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No one told me about this  >:(

I would have written something better had I knew  :'(

Didn't see this one on Twitter.

Anyway, mine is Mistborn. Because it fits all four component of what I define as a perfect magic system: it's cool, it's bad ass, intelligently crafted and it's interesting to read.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: slow starts?
« on: February 04, 2011, 02:55:28 PM »
I don't mind books with slow start as long as it keeps my interest going.

the Monkey Island world. Arr!

Writers' Corner / Re: Fight Scenes...
« on: January 27, 2011, 06:29:42 AM »
1) Simple. A few parry and slash and done. Nothing too detailed.
2) Too long or too detailed. No matter how heart pounding fast it is, if it takes too long, it'll bore me.
3) Heart pounding. With a bit more detail than a good fight scene. 

Blake Charlton, Brandon Sanderson, Peter V. Brett, Jon Sprunk, Raymond E. Feist, Suzanne Collins, China Mieville etc.

China Mieville.

I guess it's because of the chaotic way his story unfolds. I plan to retry his book later though, when I feel like I can take the chaotic manner of his style. 

Writers' Corner / Re: Post Raw Material Here
« on: January 23, 2011, 10:59:50 AM »

Ged/Sparrowhawk from the Earthsea Cycle
Druss the Legend from Legend
Durzo Blint from the Night Angel trilogy

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Sex in Fantasy?
« on: January 23, 2011, 07:19:00 AM »
Personally, I find sex unnecessary in Fantasy unless there's an intentional foreshadowing during such scene.  

More words for the more important scene.

It's not just sex - it's anything which isn't culturally accepted in your home culture. For example in Japan full frontal nudity in cinema is more common than in North America, but pubic hair is a totally not allowed, so they get around it by shaving.

In some states in the USA it's legal to carry a gun in an open holster. It's even legal to walk into an airport carrying the gun in an open holster. In Canada or England that would give you a Get Into Jail Free Card.

In Canada celebrating a win with Cigars and Beer is normal. When the Canadian woman's hockey team won in the 2010 Winter Olympics the Americans freaked out over their center ice celebration. Canadians responded WTF?

As an aside, this thread got me really thinking. So I'm going to write a sex scene into my novel, just for the challenge. And yes, I've got the justification worked our, and it should have people freaking.

Wayne aka The Mad Hatter

Don't get me wrong. I'm simply stating that I question the need of such scene/any other obscene scene in Fantasy if it has nothing to do with the story.

While culturally speaking sex is considered offensive in my home country, I as an individual however, do not find it as offensive as my culture suggests.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Cultural Conflicts
« on: January 23, 2011, 07:04:38 AM »
Me? I'm using my own standard.  ;D

Culturally speaking though, sex/swearing/anything offensive is a taboo here. So much so that such topics aren't even allowed to be discussed amongst family members.



Writers' Corner / Re: How did you come up with your title?
« on: January 21, 2011, 07:15:23 PM »
The title for my current WIP, GHOST came from a discussion I had with my brother. We were talking about how we could write about ghosts and djinns and how to utilize them into a unique magic system, and it just popped out of our head.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Sex in Fantasy?
« on: January 21, 2011, 07:10:59 PM »
Personally, I find sex unnecessary in Fantasy unless there's an intentional foreshadowing during such scene.  

More words for the more important scene.

I love good covers.

I buy a book based solely on the covers if I'm desperate to read something new but can't peek inside.

I read reviews from websites. From there I lists out the book I find interesting and searched for the author's website. Then I'd look at the covers. After all that's done will only I choose what to read next.

That is if I have the time.

If I'm desperate for something new, I just grab what cover intrigues me the most at the bookstore, read the back blurb and pray I didn't pick the crap out of the crop.

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