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Celebrating International Women's Day with post about 'Heroines on the Edge' by Antonia Honeywell:

"The kick-ass heroines are not the ones who go along with what society has set out for them. Arya Stark, Jessica Jones, Katniss Everdeen – they all stand on the edge, looking in, and think hard about what they’re looking at. They don’t take the comfortable paths."

http://fantasy-faction.com/2016/heroines-on-the-edge

Who are your favourite heroines and why do you feel they are particularly well done?

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For the past three months, Fantasy-Faction has been running a very popular ‘on our radar’ post. In this post we show readers which books they should be looking out for over the coming month. Due to demand through Twitter, Facebook and Reddit we’ve decided to run a Small Press version of this post... Check it out:

http://fantasy-faction.com/2016/small-press-fantasy-titles-on-our-radar-march-2016-edition

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If you dash/totter over to the main site you will find a cover reveal for The Malice by Peter Newman and a video from Peter telling us what to expect from his upcoming book :D

http://fantasy-faction.com/2016/the-malice-by-peter-newman-cover-reveal-author-video


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Writers' Corner / What do you find most difficult about writing?
« on: February 25, 2016, 01:44:43 PM »
I asked this question in the Facebook Group and we got an incredible response (around 50 replies so far, I believe).

So: What do you find most difficult about writing?

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I've moved this to Writers' Corner, because I think it will inspire the writers who frequent there, but I am leaving this referral link here, because I feel that Peter's journey gives a great account of the publishing process whether you are a writer or a reader. Enjoy!

http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?topic=9144.0

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Writer and all round great guy, Peter Tieryas, has taken the time to share his personal journey to becoming a traditionally published author.

For me, as someone who writes and would one day like to be published, Peter's journey from regular rejection letters to a hit with a GOOD small press to a deal with Angry Robot Books was hugely inspiring. It was also a real treat to see behind the scenes at one of the genre's most popular Publishing Houses.

What I take away from Peter's experiences is the reminder that there will be ups and downs with writing, days you feel you are getting worse, days you feel you are getting better and no one is noticing, but perseverance and growth through self-reflection remains the answer every single time and will see you through.

Hope you guys enjoy this as much as I did :-)

http://fantasy-faction.com/2016/my-experience-publishing-with-angry-robot

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Couple of competitions for our users on the main site :D

Win all three books by Helen Lowe (also contains Helen's top 5 Fantasy Swords):
http://fantasy-faction.com/2016/five-legendary-swords-of-fantasy-fiction

Win the first book in Emma Newman's Split Worlds Series (also contains review of first three books):
http://fantasy-faction.com/2016/split-worlds-series-by-emma-newman-review-of-the-first-three-books

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / THE COPPER CAT HAS A FACE
« on: February 17, 2016, 09:05:21 PM »
For many years, one of Fantasy-Faction’s most beloved authors, Jen Williams, has had her books stranded here on our little island. Despite us Brits raving about Jen’s sword & sorcery adventures until we’re blue in the face, Americans have been without word on when/if they’d be able to follow the tales of sellswords Wydrin and Sebastian, and their vengeful employer Lord Frith…

Well, the good folks at Angry Robot USA have shook some hands, signed some scrolls and handed over a gold coin or two in order to ensure American readers will FINALLY be able to follow the trio as they get into trouble investigating the mysteries of the Citadel too.

This blog post isn’t just a selfless public service announcement to Americans though, there’s something cool results of the American deal for us British fans to share too: the most notable being that the covers commissioned by Angry Robot have given a face to Wydrin, A.K.A. The Copper Cat, and Sebastian as well. Check them out: http://fantasy-faction.com/2016/the-copper-cat-has-a-face

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / More focus on Fantasy-Faction
« on: February 14, 2016, 09:39:58 AM »
Excuse the personal post here, if you don't know me very well you probably want to skip it ;-)

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Sorry I've been a bit quiet the last few weeks, I'd been preparing for a boxing match (that took place last night). As I told friends and family before the match, whether I won or lost, it will be my last one.

I've been competing now since 2006 and I always promised I'd give it 10 years (or until I was 30) to see how far I could go. I'm very aware of the long term damage that boxing/kickboxing/mixed martial arts can leave you with if you push on too long or go further than your abilities dictate you should.

I've not lost a fight since 2009 now, but in my last fight (which I won by decision) I took a shot that rocked me fairly good (or bad - from my perspective!). I suffered a concussion (bruise on the brain) and subsequently post concussion syndrome for about 3 weeks after that. For someone who reads and writers, imagine this: your mind cannot absorb sentences when reading (so you simply cannot read) and when you speak / write you put the wrong words into the wrong places.

