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Alexander Sidigg as Prince Doran, a brilliant choice - and 10 years ago he'd have been a top choice for Oberyn I feel.

I agree 100%, on both counts :D

I usually like to know:
- how did you think about the main characters?
- did they appear already fully formed, or as you wrote/created them, you kept discovering new things about them, growing in your hands?

Ok, I'll jump.

I think I'm a feminist, in the sense that every person should be one: I want equality between the sexes because I don't believe they are different in core. Same pay, same opportunities, no limits for either.

And because of this, I never pay attention to whether a person is a man or a woman, in all situations in which that doesn't matter - and that is in everything but looking around for a person to love (since I'm not bi hehe)
And because of this, I don't really care if the books I read are written by men or women, they just have to be good enough for me to like them.

So maybe because of this, maybe because I have lived my whole life assuming the above is true for everyone, and all the people I've interacted with think the same (at least they never gave me any indication otherwise), I don't really like these discussions of "You're a bad person because you read more from male authors", "women authors are always victims", etc. The exact same way you can't group all male authors in one group (there are some I love, others I can't stand), you can't group all female authors together: again, there are some great ones and others who can't write as well. I want to read good books, and I don't care who writes them.

Of course, logic would say that the good ones get published and the bad ones don't, but that doesn't happen in real life ('50 shades' anyone?), and my point is that this also happens with male authors. There are a huge number of great male writers who can't get a deal, the same way that there are a huge number of great female writers who can't get a deal. Waterstones also includes really bad male writers in their promotion tables, together with great male ones, great female ones, and bad female ones.

So yes, I get annoyed when people bring in sex/genre as a reason for something that's not directly linked.

And then again, maybe I'm just a very lucky naive person....

Fantasy Art / Fan Art / Re: Fantasy Cartographer For Hire
« on: July 25, 2014, 08:20:34 AM »
I love your maps :D
(but I'm just a reader, who loves maps in general, and schematics, and organisation, hehe)

I noticed you put this thread as a sticky - but the majority of posts are actually as replies in the main site.
I'd love to reply to some of them here, but I wonder, even if you copy them here, if the people aren't normally in the forum, they won't see and reply back...

The finished books are printed on uncoated stock with a clear foil and gold foil detailing to give a really nice tactile quality

I have noticed this there, also in other books, and I have to say I love it - when there's something in the cover that stands out, and you just want to touch it...

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favourite Larry Rostant cover?
« on: July 23, 2014, 12:18:04 PM »
I've never really understood all the love for his style of cover art. I'm not a massive fan of seeing an impression of the characters on a cover.

Same here - I don't like seeing people on the covers, give me symbols or objects anytime, or at the most, people in just a few lines...

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Silk Road Fantasy
« on: July 22, 2014, 08:28:34 PM »
Funnily enough, there was an article about that just last week on Aidan Moher's blog too :)
A dribble of ink article

I'd never heard of that expression, and suddenly it's all around.
To be honest, I don't really care about 'next big thing', and I hope there continues to be fantasy of all kinds for all different people to read.

Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy features the heroine marrying, and her husband is also quite important to the story.
Is this a spoiler?

In Anne Lyle's Night Masque trilogy, the hero also ends up marrying another key character.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What Would YOU recommend me?
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:34:38 PM »
If you want to expand a bit, try Mark Lawrence's Broken Empire trilogy, one of the best series around.
To play it a bit safe, try the Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks.

From the ones I finished:
Paul Hoffman's Left Hand of God series, waste of publishing money - basically books 2 and 3, because 1 could simply be classified as 'potential to be ok' (I read the first 2 and the start of 3, when I gave up because it was so bad)
Susannah Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, although I now wonder if it was a case of the right book at the wrong time (but I'm not tempted to try a re-read to check my theory...)

From the ones I abandoned:
Gaiman's American Gods, although I wouldn't say I 'hated' it, maybe because I abandoned it before it got to 'hate' stage, leaving it at 'I really don't like this'

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Request to authors
« on: July 21, 2014, 08:59:39 PM »
Sometimes the author just doesn't know, particularly with the ones who are pantsers. http://fantasy-faction.com/2012/writers-den-plotters-vs-pantsers

Nice article, and I understand if an author doesn't know whether they're going to write/publish 3 or more books in a series at the time of publishing book one, but I sincerely hope that by the time you're publishing number three, you know whether it's the last or not, and so have that written in the title page.

[Jun 2014] - Taboos / Re: [June 2014] - Taboo - Voting Thread
« on: July 21, 2014, 06:43:49 PM »
^ ah, so you actually vote with your "author's hat" on, while I vote with a purely "reader's hat" :)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
« on: July 21, 2014, 06:42:28 PM »
This is very difficult (like choosing your favourite child, I assume)...

At the moment these are a few of mine (maybe they'll change), in no particular order:

* Broken Empire, Mark Lawrence
* Chronicles of a Cosmic Warlord, A.J. Dalton
* Night Angel, Brent Weeks
* Glass Book of the Dream Eaters, G.W. Dahlquist
* Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson
* Twilight Reign, Tom Lloyd

[Jun 2014] - Taboos / Re: [June 2014] - Taboo - Voting Thread
« on: July 20, 2014, 12:49:03 PM »
Oh this month it was so hard to choose just 2!

How do you people decide?
Sometimes I really love the story, but the writing is so clunky/spelling mistakes that points are lost, but other times I ignore that because the idea is so great... *confused*

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