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The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman is beyond awesome!

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Found a good B-movie with vampires and Alchemy on Amazon Prime. It's called Old Blood.

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I'm about to read Force of Chaos by Lin Senchaid, about a teenage rebellion by the antichrist. She's a new author but it looks like it could be good.

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Non-Fantasy Books / Re: Your top 3 Classics
« on: February 13, 2019, 11:41:25 AM »
Hard choice.

Top 3 in no particular order:

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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Non-Fantasy Books / Re: Recommend me a Detective Novel
« on: February 13, 2019, 11:35:06 AM »
If you want something to give your investigative brain a real puzzle to work out, White Lies by Jeremy Bates.

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Non-Fantasy Books / Re: Horrible Histories
« on: February 13, 2019, 11:28:20 AM »
These books got me through History class in school!

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General Discussion / Re: What is the nature of dragons?
« on: February 13, 2019, 11:23:28 AM »
I can recommend a good anthology that is all about dragons and has a variety of perspectives. It's called Dreamtime Dragons and edited by Nils Visser. The stories are well above par and the profits go to an animal sanctuary.

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General Discussion / Re: How do you choose your next book?
« on: February 13, 2019, 11:21:15 AM »
Randomly, with as little logic and as much meandering as possible

Ditto.

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General Discussion / Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« on: February 13, 2019, 11:19:39 AM »

Never heard anyone other than Americans call trousers, pants.

Unless of course they're sweatpants or something of that ilk.  ;D

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General Discussion / Re: Memorable reads
« on: February 13, 2019, 11:18:20 AM »
I remember a few years ago I was going on holiday and trying to find a good Fantasy book that could give me that feeling of discovering a new world like you get from Lord of the Rings. I searched forums, recommendation lists, Kindle samples, real bookstores and was getting disgusted with all the leads taking me to Paranormal Romance.

Then someone on a forum similar to this one recommended a goblin trilogy written by Jaq D. Hawkins in relation to world building. I'd never heard of it or her. I got a sample of the first book, Dance of the Goblins, and ended up buying the whole series that evening. I didn't get to take it on holiday though. I'd already finished it before we went!

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These days we have to look for a science fiction/fantasy category to separate us out from the teenage romance and light porn.

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I've really enjoyed the first three books of this series but it does feel like it's slowing down now.

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Top five

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Force of Chaos by Lin Senchaid
The Magic Cottage by James herbert
The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
A Secret Twice Hidden by Shanna Lauffey


Disappointments


The Search for Rasha by Paul B. Skousen
The Amulet Thief by Luanne Bennet
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
Wizards First Rule by Terry Goodkind

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I don't care what gender the author is as long as the story hooks me in.

Maybe some readers don't try female fantasy authors is that there might associate them with books like Paranormal romance

I can't tell you how many people assume I'm writing YA, Paranormal Romance, or Urban Fantasy if they find out I'm female. It's annoying. I'm thinking about querying under a male name because of it.

I've actually had someone tell me I shouldn't write in the genre I write in because it's not "womanly"--despite the fact that all five of my current point-of view characters are female. I don't get it. Someone online has also said to me, "Women write YA, men write lit". ¯\_(?)_/¯

I just tell them, "If you don't like it, don't read it."

Old thread but that's disgusting! Names like Ursula LeGuin, Patricia McKillip, Margaret Weis, and Anne McCaffrey come to mind for female Fantasy authors who have been around a long time! I don't think anyone would call their books 'Romance' or relegate them all to 'YA'.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« on: February 13, 2019, 10:33:26 AM »
I like Dark Fantasy. Just ordered a Kindle sample.

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