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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?

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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! :)

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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.)

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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.

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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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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Length v Density
« on: November 07, 2011, 08:26:46 PM »
That being said though - why did he skip the boat trip? That seemed completely bizarre. As you've said, he seems to include everything else, even if it doesn't move the story and yet that seemingly huge event is missed out... perhaps though there is a reason for this? Dunno... ;)
Look at that book. It's huge. I bet he wasn't allowed a single page more and had to cut some not really essential parts. ;) BUT I'm quite confident it will appear later on. Maybe as a short story, maybe as a small novel, maybe like Brayan's Gold from Brett, ... we'll see. :)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: A little help please...
« on: November 07, 2011, 10:48:25 AM »
Mind if I ask where Wheel of Time fits into the piece? Is it classic/modern/gritty, or perhaps somewhere inbetween. Always been interested to know of I'd like this, but thought it may be much of the same as Game of Thrones.
I have to say that I absolutely love the Wheel of Time but couldn't bring myself to finish the second book of Game of Thrones/ASoIaF.

If you enjoy long series with multiple lines of action and have no problem with about 3-10 main characters, then the Wheel of time is your cup of tea. While it's a classical good vs evil story, the world and characters are complex. It's a series where you can do a lot of speculation and create theories about what's going to happen, who was responsible for what, etc...
Partially it has its lengths, but especially the last books (co-written by Sanderson) make totally up for that. :)

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You mean the novel by John Gardner? I think re-telling a classic story like Beowolf is different than inserting something like hobbits into your own story world. This is the problem that many readers have with fantasy. When you include things like halflings, elves, dragons, orcs, etc., people can rightly ask why your fantasy world is populated by so many of the same creatures and races as so many other fantasy (and RPG) worlds. It's not that it can't be done, but you'd better be loading both barrels with originality if you want to be taken seriously.

Now if someone has the balls to re-tell LoTR from Gollum's (and Sauron's) pov, then that might be different.

I am sure there actually is a novel of LOTR told from the dark characters point of view... I will look it up :)

Well, it's obvious no one is reading the links I posted to this thread.

http://www.salon.com/2011/02/15/last_ringbearer/singleton/

It's a good link and I thank you for it. :)

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Introductions / Re: How'd you get into fantasy?
« on: November 02, 2011, 06:39:44 AM »
If you'd like to have a bit of a laugh at it all try Diana Wynne Jones' Tough Guide to Fantasyland, which in turn sparker her own comic fantasy The Dark Lord of Derkholm.
Two very good recommendations. The first will help you to realize every cliché there is and the second one is just brilliant and funny.

About the Shannara books: I stopped somewhere at book 20+ I think. The ones Brooks writes now are a huge prequel taking place in an after-nuclear-war USA where the fall of our civilization and the radiation have deformed and mutated people to dwarves and other races/monsters (yep, sounds a bit like Shadowrun) and brought the Elves (who existed already) back into the real world.
I liked the hints of a technical civilization with machines and chemistry in his fantasy books, but I don't want to have it explained in great detail.

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General Discussion / Re: Goodreads
« on: November 02, 2011, 06:31:15 AM »
I guess there are only so many pies you can have your fingers in. ;)

Anyways, this is me on Goodreads, joined the FF group now too. :)

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For me, what's interesting is how some writers are looked upon with irritation for taking so long (Martin, Rothfuss), while others seem to get a free pass. It's been quite a while since Neil Gaiman's last novel and there doesn't appear to be anything on the immediate horizon. Enraged mobs of fantasy fans armed with pitchforks, torches and sarcastic blog posts are notable by their absence...
Well, Gaiman isn't in the middle of a series, is he? ;)

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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: The Sandman
« on: November 01, 2011, 08:45:54 PM »
I like your bookshelf and am envious of your hardcover Calvin & Hobbes edition. :)

I still have Sandman to read, loved all his other stuff, though and especially Smokes & Mirrors.

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Yep, it will get easier from now on and especially the two co-written by Sanderson are magnificent.
It's very satisfying to see how all those hundreds of open storylines and lose threads finally get woven together. :)

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I don't think Quality equals Time. Some authors, like Brandon Sanderson (or Terry Pratchett) have the talent (or discipline) to write fast and good, while others need (with good cause or not) way more time.
However, if you had a lot of success with your first book(s) I can totally understand that you fear that you'll disappoint your fans with your next book. So you may be more a perfectionist with these...

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Writers' Corner / Re: Nation Novel Writing Month is almost here!
« on: October 31, 2011, 07:07:37 PM »
...especially since I'm flipping a coin at midnight to decide what my project is going to be. 
Heh, that's the right spirit! :D I already have a rough outline and a main character, but not much more. :)

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