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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Potential FF Grim Gathering in the UK
« on: August 23, 2019, 06:27:08 PM »
@G_R_Matthews and the facebook group are running a poll there about locations for Grim Gatherings and which authors we'd like to see there!

I thought I'd ask here as well, and hopefully he'll add these results to the main one...

For me, any place more or less central to the UK is best, as I'm bang in the middle.
The last 2 were in Bristol, so I'd prefer for it to happen elsewhere.

Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, to mention big cities only, are my favourites.

As for authors, all the usual big ones from the last times, but also Anna Stephens, John Gwynne, Cameron Johnston, Jen Williams, Ed McDonald, ...
He asks about "grimdark" authors, but in my opinion we could open it further (even if the name seems to link with grim...)

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[JUL 2019] Employment / [Jul 2019] - Employment - Voting Thread
« on: August 04, 2019, 08:31:51 AM »
It's time to vote on the July Writing Contest: "Employment"

This time we got 6 entries - thanks to all who participated.

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your two favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / What did you read in July 2019
« on: August 02, 2019, 10:24:08 AM »
Here it is, the what did you read this past month thread.

Come share your list and what you thought of the books you read last month. We're not looking for full out reviews, just a brief couple of sentences that sum up your impressions.

This is also not a contest for who read the most books, I know some of us struggle to find time to read one book a month, and others manage a dozen. That doesn't matter, so don't feel reluctant to post if you have read less books (or way more books) than others. This is all for sharing, and if you read anything, come let us know what it was and what you thought of it.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / British Fantasy Awards 2019
« on: July 23, 2019, 07:46:34 PM »
List of nominees:
https://www.britishfantasysociety.org/news/british-fantasy-awards-2019/

Look who's there in the best newcomer shortlist :D :D
Our very own @CameronJohnston!!


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[JUN 2019] 2TTDFT / [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Voting Thread
« on: July 04, 2019, 09:39:38 AM »
It's time to vote on the June Writing Contest: "Two themes that don't fit together"

This time we got 4 entries - thanks to all who participated.

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your favourite entry in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Half year in books
« on: June 27, 2019, 03:12:24 PM »
Inspired by Nighteyes thread about reading more women I went to check my pattern and then realised we're hitting half year, so it's the right time for a nice statistics thread ;D

Excluding the ones being currently read, this year I've read so far:

Total = 24 books

7 by women (30%), 17 by men (70%)
8 non-fiction (33%), 16 fiction (all fantasy but 1 - if you count Circe as fantasy) (67%)

Total pages = 9,784 --> average of 408 pages, with the biggest at 1,035 pages (Erikson's House of Chains) and the smallest at 49 (Lawrence's Bound)

9 from the library (all the non-fantasy ones), 13 bought, 2 offered by the author

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[MAY 2019] Earth / [May 2019] - EARTH - Voting Thread
« on: June 02, 2019, 02:05:23 PM »
It's time to vote on the May Writing Contest: "Earth"

This time we got 7 entries, yay - thanks to all who participated.

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your two favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)

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You probably already know about Mark's latest book, the first in a new series ("Impossible Times"), called One Word Kill



(it will be my next read!)

However, did you know that books 2 and 3 of the series are also published this year?

Book 2, Limited Wish, is out today!



And number 3, Dispel Illusion, will be out in December


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Writers' Corner / A nice tip for (budding) writers
« on: May 10, 2019, 11:38:59 AM »
From Seth Godin's Blog:

"Time travel is exhausting

If you’re imagining your future and then looking back at today through a rear-view mirror, it can wear you out.

Writing a book (all caps, WRITING A BOOK) or preparing for a TED talk (already in all caps) can paralyze an ordinarily productive person.
At the same time, tweeting is easy for a lot of people.

That’s because Twitter makes the false promise that it’s all about now. Whatever. Write what you’re doing, or feeling, or angry about. It’ll be obsolete in ten minutes. No future, no rear view mirror.

