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Hey guys reviewed this book last week so check it out if you want :) It's just a quick review with no spoilers.
http://shamrocksshelf.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/assassins-apprentice/
Happy reading!

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
« on: May 06, 2011, 12:58:33 PM »
So who has read Zoo City by Lauren Beukes?

I absolutely loved it! The characters were fantastic, I loved the concept and it being set in Johannesburg made me really happy :)

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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / The Dark Tower movies
« on: April 12, 2011, 06:41:11 AM »
So who is actually looking forward to The Dark Tower series being adapted to screen? And it looks as though Javier Bardem is taking the role of Roland Deschain. Ron Howard is directing, which I suppose is okay. I just hope he does a good job. I enjoyed his adaptation of Angels and Demons so hopefully this will be good too. Akiva Goldsman is writing the script with Stephen King, so hopefully they'll be able to make what is such an amazing story really come to life on screen.

My only issue with Javier Bardem is his accent, it is said specifically in the book he does not have a Spanish accent as the people of Calla and Mejis have.

So what do you guys think? I'm looking forward to it, but I have my reservations.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Help with an assignment
« on: April 04, 2011, 03:33:23 PM »
As some of you might know I'm doing my honours degree in publishing at the moment and I just got an assignment on marketing.
I need to market a book, an existing title, in unconventional ways and I was hoping some of you could help me with ideas on marketing. Here is an extract from the assignment:

Choose an English novel of your choice and write a marketing plan for the novel. It is a novel that should appeal to certain young readers – e.g. students/ twenty and thirty something people, not conservative readers. Keep in mind that this group has access to electronic devices and read media on the internet more than on paper, i.e. this a group that needs to be reached by alternative means and not the traditional way of reviews, ads in newspapers, book launches and talks at book clubs etc.

So I was thinking of promoting an older title, such as The Gunslinger or The Wizard of Earthsea to promote it to markets that may not have read them yet, and perhaps finding new markets.
Any ideas for marketing strategies that you thought were clever? How do you hear about books online?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Switched - Amanda Hocking
« on: March 28, 2011, 10:38:31 AM »
Okay so about a week ago while having dinner with a friend she recommended that I read Switched by Amanda Hocking. Luckily I had my kindle with me so I hopped onto the Amazon store, read the blurb which did not seem too bad and since the book was only $0,99 I thought I would give it a try.

So the first thing I noted about the book is that the editing is really bad and well although the story has a great premise the bad use of language is what really got to me. The book is self-published which I don't see as an excuse for bad editing, there are many freelance editors willing to edit self-published works all over the world. But anyway...

The story isn't too bad if you can get past some of the language so if you're looking for someone a bit different to read and want something completely brainless well, this should do fine. I'm contemplating buying the second book as I don't have enough money to buy the two books I want to read next month.

Has anyone else read this book? If so what did you think?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Stephen King
« on: March 22, 2011, 05:57:31 AM »
I've been contemplating creating a Stephen King thread for awhile, I know not everyone is a fan of his work but I love him.
So to those who have read his work and liked it, or hated it. What did you read and think about his work?

Personally for me he's a very hit and miss author. Some of his books are great and some are just awful, for example The Dark Tower series for me the series could have ended with Wizard and Glass and I would have been quite happy. Especially the final ending in The Dark Tower was a complete let down but after the amount of work that went into and is still going into the series I suppose he was entitled to an easy way out.

An interesting fact though, he was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1976 for 'Salem's Lot. I finished it last night, and well I can't really decide if vampires are fantasy or not, but that's another topic all together.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / The role of drugs in fantasy novels
« on: March 09, 2011, 10:40:47 AM »
So I don't know how many readers have noticed the role of drugs in fantasy works?
It seems every series has some or other drug that plagues society, especially the poorer folk of the world (in which you're reading).
So does anyone have any ideas why this is a recurrent theme in fantasy novels?
And also alcohol in the series is acceptable with lots of characters in different series getting quite drunk on some occasions.

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