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The main site today is revealing the cover of Stephen Deas' new book, it looks fab.

http://fantasy-faction.com/2020/the-moonsteel-crown-by-stephen-deas-cover-reveal-excerpt

AND we can read the first chapter as well!

I've read the first 3 books of his Memory of Flames series and they were really good books.


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[JUL 2020] Old Man's Tale / [JUL 2020] - Old Man's Tale - Voting Thread
« on: August 04, 2020, 09:44:40 AM »
It's time to vote on the July Writing Contest: "Old Man's Tale"

This time we got 5 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, 6-10 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 (I'm still hopeful of getting the access to do this...)

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

(still) NEW FEATURE: note that the voting deadline is now the 23rd August, which will leave the last week of the month for feedback/critique availability.

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[AUG] Dialogue / [AUG 2020] - Dialogue - Submission Thread
« on: August 02, 2020, 05:23:08 PM »


This month's theme is not a theme as you know it but a writing exercise. We want you to tell a story only in dialogue form, with no descriptions at all. All kinds of Fantasy or Science Fiction are eligible.

Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. The story must be only dialogue entries
3. Prose must be 500-2000 words long.
4. Poetry must be 100-750 words long.
5. One story per person or writing team (not per account).
6. You will be disqualified if you exceed the limits, full stop. That's why they're called limits.
7. Your entry can't be published somewhere else before.
8. This is a writing contest, not a "I have written something like this ten years ago" contest. So if you happen to have a story that fits one of the themes, I'd like it to have a mayor overhaul/edit. Work for it. ;)
9. Please add your story's word count and, if you have, your twitter handle.
10. Please put your story in [ spoiler ] tags to make the thread easier to handle. :) You can find them above the smileys under the B.
Bonus rule: We consider voting in a contest you're taking part in a given. Others take time and effort to read the stories - you should do the same. A small community like ours lives from reciprocity and this contest needs stories as much as votes. 


If you want so submit your story anonymously you can do so by sending it in a personal message to @xiagan.

Entry will close August 31st/September 1st, 2020 and voting will begin somewhere around the same time too.

All members are eligible to join. If you are not a member you can join here. Sign up is free and all are welcome! :)

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website sometime in the next months.
Submitting a story counts as published. The author retains all rights to their work.

Remember that this thread is only for entries. Discussion or questions can be posted here

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / What did you read in July 2020?
« on: August 02, 2020, 09:17:06 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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[JUN 2020] Track Marks / [JUN 2020] - Track Marks - Critique Thread
« on: July 28, 2020, 11:02:56 AM »
Here is the possibility to get critiques for your stories entered in the writing contest - and to give critique as well.

So what we're doing is this:
1. Everybody who wants critique for his story posts in here.*
2. Everybody who wants to do a critique for a specific story (whose writer has asked for critique) posts it in here.

If this thread is overrun fast, I'm splitting it so that every story has its own one to avoid confusion.

* I know that critique isn't always easy to handle, especially if you are not used to it. So if you feel more comfortable receiving it in private, people can send it via pm. They can post here that they sent a critique via pm so that others know about it.

At the moment I don't think it necessary that we create a system balancing given/received critiques. However, if it turns out to be unfair and some people are giving critiques without receiving some (or the other way round) we have to add one.

Basic rules for critiquing:
This is just a small guideline for those that haven't done critiques before, stolen from this forum's writing section.
           
Quote
Critiquing Other’s Work

            1. Please read what the poster is asking for before you post your critique.
            2. Critique the writing, not the writer.  Never, “You are...” or “You should...” but rather, “The writing is...” or “The story should...”
            3. We all have different levels of writing ability here, keep that in mind when critiquing.
            4. Find what is right in each piece as well as what is wrong.
            5. Remember that subject matter is personal. You don't have to like a story to give it a fair critique.
            6. Remember what your biases are and critique around them.
            7. Remember that real people wrote this stuff, and real people have real feelings. Things you may not say while critiquing: “That’s awful.” “That’s stupid.” “You couldn’t write your way out of a paper bag.”

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Wow, a 'normal' newspaper interviewing a fantasy author?

