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Non-Fantasy Books / What Non-Fantasy are you currently reading?
« on: November 08, 2019, 03:44:53 PM »
(we needed this thread, I think)

I'm currently reading Diary of a bookseller, by Shaun Bythell.
It's as it says, a diary of his life running a (really big) second hand bookshop in Wigtown(south Scotland), and it's very funny and interesting.
Reading it makes me want to support these type of bookshops more, and my problem is that I already don't have enough time to read 'recent' books, to buy older ones on top. Although sometimes you do get very good finds!

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So I'm currently reading Brent Week's last, The burning white.
I'm only about 150 pages in (out of 920) so it's still early days, but my first impressions are:
+ it doesn't have annoying things like book 4
- I miss drafting luxin, it almost feels like it's not relevant anymore (of course I bet this will change later)
- I feel that it could have been edited (i.e. cut) more to the benefit of the plot and pace - some scenes just drag and have pointless stuff...

Which begs the question: if the first books of the series have great fame and success, does the publisher give the writer free rein in the last book(s), thinking whatever comes out will be bought/read? Even if the book would be much better shorter? I think this has happened in the past, hehe, with Harry Potter and ASoIaF.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / FF is looking for the best books of 2019
« on: November 05, 2019, 05:51:57 PM »
Check it out here
http://fantasy-faction.com/2019/help-us-pick-2019s-best-fantasy-books

We can put our options in the comments.

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[SEP/OCT 2019] School / [Sep/Oct 2019] - School - Voting Thread
« on: November 04, 2019, 12:28:36 PM »
It's time to vote on the September/October Writing Contest: "School"

This time we got just 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 / "Level" of Diversity in books
« on: October 25, 2019, 11:29:41 AM »
This week I read a tweet from Aliette de Bodard (or maybe it was from someone else and she just agreed) about diversity in books, and how some people ask for more diversity but then complain that the book "is too diverse", or "too strange", or "can't understand anything". It was also mentioned that diversity came from the cultural assumptions.

I'm reading her latest book now, and that really hit a chord, as I feel I'm missing out on some events - not key to the main plot, just those little things that are part of the environment - because I'm not familiar with Eastern culture (I think it's mostly Vietnamese, but it could also be Chinese).
And that is making me question my attitude to book diversity, and how hypocrite I am if I want the books I read to be "diverse but not too much".

It also makes me wonder why I'm ok with dragons and magic and other stuff, yet things that are obviously real make me stumble. I wonder if it's because those "extraordinary things" are usually explained in more or less detail in the story, while these references are just there, she's not writing specifically for people who don't know those cultures.

I'd like to know what you think, give me some more food for thought...

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / What did you read in September 2019
« on: October 02, 2019, 12:16:17 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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Writers' Corner / Gollancz Launches BAME Prize for British SFF Writers
« on: September 29, 2019, 10:12:31 AM »
I don't know who from our members fit into this category, but I thought I'd advertise it anyway :)

https://pages.hachette.co.uk/gollancz-bame-sff-award/

Who Can Enter
People who identify as Black, Asian or other ethnic minorities.
People who are are residents of the UK or Ireland.
People who are not under contract or been previously published by a UK publisher.
People who have not had their entry submission previously published or had their submission winning another competition.
People who are over the age of 18.

Submissions open 1st October

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Writers' Corner / "She said"
« on: September 22, 2019, 09:23:28 AM »
I was reading and suddenly noticed something: everything is "she said/he said".
There's no exclaimed, inquired, proposed, complained, ... all the other verbs for someone talking that 'people' say you should use to avoid repetition.
Yet, it just makes me focus on what the characters are actually saying. I never actually noticed this before, in the past 4 books. And do other authors use it as well? It's not something I've actively noticed (and not sure why it suddenly clicked).

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General Discussion / Wait Buy Why - the new series
« on: September 05, 2019, 04:29:29 PM »
Wait But Why is a super site full of interesting articles (and funny drawings) about society and science and people.
It's written by a guy called Tim Urban, and he's been quiet in the last few months... but he's back!

With a new series that tries to make sense of the world, this is the summary page where you can see each chapter as it gets published.
https://waitbutwhy.com/2019/08/story-of-us.html

I've just finished reading the latest one, and suddenly the state of the world makes a little more sense.
Give it a try :)

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[AUG 2019] BtR: Weather / [Aug 2019] - BtR: Weather - Voting Thread
« on: September 02, 2019, 12:19:53 PM »
It's time to vote on the August Writing Contest: "Break the Rules - Weather"

This time we got 8 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 / 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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