Don’t Show, Don’t Tell – Guest Blog by K. C. Alexander
 

Don’t Show, Don’t Tell

Guest Blog by K. C. Alexander

 
Big Fish & Begonia – Movie Review
 

Big Fish & Begonia

Movie Review

 
Monthly Short Story Winner: Regret and Redemption
 

Monthly Short Story Winner

“Keeper of the Clockwork Queen”

 

Browsing all articles tagged with dragons.

Monthly Short Story Winner: Regret and Redemption

Monthly Short Story Winner: Regret and Redemption 

Your main character (MC) did something, planned or by accident, and it went terribly wrong. Life is now constant regret. Do they want to correct it? Is it even possible? Everybody should have the chance to redeem themselves, but this is not a fairy tale – or is it? Rules: 1. The story’s theme must […]

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Adding to the To-Be Read: East Asian Fantasy

Adding to the To-Be Read: East Asian Fantasy 

Yesterday we learned a bit about qi and how it relates to fantasy. I found the article fascinating and realized I had read very few books set in/or based on an East Asian setting. So I asked people on Twitter and Facebook to suggest fantasy (and sci-fi, horror, etc.) books they’d read in this setting. […]

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Angry Robot Signs Sean Grigsby with Smoke Eaters!

Angry Robot Signs Sean Grigsby with Smoke Eaters! 

At Fantasy-Faction we enjoy all shades of genre from space opera to sword and sorcery, from horror to steampunk. And while vampires, angry robots, and clockwork time machines are all well and good, this is a fantasy site and here what we really love is dragons! Which is why it is our pleasure to announce […]

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Tough Travels: Dragons

Tough Travels: Dragons 

At the start of every month, Fantasy-Faction will lead you (yes, YOU!) on a tour of the fantasy genre. From high to low, from classics to new releases, from epic to urban; each month, we will guide you in search of a different trope, theme or cliché. Lest we become lost, we’ll be referring to […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Dragons

Monthly Short Story Winner: Dragons 

This month we decided to give you a treat. Something grand. Something terrifying. Creatures you complained about being not depicted as they should be. This month our entrants wrote about dragons! Absolve yourself and picture them as the menacing, intelligent, magical, godlike terrors they are. Or not. You never know what our writers are going […]

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The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan

The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan
3.75

Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers for The Waking Fire, the first book in Anthony Ryan’s Draconis Memoria series. There is a scene in the second chapter of Anthony Ryan’s second novel in the Draconis Memoria, The Legion of Flame, in which Lizanne Lethridge, spy for the Ironship Trading Syndicate, is called before the board […]

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Magic, Mutants, and Machines: The Nifty Bits Reviews

Magic, Mutants, and Machines: The Nifty Bits Reviews 

Are you tired of reading lengthy, critical reviews that leave you even more confused about what to read next? Daniel Potter’s Nifty Bits – brief summaries of his past month’s reading – are the perfect remedy! Steal the Sky by Megan E. O’Keefe is a prelude to a high skies adventure-story. The plot, world, and economy […]

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Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan

Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan
3.5

The fifth – and final – of Lady Trent’s memoirs is a difficult beast to review without lurching firmly into spoiler territory, both for the preceding books and for the plot of this one.  So, in order to set the scene for this review, the next paragraph will contain brief spoilers from the previous entry. […]

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In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan

In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan
4

The fourth book of an ongoing series is a troublesome prospect. Stagnation and repetition are potential pitfalls, and there is no doubt that Marie Brennan totters on a precarious ledge at times during In the Labyrinth of Drakes. Isabella, not-quite-yet Lady Trent, certainly has to deal with many of the recurring themes from the first […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Breaking The Fourth Wall

Monthly Short Story Winner: Breaking The Fourth Wall 

Most of you are familiar with the term “breaking the fourth wall”. It’s mostly done in children’s books (like Grover in Sesame Street’s The Monster at the End of this Book), comics (see above) or movies (comedy movies mainly) and means usually a character becoming aware of their fictional nature, directly addressing the reader and/or […]

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Why I Don’t Like Dragons – Guest Blog by Oliver Langmead

Why I Don’t Like Dragons – Guest Blog by Oliver Langmead 

First, a confession: the title of this article is a little bit sensationalist. The truth is, I don’t actively dislike dragons. I don’t go around hating them and huffing and puffing at books with dragons on the cover, and films with dragons in the trailers. My feelings towards dragons is closer to an indifference. They […]

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Where do you get your ideas from?

Where do you get your ideas from? 

Sometimes out of the mouths, well hands, of babes and sucklings it seems… It’s a question many writers dread and I think it’s because it’s so hard to give any sort of concrete answer. Mostly. I mean, they come from anywhere and everywhere. They pop into your head unbidden (inspired by something you’ve seen or […]

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