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Fantasy Resources / Re: Online Fantasy Encyclopedia?
« on: February 20, 2018, 11:08:00 AM »
It depends on what I am looking up, but I tend to try and find sources that explain the mythology behind the creature so I take bits from here and bits from there... I have never found one site that has a mostly comprehensive list or information yet.
Yeah including a bit of mythology would be nice and give more to work with, but only superficial information I think. Otherwise all the variations in different stories concerning a specific being would end up being too complicated in my opinion :P

Fantasy Resources / Re: Online Fantasy Encyclopedia?
« on: February 20, 2018, 10:52:45 AM »
Sounds like a good undertaking. And feasible.

You might consider grabbing a few outdated gamer manuals--AD&D, GURPS, Harn, whatever you can find cheap.
And then I thought, there ought to be something like this online. Et voilà!

I started with searching on "rpg monster list" got further with "rpg bestiary" and finished by searching on specific game environments--that's how I got the GURPS one. In any case, you should find plenty to work with.

Thanks! Even though the sites you linked to are mainly pen and paper related, the concise ecology section in the bestiary page on is exactly what I was thinking of in terms of description!

Fantasy Resources / Re: Online Fantasy Encyclopedia?
« on: February 16, 2018, 05:00:46 PM »
Yeah it was kind of in a world building capacity (much like your D&D reference list). I guess the closest thing to such an all-encompassing database would be Wikipedia, but I was thinking of a more user friendly interface where it is easy to find what you need, even if you don't know what you're looking for. A bit similar to

I was actually thinking about creating such a database myself as a side project. Not including all the different myths and variations of a specific type of creature, but just the most general traits, yet enough to stimulate one's imagination. If nothing else I get to learn more about all the different beings (and maybe magic systems) myself and I get to practice my backend and frontend coding as well :P

Fantasy Resources / Online Fantasy Encyclopedia?
« on: February 13, 2018, 10:22:23 AM »
Hey guys, I was wondering if any of you bright minds are aware of any online fantasy encyclopedia?

I'm thinking specifically of an online database where it's possible to look up information about fantasy humanoid species (e.g. dwarves, vampires etc.), fantasy/mythical creatures (e.g. dragons, phoenix etc.), and perhaps even magic systems and worlds.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Operation: Fill in the Gaps!
« on: June 16, 2013, 07:57:38 PM »
The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie is pretty awesome

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Sequels
« on: June 13, 2013, 09:32:43 PM »
I always read the following 2 books in a trilogy without any other books in between - if I like the series. I don't order a whole trilogy right off the bat, however, so I'm often stuck with the first book in 4-5 different series. And I'm not the type to sit patiently waiting for the sequels to the first trilogy to come home while knowing I have 4 unread books in my bookshelf (I'm also trying to save the shipping cost). So, normally, I start 4 different series (as I only have the first book in each series) and then I order the sequels and read them one series at a time. If I had a whole series, however, I'd read it without any sidetracks, e.g. gimme the whole Demon Cycle pentalogy and I'd have read it in a week, maybe two.

I've currently read 17 books of my 50 book goal. That means I'm 5 books behind schedule!
I had a period of 3 weeks in May where I didn't flip a single page. That might attest to my lagging behind, but I think the real reason is my lack of spare time :| Hopefully, the summer holidays will allow me to catch up on my reading. With an average of 530 pages per book, when this year is at an end, I'll have read 8 million words  ;D Sounds pretty awesome ^^

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: AW: Any suggestions?
« on: June 07, 2013, 02:06:32 PM »
We read Bakker's first book in the book club and only about two people, me included, finished it. Wouldn't recommend it to anybody...

I agree that atleast the first half of the book is pretty heavy and confusing. In such a book, if you don't feel excited about the protagonist I guess it'd really be a chore to read. There's a lot of information to digest and without proper knowledge of the world it's hard to string the info together.

I seem to have grown a habit of holding my breath the first 300 pages, if the main character interests me. Especially in such thick books, as the story normally progress much faster after the initial info-dump.
And now that I've read the first book, I've gotten hooked on the idea that the worst is over and that the second book will be awesome  ;D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Any suggestions?
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:39:08 PM »
It'd seem that we've very similar taste in fantasy ^^ I've read and loved most of the titles you've mentioned and I feel like you'd be interested in The Prince of Nothing series by R. Scott Bakker. Even though I've currently only read the first book of the series myself, it has really gotten to me. It has a large scale war brewing, an interesting plot and a male protagonist with unique abilities.
I'd also like to recommend The Legend of Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron. It is not really the kind of book I normally read. I like epic battles, assassins and the like. This series, however, has none of this. It does have a male protagonist with unique abilites, though(it is very important to me). It is light, fun and casual. It is a highly enjoyable interlude between heavier reads.
Another series I liked reading was Shadow Ops by Myke Cole. Much as The Legend of Eli Monpress it is not what I normally read. I like people fighting with blades and living in castles. This is a military fantasy which takes place in an alternative version of our world – and somewhere else. It is really cool to see magic coupled with military discipline.