On the other hand, a book feels permanent. It’s not for now, it’s for later. It’s your testament, something for strangers to read.

And so, when you sit to write your book (or your blog, for that matter), you imagine who’s going to read it, one day in the future. And then you reflect from that distant, amorphous place back to now.
Time travel.

Without a doubt, we need to do this now and then. We need the discipline to think hard about the implications of our actions. We need to plan, to envision, to make trade-offs. It keeps us on track, doing work we’re proud of.

But when you find that it’s paralyzing you, it might be better to get back to now. Sit around the campfire and simply tell your story. Your story as of now, for the people who are with you, now."

 :)

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[APR 2019] Erotica / [Apr 2019] - Erotica - Voting Thread
« on: May 06, 2019, 05:51:12 PM »
It's time to vote on the April Writing Contest: "Erotica"

This time we got 4 entries - thanks to all who participated.

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your favourite entry in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / What did you read in April 2019
« on: May 04, 2019, 08:15:24 AM »
Here it is: The what did you read this past month thread.

Come share your list and what you thought of the books you read last month. We're not looking for full out reviews, just a brief couple of sentences that sum up your impressions.

This is also not a contest for who read the most books, I know some of us struggle to find time to read one book a month, and others manage a dozen. That doesn't matter, so don't feel reluctant to post if you have read less books (or way more books) than others. This is all for sharing, and if you read anything, come let us know what it was and what you thought of it.

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What do you think about the introduction of 'modern' humans, or Earth-like people and devices, in the middle of a fantasy book that is set in a completely invented world?

I fear I'm getting ready to read about such a reveal (many hints so far have driven me there), and I'm not that comfortable or happy about it...

I think it can be done properly, but sometimes it feels like a 'lazy way out', something that's just there, ready to explain a bunch of things.

A bit like that scene in Indiana Jones when he's being attacked by a guy with a big knife, who starts doing al these fancy moves, and suddenly Indy takes out his gun and just shoots him. Yes, it's funny and a way to easily get out of that situation, but it feels wrong for me in books, after being invested for so long (because I'm complaining more about the big reveals rather than when it's kinda obvious from the start).

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I've just finished watching episode 2, and there have been so many great scenes in these two...

I loved Brienne becoming a Ser!
Dany and Sansa chatting and almost friends, after the clash of last week... until the future of the North is mentioned.
All the conversations before the battle...
And the big revelation of Jon, of course - will that make a difference to the battle?

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I just read this article:
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/18/it-drives-writers-mad-why-are-authors-still-sniffy-about-sci-fi

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Ian McEwan’s latest novel, Machines Like Me, is a fiction about science – specifically, artificial intelligence. It is set in an alternative reality where Alan Turing does not kill himself but invents the internet instead; where JFK is never assassinated and Margaret Thatcher’s premiership ends with the beginning of the Falklands war. The near future of the real world becomes the present of the novel, giving McEwan the space to explore prescient what-ifs: what if a robot could think like a human, or human intelligence could not tell the difference between itself and AI?

Machines Like Me is not, however, science fiction, at least according to its author. “There could be an opening of a mental space for novelists to explore this future,” McEwan said in a recent interview, “not in terms of travelling at 10 times the speed of light in anti-gravity boots, but in actually looking at the human dilemmas.” There is, as many readers noticed, a whiff of genre snobbery here, with McEwan drawing an impermeable boundary between literary fiction and science fiction, and placing himself firmly on the respectable side of the line.

I hate how so many people still think that SF and Fantasy as for children, that they don't make you think, have important/key subjects (the "human dilemmas" that Ian mentions), that they don't make you more tolerant, make you laugh and cry and root for or hate the characters!

It's unbelievable how many people watch "Game of Thrones" but highlight 'they don't like fantasy'.

And I bet that those that say these things haven't read a single SFF book in their lives >:(

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