Brandon Sanderson:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jul/23/brandon-sanderson-after-a-dozen-rejected-novels-you-think-maybe-this-isnt-for-you

I wasn't aware that The way of kings was written ages ago, before he was famous...

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General Discussion / Funny age poll
« on: July 23, 2020, 11:43:52 AM »
I had this funny poll in my company's intranet page - If you could choose any age to stay in for the rest of your life, which would it be?

I'm 50 and voted for 30-50, as I really feel my "nice life" started when I turned 30 - people, things, work, confidence, etc

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This has been going around my brain in the last few days.

I started reading a book that has got a lot of world-building. I mean A LOT. And by this I mean explanations of how things work in this universe.
Off the top of my head I think I've seen a good 20 pages of explanations, 4-5 pages here, 4-5 pages there. It's not done via actions, we're not discovering it with the characters, it's good old-fashioned dump (oh, still well written, conversational-style, not really a 'dump' per se, but it feels like it).

I like a good invented system as much as the next fantasy reader, hehe, but this one just feels too much - and I'm not sure when the boundary was crossed.

What do you think?

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[JUN 2020] Track Marks / [JUN 2020] - Track Marks - Voting Thread
« on: July 05, 2020, 02:27:03 PM »
It's time to vote on the June Writing Contest: "Track Marks"

This time we got just 3 entries - still, 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, 6-10 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 (I'm still hopeful of getting the access to do this...)

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

(still) NEW FEATURE: note that the voting deadline is now the 26th July, which will leave the last week of the month for feedback/critique availability.

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JULY: An Old Man's Tale



UR A WIZARD HARRY by v-inks

An old man's tale... told in the small hours in a forgotten tavern, on the death bed or to the shining eyes of a child. Filled with unbelievable stories, wars or regret. Told by an old woman because why not? "Old man's tale" is just a catchy phrase, told, or sung or cried or thought. Listen to them, they might be wise or foolish but you'll learn something in any case.

Remember that this thread is only for entries. Discussion or questions can be posted here

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / What did you read in June 2020?
« on: July 02, 2020, 03:10:35 PM »
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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Here is the possibility to get critiques for your stories entered in the writing contest - and to give critique as well.

So what we're doing is this:
1. Everybody who wants critique for his story posts in here.*
2. Everybody who wants to do a critique for a specific story (whose writer has asked for critique) posts it in here.

If this thread is overrun fast, I'm splitting it so that every story has its own one to avoid confusion.

* I know that critique isn't always easy to handle, especially if you are not used to it. So if you feel more comfortable receiving it in private, people can send it via pm. They can post here that they sent a critique via pm so that others know about it.

At the moment I don't think it necessary that we create a system balancing given/received critiques. However, if it turns out to be unfair and some people are giving critiques without receiving some (or the other way round) we have to add one.

Basic rules for critiquing:
This is just a small guideline for those that haven't done critiques before, stolen from this forum's writing section.
           
Quote
Critiquing Other’s Work

            1. Please read what the poster is asking for before you post your critique.
            2. Critique the writing, not the writer.  Never, “You are...” or “You should...” but rather, “The writing is...” or “The story should...”
            3. We all have different levels of writing ability here, keep that in mind when critiquing.
            4. Find what is right in each piece as well as what is wrong.
            5. Remember that subject matter is personal. You don't have to like a story to give it a fair critique.
            6. Remember what your biases are and critique around them.
            7. Remember that real people wrote this stuff, and real people have real feelings. Things you may not say while critiquing: “That’s awful.” “That’s stupid.” “You couldn’t write your way out of a paper bag.”

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / The Wounded Kingdom - RJ Barker
« on: June 20, 2020, 09:20:31 AM »
Well, I'm a bit tired of having to trail through the 'what are you reading' thread to read opinions about books, so I start and let's hope others follow, to create a separate thread for the books we read and have something important to say. Feel free to participate and leave your comments, it's called the "discussion" section.
It might even be better for newbies...