I'm starting Den of Thieves by David Chandler today while waiting for my amazon purchase of:

The Warrior-Prophet (Prince of Nothing, book 2) by R. Scott Bakker
The Thousandfold Thought (Prince of Nothing, book 3) by R. Scott Bakker
The Shadowdance Trilogy by David Dalglish
A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin
Shadow's Son by Jon Sprunk

Actually one of the only books I haven't been able to finish is the book you're currently reading dbaskls. The Straight Razor Cure. I read the first 300 pages but couldn't get myself to read the last 50. The protagonist seems too ordinary for my taste I guess. And nothing interesting happened  :-\ some monster appeared, true, but that hardly made up for the protagonist's dullness  :(

I believe the first fantasy book I ever read was Elminster: The Making of a Mage by Ed Greenwood. I recall getting tired of reading short books. I wanted to read a big book just to seem more mature. So during one of those compulsory reading sessions I asked the librarian where the big and good books were. He showed me and I found this one. I had always been fantasizing about magic (this is pretty common I think) but I had never really thought to read any fantasy. I was really overwhelmed by the awesomeness of magic and the worldbuilding of highfantasy. I reread the series atleast twice a year the next couple of years after dicovering it  ;D

I didn't feel like the story progressed much in this book. Instead I was stuck in the past catching up on the first 20 years on Inevera's life. Another factor I found a little annoying was the Renna factor. I don't care much for her :| and so I didn't like to spend my time reading about how she gets introduced to the crew.
I don't mind hearing about the Krasians. Their culture is very different from the Greenlanders, and I can't wait for some major culture clash to happen.
As people have already said; if you liked the first two books I really think you should read this one as well. It is by no means bad, but when you've just read two amazing novels your standards are bound to be high. I'd say that most longer series have a book in which the author tries to knit some ends together for a better flow in books to come.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Top Manga / Anime?
« on: February 04, 2013, 11:12:39 PM »
I really like what you guys have listed so far. I'm not that much into anime, but I've read alot of manga/manhwa. Here're some additional titles I like:

Random Order
1. The Breaker
2. GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka) hilarious
3. Pandora Hearts
4. Id
5. Kimi No Iru Machi
6. Immortal Regis
7. Alive - The Final Evolution
8. Akumetsu (very entertaining)
9. Black Cat
10. Mahou Tsukai Kurohime
11. Aishiteruze Baby
12. The Record of a Fallen Vampire
13. Bloody Monday
14. Hikaru no Go
15. Rave Master

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Your next 5 books....
« on: January 13, 2013, 05:26:06 PM »
I'm currently reading Trinity Rising by Elspeth Cooper. I'm halfway through it and I can't say that I like it so far  :-\

1. Before They Are Hanged (2# First Law) - Joe Abercrombie
2. Last Argument of Kings (3# First Law) - Joe Abercrombie
3. The Blinding Knife (2# Lightbringer) - Brent Weeks
4. Red Seas Under Red Skies (2# The Gentlemen Bastards) - Scott Lynch
5. Spellwright (1# The Spellwright Trilogy) - Blake Charlton

I'm ordering my books on Amazon, and to make sure I don't order anything unwanted, I only order the first book in new series, but to get free delivery I have to order a set amount of books, which has resulted in me being in the middle of 10 series. December was tough.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Books/Series You Reread
« on: January 13, 2013, 04:55:43 PM »
I used to reread the Elminster series by Ed Greenwood. I actually think that was the first fantasy series I read which was not designed for young adults. Back in primary school I hated reading books, because it was boring. One day, however, in one of the compulsory reading classes, I found this book, in my first language, and I've never loved a book so much. To me, this series is a symbol of everything I want fantasy to be.
I read it repeatedly for years, atleast twice a year, I always had it with me in the summer vacation (used to go camping). It was the only book I really liked back then. I used to read books written in my mother tongue, but I found (and I still do) that there were no proper highfantasy books written in my native language, so I soon started reading books in English, and I'm glad I did.
I haven't read the Elminster series for a looong time, and, as someone stated earlier, I think I'm afraid of ruining my idyllic memories of the books, still fresh in my head.

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