Combating Cynicism
 

Combating Cynicism

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Rogues edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
 

Rogues Anthology

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Rogues edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

Rogues edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
4.25

G.R.R.M. states in his introduction that’s the “Rogues is not meant to be a fantasy anthology” but I picked it up for the authors that I knew from being a fantasy reader, and I believe most readers will, so that’s where I will focus. The character type is so ingrained in the fantasy genre and […]

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Winner of the April 2014 Writing Contest

Winner of the April 2014 Writing Contest 

We’ve been getting such good feedback for the short stories our members have submitted in our Monthly Short Story Competition that we have decided to post them on the main site at a rate of one a week. Today we will be looking at the winner from our April 2014 contest. This time for our […]

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Fantasy and Studio Ghibli – Part Two: The Search for Identity

Fantasy and Studio Ghibli – Part Two: The Search for Identity 

In the first part of this series, I took a look at the earlier Ghibli films – Nausicaä, Princess Mononoke and Laputa – and examined the ways in which they explored the eternal struggle between nature and mankind. In this second part, I’m moving on to films which utilise symbols and motifs typical of the […]

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Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson

Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson
3

When I had decided to give Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson a read, I had gone in with certain expectations. Seeing the head of a powerful Minotaur next to an attractive, serious looking woman holding a dagger in each had on the cover, you’d be forgiven if you thought you were picking up a fantasy […]

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The Joe Abercrombie YA Experiment is a success!

The Joe Abercrombie YA Experiment is a success! 

We all love Joe Abercrombie here at Fantasy-Faction, but when we heard that Lord Grimdark was to give writing a Young Adult novel a shot we couldn’t help but react with the ‘OMG Cat’ face (that one to your right). How could an author known as the modern master of Grimdark Fantasy hope to convince […]

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The Changing Face(s) of Fantasy – Guest Blog by Adam Dalton

The Changing Face(s) of Fantasy – Guest Blog by Adam Dalton 

It’s obviously blasphemy to criticise Tolkien, even indirectly, but for me his work is more important in historico-cultural terms than modern literary terms. Before you send me a load of hate mail, yes, yes, I fully accept that current fantasy writers inherit greatly from him and couldn’t write what they did if it weren’t for […]

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What’s Your Favorite Fantasy Sword?

What’s Your Favorite Fantasy Sword? 

Everyone loves Excalibur; I mean it’s the sword of swords! One land, one King! And all that jazz. I could sit here and talk about all the times I drew what I thought Excalibur looked like on my folders in middle school, but who really knows what that mythological sword was shaped like. What is […]

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Winner of the February 2014 Writing Contest

Winner of the February 2014 Writing Contest 

We’ve been getting such good feedback for the short stories our members have submitted in our Monthly Short Story Competition that we have decided to post them on the main site at a rate of about one a fortnight. Today we will be looking at the winner from our February 2014 contest. If a book […]

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Eleri Stone Interview

Eleri Stone Interview 

A couple of months ago I reviewed the excellent Reaper’s Touch by Eleri Stone. It was a cracking read, with a brilliant couple of protagonists, and while this follow-up interview to delve deeper into the author’s story is a little late (entirely my fault—thanks to Eleri for her patience!), I think it’s worth the wait. […]

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Rise and Fall by Joshua P. Simon

Rise and Fall by Joshua P. Simon
3.5

I skimmed through a number of books in my kindle backlog before this review. Some I rejected because there were too many errors in the text, some because the characters were dull or generic, and some because the story failed to draw me in after the first few chapters. Rise and Fall is not without […]

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Redemption In Indigo by Karen Lord

Redemption In Indigo by Karen Lord
4.5

There’s a small, but flourishing, group of Caribbean writers of African descent working in SFF at the moment, and I’m starting to read their work and, so far, finding it excellent. The language of this book of Karen Lord’s, for instance, is highly competent, more so than in all but a few books I’ve read (like me, […]

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Fantasy and Studio Ghibli – Part One: “Trees and people used to be good friends.”

Fantasy and Studio Ghibli – Part One: “Trees and people used to be good friends.” 

I am a huge fan of Studio Ghibli animation. Its films are famous for their meticulous detail, beautifully-paced exposition and subtle handling of difficult themes. But what I’d like to talk about in these two articles is the way Studio Ghibli uses fantasy. Here, fantasy means more than Hollywood monsters or bits of mythology mashed […]

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