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Re: Author's favourite words In my first book (the worst thing ever written), my sister kept mocking me for my use of the word 'chuckle'. I haven't used that word more than two times in the current book I'm writing, and I've reached 250 pages. (Yes, I am bragging since I'm SOOOO happy about that achievement. xD )

Now, I seem to use the word 'smirk' a lot.

June 30, 2012, 01:11:44 PM
Re: Recommend a comic based on Magic The majority of manga aren't bizarre. They come from a different culture, is all.

The MC must be able to do Magical stuff

Fullmetal Alchemist - which you can watch as well in an anime called Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, that is very well dubbed so you don't even have to bother with reading subtitles.

One of the best and most well known series ever made, and by a female author too! In a world in which Alchemy powers the world, our two main characters are talented brothers who commited the ultimate taboo by trying to transmute a human (their dead mom), and hence lost limbs in the disastrous trade, Alex losing his entire body and surviving only because his brother managed to pin his soul into an empty suit of armor.
The two go on a quest to find a philosopher's stone, thinking it'll allow them to recover their bodies. They stumble on a wider plot.
Amazing depth of character, tragic stories and great ending. It's a self contained story, and all published.
Seriously cry everytime I re-read it =_=

Domu - by the same guy who did Akira. It's a one book story, fucking awesome. The art is off the charts.
In a japanese building complex, more and more accidents happen and people are committing strange suicides. The police comes to investigate, but all hinges on the psychic powers of a mischievous old resident, and the tremendous ones from a little girl who just moved in with her family.

A bit gore in moments and slightly creepy, though never "scary". The style is also very realistic, so not a single exaggerated manga faces in it :

Dorohedoro -  Much more fucked up! Totally crazy world, off the hook imagination wise. It all revolves around the city of Hole where normal humans live, and the parallel world of "Magic Users". These Magic Users secrete black powder from places in their body, and that powder does certain types of things, and nothing else. Very often they will create a (literal) door to Hole, and go train their powers on poor humans.
Our MC is known as Kaiman, with a lizard head and huge body, he's got no memories from before waking up transformed, and is on a personal quest to go and kill the magic user who changed him, to reverse the curse.
Weirdly enough an entity seems to live in his mouth, remembering who cursed him (and that should hint that this is but the tip of the iceberg) and indeed the story goes fathoms deep into crazyhood from there.
Not scary but GORE. Yet very,very funny as well. A wealth of original concepts.

The last volume is under serial publication in Japan.

Also there are demons, magic user masks, an OP character who turns everything into mushrooms, and an entire chapter where the characters play baseball that manages to be awesome. *shrugs* Also drawn by a lady!
Very, Very gritty style! One of the characters, Shin, when he breathes his smoke on people, reduce them in bits, keeping the head attached to the spine, and the whole writhing and entirely alive. Still his favourite weapon is a hammer. In the beginning you're all *urgh, please die soon asshole*. Before you know it he's one of your favourite pals.

Saga -  Not a manga, and no point for me to even try explaining. Just pick up the first one and once you go past the "wtf" stage, you'll be hooked, and understand why it's getting awards.

Nausicaa - Miyazaki needs no intro. When he wanted to do Nausicaa, he was told to do a manga first, then we'd see... The anime is really not one I liked, because it's such a pale condensed version of the 7 volume story... It has political and philosophical depth, and the art, well, all hand drawn by Miyazaki.
It may look fantasy, but it might well be our far future. A lethal forest taking over the world, bird like horses with knights, flying ships, ancient artifacts, telepathic giant insects, and courage, love and devotion with a pure hearted MC that'll still manage to surprise you.

Magic in the world but it has to be hidden from normal folks

Fruits Basket - One of my absolute fav series as a teen and still to this day. A normal girl, with a quite desperate situation and recently orphaned, becomes involved in the life of the Soma family, a big, rich household with hundreds of members and a head of family, the whole deal. Two of the Soma kids are in her high school.
Turns out some members of the family are cursed with the animals of the zodiac : they are weaker, and if they bump into a member of the opposite sex, they turn into their curse animal.
Sounds kiddish but it's actually a deep, moving story that covers everyone and will have you tear up for sure.
I re-read it regularly. It's about acceptance, friendship and finding a place for yourself and redemption.
The style is much more manga-typical, with big eyes and all. If you can get past that, it's an awesome tale, with a great sense of humour.

Witches -  Just two books, in a realistic style, full of short stories. A bit weird, but always very, very catching. About witches or magic, in all the forms you can imagine. Some of his stories are heart rending, like the one about this shaman from the amazon rainforest.

MC is a Private investigator type character solving mysteries

Totally agreed, Hellboy and B.P.R.D are both fantastical series, and I got a tattoo on my forearm drawn by the artist behind hellboy, Mike Mignola. So I can't understate how much of a fan I am. Devoured every published material I could find.
Supernatural investigator for the win! Though Hellboy himself often favours Brawn to wits.

Wendigo :

The whole BPRD story line is one of the best thing I've read in my 27 years. 10/10 recommend.

If I think of anything else I'll post some more.

November 01, 2017, 11:34:16 PM
Re: Do you take any notice of maps in fantasy worlds? I love looking at authors’ maps, and get frustrated at their lack. Yay, maps: Tolkien, Donaldson. Boo, no maps: Martin. Did WoT have maps? I don’t recall.

On the other hand, I’d really like to see a series where the maps start out limited and wrong and over time the errors become clear and maybe dangerous.

