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Ha! Yes, but this list also includes Drakenfeld, Grasshopper Jungle, Touch, Gun Machine and The Name of the Rose. I second EVERRRRRRRRRYTHING.

(Ok, Last Call and Touch)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Who is K.J. Parker?
« on: April 21, 2015, 10:31:39 AM »
The mystery around K. J. Parker's identity has always been fun. The revealing tomorrow will definitely be quite exciting, but can't help but feel like I might miss the mysterious "Who is K. J. Parker" speculation.

Me too. There's an irony here, but I was very much in the "I never want it to be revealed" camp!

Back to the OP, Tolkien is grimdark because....

How about the Scouring of the Shire? A happy little hobbit hamlet gets turned into an industrial wasteland, complete with smog, pollution, grinding poverty and a sort of quasi-Victorian fascism. And yet, all still taking place in a fantasy kingdom.

That's pretty grimdark, right?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Who is K.J. Parker?
« on: April 20, 2015, 05:48:41 PM »
I'm kind of surprised that the same person isn't KJP and Alex Marshall. There are some similarities with the work and it would explain the timing.




Umm... probably a lot more. But definitely those two.

Open For Submissions / Re: Pornokitsch wants your short stories
« on: April 10, 2015, 02:33:22 PM »
Thank you both - and good luck! Look forward to reading all the stories. It is like having my own secret bookshop filled with stories that no one else has.

Which just makes me sound creepy...

Open For Submissions / Re: Pornokitsch wants your short stories
« on: April 10, 2015, 11:33:41 AM »
I do! I do want your short fiction! Gimme.

/makes grabby hands

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: KJ Parker
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:10:58 PM »
You really can't go wrong! All Parker is good Parker :)

SHARPS is the most like The Folding Knife, and if you want to continue in a very similar vein (but with more swordplay) that's a good next book... it is a mystery about treachery and politics still, but also has some convoluted and disturbing characters. And swords.

Scavenger is (possibly) my favourite of the trilogies - it can be a bit of a slog, be warned, but it is incredibly tricky and really, really wonderful.

Cons: it is extremely elaborate, and has a lot of odd twists, and it plays with concepts of memory, so it can be kind of a headache. Also, literally, it ends with the very, very, very last paragraph of the very, very, very last book. So you'll read 1000 pages, and everything will resolve in a single line. Seriously. So it is best read as a very long standalone, if that makes sense. You won't want to take breaks between books.

Pros: really cool setting - a sort of minimalist fantasy world. One of the most badass reinterpretations of swordplay ever - seriously, it turns everything on its head when it comes to combat, and I'd take one of Parker's sword-monks over anyone else in fantasy. A fantastic atmosphere, and, as noted above - loads of twists.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Your top fantasy books of 2014? :)
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:06:46 PM »
Two proper fantasy fantasies:

Smiler's Fair - Rebecca Levene

The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison

After that, I'm getting quasi-fantasy:


The Three

A Man Lies Dreaming

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Chinese fantasy novels
« on: December 03, 2014, 08:59:30 AM »

/goes shopping

Three more, thinking about it:

Rebecca Levene's Smiler's Fair takes place after a war between the gods, and the landscape (and magic) (and society) is properly ruined. They can't even build permanent structures any more, because of the monsters in the soil. It would definitely work.

Dragonlance Chronicles fits the same thing - you can read it as a traditional fantasy, but it is a world that suffered a massive meteor swarm (caused by the gods) that reshaped the world and destroyed civilisation. The evil dragonarmies are trying to conquer it, and the good guys are all crazy isolationist factions...

Peter Brett's Demon Cycle is also post-apocalyptic, with the demon menace having swept the land, and society degenerated in their wake. As of the latest books, it is more and more about rebuilding and reuniting warring factions. (I have many issues with these books, but the world-building is ace.)

Oops. Overlord mentioned the Abercrombie already - sorry!

Talismans of Shannara is pretty close too. And the new Abercrombie Half a Whatnot series has a slightly post-apocalyptic feel to it (not unlike the Lawrence you mentioned).

Lots of the vintage-y stuff from the 1960s and whatnot does post-apoc high fantasy - for example, the Burroughs Barsoom stuff is all set on a dying world. And Howard's Almuric. And Budrys' Iron Thorn. Etc. None of which I'd go out of my way to recommend normally, but hey...

It is a cracking book. I will try to join in w/out spoilers.

I... kind of see both sides on this. People start stories expecting them to finish.

And the series has gotten longer (I feel old, but I was reading it when it was supposed to be a trilogy!), the gap between books has gotten longer, the quality of the books has gotten (arguably) a bit more dubious, the author has gotten more involved with other projects and, fundamentally, there are many more options for grittygrimdarkrealisticlowfantasy readers.

So, yeah, some readers are being dicks. But I have a great deal of sympathy for their frustrations.

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