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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / What did you read in September 2019
« on: October 02, 2019, 12:16:17 PM »
Here it is, the what did you read this past month thread.

Come share your list and what you thought of the books you read last month. We're not looking for full out reviews, just a brief couple of sentences that sum up your impressions.

This is also not a contest for who read the most books, I know some of us struggle to find time to read one book a month, and others manage a dozen. That doesn't matter, so don't feel reluctant to post if you have read less books (or way more books) than others. This is all for sharing, and if you read anything, come let us know what it was and what you thought of it.

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Writers' Corner / Gollancz Launches BAME Prize for British SFF Writers
« on: September 29, 2019, 10:12:31 AM »
I don't know who from our members fit into this category, but I thought I'd advertise it anyway :)

https://pages.hachette.co.uk/gollancz-bame-sff-award/

Who Can Enter
People who identify as Black, Asian or other ethnic minorities.
People who are are residents of the UK or Ireland.
People who are not under contract or been previously published by a UK publisher.
People who have not had their entry submission previously published or had their submission winning another competition.
People who are over the age of 18.

Submissions open 1st October

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Writers' Corner / "She said"
« on: September 22, 2019, 09:23:28 AM »
I was reading and suddenly noticed something: everything is "she said/he said".
There's no exclaimed, inquired, proposed, complained, ... all the other verbs for someone talking that 'people' say you should use to avoid repetition.
Yet, it just makes me focus on what the characters are actually saying. I never actually noticed this before, in the past 4 books. And do other authors use it as well? It's not something I've actively noticed (and not sure why it suddenly clicked).

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General Discussion / Wait Buy Why - the new series
« on: September 05, 2019, 04:29:29 PM »
Wait But Why is a super site full of interesting articles (and funny drawings) about society and science and people.
It's written by a guy called Tim Urban, and he's been quiet in the last few months... but he's back!

With a new series that tries to make sense of the world, this is the summary page where you can see each chapter as it gets published.
https://waitbutwhy.com/2019/08/story-of-us.html

I've just finished reading the latest one, and suddenly the state of the world makes a little more sense.
Give it a try :)

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[AUG 2019] BtR: Weather / [Aug 2019] - BtR: Weather - Voting Thread
« on: September 02, 2019, 12:19:53 PM »
It's time to vote on the August Writing Contest: "Break the Rules - Weather"

This time we got 8 entries - thanks to all who participated.

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your two favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Potential FF Grim Gathering in the UK
« on: August 23, 2019, 06:27:08 PM »
@G_R_Matthews and the facebook group are running a poll there about locations for Grim Gatherings and which authors we'd like to see there!

I thought I'd ask here as well, and hopefully he'll add these results to the main one...

For me, any place more or less central to the UK is best, as I'm bang in the middle.
The last 2 were in Bristol, so I'd prefer for it to happen elsewhere.

Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, to mention big cities only, are my favourites.

As for authors, all the usual big ones from the last times, but also Anna Stephens, John Gwynne, Cameron Johnston, Jen Williams, Ed McDonald, ...
He asks about "grimdark" authors, but in my opinion we could open it further (even if the name seems to link with grim...)

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[JUL 2019] Employment / [Jul 2019] - Employment - Voting Thread
« on: August 04, 2019, 08:31:51 AM »
It's time to vote on the July Writing Contest: "Employment"

This time we got 6 entries - thanks to all who participated.

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your two favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / What did you read in July 2019
« on: August 02, 2019, 10:24:08 AM »
Here it is, the what did you read this past month thread.

Come share your list and what you thought of the books you read last month. We're not looking for full out reviews, just a brief couple of sentences that sum up your impressions.

This is also not a contest for who read the most books, I know some of us struggle to find time to read one book a month, and others manage a dozen. That doesn't matter, so don't feel reluctant to post if you have read less books (or way more books) than others. This is all for sharing, and if you read anything, come let us know what it was and what you thought of it.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / British Fantasy Awards 2019
« on: July 23, 2019, 07:46:34 PM »
List of nominees:
https://www.britishfantasysociety.org/news/british-fantasy-awards-2019/

Look who's there in the best newcomer shortlist :D :D
Our very own @CameronJohnston!!


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[JUN 2019] 2TTDFT / [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Voting Thread
« on: July 04, 2019, 09:39:38 AM »
It's time to vote on the June Writing Contest: "Two themes that don't fit together"

This time we got 4 entries - thanks to all who participated.

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your favourite entry in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Half year in books
« on: June 27, 2019, 03:12:24 PM »
Inspired by Nighteyes thread about reading more women I went to check my pattern and then realised we're hitting half year, so it's the right time for a nice statistics thread ;D

Excluding the ones being currently read, this year I've read so far:

Total = 24 books

7 by women (30%), 17 by men (70%)
8 non-fiction (33%), 16 fiction (all fantasy but 1 - if you count Circe as fantasy) (67%)

Total pages = 9,784 --> average of 408 pages, with the biggest at 1,035 pages (Erikson's House of Chains) and the smallest at 49 (Lawrence's Bound)

9 from the library (all the non-fantasy ones), 13 bought, 2 offered by the author

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[MAY 2019] Earth / [May 2019] - EARTH - Voting Thread
« on: June 02, 2019, 02:05:23 PM »
It's time to vote on the May Writing Contest: "Earth"

This time we got 7 entries, yay - thanks to all who participated.

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your two favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)

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You probably already know about Mark's latest book, the first in a new series ("Impossible Times"), called One Word Kill



(it will be my next read!)

However, did you know that books 2 and 3 of the series are also published this year?

Book 2, Limited Wish, is out today!



And number 3, Dispel Illusion, will be out in December


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