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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy-Faction Facebook Group
« on: January 17, 2020, 05:00:59 PM »
Why do subjects like diversity in fantasy, religion in fantasy, lgbt topics etc get close down fast in the Facebook group yet here in the forum there stay open where everyone is civil to each other even if you disagree with each other. is it because it’s mainly writers here who can express themselves better without resorting to insults or is it because people who use forums today are of an older generation or because there’s less people on the forum then on Facebook.

What I don’t like in the Facebook group is that your posts get lost straight away. With people posting new stuff constantly about wheel of time.  ;)

And memes of the Witcher.

It's because of the 3% asshole rule. 3% of people in the world are assholes. So, the larger the group the more assholes there are. Once a group gets to a certain size it reaches critical mass where the assholes hijack every thread with an interesting topic.

BTW, how do you guys like Wheel of Time? I think it's wonderful and everyone should read it.  ;D


I’ll recommend a TV series based on books, it’s historical and that’s The Last Kingdom, and another historical series with a ‘hero’ whose moral compass is badly skewed, but he somehow winds up rather likeable and the history is extremely well researched (the notes at the make great reading on their own), and that’s The Flashman Papers by George MacDonald Fraser. Also have you made the acquaintance of Locke Lamora?

You'll want to read the Saxon Series by Bernard Cornwell before watching the The Last Kingdom as they're the basis for the show. The books are fast paced and easy to read. And as always, the books are better than the show.

Writers' Corner / Re: Unrepentant Characters
« on: January 07, 2020, 04:44:38 PM »
Andross Guile popped in my mind as I'm currently reading Lightbringer. Though, he is not pure evil. He has humane feelings.

If you want to turn someone despised into someone good, then I believe the best way would be to show that he has human feelings. Pity, love, self-sacrifice against worse evil are some examples. Otherwise, he will be alien to me throughout the novel.

Andross Guile was a character that almost got there for me, but not quite. Probably because it took so long for his true motivation to be revealed. The early part of the series focused too much on him just wanting power.

I've already read it so I'll comment in the thread as you guys read it.

Writers' Corner / Re: Characters with a mind of their own
« on: January 04, 2020, 06:46:26 PM »
I think the best characters are probably the ones that have a mind of their own. Or better said by @Peat, the writing is channeled through the character.

I just finished both of Brent Weeks series and was disappointed with some of his characters that suddenly changed their nature because he needed it to happen to move the plot along. If he'd channeled the story through the character the characters wouldn't have been able to change so drastically... because the character's nature wouldn't have let him play god that way. Instead, the he would have had take the time to change the character's nature through a series of events that explained the reason for the change.

Writers' Corner / Re: Who is writing?
« on: December 30, 2019, 11:58:04 PM »
Are you two brothers?

He's my spawn. Or more correctly, spoiled, lazy, neerdowell spawn.

Writers' Corner / Re: Who is writing?
« on: December 30, 2019, 04:08:07 PM »
I have it on good authority that @Justan Henner is online gaming 14 hours a day... while watching movies -- and not writing. Hopefully, it's just the holidays and not an addiction.

Oh, go back to your beads, Kudzoza. I'll have you know I worked a whole 15 minutes today.

Okay, 4 minutes and I drank some tea for 11.

I'll have you know it's not "beads". It's fine art jewelry made from reclaimed materials found on beaches, in nature, and other public places. The beads are merely accent for each center piece.

Oh, I'm glad you got 4 minutes in. That 4 more than any day last week.  :o

Writers' Corner / Re: Who is writing?
« on: December 29, 2019, 08:35:50 PM »
I have it on good authority that @Justan Henner is online gaming 14 hours a day... while watching movies -- and not writing. Hopefully, it's just the holidays and not an addiction.

Deaths should be earned / have plot weight. Resurrections even more so. I find it far more interesting to see characters / the author having to cope with the absence of a figure.

This sums up my thoughts perfectly. If you're going to bring a character back to life the resurrection has to be very important to the plot. So, I didn't have a problem with most of the resurrections in Malazan. I didn't feel they were gratuitous.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: The Rise of Skywalker
« on: December 29, 2019, 08:20:37 PM »
I enjoyed it and thought it repaired much of the damage done by episode VIII.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: The Witcher ( tv series)
« on: December 29, 2019, 08:16:58 PM »
My first comment while watching the show was, "The production quality is pretty low."

My second comment was, "I really like the fight scenes."

My wife's first comment was, "If this were a spoof it might be funny. Instead, it's just sad."

I'll probably finish the series because it's giving me hope they'll move the plot along by the end of the season. Although, it is somewhat tiresome watching Geralt move from place to place interacting with characters that have nothing to do with the plot.

The wife won't be watching any more episodes.

Karsa Orlong is my best example of an unlikable character that has a great story.

Felisin is an example of someone who goes from likable to unlikable.

What makes their stories work is Erikson shows why they are who they are very early in their development. So, even if you don't like them you enjoy reading about them.

@Peat and @Yora make good points though. If you're not enjoying the story don't waste your time because there are too many other books that you will enjoy.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Name dropping popular authors
« on: December 02, 2019, 05:27:44 PM »

@Justan Henner has never let me down yet. I’m pretty sure I will like his next book no pressure 😀

If you love Justan Henner, you'll love Lu Kudzoza.

Lu Kudzoza likes to read. He hates to write. Oh, just like Justan RR Rothfuss.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Name dropping popular authors
« on: December 02, 2019, 04:22:26 PM »
In reviews or blurbs....I find this so annoying.

New authors tend to do this to establish a parallel with a popular author, but reviewer's doing this is even more perplexing.

"Fans of Mark Lawrence, Joe Abercrombie and Brandon Sanderson would love this"
"Feels like Robert Jordan and GRR Martin sat down together to write this"

Every author has their own writing style and tagging multiple names just feels like cheap advertising and would not have any parallels to any one far less all mentioned authors.

I think it's a good thing. It gives readers a point of reference from which they can start to understand what they're getting into. My wife says she loves famous author references because it helps her quickly narrow her reading list... but she does it just the opposite way @Eclipse does.  :)

Whenever I hear Dystopian I turn off having  no interest in those sort of books at all.

I'm a fan of some Dystopian... like Wheel of Time and The Broken Empire. ;D

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