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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: New Tropes and Cliches
« on: February 28, 2019, 08:29:24 AM »
The whole 'subverting tropes' thing has been done many times now. People have been doing it for decades.

What we think of as our favourite modern fantasy tends to be exactly that. Joe Abercrombie's First Law is a total send up/subversion of classic tropes (heroic barbarian from the north, wise old wizard, quest to find magic artefact etc.). Look around the genre and you'll see that much of what we love to read today is subversion, but done cleverly and subtly.

The one trope that gets used over and over without any real subversion is the magic school trope. Potter, Nevernight, Red Sister, the list goes on and on. It seems that 'learn magic, child' has staying power.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Light(er) Funny books needed
« on: February 28, 2019, 08:25:16 AM »
Try The Red Pavilions by Kim Hunter. They are very funny, and I'm never sure why nobody but me seems to have read them.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« on: February 02, 2019, 08:36:38 PM »
@EdMcDonald_Blackwing , I've noticed you around the forum :)
I've seen your books but I'm not sure if I'll like them: what's the style, could you give me a little summary?
Fast paced, fantasy thrillers. My books certainly fall on the darker side of things, but there's a lot of hope and characters who love one another and believe in what they're doing. Most of the action takes place around a wasteland, brought about by a cataclysmic magical weapon eighty years before Blackwing begins. Lots of action, romance (or rather, a relationship) as a key focus through the narrative. Terrifying demonic children.

I'd like to get through 20 books this year if I can.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What did you read in January 2019
« on: February 02, 2019, 06:38:07 PM »
I started, and am still reading, The Ember Blade by Chris Wooding. I'm about 1/2 way through and loving it so far. Really great, traditional fantasy with characters who care, good pace, and a strong depth to the world.

Kate Elliott's A Crown of Stars series is a pseudo 7th century western Europe, complete with pseudo Christianity.

Paul Kearney's The Monarchies of God are 15th/16th century Christian Europe, but the new world they discover is South America. The invaders are Muslims, and what's especially interesting is how the two religions are discovered to effectively have been brought about by the same prophet under different names.

My top 5:

Rawblood - Catriona Ward
The Last Namsara - Kristen Ciccarelli
The Ember Blade - Chris Wooding
Age of Assassins - RJ Barker
Priest of Bones - Peter Mclean

I don't have any least satisfying as I just stop reading if I'm not invested. Some books just aren't written for me.

“We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged”
Heinrich Heine, 1797-1856

Borrowed by Joe Abercrombie  :)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What did you read in June 2018
« on: July 04, 2018, 07:15:28 PM »
I read Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell.

I thought it was good fun and light enough that you can blitz it in a fairly short span of time. There was one major character that I didn't really gel with, but definitely worth a read.

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