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I heard about this and frankly don't see anything surprising. Seeing Disney's reputation for taking monopoly over everything in their influential power, it's not really a new stone in the pond. Poor Foster. He deserves the royalties a hell of a lot more than Disney does.
Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by ScarletBea on November 20, 2020, 11:57:14 AM »
30% of the way through A Shadow in Summer and I've seen enough that I'd normally DNF but I haven't finished a new book in forever so I think I'm going to try and gut it out.
Ooooh I hadn't recognised the name because I've got the omnibus version, that's book 1 in Abraham's Long Price quartet.
I really like those books, please hold on and hopefully it'll get better for you!

(and now I want to re-read them, hehe)
Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by Peat on November 20, 2020, 11:47:26 AM »
30% of the way through A Shadow in Summer and I've seen enough that I'd normally DNF but I haven't finished a new book in forever so I think I'm going to try and gut it out.
As evidenced by this tweet by Neil Gaiman, it's not even particularly uncommon for this to happen.

It's just another thing that makes you hate big companies.
Writers' Corner / KDP Free Promotion for New Epic Fantasy Series
« Last post by Joseph Burgo on November 20, 2020, 04:52:17 AM »
A GRIM LIGHT RISING, the opening installment of my new epic fantasy series, will be available for free for three days beginning tomorrow, November 20. I welcome all honest reviews. Please help me promote my new book ... I'll be grateful! Here is the ASIN:


Or the URL:
Introductions / Re: Hail all you adventurers!
« Last post by kadedraven on November 20, 2020, 03:35:30 AM »
This is a really friendly little corner of the web :)

It wouldn't happen to be The Common Tongue magazine would it?

I definitely hope so! I will venture to find out, I suppose :).
Yes, matter of fact it is! I'm surprised someone pointed it out so quickly!

Welcome! We live new people, new perspectives, new discussions! :D

And I enjoy learning new things and about new people :^) Thanks!

Hi Kade, nice to meet you! :)

Conversations about fantasy - reading and writing - always welcome around here :D I have been doing a bit of pondering lately about the darker subgenres of fantasy, so I am curious to ask someone with a foot seriously in the game - what definition of "dark fantasy" do you prefer? What's in, what's out, what are some telltale markers, in your opinion?

Well, I always quote dark fantasy, in my humble opinion, as being any form of fantasy that presses that boundary between good and evil. It doesn't really boil down to alignments any longer. Dark fantasy is visceral but unrehearsed. It's both beautiful and detailed, and I think writers that find solace in dark fantasy are the type of writer that lingers on detail--something as simple as a candlelight flickering, or the movement of grass in the wind. They understand that without dark, there can't be light. The author--an effective dark fantasy author--in my opinion, is able to convey a beauty of the dark things. They are able to communicate that no matter how bleak, desperate, and lonely a situation might be, that there is often beauty to be found in that dark.

I've seen many writers attempt their version of "dark fantasy", and their definitions and perceptions about what constitutes it varies immensely from person to person. It's a nebulous subgenre, to be sure.

I think there's merit in understanding why I'm personally attracted to dark fantasy, as I've found others share this same fascination, at least to a degree. I find myself alone in many points of my life, and the seclusion from things others might absolutely need are often out of reach for me. And so I've spent the better part of my life in relative isolation, as it were. It's in that silence growing up in the deep desert mountains in California that I learned to imagine tales and stories in that silence. And I think the very essence of good dark fantasy is the ability to explain what you see in the aloneness and give it the spin of core fantasy elements (magic, monsters) and medieval themes (knights, orders, castles, serfdoms, dynasties, 1800's London, Mary Shelley). Dark fantasy's mystery and aloneness makes you feel like there's something beyond all that silence and that the world is endless. It gives a sense of wonderment that mundane fantasy seems to eliminate by setting limits and strict approximations of what is right and wrong. That's what makes it so powerful to me.

Of course, you'll always need oppressive forces to challenge high fantasy's black & white alignment gauge, and that's why good doesn't always win. Dark fantasy is mysterious, ominous, and often unsettling. It is not always "gross", but it can be (see Grimdark), but I find dark fantasy to be much more reflective of our own world than mundane fantasy could ever be.

I can't say anything about what's "in" for dark fantasy, because Grimdark Magazine will publish a slightly different line of stories than a magazine like The Common Tongue (and that ultimately comes down to editor perceptions, sub-sub fantasy genres, and the writer ideals for the genre). And author's book A might not be dark fantasy, but still contain all the elements that would be found in an "ideal" dark fantasy novel.
Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: GoodReads Choice final round - 2020
« Last post by S. K. Inkslinger on November 20, 2020, 03:12:52 AM »
I just instantly voted for Rhythm of War for fantasy just because it's Stormlight and I'm a Brandon Sanderson fan, hahah.  ;D Also voted Harrow the Ninth for Scifi despite having only read Gideon.
Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by S. K. Inkslinger on November 20, 2020, 03:10:11 AM »
But be warned, you'll have a whole new set of characters for book two and (afaik) you're not meeting a single one you know from book one. This annoyed me a bit in the beginning, but Chain of Dogs Deadhouse Gates is amazing, if brutal.

And don't forget that we have multiple discussion topics about every book and, like Bea, you can add your thoughts and/or read up on what we thought. :)
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I heard Deadhouse Gates and Memories of Ice are great. Can't wait to receive the copies I've ordered now, hahah  ;D.

I'm currently reading Grey Sister. After I've read Red Sister last time I'd went and ordered a whole new set of the Ancestor Trilogy, but this time with the more beautiful US cover. They looked amazing compared to the drab UK covers, hahah. The book started out better than Red Sister so far, and I'm quite enjoying Nona's friendship with her gang of friends.
Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Animaniacs are coming to Hulu
« Last post by hexa on November 20, 2020, 02:09:13 AM »
The Animaniacs will be available tomorrow.  Friday, November 20th
You all know I was teasing, don't you?  Of course fantasy stories won't be filled with sweetness and light,  how boring that would be.
Go for your lives, all you faithful writers, and thank you again for the enjoyment you give me. :) :)
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