August 01, 2018, 12:42:37 PM
Re: Does anyone like prophesies in novels?
I like that idea!
And it could be the people who interpret the prophecy that are wrong, not the prophecy itself

Glad you like it. Alas, that story is about third in line just now.

I'm going to let the validity of the prophecy itself remain ambiguous. Not sure how I pull that off in the story, but that's the goal.

The part that's wrong is the guy. My working title for the book is Tuck the Unchosen. Think of it as if some other dude had pulled that sword out instead of Arthur. And Arthur was still the Chosen One only the other guy--let us call him Tuck--pulled the stupid sword out first and everyone hailed him as the Chosen One. Maybe Arthur just went back to farming but was never really satisfied with his life. Think of all the damage Tuck could do in the meantime.

It's all still in the Kicking Around stage.

August 14, 2018, 03:19:44 AM
Re: Member birthday calendar Happy birthday, @NightWrite, if you still hang around the forum! And even if you don't!  :)
August 16, 2018, 01:11:08 PM
Re: Single or multiple plots? I'm one for the single story. I want something with an arc to it, something that has something to say or an emotion to convey. I prefer songs to medleys.

One of many reasons why LoTR is so good is that Tolkien wrote it as one book. One story. If it were written today, we'd have whole novels devoted to the doings of Gandalf. There's be one that followed Gollum into Mordor. And back. Tolkien knew where the story lay. The MMN (Modern Monster Novel) is more interested in exploring a world.

That can be fun, but I'm a writer and I've my own world to explore. Maybe that's the problem. Maybe it's because I keep comparing those giganto-stories with the classic mainstream novels I've been reading.

For a comparison I think of how Walter Moseley told the story of Easy Rawlins, or how Patrick O'Brian told the story of the friendship between Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. Those novels are self-contained and utterly focused on the story at hand, yet also tell the larger story, whether it be Los Angeles in the 1950s and 1960s, or the Napoleonic Wars and life at sea.

August 18, 2018, 02:38:32 AM
Re: What are you currently playing?
I was first place with 8 stars, land on a ! field and gave them all to a bot, who later gave them all to my brother.

People say this about Risk and Monopoly, but Chance Time in Mario Party really can ruin friendships and families.

August 18, 2018, 07:15:45 PM
Re: Dogs and Cats Ok I'm gonna take a break from my (joking) animosity towards cats to post something useful:


This is actually really nice, useful info on how to interact with cats.  One of the more interesting bits:

‘Cats always go to the person who doesn’t like cats.’

This is often thought of as an old housewives’ tail but there may be more truth to it than we realise.

People who love cats tend to spend a lot of time focussing on them and fussing over them.

This might fulfil our emotional needs but it doesn’t necessarily meet theirs.

People who aren’t cat fans usually ignore them which, to be frank, is much more up a cat’s alley.

August 20, 2018, 08:47:36 AM
Re: RPG 2018 Chit Chat and Nonsense thread
Henry peered at the map, curious as ever.
'I think we oughta check out the beach bar at port Quinta de la rosa, guys. That coconut with an umbrella looks tempting.'
The bartender sighed. 'That's supposed to be a ship.'
You made me laugh OUT LOUD! At work!!!! >:(
 ;D ;D ;D

August 21, 2018, 04:08:36 PM
Re: Should there be a PR only fantasy for the Goodreads choice I'm with @cupiscent in that I find military fantasy pretty unpleasant, but to be honest of it were up to me all urban fantasy Dresden included (I mean fantasy in an urban setting is like calling an Asian "fusion" restaurant in SF authentic) would be its own thing so I could sit alone blissfully revelling in my epic fantasy Tolkien knockoffs with no outside interruptions (joking... But only sort of)

For me the real problem with PNR is the issue of scale. Look at it this way: in the 1980s the fantasy book audience consisted of myself and 5 other young males depicted in Stranger Things. We like magic and escapism and pretending we are heroes with swords instead of losers treated as subhuman trash by cheerleaders and football jocks. Today the 5 of us still love our epic fantasy, but the LoTR movies suddenly made fantasy accessible to illiterate football jocks who play Halo and some of them learned to read and now the 5 of us are joined by 5 military fiction fans. Next came a generation of kids raised on Harry Potter but I'm getting off track let's skip to that Mormon woman who applied the which 2 dimensional boy who is inexplicably obsessed with me do I choose plot it chosing between vampires and werewolves because let's face it men are monsters meant to be civilized by women. Now the 5 of us left over from the 80s who love epic fantasy are joined by a screaming barbarian hordes of teenage girls (and soccer moms who think Justin Bieber is cute). Romance in fact outsells every other genre like 10-fold, some say bc it's essentially the girl version of porn but another explanation is that it's female escapism, finding self worth in love triangles girls have been socialized to value on par with geek-males escapist fantasies of finding self worth in saving the world and saving the girl despite our marginalization as losers. The difference in scale is that as losers we're a small percent of the male species further reduced by our rare ability to read words that arent part of a fantasy football line up. PNR escapism appeals to more girls, and more girls in general are capable of literacy.

This generates a problem, however, flooded with these new readers, where do my dungeons and dragons friends go to read our escapist male fantasies about saving women from dragons? Sure it's patriarchal but it's all we have in our empty loveless lives and the lodge has now turned into a One Direction concert....

I guess that's my way of saying, maybe the issue with subgenres is one of size, moreso than just character

*This is full of typos but I wrote it on a phone so I'm lucky it's legible at all

August 22, 2018, 06:01:41 PM