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Does anyone know what publisher put out Hobb's Farseer series with these covers recently? Goodreads says Harper Voyager but I'm unsure. UK or US, even?


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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Religion in Fantasy
« on: September 03, 2013, 03:58:04 PM »
Teresa Frohock stopped by my blog with a post on religion in fantasy, a fairly controversial topic.
Here's the post: http://abitterdraft.com/2013/09/random-thoughts-on-religion-in-fantasy-by-teresa-frohock.html

Feel free to read the post and discuss the topic either here or in the comments on the post!

For myself, I think that religion can provide very compelling stories if it's done right. I'm not religious myself, but in stories like David Dalglish's Paladins and his Shadowdance series, paladins of various gods appear at times and I find it especially compelling to see into their heads, why they're following the god and what they're fighting for. Another example would be Paul Kearney's Monarchies of God. The series is clearly a fantastical representation of the clash of faiths between the followers of Islam and Christianity around the time of the schism of the Christian church. While he didn't create new religions, Kearney writes about them very well and further cements the idea that religion can, as Teresa said, help create a believable and compelling world even though in some cases the religion(s) may have been conceived with little creativity.

I've recommended the Kearney series to many people and I've had a few toss the series aside because it involves religion and the person isn't religious. I don't think that stance is particularly fair, either, because the books aren't trying to convert you to their made-up religion or turn you theistic. Different strokes and whatnot, I guess.

Discuss!

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I've got a giveaway of Jason's debut, The Darwin Elevator, up on my blog!
http://abitterdraft.blogspot.com/2013/07/giveaway-darwin-elevator-by-jason-m.html

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Music in Fantasy
« on: July 21, 2013, 02:12:08 AM »
With the recent announcement of the Kingkiller TV show that will likely never happen, I remembered that one of my favorite aspects of the series was Kvothe's music.

What're your favorite books/series where music plays a role like this?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Sequels
« on: June 13, 2013, 04:59:43 PM »
How often do you read sequels? Do you read them right after you finish a good book? Since I've started my blog and even slightly before that I've had a rule where I can't just plow through a series like I did with aSoIaF a few years ago. Since it takes quite some time for Gurm to write the books, it would've been nice to keep the characters alive (hehe) in my mind whereas with a series I've finished I slowly forget about them.

Lately I've been thinking about breaking that rule because I have so many sequels that I really want to read.

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Links, Competitions and 'Stuff' / Signed King of Thorns giveaway!
« on: June 10, 2013, 04:05:24 PM »
It appears not many people frequent this part of the forum, but I've got a giveaway going of a signed copy of King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence on my blog!

http://abitterdraft.blogspot.com/2013/06/giveaway-signed-copy-of-king-of-thorns.html

Open until midnight on the 17th of June.

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