Obviously, when I was suffering with this I wasn't sure when (or even if) I'd ever get back to full health and it was pretty terrifying. It meant that work was almost impossible, I couldn't read or write reviews, and even speaking through text or social media took A LOT of checking and contemplation. Speaking to people was a bit easier, but I'd still say the wrong words at times and get odd looks (it wasn't something I spoke much about). Thankfully, the symptoms slowly faded away and I was back to normal after that three week period (as normal as I ever have been, anyway!).

Of course, I felt it was probably time to quit. I'd almost lost something important: my ability to read, to write, to fight, to function as a normal human being (talking extremes). However, I didn't want to leave 10 years of competing and training and loving everything about martial arts on a negative note... I wanted to make sure I was walking away because I wanted to and not because I was forced to or I was scared of doing something I loved.

So, I agreed to this fight... it was damned hard. There were points in the match that it could have gone either way (the best kind of fights are ones that either opponent CAN win - there is no fun or sense in putting two fighters together when one has overwhelming odds, in my eyes). However, I felt comfortable and confident, I wasn't overly tired in the end and I knew I'd won the decision by the end of the match.

Now that I'm leaving competition behind, I'm finally going to be able to spend more time on my own writing and promoting short stories, which is something I've been meaning to do for around 4 years now. There are also really great projects that will take Fantasy-Faction to the next level and provide great content for our fans that I've selfishly been putting back whilst pursuing my own goals in martial arts too (Podcasts, Anthologies, Youtube Content, Conventions, Grim Gatherings, Stateside Events and so on). I will also be able to be a bit more reachable for fans and the incredible contributors to Fantasy-Faction, who I've always felt I haven't done enough for or made feel appreciated enough.

So, there you go ;) Long rambling post to start off your Sunday morning that essentially says: thank you for being patient and now that martial arts is the way and I'm 100% healthy, expect bigger and better things from Fantasy-Faction in the coming years ;-)

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Hey everyone, about a year or so ago I started a thread that invited users to upload pictures of books they'd seen Fantasy-Faction in (e.g. cover blurb, leading pages, acknowledgements, etc).

I've tried searching and can't find it anywhere. Pretty weird. Anyone remember what it was called?

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EU Referendum & US Presidential Election soon, but the far more important 'Favourite Harry Potter Spell' vote results are already in:

http://fantasy-faction.com/2016/expecto-patronum-named-best-harry-potter-spell

I think we all saw that coming, right? :P

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Questions for super star Jen Williams?
« on: February 03, 2016, 01:07:17 PM »
Does anyone have any questions for the lovely, awesome, talented Jen Williams - author of the Copper Cat trilogy, which concludes with The Silver Tide later this month?

As you can probably tell, I'm really excited to interview one of our community's favourite authors and want to make sure I put all your questions to her. Lets make sure we tease some great answers , everyone! :D

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Some exciting news landed on our desks today: V.E. Schwab's A Darker Shade Of Magic, which we named as one of our best books of 2015, has been picked up for a television adaption.

Interestingly, the production company who has acquired the rights are the same people as are behind London Has Fallen, the sequel to a film that we really enjoyed and are glad is getting a followup, Olympus Has Fallen. In what feels like a good move, V.E. Schwab revealed that she had been invited to write the pilot with Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel and Danielle Robinson producing. Victoria added through Twitter that the process of adaption took her around 6 months.

For those unfamiliar, A Darker Shade of Magic features four parallel worlds with four parallel Londons. Each of these have different societies, rulers and histories, and a different view on magic. Kell is able to travel between these worlds and works to help the rulers of each London keep in contact with one another. Kell's desire to make a bit of extra currency though tempts him into selling glimpses of unimaginable worlds. When Kell is forced to flee, but quickly runs into a cut-purse with aspirations that send him down another dangerous path of 'adventure'.

On paper, the extensive, intricate world-building and the complexity of the multiple parallel Universes sounds like a challenge for a short television show, but in reality, we think it will work out pretty well. We imagine some views of the four contrasting Londons followed by a view of Kell moving between them speaking with the rulers of each - who are all very different. Once that has been set up then the dynamic between the characters and the pacing (full of twists and turns) will be perfect for a 'limited series'.

In a message to fans, Victoria said: "Seriously. I am here because you are here. I get to keep writing because you keep reading. I get to try new things because you believe in me."

We can't wait. Congratulations to Victoria, who also has her novel Vicious being worked on by Alexander Felix with the view of it becoming a movie in the future.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Fantasy Titles released February 2016
« on: February 03, 2016, 09:08:13 AM »
Kind of an amazing month for SFF isn't it? Below are all the titles we are excited about. Any you guys are hoping to pick up?


