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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / More from Rothfuss!
« on: September 07, 2012, 08:42:27 PM »
Patrick Rothfuss Will Write More Fantasy After the Kingkiller Chronicles

The September 2012 issue of Locus Magazine lists a recent book sale by Patrick Rothfuss to his longtime editor (and 2012 Hugo winner) Betsy Wollheim at science fiction/fantasy publisher DAW Books. The sale is listed as “the first book in a new fantasy series” by the Kingkiller Chronicles author...

Not a lot more details but the full post is here:


Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Mistborn Video Game
« on: March 26, 2012, 09:29:14 PM »

Little Orbit revealed today that they will be bringing bestselling author Brandon Sanderson’s epic fantasy series Mistborn to games late next year for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows PC and Mac.

Mistborn is set in a dark world of ash, mist, and gothic fantasy creatures, dominated by a seemingly immortal villain known as the Lord Ruler. It also follows individuals who use a powerful rule-based magic system known as Allomancy that allows them to temporarily enhance their physical and mental abilities by ingesting and “burning” flakes of metal. Those who have the ability to burn a single metal are called Mistings, and those who can burn all metals are known as Mistborn.

The upcoming RPG video game will feature an original storyline created by Sanderson, set several hundreds of years before the first Mistborn novel, and will focus on a unique combat system that puts Allomancy into the hands of gamers. Players will suit up as Fendin “Fiddle” Fathvell, an arrogant young nobleman who must quickly master his newfound Allomantic abilities before forces at work can destroy his entire family.

“I’m a huge fan of the series, and I cannot wait to get this into the hands of gamers,” said Matthew Scott, CEO of Little Orbit. “Between the distinctive magic system, the story twists Brandon has planned for the game, and the rich depth of character skills, we’re creating something very unique for players to enjoy.”

Sanderson is no stranger to video games. He recently completed story development on the Infinity Blade II video game including the accompanying Infinity Blade: Awakening novella. In between writing his popular Mistborn and Stormlight novels, he is also finishing work on the final novel in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. Sanderson has been labeled “one of the most popular new fantasy writers to emerge in the last ten years”.

"As an avid gamer, I'm extremely excited by this opportunity,” said Sanderson. “The chance to write the story for a Mistborn game while working with a team of talented developers is, quite literally, living a dream."

For more information visit www.mistborngame.com

Check out Brandon's Blog

And be sure to follow us on Facebook to receieve updates www.facebook.com/mistborngame

Writers' Corner / Maps
« on: March 08, 2012, 03:34:08 PM »
I'm currently writing a steam punk novel which is based on an alternative early-to-mid 1800s United States.  Doing research, I found a wonderful site that could be quite handy for anyone writing alternate history or using a setting based on an earlier real-world time period.


Check it out.

So Justin Landon, a spec fic reviewer, is accepting nominations to review a self-published book:


In the description of the offer, he promises "... I won't Liz Bourke you..." and links to this review by Liz:


Uh, wow.  After reading this review, I'm tempted to buy the books just to see if they can really be that bad.  I'm interested in a couple of opinions.  First, has anyone read the books and what did you think?  Second, even if the book is as poorly written as described, is writing a review like this justified?  Is honesty more important than diplomacy or courtesy?

Writers' Corner / Theme
« on: November 16, 2011, 08:50:06 PM »
I'm interested in knowing if other authors pay much attention to theme in their work.  Specifically, I'm curious if you would change your plot based upon theme.

I'm currently working on a short story and the ending that I think is the most powerful has the protagonist succumbing to baser instincts rather than rising above them.  It implies that we are powerless to alter our fundamental nature, which is not something that I really believe.

There have been a number of discussions in the Fantasy Book Discussion that touches on this in various ways.  In particular, Stephen R Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant gets a lot of criticism because of its perceived nihilism and dark themes.

So if a story wants to go in a thematic direction which doesn't accord with your personal philosophy, do you alter the plot to accord with your beliefs even if that results in a weaker story?  Or do you stay with the most powerful character actions even if you're not entirely comfortable with what the behavior says in a larger context?

Writers' Corner / Vividness in Description
« on: October 21, 2011, 08:13:43 PM »
This article isn't really written for writers.  It's fairly deep and technical.  But since many fantasy and sci-fi fans tend to be science geeks too, some of you may find it interesting.


The link is to a PDF entitled Crying, Moving, and Keeping It Whole: What Makes Literary Description Vivid?

There's a somewhat less technical synopsis here:

The gist is that readers tend to respond stronger and more emotionally to physical descriptions that don't go into vivid detail of the specific features.  The description should be more holistic and designed to draw an emotional response by focusing on the impression of the character's features rather than a literal description.

Writers' Corner / Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
« on: August 01, 2011, 05:33:19 PM »
If your groan is getting a little rusty and you need to work it out:


Writers' Corner / The Writing Show
« on: July 15, 2011, 12:32:05 AM »
If anyone follows The Writing Show podcast (http://writingshow.com/index.html), the most recent edition critiques the first chapter of my current novel in progress.  The book is steampunk/historical fantasy with a working title of Penelope. 

Writers' Corner / Has/does writing change how you read?
« on: January 26, 2011, 04:08:19 PM »
There's a thread under Sci-Fi Book discussions asking reader's opinions about prologues.  After responding, I realized my response was heavily influenced by my study of the craft of writing.  In particular, I mentioned that I feel that prologues are often (thought not always) a lazy way for the author to get information to the reader or a sort of gimmick to get/keep the reader interested.  That's obviously a writer's perspective more than a reader's perspective.  Thinking about it, I realized that even when I'm just reading for pleasure, I'm much more conscious of what the writer is doing and the techniques he/she's using to accomplish that.  I'm noting that this technique was implemented very well - I can try to incorporate that into my own writing.  On the other hand, I think that could have been done better, so I'll try to avoid that in my own work.

So my general question is:  Has writing changed how you read?  Do you find yourself, consciously or unconsciously, critiquing the writer as you read?  Does this improve or detract from the reading experience?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Shadowmarch tetralogy by Tad Williams
« on: January 07, 2011, 04:41:45 PM »
I'm floored that Shadowheart, the final book of the series, wasn't named on any of the "Best of 2010" lists that I've seen.  The series was intended to be trilogy but the final book was so lengthy that it was split into two.  Williams is, IMNSHO, one of the absolute best writers going today.  Deep characterization, intricate plots, original worlds and a wonderful touch as a wordsmith make all his works simply too good to miss.

Shadowmarch tells the story of Southmarch, a small kingdom sitting on the edge of the Shadowline, the demarcation between the human lands and those of the fey Qar.  This border has been stable for generations, since the Qar lost the battle over territory to the human hordes and retreated, creating the misty Shadowline to protect themselves from human encroachment.  But now the Shadowline is shifting and things are stirring and changing throughout the human kingdoms.  Southmarch's king has been kidnapped, and the reeling kingdom is caught between the mysterious Qar and a mad southern emperor who dreams of enslaving the entire human domain.

Highly recommended. 

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