Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
 

Children of Earth and Sky

Review

 
Game of Thrones: Content vs. Delivery
 

Game of Thrones: Content vs. Delivery

Article (No Spoilers)

 
Faeries and Folklore – Part One: An Introduction
 

Faeries and Folklore

Part One: An Introduction

 

Browsing all articles tagged with fantasy.

Create Your Own Fantasy Author Frankenstein Monster

Create Your Own Fantasy Author Frankenstein Monster 

Last year, in the build up to Fantasy-Faction’s Grim Gathering event, it was suggested to me that I would look a lot better if I had Myke Cole’s arms. One kind soul even photoshopped them in to my picture so I could really appreciate the difference. Faced with the undeniable glory of Mr Cole’s biceps […]

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Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis

Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
5

In my life, I’ve found that there are a few different sorts of books I wind up reading. Some are gifts. Some are books I explicitly sought out. And some are books I discovered randomly, requesting from the library and renewing and re-renewing until I’ve forgotten the reason I requested them in the first place. […]

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Learning from Script and Screen

Learning from Script and Screen 

It’s important for a writer to learn about their craft wherever they can, for most this takes the form of studying the work of successful authors or flicking through a creative writing textbook. But one less obvious source is the script and screen. While today’s progression normally follows a successful book being adapted for a […]

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The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson
4.5

Tor’s novella series was started in 2015, with the aim of promoting this shorter medium. The line includes both established authors and those just making their debut, and has included a number of authors from diverse backgrounds. The resulting line is full of interesting and different stories from authors both familiar and new. This column […]

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SPFBO 2: Cover Up?

SPFBO 2: Cover Up? 

We’ve had a look at the covers to all 30 books on the Fantasy-Faction list for the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off and picked our favourite three. Why did we do this? Because Mark Lawrence asked us to, that’s why. Why he did that…you’ll either know by now or will find out soon! A great cover […]

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Foundations of Fantasy: The Epic of Gilgamesh

Foundations of Fantasy: The Epic of Gilgamesh 

More than any other genre, fantasy tends to examine ancient epics. Whether it’s the study of archetypes and ectypes, or a historical understanding of narrative itself, or simply a desire to experience myths and legends that have lived for ages, these books remain alive to us. This series of posts will be about some of […]

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SPFBO 2: The Self-Pub Strikes Back

SPFBO 2: The Self-Pub Strikes Back 

Last year’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off gathered a lot of interest across Twitter, Facebook and forums. At Mark Lawrence’s request, ten influential websites, bloggers and over 250 authors got together and had themselves a competition. Each blog had twenty-five (or so) books on their ‘slush pile’. And the simple task was to pick their favourite and […]

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Languages In Fantasy

Languages In Fantasy 

Language in fantasy: is it an outdated, often academically-gratuitous addition that bogs down a story and its world, or a clever quirk of setting that adds a sprinkle of the exotic and aids reader immersion? It’s not just relevant in fantasy; science fiction has been known to offer fully-functioning languages to enhance a setting. Think […]

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Fantasy and the Collector Mentality

Fantasy and the Collector Mentality 

Raise your hand if own more than one copy of Lord of the Rings. I own four: the ebooks, my first mass market paperbacks from when I was 7 or 8, a leather-bound omnibus version I got for my 11th birthday, and a 7-volume edition I bought in my late teens. They look great on […]

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Diverse Fantasy Is Better Fantasy

Diverse Fantasy Is Better Fantasy 

I recently I submitted a story to my writing group for critique. It was a secondary-world fantasy set in a pre-industrial port city. Of all the comments I received, the one that stuck with me complained that it was unrealistic that the people of my world didn’t have a problem with my lesbian protagonist and […]

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The Paper Menagerie And Other Stories by Ken Liu

The Paper Menagerie And Other Stories by Ken Liu
5

“Time’s arrow is the loss of fidelity in compression. A sketch, not a photograph. A memory is a re-creation, precious because it is both more and less than the original.” Before moving to novel-length fiction with last year’s excellent The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu concentrated his writing on short stories. His moving and inventive […]

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Berserkers In Fantasy

Berserkers In Fantasy 

In fantasy, we see a lot of magicians, shape-shifters, werewolves and all manner of humanoid characters with supernatural qualities. One type of powerful character that crops up more rarely, however, is the berserker. A “berserker” is someone liable to be overcome by rage – a rage that sends them into a violent, frenzied state, temporarily […]

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