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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Can you help Fantasy-Faction?
« on: December 09, 2011, 08:19:03 PM »
I'm only here for a few months, so I see my donation as an investment in our future. ;)

No you are not, the covers were awful - but maybe what people wanted to see in the Eighties/Nineties...
R.I.P., Darrell Sweet.

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday!
« on: December 05, 2011, 12:13:45 PM »
Only a year? Wow, it did quite well quite fast. :) Congrats!

I agree to what you said.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Especially about Tunstall needlessly killing that boy. I understand his treason, looking at that time and the wast difference between nobility and common people. He loved Sabine and he couldn't see any other way to be together with her. But it would have worked equally good without killing that boy. I mean, we already knew by than that he would try to kill the little prince, but still.

I'm a big fan of Pierce's world- and character-building and I think "Old Tortall" is one of her best works. It's incredible how low moral standards are (death sentence for killing your child but not even a fine for selling it to slavers), how the police force essentially is a pack of brutes, beating the farce of a law into the city, collecting bribes and working as much with the crooked as against them. It's crazy, but it works and is somehow very plausible.

Now that this series is finished, I'm looking forward to 'Numair - the earlier years' and more Circle of Magic books. This series started a bit weak but I love the last books in it.
Apropos 'the earlier years': A book about how Rosto, Aniki and Kora became what they are and how they met would make a really good tale too. :)

The cover of the one I got isn't nearly as cool as the one shown above.  :(

Going to buy it today. :)

Thanks for the heads up, I hadn't noticed there were any new books in planning. :)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: All-Time SF&F Bestseller List
« on: November 21, 2011, 06:30:49 PM »
Thank you! This was a very interesting read.  It's a pity that it's not possible to get accurate numbers...

The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi because it looks rather good!  :)
Just wikipediaed this book = sounds like Locke Lamora in Space!
That sounds too good to be true! ;)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Terry Brooks
« on: November 19, 2011, 06:29:51 PM »
Now I think he is just having a bad year. I can't say much about Bearers of the Black Staff without putting spoilers in an unlabled forum section but there is no way an adult can stretch their imagination far enough to believe some of the characters in it.

I think I'm in a minority of fantasy fans who find it a shame that there aren't many decent authors still copying Tolkien style worlds with different races or even just directly taking on the classic races of Dwarves and Elves and sometimes Orcs. I still love 'em, and Tolkien's retired.

So I might just start checking out Brooks' earlier works. Thanks for the info.

His older/first Shannara books are more tolkienesque (he even gets accused of it). The newer ones... They may work better, if you have read the old ones first, but maybe the series is simply too old and too long to work properly anymore.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Your Fantasy Fight?
« on: November 17, 2011, 04:13:42 PM »
What about Sam Vimes vs Locke Lamora? The best policeman in fantasy against one of the best thieves. It will most probably be a battle of wits rather than fists, but should still be awesome!
Awesome! But who do you cheer for?

Writers' Corner / Re: Multiple First Person... Could it work?
« on: November 17, 2011, 04:12:27 PM »
Incredibly, I fell across a chapter in one of my university books just a week after posting this stating that multiple first person was quite popular in the early days of English Literature (1600's-1800's). People liked to show arguments, thoughts, feelings, emotions from more than one side to give a jarring effect and such. I'll try and remember to post some of the books it mentions in the 'read more' section when I get home :D
Sounds interesting! :)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: How do you like your magic?
« on: November 15, 2011, 09:13:30 PM »
I really like the Ambient Magic in Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic-Series.
If you aren't familiar with it, I'll try to outline the system: There are two kinds of magic, Ambient and Academic. Academic is your typical spells and scrolls and potions magic. The strength lays in the Magician and he uses stuff to release it in the ways he wants it to work. It's kinda boring and it is only used as a background in the books, where Ambient mages play the lead. Ambient mages uses the strength/magic that lays in their surroundings through a special affinity. Plant mages work with and through plants, but there are stitch witches, stone, weather, carpentry, cooking or smith mages too. You can't choose which affinity you have, you are born with it. Some are more rare (weather) or common (cooking/stone) than others.
(Pierce's other magical system, the one in the Tortall books, is really good fitting in her epic medieval setting too.)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy-Faction Magazine
« on: November 11, 2011, 12:36:02 PM »
Sounds quite good! :) I'm looking forward to it.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Oxfam Book Shop
« on: November 07, 2011, 08:31:28 PM »
We have one in Berlin too.
Luckily there is even a complete SF/F-bookstore with a huge second hand corner (and by corner I mean room). A lot of their customers bring their books, once read, back so you can even get recent good as new books for a good price. :)

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