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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / A question to writers
« on: February 16, 2014, 11:24:27 AM »
So I know there are a lot of writers on this forums. So this may be the perfect place for this question.

I was watching Marc's interview with Brandon Sanderson in 2011 and Brandon was talking about all the wonderfull books he read recently, and I couldn't help but wondering:

Does reading other books while writing your own book have any influence on the story you write, or maybe even your writing style?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / stand alone novels
« on: January 23, 2014, 09:17:10 AM »
Hi guys,

So I've read some great fantasy these last years. Most of the time I only read the first (and sometimes the second book) of the series, because I have found so much other books I'd like the read before I can start on the next book. Sometimes there is a gap between those books of several years. That's why I'm looking for some stand alones books, maybe a few lighter reads. I'm into Fantasy (duh) and a bit of light science-fiction I like as well (Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was great, and I'm currently reading Ender's Game which I also enjoy), but I also want to try some other genres (Horror? Steampunk? Maybe just normal fiction) What book should I definitly read?

Some books I already read:

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
Metro 2033 - Dmitry Glukhovsky
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
Little Brother - Cory Doctorow
The Ocean At the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
Brandon Sanderson - Legion & The Emperor's Soul
John Scalzi - Redshirts
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

Some books I already own, but haven't read yet:
Stephen King - 11/22/63
Stephen King - The Shining
K.J. Parker - The Folding Knife
Neal Stephenson - REAMDE
Neil Gaiman - The Graveyard Book
J.K. Rowling - The Casual Vacancy
Neil Gaiman - American Gods
Guy Gavriel Kay - Under Heaven
Ann Leckie - Ancillary Justice
John Green - The Fault In Our Stars
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby

Books I want to read, but don't own yet:
K.J. Parker - ALL
Neil Gaiman - ALL
Guy Gavriel Kay - River of Stars

Please help me choose my next book!

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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / A Dream of Flying
« on: November 18, 2013, 10:27:48 AM »
This is a short film about a girl who can fly, but is kept in an institution where they teach her not to. Oh, and did I mention it was written by NEIL freakin' GAIMAN? Yeah, that's right!

http://io9.com/a-neil-gaiman-penned-short-film-about-a-girl-who-tries-1465533549

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Other media translated in books
« on: December 02, 2012, 08:41:30 PM »
Maybe the topic title is a bit unclear. Have you ever played a videogame, watched a movie or series and thought: "I would love reading a book set in this world!" If you do, please tell us here!

Dishonered: I just started playing this game and I already love it. I really love the setting, a dystopian steampunk British city or something. I would love a book (or maybe a series) set in this world!

Half-Life (2): Again a dystopian video game, and one of the best video games ever. The world it's set in is just awesome!

I had a lot more in my mind, but as I'm writing this, I forgot it all... Maybe I'll remember it later.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Stand-alone Fantasy
« on: September 06, 2012, 07:10:50 PM »
I'm currently taking a minor in English. Last week I did a test to measure my language skills according to the Common European Framework and I scored a B2, which is quite average for a non-native student. One of the assignments is to write a book review about a book you like. It's recommended that the book is 300-400 pages long and not part of a series. I also can't write a review about a book I already read. Do you have any recommendations for me? A few stand-alones I already read: The Night Circus by Errin Morgenstern and Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. Authors such as China Mièville are still a bit difficult for me, so I was looking for something between that and Raymond E. Feist (which is quite simple writing).

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Introductions / Goodday to you, too!
« on: May 23, 2012, 06:42:46 PM »
Hi,

I'm a follower of @FantasyFaction on Twitter for some time, but never paid much attention to those tweets. (shame on me). Today I saw a retweet from PornoKitsh regarding the thread 'What Happened to Elves and Dwarves?' that drew my attention. I was kinda bored in class so I started reading, and before I knew it I read all 7 pages of it! So I decided to register myself and reply. So, the second step is introducing myself!

I'm Tim, living in the most beautiful country in Europe, The Netherlands! Well, not the most beautiful country, but I still love living here! I'm 21 years old and quite new to fantasy. I read the Harry Potter books when I was a kid, in Dutch, but didn't read much after that untill I stumbled upon... A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin! I bought A Game of Thrones and I read it faster than I could imagine. It was also my first English book and as a lot of you know, it's not the smallest novel around. Hungry for more, I found Goodreads.com and before I knew it my 'To be read' pile was over 200 books. I'm not a very fast reader, and I tend to explore other genres then Fantasy as well (Currently reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King and The Bourne Identity by Robbert Ludlum), but I sure enjoy it!

I'm certain I will have a great time on this website and I'm looking forward to reading all those great ideas and opinions of everyone here!

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