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General Discussion / Things that are just 'meh'....
« on: September 26, 2012, 07:30:57 PM »
Spot bandwagon - check
Run alongside - check
Jump on - check

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Where has the magic gone?
« on: September 25, 2012, 05:04:24 PM »
Thinking about current trends in fantasy, there seems to be a shift away from truly fantastical stories toward the 'gritty', but with that there seems to be a side-lining of some of the things that make fantasy fantasy (in my mind); the incredible settings, magic, creatures, a sense of wonder and timelessness. Now, you may say this is epic fantasy, but Gemmell achieved all this and I don't consider him epic.

In books by GRRM, Abercrombie, Lawrence, Lynch, etc, the magic seems to have gone out of the world.

Now the focus seems to be on the realness of the characters/setting as in the 'grit', which has crystalized into the anti-hero trend we are now experiencing. This is a reaction against the all-powerful heroes of past books (well, probably) but has spread to now be a reaction against all the elements in the book, including magic, etc.

In my mind, this is not doing something new, just because you flipped the coin, it does not mean you're now playing with new coin. In my mind, the only author to truly manage to combine the fantastical with the real grittiness has been Erikson with his Malazan series.

Now, discuss.... :)

*runs for cover*

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Ideas for a new kind of book award
« on: August 29, 2012, 12:13:21 PM »
I've been thinking. Book awards are rather limited affairs with only a few categories. I reckon they should have an award that has categories like: Best character, best setting, best sentence, best fight scene, etc as well as best novel, short story, etc. Would be very subjective but would create more publicity for other books and there are many books that have aspects to them which are great, but fail in others. This would then recognise their positive qualities rather than just judging it as a whole...

Any other ideas?

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / The Secret World MMORPG
« on: August 20, 2012, 11:11:54 AM »
I was just wondering does anyone play this, and is it any good? Finding current MMORPGS annoying similar and repetitive (e.g. WOW, SWTOR, AOC).

Writers' Corner / Online talks & lectures by great authors:
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:02:44 AM »
It's always great to hear one of your favourite authors discuss writing, it's a glimpse into their world, their process, and can immeasurably boost the confidence of a new writer to know that yes, their first drafts were also absolutely horrifying. So how did they turn those mangled pages of prose into something publishable? Often the only way to know that is through stalking them at every convention and then adding up the single sentence conversation you may have with them into something resembling a normal discussion.

Now, however, many authors can be found in online videos talking about the craft of writing. These can be an excellent resource, so I thought I'd start a thread where we can all post any useful videos we may have found:

Here we go: (these can become a bit of a time suck, so ration them out!)

1) Brandon Sanderson's entire 13 week lecture series on Creative Writing from Brigham Young University. It covers everything from plot, character, and setting, to dealing with agents, editing, and contracts.
This site, Write About Dragons, has them all neatly laid out with mini summaries:

2) China Mieville; a lecture on genre distinctions between SF & F:

China Mieville talk at KU, pt. 1 (This is part one of four, but you can find links to the other three on the page)

3)Patrick Rothfuss has started a new monthly(?) video talk called 'The Story Board', hosted by Geek & Sundry.
Episode One is called "Urban Fantasy: Threat or Menace?"

The Story Board Ep. 1 "Urban Fantasy: Threat or Menace?"

There are also quite a few youtube videos of author panels from conventions, so if you find one that's good, please post it here:

Writers' Corner / What music do you listen to when you write?
« on: August 07, 2012, 09:12:19 PM »
Was reading the Where do you do most of your writing thread, and noticed a lot of you write while listening to music. I like it but tend to find it distracting unless it is the right music.

So, what's on your writing playlist?

Recently I have noticed a few mentions of various online bestseller lists, especially regarding self-published works. I believe Amazon has a number of these lists and many authors proudly state that they are on them, this is then rebutted with comments saying they are easily manipulated and inaccurate.
This got me thinking and when I looked at my shelves I noticed pretty much every author on there, even authors I have never heard of beyond the single book I have of theirs on the shelf, are 'New York Times Bestsellers'. I can't see this badge being much more use than any other, and I used to pay attention to it but now don't.

So, my question is: How useful, accurate, or relevant are these lists? Do you pay attention to this when looking at a book? Does it mean anything to you? And finally, if there is someone out there who actually explain how one gets on these lists and what it means, if anything, I would appreciate it.

Found some interesting articles on bbc.com -

The internet is wholly governed by agencies linked to the US government, and there is something called the Root Zone file that is basically the key to the whole internet! (This may not be news to some, but I'm not the most tech-savvy person so it's news to me :) )

Viewpoint: Changing the way the internet is governed is risky

US resists control of internet passing to UN agency

I have an admission to make:

1) I have never read anything on a kindle, or similar HAL-esque device.
2) I have never listened to an audiobook (except by accident, and I washed afterward)

and I have no intentions of changing these two facts....

who's with me? who's against me?

As someone who is physically unable to go past a book shop without popping in and buying a book, I have amassed a rather large library at home.
Second-hand bookstores and sales are even worse as the books are so cheap!

Anyway, I decided to post a picture of my bookshelves - they only contain my recent purchases, I have more tucked away on other shelves in cupboards and boxes filled as well...

I thought it might be interesting if everyone who wanted to took a photo of their own book stash and posted it here....

General Discussion / The Meltdown: In Memoriam
« on: July 25, 2012, 11:48:30 AM »
Ha, just saw this at the bottom of the main forum page:

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Of particular note is the last line :)

I just posted a thread on a book it took me ages to remember the title and author of.

It gave me the idea of having a thread where we can ask each other the names of books we have read and perhaps forgotten. Post descriptions of the book and hopefully someone will be able to help you out.
Kind of like a wanted poster or lost dog poster :)

I have one book I remember reading years and years ago, I think I took it out of my local library:

DESCRIPTION: I think the title had something to do with 'the last scion' or something, I've googled it but no luck. It was about a boy who lives on an island and it is ruled by some sort of oppressive regime (I think), but anyway every twenty years someone is chosen to attempt to overthrow the ruler, but always fails, and it has become some sort of joke or there is an expectation of failure. Anyway, he ends up succeeding (I remember he had to climb up the inside of a mountain or cliff or something). It is part of a trilogy or quartet. The later books get quite weird and I think one of them is mostly spent on a makeshift raft floating about the ocean.

I was just thinking about all the books I have read in my life and how some of them are incredibly clear, but I can't for the life of me remember their title or who wrote them.
This series was one of the few I remembered, after some serious head scratching.

I was wondering if anyone else has read it? If you did, do you remember it being incredibly weird and the ending being pretty messed up? The subjects in the book are incredibly well visualized, which is a problem sometimes as some of things he describes are so gruesome you wouldn't want to picture them. I think I enjoyed this book, but also think I was slightly traumatized as I read it in my mid-teens :)

So, I was just wondering if anyone else has read it and what you thought of it?

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