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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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

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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