatever he wants. Super intelligent, good at making machines he could get a well paid job and make a fortune with an honest living (seriously, the government would pay millions for some of his inventions)

Yet, he decides to use his abilities for crime, to take the easy option to riches. Plus, over the course of Series Six he slowly becomes more and more evil, sending a demon to kill Buffy, trying to kill Buffy with the invisibility ray, planning to frame Jonathan, murdering his ex-girlfriend and framing Buffy for it and eventually, shooting Buffy and Tara.

All the while he shows no regret over any of his actions and only cares about himself.

He's an awesome character and his evilness is all because of his own selfish actions. He wasn't born evil like some characters, isn't a demon, didn't have a particularly bad upbringing etc and doesn't really have any redeeming qualities at all.

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Characters !!!

A story can be really good but if I dislike the characters I usually find myself losing interest. After all, I don't wanna read about some dude who I don't like. Wheras a bad/basic/bland story can easily be saved by having a cool cast of characters.

I also enjoy stories which are different. One of my favourite book series is Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve. It's got such a fun, unique setting and premise that I've read the series 3 times now. It was actually the series of books which inspired me to start writing my debut novel Steam Queen.

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Samwise: He's the most important character in Lotr, screw Aragorn and Gandalf. Sam was the real hero of the book. Seriously, the whole quest to destroy the ring would have failed if it wasn't for him.


Also, pretty much all the supporting characters from Harry Potter. Rowling is awesome at making secondary/minor characters stand out from the crowd and be memorable, something which many writers fail at.

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Introductions / Re: Getting to know you
« on: January 28, 2011, 12:15:26 PM »
#1 favorite color: Red
#2 dream occupation: Failing a writer, working in wildlife conservation abroad.
#3 biggest phobia: Haven't got a phobia really. I ain't all that keen on insects though.

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Small Press & Self-Published / Steam Queen by Jack Hessey
« on: January 28, 2011, 11:26:18 AM »
Hiya folks, Jack Hessey here!

Found this website today and it seems pretty cool.

Anyway, Steam Queen is my debut steampunk novel! :)

Here's the blurb.

"Europe is a dangerous, virtually lawless place. Armed bandits prowl the railway lines in their armed Steam Locomotive looking for easy marks, and heavily armed mercenary engines travel from town to town looking for work in a world where every day is a struggle for its civilians.

Erica, an emotionally disturbed girl from England finds herself joining one of these mercenary teams. What follows is a trek across Europe to where two mighty cities, each representing a different way of life, stand on the verge of a war which will shape the way Europe develops.

On one side are the Steam using traditionalists of St Vith, led by the charismatic and cunning General Roosje Cuvelier. On the other, stands the mighty Winterscheid Diesel Empire under the iron fist of the merciless Kaiser Sigmund Eisenburg.

Two vicious armies, treachery from her own allies and the world’s deadliest super-weapon are just a few of the dangers that Erica must face in her journey."


I've been pleasently surprised at how well it's been recieved so far by folks who have read it. Was nominated for steampunk.com's book of the year for 2010 and is sfbook.com's book of the month for January.

Here's a few links to the review pages.

http://sfbook.com/steam-queen.htm

http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Jack-Hessey/Steam-Queen.html

http://www.cybermage.se/steam-queen-by-jack-hessey-book-review/#

It's cheap too! 72p in the UK and $1.14 in the states for the Kindle. It is also for sale on Omnilit and Barnes and Noble.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Steam-Queen/dp/B004E3X8X0

http://www.amazon.com/Steam-Queen-ebook/dp/B004E3X8X0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=A7B2F8DUJ88VZ&s=digital-text&qid=1296135933&sr=1-1

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Worst Fantasy Book Cover... Ever?
« on: January 28, 2011, 11:22:42 AM »


I love this!

Everything from the title to the image showing a weird Polo player on a horse along with starships.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 28, 2011, 11:19:53 AM »
Soon I will be Invincible

Tis a superhero fantasy and it's awesome. I really recommend it to anyone who likes superhero stories :)

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