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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Related Nonfiction.
« on: January 28, 2017, 02:19:24 PM »
On a kick of reading this stuff lately:

  • Titus Chalk's Generation Decks - a history of Magic the Gathering
  • KJ Parker wrote essays on swords, sieges and armor, all collected in Academic Exercises
  • Roger Luckhurst is a really entertaining academic, highly recommend his work - his books on mummies (The Mummy's Curse!) and Zombies (er, Zombies!) are particularly fun
  • Steven Connor's Paraphernalia is a history of magical objects, just reading it now, really... Pretty fun![/i]
    • Michael Moorcock has written a ton about fantasy books as well as his, er... fantasy books..., essays collected in Wizardry and Wild Romance, and his 100 Best Fantasy Books is basically just a collection of reviews of classics from 18th century - 1980
    • Farah Mendlesohn, Adam Roberts and ST Joshi are all academics who write about fantasy - Roberts is also a (very talented) author, and I find even his non-fiction prose really funny. Joshi's kind of a strange one, I don't agree with him on everything, but books like The Weird Tale are really great. And Mendlesohn's History of Fantasy won a ton of awards, with great cause.

    I've got more, but those are fun ones...

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: 2016 Reddit Stabby Awards
« on: January 28, 2017, 02:11:37 PM »
At least we got second, which is nice.  :D  On a different note, there's a fantasy site called "pornokitsch"? It's the first time I have noticed it and I was like wait, what?
He totally deserved his win in another category!

r/FANTASY BEST COMMUNITY MEMBER ('best overall redditor- non-author edition')
WINNER: /u/pornokitsch - Smart articles and educational comments

Fun fact: He once won our writing contest writing the grimmest and darkest Grimdark ever. ;)

My finest hour!

I think I'll do that, yes, but in reality it doesn't make a big difference because I read book 1 last year when it came out, also at the library.
It's by Rebecca Levene, who I believe is part of the 'pornokitsch gang', hehe
(@pornokitsch, is that true?)

I'll have to go find a 'memory refresher' online, about what happened in book 1, though...

Hunter's Kind is so good! I know where my vote.

Bex writes for Pornokitsch - reviews Marvel movies! Although she took a break as she got stuck into Book 3. We can also claim Becky Chambers of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - she writes game reviews for us, which are hilarious. Although she took a break so she can write Book 2. Silly authors with their actual priorities!

Not sure about the Eric James Stone book (all I ever read was his Mormon space-whale novelette, and, eek), but for what it is worth - Sudden Appearance is absolutely fantastic.

Hope's just the right combination of powerful and tragic - she's smart, fierce and very, very sneaky... but also so painfully lonely. Lots of great heists, but also a wonderful character-driven SF story.

They're all good!

Only caveat with Fencer is that it isn't at all like the blurbs make it sound, or the covers make it look. They kind of set it up like a traditional epic fantasy, and it very much isn't (as I'm sure your research has uncovered). It is also... very bleak. It is, however, really damn good.

The other perk of The Folding Knife and Savages (both of which are amazing), is that they're self-contained into a single book. With all of KJP's trilogies - including the Fencer - you need to read all three volumes to get the payoff. They're like one really, really, really long book, rather than a trilogy. (Worth keeping in mind.)

That said, they're all amazing, and go with whichever sounds most intriguing! Hope you enjoy!

There's now a (very) chunky recommendations list as well, if you're planning ahead:

(It seems two schools of thought - the planners and the post-rationalisers. I'm definitely the latter!)

I think @Lanko and @pornokitsch may be the only ones I know for sure because they are kind enough to use the same userid everywhere (unlike myself :P ) :)  Other than that, I don't know for sure if there are others from here over there.

But... I'm not even on reddit. GASP!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Guy Gavriel Kay
« on: February 16, 2016, 11:57:09 AM »
I just hated Tigana. Not to double-down on offending absolutely everyone, but it could give Wise Man's Fear a run for its money when it comes to florid emo navel-gazing. Obviously just my opinion, and I know others love it, so hey.

I like Kay's other books a lot. Fionavar especially. It is raw, and has a whole lot going on in it (proper 'throw everything including the kitchen sink at it' fantasy), but is a nice combination of dark fantasy and high fantasy.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Best Series?
« on: February 11, 2016, 05:51:16 PM »
I'm the bag for Dragonlance. LotR and Narnia are better, but if I'm being shipped off to a desert island and I only get one of those five fantasy series that I have to reread over and over again (and possibly build my house out of), I'm going Dragonlance Chronicles.

(Presumably getting all 242 titles would be a bit of a cheat.)

For what it is worth, *This Census-Taker* is great. The closest comparisons would be *The Wasp Factory* or *We Have Always Lived in the Castle*, so make of that as you will.

I think you can read it just as a ... very weird sort of mystery (perhaps closer to *Embassytown* in tone than anything else?!) or go much, much, much, much deeper, as every single thing in it stands for *something*. That's the beauty of MiƩville, I suppose. They're really good, entertaining stories, and, if you *want* to make something more of it, you can. But you don't have to!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: KJ Parker
« on: February 08, 2016, 08:45:49 AM »
Appears in puff of smoke

I have! It is exceptional. The characters are recurring a bit more now, and you can just about make out the shape of the overall story (faintly, as if through a very dense fog). I'm not sure if this means we're getting somewhere - the halfway point? The end? The beginning? Genuinely, it could end in a single episode or carry on forever.

I love it, but you do have to embrace the serialness of it all.

Disappears in puff of smoke

Inhales at the wrong time. Stumbles off forums coughing.

Hell yes.

Likes. Dislikes. About a hundred pages into the first book, and although it intrigues me, it is a lot of names/info very quickly. Heard a lot of good things about it, so I will definitely continue reading it.


It is slow to get going, but once it does - wow. One of my favourite series, and the last book absolutely wrecked me. Really beautiful and complex. Also, a book with no villains - just different perspectives, which I really love. Plus, everyone's smart, another thing that makes it a pleasure to read.

Monthly Writing Contest / Re: The best story of 2014 - vote now!
« on: May 14, 2015, 12:51:52 PM »
Belatedly adding - an excellent story, really enjoyed reading it! Congrats!

Open For Submissions / Re: Pornokitsch wants your short stories
« on: April 29, 2015, 06:24:16 PM »
Hey Nora, sorry - we're definitely still open! Apologies for the confusion, an old page that has been updated.

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