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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Books from your childhood.
« on: September 07, 2012, 05:32:25 PM »
So many of you are admitting that you started your fantasy reading career with Harry Potter and the like that I am forced to conclude that I am officially an Olde Pharte.

I'm feeling the same way!

For me, it was The Hobbit that first captured my imagination. After that it was The Belgariad by David Eddings, then The Elfstones of Shannara by Brooks. I'm not sure when, but I eventually read lots of Dragonlance stuff, some Melanie Rawn, and a whole host of other stuff that I can't remember now.

Hmm...not to push the superhero genre, but Al Ewing's Gods of Manhattan would make a pretty cool flick.

Writers' Corner / Re: Where's the best place to find names?
« on: August 04, 2012, 03:31:01 PM »
For those of you who use Scrivener, there's a built in name generator in version 2.

Now, I've taken advantage of watching the Olympics this week. Wow, have I found myself exposed to a plethora of interesting names!

I named a minor character last night after watching one of the swimming races. One of the swimmer's names was a perfect fit.

Writers' Corner / Re: How much did you write today?
« on: August 04, 2012, 03:28:10 PM »
I finished revisions on my novel late last week, and I've set it aside for a bit before I look at it one final time. I started a new novel I've had in the back of my mind for a while, but I've made a major change in my drafting method. Actually, it's a throwback to the way things used to be.

I'm writing it by hand on paper and pencil.

I've found that shutting the computer keeps me distraction free, and the slower pace of handwriting helps the words flow from mind to fingers must better.

I've been averaging about 2,000 words a day, sometimes more, sometimes less. Best of all, I'm enjoying writing more than I have in a long while.

I love books. My house looks something akin to a library. In fact, we have more books on shelves than our local library (I live in a VERY small town).

However, I bought the first Kindle some time after it came out. I actually sold a couple of bookcases worth of books through Amazon to buy it.

Since then, I saved my pennies and sold a guitar to buy an iPad. I've pretty much not bought any physical books in over two years. Except for Steven Erikson. I always buy the dead tree versions of Erikson.

I love both books and e-readers.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Steven Erikson
« on: July 27, 2012, 03:09:26 PM »
Hey Erikson fans, there's some new posts of interest leading up to his new book, Forge of Darkness.

Here's a great little interview at SFFWorld:


An impassioned introduction by Mr. Erikson himself:


And the Prelude and Chapter One of the forthcoming book!



Slightly off-topic, but I've found the best music for me to get writing done is Brahms' piano concertos.

I'd love to participate, but I've moved most of my books up to the attic. I've only got one bookcase worth of speculative fiction downstairs in the open at the moment.

Honestly though, I doubt I'll ever get those books back down. I've been nearly exclusively buying ebooks for the last few years. The only physical books I still buy are Steven Erikson's.

I think if there's anything in the attic I want to read again, I'll just buy the ebook instead of digging through the boxes. (Yeah, I'm that lazy.)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: All Time Favourite Re-reads
« on: July 27, 2012, 04:47:06 AM »
Love rereading LOTR, Ive re read that heaps since the age of 7 :P
But the Wheel of Time books are definitely up there for me, as well as the Belgariad series by David Eddings.
I also read through DM Cornish's Monster Blood Tattoo (or The Foundling's Tale in America) series pretty regularly, too.

I should have mentioned Eddings' works as well. I reread those every few years. They're fairly simple in comparison to what I read most of the time, but they're so much fun, and the characters seem like family members to me.


Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: All Time Favourite Re-reads
« on: July 27, 2012, 02:09:15 AM »
I used to read The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion every couple of years, but I haven't recently.

I think The Malazan Book of the Fallen will likely show up on my rotation now.

I'm considering rereading the Mistborn trilogy.

I think I'm going to reread The Kingkiller Chronicles when the third book comes out.

I suppose it wasn't mentioned because it was so obvious? (AMOL - WOT)

What about Erikson's first book in his new Kharkanas Trilogy? I'm looking forward to more Anomander Rake, one of my favourite characters from Malazan.

Agreed. I'm highly anticipating Forge of Darkness.

And I'm chomping at the bit for Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch.

I'm also really looking forward to Day 3 of the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. I think it might be entitled The Doors of Stone. Who know when it will come out.

Finished Retribution Falls earlier this week.

Overlord recommended this to me so I got it yesterday. Looks very cool. Think ill start it this week.
If you enjoy it there are two sequels, too! They're great stuff.

Those were three of my favorite books so far this year. Very good books.

You have to admit Weis and Hickman's stuff were nice gateway drugs into fantasy, at least they were for me.  ;D

I have fond memories of Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorean. Errand turned out to be one of these types of god-in-flesh characters.

I'm finally getting around to reading all the Harry Dresden novels. I've never read a single one before this week if you can believe it.

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