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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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It's mad good, I promise.

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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.

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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.

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


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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.



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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...

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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...

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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.

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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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