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June flew by! But luckily, I did get in some great reading.

Skin Game: Stellar, as expected. I always look forward to the next book in the Dresden Files.

Way of Kings: Ambitious and awesome! I wasn't a fan of all the POV characters, but Kaladin was great!

Steelheart: The first chapter sucked me in, and the rest seemed just okay in comparison. A very good book - I just prefer some of Sanderson's others.

Graceling: Okay, technically finished it this week. :) Loved it! Very compelling characters, and its tone reminded me a little of the Belgariad.

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Lessa from Dragonflight so I could ride a dragon and fight thread, of course!

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Writers' Corner / Re: How do you all write?
« on: June 30, 2014, 01:12:53 AM »
I typically write in third person, past tense, but I've also done first person and one of my published shorts is actually in second. Each has its own strengths and challenges. I think it totally depends on the character and the story you want to tell.

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You could also try Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson (historical fantasy), the Crown of Stars series by Kate Elliott (epic, with a sweeping tapestry of historical detail for the world), or The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Forgotten Fantasy Books?
« on: June 30, 2014, 12:56:50 AM »
Lots of great series mentioned in this thread! I loved the intrigue of Melanie Rawn's stuff. For younger readers, I also enjoyed Lloyd Alexander's Westmark series. Fun adventure with a quirky band of characters.

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Wrapped up Steelheart and on to Kristin Cashore's Graceling.

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General Discussion / Re: Epic Music and Fantasy
« on: June 13, 2014, 03:01:36 AM »
Just started listening to a little more of this type of music a few months ago. It makes for a great writing soundtrack too! EpicMusicVN on YouTube has some fantastic mixes, and I do like much of John Dreamer's stuff as well.

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So I realized last week I was simultaneously reading two Sanderson novels (finishing Way of Kings and starting Steelheart) AND two Butcher novels (Skin Game and Furies of Calderon). Enjoying every minute, though it's doing a number on my sleep!

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Awesome to see these guys together! Thanks for the vid.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What do you think of Tolkien?
« on: June 13, 2014, 02:51:13 AM »
Agree with others who said he set the stage and opened doors for much of what came after him, but part of what I love about this genre is that it's never fully defined by one author or series. I DO think Tolkien comes pretty close to being the standard, or at least template, for many other quest stories in fantasy. Oh, and I'm a 1984 baby. :)

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