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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 13, 2013, 04:57:43 PM »
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde for the Hodderscape Review Project

The Man With The Compound Eyes by Wu Ming-Yi, because I can

and I bought The Orcs War Manuals by Den Patrick over at Nineworlds. Its really fun

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Your next 5 books....
« on: August 12, 2013, 11:58:35 PM »
0s: The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde & The Man With the Compound Eyes - Wu Ming-Yi

1.The Machine - James Smythe
2.When the World Was Flat (and we were in love) - Ingrid Jonach
3.The Orc War Manuals - Den Patrick
4.The Violent Century - Lavie Tidhar
5.Martian Sands - Lavie Tidhar

Links, Competitions and 'Stuff' / Re: Member's Blogs
« on: August 05, 2013, 12:40:00 AM »
I blog over at Onechaptermore.com - mainly SFF reviews, but also general genre-y commentary.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 04, 2013, 11:50:46 PM »
Finished Apocalypse Now Now - it was a hmmm book (selfpimpage review), simultaneously refreshingly mental and particularly flawed.

Then moved on to The Last Banquet by Jonathan Grimwood, which isn't genre, but written by a genre author (Jon Courtney Grimwood), and is fucking phenomenal.

Now reading The Man With the Compound Eyes by Wu Ming-Yi. It too is a touch odd.

Read and finished The Explorer by James Smythe and Shift by Kim Curran.

Now reading Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human. Refreshingly mental.

Since its inception in late 2010, Fantasy Faction has become one of the foremost communities online for Fantasy fans. It's mix of knowledgeable fans, inclusive discussions and far-reaching ideas make it one of the best places to hang out online.

It's mad good, I promise.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Modern Fantasy Big Three?
« on: July 13, 2013, 12:08:04 PM »
what I would define as 'modern' being, loosely, the last 15 years, I'd go Mieville, Martin, Rowling: Three authors who define their particular subsets of the fantastic: The weird, traditional/epic-with-grimness, and YA

That said, pretty much everything that The Idlewilder said.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: The one book
« on: July 11, 2013, 12:38:55 PM »
It seems a pattern emerges where a book has a lasting impact in childhood is read over and over again. I had a chat with someone at the pub recently where this was apparent: we recommended our favourite books ever and always to each other - it turned out our favourite ever and always books were not judged by quality but by rose-tinted longing for youth.

Mine is Brother in the Land by Robert Swindells - a book I read yearly.

I've also read the Harry Potter series upwards of 5 or 6 times each, for similar reasons.

Ooh, nice - where'd'you get the ARC of Drakenfeld from? I hear tell it's a good'un.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Classic Fantasy, 1910-1960
« on: July 09, 2013, 12:27:01 PM »
According to Pornokitsch, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Liz Bourke & Justin Landon...

H.P. Lovecraft - The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (1926)
Robert Graves - I, Claudius (1934)
C.L. Moore - Jirel of Jorey (1934-9)

And.... erm... that's it. You've got Oz in 1907, and plenty in the 60s, but apart from the ones in your list, that's all... I can't think of any.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Convention Ideas?
« on: July 09, 2013, 12:16:58 PM »
Though I've never been to a convention-proper, I'll suggest using Kickstarter as a funding tool. Conventions cost a lot - Kickstarter will help. Plus its been used to good effect by both Nineworlds and Write the Future, plus prevents time-delays becoming too apparent (cf. the anthology...)

I'll be able to talk more post Nineworlds though...

Are you all very anal with your collections? By which I mean only S/L/D, or do you have a place in your hearts for an inscription to yourselves?

I guess this is an 'are you collecting for yourself or posterity' question...

Book collecting scares me a little. I have the chance to book collect, and I feel that at some point in my life I probably will move into it. However, I enjoy personal signatures more than impersonal ones. I like it when an author signs 'To Max' or gives me a quote, or draws me a doodle. It makes me feel like I am the object of their affection, their happiness, their attention for a moment, even if it will never happen again.

Thus, if I were to collect I'd have to double-buy. One for the personal signature, for me to read and batter and love unconditionally. Another for the bleak, signature only, to wrap in cellophane, and leave on the shelf as a prized possession.

Writers' Corner / Re: How much did you write today?
« on: July 05, 2013, 11:28:43 AM »
Welcome aboard! I find that setting myself a non-specific goal helps me. My ultimate objective is 600-750 words per day of self-editted material. What I know I must do and will do is at least 45 minutes of either writing or researching, day in, day out with no excuses. If this is in a notebook, or on my MS, that's fine, so long as I stick to it.

I've never been much good at these things, but for the last month, I have succeeded in my 45 minutes without fail.

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