HARMONY BLACK (HARMONY BLACK 1)
BY CRAIG SCHAEFER
01/02/2016

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HUNTING THE WHITE WITCH
TANITH LEE
02/02/2016

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REVISIONARY (MAGIC EX LIBRIS 4)
BY JIM C. HINES
02/02/2016

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WINTERWOOD (ROWANKIND 1)
JACEY BEDFORD
02/02/2016

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BLOOD OF INNOCENTS (SORCERY ASCENDANT 2)
BY MITCHELL HOGAN
02/02/2016

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BEAUTY, BEAST, AND BELLADONNA
BY MAIA CHANCE
02/02/2016

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THE CUSTODIAN OF MARVELS (FALL OF THE GAS-LIT EMPIRE 3)
BY ROD DUNCAN
02/02/2016

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DREAMING DEATH (PALACE OF DREAMS 1)
BY J. KATHLEEN CHENEY
02/02/2016

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CHAINS OF THE HERETIC (BLOODSOUNDER’S ARC 3)
JEFF SALYARDS
02/02/2016

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KINGFISHER
BY PATRICIA A. MCKILLIP
02/02/2016

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DRAGON HUNTERS (CHRONICLES OF THE EXILE 2)
MARC TURNER
09/02/2016

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MORNING STAR (RED RISING 3)
PIERCE BROWN
09/02/2016

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A SONG FOR NO MAN’S LAND (NO MAN’S LAND 1)
ANDY REMIC
09/02/2016

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ANGELUS (RAZIEL 3)
SABRINA BENGALIS
09/02/2016

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THE TIGER AND THE WOLF (ECHOES OF THE FALL 1)
BY ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY
11/02/2016

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THE GUNS OF IVREA (TALES OF VALDUR 1)
BY CLIFFORD BEAL
11/02/2016

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THE IMMORTALS (OLYMPUS BOUND 1)
BY JORDANNA MAX BRODSKY
16/02/2016

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BIGFOOTLOOSE AND FINN FANCY FREE (FINN FANCY NECROMANCY #2)
BY RANDY HENDERSON
16/02/2016

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THE TWO OF SWORDS (SERIALISED: PART 13)
BY K.J. PARKER
16/02/2016

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GHOSTS OF THE TRISTAN BASIN (A POWDER MAGE NOVELLA)
BY BRIAN MCCLELLAN
16/02/2016

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CALAMITY (RECKONERS 3)
BY BRANDON SANDERSON
18/02/2016

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13 MINUTES
BY SARAH PINBOROUGH
18/02/2016

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A GATHERING OF SHADOWS (A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC 2)
V. E. SCHWAB
23/02/2016

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THE PATH OF THE HAWK (PATH OF THE HAWK 2)
IAN GRAHAM
23/02/2016

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GRAYNELORE
BY STEPHEN MOORE
25/02/2016

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DANCER’S LAMENT (PATH TO ASCENDANCY 1)
BY IAN C ESSLEMONT
25/02/2016

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THIS CENSUS-TAKER
BY CHINA MIÉVILLE
25/02/2016

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THE SILVER TIDE (COPPER CAT 3)
BY JEN WILLIAMS
25/02/2016

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PAPERBACKS

Those Above by Daniel Polansky
The Devil’s Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth
Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
The Vagrant by Peter Newman
Dragonfly Falling by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton
The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig
Killing Pretty by Richard Kadrey
Radiant State by Peter Higgins
Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
Queen of Fire by Anthony Ryan
The Regulators by Stephen King
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor
Valkyrie’s Song by M.D. Lachlan
Goodhouse by Peyton Marshall
Blood of the Mantis by Adrian Tchaikovsky
A Blink of the Screen by Terry Pratchett
Righteous Fury by Markus Heitz
Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire
The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
Seventh Son and Red Prophet by Orson Scott Card
The Final Programme by Michael Moorcock
When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner
Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

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The Twitter-feed of Robert Jackson Bennett is a wondrous, but dangerous place to spend time. If you follow Robert in addition to another 1000 or so people, the normality and reason of the masses will likely dilute the strangeness and zaniness of Robert’s feed to the extent there will be no lasting damage or changes in personality from what you consume. If you spend time looking through Robert’s Tweets on a Tweet-by-Tweet basis though, as I was asked to do by Jo Fletcher Books for this feature, there may be some irreversible mutations to your personality…

Within this post you will find our top 15 Tweets by Robert to date, as chosen by myself and Olivia of Jo Fletcher Books. Not all of them are safe/appropriate for work (or anywhere really). You have been warned!

http://fantasy-faction.com/2016/the-top-15-tweets-top-7-blog-posts-from-robert-jackson-bennett

because we didn't want to leave you feeling that Robert can't write something articulate, powerful, useful and meaningful, you will also find 7 blog posts that we'd recommend all SFF Readers and Writers read.

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