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Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Incarceron
« on: May 23, 2012, 02:23:22 AM »
It's not very often that the end of a book surprises me, much less a YA novel, but I have to admit...this one did. And the sequel, Sapphique, while less surprising, is equally good. Well written, with elements of steampunk and even sci fi...but it asks the fundamental questions that make YA fiction so good.

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Best Richard Morgan
« on: August 11, 2011, 05:15:30 AM »
Tell us which Richard Morgan book you think is best...and then tell us why!

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Cowboys vs Aliens
« on: July 23, 2011, 11:42:11 AM »
Anyone going to see it? I saw the first preview months ago, and thought it looked interesting, but then we saw the latest trailer when we went to see HP7.2, and I'm actually REALLY looking forward to it (and Daniel Craig...that doesn't hurt)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / line between fantasy and sci fi
« on: July 20, 2011, 05:42:33 PM »
On another thread, I realized that perhaps I don't draw the line between what makes something fantasy, and what makes it sci fi, quite as firmly as, say, publishers or other readers do.

So I ask you, oh FFF'ers, what makes something 'sci fi' as opposed to fantasy? (I have my own thoughts, but I want to hear yours!)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Terry Goodkind
« on: July 04, 2011, 11:15:41 PM »
Oh, LOL! So I went and poked around on Goodkind's website, and as you'd expect, it was full of Objectivist statements. But the thing that caught my eye was that the review, posted ON his website, for Faith of the Fallen included this lovely bit about its 'bathetic propagandistic bombast.' HA HA HA! And then a lovely screed from the man himself about Ayn Rand.

Oh, my.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Atlas Shrugged...fantasy or no?
« on: June 28, 2011, 08:53:34 AM »
Just read Atlas Shrugged, and I really can't decide if it's fantasy or not. Say what you will about Ayn Rand, but there are elements of fantasy/sci fi there. I'm planning on writing some sort of review of it, although I'm pretty sure that'll go on my blog, given the political nature of it, but Reardon Metal and all of that?

Your thoughts? (And please, someone, tell me I'm not the only person who thought it was...poorly written, to be generous)

General Discussion / Phoenix Comic Con 2011
« on: May 31, 2011, 03:20:48 AM »
So, I spent the weekend in Phoenix, at Comic Con...here are a few pictures for you from the con (I set it so that everyone on FB could see the set).  I'm thinking I  might need to write up a little something about con etiquette & survival.


Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / what would they eat?
« on: April 21, 2011, 08:19:26 AM »
Okay, this is something a friend of mine and I were discussing tonight, and I thought, hey, the folks at Fantasy Faction would like this!

So, what would the characters in your favorite fantasy novel eat? For instance, we all know that Merry and Pippin would LOVE some bacon and apples, but what about, say, Monza (and that feast in the book doesn't count!)?  It's a fun thing to think about!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / favorite ending
« on: April 14, 2011, 08:55:16 AM »
Prompted by another thread, I thought about what my favorite ENDING was in a fantasy book. Some of us like our fantasy novels (or series) to wrap up with a nice, neat little bow (the epilogue of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, the big wedding and happy-happy at the end of Memory, Sorrow & Thorn) while others of us like our endings ambiguous (the end of Best Served Cold comes to mind, as does the ending of Parker's Engineer's War trilogy)...

so I ask you, oh FFF'ers....what is YOUR favorite ending? Why?

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / favorite Richard Morgan
« on: April 13, 2011, 08:32:39 AM »
So, Richard Morgan may be slow to get 'em into our waiting hands, but they're worth waiting for. For a long time, I really thought Thirteen was my favorite, but in a recent re-read, I gotta admit, I'm still hung up on Takeshi Kovacs...

This topic has been moved to Advertising & Your Novels.


Hey all, while we love to hear about your works (and celebrate your successes!), in order to keep things neat and tidy, please post your announcements about your books to the 'Advertising & Your Novels' category.  Thanks so much!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Help me find this book!
« on: March 30, 2011, 07:22:28 AM »
So, there's a book I read a long, long time ago, and I cannot for the life of me remember the author or the title, but I remember really, really liking it, and all of you are readers, so here goes:

Plot: Slacker/unemployed(?) guy gets hit by lightning, dies, wakes up in hospital (?), and realizes he has the power to heal people and starts gaining followers, which totally freaks him out. Retreats into his own fantasy world, where he is perfectly normal. Spends a lot of time hanging out on fire escapes.  Ends up killing himself.  Or allows himself to die (can't remember). 

Author: For some reason, the two authors, Preston & Lincoln, come to mind, but it's not them, and I don't know if it was one author or two.  Nor is it a movie tie in, and it was published in the 80s. The cover had a graffiti wall & a fire escape on it. I remember distinctly it was filed under 'fantasy', as that was the only section of the bookstore I haunted as a youth. 

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / asking for YOUR recommendations
« on: March 26, 2011, 08:53:42 PM »
Okay, so every birthday and Christmas, my daughter gets Barnes & Noble gift certificates, BUT I'd like to be a little less…blah this year. And I'm looking for your recommendations. Yes, YOU.

The dets:  she's going to be 15. I'm not a prude, and while I don't think she needs graphic sex, the intimation is fine. She really liked the Vladimir Tod series, hates Twilight, isn't horribly into girly things, and found the Percy Jackson books boring.  She's into manga/anime (Black Butler, Hetalia Axis Powers, Soul Eater), too.

I'm trying to find something she'll like…and I turn to you, oh FF forum folk, for your wisdom and insight! Thanks for any help!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Mark Hodder
« on: March 23, 2011, 05:57:17 PM »
So, I just finished Mark Hodder's second Burton & Swinburne novel, The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man.  It is, in my most humble opinion, even better than the first, in which a time traveler disrupts the course of Victorian England.  I highly recommend it…hell, I may even write a review of it!

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Top 5
« on: March 14, 2011, 02:59:43 PM »
In light of Overlord's post of our top 5 fantasy novels, I'd ask what are your top 5 sci fi novels…here are mine, in no particular order…

Richard Morgan, the Takeshi Kovacs novels (Altered Carbon, Woken Furies, Broken Angels)
Dan Simmons, Hyperion & Endymion
Iain M. Banks, The Algebraist
CJ Cherryh, Faded Sun Trilogy
CJ Cherryh, Cyteen

There are many more, of course, but these are the ones I come back to. 

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