I'll copy what I wrote before, and replies from others:

Book 1, Age of assassins
It was really good, and I'm glad I jumped into this trilogy. Yes, I can see the similarities with Fitz, but it's also a mystery and a tale of finding your feet (pun intended!) amongst the outside world, how motherhood takes many forms, and what's defined as bad by the world has many nuances.
5/5

Peat's review: http://peatlong.blogspot.com/2018/08/age-of-assassins-by-rj-barker.html
I agree with everything hehe, including being ahead of the MC in terms of realising the mystery solution, although there were still enough surprises for that not to be a complete "You should have known, you moron!" ;D - and he didn't tell Merela everything he knew, so she was definitely smarted than Girton ;)

Peat:
Quote
Many things are smarter than Girton, bless him! I still hope he revisits the setting.


Book 2, Blood of assassins
I think I liked it a little less than book 1, especially the first few chapters, and I'm still not sure why. Maybe because I was used to Girton as he was in book 1, and there's a 5 year gap inbetween the two that changed him, maybe because his Master isn't such a relevant character and I really liked her. I also expected certain things to happen and they didn't, but that's my fault, not the author's, hehe
Once again, I was far more heavily suspicious of certain people than the MC, and I was right ;D

It's interesting, usually first-person POV books are always super-sympathetic towards that MC, but here we see all of his faults through his actions, even though he of course thinks he's always doing the right thing. I think it's a true skill of the writer to keep the reader both in and out of the scenes.

I also noticed many practical things that escaped the editor's eyes (word duplication, wrong punctuation, some spelling), which I wasn't expecting in an Orbit book.

Anyway, still a really good book.

Peat:
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I recall being a little cool on Cold Days but mostly liking it. I think in many ways it is Harry Dresden starting all over again - he's got a lot of stuff going on in him that he doesn't know how to deal with, etc.etc.

I do agree with Bea on Blood on Assassins though, almost word for word. In many ways, the fact the author can change the character so well between books he becomes less likable is super talented, but it's maybe not the best use of it...

Peat's review: (not done)

Book 3, King of assassins
This was my favourite book of the 3!! I said I really liked the first, but in this one Girton is actually someone I could be friends with - with age comes experience, understanding and a bit more flexibility... It was extremely well written how we could see each age in each book.

I really loved Merela's backstory, and
Spoiler for Hiden:
I actually shed a few tears when she died... Glad they were able to say the right words to each other, though
I also very much appreciated the evolution of Aydor's character, something the writer actually mentioned in the acknowledgements/comments.

And for once I had no clue about the big twist at the end!

This book felt much darker than the previous ones, all the stuff going on in the city, almost a metaphor for when we're older the problems of the world feel more visible in shades of grey instead of the plain black/white of for/against.

Peat's review: http://peatlong.blogspot.com/2019/08/king-of-assassins-by-rj-barker.html
Quote of the day, 100% agree: "if I'm ever reborn into a fantasy world where I'm destined to be trained as an assassin from birth, Merela is the secret-murder-mother I want."

(note, I include Peat's reviews here because he was the one who most influenced me to read the books - Thank you so much!! - and I agree with everything he wrote)

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I just discovered that Jasper Fforde has got a new book out in a couple of weeks!



Blurb:
England, 2020. There are 1.2 million human-sized rabbits living in the UK. They can walk, talk and drive cars, the result of an Inexplicable Anthropomorphising Event fifty-five years ago.

And a family of rabbits is about to move into Much Hemlock, a cosy little village where life revolves around summer fetes, jam-making, gossipy corner stores, and the oh-so-important Best Kept Village awards. No sooner have the rabbits arrived than the villagers decide they must depart. But Mrs Constance Rabbit is made of sterner stuff, and her family are behind her.

Unusually, so are their neighbours, long-time residents Peter Knox and his daughter Pippa, who soon find that you can be a friend to rabbits or humans, but not both. With a blossoming romance, acute cultural differences, enforced rehoming to a MegaWarren in Wales, and the full power of the ruling United Kingdom Anti Rabbit Party against them, Peter and Pippa are about to question everything they’d ever thought about their friends, their nation, and their species. It’ll take a rabbit to teach a human humanity .

http://www.jasperfforde.com/rabbit/about.html

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How do you feel when the writer invents new words for normal things?

In RJ Barker's Wounded kingdom series he created words for the seasons that I really like:
Yearsbirth, yearsgrowth yearslife, yearsage and yearsdeath

There have been others, in other books, that I can't remember now, but usually I quite like these snippets of imagination.

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