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thanks for the suggestions!

Hey everybody, I just recently heard about Neil's super cool kickstarter project and it got me interested in his work as a writer.  He's got a lot of books out there, so I don't know which one to start with.  Any recommendations?  What is he best known for?  Which is your favorite Neil Stephenson book?

If you're curious about his campaign, you can check it here:


i wish i could say i'll be reading a lot of books this year, but i think my free time will be split between writing/cartooning and playing as much of Star Wars: The Old Republic that I can.

I'd go as Severin from Book of the New Sun. Just need a black cloak and a bare chest. ;)

Fantasy Resources / Re: Fantasy Author Blogs
« on: April 09, 2011, 10:45:04 PM »
@missoularedhead those all sound pretty cool.  its great to see each writer taking advantage of blogs in their own way.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: April 07, 2011, 06:58:04 PM »
Yeah havent read it yet

Anyone else ever check out this Graphic Novel?  David Wenzel was the artist for the incomparable Hobbit graphic novel.  Wizard's Tale is an original story by Busiek (a very renowned comic writer) with beautiful artwork by Wenzel.  A definite must read for any traditional fantasy and comic book fan.


As a kid we had a copy of The Boy's King Arthur.  I was simply captivated by the Wyeth's artwork.  I made a profound impact on my creativity and imagination.  But the text is Malory's Arthur, which is pretty much the standard for those legends.

Idylls of the King is also great.

@BrandonMarkham you're assuming that all fantasy is of the Tolkien/high fantasy variety.  The truth is such fantasy has predominately "white" characters because the text most of these stories are based off of is European mythology and folklore.

For each and every nation, there is a rich history of fantasy (or what we would call fantasy) that involves the traditions and cultures of those people.  Have you ever read "Anansi Boys" by Neil Gaimen?  The pivotal character is a god from African folklore.

If you want fantasy that speaks to a certain race, then try delving into the religions/myths/stories of that culture.  Don't expect modern American fantasy to cover all those areas; much of that is simply bad copies of what publishers think is marketable (which is usually Lord of the Rings or Dune).

Finally, if you really want fantasy that talks to broader subjects here's the best tip: start writing.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: April 07, 2011, 04:31:34 PM »
I'm talking my time reading "Wise Man's Fear" simply because I'm so busy with other things, plus I really wanna savor this book, and not rush through it.  I really believe Patrick Rothfuss is such a great writer; his prose is simple wonderful.

I also just grabbed a lot of older fantasy stories--stuff that inspired other writers I would like to emulate in my stuff.  (Austin Kleon's recent blog mentioned doing that sort of thing--great advice).  So I hunted down a few stories that inspired Tolkien:

The Prose Edda
The Well at the World's End
The Black Douglas
and so on

The nice thing about finding older fantasy is that its all in the Public Domain and free via iBooks or Kindle!

Fantasy Resources / Re: Fantasy Author Blogs
« on: April 07, 2011, 04:23:28 PM »
You know, I'm not sure if it's because I have a short attention span, but I can never get into writer's blogs.  I have Neil Gaimen's in my Google Reader, but whenever he has an update, I NEVER read it.  I know he's got plenty of interesting things to say, but for some reason, I never think a blog is what I want from him.

What about everyone else?  What do these top fiction writers actually blog about?  Are they drafting new stories?  Talking about writing/publishing?  Or do they just talk about their lives?

What do you look for when you visit a fantasy writer's blog?

I will say that the blogs I'm eager to read (from non-fantasy writers) I do so because they're compelling in some way and teach me things I'm interested in learning, like Justine Musk or Austin Kleon.

I will plug Justine's blog though, because she IS a fantasy writer (more urban fantasy I guess)

wow, i really don't know what to say...

i think the titles are worse than some of the covers!

and to think all this crap got published.

there's definitely a trend for modern fantasy (or novels in general) to be incredibly long. but i'm of the opinion that these longer books don't have better stories or more intricate plots, than older books.  they usually just pad the story with unnecessary description, dialogue and sometimes plot.

Non-Fantasy Books / Re: Webcomics!
« on: February 14, 2011, 02:05:52 PM »
Thanks for the kind words, Arthum!

Non-Fantasy Books / Re: Webcomics!
« on: February 11, 2011, 11:04:56 PM »
Thanks Overlord! It usually takes me a week to get ome done--tho I have squeezed one out once in one day

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